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The general partners

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


VINCE NAIMOLI, 62, lives in Tampa's Avila area. He has been the team's managing general partner and chief executive officer since the team's inception on March 9, 1995. Naimoli is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Anchor Industries International. He helped reorganize Harvard Industries, beginning in 1992, Doehler-Jarvis Inc. and other companies. An avid fan of Notre Dame, he also has been involved in many area civic activities.

ROBERT BASHAM, 54, lives in Tampa's Palma Ceia area. President and chief operating officer of the Outback Steakhouse chain, which he started in 1988 with Chris Sullivan and Tim Gannon after running Bennigan's and Chili's franchises. The Outback chain has more than 500 restaurants worldwide and has opened other chain restaurants -- Carrabba's Italian Grille, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Roy's, Zazarac and Lee Roy Selmon's. He was part of Vince Naimoli's 1992 bid for the San Francisco Giants and reportedly considered joining Sullivan and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo to make a bid to buy the Buccaneers.

CHRIS SULLIVAN, 53, chief executive officer of Outback Steakhouse chain, which ranks among the top 20 restaurant chains in the world. Restaurant management career began in 1972 when he went to work for Steak and Ale, eventually becoming executive vice president of the company. Then became general manager for Bennigan's before joining with Basham to launch the Chili's restaurant chain. He, Basham and Bob Merritt founded the Old Memorial Golf Club in 1997. Instrumental in purchasing Outback Steakhouse's sponsorship of the former Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa.

MARK BOSTICK, 46, president of Comcar Industries in Auburndale, one of the nation's largest trucking companies, which his father started more than 45 years ago. He has interests in development companies and warehouse and freight-storage businesses and is a Bull Gator booster of the University of Florida. He was an investor in the Frank Morsani-led group that sought an expansion team in 1990-91, then joined the unsuccessful Stephen Porter group.

DANIEL M. DOYLE SR., chairman of BrainBuzz.com, a technology recruiting and training company in Tampa. Before joining the company in May 1999 he served as CEO of Danka Business Systems, which he founded and transformed from $500,000 in annual sales to the world's second-largest office equipment and service organization with annual revenues exceeding $3.5-billion. He has served on the board of directors for the University of South Florida, Eckerd College, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the Long Center and the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, has served as chairman for the Florida Gulf Coast Arts Center and is chairman emeritus of the Florida Orchestra.

GRIFFIN FAMILY TRUST, created after former Riscorp chairman Bill Griffin of Sarasota turned over his part-ownership of the Devil Rays to a family trust in order to satisfy the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages. As a felon, he is prohibited from owning any stake in a liquor license. Griffin, who pleaded guilty in August 1998 to breaking campaign finance laws, was forced to give up his interest in the team because the Rays receive a portion of the profits from liquor sales at Tropicana Field.

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