PRESIDENT & CEO, FLORIDA TAXWATCH, TALLAHASSEE
Florida TaxWatch, with 20 employees, is a non-partisan, non-profit research group and government watchdog that is known for its annual Turkey Watch reports, the TaxWatch Productivity Awards and the more recent evidence-based TaxWatch Principal Leadership Awards. Florida TaxWatch has won all seven cases involving briefs it’s filed, including the most recent on pension reform. Calabro began leading the organization at 25 and has been at the helm for 39 years.
|EDUCATION||Broward Community College (AA), Florida International University (BS), Florida State University (MPA)|
|CIVIC EFFORT||I am most proud of our recent work involving the economic assessment of the COVID limited liability shield, with its impact in saving 356,000 jobs and $28 billion in personal income and its benefits to Florida. I am also very excited on securing the enactment of the remote sales and use tax.|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I graduated from St. John Vianney Catholic (Minor) Seminary as class president, as well as captain and most valuable player of my high school basketball team.|
|ADMIRES||Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners. He is a bright, inspiring visionary who seeks out opportunities and works relentlessly to execute them successfully with class, distinction, a sense of purpose and compassion.|
|SABBATICAL TOPIC||Become fluent in Italian|
|READING||His Excellency: George Washington, by Joseph J. Ellis; A Land Remembered, by Patrick Smith (rereading)|