Rick Scott announces transition team aimed economy
The 76-member team is tasked with finding ways to reduce the size of government, cut regulation on businesses and find ways to attract new businesses to the state so the Republican governor-elect can fulfilll his promise of 700,000 new jobs in the next seven years.
Like Scott's previous transition teams, this one dips into the pool of special interests and lobbyists.
Some of the highlights include Wayne Huizenga, Jr., who is heading the Economic Development Transition Team; University of Florida President Bernie Machen; Alan Levine, who is also head of Scott's healthcare transition team; Tampa/Hillsborough Expressway Authority Joe Waggoner; Florida Justice Reform Institute lobbyist William Large.
Here's the entire team:
The Economic Development Transition Team Includes: Chair: Wayne Huizenga, Jr., Huizenga Holdings
Amy Evancho, President & CEO, Florida Economic Development Council; Nancy Thompson, Regional VP, ResCare Workforce Services; Tammie Nemecek, President, Collier County Economic Development Council; Chuck Cobb, Senior Managing Director and CEO, Cobb Partners; Anthony Connelly, Senior Vice President and CFO, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US; Allen Douglas, Legislative Director, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Bill Johnson, Director, Port of Miami; Timothy Kuebler, Senior Vice President, Titan Florida Cement and Aggregate; Herschel Vinyard, Director of Business Operations, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards; Alan Levine, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Holdings; John McReynolds, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Universal Orlando Resort; Rick Murell, CEO, Tropical Shipping Vic Story, Vice Chair, Citrus Commission; Hal Valeche, Owner, York Street Capital Advisors; Lynda Weatherman, President & CEO, Economic Development Council of Florida's Space Coast; Michele Page, President, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association; Fredrik Eliasson, Vice President, Emerging Markets, CSX; Henry Rodriguez, Board Member, Enterprise Florida; Kevin Johnson, Vice President of Economic Development, St. Joe Company; Brent Christensen, President and CEO, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce; Mali Gardner, Mayor, Clewiston; Jorge Arrizurieta, President, Arrizurieta Associates; Steven Halverson, President, The Haskell Company; Bob Black, ARINC, Inc.; Hannes Hunschofsky, President, Hoerbinger Corp. of America; John Browning, President, Browning Consulting; Phil Waller, SVP MWH America (Global Water and Wastewater Co.); Jose Hevia, President & CEO, Flagler Co.; Rich Blaser, EVP and CFO, Infinite Energy Inc.; Blake Casper, Chairman and CEO, Caspers Company; Sam Forrest, Vice President, Energy Marketing and Trading, FP&L; John Hitt, President, University of Central Florida; Bernie Machen, President, University of Florida; Dan Rice, President, SunDial Capital Partners; Reinhold Schmieding, Founder and President, Arthrex Inc.; Susan Story, President and CEO, Gulf Power Company; Rasesh Thakker, CEO, Tavistock; Aaron Zahn, CEO, BCR Environmental; Roy Periana, Director, Scripps Energy Laboratories; Karen Diebel, Executive Director, Verizon Business; Doug Callaway, President, Floridians for Better Transportation; Gow Fields, Mayor, City of Lakeland; Joe Waggoner, Executive Director, Tampa/Hillsborough Expressway Authority; Tom Conrecode, VP Government Affairs, Collier Enterprises; Robert Poole, Transportation Director, The Reason Foundation; Janet Watermeier, Executive Director, Bay County Economic Development Alliance; Bob Porteus; Mike Horan, President, Ajax Paving
The Regulatory Reform Transition Team Includes: Chair: Chris Corr, Executive VP, Planning, Design, and Development
AECOM Peter Rummell, Rummell Company, LLC; Stephen Joost, CEO and Partner, Firehouse Subs; T.R. Hainline, Partner, Rogers, Towers; Carlos Alfonso, CEO, Alfonso Architects; Peter Corrigan, President, Florida Family Insurance Company; Ashton Hudson, Rock Creek Capital; Don Brown, Senior Fellow, The Heartland Institute; William Large, Executive Director, Florida Justice Reform Institute; Phillip Walker, Agent, Allstate; Corey Simon, Partner and Vice President of Community Relations, Gabor Agency; Marlin Hutchens, Vice President, Store Operations, Walgreens; Marc Salm, Vice President, Risk Management, Publix; Richard Clark, President, Supreme Janitorial Service; Peter Boulware, Vice President, Legacy Toyota; Chris Corr, Executive Vice President, Planning, Design, and Development, AECOM; Ken Wilson, Vice President, Gate Petroleum; Jerry Seeber, General Manager, Tampa Bay Water; Billy Buzzett, Attorney; Doug Manson, President, Manson Law Group; Barbara Miedema, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications, Sugar Cane Grovers Cooperative of Florida; Mike Taylor, Vice President, Sales, Honeywell Building Solutions; Ann Shortelle, Ph. D., MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.; Albert Joerger; Melissa Meeker, President, Hesperides Group; Carlos Beruff, Medallion Homes; Chris Buckley, Board of Directors, Everglades Foundation.