The Tampa Club is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive club operating since 1981 as a private, not-for-profit business and social club benefiting members with fine dining and personalized service. The Club seeks to provide an atmosphere welcoming of the diverse representations of success and the progress of our community's culture, and conducts itself and its business in a manner which fosters prestige and respect. Tampa Club membership consists of senior level executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as military, civic and community leaders. Membership is by invitation and is approved by the Board of Directors. We are a replacement for your office, where your workday can continue seamlessly, or a retreat - a place to reflect, relax and renew.
HISTORY OF THE TAMPA CLUB
The Tampa Club was founded in 1981 by officers Max Hollingsworth (President), John Germany (Vice President), John McWhirter Jr. (Secretary) and William Davis (Treasurer), and directors Gordon Campbell, Leonard Gilbert, David Murphey III, James Taggart and Thomas Henderson III. Though not an officer or director, William MacInnes was perhaps the most instrumental person in the Tampa Club's formation. MacInnes was the TECO Energy Board Chairman from 1967-1984, Exchange Bank Board Chairman until its merger with NCNB, a subsequent NCNB Board member, and a Board member of Host International, the Tampa Club's first management company. These 10 gentlemen founded the Tampa Club to "… fill the need for a truly exclusive and prestigious private business luncheon club here in Tampa."
The Tampa Club held its grand opening on April 12, 1982. It was followed by a special opening reception, held exclusively for members, which took place on April 14th. At the time of its opening, the Tampa Club occupied the 22nd floor penthouse of the NCNB Tower, known today as the Franklin Exchange Building.
The Tampa Club quickly became popular with downtown's community of business professionals. In a few short years, membership had moved beyond its opening number of 350 and the club was outgrowing its home in the NCNB Tower. The Board of Directors looked to Tampa's newest skyscraper, scheduled for completion in 1986, as the address of its future home. Known then as Barnett Plaza, the construction plans for the Class A tower included 577 vertical feet of white Spanish marble spanning two city blocks, an expansive granite plaza with two water features, a magnificent outdoor sculpture by internationally recognized artist Charles Perry, and rich African mahogany lobby walls with brushed brass enhancements. Now known as the Bank of America Plaza, there is still no other building in Tampa providing a more impressive business address.
Atlanta-based firm Ferry-Hayes was contracted to provide the original design for the new club's 22,104 square feet of interiors, centered on the 18th century England theme. The total cost of the new club was $3.5 million and construction took a year. The Tampa Club took up residence in its new home in 1987 and members were captivated by the luxurious setting featuring views of the city, old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough River and historic University of Tampa, available only from Tampa's then-tallest building. Meeting and dining rooms included the Main Dining Room, Grille, Rotunda, Grand Ballroom, Library, Directors' Room, Crystal Room, MacInnes Room and Hollingsworth Room.
In 2006, the club's executive offices were moved out of the club and across the hall. The Germany Boardroom was constructed in the space where the executive offices had been, and the Directors' Room was turned into a business center.
In 2014, the Library was deconstructed in favor of an open, airy lobby lounge. Now, members and guests entering the Tampa Club are treated to a breathtaking panoramic eastern view from the new Skyline Lounge. During the same renovation, the Directors' Room was eliminated and a temperature-controlled Wine Room was constructed in its place.
Always popular with business professionals, the decades have seen expansion in the way Tampa Club members use their club. High rise residences soaring from the heart of downtown, the explosive growth of the Riverwalk and the proliferation of arts and cultural venues have brought with them a richer social enjoyment of the club. Today, the Tampa Club is the truly the premier gathering place for both business and pleasure.
The Tampa Club offers a full calendar of business and social networking opportunities and reciprocity with exclusive private clubs located around the nation. Our private dining, meeting spaces and banquet halls are perfect for