Florida Courier

Business Leaders Sought for Hillsborough County CEOs in Schools Initiative

August 23, 2019

On Oct. 18, nearly 180 Tampa Bay area CEOs will volunteer an entire day at Hillsborough County public elementary schools as part of a new educational initiative, CEOs in Schools.

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Woodland Johnson and Brian Butler Talk CEOs in Schools on Spectrum News 9’s In Depth Segment

August 22, 2019

A lesson in business brought to the classroom. Vistra Communications’ Brian Butler and Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Woodland Johnson discuss the joint educational initiative, CEOs in Schools.

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Newsradio WFLA

Jeff Eakins and Brian Butler Talk CEOs in Schools on AM Tampa Bay

August 16, 2019

Brian Butler President, CEO and founder of Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra) and Superintendent Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County Public Schools, joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss Tampa Bay area CEOs who will volunteer an entire day at Hillsborough County public elementary schools on October 18, 2019. The goal is to have CEOs experience what educators and students do on a day to day basis so that they will have a new perspective on what goes into preparing students for success in the future workforce.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

GrowFL announces the 17 best second-stage companies in Tampa Bay

August 5, 2019

After sifting through 500 second-stage companies throughout Florida, GrowFL has chosen 50 of the best in the state including 17 in the Tampa Bay area.

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New Program Invites CEOs To Spend A Day At Local Schools

August 2, 2019

Local business people have the opportunity to receive a unique look at area schools this fall thanks to a new program.

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Tampa Bay Times

Hooper: Butler partners with Hillsborough Schools to launch CEOs in Schools program

July 22, 2019

For three years, Vistra CEO Brian Butler lent counsel to the faculty and staff of Mort Elementary School. Now he’s trying to help other business leaders make a difference.

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Florida Sentinel Bulletin

CEOs in Schools: Connecting Today’s Executives with Tomorrow’s Leaders

July 12, 2019

In a first of its kind program, local senior executives and CEOs will team up with the “CEO” at our schools – the principal – to see, hear and do the things that our public school teachers, staff and students experience every day.

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Tampa Bay Business & Wealth

CEO Connect with Brian Butler

June 26, 2019

Brian Butler is the president and CEO of Vistra Communications, a full-service marketing, communications and consulting agency that provides a range of integrated marketing, communications and management support services to corporate and government clients. Vistra is an SBA 8(a) and Certified Service, Disabled Veteran – owned Small Business.

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Tampa Bay Business & Wealth

CEOs In Schools Seeking Volunteers

June 4, 2019

Vistra Communications, in partnership with Hillsborough County Schools, is launching an initiative that brings CEOs from the Tampa Bay area into Hillsborough County schools for a day of volunteering. On October 18, 2019, nearly 180 CEOs will volunteer for a day at Hillsborough County elementary schools to make an impact in the lives of students and the community.

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Tampa Bay Business & Wealth

From the White House to Tampa

March 1, 2019

If Brian Butler disappears for too long from the Vistra Communications office in Lutz, his assistant, Pam Mooney, knows where to find him. He’s likely down the road at Mort Elementary School—reading books, dressing in a onesie for a laugh, or high-fiving students.

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Vistra CEO Selected as Outstanding Leader by Greater Tampa Chamber

September 18, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. – (Sept. 18, 2018) – Brian Butler, president and CEO of integrated marketing communications agency Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra), was honored as the 2018 Outstanding Leader during the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year awards. The annual designation recognizes an exemplary leader within the Tampa Bay area.

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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Recognizes Two Tampa Businesses

September 17, 2018

Two small public relations firms from Tampa are being recognized for their success both locally and for their plans to expand nationwide.

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The Contracting Officer Podcast

Relationships in Government Contracting with Brian Butler

September 9, 2018

If you work in the Government acquisition world, this podcast is for you (not just for Contracting Officers!).

Kevin welcomes special guest Brian Butler to discuss the power of building relationships in the government contracting world.

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Vistra Named Finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards

September 4, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. — Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra), an integrated marketing communications agency, was recently named a Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award Finalist for the 2018 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

Every year, the awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. Vistra is one of 21 finalists set to be honored during the Small Business Summit in October.

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Business Observer

Marketing Firm Adds Brand Guru to Executive Team

July 12, 2018

TAMPA — Vistra Communications LLC, a full-service integrated marketing communications firm, named Jamie Needham senior vice president of marketing and communications.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

Vistra Team Member is Honoree for Annual Heroes at Work Award

July 10, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. – Bradley Gordon, a federal programs manager at Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra), is an honoree for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2018 Heroes at Work Awards.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

Meet the 2018 Heroes at Work Honorees

June 5, 2018

The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2018 Heroes at Work Awards aim to recognize Tampa Bay area veterans who, through their professional and personal efforts, are making a positive impact throughout the community.

