Meeting/Event Information

Becoming America’s Best Sports Franchise (Lightning!), Building America’s Next Great Downtown (Tampa!)

May 23, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

At the May 23 program, two of the biggest and most exciting stories having a positive impact on the Tampa Bay area come together in a single must-attend event. 

In 2010, when Jeff Vinik became owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his goal was to transform an up-and-down franchise into a world-class organization. In 2016 the world discovered what locals already knew when ESPN ranked the Lightning as the best franchise out of all 122 teams across the four major U.S. sports leagues in its Ultimate Standings. An extraordinary achievement, but only part of the overall story taking place in Tampa under Mr. Vinik’s leadership. With his Strategic Property Partners group, supported by a $3 billion investment, he and his team are leading an effort to transform 53 acres of downtown Tampa’s urban core into one of America’s most modern, walkable, and friendly corridors for working, living, educating and entertaining.

To share insights into these developments – and how strong and proactive communications, community affairs and customer relations play a key role in their success -- the program will feature Jim Shimberg, a former attorney for the city of Tampa and long-time business and community leader and philanthropist who has served since April 2013 as executive vice president and general counsel of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, parent company of the Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm arena football team and Amalie Arena. 

To make your day even more special, the presentation will be followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena, which since 2011 has enjoyed  more than $90 million in renovations. You’ll want to register quickly for this program, as reservations will go fast.


Jim Shimberg

Jim Shimberg
Executive Vice President/General Counsel
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment

Former Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel in April 2013 of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, parent company of the Lightning, Storm and Amalie Arena. He provides counsel to the executive team while assuming direct oversight for all legal matters for the organization, along with owner Jeff Vinik’s outside real estate interests. Shimberg and his family have been very active in Tampa Bay for decades, accepting leadership roles with several community and civic organizations dedicated to development of local business and philanthropic organizations. He has served as General Counsel for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and Chairman of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Youth Council. He served in leadership roles for the Tampa Jewish Federation, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services and Congregation Schaarai Zedek. He is a Trustee of the Shimberg Family Foundation, formed by his parents James and Amy Shimberg.

Lunch Menu

Classic Garden Salad

Lemon Feta Chicken
Sauteed breast of chicken topped with diced tomatoes, Feta cheese and Lemon Butter sauce

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Chef's Choice of Vegetable

Coffee, Iced Tea, Soft Drinks

If you have special dietary restrictions, please be sure to indicate your needs in the comments section when you register. 


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by noon on Tuesday, May 16, will be accepted without penalty. Regarding cancellations made after that date, registrations paid in advance will not be refunded, and those who registered but did not pay will be invoiced the full registration amount.


Parking is available in the City of Tampa South Regional garage, across from Amelie Arena at 301 Channelside Dr., at an hourly rate of $1.60.



$30.00 Member

$45.00 Non-Member

$30.00 PRSSA Student