Advisory Council

  • Brian Lamb

    Brian Lamb - Bio


    Meritus Corp
    Council Chair
  • Brian Lamb

    Brian Lamb CEO Meritus Corp

    Brian has served in the United States Air Force and has over 20 years of experience within banking, special districts, community management and municipal finance. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Corp, which encompasses several service related businesses. As a former veteran, Brian founded these companies with a single mission in mind: To provide solutions for better communities.

    His responsibilities range from providing general oversight of day to day activities within the company, to actively participating in community events and engaging with area residents. His diverse and balanced experience has allowed him to effectively coordinate an office comprising of many experienced associates with varied professional disciplines and educational backgrounds.  Among the services provided, Brian has personally overseen the establishment of a number of communities, bond restructuring agreements, accounting and finance functions, district management, the resolution of compliance issues, municipal investment consultations, developments and construction of energy efficient, sustainable homes.

    As part of his civic duties, Brian founded a non-profit entity whose goal is to contribute to revitalizing urban communities by establishing new energy efficient homes and upgraded parks to rediscover some of the forgotten beauty within these communities. This is all done in an effort to assist low to moderate income individuals, families and veterans looking to relocate back into civilian living.

    Brian’s extensive experience and practical knowledge, has allowed Meritus Corp and its related service companies to become synonymous with quality, service and most importantly, community enhancement.  

  • Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks - Bio


    Attorney of Counsel
    Petitt Worrell Law Firm
  • Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks Attorney of Counsel Petitt Worrell Law Firm

    Michael concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and development, land use, and utility infrastructure representing developers, builders, businesses and landowners throughout Florida.

    During his professional career, Michael has handled a broad range of real estate and land use matters involving residential, commercial, office, industrial, waterfront, and institutional uses and properties – often representing clients and coordinating with project teams from property acquisition to disposition. With a strong background in urban planning and government relations, he has successfully developed and implemented strategies to secure needed regulatory approvals for many of these projects.

    With regard to utility infrastructure, Michael has developed and implemented complex, multi-jurisdictional (federal, state and local) land use, permitting, and exemption strategies for developers and operators of large scale, time sensitive projects. His involvement includes work on over 100 new and modified wireless antenna sites across the state and broad coordination with governments and agencies in connection with multiple expansions of federally regulated transmission pipeline facilities.

    Michael has also lobbied extensively on federal, state and local policy issues affecting the real estate and utility industries and is frequently asked to advance legislative changes and regulatory incentives on behalf of individual clients and projects.

    Prior to joining Petitt Worrell, Michael was a Shareholder with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, PA and Michael Brooks, PA.

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    Florida Bar Association

    NAIOP Tampa Bay (President: 2012)

    NAIOP Tampa Bay (V.P. Government Affairs: 2008 -2010)

    NAIOP of Florida (V.P. Government Affairs: 2010 & 2011)

    NAIOP Quality Growth PAC

    Tampa Bay Regional Coalition (Vice Chair: 2009 - 2011)



    Leadership Tampa: Class of 2010

    Gasparilla Pirate Fest (President: 2005 - 2007)

    Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla

    Charitable Relations Committee (Chairman: 2009)

    Special Events Committee (Member: 1999 - 2010)



    Stetson University College of Law (J.D./1996)

    University of Florida (B.A./Political Science/1990)

  • Eric Davidson

    Eric Davidson - Bio


    Meritus Corp
  • Eric Davidson

    Eric Davidson COO Meritus Corp

     Eric Davidson is the Chief Operating Officer for Meritus Communities.  He has over 20 years of experience in construction and development services.  He has experience in a variety of areas including residential construction, manufactured home insulation, capital infrastructure projects, site management, project estimating and building codes and regulations. 

    Eric completed the Florida General Contactor Exam, has a Florida Builder Contractor License, and a number of Pulte Certifications, including Foundations of Management, Advanced Leadership Certification and Building Quality Relationships. Eric is currently pursuing LEED certification as well.  He has been a member of the International Code Council since 2009 and is a recipient of the Golden Hammer Award from the Home Builders Association of Florida.

