Living Legends

EUGENE FRANKLIN

PRESIDENT & CEO, FLORIDA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PENSACOLA

Franklin served 27 years in the U.S. Navy, 11 as an enlisted member and 16 as an officer, and retired in Pensacola after serving command tour as officer-in-charge of Naval Air Training Management Support Activity Pensacola.

He led the effort to create the Gulf Coast African American Chamber, and later, the Florida Black Chamber. He has served on boards on the national, state and local level, including the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The New Orleans native worked as a furniture warehouse supervisor while attending college at night.

An ordained minister, Franklin sees opportunities for tourism promotion and job growth. “When I travel around the South, I always take notice of what other states are doing to promote cultural tourism, like the ‘Blues Trail’ in Mississippi or the ‘Civil Rights Trail’ in Alabama,” says Franklin. “I believe Florida can do much more to develop similar attractions that highlight and expose its history and vibrant cultural diversity, especially its distinct African-American and Caribbean cultures,” he adds.

Mike Adams

Adams Ranch

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

Alcides Avila

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri

Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Robert Behr

Citrus World

James Berger

Berger Singerman

Mitchell Berger

Berger Singerman

Ron Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Peter Bos

Legendary

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Bowman Brown

Shutts & Bowen

Robert Buker

U.S. Sugar

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

AL CARDENAS

SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS

Kendall Coffey

Coffey Burlington

DICK CORBETT

Philanthropist

CORNELIA CORBETT

Philanthropist

MAYANNE DOWNS

GRAYROBINSON

Oscar Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

George Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Gorson

Greenberg Traurig

Gerald Greenspoon

Greenspoon Marder

Lynetta Usher Griner

Usher Land & Timber

Kenneth Kahn

LRP Media Group

Rhea Law

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

David Lawrence Jr.

THE CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT OF FLORIDA

Jeff Levitetz

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Scott Lutgert

Lutgert Cos.

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Michael Marder

Greenspoon Marder

Harvey Massey

Massey Services

JUDITH MITCHELL

RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER

Larry Morgan

Morgan Auto Group

John Morgan

Morgan & Morgan

Harold Mullis

Trenam Law

Pam Muma

Philanthropist

Les Muma

Philanthropist

Thomas Peterffy

Interactive Brokers

Aaron Podhurst

Podhurst Orseck

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Beverly Raphael

RCC Associates

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Martin “Hap” Stein

Regency Centers

Jim Strickland

Strickland Ranch

John C. Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa

Gary Wishnatzki

Wish Farms

Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects