Graham Brink, Business Columnist

Graham Brink

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

Regions Bank CEO John Turner talks mergers, cyber security and Tampa Bay’s economy

John Turner, CEO of Regions Financial Corp.
Turner was in town recently for a meeting with his 20-person leadership team.

Florida is the most politically prejudiced state. That’s not something to brag about.

Florida is the one of the most politically prejudiced states, according to a recent study.
The politically intolerant tended to be whiter, older, wealthier and more educated.

‘The most powerful woman in banking’ sees lots of upside in the Tampa Bay area

Bank of America chief operations and technology officer Cathy Bessant talks during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Women of Distinction Luncheon  BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times
Bank of America’s Cathy Bessant sat down with the Tampa Bay Times to talk business.

Leave our clocks alone. Permanent Daylight Saving is better for Florida and the nation.

Most Americans moved their clocks forward on Sunday Morning. Should we go to a year-round clock instead? (Associated Press)
Momentum is building to end the long practice of moving clocks forward in the spring and back in the fall.

Florida could enact a 20-cent deposit on bottles and cans. Here’s what you need to know.

Two Florida legislators want the state to introduce a deposit on cans and bottles to reduce litter and increase recycling.  (Times 2014)
The law, if passed, would make Florida the 11th state with a so-called bottle bill.