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About Us

About The Alliance

Since the Alliance’s inception 14 years ago, we have made over 85 licensed trips to Cuba. We have participated in numerous meetings with Cuban citizens and senior Cuban officials, including nine meetings with former President Fidel Castro and one with President Raul Castro. We have arranged, advised and taken present and former members of the Senate and Congress, business leaders and local elected officials to Cuba.
 
Some of the Alliance’s guests on these trips include:
 
Senators: Jeff Lake, Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Dennis DeConcini, Steven Symms, Larry Craig, James Inhofe, Arlen Specter

Congressmen:
Bill Delahunt, John Tanner, Jim McGovern, Beryl Anthony, Bruce Morrison, Jeff Flake

Governor: Butch Otter

Religious Leaders: Rev. Joan B. Campbell, Monsignor Laurence Higgins

American Artist: Leroy Neiman
 
While the Legislature remains a significant factor in US-Cuba relations, the Alliance believes US-Cuba policy will ultimately be changed from “the bottom-up” not “the top-down.” Accordingly, the Alliance believes Tampa is more relevant to the future of US-Cuba relations than Miami. When a majority of the Tampa City Council, Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa Aviation Authority, Tampa Port Authority, the Mayor of Tampa, and prominent religious & business leaders speak with one voice to establish friendly relations with Cuba it will happen. 

The Alliance has also worked with corporate America in improving relations with Cuba and has arranged travel for FedEx/Kinko’s, J.R. Simplot Company, The Southern Companies, TECO Energy, Tyson Foods, the Wikert Group, the International Association of Drilling Contractors and Vulcan Materials by taking their executives to Cuba on fact-finding missions. 

Advisors

Honorable Beryl F. Anthony, Jr.*
Partner, Sundquist Anthony

House of Representatives (1978-1992)

Jason Busto
Busto Plumbing, Tampa FL

Reverend Joan B. Campbell
Director, Department of Religion

Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua, New York

Dr. Ruth Cowan
Founding President, Pro Mujer

New York, New York

Honorable Dennis DeConcini*
Parry, Romani, DeConcini, & Symms

United States Senate (1977-1995)

Honorable Bill Delahunt
House of Representatives (1997-2011)

Steven M. Ellman
Chairman & CEO, The Ellman Companies

Phoenix, Arizona

Albert A. Fox, Jr.*
Co-founder, Access Management, Inc.
,
Bethesda, Maryland

Commissioner, Martin Luther King, Jr.
 Federal Holiday Commission (1990-1992)

John L. Macdonald*
Chairman, JLM Industries, Inc.

Tampa, Florida

Patrick Mantiega
Editor and Publisher
La Gaceta, Tampa FL

Honorable Bruce A. Morrison
Chairman, Morrison Public Affairs Group

House of Representatives (1983-1991)

Honorable John Ray
Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

District of Columbia City Council (1979- 1997)

Daniel F. Sansone*
Senior Vice President & CFO,
Vulcan Materials Company

Birmingham, Alabama

Honorable Walter J. Stewart*
Griffin, Johnson, Dover & Stewart

Secretary of the United States Senate (1987-1994)

Honorable David A. Straz, Jr.*
Ambassador at Large and Honorary Consulate General
 Republic of Liberia

Tampa, Florida

Honorable Steve Symms
Parry, Romani, DeConcini, & Symms

United States Senate (1981-1993)

House of Representatives (1973-1981)

James R. Wikert
President & CEO
, The Wikert Group

Dallas, Texas

Honorable Alexander B. Trowbridge
(deceased)
President, Trowbridge Partners, Inc.

President, National Assoc.
 of Manufacturers (1980-1990)

Joshua M. Freeman
(deceased)
Chairman & CEO, Carl M. Freeman Companies

Olney, Maryland

From March 22-23, 2013 The Alliance, along with the Center for International Policy, organized a seminar titled “Rapprochement with Cuba: Good for Tampa, Good for Florida, Good for America”. Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Florida) made history at the seminar during her welcoming remarks in which she articulated her changed position on US-Cuba relations. The Congresswoman called for the lifting of the travel ban and the embargo, as well as noting it would be beneficial to sit with the Cuban government to negotiate around the disagreements between the two countries.

Contact Us

8675 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL 33637

PH: (813) 632-3319
FAX: (813) 632-3301