United Way Suncoast Selects New Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Banking Executive Bemetra Simmons joins United Way Suncoast

TAMPA, FL (January 31, 2020) – Long-time banking executive, Bemetra Simmons has joined United Way Suncoast as Chief Strategy and Operations Officer. Bemetra brings a strong background in finance, operations, and strategy to the organization.

“We are so excited to have Bemetra fill such a pivotal leadership role at United Way Suncoast. There really could not be a more qualified community and business leader to help us meet our goals and elevate community impact,” said Jessica Muroff, CEO, United Way Suncoast.

Bemetra most recently served as Florida Managing Director at Mutual of Omaha Bank. In her position, her primary role has been to grow the Bank’s portfolio as well as to raise the Bank’s profile through community and civic engagement.  She has worked in financial services for over 15 years.  Prior to Mutual of Omaha, she began her professional career as an Account Manager with WorldCom and served as a Global Account Manager for AT&T Global Services.  She attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN on a basketball scholarship and received a B.S. in Business Administration. She then earned her MBA from Wake Forest University.

Bemetra is active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees for Christian Brothers University, Community Tampa Bay and The City of Tampa’s Police Review Board. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a 2013 Leadership Tampa graduate, was named an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2013 and a finalist for Businesswoman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2017.  She is currently a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVIII. Bemetra is the daughter of an Air Force Chaplain and has lived in ten states and two countries.  Bemetra along with her twin sister, Demetra, is a co-founder of Corporate Homie, a career, lifestyle and advice company and podcast dedicated to assisting professionals in navigating the waters of corporate America.

“I cannot express how excited I am to utilize my previous business and banking background at the United Way Suncoast to make our community the best it can be,“ said Simmons.

Bemetra will begin work for United Way Suncoast on February 10, 2020.

About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, helping adults achieve long-term financial stability and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. We are proud to serve the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community.
For more information, visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org