John P. AlbrightPresident and Chief Executive OfficerConsolidated-Tomoka Land Co.
Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. celebrated its 100th year in Florida in 2002. In the early decades of the century, “Consolidated” was reputedly the largest land owner in Florida holding almost two million acres of land. It remains today the largest land owner in the Daytona Beach area with approximately 11,500 acres of undeveloped land. Consolidated-Tomoka is headquartered in Daytona Beach and its common stock is traded in the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CTO.
J. Hyatt BrownChairmanBrown & Brown, Inc.
Founded in 1939, Brown & Brown is one of the largest most respected independent insurance intermediaries in the nation. In July 2014, Business Insurance magazine identified Brown & Brown as the sixth largest independent insurance intermediary organizations in the US and the seventh largest such organization in the world. Brown & Brown is one of the select companies that comprise the Standard & Poor’s Mid-Cap 400 Index and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRO.
Jim FranceVice Chairman and Executive Vice PresidentNASCAR
NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) was founded in 1948 by Bill France, Sr., to establish a common set of rules that would govern stock car racing from track to track. Today, NASCAR is the most prominent sanctioning body in stock car racing based on geographic presence, membership and sanctioned events. NASCAR and Grand Am races are arguably the highest viewed spectator sporting events in the world.
Lesa France KennedyVice Chair and Chief Executive OfficerInternational Speedway Corporation
Founded in 1953, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) is a leading promoter of motorsports entertainment activity in the United States. ISC currently owns and operates 13 of the nation’s premier motorsports entertainment facilities with an approximate total of one million grandstand seats and over 525 VIP suites. ISC maintains its corporate offices in Daytona Beach and its common stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol ISCA.
Ed NoseworthyChief Executive OfficerFlorida Hospital Memorial Medical Center
Dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Christ, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (FHMMC) operates two hospitals within Volusia County with a total of 407 licensed beds and 63 emergency beds. FHMMC’s recently opened comprehensive Cancer Institute provides cutting-edge radiation treatment and is home to only 100 Novalis TX systems in the world.
Glenn S. Ritchey, President/CEOJon Hall Automotive Group/Ritchey AutosSoutheast Automotive Management
The Jon Hall Chevrolet, Inc. family has been proud to serve the automotive needs of the Daytona Beach area for over 20 years. Jon Hall is proud to be recognized by GM as the #1 Volume Chevrolet dealer in the Southeast.
Mike PanaggioChief Executive OfficerDME Holdings
DME was founded in 1982. The company, whose main office is located in Daytona Beach, focuses on personalized cross-media communication strategies. DME serves fast-paced vertically integrated marketing environments with a focus on data-driven and results-oriented targeted communications.
Mike ReadPresidentTeledyne Oil & Gas
Teledyne Oil & Gas is an alliance of Teledyne Technologies companies that deliver high-reliability engineered interconnect solutions for power transmission, data transmission and monitoring application to operators in the oil and gas exploration and production industry. The World Headquarters in Daytona Beach employs more than 500 workers locally. In 2013, Teledyne opened its Technology Development Center. This 52,000 square foot R&D facility works to bring forward engineered solutions to complex technical challenges.
Tim PhillipsPresidentP & S Paving Inc.
P & S Paving, Inc. a paving company serving central Florida, was incorporated in 1993. P & S Paving has successfully completed numerous road projects, including but not limited to I-95, SR 400, SR 442 and US Highway 1. Other major projects within our community include Daytona International Speedway and One Daytona, Daytona Beach area’s premier retail, dining and entertainment destination scheduled to open in 2017.
About Our President
Dr. D. Kent SharplesDr. D. Kent Sharples was born and raised in northwest Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree. Upon graduation he moved to Athens, Ohio where he taught in the College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University for seven years. Following his passion for Community Colleges he earned a PhD in Education Administration with an emphasis on Community Colleges.Following 30 years as a community college President, D. Kent Sharples was appointed as the first President of the CEO Business Alliance, a private sector initiative in economic development. The CEO Business Alliance is dedicated to improving the quality of life through the economic growth of Volusia County.