EP 63Strengthening Community Through Mentorship
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Strengthening Community Through Mentorship

With Aakash Patel

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Aakash Patel
Founder & President of Elevate, Inc.

In 2012, entrepreneur Aakash Patel founded Elevate, Inc., a strategic business consulting firm providing public relations, community relations, targeted networking, and social media. A Florida State University graduate, master networker, and community leader, before Elevate, Inc.’s launch, Patel was an editorial assistant at the Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee bureau, the public relations coordinator for the Westin Tampa Bay hotel and Aqua restaurant, and the founding business development director for Chamber.com. Current leadership roles include: chairman of The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Centre Club Tampa philanthropy committee chair, Gasparilla Film Festival, TBBJ Leadership Trust, Super Bowl LV Host Committee (2021), Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Board, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, The Tampa Club Board, and Leadership Tampa Bay secretary. Additionally, he is an Op-Ed writer for the Tampa Bay Times and was featured in Forbes as a rising millennial entrepreneur.

Aakash is the 2018 Hindu-American Foundation’s Leader of the Year and the 2019 Indo-U.S. Chamber Businessman of the Year. He formerly served in the 6th Air Mobility Wing, Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, and College Football Championship Host Committee.

A Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award recipient, Aakash completed the National Security Forum at the prestigious Air Force War College, Tampa Bay Chamber Leadership Tampa, FBI Citizen's Academy, Tampa Police Citizen's Academy, Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Neighborhood University, Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute, James Madison Institute (JMI) Regional Fellows Program, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) Leadership Academy, Leadership Tampa Bay, Tampa Connection, College Leadership Florida, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Citizen’s Academy, and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network. His firm was recognized as a South Tampa Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year semi-finalist in 2017 and 2019.

EP63 April 1, 2021