Governor appoints Gregory Celestan to term on Tampa port board


Date: March 31, 2014

Contact: Andy Fobes, TPA PR Director, 813.905.5132 or

greg-celestan-newsTAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the recent gubernatorial appointment of Gregory Celestan as newest commissioner for Florida’s largest port. Celestan, appointed for a four-year term by Gov. Rick Scott, is expected to attend his first official board meeting April 15.

Originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., Celestan is founder and CEO of Celestar Corporation, a consulting firm that provides support to the U.S. government and private industries worldwide, headquartered in Tampa. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service. He was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Florida in 2010. Some of his local involvements include a seat as a trustee on the board of the Bank of Tampa; member of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation Board and member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay. He is also a Past Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He attended the University of Washington and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Celestan’s board term will end Nov. 25, 2017.

“We look forward to working with our new port commissioner, Greg Celestan, who has been a very active and well-respected professional in Tampa for a long time. Our excellent board of commissioners will be enhanced by the impressive leadership skills and savvy that Mr. Celestan will bring to the table, and I am looking forward to his impact upon the board, the port community and to the momentum of our world-class port,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.

Tampa Port Authority regular board meetings are held at 9:30 a.m., the third Tuesday of each month, at the port authority’s headquarters, 1101 Channelside Drive, in Tampa. The monthly board meeting agenda is posted prior to the meetings, on the port authority web site.

About Port Tampa Bay

PTG-logoPort Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit

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Celestar one of many sponsors for the 2014 Tampa Bay AirFest

On March  22 & 23, 2014, Celestar was one of the many sponsors for the 2014 Tampa Bay AirFest.

Celestar Participates in the 2013 Tampa Bay Heartwalk

On 11/2/2013 Celestar Participates in the 2013 Tampa Bay Heartwalk.

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Celestar Corporation Awarded Department of State Contract

On July 21, 2013 Celestar Corporation was awarded the Department of State Contract.

Celestar was proud to be a sponsor at the Women in Defense Chapter Charter Celebration!

Celestar was proud to be a sponsor at the Women in Defense Chapter Charter Celebration!

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Celestar is featured in The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Video, Minding YOUR Business

Minding YOUR Business – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce*

Published on YouTube | April 22, 2013

This Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce video highlights the business climate in Tampa Bay and features Celestar! Check it out….

Celestar was proud to be a main sponsor at the South Tampa Chamber Annual Officer, NCO & Enlisted Reception!

Celestar was proud to be a main sponsor at the South Tampa Chamber Annual Officer, NCO & Enlisted Reception!

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South Tampa Chamber Military Affairs & Celestar Corp Holds Annual Officer, NCO & Enlisted Reception

Published on PRWeb | May 3, 2013

This annual reception gives military men and women the opportunity to meet community leaders, business owners and military supporters in a casual setting as well as gives the community the opportunity to come out and thank the military men and women for all they do for this country.

WHO: The general public can register for the reception here.

WHEN: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

WHERE: The Grand Court – 4902 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611

REGISTER: Sign up on the event page. Ticket prices are: $15 for Chamber Members, $20 for Non-Members, and $25 day of event for all.

About the South Tampa Chamber Military Affairs Committee:

The Military Affairs Committee’s function is to build a relationship between MacDill Air Force Base and the South Tampa Community and to support this nation’s military men and women who serve this country. The South Tampa Chamber Military Affairs Committee works to welcome the many officers from countries that are part of the Coalition Forces stationed at Central Command. Through various events and efforts, the South Tampa Chamber Military Affairs Committee helps to support the Family Resource Center at MacDill, a center designated to help all military persons with financial, emotional and family demands.

About Celestar Corporation:

Celestar is a SBA Certified 8(a) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business with headquarters in Tampa, FL and a satellite office in Reston, VA. Celestar Corporation provides creative, innovative, and cost-effective service solutions to the U.S. Government and Private Industry worldwide. The cornerstones of Celestar’s operations are integrity, agility, initiative, and dedication. Celestar’s corporate passion statement is to “make a difference” and continuously strive to do so for customers, communities, and valuable team members.

Media Contacts:

Teresa Foss, Military Affairs Chair
(813) 503-9889
Paddy Moses, Military Affairs Vice Chair
(813) 289-0800

Celestar Adds a Senior Financial Advisor to the Board

Published on PRWeb | April 23, 2013

Celestar Corporation, a knowledge and technology consulting company focused on providing innovative solutions to our clients in the government and commercial markets, announced the addition of a new member, B. Terry Aidman, to its corporate Advisory Board.
“Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board and will help guide us through possible acquisitions over the next couple of years,” says Gregory Celestan, CEO of Celestar Corporation.

As a Certified Public Accountant with diverse experience, he provides strategic accounting and business services to privately-held and publicly-traded clients across a spectrum of industries. Also, as a Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor, he also provides corporate financial advisory and transition services to mid-market clients, representing their interests in sales, mergers and acquisitions, and providing strategic business planning and management consulting services.

Mr. Aidman developed a leading position in Tampa Bay as the Managing Partner of Aidman, Piser & Company, serving mid-market businesses, entrepreneurs and publicly-traded corporations. He also previously served as both the director of tax services and as Managing Partner for the Tampa Bay offices of an international accounting firm.

He attended Southern Methodist University and graduated from the University of South Florida (“USF”) with a degree in Accounting. He currently serves on and is past chair of the USF School of Accountancy Advisory Board, and is a member of the USF President’s Council and an honorary member of Beta Alpha Psi. He has also served on the advisory boards of the Accounting Conferences of both USF and the University of Florida.

Mr. Aidman was recently named Executive in Residence for the School of Business at USF where he also serves on the Dean’s executive advisory board. Mr. Aidman also serves as a member of Vistage (formerly The Executive Committee), an international organization dedicated to the effectiveness of CEOs.

Mr. Aidman has taught, lectured and written articles on a variety of accounting topics. In addition to serving as an editorial advisor for the Journal of Accountancy, his credits include a weekly tax column, a monthly “Tax Tip” for regional television, and a monthly video presentation for a national education program.

Active in the local community, he received both The American Institute of Certified accountants, (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) Public Service Awards for his commitment to community service. He has served on the boards of numerous civic, professional, social and religious organizations, including past service as president of his congregation and chairman of Tampa’s Convention Center Board. He has served on numerous boards including the Board of Governors for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Major General Longo Commends Celestar Teammates for Job Well Done

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Major General Richard Longo emailed Francesco Mastracchio to inform him of the excellent service that was being provided to directly support his staff by the Celestar Team. He specifically recognized Robert Oxendine, a JIOC-TAAS teammate, for his outstanding counternarcotics analyst support.

MG Longo states, “The willingness to embrace narcotic and corruption challenges while leading complex COMISAF requirements, ISAF CN training, and acting as the sole CN interlocutor between the various CJIATF-A organizations and ISAF interests is an important catalyst in the progress of our mission. In my opinion, the level of service is far beyond our expections.”

We greatly express our appreciation to Robert Oxendine for providing such commendable service.

Celestar Quality Policy

Sustained superior performance is our quality benchmark. We continuously strive to fully meet even the most demanding internal and external customer’s expectations through continuous process improvement and the rigorous application of the highest standards of integrity, aggressive teamwork, diligent professionalism, dedicated service and a focus on responsiveness and agility.