Make us your home page
Instagram

Tampa Bay businesses gear up for World Cup kickoff

Dnnis Lugo watches Thursday's USA-Germany World Cup match during lunch in an office conference room at Bauer Foundation in Odessa. [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times]

Dnnis Lugo watches Thursday's USA-Germany World Cup match during lunch in an office conference room at Bauer Foundation in Odessa. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times]

World Cup fever is sweeping through office break rooms and cubicles and anywhere else interested workers can watch the big soccer match between the United States and Germany, which starts at noon.

At Grow Financial employees are competing in a contest launched earlier this month, with each worker choosing a World Cup team to support. Every win earns the employee a chance to pick a prize out of a bucket, including time off or a free lunch.

Some companies like website consulting firm Socius Marketing in Tampa plan watch parties during lunchtime, bringing in pizza for their cheering masses. Others, like the Tampa unit of Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau, will have TVs blaring the games in conference rooms, even if no formal festivity is planned.

Few office climates, however, may compare in intensity and rivalry to the Odessa headquarters of Bauer Foundation. The German-owned maker of construction equipment is bringing in food for about two dozen workers.

Even though a tie ensures both teams advance to the next round, Mike Germana, CEO of the Odessa operation wants to beat his bosses back in Schrobenhausen, Germany.

"The agreement I have with my colleagues in Germany is that if the game is going well, they may receive a text message from me," Germana said. "If the game is not going so well, my phone is not working and I don't have good cell phone reception."

Tampa Bay businesses gear up for World Cup kickoff 06/26/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena

    Tourism

    The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011, before public pressure was placed on the theme park company to curtail its orca shows.SeaWorld has since announced an end to the traditional killer whale entertainment  at its theme parks. [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  2. Rick Scott appoints longtime ally Jimmy Patronis as Florida CFO

    State Roundup
    Rick Scott appoints Jimmy Patronis (background) as CFO. [STEVE BOUSQUET | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

    Tourism

    TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend.

    The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dropped to $1.99 at a Rally station on Pasadena Ave. South and Gulfport Boulevard South, South Pasadena.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  4. Air bag recalls, lawsuits lead Takata to file for bankruptcy

    Autos

    Shattered by recall costs and lawsuits, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed Monday for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.

    Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. CEO Shigehisa Takada bows during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of defective air bag inflators.
[(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi]
  5. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.

    Corporate

    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.