Board of Directors

Jeb Bush, Chairman

Jeb Bush is Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Florida’s Future. He served as the 43rd governor of Florida, from 1999 through 2007.

During his two terms, Bush championed major reform of education. Florida raised academic standards, required accountability in public schools and created the most ambitious school choice program in the nation. The transformation is underway and the progress is measurable. More students are reading, writing and doing math and science on or above grade level. More high school seniors are earning a diploma and fewer students are dropping out. Florida’s third through 10th grade students are outscoring 60-70 percent of their peers in all other states in both reading and math.

Under his leadership in the late 1990s, the Foundation for Florida’s Future joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish the state’s first charter school, Liberty City Charter School, in one of the most underserved parts of Miami-Dade County. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes—people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

Bush took time out of his successful business career to serve as Florida’s secretary of commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida\'s 40th governor, where he promoted the state worldwide.

Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Bush and his wife Columba live in Miami and have three grown children. Bush is the son of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

Carlos Alfonso

Carlos Alfonso serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Carlos J. Alfonso, along with his father and brother, is a founding principal of Alfonso Architects, Inc. a commercially active Architectural Practice that received the Florida A.I.A State Firm of the Year Award in 2003. In addition, he founded Alliant Partners, LLC a, commercial real estate development company with assignments through the United States, and he serves as CEO for both companies.

Carlos was born in Cuba and came to Florida in 1960 at age five, and has resided in Tampa since then. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa and received his bachelor and master's degree in architecture from the University of Florida. He is a distinguished Alumni of the UF School of Architecture.

Mr. Alfonso was a long standing member of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, and concluded his service as Chairman of that Board in 2012. He also served on the State of Florida's Constitution Revision Commission in 1998. He currently serves as an executive committee member of the University of Florida Foundation Board, director of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100.

Carlos is a registered architect in 14 states, and a commercial multi-engine, instrument rated pilot. He and his wife, Dorothy, have three children.

J. David Armstrong

President J. David Armstrong serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

J. David Armstrong, Jr. brings more than 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education and economic development to his presidency at Broward College.

He leads one of the largest and most diverse colleges in America, enrolling more than 66,000 students from more than 150 different nations of origin. Under President Armstrong’s leadership, the College has moved from a traditional community college to an institution that also offers baccalaureate programs in targeted workforce areas, providing career opportunities for students and a trained workforce for business and industry. Under his leadership, the College has been ranked among the top 10 percent of community colleges nationwide for the past two years based on student success indicators by the Washington D.C. based Aspen Institute and continues to be consistently ranked in the top 10 producers of degrees nationally. His focus on expanding access and global competitiveness has resulted in new locations, both locally and abroad, with 10 campuses and centers in Greater Fort Lauderdale and 10 international partnerships from Shanghai, Singapore and Sri Lanka to Peru, Ecuador and Columbia.

During the most challenging state budget reductions in the College's history, President Armstrong has managed to balance the budget through efficiencies while adding new programs such as manufacturing and new workforce bachelor’s degrees in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) areas to serve student and community needs. While most colleges and universities implemented significant cost increases to students, Broward College this year kept tuition flat for the first time in more than a decade, resulting in the lowest cost college and university tuition in South Florida for students and their families.

Under President Armstrong's leadership, Broward College has developed a new strategic plan focused on "Transforming Students' Lives by Connecting, Challenging and Completing." The plan emphasizes online learning, math redesign, a summer program for developmental students, student educational plans and other initiatives to lead Broward College to "best in class" status among its peers as measured by student learning gains and success.

President Armstrong serves in a variety positions with non-profit, workforce and educational organizations including Chairman of the Board for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the region’s economic development public-private partnership from 2010-2012; and Chair-Elect of Leadership Florida. He is a member of the Council on Competitiveness - a national organization of CEOs from leading U.S. corporations and university and college presidents focused on business, education, and workforce global competitiveness issues; and the Florida Council of 100. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Broward Workshop, Broward County United Way, and the Broward College Foundation. President Armstrong has also been recognized for his influential work and service in the business community, receiving several awards including the 100 Top Business Leaders in Florida Award, the South Florida Business Journal Diamond Award, the South Florida Business Journal Power Leader and Gold Coast Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Broward County.

President Armstrong is an alumnus of the Leadership Florida Class of 1999-2000 and a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, President Armstrong served the state as the former chancellor of the Community College System.

David F. Dyer

David Dyer serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

David Dyer is a successful retailing executive with over 37 years of experience, primarily in the apparel business.

David currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Chico’s FAS, Inc., a $2.4 billion NYSE-listed women’s specialty retail company. The Company operates four brands - Chico’s, White House-Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper - that offer private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy apparel, intimate apparel, complementary accessories, and gift items.

Prior to joining Chico’s, David served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Tommy Hilfiger, Inc. He was with the Company from August 2003 until May 2006, when it was acquired by Apax Partners, a European LBO investment firm. Following the sale, and prior to assuming the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer at Chico’s, David served as a consultant, private investor, and director.

In November 1998, David served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End and served on the Company’s Board of Directors. Following the Company’s sale in June 2002 to Sears Roebuck and Company, David was appointed Executive Vice President of Sears Direct and The Great Indoors and became a member of the Executive Committee, in addition to retaining his responsibilities at Lands’ End. During this time, he was responsible for over $3.5 billion of Sears’ businesses.1

David has also served as a consultant at TPG, a private equity firm managing due diligence and advising on retail acquisitions. While in this capacity, he served as Acting President of J. Crew Catalog.

David began his career as an executive trainee with Burdines department stores in Miami, Florida. Over the next 17 years, he rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. David left Burdines in July 1989 to become the Managing Director of the Home Division for Lands’ End, Inc. After ten months, David was promoted to Executive Vice President Merchandising, Creative, and Design, and was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. A year later, he was elevated to the role of Vice Chairman, a title he maintained, along with his directorial responsibilities, until August 1994, when he joined Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg as Chief Operating Officer, President, and director.

