Advisory Board

Britt Massing

President, Staffing Resource Group

As President, Britt Massing is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Staffing Resource Group. With more than 15 years in the professional consulting and recruiting industry, Massing saw the infinite opportunities and growth potential of the company when he merged his former medical and science staffing company with SRG in 2009.


Ed Ellsasser

President, PrimeGroup Insurance Services

PrimeGroup Insurance (PGI) was founded in 1999 as a boutique agency specializing in workers compensation and employee benefits to meet the needs of clients transitioning to payroll services. Since 2010 we have acquired five established independent agencies and have more than tripled in size. We manage over $50M in premium out of three main locations: Tampa, Palm Beach Gardens and Maitland but we write insurance throughout the country.


Jason Ludwig

Freeway Photography

We don’t just photograph people we educate them and more importantly we learn from them. The process is constantly evolving to ensure that no two headshots are exactly the same. We look at things differently. This is not just a photograph this is your personal logo. It has to stand out in crowd, it has to say “I’m the one”, and it has to be an honest representation of who you are. We are authentic in what we do and we believe that what we do makes a difference..


Monica Varner

Owner, Elan Event Studio

If you’ve experienced New Year’s Eve on a rooftop, seen abandoned or under-utilized downtown properties transformed into exciting and record setting events, stepped foot into the closing night party for the Gasparilla International Film Festival, or even taken a swing at golf in the middle of downtown Tampa, then you’ve probably heard of Monica Varner.


Scott Price

Managing Director, A-lign CPA

Scott Price is the Managing Director of A-lign CPAs. With over 15 years of professional experience and in excess of 730 SAS 70/SSAE 16 audits performed, Scott is widely recognized as the most experienced SAS 70/SSAE 16 auditor in the world. Scott’s unique blend of both audit and business process knowledge brings value to each audit he manages.


Sidney Morgan

Aegis Medical Group

Sidney Morgan is an experienced health care executive; in his area of focus is performance management and employee development. Mr. Morgan is the current COO of JSA Healthcare in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Morgan serves the community and our state in many capacities.


Lilly Ho-Pehling

President and CEO, LHP Consulting

Lilly has had a very positive impact on this community. One of her many accomplishments in Tampa Bay was her involvement and affiliation with the construction of the Byrd Alzheimer Research Institute Center that stands tall on the University of South Florida campus.



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