The Tampa Connection began the tradition of recognizing its outstanding alumni with the “Citizen of the Year” award in 2005. The Tampa Connection’s Board of Directors selects the award recipient from alumni who have made an impact on our community through volunteering, non-profit service and other significant accomplishments.

In 2009, the award was renamed after Betty Tribble, the award’s first recipient. Betty retired as Vice President of The United Way of Tampa Bay in 2013 and was a long standing board member for The Tampa Connection.

Past recipients of The Tampa Connection Betty Tribble Citizen of the Year Award include:

Betty Tribble – United Way of Tampa Bay

Simon Canasi – Morgan Stanley

Jim Shimberg, Jr. – Tampa Bay Lightning

Gordon Gillette – TECO Energy 

Suzanne Murchland-Luecke  – Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Foundation

Gary Sasso – Carlton Fields

Chief Jane Castor – Tampa Police Department

Marion Albanese – Ernst & Young

 Tracy Veillette – Tech Data

T. Corey Neil – The Bank of Tampa