Since moving to Tampa with his family in 2014, David Blacker has been an enthusiastic and committed TampaBay-Job-Links volunteer. David has shared his professional expertise in social media and recruiting with TBJL candidates, staff, and other volunteers.
He is a natural connector and has opened doors of opportunity for TBJL. In addition, he has led hands-on LinkedIn workshops and interacted directly with TBJL candidates.
David is the managing principal of Venerate Media Group, a national and globally recognized digital agency that strives to drive clients’ results through innovative, specialized, and tailor-made strategies and tactics. As a one-stop digital marketing agency, Venerate helps companies and brands increase sales and engagement, drive traffic and maximize their return on investment.
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Dr. Denise Federer
TBJL volunteer and Performance Coach & Performance Enhancement Expert Dr. Denise Federer has more than 20 years experience as a clinician, researcher, speaker, author, and consultant. Over the past 4 years, Denise has been a valuable asset to the TBJL team, and her input has enriched the services that TBJL offers our candidates.
As the founder and principal of Federer Performance Management Group, LLC, she provides individual and team coaching and consultation related to personal relationships and their impact on family, wealth, and business. Denise and her team apply time-tested methods used in the science of behavioral psychology and deliver them in a personal, professional, customized manner. This skill-set and intense focus are what make her unique in peak performance coaching for family-owned businesses.
We thank Denise for enhancing our job-search preparation programs by sharing her professional expertise in workplace dynamics, stress management techniques, intergenerational behaviors, emotional intelligence, and communication styles.
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TBJL volunteer Steve Freedman is the founder & CEO of Freedman’s Office Furniture & Supplies. For the past 35 years, Freedman’s Office Furniture has become a staple in the Tampa Bay business community and voted the best place to buy office furniture 3 years in a row.
Steve and his team have grown the retail establishment into 2 showrooms in Tampa (Cypress St. and Hillsborough Ave), with additional showrooms in Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Orlando. They also feature a robust online selection of office products is available through Freedman’s Office Supplies.
In addition to his successful and thriving businesses, he is an integral part of Tampa’s professional community, belonging to organizations such as the USF College of Business Advisory Board. Steve is also very active with non-profit organizations such as Metropolitan Ministries and the Boys & Girls Club.
Since 2011 Freedman Office Furniture has donated office supplies to TampaBay-Job-Links. Steve’s generosity and contributions have allowed us to continue providing the support, services, and resources to help people find jobs.
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Dr. Paula Zielonka
TBJL volunteer grant writer, Dr. Paula Zielonka, a former professor at the University of South Florida (USF) and University of Tampa (UT), quietly uses her philanthropic gifts and the power of language to create positive social change for individuals and families so they can put their lives back together.
An astute observer of human nature and a dedicated volunteer, Paula is passionate about repairing the world, building community, and making a difference in people’s lives. She embraces the wise saying of Jack Roth z’l, her friend and a founder of TampaBay-Job-Links, “When you save one life, you save the world.”
Paula’s impressive community honors and recognition include the 2016 Tikuun Olam award, the Tampa Jewish Federation’s award to “an outstanding lay leader… [who has] demonstrated commitment and leadership to making our community and our world a better place”; the Federation’s 2009 and 2012 Bobbe Karpay Women of Distinction award; plus awards from Weinberg Village; Israel Bonds; United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet; Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; and Tampa Jewish Family Service. At USF, she was President of the Library Council, member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and Chair of the Young Author’s Conference on the Sarasota campus.
In addition, Paula is an accomplished writer, presenter, and facilitator with a focus on education. Not only is she an exceptional volunteer at TBJL, but she also has been actively involved in a variety capacities on the boards of Tampa Bay Jewish organizations, including Schaarai Zedek Sisterhood, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Village, Tampa Jewish Family Service, Congregation Schaarai Zedek, and Tampa Jewish Federation Women’s Division and Lion of Judah. She has also served on the national boards of the Women of Reform Judaism, the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, and United Jewish Appeal Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet and the state boards of the Florida Reading Association and the Florida Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading.
TBJL is honored to be the beneficiaries of Paula’s wisdom and her grant writing expertise and talent.