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Community Portrait

Gainesville

| 2/1/2011

Must-Know Contacts

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» Todd Powell, director, Florida real estate for Plum Creek Timber, the largest landowner in Florida [Photo: Jeffrey Camp]
» Xhale CEO Richard Allen, Gainesville's entrepreneur of the year in 2010, is a co-founder of RTI. He led its IPO in 2000.

» Brian Beach, senior vice president for administration and business ventures at UF, is the point person for Innovation Square.

» Ward Boston III, president/CEO, North Florida Regional Healthcare

» Deborah Butler, president, Butler Enterprises, a shopping-center developer looking to make major expansions over the next few years

» Joseph Cirulli, who established Gainesville Health & Fitness Center 33 years ago and built it into a 65,000-sq.-ft. club with more than 28,000 members, is a global figure in the fitness industry.


» Developers Ken and Linda McGurn get almost single-handed credit for transforming downtown Gainesville from a ghost town in the early 1980s.

» Brent Christensen, president/CEO, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and the chamber's Council for Economic Outreach

» David Day, director, UF Office of Technology Licensing

» James Doughton, publisher, the Gainesville Sun

» Jeremy Foley, UF athletics director

» Weaver Gaines, chairman and general counsel at Nanotherapeutics, has been a key figure in the statewide biotech industry and is chairman emeritus of the trade group BioFlorida.

» Michael Gallagher, president/CEO, SantaFe HealthCare

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» Jackson Sasser, president, Santa Fe College

» Sam Goforth, market president, Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company

» Tim Goldfarb, CEO, Shands HealthCare

» Robert Hutchinson, executive director, Alachua Conservation Trust

» Brian Hutchison, chairman/CEO, RTI Biologics

» Roland Loog, director, Visit Gainesville

» Craig Lowe, Gainesville's mayor

» Bernie Machen, UF president

» Tom Mallini, president/CEO, M&S Bank


» Pegeen Hanrahan, former two-term mayor of Gainesville who works in conservation finance for the Trust for Public Land [Photo: The Independent Florida Alligator]

» Thomas McIntosh, president, Prudential Trend Realty; incoming chairman of the Chamber of Commerce

» Lee Pinkoson, chairman, Alachua County Commission; longtime optician who has served on the commission since 2002

» Win Phillips, UF vice president for research

» Sue Washer, president/CEO, Applied Genetic Technology; entrepreneur; chair of BioFlorida

» Rosa B. Williams, community activist involved in healthcare, education and many other causes, especially those aimed at increased opportunities for Gainesville's black community



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