BOARD

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.

2016 Officers

CHAIR: DOMINIC M. CALABRO | dcalabro@floridataxwatch.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.

PRESIDENT: MARJORIE TURNBULL | turnbullm@tcc.fl.edu
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.

SECRETARY: BILL MOOR | kproctor@primemeridianbank.com
President of Capital City Banc Investments and Capital City Trust Company

Bill Moor is President of Capital City Banc 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: BEN WATKINS | ben.watkins@sba.fla.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.

EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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

TREASURER: CINDY O’CONNELL | cindyoc1@yahoo.com
Director, Florida Prepaid College Foundation

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR: DAVID MICA | micad@api.org
Executive Director, Florida Petroleum Council

David Mica is the Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Council. The Florida Petroleum Council is a division of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association with more than 400 members representing all areas of the petroleum industry including most of the nation’s major oil companies. The API develops standards and training programs, sponsors research, gathers statistical data, and undertakes advocacy programs on public issues of importance to the petroleum industry.

Following college graduation, Mica began his career working with the U.S. House of Representatives in the House Doorkeepers office. The Office of the Doorkeeper was created in 1789 to control access to the House Chamber and to oversee the press in the gallery. After this post graduation period, Mica returned to Florida and spent three years in rural Live Oak, Suwannee County, where he was one of the youngest Directors of a Chamber of Commerce in the state. Friend and noted Florida political consultant Charles Canady, Sr. recruited him in 1980 to join the staff of then U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles. Mica’s focus within the Senator’s office was working with constituent and community issues. He also served as the Central Florida District Assistant to the Senator where he spent countless hours traveling throughout the region during Senator Chiles Florida visits. During the Senator’s last U.S. Senate campaign, Mica walked with the Senator in many of the central Florida cities the Senator had traversed during the 1970 historic walk across the state.

In 1984, he moved into legislative advocacy as the director of legislative affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau. Mica worked with the largest statewide agricultural organization during the Florida legislature’s efforts to create a wetlands policy, statewide strategic plan and Florida’s first growth management law.

Now in his 26th year with the Council, Mr. Mica has worked with Florida government on diverse industry issues such as the Florida Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Program, Florida’s landmark Used Oil Recycling Program, and a comprehensive rewrite of the state’s motor fuel tax laws which led to unsurpassed revenue collections for the state’s coffers and relief of regulatory strangleholds for the industry. Professionally he has served on various state committees and boards including the Big Cypress Advisory Committee in assisting siting of exploration of petroleum resources and as a member of the Clean Fuels Florida Commission. He currently serves as a member of the Florida State Emergency Response Commission. He is also the co-Chair of Associated Industries of Florida Energy Council and serves on committees of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Mica is active in both community and statewide organizations. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Historical Capital Foundation,Treasurer of the Museums of Florida History Foundation, immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Sciences, and is a board member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. He is a founder and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Keep Florida Beautiful and during his tenure as chair, the group was recognized as the Outstanding State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XV and is a past Chairman of the Northwest Florida Region. He is actively involved within the Florida association community as a member of the Florida Society of Association Executives. He is a past Chairman of the Government Relations Committee, twice Chairman of their Foundation’s Think Tank program and served as Co-Chairman of the Annual Conference Education Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors of the association and on its Foundation’s Board. He is a member of the Southern Scholarship Foundation’s Board of Directors, a member of the Tiger Bay Forum Club and a member of the Economic Club of Florida and its Board of Directors. In 2003 he attained the American Society of Association Executives professional designation, Certified Professional Executive.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Mica is a past president of the University of Florida Alumni Association, and served as a member of the Presidential Search Committee which secured current President Bernie Machen. He is Chairman of the University of Florida Foundation Alumni Giving Committee, serves on the Political Science Department’s Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the NW Regional Flagship Council. In 2003 the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored him with an Outstanding Alumni award and he was recognized in 2005 by the University with a special award for assistance with the University’s governmental relations program. He is an pro bono adjunct professor teaching a graduate course in lobbying and currently serves on the advisory board of the Political Science department. David Mica resides in Tallahassee with his wife of 31 years, Karen, and has three children who are sixth generation Floridians: David Jr. Mary Caroline Radcliffe Mica), Julianne, and Allison.

2016 Non-Officer Directors

Non-Officer Directors serve a three-year term and may be re-elected.

JOHN BRADLEY | john.bradley@sbafla.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.

