Professional Services

EUGENE FRANKLIN

PRESIDENT & CEO, FLORIDA BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PENSACOLA

Franklin grew up in New Orleans and worked as a furniture warehouse supervisor while attending college at night. He served 27 years in the U.S. Navy, 11 as an enlisted member and 16 as an officer. He retired in Pensacola after serving command tour as officer-in-charge of Naval Air Training Management Support Activity Pensacola.

Franklin 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.

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.

Philip Anson

STS Aviation Group

Brian Ballard

Ballard Partners

Christine Barney

rbb Communications

Rodney Barreto

Barreto Group

Sarah Bascom

Bascom Communications & Consulting

Hilarie Bass

Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion

LARRY BERRYMAN

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Brett Beveridge

Revenue Optimization Companies

Ronald Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Paul Bradshaw

Southern Group

Brian Butler

Vistra Communications

Kelly Cohen

Southern Group

Brendan Courtney

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions

DANIEL DAVIS

JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

John Delaney

FIORENTINO GROUP

Brett Doster

Front Line Strategies

Chris Dudley

Southern Group

Tom Feeney

Associated Industries of Florida

Michael Finney

Beacon Council

Marty Fiorentino

Fiorentino Group

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Tim Giuliani

Orlando Economic Partnership

Adam Goodman

Ballard Partners

Barry Gould

Eisneramper

Blain Heckaman

Kaufman Rossin

Bill Herrle

National Federation of Independent Business

Rick Homans

Tampa Bay Partnership

John Jennings

Waste Pro USA

Drew Levine

G4S Secure Solutions USA

Suneera Madhani

FattMerchant

Tina McCain Matte

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold

MICHAEL MUNZ

DALTON AGENCY

Bennett Napier

Partners in Association Management

Luis H. Navas

Global Governance Advisors

PEGGY NORDEEN

STARMARK INTERNATIONAL

Carey O’Donnell

O’Donnell Agency

Mark Perlberg

Oasis Outsourcing

George Platt

LSN Partners

Phil Purcell

Marine Industries Association

Craig Richard

Tampa Bay EDC

Steve Riggs

Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Tadd Schwartz

Schwartz Media Strategies

Kelly Smallridge

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

John Sowinski

Consensus Communications

JAY STARKMAN

ENGAGE PEO

Bob Swindell

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Gray Swoope

VisionFirst Advisors

Julie Talenfeld

BoardroomPR

Cory Tilley

CoreMessage

Rick Walsh

Knob Hill Group

Lynda Weatherman

Space Coast EDC

Mark Wilson

Florida Chamber of Commerce

SAM ZIETZ

TOUCHSUITE

George Zoley

Geo Group