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SBA Celebrates Small Business Week and These Local Leaders

May 1, 2018

Emerging Leaders across the nation have earned recognition both locally and nationally for their strong leadership and community impact by the Small Business Administration.

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Vistra CEO Named Small Business Administration’s Minority-Owned Business Person of the Year

April 13, 2018

Brian Butler, the chief executive of Vistra Communications, LLC, has been named the 2018 Small Business Administration’s minority-owned small business person of the year in the state of Florida and South Florida District.

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Florida Courier

Black-Owned Public Relations Firm Buys Marketing Company

January 26, 2018

Vistra Communications, a Black-owned public relations and marketing agency in Hillsborough County, has acquired Marketing Associates USA, a Tampa-based marketing promotional and branding agency that specializes in a broad range of services for major corporations and federal government agencies.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

Vistra Communications Expands with Acquisition

December 21, 2017

Vistra Communications LLC, one of Tampa Bay’s largest veteran-owned businesses and the region’s largest public relations firm, is acquiring Marketing Associates USA, greatly expanding the reach of the two combined companies.

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Tampa Bay Business Journal

2017 People First HR Awards: Adrienne Vallejo

November 17, 2017

2017 People First HR Awards – Advertising, marketing and public relations category winner: Adrienne Vallejo, Director of Human Resources, Vistra Communications LLC Adrienne Vallejo has been at Vistra Communications for three years, and now as director for HR is a department of one. She works to serve and enhance the positive environment for the 60-plus member team. She also works with executive leaders to maintain strong business partnerships and helps to drive the company toward a culture of growth and operational excellence.

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CALIBRE Partners with Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra) in Mentor-Protégé Agreement

March 9, 2017

Vistra Communications, LLC has teamed up with CALIBRE Systems, Inc. to participate in a mentor-protégé agreement, in which CALIBRE will provide insight on business development endeavors.

Vistra Communications, LLC (Vistra), a Tampa Bay-based communications strategy and professional solutions agency, has joined with CALIBRE Systems, Inc. (CALIBRE) to participate in a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved 8(a) mentor-protégé agreement. CALIBRE is an employee-owned management consulting and information technology solutions company supporting government and industry.

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Business Observer

Firm Plans to Double Workforce, Move into Larger Space

February 28, 2017

The public relations firm intends to add 50 jobs in the next five years

TAMPA — Public relations firm Vistra Communications plans to nearly double its workforce in the region by 2022 and invest $1.3 million into the community. To accommodate the anticipated growth and addition of 50 new jobs, Vistra has relocated its headquarters to 7,400 square feet in 18315 N. U.S. Highway 41, Lutz.

“The Vistra team is not only focused on our growth as an organization, but committed to the development and sustainability of the Tampa Bay Area,” says Brian Butler, Vistra's president and CEO.

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Telling the Not-For-Profit Story through Form 990

December 5, 2016

Reporting requirement provides an opportunity to educate potential donors, grantors and board members on the organization’s merits.

Sec. 6033 of the Internal Revenue Code requires most tax-exempt organizations to file an annual information return containing income, receipts, disbursements and other information. This seems to be a straightforward requirement — not-for-profit organizations complete and submit a Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, to the IRS for filing. Charitable organizations, however, can capitalize on this compliance requirement by using it to educate donors and market their organizations and programs.

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The Power of Perseverance

October 13, 2016

Brian Butler’s tenacity and leadership helped propel his triple-digit growth and earned him recognition as NaVOBA’s (National Veteran-Owned Business Association) 2016 Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year.

It’s been a big year for Brian Butler, founder and president of Vistra Communications. The 22-year Army veteran and the strategic marketing and communications company he built have received a host of awards and accolades over the past 12 months. In November 2015, Butler was honored as a Hero at Work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Then, in April of this year, Butler was named the SBA’s South Florida District 2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business Person of the Year.

Most recently, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce named Vistra Communications Small Business of the Year and recognized Butler as a finalist for Small Business Leader of the Year. And Vistra was ranked #1 this year in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s List of Public Relations Firms in the Tampa Bay Area. Vetrepreneur also honors Butler this month for his achievements, recognizing him as NaVOBA’s 2016 Minority Vetrepreneur® of the Year.

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2018 SBA South Florida District and State of Florida Minority Owned Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Person of the Year
2018 Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year Award
2016 2017 and 2018 Tampa Bay Business Journal Top PR Firm
2016 Small Business of the Year Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
2016 SBA South Florida District Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year
2016 Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association

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