Boards still lack in diversity | Feb. 11
Minorities glaringly absent
Robert Trigaux is an excellent reporter and columnist, and his recent article on the lack of diversity on corporate boards in the Tampa Bay region is just another example of his timely and well-written coverage of business issues.
However, I find it curious that Mr. Trigaux could write such an article without even a mention of the lack of racial minorities on those boards. In fact, of the female board members cited in the article, not one is African-American. Asian and Latino men and women are also mostly absent from those boards.
Full disclosure: I did serve on the Bay City Bank board for a number of years, and I am aware of minorities serving on other boards, including the Bank of Tampa. For some reason, banks have done the best job, historically, of including minorities on their boards.
The region has grown in recent years to seek out minorities when it comes to serving on charitable and/or civic boards. Perhaps, in a future column, Mr. Trigaux will focus on the seeming reluctance of corporate boards to do likewise.
Robert Monroe, Tampa
Long-term jobless not recovering | Feb. 16
Man's journey an inspiration
The article about Bob Pantano was an inspiration to thousands of long-term unemployed. As the executive director of Career Ministries, I see about 100 unemployed persons each week, many of whom are long-term unemployed. One of the first things we tell them during orientation is that the toughest battle during unemployment is not the job market, the resume, the interview — it's the daily "self-talk" between their ears.
The article that chronicled Bob's journey will be shared with others who are suffering like Bob was. It demonstrates that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It proves that networking is a higher "payout activity" than chasing Internet postings. And it shows that keeping yourself busy during unemployment is critical to maintain one's sanity.
I admire people like Bob Pantano who have the determination, perseverance and faith to find the work they were designed to do instead of sitting around and moaning.
People live their lives as an example to others, or as a warning to others. This is a choice each of us makes. Next Thursday morning when I show up to support the career ministry at St. Paul's church, I will share the story of Bob Pantano. Bob, thanks for being an example to those who need one. And thanks to the Tampa Bay Times for printing the story.
Joe H. Jones, Tampa