Launching Truthshine

Truthshine is committed to dismantling white supremacy by challenging racist histories and the policies they sustain.  We seek to highlight the truth about the black stories of our communities, and create a reckoning with persistent inequalities in education, healthcare, justice, employment and opportunities of every kind. Watch our launch video and learn more here.

A New Equilibrium

How communities work- Communities, large and small in America, are governed by the natural tendency toward disorganization. It is governmental structures, administrative processes and social/cultural norms that are the bonds that tie civilization together. Therefore society, systems and organizations require equilibrium to survive. Equilibrium should not be confused with equality. It is about balance within … More A New Equilibrium

Be Humble

Why Tampa Bay is not on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist None of the Tampa Bay executives I interviewed last year thought Tampa Bay would make it into the Amazon main event and most of them thought the entire state of Florida was a long shot.  What was certain to follow the HQ2 announcement was a … More Be Humble

In Memoriam-Gene Smith

Obituary from the Tampa Bay Times.  January 9, 2018 The man they called the ninth council member around St. Petersburg City Hall leaves colorful memories unlikely to face term limits. Gene Smith, 68, was found dead in his apartment at 430 5th St Monday morning, according to police. The death is still officially under investigation, … More In Memoriam-Gene Smith

Blake Collins Group sponsors Jameis Winston’s: A Night to Achieve Dreams

The mission of Jameis Winston’s Dream Forever Foundation is to impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to develop and achieve their dreams. Winston and his Buccaneers teammates will step off the field for one evening only to mix and mingle raising funds to launch the Foundation.  Funds … More Blake Collins Group sponsors Jameis Winston’s: A Night to Achieve Dreams

Risk Experts on Boards Still Not a Given

April 10, 2017 By Tony Chapelle, Agenda Week Governance observers disagree about designating board members to serve as risk experts. Fewer than 20% of Fortune 500 directors serve on a board that has designated any member as a risk expert. That’s an “astonishingly low number,” according to an investigation that reviewed the biographies of more … More Risk Experts on Boards Still Not a Given