Advisory Council

Access Chair: Patrick O’Bryant | Messer Caparello, P.A.

Why Tallahassee?

I genuinely love Tallahassee. I left for a few years – I’ve lived in Boston, D.C., and London – but I always knew I was going to come back sooner rather than later. Tallahassee is large enough that there is always something to do or something going on, while being small enough that you can actually make a meaningful impact in the community. It’s also exciting watching the growth of this community over the last few years and I knew I wanted to be a part of seeing that continued development.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?

I’m a big believer in being the change you want to see. The opportunity to be involved in an organization that can move the needle so to speak was too good to pass up. Access provides a great opportunity to not only meet other young professionals, but to get plugged into the Tallahassee business community at large.

Favorite TLH Festival?

Word of [South], it’s a unique festival that you wouldn’t expect to find in a place like Tallahassee and it is a ton of fun!

Vicki Bradley | WTXL

Why did you get involved in Access?
After a year in Tallahassee, I knew that I would likely be here for a bit longer. I saw joining Access Tallahassee as an opportunity to meet new people. I’m also always looking for unique stories and examples of the great things happening in our communities. Groups like this one are perfect for achieving those things.

Favorite Access event?
Coffee & Connections – it’s such a positive way to start your day. It’s also an event that works well for people who have long work days or very busy afternoons.

What’s on your Tallahassee bucket list?
Getting the homecoming experience at Florida A&M University. It’s such a big economic driver, it brings in thousands of people and it looks like a lot of fun!

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.

Russ Browning | HUB International

Why Tallahassee?
Tallahassee’s proximity to the coast, national forest/public lands, and freshwater lakes were all huge attractions for me personally, and the opportunity for growth was my top reason professionally.

Favorite Access event?
Coffee and Connections. It’s a great start to a Friday morning when you get to network, and meet new young professionals!

What other organizations are you involved in?
Ducks Unlimited (District 3 Chairman), Tallahassee Ducks Unlimited (Board Member), Tallahassee Chapter Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (Treasurer), North West Florida Chapter Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (Board Member), Florida Association of Insurance Agents (Member), Florida Association of Insurance Agents Young Agents Council (Member), Florida Surveyors and Mappers Society (Member / Endorsed Agent), Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Total Resource Campaign (Volunteer/Team Captain), Leadership Tallahassee Class 37 (Best Class Ever)

Sam Franklin | Prime Meridian Bank

Lili Hoffman | Leadership Tallahassee

Why Tallahassee?

I’ve called Tallahassee home since I was in the Fourth Grade. I left Tallahassee for college the same year my parents moved away for a job opportunity my father had and they could not pass up. However, like most, it did not take long before they were pulled back home and I, shortly after graduating from college. I had a job offered to me in Tallahassee following my graduation, and because this place is such a unique community that has given me experiences far quicker than most of my peers in other cities, I decided to stay long term and it has been one of the best decisions I have made personally and professionally.

What’s the best part about Access?

Easy! The relationships I am building with some of Tallahassee’s most driven and passionate young people in its work force. It is because of the connections I have made in this group that has led me to the position I hold today.

What’s your favorite Access event?

Access does an amazing job of hosting events that suits everyone’s event-style preference and mine would have to be the Power Lunches. I walk away each time with so much new knowledge (and usually about topics I previously believed myself to know quite a bit about). A lot of thought and planning goes into choosing these topics/ speakers for this event and it’s refreshing to be able to walk into an event like this and know for sure, you will enjoy the experience – It is a great way to spend a lunch hour!

Jason Hollister | Indoor Environmental Management

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.

Jaynie Mitchell | Capital City Bank

Why Tallahassee?

I have called Tallahassee home my entire life, aside from a 5 year hiatus in South Florida when I was young. I can honestly say that I have loved calling Tallahassee home during every stage of my life. As a young professional, I can attribute FSU sporting events and the Forgotten Coast as major reasons why I stayed.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?
After graduating from Florida State, I knew that I wanted to get involved with an organization that would aid me in creating solid professional relationships and building my personal networking skills. After finding Access and attending a few events, I knew that I had found the right group.

Favorite TLH Festival?

My favorite festival is TCC’s Uncorked on Campus: Food & Wine Festival. It’s a great way to see the TCC campus and enjoy delicious food and drinks!

Luke Thompson | Ajax Building Company

Why Tallahassee?
Like many others I came to Tallahassee for school, I stayed for many reasons, the primary reason being Tallahassee is a very tightly knit community that gives you a strong sense of purpose and belonging.

Why did you get involved with Access Tallahassee?

I originally got involved through Ajax and have remained involved because of the friendships and connections I’ve made. It’s also a great way to stay up to date on current events with great presenters at the events.

What’s your favorite Access event?
Business and Brews. A great way to unwind on a Thursday afternoon.