Finance & Insurance

PAT GERAGHTY

PRESIDENT & CEO, FLORIDA BLUE AND GUIDEWELL, JACKSONVILLE

GuideWell is the parent organization for a group of health care companies that collectively employ more than 14,000 in 45 states. The largest company under the GuideWell enterprise is Florida Blue, the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan in Florida. Florida Blue insures more than 5 million people, including 1-million-plus under the Affordable Care Act. Geraghty, one of the most admired executives in the state, has been president and CEO since 2011. “We believe health care is a human right and everyone should have access to affordable care,” he says.

EDUCATION Colgate University (BA)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION I began my career in sales at Prudential and was offered an opportunity to move into the health care management side of the business — a lateral move with a pay cut. I consider it the most important career step I’ve made and encourage all of my team members to always volunteer for that risky assignment.
SOMETHING SURPRISING My junior year in college, I went to Israel for a semester and lived on a kibbutz. I was assigned to planting in the fields. I spent all morning in the fields and then afternoons in class. It’s where I really learned about hard work, working as a team and the true meaning of accomplishment.
READING The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson

GEORGE ACEVEDO

CHASE CONSUMER BANK

EDDY ARRIOLA

APOLLO BANK

Fabiola Brumley

Bank of America

Trevor Burgess

Neptune Flood

Kevin Burgoyne

Florida Venture Forum

Timothy Cartwright

Fifth Avenue Family Office

David Chitester

Seedfunders

Scott M. Coble

Wells Fargo

John Corbett

Centerstate Bank

KERRY C. DUSTIN

FALLS RIVER GROUP

V. RAYMOND FERRARA

ProVise Management Group

John Forney

UPC Insurance

JOHN D. FUMAGALLI

Northern Trust

Pat Geraghty

Guidewell and Florida Blue

Barry Gilway

Citizens Property Insurance

JORGE GONZALEZ

City National Bank

Drew Graham

Ballast Point Ventures

Keith Hoskins

Navy FCU

Dennis S. Hudson III

Seacoast Banking

KEVIN JOHNSON

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Rodger Krouse

Sun Capital Partners

MARTY LANAHAN

IBERIABANK

MARC LEDER

Sun Capital Partners

INEZ LONG

BLACK BUSINESS INVESTMENT FUND FLORIDA

AGOSTINHO MACEDO

OCEAN BANK

DAVID MILLER

BRIGHTWAY INSURANCE

MICHAEL MILLER

BRIGHTWAY INSURANCE

Harold Mills

VMD Ventures

Gary Norcross

Fidelity National Information Services

Brian Philpot

AgAmerica Lending

Joy Randels

New Market Partners

Paul Reilly

Raymond James Financial

GARRETT RICHTER

First Florida Integrity Bank

BOB RITCHIE

American Integrity Insurance

Gene Schaefer

Bank of America

Bruce Sherman

Miami Marlins

THOMAS SITTEMA

CONVERSUS

BILL SMITH

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP

ADRIA STARKEY

FINEMARK NATIONAL BANK & TRUST

Gary Tice

First Florida Integrity Bank

Mario Trueba

First Horizon

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom Wallace

Florida Funders

Will Weatherford

Weatherford Capital

CHRISTINA “CINA” WELCH

FCCI INSURANCE GROUP

Bill West

Bank of Tampa

BRIAN WOLFBURG

VYSTAR CREDIT UNION