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Who is Enterprise Florida?

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published August 26, 2006


The first few items under each name are:
Title, company, location
How he/she got on board

Company contributions and free services to Enterprise Florida/sponsorships and fees for trade missions and trade shows*

Items with bullets are highlights about the member or the member’s company.

Ron AbbottExecutive vice president, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board$235,000 / $3,530


Hoyt “Barney” R. Barnett
Vice chair, Publix Super Markets, LakelandElected by Enterprise Florida board
$175,000 / $12,500


Alan Becker
Founding shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff, Fort Lauderdale
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$70,000 in cash and $120,000 in free legal services


Powell Brown
Regional executive vice president, Brown & Brown, Daytona Beach
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$150,000


Vernon G. Buchanan
Founder/chief executive, Buchanan Enterprises, Sarasota;candidate for Congress, 2006
Appointed by Senate president
No contribution required, but gave $50,000


Jeb BushGovernor, Tallahassee; chairman, Enterprise Florida
Member by law
No contribution required


Dominic M. CalabroPresident, chief executive, Florida TaxWatch, Tallahassee
Nonvoting member elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required

J. Thomas Cardwell
Chairman, chief executive, Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$200,000 / $16,600


Alan Ciamporcero
President, Verizon Southeast Region, Tampa
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000


Sue McCourt Cobb
Secretary of state
Member by law
No contribution required

Christopher T. Corr
Senior vice president, St. Joe Co., Jacksonville
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$350,000 / $22,000


Marshall Criser III
Florida president, BellSouth Telecommunications, MiamiElected by Enterprise Florida board
$400,000 / $41,320


Charlie Crist
Attorney general; also served on board as state education commissioner, 2001-2003; candidate for governor, 2006
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required

Nancy Detert
State representative, R-Venice; president, Osprey Mortgage Co., Venice; candidate for Congress, 2006
Nonvoting member by law
No contribution required


Dan Devers
President, chief executive, Berry Corp., Davenport
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$50,000


Timothy D. Edmond
President, CNL Realty and Development, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000


Michael Egan
Vice president and counsel, Rinker Materials, West Palm Beach
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$150,000


Tom Gallagher
Florida’s chief financial officer; also served on board as state education commissioner, 1999-2000; candidate for governor, 2006
Member by law
No contribution required


Joan K. Goodrich
Chairman, Florida Economic Development Council, Tallahassee; executive vice president, Broward Alliance, Fort Lauderdale
Nonvoting member elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required / $3,315 in fees


Howard Halle
Florida commercial banking director, Wachovia Bank, Jacksonville
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$300,000 / $8,500 (Predecessor, First Union, contributed $300,000 / $2,250)


Marshall Heard
Executive director, Florida Aviation & Aerospace Alliance, Merritt Island
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required


Pete Hegener
President, Core Communities LLC, Port St. Lucie
Elected by Enterprise Florida board$100,000

Julie K. Hilton
Vice president, Hilton Inc.; partner, Hilton, Hilton, Kolk & Roesch, Panama City
Appointed by governor
No contribution required


James W. Holton
President, Holton Companies, Madeira Beach
Appointed by House speaker
No contribution required

Donald L. Jernigan
President and chief executive, Adventist Health System, Winter Park; former president,  Florida Hospital, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$300,000 / $3,550 from Florida Hospital


Cyrus M. Jollivette
Senior vice president of public affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Jacksonville
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$50,000 / $7,000


Lynda Keever
Publisher and chief operating officer, Florida Trend, St. Petersburg
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$531,000 in free advertising / $1,257

 

Tom Kuntz
Chairman, president, chief executive, SunTrust Bank, Florida, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$300,000 / $15,500

Howard Lance
Chairman, president, chief executive, Harris Corp., Melbourne
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000


Timothy Laney
Global corporate sales executive, Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$375,000 / $41,857


Frederick Leonhardt
Chairman, GrayRobinson, Orlando
Appointed by governor
$3,500 in fees, including from predecessor firm


James M. Lewis
Senior vice president, Disney Vacation Development, Celebration
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$350,000


