If you build it, they will come.
- Sometimes you have to have a little faith, like me and some friends of mine back in the 70s.
No one thought this place would ever become a mecca for professional sports, but we believed. If we had the infrastructure to handle a pro sports team, then our community would rally around it, of this we had no doubt. We spent years luring investors and athletes, and then in 1976 we took the first real step with our football team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That helped put Tampa, FL on the map of the sports world, although not in a good way at first. Tampa Florida and our beloved Bucs were a joke, a bad one, and one that lasted for too long. I run a successful HVAC contracting business, so profitable that I started sub-contracting out all of my work to local crews a few years ago. The need for HVAC services in Tampa, FL is all year round, there is no off season for cooling because it stays so sticky and humid all the time. The extra income generated by my HVAC company usually goes right back into the Tampa community, such as helping to get new roads and arenas built to entice sports teams. I often say that my business is cooling systems, but my passion is growing Tampa, FL into a sports juggernaut. They call Gainesville, Florida “title town” because of all the championships won by the Gators, but I want Tampa Bay to be the new title town!