Each year, the Executive Committee, meeting as the Nominating Committee, approves by consensus a slate of officers and directors to be presented to our membership. An election takes place at an annual luncheon meeting (usually in December) with the new officers and directors taking office on January 1 of the following year.
CHAIR: CINDY O’CONNELL | email@example.com
Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation
PRESIDENT: BILL MOOR | Moor.firstname.lastname@example.org
President of Capital City Investments and Capital City Trust Company
Bill Moor is President of Capital City Investments and Capital City Trust Company. The combined entities have over $1.4 billion in assets under management and annual revenues over $8 million. Bill Moor has worked at Capital City for 30 years managing the credit department, commercial loan operations and the investment portfolio for the bank.
Bill was a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class VII, and has served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Governors for Leadership Tallahassee. Bill also is a member of Leadership Florida, a graduate of Class XVI, and has served twice as regional chair for Leadership Florida. Bill’s involvement with Leadership Florida includes the Board of Directors, selection committee, class program ommittee, recruitment and fundraising; currently Bill serves on the finance committee.
Bill has served as an officer of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council since 2007, and was Chair of the Board for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for 2011-2012. Bill served as Treasurer of the Economic Development Council for 2013-2016.
Bill has served on the Community Bankers of Florida. Bill currently serves on Florida Bankers Association Wealth Management Executive Committee, and the Florida Bankers Association Board of Directors. In addition to these statewide boards, Bill has been active with the American Heart Association Florida Puerto Rico Affiliate as board member, Secretary/Treasurer, Investment Committee chair, Business Operations committee chair and served on the AHA National Center Investment subcommittee overseeing the management of over $345 million.
Bill has chaired the Leon Division of the American Heart Association, the Tallahassee YMCA, the Leon Advocacy and Resource Center, and chaired the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority for four terms where he is remains a board member. In 2007, Bill was chosen from a select group of Tallahassee applicants to participate as a catalyst in the inaugural Knight Creative Communities Initiative.
Bill is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and is active on the finance committee and the Church’s Foundation Board. Bill is on the board of the Governor’s Club in Tallahassee and currently serves as its Treasurer. Bill is a member of Capital Tiger Bay Club, and the Economic Club of Florida where he serves on the board and as its Secretary.
Bill graduated from University of Florida with a degree in Finance and has an MBA from Florida State University. Bill is Series 7 and 24 licensed with FINRA, and he is licensed as a Florida real estate salesperson.
Bill enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, gardening and spending time at the beach with his family.
VICE PRESIDENT: JOHN BRADLEY | email@example.com
Senior Investment Officer at the State Board of Administration of Florida
Mr. Bradley is a Senior Investment Officer at the State Board of Administration of Florida (SBA). The SBA manages the assets of the Florda Retirement System, one of the largest pension funds in the world. Mr. Bradley is currently responsible for the organization’s $16 billion private equity program, consisting of more than 170 partnerships with over 60 private equity firms.
Mr. Bradley attended Florida State University, where he received a B.S. in Finance and Multinational Business (April 2001), as well as his Masters degree in Business Administration (April 2005).
Mr. Bradley is an active member of the Institutional Limited Partners Association, serving for six years on the organization’s Research, Benchmarking and Standards Committee. He currently serves on the board of Tallahassee Young Life and resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife and three children.
SECRETARY: BARNEY BISHOP | firstname.lastname@example.org
President & CEO of Barney Bishop Consulting, LLC
An outspoken advocate for the free enterprise system, Barney is the immediate past President & CEO of Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), which is known as The Voice of Florida Business. AIF was founded in 1920 and is commonly referred to by the state press as “the most powerful business association in the state.” A lobbyist since 1979 he has been called by a state newspaper “a business lobbyist icon.”
