The Humane Society of Tampa has a new center, thanks to the largest donation in its history going back 100 years.
On December 12, the society officially broke ground for the Talk Fusion Animal Health Center. Bob Reina, founder and CEO of Talk Fusion, donated one million dollars to the Humane Society to build the center.
According to Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society, said they had been talking about building the center for several years. They had bought the property at 3809 N Armenia in December 2009. At that time, it held an abandoned funeral home. Urban Studios was the architect designing the new building. The Humane Society hired A D Morgan to be construction manager. Reina’s contribution made possible the construction of the animal health center. The old funeral home was torn down in November 2011.
Reina dedicated the donation to his deceased dogs, Shadow Reina and Thunder. The Humane Society planned to use the Memorial Animal Center to provide low cost spaying and neutering to pets in Tampa Bay. The plan was to give affordable, full-service veterinary care. It would also give homeless animals in shelters more extensive medical care.
Over 11 years ago, Reina wanted to send an email to a friend of his with a video embedded in it. AOL told him that was technically impossible, but he and a programming friend of his figured out how to accomplish it. Knowing that many other people would enjoy emailing embedded videos for fun and for business, in 2007 he started Talk Fusion, and structured it as a network marketing companies.
Since then, that company has gone into 85 different countries. It’s now the 8th largest video sharing platform on the Internet. Recently they introduced a 30-day free trial offer to enable people to try the service out. They also offer a unique service to their sales representative, Instant Pay. As soon as a representative signs up a customer, they are immediately paid for it. Their available services have expanded from offering just the videos embedded in email to video newsletters, video chat and live meetings.