LocalShops1 is excited to welcome St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as the keynote speaker of the LocalShops1 2015 Best in Biz Awards, presented by C1 Bank. The event takes place 5-8 pm Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is open to the public.
Mayor Kriseman took office in January 2014 and literally hit the road running to follow through on his campaign pledges to help cut the red tape and make St. Petersburg a friendlier place for small businesses. Through his Small Business Tour and forums for small businesses, Mayor Kriseman spends much of his time speaking with local business owners, visiting their shops and restaurants, hearing their concerns. And then he goes back to City Hall and takes action. Under the mayor's leadership, the city has seen a renewed emphasis on locally owned businesses, while at the same time attracting larger companies into St. Petersburg.
Before becoming mayor, Rick Kriseman served for six years in the Florida House of Representatives and as his caucus's policy chairman from 2011-2012. From 2000-2006, he represented District 1 on the St. Petersburg City Council and served as the council chairman in 2005. Mayor Kriseman has a degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. He is married to Kerry, a St. Petersburg native, and they have two children, Jordan and Samuel. Together, the Krisemans serve as a volunteer puppy raiser family for Southeastern Guide Dog.
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