A native-born Floridian and Eagle Scout, Barney is a serial entrepreneur who just founded his third company last year – Barney Bishop Consulting. Prior to joining AIF, he had started two successful companies: a private detective agency in Orlando in the 1970’s called TRAK Detective Agency and The Windsor Group, a strategic public affairs firm in Tallahassee for 12 years beginning in the early 90’s. Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Lucy Morgan named him to her 2010 list of the Top 40 Democrats in Florida, the only business association executive so named in either party. He was a weekly television political commentator on the Mike Vasilinda Show, and he has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and every major newspaper in the state. He also is a contributor to the Southern Political Reporter and he has appeared on the national Fox News and Fox Business News discussing such issues as mega-resorts and over-regulation by the EPA. He is also a former Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party and has worked for the then-Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. And before that he worked as an aide to then-Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Gunter.
Barney’s civic accomplishments include an appointment by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Commission on Community Service and he later became chair of the Commission’s direct service organization – Volunteer Florida Foundation. He was appointed by then-Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson to the Florida Hurricane Catastrophic Fund Advisory Council and served for the first six years of its existence. In 2003 he was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida A & M University Board of Trustees. Prior to that he was appointed by Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox to two terms on the City of Tallahassee Airport Advisory Committee which he later chaired. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Gubernatorial Fellows Program and is the current chair of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation which is the DSO for the Department of Juvenile Justice. He is also the founding and current chair of the Volunteer USA Foundation which just recently changed its name to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
He is a former president of the prestigious Governors Club in Tallahassee and he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Florida TaxWatch and also as vice chair of their Center for Smart Justice, the Board of Directors of the Collins Center for Public Policy, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, the American Board of Physicians Specialists – Internal Medicine Committee. He was most recently appointed by the Leon County Commission to the Board of Governors of the Leon County Research & Development Authority which oversees the city’s research and manufacturing district called Innovation Park where he is now the vice chair. Before leaving AIF, he was elected by all of his peers as the vice chair of the State Association Group and he also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, DC.
He attended Miami-Dade College on a debate scholarship and then transferred to Emerson College in Boston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in both Political and Judicial Communication, and History. In 2008 he was inducted into the Miami-Dade College Hall of Fame and in 2011 he was termed out after eleven years as the co-chair of the Emerson College Board of Overseers.
Barney is married to the former Shelby Lynn Stinson of Montverde, Florida and she is the executive assistant to the Florida Secretary of State, and they reside in Tallahassee.
TREASURER: LO BIELBY | BielbyL@gtlaw.com
Shareholder resident in Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee, Florida office
Lo Bielby is a principal shareholder, resident in global law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee office. Lo is a business trial lawyer, with more than 30 years’ experience representing businesses in jury and non-jury trials, and administrative and licensure matters. He regularly serves as first chair, managing trial teams, and has successfully obtained verdicts in more than 100 jury, bench, administrative, and appellate matters. Lo is consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America, and holds the highest rating (AV Preeminent) for ethical standards and professional ability. He handles commercial business disputes, labor and employment matters, trademark / tradename, non-competes, product liability defense, and Florida cannabis regulatory law. Lo is a certified circuit civil mediator. Lo also serves on the Board of the Tallahassee Bar Association, as well as several committees of the Florida Bar.
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: BEN WATKINS | email@example.com
Director, Florida Division of Bond Finance
Mr. Watkins was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Cabinet as Director of the Division of Bond Finance in July of 1995 and has served under four Governors. The Division of Bond Finance is responsible for issuing bonds for the State of Florida and advising on other debt management policies for the State. The Division administers bonding programs for the Departments of Education, Transportation, Environmental Protection, and Management Services as well as borrowings for the State University System, Florida Turnpike System, Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund and State Comptroller’s consolidated equipment financing program. The Division is also responsible for allocating the private activity bond volume cap, maintaining a local government reporting system for bond issues, calculating federal arbitrage rebate liabilities and developing a system to insure compliance with the SEC’s secondary market disclosure requirements.
Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Watkins practiced law with the Ausley Law Firm in Tallahassee and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice area was concentrated in public finance and he has extensive experience as bond counsel, bank counsel and underwriters counsel on taxable and tax-exempt financings.
B.S. Accounting, Auburn University, 1979; former CPA with Peat Marwick J.D., University of Florida’s College of Law, 1984; member State Bars of Florida and Georgia since 1987
Former Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Government Finance Officers Association – Chair of Debt Committee Florida Government Finance Officers Association National Association of State Treasurers/State Debt Management Network National Association of Bond Lawyers Municipal Code Corporation Board Tall Timbers Research and Land Conservancy Board
2020 Non-Officer Directors
Non-Officer Directors serve a three-year term and may be re-elected.
