February 28, 2015

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Jacksonville

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Leaders

Must-Know Leaders

> Zim Boulos is chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission and president of Office Environments & Services.

> U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville native who has served in Congress for 17 years, is mulling a U.S. Senate bid against Gov. Charlie Crist.

John Delaney
> John Delaney, a former prosecutor and two-time mayor of Jacksonville, is president of the 16,500-student University of North Florida.
> Marty Fiorentino, a former CSX communications executive, heads the Fiorentino Group, a government relations and business development firm.

> Bill Foley, chairman of Fidelity National Financial, moved the giant company from Santa Barbara, Calif., to Jacksonville. He also heads other businesses, including resorts, a winery and restaurants.

> A. Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health has pushed Baptist’s expansion from a downtown medical center to five hospitals, including Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

> Michael Hightower, a vice president at Blue Cross and local Republican Party official, chairs the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

> Preston Haskell, founder and chairman of local design-build powerhouse Haskell Co., is an important voice in industry issues statewide but also is extremely involved in the Jacksonville community.

State Sen. Tony Hill
> State Sen. Tony Hill was an early supporter of Barack Obama. He still has Obama’s ear.
> Martha “Marty” Lanahan, north Florida executive and Jacksonville city president of Regions Bank, is known for her work on behalf of the community.

> Dr. Robert I. Lufrano is chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, the largest private employer in the city.

> Kelly Madden, First Coast market president for Wachovia, is heavily involved in the community and will serve as chairwoman of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

> Audrey McKibbin Moran, president and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center, which houses and feeds Jacksonville’s homeless, is influential in city politics and policy.

Lee M. Thomas
> Lee M. Thomas is chairman, president and CEO of Jacksonville-based Rayonier, one of the largest timber companies in the nation. He’s the retired president and COO of Georgia-Pacific.
> Joan W. Newton, chairman emeritus of Regency Centers Corp., is a longtime business and civic leader who serves on the University of North Florida’s board of trustees.

> Lynn Pappas, a real estate attorney, is active in civic and business affairs and has served on the state Board of Governors.

> Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton leaves office in 2011, at which time he will return to lead his family’s business, Gate Petroleum.

> David A. Smith, chairman and CEO of PSS World Medical, is also chairman of Florida TaxWatch.

> Michael J. Ward is chairman, president and CEO of CSX Corp.

Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver
> Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, co-owners of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, are also some of the most generous philanthropists in the city. The Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and Weaver Family Foundation have invested more than $100 million in educational, social and other non-profits in Florida. [Photo: credit]

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