2530 West Bay Dr, Largo FL 33770-1935, U.S.A.

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Board Members

Larry Bell

President

Larry Bell was locally raised and owns several businesses including Powered By Belltech and Belltech Computer Solutions. Larry believes supporting and participating in the community is and always has been important. Belltech is the online marketing agency and web developer for large restaurant, property groups such as The Crabby Bill's Family Brands and the Decade Group while focused on municipalities like the City of Belleair Bluffs as the cities IT Specialist and Webmaster.

Belltech also supports local politicians through this effort, such as the Mayor of Belleair Bluffs, Chris Arbutine. Larry also works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and has been an Ambassador for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber.

Dr. Kimberly Bender is a graduate of Clearwater High School and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in 1990. She attended Life University graduating magna cum laude as she received her Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1994. There she was awarded high achievement status as she served as a senior intern.

Dr Bender also is a professor at SPC where she teaches Nutrition and Anatomy & Physiology. She opened her practice in Belleair Bluffs in 1995 and has been serving Belleair Bluffs and the surrounding communities for 25 years.

Dr. Kimberly Bender

Vice President

Alanna Karaosmani

Secretary

Alanna Karaosmani was born in raised in Madeira Beach Florida and has lived in the Belleair Community for several years now. Alanna thrives on new connections and brining people and businesses together to make the community a stronger and tightly connected place to live and work in. Alanna is currently part of the management team at your local Valley Bank in Belleair Bluffs and has been in the banking industry for over a decade.

Alanna is focused on using her connections and experience in finance to better businesses around her. She believes strong partnerships and commitment will help grow healthy and long-lasting relationships that the entire community can benefit from.

Suzy Sofer, formally Co-Owner of Cody's Original Roadhouse in Belleair Bluffs with her father Stan which they have owned for the past 14 years. Suzy is also an experienced politician serving as Vice Mayor in the City of Belleair Bluffs, an elected Commission position she has served the residents and business owners for the past 10 years (5 terms).

Running a business that is open 364 days a year tests her challenges daily because she knows 49 employees depend on a successful business for their livelihood and she takes that responsibility very seriously. Suzy Sofer resides in Belleair Bluffs, Florida with her fiancé Jeff Crupper and fur baby Nola.

Suzy Sofer

Treasurer

Patty Ruppel

Membership Development

Patty Ruppel is a 47 year resident of the Belleair area. After moving to Belleair from Indiana Patty began a 10 year long career in banking working as an officer in the Foreign Exchange and Money Management areas of the bank and later serving as a Banking Center Manager and Vice President of Consumer Lending. While in banking she met her husband David and started their family raising 4 children all of which live in this area.

Patty is currently the Advancement Coordinator for St. Patrick School and serves on their School Advisory Council. She overseas their major fundraising efforts including their annual Fun Fair Carnival and Pot O Gold Silent Auction.

Stacy Myers serves as the Ambassador Chair for the Bluffs Business Association. She is a dynamic and influential business leader with a strong presence in the community. As the owner of Party Pirates on The Rocks, a local non-profit that supports the Florida Sheriffs Ranch, 50 Legs, and other local charities, and Vista Beds and Beaches, Stacy has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial skills and a commitment to fostering local business growth.

With her extensive experience and deep community connections, Stacy plays a pivotal role in the BBA. Her leadership and dedication are instrumental in driving our initiatives and supporting our mission to empower local businesses. Stacy's passion for community service and her proactive approach to business development make her an invaluable asset to our organization.

Stacy Myers

Event Coordinator

Dr. Kathie Erwin

Community Outreach

Dr Kathie Erwin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Associate Professor in Masters Counseling for Divine Mercy University. She came to Florida on scholarship to Eckerd College and never wanted to leave! As a Master Field Traumatologist, Dr Erwin trains student teams and local providers in psychological first aid during international deployments including Romania, India, Trinidad and Ukraine.

She is also a Fulbright Specialist serving at University of Iceland (her "second home'). She has a MA Counseling (Liberty University) and EdD in Counseling Psychology (University of Sarasota). She is also a Certified Independent Health Coach (Optavia). Dr Erwin and family have lived in the Bluffs communities for 30 years.

Born and raised in Michigan in the Bay City area. Earned a degree – B.S. Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Employed by Dow Corning Corporation, working there for nearly 10 years. Returned to the U of Michigan and earned a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery). Moved with wife and three children to Florida to begin the practice of dentistry. Located in Belleair Bluffs and began a solo practice in dentistry.

I love: God, family, music, sports, & giving back. Favorite saying:
“For everyone to whom much if given, of him shall much be required”, -Bible, Luke

PATRICK J LEPEAK DDS

Member Retention

Website Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our website sponsors. Their contributions help us maintain and enhance our online presence, allowing us to provide valuable resources and information to our members and the community. Thank you to our sponsors for their dedication and support.