Owner, The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern
Industry: Hospitalitiy HQ: Babson Park, Florida
How This Boss Makes an Impact for Children in Florida
Having been a working mom throughout her children's and grandchildren's childhoods, Tammy realizes the challenges that working parents encounter with work/life balance and does her best as an employer to provide the flexibility that her employees need. Offering the opportunity for flexible scheduling, allowing employees to leave to go pick up their children from school, and permitting older children of employees to sit in the restaurant's game room until another parent can pick them up, Tammy and her husband Tim make a dedicated effort to accommodate the needs of their employees at The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern in Polk County.
Tammy C. Bracewell, IOM, FCCP began her work in the Chamber of Commerce industry at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce in 1989 as their Communications Manager. Throughout her 24-year career, she ascended through the ranks to eventually becoming President & CEO and being in the role for 13 years. Through her work as president, worked with multiple chambers across the state that eventually led to her managing the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP). She has been president of FACP since January 2015.
She is a graduate of Leadership Brandon (Class of 1995) and Leadership Hillsborough (Class of 2005). She earned her IOM (Institute for Organization Management) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and her FCCP (Florida Certified Chamber Professional) designation from The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals in 2019. She has been recognized with multiple awards, including “Executive of the Year” in 2007, and led the Brandon Chamber to be named its Florida “Chamber of the Year” in 2009. Tammy is a Florida native and resides in Babson Park with Tim, her husband of 41 years, with whom she has also owned and operated a seafood restaurant, The Crooked Bass Grill & Tavern, since 2016. She is the mother of two daughters, Tristen and Tyler, and is the proud grandmother of MacKenzie, 17, and Emmie, 14, who affectionately refer to her “Grandma Goober” – the title she treasures the most among all she has held in her 34 years in the chamber of commerce industry.