LINDA FRAZIER (2017) | lindafrazier@nettally.com
Revenue Program Administrator, Florida Dept of Revenue (ret)

EMPLOYMENT:

  • Tennis Columnist, Tallahassee Democrat since 1992
  • Freelance columnist, Play Tennis Florida and Florida Tennis since 2000
  • Revenue Program Administrator, Florida Department of Revenue, January 1999 to September 2011 (retired)
  • Director of Administrative Services Program, Florida Department of Revenue, August 1997 to January 1999
  • Strategic Planning Administrator, Florida Department of Revenue, April 1992 to August 1997
  • Flexibility Project Director, Florida Department of Revenue, September 1991 to April 1992
  • Deputy Director for Programs (Division of Labor, Employment and Training), Department of Labor and Employment Security, June 1990 to July 1991
  • Chief of Labor Market Information, Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, February 1984 to June 1990
  • Chief of Job Training, Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, October 1983 to January 1984
  • Chief of Statewide Employment and Training Services, Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, January 1980 to September 1983
  • Resource Management Supervisor, Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, September 1978 to December 1979
  • Information Systems Manager, (Division of State Planning), Florida Department of Administration, January 1975 to September 1978
  • Associate Planner, (Division of State Planning), Florida Department of Administration, July 1973 to December 1974
  • Graduate Assistant, (Division of State Planning), Florida Department of Administration, January 1973 to July 1973
  • Research Associate, (Governor’s Citizen’s Committee on Quality Education), September 1972 to December 1972
  • Planning Technician II, Pinellas County Planning Department, June 1972 to September 1972
  • Engineering Technician II, Department of Transportation, January 1972 to June 1972

EDUCATION

  • M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning (specialization in General Systems Theory) – Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, June 1973
  • A.A.; B.A. (English) with honors – University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, June 1971
  • Attended the Florence Overseas Study Center June – June to December 1969

ADVISORY WORK

  • Member, Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board
  • Member, Elinor Klapp-Phipps Advisory Board to NWFWMD
  • USTA Advocacy Consultant for USTA, July 2007 to present
  • Member, State Emergency Response Commission, 1990-1991
  • Staff Director, Governor’s Select Committee on Workforce 2000, 1988 1990
  • Delegate, Governor’s Education Summit, November 1989
  • Representative, Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies’ (ICESA) Labor Market Information Committee, February 1984 to October 1986
  • Delegate, Region 2, 1982 Governor’s Challenge Conference on Florida 2000: Creative Crime Control, October 1982
  • Member, the State of Florida Vocational Education Advisory Council, 1980-1981
  • Representative, Department of Administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee February 1977 to September 1978
  • Governor’s representative, Coastal Plains Regional Commission’s Committee on Resource Information Systems February 1976 to September 1978
  • Adjunct Staff Member, Legislative Reapportionment Task Force, 1972

ACTIVITIES

  • Member, United States Tennis Writers Association since 2009
  • Member, Capitol City Tiger Bay Club since 1983
  • Member, the Economics Club of Florida since 1983
  • Life Member, University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Life Member, United States Tennis Association (USTA)
  • Secretary and Board of Directors, St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee
  • USTA Florida Section Board of Directors 1994-2004, 2006-2007
  • USTA Florida Regional Grievance Appeals Chair, 2007-9
  • USTA Florida Section Chair of Community Tennis Council 2007-9
  • USTA Florida Section Regional Director 1998-2004
  • USTA Florida Section Leagues Council 2004-2005
  • USTA Florida Section Grievance Appeals Committee Chair 2004-2005
  • USTA Florida Section Community Development Council 2004-2005
  • USTA Section Marketing and Communications Committee Chair 2002-2003
  • Tallahassee Tennis Association President 1999-2001 (two terms), Vice President 1998, Secretary 1997
  • USTA Administrative Division Representative for USTA Florida Section 1998-1999
  • USTA Communications Committee member 1997-1998
  • USTA Florida Section District Director 1992-1998
  • Chair of USTA Florida Section Communications and Publications Committee 1996-1998
  • League coordinator:  Mixed League 1993-1995 and Senior League 1996-1997, 2000-2005
  • Chairperson, Membership Committee, Tallahassee Tennis Association, 1994
  • Chairperson for Corporate Sponsors and Underwriters, Tallahassee Masters Tennis Classic,  1993-1995
  • Tournament Coordinator for the Professional/Amateur Tournament, Tallahassee Masters Classic, 1995
  • Tournament Director, Wild Thing Tennis Tournament, to benefit local wildlife rehabilitation, 1993-1995
  • Member, Capital City Gator Club/University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Member and Vice-Chairperson, St. Francis Wildlife Association, Board of Directors 1993-1994

