Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

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.

Phone: (727) 893-8405

Email: trigaux@tampabay.com

Blog: Venture

Twitter: @VentureTampaBay

  1. Trigaux: Tampa Bay area mayors pitch region's tech, startup economies with one voice

    Business

    The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg walk into a business incubator …

    That could be the start of a good joke, given the lack of cooperative history between past mayors of these two fair cities. But on Tuesday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman sat side by side at the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator in downtown Tampa to sing the praises of cooperation to help build this region's technology and innovation economy....

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speak at an event Tuesday at the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator in downtown Tampa to sing the praises of cooperation to help build the region’s technology and innovation economy.
  2. As love affair with cars wanes, Tampa Bay stuck in slow lane of change

    Autos

    Amid the parochial arm wrestling over what kind (if any) of mass transit lies in its future, the Tampa Bay metro area remains surprisingly blind to the bigger trend.

    America's love affair with cars is waning.

    Since 2004, Americans are driving less. Fewer teens and young people are getting driver's licenses. People are looking at a wide range of alternatives to driving, such as using public transportation and taxi services, car-sharing and bike-sharing opportunities. More people are moving to walkable, less car-dependent downtowns like St. Petersburg — witness the apartment building boom under way....

    Coast Bike Share won a contract this month to put kiosks in Tampa with bikes that rent for $5 an hour, via smartphone app.
  3. Be wary of stockbrokers who fail securities exam repeatedly

    Personal Finance

    Raymond James stockbroker Karen L. Gallahar got some unwanted attention this week in a nationwide analysis that shows brokers who repeatedly failed a basic securities exam tend to have worse disciplinary records.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Gallahar amassed 23 customer disputes related to her selling Morgan Keegan mutual funds. Many of those funds experienced significant losses in the financial crisis, resulting in total settlement payouts of more than $775,000 to client investors by her employer....

  4. In downtown St. Petersburg, a business incubator will open in St. Petersburg College facility

    Business

    A business incubator will open in downtown St. Petersburg later this year in space leased in St. Petersburg College's downtown facility.

    Dr. Kevin Gordon, who runs SPC's downtown campus, confirmed that a planned incubator will occupy more than 6,000 square feet on the ground floor of the SPC building at 244 Second Ave. N in space once used by the former Florida International Museum.

    The incubator will be called TEC Garage St. Petersburg — TEC being short for Technology Entrepreneurship Center — and operate on at least a three-year lease. It will be run by the staff of Largo's well-established incubator known as the Tampa Bay Innovation Center. TEC Garage will be funded by $400,000 set aside by state legislators last year and used to build out the now-empty space at St. Petersburg College. ...

  5. Duke's battles in spotlight as utility's shareholders meeting looms

    Business

    In quieter times, Duke Energy would strut into its first annual shareholders meeting since becoming the country's biggest electric power company. Instead, it's stumbling into the May 1 event preoccupied with damage control. It faces a half-billion-dollar lawsuit filed by nuclear reactor maker Westinghouse for allegedly unpaid services rendered at the now-defunct Levy County nuclear power plant site north of Tampa....

  6. Before entrepreneurs take startup plunge, better to know thyself

    Business

    What is your "entrepreneurial mind-set"?

    Now there's a practical way to find out.

    A group of leadership training and psychology professors at St. Petersburg's Eckerd College have come up with a tool to help individuals and business groups assess their entrepreneurial strengths and weaknesses.

    The benefit? To better know thyself and, in the process, become a sharper entrepreneur....

  7. There are 2014 Top Workplace companies, and then there are winners five years running

    Business

    Big or small, any company must be pretty special to qualify as a "Top Workplace" on the 2014 Tampa Bay Times annual survey. So imagine the strength of culture, discipline and sense of mission a business must share with its employees to make the list every year.

    More than 250 different companies have made the Top Workplace lists since 2010, when this newspaper began its annual survey. But only 18 area businesses belong to the elite club of five-year winners....

    Executives of Clearwater’s USAmeriBank, including CEO Joe Chillura and Alfred Rogers Jr., let loose at a mock ’80s rock concert.
  8. GM chief succeeds … as butt of TV jokes

    Autos

    Would you buy a used Chevy Cobalt from Mary Barra?

