Welcome To The Florida Council of 100

The Florida Council of 100 is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders, which exists to promote the economic growth of Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of its citizenry.  Representing more than 100 companies and more than a half a million employees, Council members have achieved a high degree of success and recognition in their business or profession; have demonstrated involvement in Florida public policy issues; and possess the personal qualities of character, personality, and leadership ability.

As demonstrated in our Prospectus, the Council works closely with the Governor and the state agencies, the Legislature, the judicial branch, federal leaders and officials, and other private organizations, to effect positive change in the state and achieve quality of life improvements for the citizens of Florida.  Through our reports, position statements, policy letters, issue advocacy, and public relations, we keep state leaders and policy makers apprised of key topics relevant to today’s Florida and make recommendations for enhancing state policies and programs in ways beneficial to all Floridians.

Helping us fulfill this mission are high-level civic leaders from around the state who assist the Council in an ex officio capacity.  They include executive branch agency officials, the Chairman of the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, presidents of public and private state colleges and universities, school district superintendents, the President of Enterprise Florida, Inc., and senior active duty military officers.

The groundwork for these efforts was laid in 1961 when the Council, the first of its kind in the United States, was formed at the request of Governor Farris Bryant to provide advice to him on key Florida issues from a business perspective.  To the right, you may watch Governor Bryant explain his vision for the Council.

As business leaders, the members of the Council feel responsibility and have the determination, to improve Florida.  Thus, our mission statement is:

Governor Farris Bryant

Governor Farris Bryant

Click here to watch Governor Bryant as he speaks about the creation of the Florida Council of 100.

To improve the quality of life and economic well-being of all Floridians through the relentless pursuit of better, business-driven public policy.


Patrick J. Geraghty
Patrick J. GeraghtyChair
Chief Executive Officer  
GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation and Florida Blue
Kathleen Shanahan
Kathleen ShanahanVice Chair
Ground Works Solutions, Inc.
Barney Barnett
Barney BarnettTreasurer
Vice Chairman
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Rhea F. Law
Rhea F. LawImmediate Past Chair
Chair, Florida Offices, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Board of Directors

Carlos J. Alfonso
Carlos J. AlfonsoChief Executive Officer
Alliant Partners LLC/Alfonso Architects
Lee E. Arnold, Jr.
Lee E. Arnold, Jr.Executive Chair
Colliers International Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida
Rodney Barreto
Rodney BarretoPresident and CEO
Barreto Group, Inc.
Shelley Broader
Shelley BroaderPresident and CEO
Chico’s FAS, Inc.
Stanley W. Connally, Jr.
Stanley W. Connally, Jr.Chairman, President and CEO
Gulf Power Company
Christopher Corr
Christopher CorrPresident
Raydient Places & Properties
Brett D. Couch
Brett D. CouchRegional President
Regions Bank
David J. Duda
David J. DudaPresident and CEO
A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
David F. Dyer
David F. DyerRetired
Chico’s FAS, Inc.
Elizabeth Fago
Elizabeth FagoPrincipal
NuVista Healthcare Investors, LLC
Steven T. Halverson
Steven T. HalversonPresident and CEO
The Haskell Company
Julia L. Johnson
Julia L. JohnsonPresident
NetCommunications, LLC
John F. Kirtley
John F. KirtleyPartner
KLH Capital
Sydney W. Kitson
Sydney W. KitsonChairman and CEO
Kitson & Partners
Wendy Link
Wendy LinkFounding Partner
Ackerman, Link & Sartory
Harold Mills
Harold MillsVice Chairman
Patrick K. Neal
Patrick K. NealChief Executive Officer
Neal Communities
John Ramil
John RamilRetired
TECO Energy, Inc.
Frank A. Rodriguez
Frank A. RodriguezFounder and Chairman
Corporate Creations International, Inc.
Gary L. Sasso
Gary L. SassoPresident and CEO
Carlton Fields
Eric E. Silagy
Eric E. SilagyPresident and CEO
Florida Power & Light Company
Chris Sullivan
Chris SullivanGeneral Partner
MVP Holdings
Charles E. Sykes
Charles E. SykesPresident and CEO
Sykes Enterprises, Inc.
Rasesh Thakkar
Rasesh ThakkarSenior Managing Director
Tavistock Group
Stella Ferguson Thayer
Stella Ferguson ThayerPresident
Tampa Bay Downs, Inc.
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.
Leo A. Vecellio, Jr.President, Chairman and CEO
Vecellio Group, Inc.

Meet Our Team

Bob Ward
Bob WardPresident & CEO
Steven Birnholz
Steven BirnholzVice President for Research
Sandy Moore
Sandy MooreExecutive Administrator & Membership Coordinator