Kelly Flannery, Woman of the Year 2017BIOGRAPHY
As the president and CEO of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, voted the #1 Chamber in Tampa Bay by the readers of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Kelly works with business owners and community leaders each day to make South Tampa the best place to live, work and play. Kelly is a graduate of The Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science. Prior to her work at the Chamber her background includes sales, marketing and management for the Centre Club, GrillSmith Restaurants and locally owned Toffee To Go.

A Tampa native, Kelly is actively involved in the community as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Operations Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base and serves on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals. Kelly is a two-time finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year.

Kelly and her husband, Jim, are residents of South Tampa and enjoy traveling, great food and wine, and are active in their church. On weekends they like to explore the local community and spend time with their rescue dog, Zoey.

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year Finalist, 2014 & 2016
  • Honorary Commander for the 6th Operations Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, 2015-17
  • FBI Citizens Academy, Class of Fall 2016
  • Tampa Police Department Citizens Police Academy, Class of Spring 2015
  • City of Tampa Mayor’s Neighborhood University, Class of Fall 2014
  • Hillsborough County Government Leadership University, Class of 2014


  • Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Board of Directors, 2016-Present
  •  City of Tampa Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee, 2016-Present
  •  Florida Association of Chamber Professionals Board of Directors 2015-Present
  • Equality Means Business Advisory Board 2015-Present
  •  Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizen’s Advisory Committee, 2015
  • University of Tampa Employers Advisory Board 2014-15
  • Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors 2012-14
  • Tampa Bay Seminole Club Board of Directors 2012-13
  • Proud member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Florida Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Working Women of Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay, The Centre For Women, The Tampa Elks Lodge #708, The Centre Club


Executive Files, Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2016

South Tampa Chamber names Flannery president, Tampa Bay Business Journal, February 2014

South Tampa chamber’s focus on more opportunities, Tampa Tribune, April 2014