Hillsborough Aviation Authority seat draws 12 applicants
A dozen people have applied to fill the vacancy on the Hillsborough Aviation Authority created by the April 21 death of lawyer and board chairman Steve Burton.
Gov. Rick Scott has not indicated when he will make his choice. The day after Burton’s death, Scott told reporters, “we'll do this in a methodical manner, try to find somebody as good as Steve to be there, but Steve will be tough to replace."
Those who have filed applications with the governor’s office include:
• Architect and past congressional candidate Eddie Adams Jr., 59, of Temple Terrace.
• Gregory W. Bryant, 49, of Tampa. Bryant is president and CEO of Bay Cities Bank.
• Steve Cona III, 38, of Tampa. Cona is the president of the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents the interests of 450 construction-related companies from Gainesville to Naples.
• Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Arthur “Chip” Diehl III, 59, of Tampa. Diehl is a pilot and former wing commander at MacDill Air Force Base.
• Attorney and businessman Martin Garcia, 57, of Tampa. Garcia is founder and managing director of Pinehill Capital Partners.
• Michael Griffin, 32, of Tampa. He is senior vice president of Vertical Integration, a commercial real estate firm.
• Hung Mai, 63, of Lutz. Mai is an engineer who specializes in real estate consulting.
• Edward Bruce Kampsen, 65, of Tampa. Kampsen is a medical doctor and a pilot.
• Longtime Tampa businessman A.D. “Sandy” MacKinnon, 74, of Tampa. The founder and CEO of Yale Lift Trucks, Mackinnon has served as chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority and is the chairman of the Florida State Fair Authority.
• Kelly Sue O’Brien, 43, of Tampa. O’Brien is president of KSO Properties, a real estate firm, and is a pilot.
• Developer Donald Phillips, 47, of Tampa. A pilot, Phillips has served on the boards of Enterprise Florida and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority.
• William Ponton, 67, of Tampa. He is president of Cordoba Development.