As 2014 winds down, the Tampa Bay Business Journal casts an eye toward next year with its annual “25 People to Watch” in 2015.
For politicians to impresarios, old media and new, the word for Tampa Bay in 2015 is “disruption.”
For those unfamiliar with the term, disruption refers to innovation that works to cultivate emerging markets; ideas, technology and personalities that challenge the status quo.
Making the list this year is one of the Bay Area’s flourishing digital entrepreneurs — Extensive Enterprises Publisher Peter Schorsch.
The Business Journal acknowledged Schorsch as the new media mind behind SaintPetersBlog.com, PoliticsofPot.com, Sunburn (the daily email highlighting Florida politics), Context Florida and the forthcoming FloridaPolitics.com.
“The print media has been loudly losing altitude as a result of the disruptive forces of digital media,” writes Chris Wilkerson. “Schorsch considers himself to be among the disruptors.”
In 2014, Schorsch’s Extensive Enterprises enjoyed sizeable growth, highlighted by the addition of several high-profile correspondents. The company also launched a number of websites to highlight the political landscape and evolving issues facing the Sunshine State.
As one of the people to watch in Tampa Bay, Schorsch joins a diverse group of business leaders including USF President Judy Genshaft, Tampa Bay Partnership head Brian Lamb, Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke, former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe and Paul Tash, chair and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times.
The full list of “25 People to Watch in 2015” is now available on www.bizjournals.com.