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Jay N. Trumbull, Chairman, Panama City

Jay Trumbull

President/Owner of Trumbull Bottled Water, Inc. Currently serves on the Bay County Planning Commission, Panama City Housing Authority, Bay Medical Board Foundation, and has just finished his term on the Bay County Chamber of Commerce. Also serves on the Board of Directors for Bay Bank and Trust and serves on several boards within his industry: Culligan Dealers of North America and on the Culligan Dealer Advisory Council. Appointed in March, 2011. Term ends September 20, 2019.

Ken Wright, Vice-Chairman, Orlando

Ken Wright

An attorney with Shutts & Bowen LLP, Wright is Co-Chairman of the firm's Government Relations Practice Group. Wright has previously served as Chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors for Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute. He is past chair for eight years of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission. Wright also served on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and served eight years on, and chaired the board of, the Orlando/Sanford International Airport. He served as general counsel to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority and is presently serving as right-of-way counsel. Wright has a broad base of experience from which to evaluate and resolve client problems. He is a partner in Shutts & Bowen's Orlando office. Appointed September 6, 2013, Wright was reappointed by Governor Scott on June 12, 2015 for a term ending September 30, 2018. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Beth R. Kigel, Secretary, Palm Beach Gardens

Beth Kigel

President and CEO of Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ms. Kigel was owner and president of BK Strategies, LLC, a government relations and business consulting firm. Ms. Kigel began her career as a corporate representative in the telecommunications industry focused almost exclusively on government solutions at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, an Executive Committee member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, the 2012 Chair of the William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education, the Roger Dean Stadium Advisory Board and a member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Kigel has also served on the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and the Palm Beach County Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board. Ms. Kigel serves on the Leadership Florida Board of Directors, and was elected to the post of Chair-Elect for 2017-2018. Ms. Kigel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, she was appointed to The World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems Board of Directors. Appointed in January, 2012. Term ends September 20, 2019.

   

John Browning, Jr., East Palatka

John Browning, Jr.,

President of Browning Packing and Browning Consulting. Browning previously served on the Florida Transportation Commission from 1987-2001. Appointed in June, 2013. Term ends September 20, 2019.

   

Donald (Donnie) Ellington, Gainesville

Donnie Ellington

Construction/Facilities Manager with Nanotherapeutics; a privately-held biopharmaceutical company. Previous co-owner of Causseaux and Ellington, Inc. Provides engineering services (as a temporary staff member or as a contracted consultant) to selected clients, including the Taylor County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners, the St. Johns River Community College, Sanchez Planning Development, and CRG Architects. Appointed in September, 2011. Term ends September 30, 2017.

   

Maurice Ferre, Miami

Maurice Ferre

Business Consultant and former Mayor of Miami from 1973- 1985. Also served in the Florida House of Representatives, former Miami City Commissioner and Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. Appointed in June, 2011. Term ends September 30, 2018.

   

Ronald Howse, P.E., Cocoa

Chairman Ronald Howse

President of Real Deal Development Group, an Engineering and Land Planning company. Former Councilman for the City of St. Cloud, Board Member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Board Member of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, and Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Altamonte Springs. Involved with many civic organizations over the years. Appointed in December, 2009. Term ends September 30, 2017.

 

Teresa Sarnoff, Miami

Teresa Sarnoff

Chief Operating Officer at Cigarette Racing Team of Opa-locka, Florida. Currently serves as President of End Homelessness Now, Inc., which seeks creative solutions to address homelessness in South Florida. With a long history of serving her community, Sarnoff is the recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the Camillus House Bridge Builder Award and the Rickia Isaac Foundation “No Stray Bullets” Award. Appointed on December 18, 2015. Term ends September 30, 2019.

   

Jim Sebesta, St. Petersburg

Jim Sebasta

Jim Sebesta, President of Sebesta Consulting Services, a firm specializing in helping companies, non-profits, and individuals achieve their goals in government and private industry. Former Florida State Senator for District 16 and served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee. Spent career as a real estate broker/developer. Senator Sebesta has served on numerous Boards and Commissions over the years, most recently with the Pinellas Housing Finance Authority and the Pinellas EMS Study Committee. Appointed in June 2013. Term ends September 20, 2019.