Information/Tech/Media

PAUL TASH

CHAIRMAN & CEO, TAMPA BAY TIMES/TIMES PUBLISHING CO., ST. PETERSBURG

Tash’s first paying job in newspapers was selling advertising for a weekly newspaper in Mishawaka, Ind. He joined the then-St. Petersburg Times as a reporter in 1978, “thinking I would stay three or four years. One thing led to another. I became CEO and chairman in 2004.” The Times, despite a massive retrenchment that has seen it sell its printing plant, remains one of the largest news organizations in Florida. In addition to the newspaper, it owns Florida Trend and a chain of weekly newspapers. Politifact, which the Times started, is owned by the Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for journalists that owns the Times.

EDUCATION Indiana University (BA), Edinburgh University (Scotland) (bachelor of laws)
CIVIC EFFORT Every time we break a big story, it’s a huge contribution to the community. We’re in the midst of a big investigative reporting project that will wind up costing a half-million dollars. Nobody else would make that kind of commitment.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I come from a family of teachers. Both parents were teachers. My wife’s a teacher. And one of my daughters is a doctor who teaches at USF’s medical school.
ADMIRES Todd Jones at Publix. He runs a growing company with a strong culture and great customer satisfaction. Their shoppers talk about “my” Publix in the way readers talk about “my” newspaper.
READING The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead

Raúl Alarcón Jr.

Spanish Broadcasting System

Ron Antevy

e-Builder

ISSA ASAD

Q LINK WIRELESS

Charlotte Baker

Digital Hands

Caroline Beasley

Beasley Broadcast Group

JESSE BITER

PROPLOGIX, BITER ENTERPRISES

Daniel Cane

Modernizing Medicine

CARLOS CARBONELL

ECHO INTERACTION GROUP

George Cheros

National Center for Simulation

L. Felice Gorordo

eMerge Americas

Daryl Holt

Electronic Arts

Neil Hunn

Roper Technologies

JULIA JOHNSON

NET COMMUNICATIONS

MARVA JOHNSON

STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Kristin Johnson Karp

Hotwire Communications

J. ROBERT MCCLURE III

James Madison Institute

Brian Murphy

ReliaQuest

BETH NEUHOFF

NEUHOFF COMMUNICATIONS

Martin Rubin

Smart City Holdings

Christopher Ruddy

Newsmax Media

Beverly Seay

UCF Board of Trustees

Jeff Stoops

SBA Communications

Paul Tash

Times Publishing/Tampa Bay Times

GREG VAN HORN

LAUNCH POTATO

John Zettel

AVI-SPL