DeSantis appoints transition advisory committee on the economy

by | Nov 28, 2018

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis continues to put together his transition team announcing than 45 advisors who will serve on his Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy.

“The list is comprised of some of Florida’s most recognized experts who will help the Governor-elect shape the future of Florida’s economy for years to come and build on the economic success Florida has seen under Governor Scott,” the DeSantis transition team said in a release announcing the committee.

The transition committee on the economy will be chaired by Will Weatherford, the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives who currently serves as the managing partner of Weatherford Capital.

Another former House speaker, Allan Bense, was also appointed a member of the economic transition committee. Bense is currently a partner with GAC Contractors.

Former state senator Locke Burt was also chosen as a member of the committee. Burt currently is chairman and president of Security First, an insurance company.

Other members of the Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy include:

  • MAUREEN ADAMS; President and General Manager, Calder Casino and Race Course
  • KUMAR ALLADY; Founder & CEO, Radise International
  • MAX ALVAREZ; Owner, Founder & President, Sunshine Gasoline Distributors
  • JOE ANDERSON; President, Anderson Columbia
  • TOM BARRY; Senior Vice President, Atkins
  • MATT CONNELL; Co-Founder & CEO, Total Military Management
  • CHRIS CORR; Senior Vice President, Real Estate, Public Affairs and President of Raydient, Rayonier
  • DANIEL DAVIS; President & CEO, JAX Chamber
  • SUSAN FERNANDEZ; Director of Corporate Communications and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
  • BOB FLOWERS; President, CW Roberts Contracting
  • BRIAN FORD; COO, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • BLAKE GABLE; CEO, Barron Collier Companies
  • DANNY GAEKWAD; Founder & CEO, NDS USA and Founder, Danny G Hospitality Management
  • TONY GRIPPA; Former Senior Vice President, Brown and Brown
  • JOHN HAMLIN; President, Hamlin and Associates
  • CHUCK HINSON; Vice President State and Community Relations, TECO Energy
  • ERIC HOLM; Owner, Golden Corral
  • Capt. KEITH HOSKINS, USN (Ret); West District General Manager, Gulf Power
  • Commissioner RON HOWSE; President, Real Deal Development Group
  • MANNY KADRE; Chairman & CEO, MBB Auto, and Director, Home Depot
  • BENNY KLEPACH; Founder, Chairman & CEO, DFASS Group
  • DAVID KULIK; Retired former CEO, CEVA Logistics
  • TOM KUNTZ; Former CEO, SunTrust Banks, Florida
  • ROBERT “BOB” LLOYD; Executive Vice President, Brown and Brown
  • JOE LOPANO; CEO, Tampa International Airport
  • RICK MURRELL; CEO, Tropical Shipping
  • YOLANDA NADER; CEO, Dosal Tobacco Corporation
  • LAUREN OAKLEY; Co-Owner, Cassidy Development and Homes
  • ANANTH PRASAD; President-Designate, Florida Transportation Builders Association
  • JOHN RITENOUR; Co-Founder and Chairman, Insurance Office of America
  • Fmr. Amb. JOHN ROOD; Chairman, The Vestcor Companies
  • JOEL SCHLEICHER; Executive Chairman and Founder, Focal Point Data Risk
  • ERIC SILAGY; President and CEO, Florida Power and Light
  • RICK SONTAG; President, Spring Bay Ventures
  • JAMAL SOWELL; Chief of Staff, Port Tampa Bay
  • BILL SPIVEY; Executive Director, Florida Development Finance Corporation
  • Capt. SAM STEPHENSON; President, Florida Harbor Pilots Association
  • JEREMY SUSAC; Vice President of Government Affairs, Lennar Homes and SunStreet
  • JEFF VINIK; Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning and Owner, Strategic Property Partners
  • BOB WARD; President and CEO, Florida Council of 100
  • LENNY WOLFE; Owner, Cornerstone Group
  • JOE YORK; President, AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands



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