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Cedar Hames

 
 

Cedar Hames

Founder, In Memorium

When Cedar opened Paradise as a two-person operation on April 1, 2002, his goal was to raise the marketing of destinations, travel, lifestyle and luxury to new levels. By that time, he had become something of an institution in the Tampa Bay business community through his work in traditional media. Over the ensuing 15 years, Cedar grew Paradise into one of the top agencies in the Southeast, with more than 30 employees and an impressive roster of top-level accounts. Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International has named him one of the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in the Travel and Hospitality Industry Worldwide.” In 2017, Cedar orchestrated his retirement by personally selecting Barbara Emener Karasek and Tony Karasek to take over his thriving company. He sought new leadership that mirrored his passion for creating a positive, people-first work environment. And with Barbara and Tony, he knew that his employees were in good hands.