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Rood is new RPOF finance chairman



John Rood, a top Republican bundler from the Jacksonville area who was rewarded by President Bush with an ambassadorship to the Bahamas, is the new finance chairman of the state GOP. He succeeds Harry Sargeant. From the RPOF release:

"Ambassador Rood is both a longtime supporter of the Party and a successful entrepreneur," noted (RPOF Chairman Jim) Greer. "We look forward to working with him to develop our short and long-term financial goals and to secure the resources necessary to elect Republican candidates across Florida."

Mr. Rood founded The Vestcor Cos. in 1983, focusing on real estate investments, development and construction. In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Rood as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas where he served until 2007. In his role managing the Embassy and its 300 employees, Ambassador Rood worked to resolve bilateral issues with the Government of the Bahamas, improve relations between the two countries, oversee Consular Services and use public diplomacy to share United States values with The Bahamas.

Ambassador Rood returned to Jacksonville in 2007 and formed The JDR Companies, developing multifamily properties in Florida, the Carolinas and Texas. The JDR Companies also assumed sales and management responsibilities for the firm’s condominium communities.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:15pm]


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