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Celebrating St. Pete’s Success BurgBorn 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida is a city home to hip folks, an artsy crowd, excellent entrepreneurs and a plethora of 5-star personalities in between. It has gained national recognition for things like being the Sunshine City and the marvelous murals that cover sides of buildings all over downtown. However, the incomparable vibe of the city would not at all be possible without those unique individuals who helped give life back to St. Pete in the last decade or so. BurgBorn 2016 – presented by Keep Saint Petersburg Local and Greenhouse, celebrates St. Pete’s success stories – Thursday, June 16, 2016 at The Mahaffey Theater (located at 401 1st Street Southeast).

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You will not want to miss this all-day event designed to inspire, teach and allow you to connect with absolutely jaw-dropping people who were either born and raised here in Downtown St. Pete, or moved here to create something awesome that has received national or international recognition. Just like our dear friend Olga Bof, who helped create Keep Saint Petersburg Local (KSPL). KSPL is a non-profit working to promote and build a thriving local economy and a unique community.  They do this by nurturing connections for and acting as the voice of locally owned, independent businesses and by raising awareness of the importance of buying local. Bof and her team, along with Greenhouse, are at it again to bring you BurgBorn 2016 thanks to awesome sponsors and ticket buyers! (Get your tickets HERE!)

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Olga Bof, The Go-To Gal of Keep Saint Petersburg Local, smiling with Michael Novilla, owner of gorgeous event space NOVA 535 and!

At BurgBorn in DTSP, VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speaker: Executive Producer (and St. Pete native!) Will Packer. From BurgBorn’s website:

“Will Packer has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers and is one of the only African American producers in the world who has had eight of their films open number one at the box office. Collectively, his films have grossed nearly $1 billion.

Packer’s number one films include Ride Along 2, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like a Man,Takers, Obsessed and Stomp the Yard. In 2015, he served as an executive producer on the mega hit Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of the rap group N.W.A, that also opened number one at the box office and grossed over $200 million to date.”

Purchase your VIP ticket today to have breakfast and hear Packer share his story and meet this man who is “straight outta St. Pete” and has been listed on Variety’s “10 Producers to Watch,” Jet’s “Who’s Hot To Watch” and Ebony’s prestigious “Power 100 List.”

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Will Packer, feature Key Note speaker of BurgBorn 2016 in DTSP. Photo courtesy of

Throughout the day General Admission and VIP ticket holders can enjoy speaker sessions to include Arts in the morning, which highlights Palehorse (Chris Parks) – Digital Illustrator and Gallery Artist, Johnny Vitale of The Vitale Brothers – Mural and Lettering Artist, Bob Devin Jones – Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Studio@620, and Joel Malizia – Co-Founder of Pilot Moon Films.

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Almost everyone knows of these super-cool and ridiculously talented dudes – The Vitale Brothers. Photo Courtesy of The Vitale Brothers Facebook

After lunch, enjoy talks focusing on Tech and Online Business. Speakers include Rachel Carpenter – Co-Founder and CEO of Intrinio, Joe Bardi – Senior Content Strategist of Marxent, Andrew Harlan – Writer and Editor of iLovetheBurg, and Kyle Nardo – Co-Owner of Nardo’s Natural.

In the evening you will hear from an exciting group of speakers on Craft Beverages and Food. Monica Leonard – Founder of Molly’s Suds will share her story along with Ron Petrini – President and CEO of Great Bay Distributors, Inc., Jeffrey Jew – Executive Chef of BellaBrava and Stillwaters Tavern (2BHospitality) and’s friend Mike Harting – Owner and Operator of 3 Daughters Brewing (Did you know that The Washington Post said that 3 Daughters Brewing is “craft beer heaven” and that some team members at 3DB have been buddies since fourth grade?! Harding’s brewery has great vibes for the whole family and Harting contributes his success to Ty Weaver – the Head Brewer, who creates deliciously approachable brews).

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After the conference, there will be plenty of time to network. Purchase your tickets now because who knows who you might meet at BurgBorn 2016 in Downtown St. Pete? Perhaps someone who will encourage you to take the next step in watering that seed of an idea you have and watch it grow right here in The Sunshine City! Plus this directly supports Olg’s Keep Saint Pete Local efforts, and she certainly deserves our love and support! Get your Tickets HERE!

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