AWARDS

  • 2006 Walk of Fame (recognizing people in Tallahassee who have contributed to the growth and development of tennis)
  • Nominee for USTA Florida Section Merit Award 2004
  • USTA Florida Section Outstanding League Coordinator of the Year 2003
  • Jim Martz Excellence in Media Award 2000
  • USTA Florida Section Committee Volunteer of the year 1997
  • Department of Revenue Employee of the Quarter April-June 1996
  • President’s Award from the Tallahassee Tennis Association, January 1996
  • Executive Director’s Circle of Excellence Award, December 1994
  • 1994 Davis Productivity Award Certificate of Commendation for the design of the C.O.R.E. Roadshow, Florida TaxWatch, November 1994
  • 1994 Davis Productivity Award Certificate of Commendation for design of the performance measurement system, Florida TaxWatch, November 1994
  • Department of Revenue Sterling Silver Pickle Award, September 1994, October 1994, February 1995, and December 1995
  • Executive Director’s Special Achievement Award, February 1994
  • Department of Revenue Extra Mile Award, February 1996
  • Executive Director’s Teamwork Award, February 1994, August 1995 (3 awards), February 1996
  • Executive Director’s Quality Performance Award, March 1993 and December 1993
  • Employee of the Month, Executive Office, August 1993
  • State of Florida Executive Department Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Governor and the Cabinet, November 17, 1992
  • Employee of the Quarter, Division of Administration, Department of Revenue, 1992
  • Commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, August 1990
  • Commissioner’s Special Achievement Award, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1987
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1983
  • Award for Development of Youth, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Young Adult Conservation Corps, November 1980

REGGIE GARCIA (2018) | reggiegarcialaw@yahoo.com
President, Reginald R. Garcia, P.A.

Reggie Garcia is a lawyer, lobbyist, political strategist, arbitrator, legal author, public speaker, and father of high school and college kids.

He is an “AV-rated lawyer” by Martindale Hubbell — the highest peer designation for expertise and integrity in the legal profession.

As a lobbyist he regularly testifies before legislative committees and serves as legislative counsel to the Florida Association of Broadcasters, Florida Education Fund, Florida Justice Association, Driver Safety Forum and World Touch Gaming Corporation.

As an arbitrator he’s presided over numerous insurance rate -filing matters appointed by three insurance commissioners, and in securities broker dealer – investor customer disputes.

As a “clemency lawyer” he’s appeared before four Florida governors and numerous Cabinet members of both political parties for 18 years, assisting convicted felons to obtain prison commutation, pardons, firearm authority and restoration of civil rights.

He has published several legal articles and frequently speaks on criminal justice and other policy issues. In Nov. 2011, UF LAW magazine profiled his clemency work in an article sent to 21,000 judges, lawyers, donors, elected officials, and other alumni.

Finally, immediately after he joined the ECF he joined the Membership Committee and helped recruit several members.

BILL GUNTER | wgunter@rgvi.com
Chairman, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance

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.

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.

STEVEN LEONI (2017) | sleoni@stevenleoni.com
Principal, Student Housing Partners, LLC

Steven is a native Floridian from North Miami Beach who moved to Tallahassee 27 years ago to attend FSU where he received a BS degree in Real Estate from the College of Business. He is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker and 24 year veteran of the real estate industry.

Mr. Leoni is CEO/Managing Member of Student Housing Partners supplying over 4,100 beds to the 3 local university’s off-campus student population. Of particular interest is the TCC International Studies Program for which he founded the Annual Housing Scholarship for International Students. This scholarship has provided in excess of $350,000 to date.

In addition, he serves as President of Leoni Properties as well as Chairman, Principal and Managing Member of more than 50 other businesses where he pursues other entrepreneurial ventures.

He is an active member of the Economic Club of Florida, Board of Directors Membership Committee Chairman; Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; Tallahassee Board of Realtors; Capital Tiger Bay Club; Profinancial Holdings, Board of Directors; Urban Land Institute; National Multi-Housing Council; and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Steven has a true passion for philanthropy, is involved in numerous community projects and initiatives, an avid tennis player and also enjoys travel and soccer. He and his lovely wife Christine have three wonderful children.

