On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced Bello, 46, of Seminole will fill a vacant seat for a term ending May 31, 2019.
Bello, a veteran advertising and media professional with more than 20 years’ experience, has been the publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, a part of the American City Business Journals network, since February 2007. She is the first woman publisher in the newspaper’s 25-year history.
According to her bio, Bello is a five-time winner of the prestigious Eagle Award, an annual competition within American City Business Journals.
As the TBBJ advertising director, Bello consistently ranked in the top three in the company, and as publisher, she managed the No. 1 market ACBJ chain for 2010 and 2011, setting records in 2012 and 2013.
Bello also serves on the Florida Economic Education Business Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee, Board of Fellows for the University of Tampa, the board of directors for The Spring of Tampa Bay, the St. Petersburg College’s College of Business Advisory Committee and volunteer fundraiser for Rock Solid All-Star Cheerleading.
Bello was named St. Petersburg Chamber Business Woman of the Year for 2011 and Best Moms of the Bay for 2012.
Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.