About Us

Our Mission: Tampa Bay Bears is a gay, male brotherhood organization created to promote fellowship and social bonding among "Bears" (hirsute men), "cubs," Levis/Leather men and admirers of all of the former. The Club strives to provide a safe network for singles and couples to socialize regularly, where all members treat each other with respect. We seek to promote positive inter-club relations within the local, regional, national, and international bear and Levi/Leather communities. We also encourage a positive public image of the Bear Community within the larger, global community.

 

Membership is open to any male voted into the group who is hirsute or admires hirsute men. There are no physical characteristics required for membership.

2021 Board of Directors

Richard Auth

Richard Auth

President

Richard (he/him/his) was born in Florida and raised in Saint Petersburg. He has been continuously active with the Bears since 2017/18 and joined the board quickly serving as a member at large. Richard then served as your Vice President and now your current President. Richard works as a paramedic in a surrounding county since 2011. Richard brings experience sitting on the executive board of the county EMS Union and as their President. Richard enjoys all things bear related. His free time is spent in the outdoors with his husband Michael, and their two huskies.

Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

Secretary

Originally from Washington state, Chris (he/him/his) has been in the Tampa Bay area since 1998. Chris joined the Tampa Bay Bears in 2017, and joined the board in 2018. Chris works for an international multi-channel retailer in the HR technology group, supporting employee development, global intranets, and internal communications. He is also the co-chair for the company's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. During Chris's free time he can be found working with his husband, caring for their tropical garden, and taking care of their two whippets. Chris loves to support people and businesses by bringing them together.

Ron Hill

Ron Hill

Board Member at Large

The community of Bears is ‘my people’ and gravitated towards bear venues early on. I think music should always be playing and enjoy all kinds. Especially live music but country line dancing has been an outlet since I was 19. Oh for the days when I could spend the entire night on the dance floor!

My first job was Disney. After high school I spent 4 years in the Navy, where I got my start in the medical field. I’ve worked retail , owned a business and waited tables (who hasn’t!) but always returned to healthcare. From medical records to sterile processing and supplies. Now pulling on all my customer service and healthcare experience, in account management for a great medical supply chain analytics company.

I joined TBB several years ago, but didn’t remain active - life happens. Wanting to connect to the community again, 3 (or 4?) years ago I returned. After a year attending parties and events, I felt the club could grow and be more in the community at large. So I became a Board Member in order to help. Believing if you want to see more from the things you enjoy, you have to pitch in and give it your energy!

We have changed a lot since then, continuing to evolve today. The guys on the Board, past and present, really care about the membership and push for the best in the club. The future of the club is exciting and I look forward to helping develop the potential and seeing where we grow!
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Kyle Hallberg

Kyle Hallberg

Board Member at Large

Kyle (he/him/his) has been in the Tampa Bay area since 2020 and has been heavily involved with the Tampa Bay Bears the past year. Kyle is a full-stack web developer/engineer and enjoys building functional websites to mid-sized/smaller businesses. During Kyle’s free time you can find him traveling with his husband, Thomas, doing home renovations, and watching informational YouTube videos.

Tommy Whitehead

Tommy Whitehead

Board Member at Large

Tommy is the owner of one of 42 LGBT Certified construction companies nationwide. Professionally he is a Florida Licensed Residential Contractor with extensive experience in Residential Construction. Personally, Tommy is very proud of his family, Nathan (husband) and Matthew (11 year old son). When not volunteering at his son’s school or LBGT organizations, Tommy loves spending time with his family at local theme parks, museums and the pool. Tommy joins the Tampa Bay Bears as a board member and head of the Event Committee this year. He looks forward to throwing some great parties, meeting new people and helping the TBB mix social events with charity causes.

Joshua Voss

Joshua Voss

Board Member at Large

Joshua (He/Him/His) has been in the Tampa Bay area and a member of the Tampa Bay Bears since 2019. He was born in Tennessee but moved to Florida when he was 4 years old, growing up in the Seminole area. Joshua enjoys video games, astrology, arts and crafts and martial arts. He works full time as a Home Health Pediatric Nurse and part-time licensed massage therapist. On his idle days, you can catch him at home being rather crafty, or "yelling at" (I mean playing) video games. Joshua also runs the Gaymers of Southwest Florida. His boyfriend Luis is also a member of the Tampa Bay Bears, and they enjoy meeting new bears and going to all of the events.

Bud Gunter

Bud Gunter

Vice President

Bud has been involved in the community since moving to Tampa Bay in the mid 80’s. He was part of the Bay Area Human Rights Coalition which was one of the three founders of the Film Fest (TIGLFF). Later in the mid 90s he served on the board and then as President of the Tampa Bay Business Guild now known as the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Tampa Bay Bears in 2014 and went on to be the President and now Vice President.

Originally growing up in Central Florida, he has moved around to various cities before settling in Tampa. While in Indianapolis, he got his BA in Finance from IU. Later on he got his MBA at USF in Tampa. Some of his favorite cities to have lived in were Coconut Grove and Key West. He brought those influences back to his home in Tampa which has hosted a TBB pool party and a Holiday event. Professionally he is a mortgage broker owning the firm Sharpe Mortgage.

Alan McAdams

Alan McAdams

Treasurer

Alan (He/Him/His) has been in the Tampa Bay area since January 2015 and shortly after joined the Tampa Bay Bears. Alan is currently on the Board and is Treasurer for which he has served since 2015. Until Covid 19 hit, he and his husband, Dwight, were known for hosting at least one pool party a year at their home. Alan is a retired Physical Therapist Assistant with Over 35 years experience. His interest include music, gay independent films, and old cars. He has been active in the Bear community since attending his first Run at Bear Bust ’94 in Orlando. Alan is a former member of Gulf Coast Bears and won the title of Mr. Gulf Coast Bear in 2009.

Michael Auth

Michael Auth

Board Member at Large

Thomas Hallberg

Thomas Hallberg

Board Member at Large

Thomas (he/him/his) has been in the Tampa Bay area since 2020 and has been heavily involved with the Tampa Bay Bears. Thomas enjoys all things bears, from event planning to execution. Thomas holds a master’s degree in accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant. Thomas works for one of the largest accounting firms in the world providing financial statement audits, primarily for public companies. During Thomas’s free time, he and his Husband, Kyle, enjoy traveling, bear events, and miscellaneous adventures.

Kendal Summers

Kendal Summers

Board Member at Large

Kendal (he/him/his), his partner Miles, and their dogs, Jackson the Maltipoo and Banjo the Goldendoodle moved from Indiana to St Pete – Clearwater in 2018 and have been active in the Tampa Bay Bears since joining in early 2019. Kendal works in sales for a merchandise agency. He currently serves on the board of the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber, as well as the state association of his industry. Over the years, Kendal has held board seats on multiple other professional workplace diversity and LGBTQ pride organizations. During Kendal’s free time you can find him and Miles at Disney, the theatre, concerts, traveling, or at a nearby beach.

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