Additionally, he has served as a director of other NYSE companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, ADVO, Inc., Lands’ End, and Home Shopping Network. He serves on the Board of Directors of Zale Corporation and the Board of Trustees for the Salvador Dali Museum.

David received his Bachelor Degree of Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1971, and in 2005, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

1 Includes Lands’ End

T. Willard Fair

T. Willard Fair serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

T. Willard Fair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. A powerful voice in the effort to improve his community, he has worked for the Urban League since September, 1963.

Fair has served as an adjunct professor at the Atlanta University School of Social Work, Bethune Cookman College, Florida International University, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for Urban Leadership.

Fair is academically and professionally prepared, having attended local elementary and elementary schools in his native home of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, from Johnson C. Smith University in 1961. He received a M.S.W. degree from Atlanta School of Social Work in 1963.

Fair’s published works include articles in the Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, and Tropic Magazine. He has been a host of both radio and television programs. As an analyst on some of the pressing issues of the day, he has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Tom Brokaw Show, Ebony Magazine, and National Geographic. Fair was selected Icon of the Month by Florida Trend Magazine, the magazine of Florida business, September 2006.

Fair has received many awards for his vast service. Among these awards are Family Christian Association of America President Excalibur Award, “Who’s Who Among Black Americans”, State of Florida’s Outstanding Citizen Award (2003), Whitney M. Young Jr. National Urban League “Living Legend” Award (2006), and the National Urban League Distinguished Service Award (2007).

Fair serves in many leadership positions. These include, but are not limited to: Chairman, Miami-Bayside Foundation BOD; Chairman, Florida State Board of Education; Member of Miami Business Forum Board of Directors; Member of Center for Educational Performance and Accountability Advisory Committee; and Former President of Johnson C. Smith National Alumni Association.

Mr. Fair is co-founder, with Governor Jeb Bush, of the first charter school organized in the state of Florida, Liberty City Charter School.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. is Vice President of Fanjul Corp. and Executive Vice President of Florida Crystals Corporation, where his responsibilities include government relations, corporate communications, land development and real estate investments.

Fanjul Corp., the parent of the Fanjul group of companies, including Florida Crystals, is a privately held diversified agricultural, real estate, resort and power generating company with global operations and holdings in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Fanjul Corp. owns 400,000 acres of land, including the world-renowned 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. Fanjul Corp. can produce more than 7 million tons of sugar per year and has $5 billion in annual revenues.

Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading sugar producer and the United States’ first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding its sugar from the field to the table with its American Sugar Refining subsidiary -- the world's largest sugar refining company -- and the brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Florida Crystals® and Tate & Lyle®. Florida Crystals owns and operates the largest biomass renewable energy facility in North America, which powers its sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals pioneered organic sugar cane farming in the country and remains the sole producer of certified organic sugar 100% made in the USA. Because of the company’s eco-friendly practices, Florida Crystals® natural and organic sugars are the first certified CarbonFree® sugar products in the world, which means they have a carbon neutral footprint. Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals are headquartered in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Prior to joining Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals, Mr. Fanjul was a principal at several investment banking firms, including Rhone Group LLC.

Mr. Fanjul presently serves on the boards of Florida Crystals Corporation; American Sugar Refining, Inc.; Central Romana Corporation (Casa de Campo); BlueGate Partners, LLC; the Sugar Association (former Chairman) and is President of the Florida Sugar Cane League.

Mr. Fanjul holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Tom Feeney

Speaker Tom Feeney serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Tom Feeney represented the 24th Congressional District of Florida, which covers portions of Brevard, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties. Feeney, elected from 2002 to 2008, was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994.

Representative Feeney graduated in 1980 from Penn State University with a B.A. in Political Science and obtained his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983. Feeney made Central Florida home 23 years ago and in 1990, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served two terms before being chosen as Governor Bush's running mate.

In 1994 he joined the Board of Directors of the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, before returning to the State Legislature in 1995. In 2000, Feeney was elected Speaker of the Florida House where he served until his election to Congress in 2002.

Feeney’s service while on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee (2002-2008) included experience in banking, insurance, monetary and fiscal policy, corporate governance, and a wide variety of financial issues.

Additionally, Feeney served on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, leading on Intellectual Property and Anti-Trust issues, among others.

In his first term in Congress, Feeney brought common sense principles from his service in Florida to the U.S. House of Representatives. His six principles: less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom, stronger families, and national defense gained popularity on Capitol Hill and became the guiding principles for the Conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest organization in the House of Representatives.

Representative Tom Feeney was consistently named a "Taxpayer Superhero" and "Taxpayers' Friend" by the Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union respectively.

Experience

  • Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Space and Aviation Subcommittees, 2006-2008
  • Deputy Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, 2006-2008
  • Co-Chairman Congressional Intellectual Property Caucus U.S. House of Representatives, 2002-2008
  • Co-Chairman Congressional Modeling, Simulation and Training Caucus
  • Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Active in establishing and growing the I-4 Hi-Tech Corridor, Medical City and Modeling Simulation and Space related growth in Central Florida
  • 2009-2011 Tom was a Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Manuel "Manny" A. Fernandez

Manny Fernandez serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Manny Fernandez, a resident of Fort Myers, Florida, currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sysco Corporation, the world’s largest foodservice marketer and distributor, where he has served as a Board member since 2006. He is also Managing Director of SI ventures, a venture capital firm, and he has been with SI Ventures since the company’s inception in 1998.