DOMINIC M. CALABRO | firstname.lastname@example.org
President and CEO, Florida TaxWatch, Inc.
Dominic M. Calabro is President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida TaxWatch, a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog and research institute for taxpayers. Florida TaxWatch was founded in 1979 to improve government productivity, taxpayer value, and citizen understanding and encourage responsible participation by Floridians in their state and local governments. This is accomplished through high quality research and civic engagement which advance productivity and accountability throughout Florida government. This timely research is used to identify how economic, fiscal, taxing, spending and regulatory decisions affect the economic livelihood and quality of life for all Floridians. To date, approximately 70% of Florida TaxWatch’s government cost saving recommendations have been implemented by each Administration worth over $7.7 billion.
Calabro also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prudential Financial – Davis Productivity Awards Foundation, Inc. which recognizes rewards and replicates outstanding government productivity, and innovative cost-saving achievements throughout Florida government worth over $6.7 billion to date.
Calabro is an “almost native” Floridian, having moved to South Florida from New York at the age of eleven. After attending Catholic school, including four years at Catholic Seminary, Calabro graduated with high honors from Broward Community College, later receiving his Bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Florida International University. Calabro also holds a Master’s degree from Florida State University and will soon complete a second Master’s degree in public finance and budgeting.
Before joining TaxWatch in the early 1980s, Calabro served as an analyst with the Florida Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Under Calabro’s leadership, Florida TaxWatch has earned and maintained the respect of the state’s most highly regarded and influential leaders and has earned the credibility and respect of the citizens of Florida and the state and national media.
In addition to many business and civic honors, Calabro was named by the national Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the nation’s Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1994. Most recently, he was recognized by the Florida Society of Association Executives, as the “Executive of the Year” for 2006, the Institution’s highest honor.
Calabro resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Debbie. They have four grown children.
CHARLES FRAZIER | email@example.com
Managing Principal, University Partnerships at Gateway Investment Partners
Mr. Frazier is the managing principal of Gateway Investment Partners, a real estate merchant banking firm focused on development, acquisition and financing in gateway markets. Mr. Frazier’s focus is university related real estate, and leads the firm’s investments in housing debt and public-private partnerships.
Mr. Frazier earned his Master of Business Administration with honors from The School of Business & Industry, Florida A&M University in 1998 and concentrated in finance.
Mr. Frazier is a founding member of the Real Estate Executive Council, trustee with Florida TaxWatch and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. among other civic and service organizations. He resides in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife and two daughters.
BILL GUNTER | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman, Bill Gunter & Associates
After graduating with high scholastic honors from the University of Florida in 1956, Bill served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1958. He began his insurance career in 1959 with State Farm Insurance Companies in Orlando and in 1961 was elevated to Regional Agency Manager.
Bill was a career public official in Florida serving in the Florida Senate from 1966 through 1972, where he was Chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee, Appropriations Sub-committee, Citrus Committee and Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
He was elected to the United States Congress in 1972 from Florida’s Fifth Congressional District. While in Washington, he was a member of the Agriculture and Science and Astronautics Committees and the Energy Subcommittee.
From 1976 through 1988, Bill served on the Florida Cabinet as State Insurance Commissioner and Treasurer. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners elected Bill as their President in 1983 and in 1988 he was named “Most Effective Insurance Commissioner in the United States” by the National Insurance Consumers Organization. The National Association of State Treasurers elected Bill as their President in 1981.
In 1989 Bill joined Rogers-Atkins Insurance as a shareholder partner and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the successor firm, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc. Bill served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents beginning in 2003 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2010. In 2012, he received the Association’s highest honor, the Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award.
In 2013, Bill was designated as “A Great Floridian” by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet in recognition of his lifelong record of public service.
