Jeff Harrington, Times Staff Writer

Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington has been an editor and reporter at the Tampa Bay Times since 1998. In 2008, as a national fiscal crisis erupted, he shifted gears from editing to become lead staff writer on the economy, banking, insurance and other money issues.

A native Ohioan, Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a dual major in American Studies and French. He worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Toledo Blade and Cincinnati Enquirer before winding his way down Interstate 75 to the Tampa Bay area.

He has received numerous awards for business and metro writing, including recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Associated Press, among others. He was a past finalist and a winner of a Gerald Loeb award honoring the best business writing in the country and his work was included in the Best Business Stories of the Year series in 2003.

Phone: (727) 893-8242

Email: harrington@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JeffMHarrington

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  1. Florida trails smaller states as an exporter of goods

    Airlines

    Goods exported from Florida supported more than 275,000 jobs last year, putting it on the top 10 list but below a handful of much smaller states, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    This was the first time the Commerce Department reported on the number of jobs supported by goods exported from all 50 states and 387 metro areas. Nationwide, goods exports supported 7.1 million jobs....

  2. Report: Growth of wages for high-paid Florida workers outpace those of low-paid workers

    Working Life

    Put this one in the "rich get richer" category.

    Since 1980, wages of the highest-paid quarter of Florida workers have grown nearly three times faster than those at the bottom fourth of the pay scale.

    In fact, the bottom 25 percent of wage earners saw their pay rise less than $2,000 between 1980 and 2013, a 14 percent increase. In contrast, the highest-paid 25 percent saw wages rise more than $28,000 over the same 33-year span, a 47 percent jump....

  3. AT&T to fill 40 jobs in Tampa Bay as part of 460 hires statewide

    Working Life

    Jobs

    AT&T to add about 40 bay area jobs

    AT&T plans to fill more than 40 new jobs in the Tampa Bay area — and 460 positions throughout Florida — to support its growing retail business.

    Most jobs will be technicians and retail employees, the telecom company said Friday.

    AT&T hired about 1,230 people between January and June, bringing its total workforce statewide to more than 15,000....

  4. Sticking with New Tampa headquarters, Syniverse's new CEO preps for global growth

    Corporate

    Under newly named interim CEO Steve Gray, Syniverse is on the move.

    The Tampa company started out tracking international routing so cellphone companies knew how to divvy up phone call and text message charges. Today, it's getting a piece of the action in practically every way that mobile devices connect: video sharing, mobile banking, or social media like LinkedIn.

    "We can help connect more people in more ways to do more things than anybody else out there," said Gray, who sat down for an interview Thursday with the Tampa Bay Times. The company is already "a big part" of every carrier's network, hand­ling billions of transactions daily. And it's getting bigger. ...

    Steve Gray says the company is committed to New Tampa.
  5. Tech Data second quarter beats expectations

    Corporate

    Tech Data Corp., Tampa Bay's biggest public company by revenue, beat analysts' expectations for both sales and profit in its fiscal second quarter.

    The Clearwater-based computer products reseller said Tuesday that net sales rose 8 percent to $6.8 billion for the quarter ended July 31. The growth was driven in large part by Europe, which accounts for about 60 percent of global sales.

    Net income for the quarter more than doubled to $39.3 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up from $14.7 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, in the year-ago period....

  6. Syniverse Holdings replacing CEO but not its headquarters

    Corporate

    TAMPA — Syniverse Holdings is squashing speculation about moving into a proposed downtown Tampa office building — at least for now— and replacing it with a more urgent task: finding a new leader.

    Jeff Gordon, president and CEO of the Tampa-based mobile communications company since 2011, has resigned and board member Stephen C. Gray has been named interim CEO, the company disclosed in regulatory filings. No reason was given for Gordon's departure....

  7. Widow's trust of former Buc leads to huge financial loss

    Personal Finance

    TAMPA — Seven years have passed, and Tamesha Stubbs can still barely talk about that rainy Sunday night when her husband, Dion, lost control of his car on the way to work and crossed into oncoming traffic. Rushed to Lakeland Regional Hospital with serious head trauma, he died the next morning.

    The loss sent the then-30-year-old widow spiraling into a deep depression, her sole solace knowing she and her 6-year-old daughter had a financial lifeline. Dion had left behind a Navy reservist policy, two life insurance policies, and nearly $90,000 in retirement benefits from his job as a Verizon technician— a total of $1.05 million in survivor benefits....

