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  1. Opinion

Business leaders support Hillsborough referendums

As the Tampa Bay Times stated so clearly in its Sept. 30 editorial, "For a Better Hillsborough,'' we support each of the referendums on the ballot addressing options for Transportation Services (Hillsborough County Referendum #2) and Public School Infrastructure support (Hillsborough County Referendum #3).

We believe in the endless possibilities of economic development opportunities for Hillsborough and this region if we can begin to address specific transportation mobility solutions with assured funding, as well as basic and essential infrastructure support for our public schools.

Each proposal has appropriate oversight committees with citizens involved and each will serve as transparent guarantees to our community that the collected funds are spent as explained and expected in each referendum.

Please join us in your active support by voting YES on both of these measures.

Carlos Alfonso

CEO, Alliant Partners / Alfonso Architects

Lee Arnold

Executive Chair, Colliers International Florida

Barney Barnett

Vice Chairman of Publix Super Markets

Richard Beard

President/Owner, R.A. Beard Co.

Alan Bomstein

CEO, Creative Contractors, Inc.

John Brabson

President/CEO (Ret.), Lykes Insurance

Ronald J. Campbell, CCIM

Principal/CFO, Seminole Financial Services

Blake Casper

CEO/Owner, Caspers Company

John Couris

President/CEO, Tampa General Hospital

Tom Dempsey

Chairman /CEO, Saddlebrook Resort, Inc.

Don DeFosset

Chairman, WEDU

Daniel Doyle Jr.

CEO, Dex Imaging

Thomas L. duPont

Chairman/Publisher, duPont Publishing Inc.

Bob Dutkowsky

Executive Chairman, Tech Data Corporation

Donald Eastman

President, Eckerd College

C. Samuel Ellison

Chairman, EWI Construction LLC

Maryann Ferenc

President/Owner of Mise en Place

Dr. Judy Genshaft

President, University of South Florida System

Bryan Glazer

Co-Chairman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gary Harrod

CEO, Harrod Properties

Oscar Horton

President/CEO, Sun State International Trucks LLC

Tommy Inzina

President/CEO, BayCare

Gordon Johnson

President, Highway Safety Devices

Ken Jones

President/CEO, Third Lake Capital

Rhea Law

Chair, Florida Law Offices, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Fred Lynch

President/CEO, Masonite Corporation

A.D. Sandy MacKinnon

CEO, ADM Ventures, Inc.

Allan S. Martin

Chairman, Atlantic Merchant Capital Investors

Roy J. McCraw Jr.

Regional Chair / President (Ret.), Wachovia

Stephen Mitchell

Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Mark Mondello

CEO, Jabil

Larry C. Morgan

Chairman, Morgan Auto Group

Harold W. Mullis

President, Trenam Law

Tom Pepin

President/ CEO, Pepin Distributing Company

Lou Plasencia

CEO, The Plasencia Group

John Ramil

President/CEO (Ret.), TECO Energy

Gary Sasso

President / CEO, Carlton Fields

Kathleen Shanahan

Co-CEO, Turtle & Hughes

Craig Sher

Executive Chairman, The Sembler Company

Matt Silverman

President, Tampa Bay Rays

Alex Sink

Board Chair-Elect, Tampa Bay WaVE

Tready Smith

CEO, Bayshore Capital

Chris Sullivan

Chairman, MVP Holdings

Chuck Sykes

President/CEO, Sykes Enterprises, Inc

Ronald L. Vaughn, Ph.D.

President, The University of Tampa

Jeff Vinik

Owner, Tampa Bay Lightning