TAMPA — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named development executive Chad Harrod to the board of Port Tampa Bay, filling a vacancy created by the resignation in January of board member Mark Kaplan.
A Tampa resident, Harrod is the chief executive officer of Harrod Properties and its affiliated companies. Together, those companies have developed more than 17 million square feet of office, industrial and medical properties in Florida, Texas, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Harrod's father Gary, who is on the board of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, is the founder and chairman of Harrod Properties.
Prior to going to work for the company in 2002, Harrod worked in the investment banking division at J.P. Morgan in Atlanta and New York City. He serves on the board of Dex Imaging, Inc., the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Academy Prep Center of Tampa, St. Mary's Episcopal Day School, the Florida chapter of The Young Presidents Organization and the Florida Council of 100. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Harrod's four-year term is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
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