  • Vince Chillura

    Vince Chillura - Bio


    VP Commercial Lending
  • Vince Chillura

    Vince Chillura VP Commercial Lending USAmeriBank


    Vincent M. Chillura (“Vince”) is Vice President of Commercial Lending at USAmeriBank, specializing in commercial real estate transactions. USAmeriBank is an independent, Tampa Bay area based, full-service commercial bank with over $2.7 Billion in assets.  The bank is locally-owned and managed with a solid capital base, excellent safety and soundness rankings, and strong earnings.  The bank boasts a talented and knowledgeable pool of bankers, an experienced and savvy senior management team, and has a highly regarded and diverse Board of Directors.  USAmeriBank prides itself on its employees committed to building long-term relationships, local understanding of the Tampa Bay community, flexibility to build the right solutions for customers, technology that makes one’s business easier to manage, and unprecedented service which sets the bank apart from its competition.

    Vince has a wealth of commercial banking experience and handles a portfolio of over $200 Million in loans.  He has made a living and seen tremendous success lending on projects to local individuals and is proud to be helping grow investment and development opportunities in the Tampa Bay community. 

    Prior to joining USAmeriBank, Vince was with LaSalle Bank (acquired by Bank of America). While at LaSalle Bank, he completed their highly regarded commercial banking credit training program.

    Vince has deep Tampa roots and a passion for his community and its ultimate success.  He is engaged and involved in various organizations and activities.

    Vince serves as a board member of Old Florida Federation and is a founding member of the Tampa Pig Jig on the River benefitting the Nephcure Foundation.  Vince also serves as a board member of the Tampa Chapter of the University of Florida Friends and Alumni of the Real Estate programs (UF FARE) and The Bergstrom Counsel.  Vince serves as the Membership Chair for the Urban Land Institute - Tampa Bay Young Leaders Group and is responsible for attracting and retaining members to the organization.  He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Southwest Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

    Vince actively participates in Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, The Real Estate Investment Council - Tampa Bay, The Urban Land Institute, the Westshore Alliance, and is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.

    Vince is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Degree in Finance (Cum Laude).

    Vince is married to wife Lisa and they live in South Tampa. His parents, Joe (retired architect and public servant) and Mary Helen (kindergarten teacher at St. John’s Episcopal) also live in Tampa. Vince has four siblings and six nieces and nephews who he enjoys spending his free time with. 

  • Mark House

    Mark House - Bio


    Managing Director
    The Beck Group
  • Mark House

    Mark House Managing Director The Beck Group

    Mark House is the Managing Director for the Florida Division of The Beck Group. He is responsible for all real estate services, architecture, design and construction offered by Beck as stand-alone or integrated solutions. One of the country’s largest “Integrated” firms, Beck has been committed to Florida since the early 1980s.  Notable projects that Beck has built in Florida are the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Orlando, The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center, multiple projects at The University of Tampa, numerous schools in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee Counties, Corporate Center’s 2, 3 and 4 at International Mall in Tampa, The Sykes Building, (recognized as the “round” building in downtown Tampa), the Hillsborough County Administrative Building and Airside “C”, the Southwest Airlines airside at Tampa International Airport.  Beck is also responsible for designing and building of the CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation) for the University of South Florida Health program along with Walker Communications Headquarters and various development projects in Tampa Heights.

    Mark holds a Florida Class “A” General Contractor’s license as well as an engineering degree concentrating in aerospace engineering. A 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served for more than five years on active duty. He is a Master Parachutist and a U.S. Army Ranger. On leaving the military in 1985, Mark began his commercial construction career in Tampa, Florida.  In 1989, Mark started a specialty contracting company providing general construction services and commercial floor coverings to hospitals, schools and office buildings. The company grew rapidly and was listed in Inc. Magazine’s “500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America”.  In 1996, Mark sold the company to Shaw Industries, a division of Brookshire Hathaway, and remained as President of the Tampa office until 1999.   Joining The Beck Group in 1999, Mark was responsible for developing the firm’s new Integrated Services Division incorporating real estate and design/build work, including land and finance acquisition services. In 2002, he was selected to be the Chief Human Resource Officer for the company and moved to the corporate headquarters in Dallas. There, he was responsible for all benefits, training, recruiting, compensation, personnel management and leadership development for the company. During his tenure in Dallas, The Beck Group was selected for various awards honoring a quality work environment, including a ranking on Fortune Magazine’s “Top Places to Work” list. In 2006, Mark moved back to Tampa to take responsibility for the Florida Division.