BOBBY MCKOWN (2017) | yvettemckown@yahoo.com

Civic Activities and Professional Associations (Past and Present):
Past president, member Board of Directors, Committee Chairman, etc., Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven; Jaycees; past chairman of the board, American Red Cross; Advisory Committee, Polk Community College; Institute of Food Technologists, Florida Section; past member, Florida Public Relations Association; Florida Society of Association Executives; Board of Directors, United Appeal; vice president, Chamber of Commerce; Industrial Development Committee; American Society of Association Executives; past member, Board of Directors, Food Defense Fund, Inc., Washington, D.C.; National Agricultural Chemicals Association, former vice chairman, RASAPAC Committee; Associated Industries of Florida Task Force on Product Liability; Polk County Public Schools Advisory Committee (Jewett); Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Florida Agricultural Council; Secretary/Treasurer, Florida Agricultural Tax Council; vice chairman, Winter Haven City Sewer and Water Rate Review Committee; Hazardous Waste Technical Advisory Committee, County of Hillsborough; State DER “208” Ad Hoc Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee; Central Florida Regional Planning Council Agricultural Advisory Committee; Lake Region Yacht & Country Club; Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, Florida Citrus Showcase; University of Florida Alumni Association; Florida State Society of Washington, D.C.; past chairman of Deacon Board, Finance Committee, Education Committee, Sunday School Teacher, Calvary Baptist Church; 1970 Outstanding Young Man of the Year, Winter Haven, nominated Outstanding Young Man of Florida; Florida Education Advisory Committee; Executive Committee, Japan-America Society; Executive Committee, People-to-People International; Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Suntrust Bank of Mid Florida; 1991 Registry of Who’s Who in American Business Leaders; appointed to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner of Agriculture Transition Team; recipient of Florida State Department of Agriculture Plant Protection Award of Excellence; recipient of Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit, University of Florida; honorary membership Alpha Zeta, Professional Honorary and Service Fraternity in Agriculture, Florida Southern College Leadership Award 1994 and, Chairman, IFAS Citrus REC, Lake Alfred, Florida; Inducted into the Citrus Hall of Fame 2005; Economic Club of Florida 2011, member, Board of Directors 2014; Tiger Bay Club, Tallahassee; member and served on Personnel Committee, Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee.

State and Federal Appointments (Past and Present):
Gubernatorial appointments: past chairman and vice chairman, two terms, Board of Trustees, Polk Community College, Governor’s Management Advisory Committee on the Department of Professional Regulation; Governor’s Growth Management Advisory Committee; Environmental Land Management Study Committee II; committee chairman and past chairman, State Board of Community Colleges; Governor’s Advisory Council on Farmworker Affairs; member of Steering Committee, Florida Coastal and Inland waterway Campaign; Governor’s Trade Mission to France; Senate Agricultural Advisory Committee; Board Member, Community Health Purchasing Alliance (CHPA); Chairman Citrus Research & Education Foundation, Inc., Board of Regents.

Federal appointments: Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade; U.S. Senate Agricultural Advisory Committee; EPA Section 18 Negotiating Committee; Secretary of Agriculture’s New Farm & Forest Products Task Force; member, Executive Committee, Edith & Dana Bennett Agricultural Round Table; Delegate to U.S. -E.C. Trade Conference; State of Florida, Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Endangered Species Task Force and member of Working Group; Federal/State Citrus Canker Technical Advisory Committee; U.S.-E.C. Trade Delegation Member, 1986-1993; U.S.-Japan Trade Delegation Member, 1987; Private Sector Advisor to U.S. Government, Midterm Review, Uruguay Trade Round, Montreal, Canada, 1988 and final summit Brussels, Belgium 1990; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Food and Agriculture Committee 1991-2001; National Agricultural Research and Extension Users Advisory Board; Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs National Agricultural Advisory Committee; State of Florida, Commissioner of Agriculture Bob Crawford, member, Agricultural Advisory Council.

MARY PANKOWSKI, PH.D., J.D. (2018) | mary@marypankowskilaw.com
Assistant State Attorney, Second Judicial Circuit

Mary L. Pankowski is the oldest of nine children, who grew up on a chicken farm in northern New York. Her family moved to Florida to escape the harsh winters and she graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling. Later, she received a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Florida State University. During her career in higher education, she served as Associate Vice President at Florida State University and as Vice President at Florida International University in Miami.

Prior to her retirement at FIU, Mary decided to pursue one of her original goals. Just after receiving her Ph.D., she was admitted to law school at FSU. After 25 years she decided it was time to go to law school. Soon, she was sitting in the front row of law classes and enjoying every minute. She was indeed, “the poster child of lifelong learning.”

