Advisory Council

Access Chair:  Andrew Gay | Grimsley & Company CPAs PA

What is the best part about Access?
The opportunity to hear from young professional counterparts about successes, struggles and everything in between. Some of my best business relationships and referring partners, I met through Access Tallahassee.

What other organizations are you involved in?
Leon County Housing Finance Authority (Treasurer), Tall Timbers Fundraising Committee, Foundation for Leon County Schools, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, City Church Tallahassee Elder

Favorite TLH Festival?
Greek Food Festival

Chair Elect: Lauren HelmCapital Health Plan

Why Tallahassee?
I love everything that Tallahassee has to offer – from beach escapes to greenways to our business community – there is something here for everyone.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?
I am a native of Tallahassee and it pains me each time I hear “there is nothing to do here”. I want to change that.

What other organizations are you involved in?
March of Dimes Board Member and NICU volunteer

Jason Borger | Hancock Bank

Why did you get involved with Access?
I wanted to give back to the Chamber. It has helped me out greatly – both personally and professionally.

What other organizations are you involved in?
ECHO (Board President) and LifeConnectors Mentor

Fun fact about yourself?
I am a Clawhammer Banjo enthusiast!


Will Croley | Doug Croley Insurance Services

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?
I chose to get involved because I wanted to do more than just network and I also felt it was necessary to give back. I wanted to be a part of the planning team that makes Access even better for years to come.

What other organizations are you involved in?
Network of Entrepreneurs and Business Advocates (President) and Jim Moran Institute (Veteran Program Volunteer)

Favorite TLH Park/Trail?
With two small children, we often hit up the great parks around town. With so many choices like Cascades, Tom Brown, Miccosukee Greenways or just a neighborhood park, the options are endless!

Graham Demont | Demont Insurance Agency and Financial Services

Why Tallahassee?
I grew up in Tallahassee and after moving to Gainesville for college at the University of Florida, I came back in order to work for my family’s business. Tallahassee drew me back due to its potential growth and business opportunities. After only five years of being back, I am now the third generation owner of my family’s business.

Favorite Access event?
Coffee & Connections. This was the very first Access event I attended and I enjoy the networking dynamic over a cup of coffee.

Harold Lyons | Harold’s Event Helpers

What is the best part about Access?
It’s great because we’re all here to help new and existing businesses thrive. It helps link you up with other young professionals and allows you the opportunity to create a better business environment.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?
I got involved to help grow my business and to help spread the word to other young professionals that Tallahassee has great resources.

Favorite TLH Festival?
Word of South

Amanda Morrison | Social Catering & Events

Favorite Access event?
Our annual service project, Access Day of Action, is hands down my favorite event. Most of us juggle busy work schedules and family obligations, but to take time out and focus on a day where our only purpose is to support our community is something very special. I think it perfectly encapsulates our commitment as both a program as well as a group of individuals to enrich Tallahassee in ways far beyond our business and career goals.

What other organizations are you involved in?
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Board Member), Tallahassee Chapter Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (President), Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (Board Member & Committee Vice Chair)

What’s on the top of your Tallahassee Bucket List?
Bradfordville Blues Club, B Sharps Jazz Cafe in Frenchtown and zip lining at Tallahassee Museum


Ashlyn Portero | City Church

What is the best part about Access Tallahassee?
The opportunity to network and get to know so many different people who I otherwise might not interact with on a regular basis. I work on a small staff, so the ability to get out and form friendships and connections with other people who love Tallahassee is very beneficial and just fun! It also is a great on-ramp to involvement in the growth of the city and to meeting people who are driving that forward.

Favorite Access event?
My favorite Access events are the YP Roundtables and Coffee & Connections. At the roundtables, I enjoy hearing from a diverse range of community and city leaders on topics of professional growth. I love Coffee & Connections because each event is different and I enjoy hearing people’s stories and how they chose Tallahassee as their city. It’s a fun way to start a Friday!

Fun fact about yourself?
I’ve lived in Tallahassee three different times! My family kept moving back after my dad’s job would take us elsewhere and when I went to Florida State, I decided to stay.

 

If you are interested in getting more information about the Access Tallahassee Advisory Council, please email Katie Orr.