Jeff Lyash
President and chief executive, Progress Energy Florida, St. Petersburg
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$250,000 / $68,837


A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon
Chief executive, Yale Industrial Trucks, Tampa
Appointed by Senate president
No contribution required


Brian A. McDonald
President and chief executive, BRM Group, Oldsmar; former vice president of hemophilia services, Priority Healthcare Corp.; former officer, Hemophilia of the Sunshine StateAppointed by Senate president
No contribution required


Lisa A. Malone
Director, public affairs, NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center
Nonvoting member elected by Enterprise Florida board
$200,000


Susan Martinez
Senior executive vice president, Florida Banking Group, AmSouth Bank, Tampa
Elected by Enterprise Florida board$50,000


Howell W. Melton Jr.
Managing Partner, Holland & Knight, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$375,000 plus $107,000 in free legal services / $38,425


J. Patrick Michaels Jr.Chairman & CEO, Communications Equity Associates, Tampa
Appointed by House speaker
No contribution required


Armando Olivera
President, Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$125,000 / $2,000

 

Clarence Otis Jr.
Chair, Chief Executive, Darden Restaurants, Orlando
Appointed by the governor$300,000 / $5,000

Rick Walsh
Senior vice president, Darden Restaurants, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
See above.



Susan Pareigis
Executive director, Florida Council of 100, Tampa
Nonvoting member elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required


Stuart Perlin
Vice president of business development, Aleriant , Fort Lauderdale
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$108,000 in free services

Albert Petrangeli
Division  President, Centex Construction, Plantation
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000


Winfred Phillips
Vice president for research, University of Florida, Gainesville; president of UF Research Foundation Elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required

Hector Ponce
Executive vice president, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Lake Mary
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$200,000


John B. Ramil
Chief operating officer, TECO Energy, Tampa
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$150,000 / $10,000


Charles Rehwinkel
State vice president, Embarq Corp., Tallahassee
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$300,000 / $6,000 from Sprintn Embarq’s predecessor, Sprint, got $4,832 from Enterprise Florida. 

John Rigsby
President, Bright House Networks-Florida Group, Orlando; former president, Time Warner Cable’s Central Florida Division, Orlando
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000 / $10,500 (plus $50,000 from Time Warner)


Stuart L. Rogel
President, chief executive, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required

Frank M. Ryll Jr.
President, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Tallahassee
Nonvoting member elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required


Burt L. Saunders
State senator, R-Naples; attorney, GrayRobinson  law firm
Nonvoting member by law
No contribution required


Gary Spulak
President, Embraer Aircraft, Fort Lauderdale
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$110,000 / $16,300


Stanley E. Stephens
President, Manasota Commercial Construction, BradentonAppointed by governor
No contribution required


Susan Story
President, chief executive, Gulf Power, PensacolaAppointed by governor
$267,500 / $24,750

Mark Templeton
President, chief executive, Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000 / $100,000


J. Antonio Villamil
Chief executive, Washington Economics Group, Coral Gables
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
No contribution required


Guillermo Villar
President, chief executive, Commercebank N.A., Coral Gables
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$100,000


Philip L. Waller Jr.
Vice president, MWH Americas, Tampa
Appointed by House speaker
No contribution required


Frederick J. Wilson III
Senior vice president, Bacardi USA, Miami
Elected by Enterprise Florida board
$75,000 / $75,000


Katherine Wilson
Chairman, Workforce Florida Inc., Tallahassee; assistant vice president, CSX Corp., Jacksonville
Member by law
No contribution required (but CSX has given $5,000)


FFFCJohn Winn
State commissioner of education
Member by law
No contribution required

 

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*Contribution and fee information is from Jan. 1, 2000, through Oct. 31, 2005, and based on documents provided by Enterprise Florida. Some companies contributed in only one or two years. Contributions are not required from appointed board members and some members who work for organizations that provide “valuable insight and perspective about various aspects of Florida’s business climate.”

Research by Times researcher Carolyn Edds.

Sources: Enterprise Florida; the governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development; Workforce Florida; vendor database from Department of Financial Services; interviews with corporate board members and company spokesmen; company reports, Securities and Exchange Commission; Corporate Library.