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Rick Scott reappoints two to Pinellas Housing Authority

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday the reappointments of Joseph Triolo and Michael Guju to the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

Triolo, 59, of St. Petersburg, is a program manager for Duke Energy. He is reappointed for a term beginning Dec. 16 and ending Jan. 21, 2018. Triolo was appointed to PCHA’s board of commissioners in 2009 and served as chairman from 2009 through June.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Triolo also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Green Building Coalition, the city of St. Petersburg post-disaster committee, the judicial nominating commission Sixth Circuit, the supervisory committee for the Bay Pines Federal Union, and the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Network. He is also a member of the International Code Council and American Legion Post 273.

Triolo brings expertise in green initiatives through housing construction and rehabilitation to PCHA’s Board. Additionally, holds several licenses: state of Florida building inspector, My Safe Florida wind mitigation Inspector, and EPA lead inspector and risk assessor.

Guju, 57, of Palm Harbor, is the president of Guju Law Firm and Equity National Title. He is reappointed for a term beginning Dec. 16 and ending Dec. 1, 2020. Guju was appointed to the PCHA board in 2013.

Guju is an entrepreneur and businessman with broad management, legal and marketing experience in real estate development, mortgages and real estate-related services. An attorney, licensed in three states (Florida, Ohio (inactive) and Michigan (inactive), with more than 26 years’ experience in real estate and business law, mortgages, real estate title insurance and closings, contracts and business matters, the PCHA said that Guju’s service on the board has been extremely valuable.

His expertise is particularly helpful, officials said, as the housing authority continues its’ forward momentum toward developing additional housing opportunities for low to moderate income veterans and families in Pinellas County.

Formed in 1965, the PCHA is an independent agency, operating under state statute. PCHA is governed by a five-member board appointed by the governor.

The PCHA is the largest housing authority in Pinellas County. It provides housing and rental assistance to about 8,500 individuals through the agency-owned affordable housing, public housing, assisted living and the administration of the Housing Choice Voucher program. Its area of operation for the public housing and housing voucher program includes all unincorporated and incorporated areas of Pinellas except the cities Clearwater, Dunedin, St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs.

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