Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking at the IIFA Global Business Forum on April 24, Hosted by the University of South Florida College of Business. #pambondi #IIFA
Theo Prodromitis, President Out Front Brands, is honored to have been able to help promote, and participate in, the IIFA Global Business Forum, Hosted by the University of South Florida College of Business. Presenting an exciting opportunity for collaboration and networking, the conference is themed, “Indo-U.S. Partnership: A Catalyst for Economic Growth” and takes place at the Tampa Convention Center April 24-25, 2014.
Today, the Indian-American community has been at the forefront of innovation, knowledge-based services, and entrepreneurship, creating jobs and contributing to the U.S. economy. Two-way commerce between India and the U.S. crossed the $60 billion mark in 2012, but there is potential for reaching the $100 billion mark. The Indian economy has grown to be the10th largest in the world, and experts project India will become one of the top five economic powers by 2050.
India and the United States follow business practices anchored in core values of democracy, pluralism, individual freedom, and respect for contractual obligations. These similar values provide a starting point for these two nations to pursue deeper partnerships and enjoy the resulting benefits. However, protectionist policies followed by both nations are obstacles to deeper commerce ties. These policies include barring foreign companies from certain sectors of the economy and raising the cost of doing business through regulations and legal measures.
Theo Prodromitis with Sehera Ali , owner Planet Smoothie, and Durriya H. Badani US Director for US relations with Islamic World!
Theo Prodromitis facilitated one of the first briefing sessions on behalf of the sensitivity training committee for Visit Tampa Bay and unveiled the new IIFA GET Training video. This new video and program is geared towards educating Tampa Bay Area businesses about Indian culture and customs, in preparation for the upcoming IIFA Awards that Tampa will be hosting April 24-26. Forty excited guests representing various businesses and organizations attended this meeting at the Crumb & Cork Tuesday morning in downtown Tampa, March 25, 2014. #IIFA #outfrontbrands #visittampabay
Theo Prodromitis, Crumb & Cork Owner Joshua Pillock and Colleen Laurain, Business Development, Best Western Worldwide. They turned on the green light in honor of the “green carpet” used during IIFA awards instead of the Hollywood “red carpet”.
IIFA/Bollywood Green Carpet vs. Hollywood Red Carpet
“The information presented by Theo Prodromitis at a briefing for the Downtown Tampa Partnership, was highly informative. I felt her presentation will truly help acclimate Tampa to the great international opportunity coming up in April with the Bollywood & IIFA Weekend. A great conversation about strategies to share in the success of IIFA. I hope other groups and organizations take the time to participate in this diversity training.”
-Michael Laverty, Commercial Manager, City of Tampa Dept of Solid Waste
Get ready for our Incredible India guests! Out Front Brands is excited to be a part of the IIFA Awards, April 23-26 in Tampa Bay. Theo Prodromitis, my business partner, will be facilitating one of the first meetings tomorrow morning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Here’s an exclusive preview to the video Visit Tampa Bay produced to help with the preparation. #IIFA #Bollywood #visittampabay #outfrontbrands #incredibleindia #theoprodromitis
Theo and I (Out Front Brands) were honored to be invited to attend the “Person of Vision Award & Dinner” at the Vinoy in Saint Petersburg, Florida, hosted by Prevent Blindness Florida on March 20, 2014. This event honored Betty Castor, Former USF President (http://tinyurl.com/ods2tza) and US Representative Kathy Castor (http://castor.house.gov/). I was inspired by Alex’s heart-felt toast to Betty and Kathy (as well as toasts by many other amazing presenters)…and to have had the opportunity to meet Kathy Castor and Alex Sink (http://www.politifact.com/personalities/alex-sink/) in person. Truly amazing, captivating and accomplished women who inspire, care and make a difference. Thank you to Premier Eye Care and my dear friend Marla Grant for inviting us! It’s one thing to read about people, but much more powerful to meet them and hear them speak in person.
Selfie of Theo Prodromitis and Michelle Nault at the Person of Vision Awards Dinner
Theo Prodromitis and US Representative Kathy Castor
Person of Vision Award and Dinner honoring Betty Castor and US Representative Kathy Castor
Marla Grant from Premier Eye Care and US Representative Kathy Castor
Alex Sink toasting the accomplishments of Betty and Kathy Castor
The beautiful Vinoy!