Developing regional leadership is one of the Partnership’s core priorities and is the foundation of this organization. While investment dollars are vital, leadership is what will drive the success of our short and long-term objectives. CEO Direct is a program to ensure that we have the leaders engaged to reach our potential.
Since the inception in 1994, the Partnership has proven to be the region’s organization for business attraction marketing, public policy advocacy, research and leadership. The CEO Direct program will engage participants in the
issues and opportunities affecting business growth and prosperity in the Tampa Bay region. This program will take participants on a tour around Tampa Bay, visiting leading industries and assets of the region.
Participation is limited to 20-25 program participants. Keeping the class to a small group allows for more opportunities to integrate and build relationships with leadership. This program serves as a launching pad for engagement with the Tampa Bay Partnership. Based on participant’s area of interest and time commitment, we have many opportunities to get involved and make a difference in the issues most important the participant. Past participants who have thoroughly engaged in the program are now serving in leadership positions within the Tampa Bay Partnership.
CEO Direct VIII:
- Jaime Austrich, Partner, Co-Administrator, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
- Ali Carr, President & CEO, Ali Specialties
- Michael Condran, Vice President, Water Business Group Program Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.
- Derrick Cox, Senior Vice President, Commercial Bank Team Leader, PNC Bank
- Scott Daigle, Senior Vice President; Regional Business Development Executive, Wells Fargo
- Afira DeVries, Chief Development Officer, United Way Suncoast
- Deborah Garringer, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP
- Alfred Goldberg, President & CEO, Absolute Mobile Solutions
- Michael Gonsalves, Business Line Manager, Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure
- Steven Hendricks, Senior Communications Consultant, Florida Blue
- James King, Chief Operating Officer, Fowler White Boggs P.A.
- Kelly Kirschner, Dean, Eckerd College
- Barbara Luikart, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
- Bill Lutes, Senior Vice President, BankUnited
- Lorraine Lutton, Chief Operating Officer, St. Joseph's Hospital
- Cliff Manuel, President, Coastal Engineering Associates, Inc
- Jean Mayer, SVP, Strategic Planning & Marketing, Tampa General Hospital
- Bill McCausland, Executive Director, University of South Florida
- Kathy Panter, Vice President, Investor Relations, Central Florida Partnership
- Cathy Pearson, Commissioner, Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
- Hope Peterson, New Hope Auto & Truck Services
- David Robinson, Director Program Management, Sparton Complex Systems
- David Scott, Executive Director, Pinellas County Department of Enviornment & Infrastructure
- Melissa Seixas, Community Relations Manager, Progress Energy
- Thomas Sellers, Director, Moffitt Cancer Center
- Jamie Spencer, Executive Vice President of Sales, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Chuck Warrington, Managing Director & Executive Officer, Clearwater Gas System
- Tony Zinge, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
CEO Direct VII (2012)
Michael Bays, CEO, Michael D. Bays Insurance, Inc.; Bala Bellur, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP; Josh Bomstein, VP Business Development, Creative Contractors, Inc.; Dom DiMaio, CEO, Synovus Bank of Tampa Bay; Matt DuPre, AVP - Program Management Office, AT&T Global Network Services; Debra Faulk, Community Affairs Officer, Wells Fargo; Alex Glenn, General Counsel, Progress Energy Florida; Robert Grimm, VP & General Manager, Sparton Corporation; Debra Hamilton, Senior VP / Regional Sales Manager for Central/West FL, Bank United; Valerie Harwell, President & CEO, The Omnia Group; Gus Hernandez, Senior Vice-President, BMO Harris Bank; Mitchell Horowitz, Leader, Statewide Tax, Trusts and Estates Practice Group, Fowler White Boggs P.A.; Lisa Iglesias, Acting General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, WellCare Health Plans, Inc.; Heather Kenyon, President & CEO, Tampa Bay Technology Forum; Ryan Kratz, Executive Vice President, Colliers International; John Long, Chief Operating Officer / Sr. VP for Business & Finance, University of South Florida; Patrick Maloney, CEO, Hernando Healthcare, Inc; Jerry Miller, Manager, Community Relations, Progress Energy; Royce Reed, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase; William Schifino, Jr., Managing Director, Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady PA; John Slot, Vice President, North Highland Consulting; Lex Smith, Senior Vice-President, SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast; Ron Sompels, Partner, Crowe Horwath LLP; Gwendolyn Warren, Bureau Director, Pinellas County Health & Human Services; Glenn Waters, Executive Vice President, BayCare Health System; Randall Woods, Director of Sales SW FL, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, Inc.
