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Tampa Bay's business, political leaders form RNC host panel

The nonprofit 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, charged with coordinating the area's efforts to woo and plan the 2012 Republican National Convention, was officially formed this week, with paperwork filed in the state's Division of Corporations.

Here are the names of committee members so far:

Al Austin, chairman and chief executive of Austin Companies;

Don DeFosset, retired CEO of Walter Industries;

Dick Beard, chairman and CEO of R.A. Beard, Co.;

Ken Jones, executive vice president and general counsel for Communications Equity Associates;

Ron Ciganek, executive VP of Regions Bank;

Paul Catoe, president and CEO of Tampa Bay & Co.;

Jim Davis, attorney, Holland & Knight;

Maryann Ferenc, CEO of Mis En Place;

Paul Tash, CEO, St. Petersburg Times;

Michelle Robinson, president, Verizon Southeast Region;

Joseph Kadow, executive VP, Outback Steakhouse;

John Ramil, president, Tampa Electric;

John R. Schueler, president, Media General, Florida Communications Group;

Barney Barnett, vice chairman, Publix Super Markets;

Mel Sembler, chairman, Sembler Co., former U.S. ambassador to Italy and Australia;

Rick Baker, former St. Petersburg mayor;

Kathleen Shanahan, president & CEO, WRS Compass;

Dick Greco, former Tampa mayor;

Chuck Sykes, CEO, Sykes Enterprises;

Bob Martinez, former Florida governor;

J. Patrick Michaels Jr., chairman, Communications Equity Associates;

Sandy Mackinnon, CEO, Yale Industrial Trucks;

Lou Plasencia, CEO, Plasencia Group;

Oscar J. Horton, president, Sun State International Trucks Inc.; and

Carlos Alfonso, CEO, Alfonso Architects.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay's business, political leaders form RNC host panel 04/02/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 2, 2010 11:54pm]

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