After law school graduation, Mary became an assistant state attorney in the state attorney’s office in Tallahassee. She accepted the assignment of working with juveniles. She found that she could make a genuine difference in the lives of many young people who have made “a mistake,” but could still realize their full potential. Mary served as President of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation and established a special scholarship entitled “New Start” that is designed for students who are no longer eligible for state funds because of their “mistake.”

GIL ZIFFER (2017) | gil@ziffberry.com
President, Ziffer Stansberry Public Relations and Tallahassee City Commissioner

Gil Ziffer, a Tallahassee resident since 1983, was appointed to the Tallahassee City Commission on August 31, 2009. He was selected to serve the balance of the term, 14 months, held by former City Commissioner Allan Katz, following his resignation to become the United States Ambassador to Portugal. On August 24, 2010, he was elected to a four-year term on the commission.

Commissioner Ziffer brings a unique perspective and voice to the commission. As president of Ziffer Stansberry Advertising Public Relations, the firm he founded in 1990, he is well versed in the concerns of the business community and economic development efforts. In addition, he has a solid history of assuming an active leadership role with a diverse range of issues and projects throughout the community. Prior to his Commission appointment, Ziffer was elected to the Capital Region Community Development District (SouthWood) Seat 4 Board of Supervisors in the November 2008 General Election.

Ziffer was appointed by former Mayor Scott Maddox to the 2002-2003 strategic planning committee charged with the research and development of the Cultural Resource Plan for the Future of the City of Tallahassee and the Capital Area. He served as chair of the Youth & Education Task Force which provided recommendations to the City Commission to help maintain the viability and success of arts in our community.

In 2004, Ziffer was appointed by then Secretary of State Glenda Hood to serve as chair of the statewide Friends of the Museums of Florida History board of directors. In 2005, Ziffer facilitated and procured the Museum’s largest corporate sponsorship to date, $50,000, to underwrite installation of the historic, and internationally acclaimed, Napoleon exhibit. In addition, he has served on the boards of Big Bend Hospice, Leon County Schools Foundation, Temple Israel, Challenger Learning Center and Young Actors Theatre.

Commissioner Ziffer has maintained an active leadership role with the historic Cascade Park project since 2006. Cascade Park, a signature project of the Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency, is an outstanding example of successful public/private partnerships, with approximately $26.3 million already dedicated to complete infrastructure and storm water issues. Ziffer served as development chair of the capital campaign to provide private funding of the 22-acre park’s planned amenities.

Commission Ziffer currently serves as the co-chair of the Village Square. He also serves on the Capital Tiger Bay Club, Tourist Development Council, Northwest Florida League of Cities, the Economic Development Council, the Council of Culture and Arts, Mark Brogan Museum Board and the American Lung Association.

In 2006, Commissioner Ziffer was honored by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce with the community-wide, prestigious Servant Leader of the Year – Distinguished Leadership Award. The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce recognized his company in 1993 with a Small Business Excellence Award. In addition, he and his business partner/wife are also recipients of the Tallahassee Democrat 1997 Business Volunteer of the Year award and the 1992 Tallahassee/Leon County Historic Preservation Society – Residential Rehabilitation/Restoration Award.

Born February 12, 1957, Commissioner Ziffer is one of five children and grew up in Winter Park, FL. He graduated in 1975 from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs. Ziffer continued his education at the University of Florida, leaving in his senior year to accept a position with an Orlando advertising agency. He and his wife, Gail Stansberry-Ziffer, married since 1990, have two sons and two grandchildren. Their older son, Blair Graham lives in Durham, NC with his wife and two sons. Their younger son, Lee Ziffer and his wife live in New Orleans.

Chair EmeritI

Chair Emeriti are automatically given status of voting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

CARROL DADISMAN | jcdadisman@aol.com
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 | mixsonf@aol.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
Methodist Church
Rotary Club
Wife – Margie Grace, former community college English teacher. Married 59 years.

JOHN B. MOWELL | mowell@windstream.net
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

1980-Present
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.

2007-Present
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

1978-2011
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.)

1981-1990
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
ACADEMIC
University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics
Graduate of Wharton School of Commerce and Finance, 1956
Rocky Mountain College, Honorary Doctorate, Aviation

MILITARY
U.S. Naval Air-Anti Submarine Warfare
Officer, Active and Reserve, 1957-1966. Honorably discharged.