Sam Chandler – President
Sam Chandler moved to the Channel District in 2012 after graduating Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from USF. He was drawn to the urban/walkable location after spending so many years in the sprawl around the college’s main campus. Sam has been a real estate agent with Smith and Associates since 2010, specializing in the Downtown Tampa market. He has been the on-site sales agent for Grand Central at Kennedy since 2012. Sam is also a proud homeowner in the building and serves on the board for the Resident’s Association at Grand Central at Kennedy. As President of CDCA he feels it is important to continue to build strong community ties through engaging activities, community events, and public art as well as provide a unified voice to speak to City and local officials as we move into a new phase of development.
Ed Suyak – Vice President
Ed has been creating and publishing custom and niche media since the days of re-producing his High School yearbook into something cool. His 15 plus years in media publishing and sales has provided him experience in a wide variety of publication genres. Ed’s attention to detail, creative thinking and excellent communication skills are demonstrated and proven with his involvement in successful titles like Inside Sundance Institute, Service and Protection- 125 Years of the Los Angeles Fire Department, Impact, Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, One Heart Magazine, Doctor’s Life Magazine, Remodel and many more. Currently, Edd serves as the Managing Director for Mashed Media Group, Publisher for several magazine titles, Board Member and Chair of Business Enhancement for the CDCA (Channel District Community Alliance). When he’s not working, volunteering or exploring new ideas, you’ll find him in the District running, biking or enjoying great food and a glass wine with friends.
Cliff Lounsbury – Treasurer
Cliff has resided in Tampa since 1998 and in the Channel District for the last 7 years. Cliff is an Operations Manager at Stewart Title and has been in that industry for almost 18 years. Cliff lives at Bell Channelside and is very active in and around the community as well as with Balance Tampa Bay. As a Channel District resident, Cliff can often be found walking the neighborhood, playing pool or spending time with friends along with some wine in the courtyard. Cliff loves the ever changing and diverse cultures that we have in the Channel District as well as all of the current and new growth in and around the Channel District.
Meaghan Farrell Scalise – Secretary
Meaghan is a Tampa native, holding this city in special interest for it’s growth and reputation. In 2014, she moved with her husband, two dogs and her art studio, Tada! Traditional and Digital Arts, into the Channel District. As a founding CDCA board member, she has joined the board once again with the personal mission of more Public Art in our neighborhood. Meaghan is the current Co-Chair for the Channel District CRA Community Advisory Committee and holds an active seat on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla Festival of Arts. Her excitement of city life is seeking beauty in what others may pass on, challenging everyone to see past distractions and genuinely finding the real treasures in people, art and life.
Joseph Valdalez – Board Member At Large
Joseph is a Tampa native, with his family tithes dating back to the early twentieth century in the cigar factories of the historic Ybor City. He moved to the Channel District in 2014, and is currently a Manager of Corporate Compliance at HealthPlan Services. Joseph is an alumnus from the City of Tampa Mayor’s Neighborhood University, is currently a member for the Human Relations Board (HRB) for Hillsborough County, and sits on the Downtown Tampa YMCA Advisory Board. As a member of the CDCA Board Joseph feels it is important to give your time and knowledge to the neighborhood in which you live. Specifically, he would like to effectuate positive change in the neighborhood, and believes that his professional and philanthropic experience will help this neighborhood continue in the successful growth track it is currently on.
Henry Lewis – Member in Emeritus
Henry Lewis, a pioneer in the Reprographics Industry, has been running City Blue since 1967. After working part time, Henry worked his way up the ladder until eventually becoming the owner and majority shareholder. Henry is also a major figure head in the Channel District and was one of it’s first residential residents that helped shape the neighborhood to be a great place to live, work and play. Henry currently serves as City Blue President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for all day-to-day activities including reprographic work flow, customer relations and customer acquisition.
Paul Trusik – Board Member at Large
Paul moved to Tampa in ’97 to attend school at The University of Tampa and saw promise Tampa had to offer post-graduation; having lived in Hyde Park & Ybor before settling in Channelside late 2009. His background is in digital marketing & development working in various industries ranging from healthcare to real estate and e-commerce. Paul helped to revise CDCA online membership and renewal procedures back in summer of 2017 as a non-member, before deciding to join the board to assist with long-term strategy and digital marketing goals. Paul is optimistic to see what developments are in store for the Channel District over the next 10 years, keeping up with neighborhood growth with the CDCA positioned as a resource and voice representing residents.
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