Talk of the bay

Published January 10, 2007

UT business dean a finalist at USF Sarasota

Joe McCann, dean of the University of Tampa's business school, management professor and prominent player on the Tampa Bay business scene, is one of three candidates in the running to become campus vice president and CEO of the University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee campus. Kathleen Rountree of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Michael Ego of the University of Connecticut are also contenders. The winner replaces interim CEO Arthur Guilford. USF president Judy Genshaft will make the final call.

Bank picks leader in Tampa Bay push

First National Bank of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of FNB Corp., has tapped Dale Dignum to lead a push into the Tampa Bay area. Dignum, 55, former Tampa market and Central Florida president for Regions Bank, will start Monday as First National's executive vice president for the Tampa Bay region. First National currently has offices in Orlando, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples, as well as its home state of Pennsylvania.

Consumer groups let insurers have it

After spending weeks listening to the property insurance industry complain that rates are too low and profits misunderstood, lawmakers Tuesday heard from the other side. Appearing before the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, a coalition of seven statewide consumer groups, including the Florida Consumer Action Network and HAC (Having Affordable Coverage) blasted the insurance companies. The group, which represent more than 100,000 Floridians, wants to eliminate Florida-only insurance subsidiaries and have an independent insurance consumer advocate, among other things. "People have come together from all over the state because we are being forced out of our homes," said HAC president Ginny Stevans. "It has to stop."