When Sparxoo president Rob Kane learned that he had been named to the Leadership Tampa Class of 2020, his thoughts immediately turned to the opportunity for meaningful collaboration with such an incredible group of leaders.
“Personally, it’s humbling and exciting,” Rob said. “Especially given the fact that I’ll get to further my leadership growth by connecting with some of the strongest leaders in the Tampa Bay community.”
Leadership Tampa was founded by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce in 1970. Rob is one of 50 local business leaders who will participate in an intense, nine-month course that begins in September and ends with graduation in May.
According to the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tampa class members are professional business leaders who “have demonstrated a concern for community issues and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations.”
The program is designed to introduce class members to major facets of the Tampa community and deepen their knowledge about the region. Upon graduation in May, Rob will join Sparxoo founder and CEO David Capece (Class of 2014) as a Leadership Tampa alumnus.
“The most attractive part of this organization and program is the strength of the alumni network,” Rob said. “I haven’t been able to go around Tampa and have business conversations without having mention of Leadership Tampa. It’s a very engaged and active community.”
Rob earned a promotion as Sparxoo’s President in April after nearly two years as the agency’s Vice President of Client Development. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Tampa, where he played baseball for the Spartans’ back-to-back NCAA Division II National Champions in 2006-07.
In September, Rob and the other members of the 2020 class will engage in the first of nearly two dozen tours, retreats, conversations, classroom sessions and first-hand, community-based experiences.
In addition to business concepts, education and law enforcement are emphasized within the Leadership Tampa program. Members will participate in a ride-along with officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police Department, and they will shadow teachers this fall.
The group also will convene in Tallahassee for a two-day retreat in February, around the midway point of the 60-day Florida legislative session (scheduled for Jan. 14-March 13).
Rob is eager to get started with the work.
“For me, learning is this life-long process,” he said. “I feel like this is a concentrated opportunity to further my growth, and hopefully improve our Tampa Bay community, one event, project and initiative at a time.”