On Tampa Bay's bench of key business growers, Casto's outgoing but Burgoyne's incoming
In the Tampa Bay world of helping business grow, we're losing a veteran and gaining a new face. After years at the University of South Florida, the head of USF's research park -- Rod Casto -- is taking the same position on Florida's east coast at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Casto (left), quoted in the Daytona Beach News Journal, says he has high hopes for Embry Riddle's new 90-acre park that could bring aviation companies and hundreds of jobs to that part of Florida in the next decade.
Casto starts his job as Embry-Riddle's associate vice president for research and innovation -- the same title he held at USF -- on July 1. Good luck, Rod. Tampa Bay will miss your expertise.
Meanwhile, a new executive director was just named to run the Tampa-based Florida Venture Forum -- a statewide entrepreneurial networking group that helps connect Florida start-ups and young businesses with sources of venture capital, one of the Sunshine State's scarcest resources.
Kevin Burgoyne (right) joins the Forum with more than 20 years of corporate and private investment industry experience, including senior level sales, marketing and corporate communications roles with the Walt Disney Company, PanAmSat and Global Crossing. Most recently he has worked in staff and consulting roles for several start-ups and private investment groups with holdings in real estate and technology, according to a short bio of Burgoyne. He holds a BS from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Burgoyne succeeds Robin Lester (or Robin Kovaleski for those who knew her earlier) who ran the Florida Venture Forum for nine years. She resigned in May. Read more here.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times