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Eikenberg out, Strum in, as Crist staff chief



Eric Eikenberg, Gov. Charlie Crist's chief of staff, is leaving his post to serve in a "new capacity." He's to be replaced by Shane Strum.

From the press release:

Governor Charlie Crist today announced Shane Strum will take over as Chief of Staff beginning November 3. Strum currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.

“Shane’s past experience as a successful businessman combined with his experience in our administration on the important issues of transportation and business have prepared him well to lead our office,” Governor Crist said. “He has shown tremendous leadership, and I am confident he will serve the people of Florida well.”

Strum, 40, currently oversees a portfolio of Governor’s agencies vital to Florida’s economic growth that includes the Departments of Transportation, Education and Business and Professional Regulation. He has championed such issues for the administration as strategic transportation and infrastructure planning and higher education reform.

“I am humbled by this new responsibility to serve Governor Crist and the people of Florida. Under the Governor’s leadership, I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and working together to better the lives of those we serve,” Strum said. “These are challenging times in our state and I thank the Governor for his confidence in me. I welcome the opportunity to work alongside the dedicated staff of the Executive Office of the Governor.”

Strum previously served as the Deputy Secretary for Business Operations in the Florida Department of Management Services. As deputy secretary for business operations, Strum directed a 450-person team that manages state purchasing, real estate development, fleet operations, federal property surplus, correctional privatization and supplier diversity.  Prior to serving at DMS, Strum directed new business development for seven years at Blue Frog Solutions, Inc., a Pompano Beach-based finance and insurance technology firm.

From 1995 to 2000, Strum served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Eric Eikenberg, current Chief of Staff to the Governor since January 2008, will remain in his post until November 2 for purposes of transition. Eikenberg, 33, previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Crist Administration, Chief of Staff to former United States Congressman E. Clay Shaw Jr. and deputy executive director of the Republican Party of Florida. He is a graduate of The American University.

“Eric is a tremendously talented member of our team who has served the people of Florida well for the past two years,” Governor Crist said.

“Serving in this administration under the leadership of our great Governor Crist has been one of the greatest honors in my life,” Eikenberg said. “I thank the staff of the Governor’s office for their support and tireless effort on behalf of the people of Florida.”

Eikenberg will continue to serve the Governor in a new capacity.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:23pm]


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