Advisory Council

Access Chair: Richard Darabi | Moore Bass Consulting

What is the best part about Access?
I think the best part about Access Tallahassee is the ability to create valuable relationships with other young professionals in a number of industries.  It can be overwhelming to show up to Chamber events without any prior history or knowledge of the organization, but Access Tallahassee gives you an easy way to get involved, at your own pace, through less formal events like coffee socials, lunches, and roundtable discussions.

Favorite Access event?
My favorite Access Tallahassee event would be any of the Power Lunches.  The diversity of speakers and the easy networking environment make the lunches an asset for any young professional.

Fun fact about yourself?
I love to play poker and, for some time, had the grand idea of making it a living.  However, I’m still grateful I stuck to engineering!

Immediate Past Chair: Lauren Helm | Capital 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.

Favorite Access event and why?
I personally love Coffee & Connections. It is a very informal meet and greet, and what better way to learn about someone and their business than over a cup of coffee?

 

Philip Browning | North Florida Payroll Services

Why Tallahassee?
I came to Tallahassee to play football at FSU and while in school, I met my wife who was from Tallahassee and she introduced me to Tallahassee away from campus and I fell in love with both her and the city.

What’s the best part about Access?
Networking with driven, young professionals who will become the future business leaders of Tallahassee.

Favorite Access event and why?
Coffee & Connections because it separates the serious networkers from the social networkers.

Christina Fanning | Hancock Whitney

Why Tallahassee?
I am originally from Birmingham, but prior to Tallahassee spent 7 years in New York City.  Needless to say the weather here was a huge plus!  When we came to visit I fell in love with all of the trees, and how friendly everyone is.  Tallahassee felt like home, and I am so happy we are here.

Why did you get involved with Access?
I wanted to be a part of an organization that empowered young professionals to build relationships and give back to the community.

Fun fact about yourself?
I trekked up a volcano in the middle of a rain forest in Rwanda, and spent an hour with a family of mountain gorillas while on safari.

 

Jason Hollister | Paul’s Termite and Pest Control

Why did you get involved with Access?

I became a part of Access because I believe that building relationships and collaboration are key aspects of building a good business and a thriving community.

What other organizations are you involved in?

Chair of Chamber Leads Group 2, member of the Leads Advisory Council, member of Village Square, a mentor at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts, a leader at Four Oaks Community Church, F3, and the Tallahassee Ruck Crew.

Fun fact about yourself?

I was an Academy award winning extra in The Help.

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

Slaton Murray | NAI TALCOR

Why Tallahassee?
I never thought I would live in Tallahassee upon graduation from FSU, but watching the growth and diversification our community experienced in a relatively short period of time was eye-opening and made me want to stay.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?
While at Florida State I always heard great things about the organization, but it took me attending my first Access event to recognize its real value. Access presents a platform that allows you to interact with a variety of people in similar stages of their careers. Having these roots already in place when Access members ascend into decision making positions within their businesses/organizations will be critical to the progression of our community.

Fun fact about yourself?
I am an avid backcountry snow skier. I was a certified snow skiing instructor at age 16 but gave up the dream for real estate.

 

Lauren Wallace | Brown & Brown Insurance

Why Tallahassee?

I relocated to Tallahassee because of my boyfriend’s career; he is an Air Traffic Controller at our local airport. We are both alumni of FSU, so being able to support our Noles post collegiately has been a huge bonus! Tallahassee is attractive to all walks of life. We have an abundance of parks and outdoor activities, a great food scene, and so much more. The best part is everyone seems to have the common goal of continued growth, which has been witnessed through several projects and events over the last few years.

What’s the best part about Access?

Access is a great way to connect with young adults eager to make a name for themselves in our community. Everyone is eager to genuinely connect and find someone new to add to their circle.

Cori Butler | Prime Meridian Bank

Justin Cruz | Tally Mac Shack

Trent Sawyer | North Highland