CEO Direct VI (2011)
Honorable Rebecca Bays, County Commissioner, Citrus County Board of County Commissioners; John G. Breen, Assistant VP, AT&T - Solutions Center for Excellence; Allen Brinkman, Chairman, President & CEO, SunTrust Bank, Tampa Bay; Mark Connolly, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Robin DeLaVergne, Sr. VP, Tampa General Hospital & Executive Director, Tampa General Hospital Foundation; Douglas Dieck, President, Southeast Division, Ryan Companies US, Inc.; William F. Dorman, Principal/Owner, Lanier Upshaw, Inc.; Tracy Hood, VP & Area Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Emery Ivery, Senior VP, United Way of Tampa Bay; Tampa Bay; Nicholas Kouris, Senior Business Development Manager, BlueCross and BlueShield of Florida; Debbie Layer, Executive VP/Market President, Central & West Florida, BankUnited; Ronald Piccinini, Managing Partner, New England Financial; David Punzak, Esq. Managing Shareholder, St. Petersburg Office, Carlton Fields; Raj Ravi, Managing Director, Prudential Commercial Real Estate; Michael T. Raynor, Senior VP, Corporate Banking, PNC Bank; Gigi Skipper Rechel, General Counsel, VP of Corporate Affairs and Real Estate, Tampa International Airport; Jerome Salatino, CEO, Pasco Hernando Workforce Board – Career Central; Jim Sampey, Exec VP & COO, Valpak; Kelly Shafer, Principal, North Highland Consulting; Elizabeth Vanneste, VP, Sales & Marketing, Telovations; Mark Wimberly, Vice President, South Coastal Region, Progress Energy
CEO Direct V (2010)
John Acosta, West Florida Area President, Regions Bank; L. Ira Anderson, Partner, Crowe Horwath, LLP; Melony Bell, Auditor/Candidate for Polk County Commission, State of Florida "DHSMV"; Paul Bowdoin, Gulf Coast Area Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.; Peter Buczynsky, CEO, PharmaWorks; Mark Catchur, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; David Christian, Vice President, Verizon; J. Kenneth Coppedge, Regional President, BB&T; Christopher Flack, Executive Director - External Relations, Progress Energy; Richard Gehring, Growth Management Administrator, Pasco County; Andrew Hall, Area Director, Governmental Affairs, AT&T; David Hamilton, County Administrator, Hernando County; Mary Ellen Hogan, Attorney & Co-Director, Public Policy Group, Bryant Miller Olive; Larry Ingram, Managing Partner, Phelps Dunbar; Anthony Jones, Director, Pinellas County Community Development/ Executive Director, Pinellas County Housing Finance Authority; Jack Kolosky, Executive VP/COO, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute; Robin MacDonald, Strategic Account Executive, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida; Honorable Joe Meek, County Commissioner Citrus County; Anthony Ong, Market President, Mercantile Bank; Rick Piccolo, CEO, Sarasota - Bradenton Airport; David Sessions, President, Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.; Byron Shinn, CPA, President & Managing Partner, Shinn & Company; John Townsend, Vice President, T. Rowe Price Services; John Wakefield, Senior Vice President, EcoAsset Solutions, LLC, a division of Lykes Bros., Inc.; Alexander Young, President/CEO, United Way of Sarasota County
CEO Direct IV (2009)
Eileen Boyle, President & CEO, Allegheny Franciscan Ministries; Selena Quick, Area Director, External & Legislative Affairs, West Florida, AT&T; David Pizzo, Market President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; Travis Wellman, VP Central/North Florida Aggregates, Cemex USA; Elias Nammour, Director, North America Int'l Trade Operations, Citi; Rod Irwin, Assistant City Manager, City of Clearwater; Mark Watson, Managing Partner, Deloitte; Art Erickson, President, Florida Lifestyle Communities; Jack Cox, President, Half Acre Construction; Maureen "Moe" Freaney, Bureau Director, Health & Human Services, Pinellas County; Duane Chichester, Publisher, Hernando Today; David Twiddy, Tampa Operations Manager, Jacobs; Mary Kelley Hoppe, President, MKH Communications; Bob McCann, Executive Vice President, The Nielsen Company; The Honorable Jack Mariano, Commissioner, Pasco County; Lawrence Ingram, Managing Partner, Tampa, Phelps Dunbar LLC; Colleen Burton, Executive Director, Polk Vision; C. Graham Carothers, Partner, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick; The Honorable Seth McKeel, House of Representatives, State of Florida; Gerald J. Seeber, General Manager, Tampa Bay Water; James Vett, General Manager/VP, Vanguard Advanced Pharmacy Systems; Michelle Robinson, Southeast Region President, Verizon; Julie Smith, VP External Affairs, Verizon; Tom Moseley, Pinellas County Area President, Whitney National Bank
CEO Direct III (2008)
Stacey Allaster, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour; Diana Baker, United Way of Tampa Bay; Michele Baker, Pasco County Government; Jeff Caponigro, Caponigro Public Relations; Nathaniel Doliner, Carlton Fields; John Emmanuel, Fowler White Boggs PA; Mark Fernandez, Tampa Bay Rays; Jonathan Fleece, Blalock Walters Held & Johnson, P.A.; C. Scott Franklin, Lanier Upshaw; Kevin Hourigan, Bayshore Solutions; Tommy Inzina, BayCare Health System; Michael Lewis, Progress Energy; Bruce Maduri, Genesis Communications; Brian Nicholas, Colonial Bank, Tampa Bay; J. Greg Ruthven, The Ruthvens, Inc.; Stephen Panzarino, TRO Jung/Brannen; Charles D. Riggs, III CPA, Carr Riggs and Ingram, LLC; Michelle Robinson, Verizon; Mickey Smith, Oak Hill Hospital; Jay B. (Trey) Starkey, III, Starkey Ranch; James M. Themides, Wachovia; and Rep. Will Weatherford, State of Florida, House of Representatives.
CEO Direct II (2007)
John Barger, Humana; Jeff Corbett, Progress Energy; John Couris, Morton Plan North Bay Hospital; Carlos del Castillo, Bright House Networks; Pat Duffy, Colliers Arnold; Marshall Goodman, Ph.D, USF - Lakeland; Gary Sasso, Carlton Fields; Malcolm Teasdale, Teasdale Worldwide; J. Todd Timmerman, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; John Watts, Wachovia Bank.
CEO Direct I (2006)
Alan Ciamporcero, Verizon Communications; Jeff Dunn, SunTrust Bank; Jeff Lyash, Progress Energy; Joe DeLuca, St. Petersburg Times; Tampa Bay Partnership Leadership Chair Rhea Law, Fowler White Boggs Banker P.A.; Kim Graham, Bank of America; Nathaniel Herring, Wachovia; Lindsey Jarrell, BayCare Health System; Joseph Kadow, Outback Steakhouse; and Peter Hobson, Pepin Distributing Company, John Schueler, Florida Communications Group.