Prior to SI Ventures, Mr. Fernandez was Chairman, President and CEO of Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and consulting company, where he currently serves as Chairman Emeritus. He also served as President and CEO at Dataquest, Inc., an information services company, as President and Chief Executive Officer; at Gavilan Computer Corporation, a laptop computer manufacturer; and Zilog Incorporated, a semiconductor manufacturing company.

Mr. Fernandez was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee where he served until 2005. Mr. Fernandez has always been in the forefront of technology from developing the first programmable memory device, the most successful microprocessor, to the first fully battery operated laptop computer. He has been the recipient of two “Entrepreneur of the Year “ awards.

Additionally, Mr. Fernandez serves on the Board of Directors of Brunswick Corporation, The Black & Decker Corporation, and Flowers Foods. Mr. Fernandez is a former member of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, serving as its Chairman for 4 years.

F. Phillip Handy

F. Phillip Handy serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Since October, 2001, F. Philip Handy has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Industries, a portfolio of 15 companies in the diversified service and manufacturing businesses. All of the companies have been significantly restructured and taken globally, 13 have been sold.

Until January, 2007, he served for six years as Chairman of the Florida State Board of Education, a seven person board appointed by Governor Jeb Bush, which has constitutional responsibility for Florida’s public educational system (over 4 million students). Mr. Handy has been appointed twice by President George W. Bush to the National Board of Education Sciences (confirmed by the U.S. Senate), where he has served as Vice Chairman.

Mr. Handy currently serves on the public Board of Directors of Anixter International, Inc., the world’s leading distributor of wire and cable; Rewards Network, Inc., the only national dining rewards company; Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials systems and composite solutions. He also sits on the private Boards of Directors for Study Group International, leaders in international education and training and WRS Infrastructure and Environment, Inc., a national environmental and remediation company.

He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and an advisor to the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He also co-chaired Senator John McCain’s Florida Presidential Campaign and served as Chairman of Senator McCain’s National Policy Council on Education.

He is a member of the Chief Executives Organization, and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. He has been a member of the Florida Governor’s Council of 100 since 1987.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University and later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed the sixth forum at The Rugby School and graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School and received the Doctorate of Laws “h.c.” from Flagler College. He also served six years in the US Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1973.

Mr. Handy has owned and operated many businesses. They include Maryland Club Foods, a nationally branded coffee/beverage company (purchased from Coca Cola), Majik Markets, a 1000 store food/gasoline retailer, and Equality Specialties, a package decoration wholesaler. He has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of two public companies….Chart House Restaurant Group and Rewards Networks. From 1996 through 1999, Mr. Handy was managing director of Equity Group Corporate Investments, a private investment firm controlled by Sam Zell. Mr. Handy was a securities analyst at Fidelity Management and Research from 1968 to 1970. He then joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette where he served as Vice President from 1970 to 1976. In 1976, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Combanks, a multiple bank holding company based in Orlando, Florida. In 1980 he commenced his career in the private equity business.

In the political and eleemosynary area, Mr. Handy served as the State Chairman of Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns in Florida in 1993-94 and 1997-98; and as co-chairman of Jeb Bush’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. In 1991 and 1992, he was chairman of Limited Political Terms, a political committee, which led the most successful petition drive in Florida’s history, which resulted in a 77 percent affirmative vote. Mr. Handy has chaired nine statewide political races (won 5, lost 4).

Mr. Handy served as a Trustee of the Northfield Mount Hermon School (his alma mater), where he has served as Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee. He was a member of the Board of Overseers of Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. For ten years he was a member, and the president for three years, of the Board of Trustees of the Orlando Museum of Art. In 1980, Mr. Handy was appointed by Governor Bob Graham to serve on the Investment Advisory Board for the State Board of Administration (the State’s pension fund manager). He served as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee from 1982 to 1986.

In 1989 and 1990, he served on the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Florida’s Environment, which helped create Preservation 2000. In September 1989, he was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Directors of PRIDE of Florida (Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises, Inc.) and served as Chairman of the Board until December 1992.

Mr. Handy was a long distance runner who successfully completed the New York, London and Sydney marathons. He is now a passionate bicyclist – both mountain and road.

Alfred Hoffman, Jr.

Al Hoffman serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Al Hoffman was founder and Chief Executive Officer of WCI Communities, Inc., a NYSE company. Under his guidance, the Bonita Springs-based company became the largest master-planned community developer and builder in Florida with more than 38 communities and revenue exceeding $1.6 billion. He resigned from WCI in 2005 to accept President Bush’s appointment as Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal in 2005 until 2008. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Hoffman served as a fighter pilot during his military career and later earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ambassador Hoffman was National Co-Chair for the elections and inaugurations of George W. Bush for President. He was National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee for two separate terms from 2001 and 2004. At the state level, he served as Finance Chairman of Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns in 1998 and 2002. Hoffman was also National Co-Chair for the McCain ’08 campaign and General Campaign Chair of the Marco Rubio Senate campaign.

His interest and involvement with education and the arts and business span many years and include his tenure as Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation, Chairman of the Florida Council on Economic Education, founding Chairman of Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Center, trustee of The Florida Arts Council, Vice-Chair of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Hall, founding Director of the Council for Educational Change and the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He was also former Chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a group comprised of the state’s top business leaders.

In 2005, Ambassador Hoffman was awarded the state’s highest civilian honor by the Governor and Secretary of State and was designated a “Great Floridian” for his civic and philanthropic efforts on behalf of the people of Florida.

Currently, Ambassador Hoffman serves on the Board of SAFE, a nonprofit Washington-based organization dedicated to energy security and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington.

An avid polo player, Hoffman founded the Tampa Bay Polo Club and was its Chairman for 15 years.

