Enterprise Florida CEO Candidates Narrowed To 5

Sep 16, 2016

Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development arm, was a step closer Friday to naming a new CEO after a search committee chose five finalists.

Gov. Rick Scott, the titular head of Enterprise Florida, recently visited Intellitech. The company moved its headquarters from Maryland to Pinellas County, creating 15 jobs.

Enterprise Florida has been in turmoil since lawmakers earlier this year refused to spend $250 million for a so-called “quick action closing fund.”

The downsizing that followed included Enterprise Florida CEO Bill Johnson. At a search committee meeting Friday, chairman Stan Connally ordered his colleagues to start interviewing five finalists.

“You as committee members can take those conversations where you’d like, you know what we’re looking for here, we’ve talked about it multiple times.”

An EFI spokesman says a new CEO will likely be named at a board meeting Sept. 28 in Orlando. More than 100 economic development experts applied, including an executive with the World Customs Organization in Belgium.