    United StatesMilitaryAcademy at West Point, Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering


    FloridaClass “A” General Contractor License

    LEED™ Accredited Professional


    Fifth Third Bank, Board of Directors

    Lowry Park Zoo, Board Member

    The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Board of Trustees, Chairman Facilities Committee

    Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Board Member and Chairman

    Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

    Plant Museum, Board of Trustees

    West Point Society, Florida West Coast, Past President

    The University of Tampa Board of Fellows, Board Member

    Leadership Tampa Alumni

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Board Member


    Interest include distance running and hiking and sharing time with his family

  • Len Jaffe

    Len Jaffe - Bio


    Area Land President
    David Weekley Homes
  • Len Jaffe

    Len Jaffe Area Land President David Weekley Homes

    Len Jaffe is the Area Land President for David Weekley Homes, one of the nation’s largest privately-held homebuilders. Mr. Jaffe joined David Weekley Homes in 2006.  As Area Land President for David Weekley Homes, Jaffe is responsible for all land acquisition and development activity in Florida. He handles the establishment of joint-venture relationships with other builders and developers, works to enhance and expand David Weekley’s land position with community developers and introduces new David Weekley product lines to the market.  

    Prior to Weekley Mr. Jaffe served as Vice President of the Forest City Land Group. Forest City Enterprises is a publicly traded development company exceeding 10 billion in assets. Jaffe was responsible for the acquisition, planning, permitting, development, financing and sale of land in Florida.  Prior to Forest City, Jaffe was Vice President of Sales and Commercial Development for The Bonita Bay Group.  With Bonita Bay, Jaffe was responsible for the sales and marketing of all seven of the company’s master-planned communities with annual sales exceeding $285 million.  He also managed builder program operations with annual sales exceeding $100 million. Moreover, he was responsible for the development and sale of all of the company’s commercial land.

    Jaffe has 28 years experience in real estate development and homebuilding.  Development projects with which he has been involved have won numerous awards, including the Urban Land Institute’s highest award for Best Large Scale Master-Planned Community in the United States and Canada.  In 2004, he established a joint venture for the acquisition and development of 1700-acres in Manatee County, Florida, and in 2006, that same venture acquired an additional 485-acres in Manatee County.  Len Jaffe has served on the executive management team of a number of prominen tFlorida communities such as Bonita Bay, Mediterra, The Brooks, Shadow Wood Preserve, Verandah, Sandoval and Bayou Club Estates.       

    Mr. Jaffe has served on the Board of Directors for both the Tampa Bay Builder’s Association and the Collier Building Industry Association. He was a featured speaker at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting in 2007 on the topic of The Reemergence of Community Development.  In 2005, he was a guest speaker on the topic of Sustainable Cities at the annual conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Jaffe has held active memberships in the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors, the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.  He also served on the allocations committee for the United Way of Collier County.  Jaffe is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2002 and chaired the Growth Management Section of the Leadership Collier Class of 2003.

    Jaffe holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tampa College as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin. 

  • Susan Maurer

    Susan Maurer - Bio


    Client Manager, SVP
    C1 Bank
  • Susan Maurer

    Susan Maurer Client Manager, SVP C1 Bank

    Susan Maurer has been in the financial/banking industry for 36 years and has worked with commercial lending and finance for the last 18 years in both Texas and Florida.  She is the Market President for BB&T in Southwest Florida and Polk County. 

    Susan graduated from National University in San Diego, CA and Leadership Collier.  She is the President of the board for the Lighthouse of Collier in Naples.  She is a member of the board for a number of organizations including the Lutgert College of Business in Ft. Myers, the Southwest Boy Scout Council and the Liberty Youth Ranch in Lee County. 

