Third Speed Networking Event

April 25, 2017

Dear Supporters of Veterans,

On behalf of the Pinellas County MyVA Community Engagement Board (CEB), I invite you to a unique opportunity for Veterans Service Organizations, non-profits, and government leaders.  We will be hosting our third speed networking event on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Centre located at 1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor, FL 34683. To RSVP for this event now, visit and complete the RSVP form on or before May 12, 2017.

Building upon the success of our first two speed networking activities held in October 2016 and January 2017, this third joint engagement provides you with another opportunity to collaborate, share information, and discuss ways to better support America’s heroes.

Similar to our last networking event, you will be paired with an individual for a five minute time period.  During that time, you will introduce yourself, exchange contact information, and engage in dialogue about the function of your organization and what you do to support Veterans.  The rotation of these pairings will continue throughout the afternoon so we can maximize the number of individuals you meet.  You are encouraged to bring business cards and any other informational products you may have about your organization to share with those you meet.  Also, please feel free to share this invitation with other professional contacts you feel would benefit from this event and who have an interest in helping Veterans who reside in our communities.

Our board was chartered to bring together local Veterans service providers, resources, advocates and other stakeholders to improve outcomes for Veterans, Service members, and their families.  This speed networking event is intended to foster relationships that will enhance our collective ability to address the needs of Veterans living in Pinellas County.


Rev. Fr. Robert “Bob” Swick

Chair, Pinellas County MyVA Community Engagement Board (CEB)

If you plan to join us on May 16, 2017, please RSVP at: by May 12, 2017. For questions or more information, please contact:

Jason W. Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS, at 727-398-9531 or email:

About Jeff Cavanagh

Jeff Cavanagh spent his freshman year at St. Petersburg Junior College back in the early 70s before enlisting in the United States Navy. Soon after, he attended Jacksonville University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After college, he was commissioned and became a qualified Surface Warfare Officer spending the next 22 years honing his skills as a ship-handler and expert recruiter before retiring in 1994. Jeff expresses a deep sense of pride in St. Petersburg College due to connections that go back many years. His father, Tom Cavanagh, was a career Air Force fighter pilot and combat veteran who taught Geography and Western Civilization at St. Petersburg Junior College in the 60’s and 70’s.

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