Bill also received the Stephen C. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award from the University of Florida in recognition of his “outstanding contributions as an extraordinary public servant for our State and Nation”. In recent years, Bill has been very active in the Rotary Club of Tallahassee, the largest civic organization in the Big Bend with over 200 members. He currently serves the Club as President. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum Foundation and is a past president of The Economic Club of Florida.
Bill has been happily married to his wife Kathy for 13 years and has two daughters, two sons, a step daughter and step son and together they have 15 grandchildren.
MARION HOFFMAN | email@example.com
VP, Strategic Development
DARIA IBACH | Ibach.Daria@ccbg.com
Credit Officer, Capital City Bank
Daria D. Ibach, Credit Officer, joined Capital City Bank in 2008 and is currently serving as a commercial credit analyst in the credit administration division. She earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and an undergraduate degree in English Literature, both from Florida State University. Since moving to Tallahassee, Daria has assisted many small businesses by providing development and planning services.
In 2015 Daria was among a team of associates, chosen for their specific areas of expertise to assist in the strategic planning process for the future of Capital City Bank. During her career, she was also chosen to participate in Capital City Bank’s Career Camp management program and was nominated by her peers to receive the prestigious Service Leadership Award./p>
Daria has been a member of the Economic Club of Florida (ECF) since 2012 and was CF’s Membership Committee Chair in 2015 and 2016.
Daria is an animal lover and blood donor, who volunteers with Elder Care and is a mentor with Leon County Schools. She lives in Tallahassee with her husband Jimmy and enjoys camping, fishing and the fabulous Florida weather.
PAUL LEWIS | firstname.lastname@example.org
President, Sylnx, Inc.
Mr. Lewis is President and owner of SyLNX, Incorporated. SyLNX teams design, develop, deploy and support mid-level database systems. The company focuses on two products. The first is a management and distribution software for specially adapted textbooks. It is deployed in all school districts in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and South Carolina. SyLNX also has small business administration software installed in the states of Florida and New York. The company is based in Tallahassee and has been in continuous operation since 1999.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Lewis was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at TeleSensory, Corporation in Mountain View, California. His responsibility was worldwide. With offices and distribution throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia, TeleSensory manufactured computer peripherals and software.
Mr. Lewis received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Florida State University and his doctorate from The University of South Florida.
JIM MURDAUGH | email@example.com
President of Tallahassee Community College
Dr. Jim Murdaugh was named the sixth president of Tallahassee Community College on October 18, 2010.
His personal vision is to make Tallahassee Community College the college of choice for students who attend TCC, the employer of choice for faculty and staff, and the partner of choice in the community.
He is quite active in the community, serving as former chair of the Leon County Economic Development Council, and an executive committee and board member on the Greater Tallahassee/Leon County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member on the regional CareerSource board, board member on the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, board member on the United Way of the Big Bend, member of the Tallahassee Rotary Club, and honorary board member of the Stubbs Educational Foundation.
At the state level, Jim chaired the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities Legislative Agenda Committee for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He is a sustaining member and board member of the Economic Club of Florida. Jim serves as a trustee on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation and board member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Florida Trend listed Jim among Florida’s Newsmakers of the Year.
He has been recognized for his leadership by a number of organizations, including the North Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration, which selected him for its distinguished leadership award in 2005. In addition, he was inducted into the Florida State University College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in 2011 and was honored as the 2012 Leader of the Year by Leadership Tallahassee. In 2013, he received the Pillar of Excellence Award, and in 2015 he received the Humanitarian Award, both from the MLK Foundation of Florida.
In 2014, Jim was one of four finalists for the American Association of Community Colleges’ national Award of Excellence in Emerging Leadership, recognizing his efforts to encourage and develop new and emerging leaders at TCC. Most recently, he was selected in 2017 by the Association of College Unions International as International President of the Year in recognition of his efforts in building a strong and active campus community.
Jim Murdaugh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology and a doctorate in public administration from Florida State University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Florida Executive Class VII and the prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
KATRINA ROLLE | firstname.lastname@example.org
President & CEO of United Way of the Big Bend
Katrina Rolle is a native of Miami, Florida and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida since 1997. She is currently President/CEO of the United Way of the Big Bend. Prior to accepting this position, she was a community volunteer and owned her own law firm. Katrina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Tuskegee University and law degree from the University of Florida.