Ambassador Hoffman’s wife, Dawn is active in the community, participating and taking leadership roles in various philanthropic organizations. They and their two daughters live in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Toni Jennings

Toni Jennings serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Florida’s first female lieutenant governor, two-term president of the Florida Senate, successful businesswoman and former fifth grade teacher, Toni Jennings is among the most prominent public figures in Florida’s history, dedicating over 27 years to the citizens of Florida.

Ms. Jennings has distinguished herself as a skilled consensus builder, shaping key policy initiatives important to Floridians for almost three decades. Ms. Jennings served as Florida’s 16th Lieutenant Governor, officially taking office in March 2003. She served an unprecedented two consecutive terms as President of the Florida Senate from 1996-2000. When she took the oath of office in 1976 as a member of the House of Representatives, Ms. Jennings became the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida Legislature and the first female Republican leader of either house of the Legislature - her first historic mark on Florida politics with many to follow throughout her political career.

Ms. Jennings’ strong business acumen and years of public service contributed greatly to her successful partnership with Governor Bush as his Lt. Governor. As co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance, Ms. Jennings helped craft reforms that apply sound principles of quality, competition and technology to increase patient access and modernize Florida’s health care market. Consumer information and choice, as well as an emphasis on transparency, are cornerstones of the new system. She led the Universal Pre-kindergarten Education Advisory Council, which worked to develop recommendations for a voluntary, free pre-kindergarten education program for all Florida four-year-olds. Ms. Jennings also chaired the Governor’s Hurricane Housing Work Group charged with assessing long-term housing recovery needs following one of the most active and destructive hurricane seasons in Florida’s recorded history. In addition to her role in hurricane recovery initiatives, Ms. Jennings spearheaded the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Space and Aeronautics in Florida to ensure the state remains the premier location for aerospace activities. Her talents were enlisted to tackle the state’s insurance crisis resulting from two unprecedented hurricane seasons. As head of the Governor’s Property and Casualty Insurance Reform Committee, she helped develop recommendations for the Governor and the Legislature on improving Florida’s insurance market for homeowners and businesses.

Ms. Jennings’ contributions to Florida have been far reaching. During her Senate Presidency, she was a driving force behind the state’s welfare reform initiative. She is recognized for her work in creating a system of accountability in public education, championing solutions to Florida’s sky-rocketing workers’ compensation costs and launching Florida’s School Readiness program. Ms. Jennings also shepherded the passage of the Workforce Innovation Act of 2000. This reform initiative re-designed Florida’s workforce development system to establish partnerships among economic development, workforce development and businesses. Workforce Florida, Inc. is managed by a governing board appointed by the Governor to oversee and monitor the administration of the state’s workforce policy, programs and services carried out by business-led regional workforce boards.

Ms. Jennings’ commitment to education and workforce training initiatives has made a significant impact on preparing Florida’s future workforce. Key to the successful integration of education standards and workforce needs were recommendations of the Task Force on Career and Professional Education chaired by Ms. Jennings. The curriculum reforms adopted by the Legislature equip middle school and high school students with skill sets necessary to maximize career and postsecondary education opportunities.

Of these accomplishments, Ms. Jennings considers the University of Central Florida Exceptional Education Institute created in 2000 as one of the most gratifying contributions of her public service. The Institute was named in honor of Ms. Jennings for her leadership in establishing and funding an exceptional education component of the UCF Academy for Teaching, Learning and Leadership. As Senate President, Ms. Jennings was able to turn into reality this ground-breaking approach to providing education and clinical services for children and adults with exceptional needs.

A native of Orlando, Ms. Jennings began her professional career as a public school teacher at Killarney Elementary in Orlando. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wesleyan College, the world’s oldest women’s college.

At the age of 23, Ms. Jennings joined her father’s commercial construction company, Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc. Founded in 1948, Jack Jennings & Sons has been a longstanding corporate citizen serving the Central Florida area for over 60 years. This award-winning firm has successfully completed a diverse range of construction projects consisting of entertainment and themed facilities, office and retail, institutional and public sector work, health care and medical facilities and specialty restaurants. Ms. Jennings served as its president from the mid-1980’s until becoming Lt. Governor in 2003. She currently serves as chairman of the board.

Ms. Jennings’ commitment to civic duty is reflected by her many years of service on various community boards and commissions. She chaired the Florida Chamber of Commerce and was the first chair of Workforce Florida, Inc. She currently serves on the Rollins College Board of Trustees and the boards of Brown & Brown, Inc., Florida Power & Light Group, Nemours, and SunTrust Bank Central Florida.

Ms. Jennings’ distinguished public career has earned her numerous awards and recognitions. She was named to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and recognized as the “2004 Central Floridian of the Year” by the Orlando Sentinel for her hurricane recovery efforts. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies honored Ms. Jennings with the William L. Heartwell Award for her workforce education and training advocacy. Her accolades also include the “Florida Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Florida Economic Development Council’s Distinguished Service Award, Florida League of Women Voters’ “Distinguished Florida Women Award,” “Friend of the First Amendment” bestowed twice by the First Amendment Foundation and the coveted “Friend of Education Award” given by the Florida School Boards Association.

Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Garrett is a co-founder of SendHub.com, a venture funded startup launched in July 2011 that is working to improve the efficiency of professional communication. He served as professional staff to the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where his oversight portfolio included Afghanistan, Pakistan and Haiti. Originally from Florida, he graduated in 2005 from Florida State University and was the 2006 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put champion. Garrett read for the degree of Master of Philosophy in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, England as a Rhodes Scholar and was accepted to Harvard law school in 2011.

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Mrs. Johnson is President of Net Communications, a national regulatory and public affairs firm comprised of highly specialized attorneys and regulatory analysts who focus primarily on governmental and regulatory practices combined with media and public relations. Net Communications has offices in Orlando & Tallahassee, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C.

Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Public Service Commission for two consecutive terms from 1992-1999 where she served as Chairman from 1997-1999. She also served as the State Chair of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service which dealt with bringing Internet access to schools and libraries across the country.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mrs. Johnson as the Chairperson of Florida’s Internet Taskforce. In that capacity she served as key advisor to the Governor and the Florida Legislature on issues related to free-market development and beneficial use of advanced communications networks and information technologies. In 2001, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Board of Education. She served on the board from 2001 – 2006.

In 2003, Mrs. Johnson was appointed by FCC Chairman Michael Powell as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for communication in the Digital Age. In 2004, Mrs. Johnson was elected Chairperson for the Florida African American Education Alliance (FAAEA) Board of Directors. FAAEA promotes open and collaborative dialogue between parents, administrators, educators, students, lawmakers and the community to ensure quality education for all students in Florida.

In 2007, Speaker of the House Marco Rubio appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Tax and Budget Reform Committee. Mrs. Johnson serves as the Corporate Chairwoman for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women. She also serves as the Chairwoman for Communications Policy Development and Outreach for the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mrs. Johnson serves as the Chairwoman of Emerging Issues Policy Forum, where she hosts energy, communications and information technology public policy forums at which industry CEOs and state and federal regulators discuss and debate emerging industry and regulatory issues.

Mrs. Johnson serves on the following boards: FirstEnergy (FE) a diversified energy company which includes the nation's largest investor-owned electric system serving six million customers and a diverse generating fleet; American Water (AWK), the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the United States which serves more than 15.6 million people in the US and in Canada; MasTec (MTZ), a $2 billion end-to-end voice, video, data, and energy infrastructure solution provider; and Northwestern Energy Company (NWE), one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the northwest quadrant of the United States.

Mrs. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and J.D. degree from the University Of Florida College Of Law.

Alan Levine

Alan Levine is the Senior Vice President and Florida Group President of Health Management Associates, a Naples-based operator of 71 hospitals in 15 states. With 20 years of hospital operations experience, Alan has served as CEO of hospitals and health systems from the rural north Florida town of Perry to the fifth largest public not-for-profit health system in the nation. Recently, Alan was named as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit integrated hospital and health system serving 29 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Modern Healthcare Magazine has named Alan one of 30 people in the nation who will have a powerful impact on health care in the next 30 years. Others on the same list include then Senator Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Alan was also named an "Up and Comer" in American healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2005.

Prior to his current role with Health Management Associates, Alan served on Governor Bobby Jindal's Cabinet as Secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals - Louisiana's largest state agency - and as Governor Jindal's senior health policy advisor. During his tenure, Alan decreased the size of his department by 25 percent, while also achieving remarkably improved results for the state. For instance, by partnering with the private sector to improve child immunization rates, Louisiana improved from being ranked 48th in the nation to 2nd in the nation in just two years. Alan managed the largest medical evacuation in the history of the nation in the response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike - major hurricanes making landfall on the gulf coast. He led the State's response to the pandemic H1N1 influenza, a response applauded by the CDC, and was part of the Governor's response team for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, often representing Louisiana before the federal government, BP, and on national news networks.

Alan also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Governor Bush to serve as Secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, an agency responsible for administering a $17 billion budget. During his tenure in Governor Bush's administration, Alan served on the Governor's senior response team for 8 major hurricanes making landfall in Florida. He led Governor Bush's landmark effort to reform the state's Medicaid program. Alan’s efforts to crack down on fraud and abuse in Medicaid led to recognition by Associated Press with the headline "Florida Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud Paying Off" and an award by Florida Tax Watch. Alan also spearheaded Governor Bush's effort to reform Florida's Medical Malpractice system, which led to stabilization and decreases in medical liability insurance costs for Florida's physicians. Notably, Alan helped design Governor Bush's "No Place Like Home" Initiative, which led to a 36% improvement in the rate of adoption of children in foster care in Florida.

Prior to being recruited by Governor Jindal, Alan served as CEO of Florida's Broward Health, one of the nation's largest public, not-for-profit hospital systems. Citing his operational plan and successful execution, both Moody's and Standard and Poor's National Credit rating agencies upgraded Broward Health's debt ratings and outlook. While improving financial performance and implementing the two largest tax cuts in the history of Broward Health, the system won several quality awards, and patient satisfaction improved dramatically. Alan's success in transforming Broward Health was highlighted in two books - "Conventional Wisdom" and "Stop Paying the Crooks".

Alan currently serves on the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida’s 12 state universities. He serves as Chairman of Audit and Compliance and as a member of the Finance and Building committees. Prior to his service on the Board of Governors, Alan served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida, Florida’s flagship research university. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Athletic Association, the body responsible for overseeing University of Florida’s athletic programs.

Alan is married to his wife, Laura – a public health nurse, and has two children, Terry (26) and Katy (23).

Roberto Martínez

Roberto Martínez serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

In his 15 years with Colson Hicks Eidson, partner Roberto Martínez has successfully handled high-profile business, products liability, and white-collar criminal defense cases at the federal, state and international levels. A former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Martínez has extensive experience in the public and private sectors.

