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More leadership changes at Alex Sink's think tank



Seven months after naming a new CEO to her economic development policy foundation, Florida Next, Alex Sink is again looking at leadership changes at her organization.

Steve Freedman, founder of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida had been tapped as Florida Next to succeed Sink's longtime right hand man, Jim Cassady. Now Cassady is back with the title of interim CEO.

"I recruited Steve Freedman out of his retirement last spring...Then his wife unexpectedly took an early retirement package from Bank of America and he decided he wanted to join her," Sink told Buzz in an email. "So Jim has agreed to come back in an interim capacity until the end of the  year."

Sink is considering running for governor again in 2014, and many people saw  the launch of her foundation a year ago as a vehicle to keep her profile high in Florida, just as Jeb Bush did with his foundation after losing his first governor's race. Florida Next, however, has had a low profile, though Sink says she and it are doing lots of work to help promote young entrepreneurs in the state.

Sink: "We are planning a couple of young leaders forums around the state, and I continue to speak about the importance of rebuilding our economy focusing on small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and young people!  (last week was the Bartow chamber of commerce,  the Florida commercial finance association, and before that in Fort Lauderdale on a program about encouraging Florida businesses to explore international business opportunities!")

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:24am]


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