    When Tamesha Stubbs’ husband, Dion, died in 2007, he left her more than $1 million in life insurance and other benefits. It was gone in about a year.
  8. Inc. 500: Medical software firm, dog washing company rank among Tampa Bay's fastest-growing private companies

    Corporate

    MedHOK is the fastest-growing private company in Tampa Bay and 25th-fastest-growing nationwide, according to the just-released annual Inc. 500 report looking at three-year revenue growth.

    The Tampa health care software company surged in revenue from $185,000 to $17 million between 2010 and 2013, a 9,109 percent growth rate. MedHOK, which stands for Medical House of Knowledge, provides a cloud-based service covering both prescription and medical care needs....

  9. In proud Hendry, Florida's hardest-hit county searches for economic boost

    Agriculture

    CLEWISTON

    Beyond the relentless fields of sugar cane stalks, past the sign heralding Clewiston as "America's Sweetest City," just south of a cluster of aged mobile homes and modest ranch-style houses sits the weather-worn Lighthouse Apostolic Church.

    Above a church notice offering Escuela Domingo (Sunday school) is another placard urging passers-by to "FROG — Fully Rely on God."...

    After a day of ferrying skydivers, Paul McGurr, left, and Roland Steadham tie down their plane Wednesday at AirGlades Airport. Hendry County hopes to turn AirGlades into a major cargo hub.
  10. While Florida unemployment rate stays unchanged at 6.2 percent, Tampa Bay's falters

    Working Life

    Just five months ago, during a brief stop at a metal fabrication plant at Port Tampa Bay, Gov. Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn both sang the praises of Tampa Bay for leading all Florida metros in job growth.

    They better change their tune.

    The latest jobs report out Friday shows Tampa Bay lost 7,000 jobs last month and is fourth in year-over-year job growth behind Miami, Orlando-Kissimmee and Fort Lauderdale. While Florida's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.2 percent in July, Tampa Bay's jobless rate jumped from 6.3 percent to 6.8 percent. ...

  11. Cushman & Wakefield's Larry Richey promoted to statewide leadership role

    Real Estate

    Larry Richey, longtime head of Cushman & Wakefield's Tampa Bay operation, has been elevated to the role of statewide market leader for the commercial real estate firm.

    Richey, 57, has been with C&W for 33 years, the past 23 as market leader of its corporate offices in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. As he adds South Florida offices to his responsibilities, he will remain stationed in Tampa....

  12. Flood insurer suspends writing new policies in Tampa Bay area

    Banking

    Tampa Bay area residents seeking cheaper flood insurance options have lost one of their lifelines. At least temporarily.

    The Flood Insurance Agency, a Gainesville-based company offering flood policies backed by Lloyds of London, told insurance agents Wednesday that it had stopped writing new policies effective immediately in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota counties because it had reached capacity....

  13. C1 Bank sets offering price ahead of going public Thursday

    Banking

    The St. Petersburg-based parent of C1 Bank on Wednesday put a price on its initial public offering that could raise more than $44 million.

    C1 Financial, Inc. said it is offering 2,631,579 shares of common stock at $17 per share. Its underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to 394,737 additional shares at the public offering price less the underwriting discount. C1's common stock is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday under the symbol BNK....

  14. Walter Investment shares fall more than 12 percent on disappointing earnings

    Banking

    TAMPA — Stock in Walter Investment Management tumbled more than 12 percent, closing at $24.75 Monday after the Tampa-based mortgage financing company reported disappointing earnings.

    Walter posted adjusted net income for the second quarter of $45 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, compared to $88.6 million, or $2.36 per share, in the year-ago quarter. That figure, which missed Wall Street estimates by 5 cents a share, includes a goodwill adjustment of $82 million among other tax adjustments....

  15. Delinquent Wells Fargo homeowners invited to workshop in Tampa

    Banking

    A nascent recovery in the housing market aside, Tampa Bay still has more than its share of residents struggling to stay in their homes.

    Example: Wells Fargo shipped out more than 4,000 letters to customers who are either 30 days past due or have indicated they are struggling to make their mortgage payments, inviting them to attend a "home preservation workshop" next week.

    As with past events, about 75 Wells Fargo loan specialists and HUD-approved credit counselors will be available to meet with delinquent homeowners who might qualify for a loan modification or the federal government's Home Affordable Modification Program. ...