Active in the community, Katrina is currently a board member for Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Maclay School Trustee, and FSU Jim Moran Institute Fellow. Additionally, she served on the board member for the University of Florida’s Alumni Association and proudly serves as the Girl Scout troop leader of her daughter’s Cadette troop. She is also a former member of the state board of directors for Children’s Home Society of Florida and Leadership Florida’s Northwest Regional Council.
Katrina is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Leadership Tallahassee, and Leadership Miami.
Katrina is married to Gary Rolle, M.D., and she and her husband have four children.
MARJORIE TURNBULL | email@example.com
Consultant specializing in working with non-profit organizations
Marjorie Turnbull is currently a consultant specializing in working with non profit organizations in the areas of board and staff development and fund raising. She was Executive Director of the Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Tallahassee Community College from 1995 until her retirement in November of 2006.
She served on the Leon County Commission from 1988-1994 and in the Florida House of Representatives from 1994 until 2000. Prior to her public service she was an appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Planning for the Florida Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services, and an administrative staff member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Ms. Turnbull holds a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida, and an Associate of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. She has earned awards for distinguished service for her leadership contributions and was awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award by Leadership Tallahassee. Ms. Turnbull is a member of the Board of Trustees of Florida A & M University, the Institutional Review Board of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and the Challenger Center Board. She is a founding Director of Prime Meridian Bank. She has been a member of the Economic Club of Florida since 1992, served on the board from 2006 to 2011 and is currently Vice President.
Chair Emeriti are automatically given status of voting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
CARROL DADISMAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
Publisher Emeritus, The Tallahassee Democrat – Served as Club Chairman 1995 and 1996
- Native of Jefferson, Ga. Attended Emory-at-Oxford 1952-53 and University of Georgia 1953-56. A.B. in Journalism, UGA, 1956.
- 1956-66: Reporter, assistant city editor, editorial writer, managing editor of The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA.
- 1966-72: Editor of The Marietta (GA) Daily Journal.
- 1972: Joined national newspaper group Knight-Ridder as managing editor, The Macon News.
- With K-R for remainder of career:
- 1974-80: Executive editor of The Columbus (GA) Ledger and Enquirer.
- 1980-81: General manager of The Tallahassee (FL) Democrat.
- 1981-97: President and publisher of The Tallahassee Democrat.
- 1998: Knight International Press Fellow to Russia for three months, with subsequent consulting trips of 2-3 weeks to Russia and Ukraine in 1999 and 2000.
- 1998-2008 — Founding president and longtime board member, the Community Foundation of North Florida.
- Former president of United Way of the Big Bend; Economic Club of Florida, Governors Club of Tallahassee, Florida Press Association; inducted into Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame, 2009.
- Married to former Mildred Sparks of Commerce, GA, 1957 graduate of the University of Georgia. Two adult children, two grandchildren.
WAYNE MIXSON | email@example.com
Former Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Florida; former State Representative – Served as Club Chairman in 1999 and 2000
Born June 16, 1922 in New Brockton,Alabama. Moved to Florida immediately after high school.
Three-and-a-half years in U.S. Navy during World War II. Anti-submarine patrol in the Atlantic.
Attended Columbia University, Denison University, University of Pennsylvania. Graduated from University of Florida in 1947, BSBA with honors.
Honorary Blue Key.
University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus, 1984
University of Florida Foundation Board of Director, lifetime member. Former Leadership Gifts Committee and Chair of IFAS Campaign.
U.F. Share Campaign
Introduced legislation that created UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
Honorary doctorate, Florida Institute of Technology
Accountant with Southern Bell Telephone Company
Owned and operated a 2,000-acre farm and cattle operation
Bankers Insurance Company, Board
First Community Insurance Company, Board
Economic Club of Florida, Chairman Emeritus
Member of Florida Taxwatch Board
North Florida Community Foundation, Board
James Madison Institute, former Vice-Chairman
Former member of:
Florida Transportation Commission
First Florida Bank, Tallahassee, chairman
Florida PRIDE (prison industries of Florida), chairman
First Community Bank of America St. Petersburg, chairman
Florida Council of International Development, chairman
Florida History Associates, board
20 years in elective office
12 years in Florida Legislature
8 years Lt. Governor (4 years Secretary of Commerce)
Served briefly as Governor of Florida
Wife – Margie Grace, former community college English teacher. Married 59 years.
