Three Tampa Bay companies rank among Fortune's 'world's most admired companies'
Tech Data Corp. CEO Bob Dutkowsky. (Photo, Joseph Garnett, Tampa Bay Times)
Wake up and good morning. A show of corporate strength goes to the Tampa Bay area in the latest Fortune magazine ranking of the world's most admired companies. Of ten Florida companies making the list, three bay area businesses (four including Lakeland's Publix Super Markets) are named: Clearwater's Tech Data Corp., an IT distributor and this area's largest public company by revenues; St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial, a regional investment firm (CEO Paul Reilly, right) that's in the midst of absorbing its biggest ever acquisition of the Morgan Keegan brokerage; and St. Petersburg electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit, which by geographic reach is this area's biggest international player with assembly and design plants across the world. (Jabil CEO Tim Main, left: photo by John Pendygraft, Tampa Bay Times). Congratulations to these firms.
One Tampa company ranked that did not make the most admired cut for its industry: WellCare Health Plans.
The companies ranked by Fortune are given competitiveness points in nine categories, from innovation, to management quality to global competitiveness.
None of the "most admired" Florida companies -- which also include Juno Beach's NextEra Energy (parent of Florida Power & Light), Jacksonville's CSX, Melbourne's Harris Corp., Naples' Health Management Associates, and Orlando's Darden Restaurants and Tupperware -- made the Top 50 most admired list. The top three most admired companies, according to Fortune, are Apple, Google and Amazon.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times