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High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond -- but whose biggest contributions may be yet to come. The governors also make their picks.

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Governor’s Choice
Jack Davis

Florida Trend asked Gov. Charlie Crist to write about a Floridian who’ll change the state in the coming years.

Jack Davis
Jack Davis watches as Gov. Crist signs a law named after the 11-year-old.
» “In his speech ‘The Man in the Arena,’ President Teddy Roosevelt reminded us that the man who matters, or makes a difference, is the doer. He believed, as I do, that you have to take action to make a difference and get things done. Eleven-year-old Jack Davis from Miami also believes in taking action.

Jack saw food being thrown away at a restaurant and wondered why it wasn’t being given to people who need it most. Instead of sitting idly by, he took action by calling on state Rep. Ari Porth of Coral Springs. Along with Sen. Nan Rich, they put together a piece of common-sense legislation that makes it easier for restaurants wanting to donate excess food.

During the 2008 legislative session, I had the opportunity to meet Jack and the privilege of signing into law the Jack Davis Florida Restaurant Lending a Helping Hand Act. The result of Jack’s action is there will be less waste and more food available to feed hungry families and Floridians.

I applaud Jack Davis for taking action to help our fellow man. He had an idea and then worked to make something special happen in his community and throughout our state.”

— Gov. Charlie Crist (2007-present)

Stephen Sundarro
Stephen Sundarro

Stephen Sundarro

» University of South Florida professor and India native Stephen Sundarro, 40, teaches rehabilitative engineering, making his undergrads develop products to help disabled people in Tampa Bay. His Rehab Ideas company, now at USF’s research park, has seven patented student ideas — a crutch that can fold up, an off-road wheelchair platform — for licensing globally.

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