Florida Business Newsmakers in 2011
These business people were exceptionally notable during the past year.
[Photo: James Crichlow/Jacksonville Business Journal]
Longtime Florida business heavyweight Peter Rummell hasn't put himself out to pasture since he retired 2½ years ago. The Jacksonville resident, who was CEO of St. Joe Co. for 12 years, helped form a non-partisan group called the Civic Council. That group has identified core issues it wants to keep the city's civic leaders focused on. Independently of the group, Rummell, a GOP stalwart, made news by endorsing Democrat Alvin Brown for mayor and writing a check to Brown's campaign. Support from Rummell — and from much of the city's business community — was considered a big factor in Brown's upset of Republican Mike Hogan, a former state representative and Duval County tax collector who was backed by Associated Industries of Florida, the tea party and police and firefighters unions.
— Mark R. Howard