Stuart Rogel resigns from Tampa Bay Partnership

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Stuart Rogel, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, is leaving his post to “pursue new opportunities.” Rogel is the founder of the partnership and has been at the helm for 20 years.

In an email from Partnership board chair, Brain Lamb writes that Rogel will stay on board to assist in transitioning temporary leadership to COO John Schueler while the board conducts a national search to find a new CEO.

“As our founding CEO, Stuart has led the Partnership for 20 years, providing a legacy of leadership that has been instrumental in moving the Tampa Bay region forward. He is leaving this organization with a solid investor base, a highly professional staff, strong financials and critically important initiatives underway that will propel the Partnership and our community to the next level,” Lamb writes.

Lamb says Rogel was successful in building relationships with businesses and business leaders in the community and in doing so was successful in attracting “a number of notable companies” to the area.

Rogel tackled such issues as transportation and water. Most recently he took an active roll in campaigning for the failed Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum that would have greatly expanded public transportation in Pinellas County by shifting the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s funding structure from a portion of property taxes to a one-penny sales tax. Voters rejected the measure 62-38 percent earlier this month, but Rogel vowed to continue fighting for improved transportation in both Pinellas and Hillsborough.

Here is the full email from Lamb:

Dear Investor:

Today, I accepted Stuart Rogel’s resignation from the Tampa Bay Partnership. Following much thought and reflection, Stuart and his family feel the timing is right for him to pursue new opportunities. I would like to personally thank Stuart for agreeing to stay with us during this transition to assist John Schueler, COO, to assume day-to-day activities as needed while a national search is launched to identify a new CEO.

As our founding CEO, Stuart has led the Partnership for 20 years, providing a legacy of leadership that has been instrumental in moving the Tampa Bay region forward. He is leaving this organization with a solid investor base, a highly professional staff, strong financials and critically important initiatives underway that will propel the Partnership and our community to the next level.

Stuart is highly regarded by business and community leaders across the entire Tampa Bay Region. His successes are significant, including helping to attract a number of notable companies to the area, establishing relationships with site selection experts around the country, marketing the area as a prime business destination, and taking on difficult regional challenges such as transportation and water.

Stuart has served this organization and Tampa Bay Region well for the last two decades. On behalf of the Partnership, I wish to express great appreciation for his commitment and service. We wish Stuart well in his future endeavors. He will be missed.

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