    Susan is a member of the advisory board for the USF Gus Stavros Center, a member of the Commercial Real Estate for Women Group and a member of the Military Committee within the Greater Tampa Chamber.  She was also the first female executive on the board at Bank of America in Texas. 

  • David "Tanker" Snyder



    AeroSage Companies
  • David

    David "Tanker" Snyder President AeroSage Companies

    David M. “Tanker” Snyder is President of the AeroSage companies, providing products, services, and consulting to Bay area, national  and international commercial and government clients.  Tanker is an accomplished executive in both the public and commercial sectors with 29 years of domestic and international experience in the US Air Force before retiring as a Brigadier General in 2007.   He served in a variety of command and leadership positions including squadron, group, and wing commander where he served in Tampa as MacDill AFB’s 6th Air Mobility Commander and installation commander from 2003 to 2005.  

    Tanker earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences as an honor graduate of the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Penn’s Wharton School, and a graduate of the Air War College.   He has also served as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Assistant Professor of Management and Operations Research at the United States Air Force Academy,  and Command Director and Chief of Staff of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Space Command Cheyenne Mountain Operation Center.  As Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for the joint US Pacific Command, and Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and International Affairs, Pacific Air Forces, he was responsible for military strategy, planning, command wide force structure, personnel, basing, resource allocation, and international engagement with the 43 countries in the Pacific region. 

    Snyder returned to Tampa when he was recruited to serve as senior managing director of a New York City financial fund, responsible for defense and aerospace investments.  Tanker has served in leadership of a diverse group of professional and civic organizations including Executive Director of the Tampa New Auto Dealers Association and Greater Tampa Bay Auto Dealers Association, Co-Chairman of the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society,  Board Director for the US Air Force Academy Association of Graduates,  Board Director for the Wharton Club of Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Chapter Director of the National Defense Transportation Association, and the Chairman of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council.   He has volunteered his time with other organizations such as the Order of Daedalians, Armed Forces History Museum, Airlift/Tanker Association, Air Force Association, Operation Helping Hand, National Defense Industrial Association, the University of Tampa Board Of Fellows, and the Association for Corporate Growth.  Tanker and his wife, Tammy, the Minister to Adults at Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa, have two children, Quay and Claire.

  • Clinton Paris

    Clinton Paris - Bio


    Attorney with
    Law Office of Clinton Paris
  • Clinton Paris

    Clinton Paris Attorney with Law Office of Clinton Paris

    Attorney Clinton Paris is a graduate of the Stetson University College of Law and since 2001 he has represented clients in central Florida in personal injury, civil litigation, community association, and probate and estate matters.

    Prior to launching the Law Office of Clinton Paris, P.A., Mr. Paris practiced law in the Tampa law offices of Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards and Roehn, P.A., Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, Gray Robinson, P.A., and served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Tampa. While in law school, Mr. Paris was a member of Stetson’s nationally ranked Moot Court Board, the Black Law Student Association, interned with the Honorable Mary S. Scriven, United States District Court for the Middle District Court of Florida, and received Stetson’s William F. Blews Award for Pro Bono Service.

    Mr. Paris earned a Master’s Degree in Business from the Stetson University College of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of South Florida. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Paris was a claim specialist with State Farm Insurance where he handled property, automobile casualty, and bodily injury claims.

    Mr. Paris is a member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, graduate of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute, George Edgecomb Bar Association (past president), Stetson College of Law Alumni Advisory Committee (past president), Florida Defense Lawyers Association (past member).

    Mr. Paris is admitted to practice law in all Florida State Courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

    Mr. Paris' civic activities include the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, Director; Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity (1985, life member); New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Trustee (2003-2005); Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Director; Hillsborough County Sherriff's Office Black Advisory Committee, Hearing Master for the City of Tampa Human Rights Board (2006 to present).

    Mr. Paris was born in Sandersville, Georgia and grew up in the West Tampa section of Tampa, Florida. His is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Hillsborough County, Florida.