    The recently installed CEO of General Motors serves as little more than the punch line for bad jokes these days, courtesy of her duck-and-weave testimony on Capitol Hill over GM's decade-long failure to deal with ignition-switch problems in the Chevy Cobalt and other small GM models.

    It's hard to tell if Barra's appearance before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee proved little more than a warm-up act for Saturday Night Live's television lampooning of her unresponsive testifying....

    General Motors CEO Mary Barra listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
  9. At Moffitt, math modeling aims to generate new treatments for cancer

    Business

    “Getting Cancer Wrong" is, at first glance, a scary headline. It appears atop the online version of Newsweek's March 28 cover story focusing on an admittedly little understood cluster of math gurus housed at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

    They are a rare bunch in cancer research. A bit like medical Moneyball guys who use mathematical models to find fresh ways to treat one of the toughest diseases....

  10. Tampa Bay hosts Richmond business group eager to find best practices for its own economy

    Economic Development

    They came. They saw. They compared.

    More than 150 business leaders from Richmond, Va., spent the past week on a tour of the Tampa Bay business, cultural and entrepreneurial scene. The mission? To find any and all best practices employed here that the Richmond metro area can adopt, in the process making the economy of Virginia's capital city more competitive and appealing for future growth....

  11. Latest tale of rigging stock markets is call to reforge tougher rules

    Markets

    The U.S. stock markets, the most iconic in global capitalism, are rigged. This time, the culprits are a combination of the stock exchanges, big Wall Street banks and high-frequency traders.

    That, in a nutshell, is the premise and warning in a new book detailing how the fix is in on America's stock exchanges, the ones that transact and value vast sums of everyday people's pensions, 401(k)s, the worth of public companies and investments....

    Flash Boys by Michael Lewis warns about high-speed trading.
  12. Recruiting jobs to Tampa Bay: three touted deals that went sour

    Economic Development

    In today's economy where nothing stays the same for long, think of regional business recruiting as a leaky boat. The mission? To keep pouring more and better jobs into the boat faster than jobs are lost through holes in the hull.

    Lately, the Tampa Bay area has been on a roll, adding more jobs than subtracting them. But when the area loses a high-profile project that pays well and comes with a globally recognized brand name like Time Warner, it hurts. A lot....

    Flanked by USF president Judy Genshaft and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, Gov. Rick Scott meets city official Wayne Finley in 2011 before announcing IRX Therapeutics’ relocation to the city.
  13. After Bollywood glitz, Tampa Bay aims to deepen ties with India

    Business

    We're just a month or so away from the Bollywood Oscars, a multiday extravaganza here that culminates in a high-glitz, hyper-fun awards show set for Raymond James Stadium before an expected live audience of 35,000 and global viewers estimated at an astonishing 800 million.

    Recent Bollywood award ceremonies held in Bangkok, Singapore and Amsterdam have delivered visually spectacular affairs and strong plugs for those host cities....

    Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu performs during the International Indian Film Academy ceremony in Singapore in 2012. IIFA in Tampa is expected to reach 800 million TV viewers.
  14. Flatlining Pinellas badly in need of economic CPR

    Economic Development

    In the tri-county core of Tampa Bay, the populations of Hillsborough and Pasco are expected to grow steadily for decades to come.

    But Pinellas County looks destined to flatline.

    Forecasts for the year 2040 show the number of people living in what already is Florida's highest-density county will be 926,000 — about the same as today.

    Pinellas' lack of space to grow — and its inability to attract new businesses as cheaply as Hillsborough and Pasco — should be sounding alarm bells....

  15. Tampa Bay Rays' ad campaign urges team and fans to raise the bar

    Business

    The Tampa Bay Rays may be fighting low game attendance, and the team's future stadium location remains fuzzy. But team executives remain optimistic that, once again, the Rays will be serious contenders in a 2014 season that kicks off in a few weeks.

    Fans of plenty of other major-league baseball teams simply can't be as confident this season, says Brian Auld, Rays senior vice president of business operations....