Living Legends

LEWIS BEAR JR.

PRESIDENT & CEO, LEWIS BEAR CO., PENSACOLA

Bear’s advice for those hoping to climb the career ladder: “Serve in every facet of the business so that you have a personal knowledge of every job.”

Bear’s family-owned company, which dates to 1876, is one of the oldest privately held companies in Florida and Anheuser-Busch’s oldest continuous distributorship. It has more than 300 brands of beer and other products and operates two warehouse/distribution centers in the Pensacola area. The company employs 225 and handles distribution and merchandising for more than 2,500 accounts.

Bear says that over the past 20 years, his two sons and son-in-law “have trained and succeeded in becoming an awesome management team.”

Bear is civically and politically active in Northwest Florida and serves on the board of Triumph Gulf Coast, the entity created by the Legislature to distribute funds from the Deepwater Horizon settlement with BP.

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Jim Allen

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Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

Alcides Avila

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Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Robert Behr

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James Berger

Berger Singerman

Mitchell Berger

Berger Singerman

Ron Book

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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

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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