Five of this region's top leaders were inducted Thursday evening into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame during the 29th annual ceremony in downtown Tampa.
The Hall of Fame honors area leaders, dubbed at this year's gathering as "anchors" of the community, for their significant business accomplishments and civic contributions.
Proceeds from the Hall of Fame help support the economic and financial literacy programs of the Florida Council on Economic Education and the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida.
This year's inductees join 175 other Tampa Bay executives who have been named to the Hall of Fame since it began in 1988. The five are:
• Jerry Divers, Bank of Tampa
• Bryan Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Brian Lamb, Fifth Third Bank
• Geoff Simon, Simon & Associates Wealth Management of Raymond James
• In memoriam, Harris Mullen, Florida Trend magazine
The Hall of Fame has become a who's who of Tampa Bay business lore. The first three leaders to be named to the Hall of Fame in 1988 were H.L. Culbreath Jr., the former executive at Tampa Electric who helped bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to this area; Andy Hines, former CEO of Florida Progress, which has now become part of Duke Energy; and Jack Eckerd, founder of the Eckerd chain of drugstores.
Established by Florida Gov. Reuben Askew in 1975, the Florida Council on Economic Education provides teacher training programs, curricula, student competitions and other educational resources free of charge to thousands of teachers each year throughout the state's K-12 system.
This year's Hall of Fame sponsors include Raymond James Financial, KPMG and the Tampa Bay Times.