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Recognition Award
  • The Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award

Civic Work:

  • Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
    • Former Chair
  • Florida State Board of Education
    • Vice-Chair
  • Miami-Dade College
    • Former Chair, District Board of Trustees
  • Governor –Elect Jeb Bush Transition
    • General Counsel
  • Governor Bush’s Public Corruption Study Commission
    • Member
  • Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission (2007-08)
    • Member
  • Governor-Elect Charlie Crist’s Transition
    • Chairman
  • Florida Attorney General-Elect Charlie Crist’s Transition
    • Chairman
  • Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist
    • Special Counsel

Adjunct Faculty:

  • University of Miami School of Law

Past Employment Positions:

  • Southern District of Florida, United States Attorney, 1992 – 1993
  • Southern District of Florida, Assistant United States Attorney, 1982 – 1987
  • Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co., Tax Accountant

Randy McDaniel

Dr. Randy McDaniel serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Director of Education
The Villages Charter School

 

32 years as a teacher

  • 9 years as a high school science teacher
  • 2 years as a high school principal
  • 3 years as Assistant Superintendent in Kansas
  • 2 years as Superintendent in Kansas
  • 4 years as a university professor @ Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS)
  • 5 years as an educational consultant /entrepreneur
  • 7 years leading The Villages Charter School

Dr. McDaniel is a published author in multiple educational journals and co-wrote Disaggregating Data in Schools, a book outlining ways schools could better use data to improve student learning. Additionally, Dr. McDaniel has presented dozens of times at state and national educational conventions on topics such as instructional technology, use of data, curriculum alignment, and educational change.

He currently leads The Villages Charter School, one of the most successful schools in Florida.

Susan Pareigis

Susan Pareigis serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Susan Pareigis serves as the President of the Florida Council of 100 where she advises the Council membership on issues affecting business, assists in strengthening partnerships to achieve a competitive business climate and provides research on public policy issues.

The Council of 100 is composed of a diverse group of key leaders and has served in an advisory capacity to the Governor since 1961. The Council promotes policies that ensure a high quality of life for Floridians and a diversified Florida economy.Susan serves on the 2060 Transportation Steering Committee, Enterprse Florida Board of Directors, Policy Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Policy Council of Workforce Florida, Foundation for Florida’s Future Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO).

From 2002 to 2006, Susan was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and served as the Director of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI). AWI is a $ 1.5B agency that administers the state’s workforce development, unemployment compensation and early learning programs. During her tenure at AWI, Susan implemented the State of Florida’s first Universal Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and provided leadership for the Agency during the recovery periods following the devastating hurricanes of 2004-2005.

Prior to 2002, Susan served as the President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, International Business Affairs Director for the Lee County Office of Economic Development and the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Southwest Florida.

Susan served on the President's National Hire Veterans Committee (PNHVC), focused on the employment of separating military men and women. She also served as a co-chair of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Economic Development, "Roadmap to Florida's Future," and was a member of Governor Bush’s Growth Management Study Commission, which issued its report in 2001.

Susan was appointed and served on the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for the Child Care Executive Partnership. She also served on the Workforce Florida Board of Directors, Career Education Task Force, the Governor's Ex-Offender Task Force, the Florida Construction Institute and the Workforce Estimating Conference. She is a University of South Florida graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XIX.

The Florida Council of 100 Web site: www.fc100.org.

Lou Plasencia

Lou Plasencia serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Lou Plasencia is the Chief Executive Officer of The Plasencia Group, the hospitality investment advisory company that he founded in 1993. He is responsible for the firm’s business development activities and for oversight of all investment, disposition and advisory activities of the firm.

Following an active career in higher education, which included work in Student Affairs at Indiana University and later at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Mr. Plasencia entered the hospitality industry with Hyatt Hotels Corporation. There he worked in a variety of hotel settings before joining Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate as Director of that company’s Hospitality Investment Group.

While leading The Plasencia Group to its prominent position as the country’s premiere boutique hospitality investment firm, Mr. Plasencia has coordinated several major portfolio engagements for companies such as Host Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, MetLife Real Estate Investments and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Investment clients and partners include The Carlyle Group, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Real Estate Investments, The Blackstone Group and numerous other institutional and private owners of hotel, resort and golf real estate assets.

Mr. Plasencia serves on the Indiana University President’s Advisory Council (Board of Aeons), the Jesuit High School (Tampa) Board of Trustees, the St. Lawrence Catholic Parish Board in Tampa, the Board of Directors of Tampa Bay & Company (Past Chair), the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100. He most recently served on the Board of Directors of the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Plasencia is as a member of the Hillsborough County Tourism Development Council, the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Leadership Group of New York University’s International Hospitality Investment Conference.

Mr. Plasencia received a Master of Science in Education degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans. Mr. Plasencia is an avid angler and enjoys preparing meals for the family’s weekly gatherings. Given his extensive business-related travels and his familiarity with over thirty major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and Canada, he is frequently tapped by his family and friends for advice on the best cultural venues, hotels, restaurants and local dives across North America. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Tampa.

Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez

Raquel (Rocky) Rodriguez serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Raquel (Rocky) has more than 25 years of extensive experience counseling clients on a wide variety of government, business and litigation matters. She provides unique insight and solutions to the legal, business, political, and public relations challenges that private and public companies face. Whether representing Fortune 500 clients, closely held companies, foreign governments, family businesses, nonprofit entities, or entrepreneurs, Rocky focuses on developing creative approaches and innovative strategies to complex issues. From 2002 through 2006, she was General Counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In that capacity, Rocky worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state. This included conceiving and codrafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic development project in state history, a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. She counseled Governor Bush with respect to over 200 judicial appointments at all levels of the Florida judiciary.

Rocky’s areas of concentration include:

  • Litigation commercial, international, real estate, constitutional, administrative, and election law
  • Dispute resolution and strategy
  • Crisis and risk management
  • Government affairs
  • Economic development and incentives, such as alternative energy, financial services and high tech
  • Inbound and outbound transactions

Rocky has advised both U.S. and non U.S. clients involved in disputes or transactions in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, Rocky is familiar with the civil law concepts that are prevalent in Spain and most Latin American countries, which enables her to work seamlessly with local counsel. She is also knowledgeable about key U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the USA Patriot Act, which impose compliance requirements and risks to U.S. companies operating in foreign countries.

