Rick Scott announces seven state board appointments - SaintPetersBlog

Rick Scott announces seven state board appointments

On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced seven appointments and reappointments to a variety of state boards.

Florida Real Estate Commission

Scott began by naming Randy Schwartz to the Florida Real Estate Commission, a seven-member board that administers and enforces real estate license law.

Schwartz, 67, of Winter Springs, is a private practice attorney. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020.

Florida Citrus Commission

Scott then reappointed Francisco Pines to the Florida Citrus Commission, a nine-member panel to represent citrus growers, processors and backers.

Pines, 41, of Miami, is the co-owner of Pines Ranch, Inc. and a managing partner at Francisco J. Pines, P.A. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and his law degree from St. Thomas School of Law. Pines is reappointed for a term beginning ending May 31, 2019.

District Board of Trustees, St. Johns River State College

Scott next appointed Samuel Garrison to the District Board of Trustees, St. Johns River State College.

Garrison, 40, of Fleming Island, is an attorney at Kopelousos, Bradley and Garrison, P.A., and previously served as an Assistant State Attorney of the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Garrison succeeds Cranford Coleman for a term ending May 31, 2018.

District Board of Trustees, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Scott announced one appointment and one reappointment to the District Board of Trustees, Florida State College at Jacksonville, a nine-member board of appointees.

David “Hunt” Hawkins, 58, of Jacksonville, is the CEO of Stein Mart, Inc., and previously served as a member of the program advisory council to DECA, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his master’s degree from the University of West Florida. Hawkins succeeds Thomas Bryan for a term ending May 31, 2019.

Thomas “Mac” McGehee, Jr., 57, of Jacksonville, is the executive vice president at Mac Papers, Inc., and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He is reappointed for a term also ending May 31, 2019.

All the above appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

finally, Scott reappointed Dr. Peter A. Wish and John Stafford to the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, the public agency that operates and manages the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Wish, of Sarasota, is the president of Gulfcoast Healthstyle Corp. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College. Wish is reappointed for a term ending Nov. 17, 2020.

Stafford, of Sarasota, is a former chairman of the board for FCCI Mutual Insurance Company and previously served on the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children. He is reappointed for a term also ending Nov. 17, 2020.

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