Saturday, December 16, 2017


Robert Trigaux

Robert Trigaux

Robert Trigaux joined the Times as a business writer in 1991. In 2000, he began writing a business column three times a week. He served as business editor from 2005 to 2008, when he resumed his role as business columnist. While at the Times, he has covered a range of beats including banking and finance, technology, telecommunications, energy and economic development. He has received various awards for business writing, including two Green Eyeshades from the Society of Professional Journalists, a commendation for column writing from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a first place in business columns from the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. In the late 1970s, Robert started his business journalism career in New York writing for various business publications covering topics from technology to the furniture industry. At the American Banker, a daily national newspaper, he covered the financial industry in New York and London, then served for eight years as its bureau chief in Washington, D.C. He holds an economics degree from Colgate University.

Times Business Columnist Robert Trigaux: Tampa is the business capital of the tri-city area but needs to work in tandem with Clearwater and St. Petersburg for the good of the region. 
[Times file, 2014]

Trigaux: A farewell plea -- Start acting like the Tampa Bay you deserve to be

Dear readers: This is my last column for the Tampa Bay Times. After nearly 27 years at this newspaper — 16 of them as the business columnist — I am calling it a day (at least for the near term) and leaving you a few final thoughts to consider before...
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Nancy Tower will take over as CEO of Tampa Electric Co. beginning Dec. 1. She is a longtime executive of Emera Inc., Tampa Electric's Canadian parent company. | [Courtesy of Tampa Electric Co.]

As Tampa Bay economy matures, more key people bear watching. Let’s get started.

What’s coming down the economic pike for Tampa Bay? Who’s driving this metro economy into 2018 and beyond? Change — people, issues, business focus — can be a good thing. It keeps places like geographically challenged Tampa Bay nimble with fresh blood...
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Barry Rosenstein, principal owner of hedge fund Jana Partners. Jana took a 8.74 percent stake in Tampa's Bloomin' Brands, parent of Outback Steakhouse and three other restaurant chains, because Bloomin' is perceived as an underperformer. Jana may push to sell the company. [Courtesy of Jana Partners]

Up for sale? Activist investor grabs stake in Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands

TAMPA — If you tread water too long in the same spot, someone might start asking why you’re not trying to swim somewhere.Tampa’s Bloomin’ Brands — parent company of such prominent restaurant chains as Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian...
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Tampa serial entrepreneur Marc Blumenthal outlines an online tool called Synapse being developed to help better connect Tampa Bay's geographically dispersed and loosely connected startup community. Synapse, which will officially debut early next year, will make it easier for entrepreneurs, investors, educators, business accelerators and incubators, government officials and others eager to find specific interests in the

Trigaux: State of Tampa Bay startups? Disconnected we falter but there’s a plan to fix that

How are we doing?That was the Big Question posed more than once this past week in Tampa Bay. First, the Tampa Bay Partnership and USF debuted in-depth and new ways to measure Tampa Bay across a wide range of indicators to gauge whether we are...
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Tampa Bay serial entrepreneur Tom Wallace: The area needs our own unicorn, a breakout tech company that can grown to more than $1 billion in value. [Handout photo]

We ask Tampa Bay startup leaders how best to advance entrepreneurial ecosystem

What one thing could be added to the Tampa Bay startup community to help it grow and prosper?The Tampa Bay Times reached out to these leading area entrepreneurs and startup experts for answers.
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In Pinellas County, fast growing personal finance information provider The Penny Hoarder announced this week it will hire by 2020 more 165 new employees at an average annual wage of $66,098. Founder and CEO Kyle Taylor, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and other business and political leaders joined the company's staff to celebrate the expansion in downtown St. Petersburg. Pinellas County boasts the highest average personal income among Tampa Bay area counties, says the Bureau of Economic Analysis. [Company handout]

Florida personal income grows, but national gap widens

The wallets of most area Floridians continue to grow. Just not as fast as they might like.Personal income rose in 2016 in most counties making up the greater Tampa Bay area, with Pinellas boasting both the highest average income of $49,186 and...
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A University of Tampa academic team unveiled its first annual check-up on the health and needs of the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem Wednesday evening in Tampa. The effort to boost startup activity is led by Rebecca J. White, professor of entrepreneurship and director of the the university's John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.

A year after first assessing Tampa Bay startup scene, a call to nurture more veteran dealmakers

TAMPA — A year ago, an academic team of business experts announced they would put a "Fitbit" on Tampa Bay to help measure how its start-up scene or "entrepreneurial ecosystem" was doing and where it needed help. Two areas of concern were cited: the...
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Tampa Bay Partnership chair Rhea Law talks about the new Regional Competitiveness Report introduced Tuesday to Tampa Bay business and community leaders at a luncheon at USF in Tampa. She also praised USF Muma College of Business's plan to use more timely, non-traditional data to track how this community is doing. She wrapped up the luncheon echoing the business school's pitch that the best way to predict Tampa Bay's future is to take a more direct approach in shaping it. [Robert Trigaux, Times]

Trigaux: Can we grasp potential of two new ways to track region’s ability to compete?

TAMPA — Two fresh ways to track how Tampa Bay is doing compared to other metro areas were unveiled Tuesday to business and community leaders here during a luncheon held at the University of South Florida. The Tampa Bay Partnership introduced its first...
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Raymond James Financial CEO Paul Reilly's set a torrid pace of growth by acquisitions, with strong results thus far. It has helped immensely that Raymond James is pursuing aggressive expansion at the same time the stock markets are setting new records. [Courtesy of Raymond James Financial.]

Trigaux: Tampa Bay’s corporate performers: Some are humming while others can’t carry a tune

Record stock markets. Lowest jobless rate in 17 years. If companies are not performing well now, well.... Let’s take a quick peek at Tampa Bay’s major publicly traded companies, plus a few based elsewhere but play big roles in our economy .
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Troy Taylor, CEO of Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, is heading a new task force on workforce talent development for the Tampa Bay Partnership. [Courtesy of  Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida]

Tackling Tampa Bay’s talent challenge

Troy Taylor runs one of this region’s faster-growing businesses as chief executive officer of Tampa-based Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. So who does he spend the most time with in this demanding role? His senior vice president of human resources. It...
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