Denny Umphreys

Meet Denny Umphreys! Denny is a lender with Van Dyke Mortgage here in St. Pete. Denny recently sat down with me to talk about why he loves our amazing city!

Originally from South Tampa, Denny loves to work & play in St. Pete as a drummer for the rock band “Honeywhat.”  “The music scene here in DTSP is active, hip, fun & local. I love performing for the people of St. Pete because of their enthusiasm & love for live music. My favorite place to perform is Janus Landing. It is amazing. My favorite music festival to attend is the Reggae Rise up at Vinoy Park. There is so much to love about the music scene here in DTSP!”

When Denny is not financing mortgages for buyers or playing live music, he spends time with his infant daughter & girlfriend, Cassidy.

Thanks for sitting down with me Denny!

You can read his interview below.


Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?

Answer: “I attended an after-school computer programming class and my parents influenced me to become a mortgage lender. My parents have been in the industry for 30 years. My step-dad was an financial adviser for the Bank of Tampa. It seemed natural that I would go down this path.”

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in DTSP, and what do you love there?

A: “I LOVE The Cider Press cafe! The ultimate burger & the good beer selection make this my favorite stop. I am all about eating healthy & The Cider Press Cafe makes it easy & delicious.”

Q: How long have you lived or worked in DTSP?

A: “I have worked in DTSP for two years but have been playing live music in DTSP for 7.”

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in DTSP?  Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of DTSP?

A: “Kevin Chadwick, Rachel Sartain, Michael Reedy & Tom Baker (I know that isn’t one person, sorry Chris!). They are a strong influence for the culture of Keller Williams and in the real estate industry here in St. Pete.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?  And why?

A: “Costa Rica. It is a surfing paradise at an affordable price. It is also much more accessible from Florida than other surfing spots like California, Australia, Portugal or Fiji.”

Q: What is your favorite movie or TV Series OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?

A: “Band of Brothers is my favorite TV series. The character development was excellent & that show really showcased the greatest generation.”

Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?

A: “Slow down & enjoy the scenery.”

Q: What is something on your bucket list?

A: “Skydiving. I am an adrenaline junkie. Jumping out of a perfectly good plane must be so intense!”

Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?

A: “As a musician, Rock n Roll is my favorite type of music. I would like to see: Jimi Hendrix, Incubus & Led Zepplin.”

Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about DTSP?

A:Ale on the Witch or Ruby Elixir. Those are two places I begin & end my evening at.”

Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch?  Why?  Where in DTSP would you have lunch?

A: “I would like to have lunch with Elon Musk. He is an innovator & a titan of his industry. I would love to pick his brain & gain some business insight. I think he would enjoy Bella Brava.”

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about DTSP?

A: “The live music scene here in St. Pete is great. I am glad to be apart of it.”

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A: “In a beautiful home with my family on a golf course in the Tampa Area.”

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?

A: “I listen to Outcast at least once a week. It is a guilty pleasure of mine.”

Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?

A: “Love, care & peace.”

Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of DTSP?

A: “Brett Andress. The owner of The Ale & Witch. He knows how to run a bar and run it exceptionally well. Between the excellent beer on tap & the live music they they offer, The Ale & Witch is a pillar in the DTSP bar scene.”

Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?

A: “Ha definitely Seth Rogen. He is absolutely hilarious.”

Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?

A: “I hate to clean, so having a house keeper is a no brainier. I would be able to focus on my daughter & music.”

The Faces of Downtown St. Pete was created to showcase the diverse community we live in & the wonderful people that make it so special. If you would like to nominate someone interesting for this project, please email me at


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