In addition to her four years in the Florida Governor’s office, Rocky was executive director of the Londonbased MULTILAW, Multinational Association of Independent Law Firms. Her law firm experience includes 15 years at Greenberg Traurig LLC, where she was a shareholder for six years, and four years as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Peter Rummell

Peter Rummell serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Peter Rummell has been active in the real estate development industry for almost 40 years.

Rummell began his real estate career in 1971 with the Sea Pines Company, developers of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Amelia Island, Florida. Beginning in 1977, he was general manager of Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the Arvida Corporation. He joined the Rockefeller Center Management Corporation in New York as vice chairman in 1983, leaving in 1985 to become president of Disney Development Company. The Development Company was responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s non-theme park land, directing hotel and related development at the company’s theme park locations in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris and Tokyo. During Rummell’s 12-year tenure, Disney produced over 20,000 hotel rooms. The new town of Celebration, Florida was also a product of this focused development effort. Disney Development Company and Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s design and creative division responsible for theme park development, were later merged and Rummell became chairman of the combined group, Walt Disney Imagineering.

In 1997, he left Walt Disney Imagineering and became chairman and chief executive officer of The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) where he led the transition of St. Joe from a regional manufacturing conglomerate focused on paper making to a dynamic real estate company and place maker. He retired from St. Joe in 2008. Later in 2008, he became chief executive officer of Nicklaus Companies, founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, with services including golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and marketing and licensing of golf products and services. He retired in August of 2009.

Rummell is on the board of AvalonBay Communities, the largest publicly traded apartment REIT in the United States and The Haskell Company, a privately held design-build organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with business interests spanning the western hemisphere. He is also active in real estate advisory work for several clients.

Rummell is currently active and is past chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a nonpartisan organization of the state’s leading CEO’s. He is also past chairman and on the board of The Alliance for World Class Education, an advocate for public education in Northeast Florida. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Teach for America (Jacksonville Chapter), an innovative movement to eliminate education inequity. Rummell is the incoming chairman of the Urban Land Institute and immediate past chairman of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, the worldwide real estate organization promoting the intelligent use of land. He is the current chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council, a CEO-based civic group dedicated to long-term growth and community betterment. Rummell was co-chairman of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, which hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 and is currently on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Rummell, 65, graduated from The Hill School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1971, he received a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rummell and his wife, Lee Ann, have two children; Mahala Hunter (18) and Harry Stevenson II (16). They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Marvin N. “Skip" Schoenhals

Marvin N. “Skip" Schoenhals serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Marvin Schoenhals is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of WSFS Financial Corporation.

Schoenhals joined WSFS Financial Corporation in 1990 as president and chief executive officer of both WSFS Financial Corporation and its principal subsidiary Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB (“WSFS”). WSFS is one of the top performing banking organizations in the country. WSFS is a traditional community banking organization serving northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. WSFS has specialty subsidiaries in ATM services and insurance and mutual fund sales.

He was elected chairman of WSFS Financial Corporation in 1992.

From 1988-1990, Schoenhals was president and chief executive officer of Peoples Savings Bank (now Standard Federal Bank), Monroe, Michigan. Peoples was a community banking organization serving Monroe County, Michigan. Under his leadership, Peoples’ net income increased 60% in a two-year period of time and the company stock increased in value by 200%. Schoenhals negotiated a successful sale of the company in 1989.

In 1974, Schoenhals joined Old Kent Financial Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan as executive vice president of Old Kent Bank Central, Owosso, Michigan. In 1982, he became chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Old Kent Bank of Brighton, Brighton, Michigan. In 1985, he assumed the position of senior vice president of Old Kent Bank and Trust, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Schoenhals is active in several professional, business, and advisory organizations as well as community affairs. He serves on the Boards of Burris Logistics, Brandywine Mutual Funds, and is Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.

Locally, he is Chairman of the Delaware Public Policy Institute and the Sunday Breakfast Mission, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Schoenhals is a past Chairman of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and past member of the board of directors of Wilmington Renaissance, the Wilmington Housing Partnership, the Delaware Family Foundation, and the United Way of Delaware, Inc.

Schoenhals is a former Mayor of Owosso, Michigan and served as president of the Rotary Club of Owosso and of the Owosso City Club, and as chairman of the Livingston County United Way Campaign.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1947, Schoenhals holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration, “Dean’s List,” from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

Linda is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida's Future and have the opportunity to use her experience to support the Foundation's mission of advancing reforms to make education in Florida a model for the nation.

Linda served on the State of Florida Board of Education from January 2004 until March 2010. Prior to that, she served on the Board of Trustees for Florida Gulf Coast University and the District Board of Trustees for Edison Community College. She was a founding member of the Florida Gulf Coast University's Foundation Board of Directors and continues on the Board as a Chairperson Emeritus.

Linda played a key roll in the development of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, which provides programs for the school system through partnerships with the local business community.She served as the Foundation's founding Chairperson and continues to serve on the board as a Chairperson Emeritus. She was the founding Chairperson of the Lee County Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, which gives a high level of recognition to outstanding teachers. She was also founding Chairperson of the Golden Apple Academy of Teachers and the Lee County Golden Apple Collegium for the Advancement of Teaching.

Linda has received numerous awards for community service including the Lee County Clara Barton Humanitarian Award and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority national alumni Crest Award.

Linda grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in education and a minor in business. She taught elementary education in Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and Newport News, Virginia before moving to Fort Myers, Fl in 1971. She is married to Bob Taylor and they have two children and three grandchildren.