JOHN B. MOWELL | firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman/CEO, Mowell Financial Group, Inc., Tallahassee and Chairman of the Board Entegrion, Inc. Triangle Research Park, North Carolina – Served as Club’s First President in 1977, and Chairman 1980- 1985
PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
CEO and Chairman of the Board – Mowell Financial Group, Inc., Tallahassee, Florida]
Registered Investment Counselor, Broker-Dealer and Corporate Advisor. Asset manager for high-end net-worth individuals, Retirement Plans, Endowments, Trusts, Foundations and Government Entities. Financial and Governance Advisor to private and public corporations.
2010 – Present
Managing Director (CEO), Beartooth Energy, Billing, Montana, and Sugarland, Texas
A Montana-based energy company developing and producing oil and gas in the Big Horn Basin of Montana.
Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, Entegrion Inc., Triangle Park, North Carolina
Medical device and bio-tech company involved in research and development of medical solutions relating to blood platelets, bleeding and bleeding disorders, a joint development with the University of North Carolina, Medical School
Executive Director and Chairman of the Board, EMS Technologies, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia
Leading worldwide provider of wireless, satellite and broadband communications products, services and solutions for a wide range of highly classified military applications, as well as global commercial communications, including mobile and airborne wireless connectivity. Served as Financial and Corporate Advisor, 1978-1984; Director, 1984-Present; Board Chairman, 2000-Present; Chairman, Executive Director, 2010-2011. (Sold company to Honeywell Inc., August 2011 for $500mil; played key role in development of company from early-state startup through sale of company.)
CEO and Chairman of the Board – Reflectone, Inc., Tampa, Florida
A major high-technology aerospace company involved in the manufacturing of large-scale flight simulators and training systems for the commercial aviation and military aerospace industry. (Sold to British Aerospace in 1990).
OTHER BUSINESS ENDEAVORS
Capital City Bank, Tallahassee, Florida – Former Director, Director Emeritus (Headed Audit Committee and Executive Committee)
Ranching Operations, Fiddler Creek/West Rosebud, Montana Ranch
Real Estate Development, Nosara, Costa Rica
Arte Fino de Latinoamerican, SA, Nosara, Costa Rica, Furniture and Art Production Operations and International Exporter
OTHER PROFESSIONAL, CIVIC AND PUBLIC SERVICE (Past and Present)
Economic Club of Florida, Chairman Emeritus, Past Chairman, Founding President
Florida Governors Club, Founder, Board of Governors, Past Member
Florida State Board of Administration, Investment Advisory Council, Member, Past Chairman,(+$100 Billion State Retirement Fund)
Florida State University Center of Professional Development and Public Service, Past Director, Board of Advisors
Florida A&M University – FSU College of Engineering Advisory Council, Executive Committee Member
Florida A&M University – FSU – Challenger Learning Center, Member, Advisory Board
State of Florida, Economic Development Advisory Council, Past Director
Atlanta Regional Federal Reserve Bank, Past Advisory Panel, Business Member
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA – Benjamin Franklin Society
Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana, Trustee
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Washington, DC – Member, National Council, International Public Policy ‘Think Tank’. Co-founder, Member, Center for Defense Studies
Foundation for Defense of Democracies, (FDD), Washington, DC – Advisory Board
Institute for National Security Affairs, (JINSA), Washington, DC – Advisory Board
Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Member
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Director, Founding Treasurer
Tallahassee Arts Alliance, Past Chairman
Rotary International, Past Member, Past Director
Boy Scouts of America, Advisory Council – Suwanee River Area Council
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics
Graduate of Wharton School of Commerce and Finance, 1956
Rocky Mountain College, Honorary Doctorate, Aviation
U.S. Naval Air-Anti Submarine Warfare
Officer, Active and Reserve, 1957-1966. Honorably discharged.