Proforma Affiliate Owner Recognized as 2020 Business of Pride Honoree
Christie Hattersley, co-owner of C-Suite Promotions Powered by Proforma, has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as a 2020 Business of Pride Individual Ally Honoree. This recognition is given annually to one individual who does not identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, but consistently advocates for its individuals and issues.
Hattersley is chair of the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and plays an integral role in helping to realign its mission and goals to better represent the community.
“We do our best to support legislation that is positive, such as the Equality Act, but also loudly oppose legislation that impacts the community negatively,” Hattersley said. “I think one of the largest challenges is that this is a community that is frequently left out of inclusion and diversity conversations. We have worked to make sure the city of Tampa accepts the LGBTBE certifications and that this community is given minority consideration. We will continue to spread awareness whenever possible.”
As a small business owner and affiliate member of the Proforma Network, Hattersley has a unique opportunity to help support organizations in and around her community. Being an independent business owner with the support and stability of a $500 million organization like Proforma provides her the flexibility to focus her time, energy and enthusiasm on important issues while building and sustaining a successful business.
“We are extremely proud of Christie for her dedication to and support of the LGBTQ+ community here in Tampa,” said Proforma CEO Vera Muzzillo. “Her great success as a business owner paired with her passion for social justice and equality is an inspiration to each of us in the Proforma Family.”