Trey Traviesa

Anthony "Trey" Traviesa was born in Tampa in 1969 to Anthony A. Traviesa, Jr. and Linda Ware Traviesa. The Traviesa family immigrated to Tampa from Asturias, Spain in the 1930s. Raised most of his life in Tampa Bay, Trey attended St. Patrick’s in Tampa and St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Trey graduated from FSU (BS-Finance '92) and the University of Texas at Austin (MBA '97). His career experience spans a variety of banking, venture capital and corporate operational leadership endeavors in Washington, D.C., New York, Austin, Dallas, Beijing, Mumbai and Budapest. A growth-business leader at heart, he recently served as President and COO of Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute during a period of rapid growth. Between 2004 and 2008, Trey represented Tampa and certain areas of East Hillsborough County in the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Trey currently owns a venture capital firm called V3 Partners, LLP, which provides strategy, operational leadership, and capital support required by disruptive growth companies to achieve their “next level” of value creation. Since its founding in 2010, V3 has acquired equity positions in automotive services, alternative media, public affairs and health services companies. He remains active in Florida and national politics and policy through a V3 public affairs portfolio company, through his role on the board of directors for Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future and as a member of the Mitt Romney for President finance team.

Trey is married to Nina Tosta Traviesa of Maracaibo, Venezuela, formerly a fashion designer in New York City's Fashion District. Trey met Nina when they were both working in New York in 1998, and they have been happily married since 1999. Nina was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on Florida's Commission on Volunteerism.

They have two daughters, and Trey and his daughters enjoy triathlons. The family enjoys boating and travel. Their committed charitable causes include Christ the King Catholic Church, the Tampa Museum of Art, Trinity Café, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.


John Winn

John Winn serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

John Winn has a distinguished career in education policy and a lifelong commitment to quality education for all students. An educator for 35 years, he began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher. He joined the Florida Department of Education in 1984 and served in several responsible positions including Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff before being appointed to Commissioner of Education in August 2004. In February 2007 he retired from Commissioner of Education. He joined the National Mathematics and Science Initiative in March 2007 as the Chief Program Officer for AP* and pre-AP courses.

In 1999 Winn joined Governor Jeb Bush as his Education Policy Coordinator. While in that position, he was responsible for drafting and directing the Governor's education budget recommendations and legislative initiatives for all education sectors. These included the A+ Plan for Education, One Florida programs, K20 education system, and charter district legislation. He was also instrumental in crafting the John McKay Scholarship authorizing legislation. While in this position, he played a major role in developing the concept and implementation of measuring annual student learning gains, school grading formula, and the K20 data warehouse.

Winn returned to the Department of Education with Commissioner Jim Horne to assist in the restructuring of the Department of Education and the K-20 education system. There he coordinated the massive restructuring of the Florida School Code, centralized all data and accountability operations, and participated in creating a high performing senior staff team.

During his tenure as Commissioner, student achievement in Reading and Mathematics reached an all-time high. The achievement gap closed considerably and students with disabilities and limited English proficiency more than doubled their reading improvement. Also, Florida led the nation in the percentage of high school graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement exam. Over the past three years Florida has rated in the top three states in the increase of minority students taking and passing AP exams.

John Winn has built a solid reputation as an authority in statewide implementation of innovative education improvements and on policy issues facing public education at every level. He is respected throughout the Florida education community and nationally. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment and compassion in improving education quality for all students.

Brian Yablonski

Brian Yablonski is currently External Affairs Director for the Gulf Power Company, an investor owned utility serving Northwest Florida. He is responsible for the management and oversight of regulatory affairs and governmental affairs activities.

Prior to working with Gulf Power, Mr. Yablonski was Vice President of Public Affairs for the St. Joe Company, one of Florida’s largest private landowners. In this role, he helped strategically plan nearly 600,000 acres of land in Northwest Florida, including having overseen state and federal governmental relations, environmental strategy and economic policy development. He also served as Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, where he helped craft the administration’s major policy initiatives.

Mr. Yablonski has served for eight years as a Commissioner on Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency charged with protecting endangered species and wildlife, and overseeing hunting and fishing activities in the state of Florida. In addition, he was appointed in 2007 by then-Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio to serve on the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which meets once every 20 years to examine the state’s tax and budget structure. In that capacity, he served as the sponsor of Constitutional Amendment 4, an initiative to provide tax exemptions for natural lands placed into permanent conservation easements. He was named Florida’s 2009 Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Florida Wildlife Federation.

Mr. Yablonski is also an Adjunct Fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana. This national institute works to improve environmental quality through the use of market principles and property rights. Mr. Yablonski is a regular contributor to PERC’s policy journal. He has also appeared on the Stossel show on FOX News and the FOX Business Channel to discuss free market environmentalism.

As well, Mr. Yablonski serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Foundation for Florida’s Future, both reform-oriented education organizations chaired by former Governor Bush.

From 1989-1990, Mr. Yablonski worked in the White House as a staff assistant to President George H.W. Bush. An attorney, he graduated with honors from Wake Forest University and the University of Miami School of Law.

Zachariah P. Zachariah

Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

He is one of the leading cardiologists in the nation. He is President of the Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute, a thriving private practice with five cardiologists/physicians and 30 employees. He is the Director of Cardiology for Holy Cross Hospital, a 570 bed not-for-profit community hospital in Fort Lauderdale and serves as a volunteer Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Dr. Zachariah serves on the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the management of Florida’s university system, and a Trustee for Nova Southeastern University, the largest private university in the Southeast United States with more than 26,000 students. He is a member of the Council of 100, a statewide organization of business leaders who advise the Governor on issues of public policy. He is also a member and former Chairman of the Florida Council on Economic Education, a not-for-profit organization that educates students in kindergarten through high school on economic principles to better prepare them for personally and professional success in our free enterprise system.

Previously, Dr. Zachariah served on the Board of Medicine, where he held the positions of chairman and vice president. Zachariah attended University Intermediate College for Graduate Training, received an M.B.B.S. degree from Armed Forces Medical College in Poona, India and completed an internship at University Medical College in Trivandrum, India and an internship and residency at St. Joseph\'s Hospital and Medical Center. He immigrated to the United States in 1972.