After Adam Vosding left Tampa Bay for Colorado last summer, it didn’t take him long to feel like maybe he shouldn’t have left.
Vosding, a 20-year veteran of Publix Super Markets Inc., moved to Colorado in July 2014, attracted by the lifestyle and the idea of being closer to his sister and her family.
But shortly after his move, he started seeing social media mentions of the activity in downtown Tampa, including Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s development plans.
“I felt like I left a lot behind,” he said.
By early 2015, Vosding was looking to head back east – right around the same time Franklin Street was looking for a general manager for Channelside Bay Plaza.
Vosding took the job in mid-March. It not only marries his background in property management and real estate for Publix – it also ties into his personal passion for live, work, play neighborhoods. He walks to work from his apartment on Harbour Island.
“I love the fact that I’m not relying on my truck for transportation,” he said.
“There’s so much to do downtown.”
Vosding said he’s been showing around a friend, a Tampa native, who’s back in the area after working in New York City and San Francisco – who was “convinced” he did not want to live in Tampa.
“It’s interesting seeing the look on his face,” Vosding said. “He’s seeing a whole new side of Tampa he’s never seen before.”