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Craig Richard
President & CEO

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The Tampa Bay EDC has attracted some of the brightest business leaders in the Tampa and Hillsborough County community. Each year, new executive officers are elected to help lead the organization on yet another successful year.

Marie Chinnici-Everitt


As Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer for DTCC’s global marketing and corporate communications, Marie Chinnici-Everitt is oversees the firm’s global corporate image and positioning, branding initiatives, business marketing, public relations, employee and client communications, digital marketing, and client learning, as well as industry relations, sponsorships and client events for DTCC, its subsidiaries, and their respective business lines. In addition, she serves as head of DTCC’s Tampa office of 1,200 staff, overseeing day-to-day operations of the site across all businesses and support functions for the Florida market. Marie is a member of DTCC’s Investment & Operations Committee and a Board member for the DTCC Political Action Committee. She served as Vice Chair of DTCC’s Diversity & Inclusion Council (2013 to 2016).

Marie is currently Vice Chair of the Board of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council; Chair of the TBEDC Finance & Audit Committee; Chair of TBEDC Nominations Committee; and Chair of TBEDC Strategic Planning Committee.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa, the Board of Feeding Tampa Bay, and the Development Committee of Feeding Tampa Bay. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum. Marie served as a mentor in the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Protégé Program (2017
and 2018).

Marie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fairfield University and received an MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University.  She was recognized in 2018 by MarketsMedia for Women in Finance Excellence in Marketing & Communications.  In 2016, she was named in the Top 100 Women to Watch by Bizwomen and the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Woman of the Year for Financial Services, and she was a finalist for 2017.  For three consecutive years, Marie was named one of B to B Magazine’s Top Marketers (2004 2005 and 2006).

Jim Weiss

Vice Chair

Jim Weiss is Tampa City President for Fifth Third Bank, where he manages the Commercial division of the bank, comprised of the Middle Market, Government and Institutional, Health Care, Commercial Real Estate and Treasury Management departments in Tampa Bay. Weiss has over 15 years of commercial management experience, most recently serving as Commercial Sales Manager for Fifth Third Bank in St. Louis, Mo. Prior to his tenure at Fifth Third, he served as First Vice President, Middle Market Team Lead for Commerce Bank, N.A. in St. Louis. He earned a bachelor’s in mathematics from Saint Louis University, and recently received his certification in Economic Development from Saint Louis University. In addition to serving on the Tampa Bay EDC’s Board of Directors, he currently serves on the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and the National Lender’s Advisory Council for the National Association of Economic Development Companies (NADCO).

James Nozar


James Nozar joined Strategic Property Partners in March 2016 as Chief Executive Officer where he oversees all aspects of the business, including the design, entitlement, programming, construction and delivery of the planned mixed‐use development in southern downtown Tampa along the waterfront.

Nozar joined SPP from The JBG Companies in Washington D.C. where he spent 10 years as a development manager and internal design and programming resource. He focused on the firm’s overall acquisition and development strategy, and was responsible for acquisition underwriting assumptions, the overall vision and conceptual program, entitlements and community outreach efforts, as well as the design process on dozens of real estate investments within the Washington, DC metro area. During his time at The JBG Companies, Nozar managed the development of 25 multi‐use real estate projects with associated development budgets totaling in excess of $2 billion and the entitlement of over 10 million square feet of new development.

Nozar also worked as a real estate consultant for Ernst & Young and RCLCo after receiving a bachelor’s degree in building construction and certificate in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

David Weinstein

General Counsel

David Weinstein has an active civil and white-collar litigation practice, with an emphasis on business, environmental, real estate, health care, and other challenging matters. Weinstein has significant “first-chair” trial experience in jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations. He is listed in Band 1 of Chambers USA Guide, which describes him as “a really fabulous lawyer . . . well-liked by clients . . . the kind of guy you would want leading the charge if you had a problem.”  He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States, and Who’s Who Legal.  Florida Trend magazine—which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2010 recognizes David as one of “Florida’s Legal Elite.”  The Tampa Bay Business Journal selected him in 2005 for its “Who’s Who in Business in the Tampa Bay Area.”

Weinstein has a long record of service to the community, including serving on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and WEDU.  A fourth degree black belt, he served as the senior instructor of Tampa Moo Duk Kwan, a not-for-profit martial arts club.

Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.

Immediate Past Chair

During her historic 19-year presidency, from 2000 to 2019, Dr. Judy Genshaft catapulted the University of South Florida System to statewide, national and international prominence for student success, academic rigor, research and innovation, and economic development. In 2018, USF received the elite designation of “Preeminent State Research University,” becoming only the third Florida institution to earn this prestigious honor. Also, in 2018, USF was accepted into the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa honor society, a sign of the institution’s growing national reputation. In 2019, the USF Honors College was re-named the Judy Genshaft Honors College in recognition of a historic $20 million gift from Genshaft and her family to support the growth of the college and a world-class Honors College building in the future. That gift, along with many others during her tenure as president, gave President Genshaft the distinction of being the most philanthropically generous university president in the nation.

USF earns widespread recognition for its commitment to student success. At the time of Dr. Genshaft’s appointment as president, the six-year graduation rate was 38 percent. In 2017, it was 70 percent. Dr. Genshaft also played a central role in expanding the philanthropy that supports USF’s faculty and students. She led the “Unstoppable” capital campaign that exceeded its goal of $1 billion in 2017. This is an extremely rare achievement; only two other public universities founded since 1956 – both in California – have completed a $1 billion campaign.

President Genshaft has been instrumental in economic development efforts in the Tampa Bay region, serving as chair of The Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. The university has been a catalyst for economic development; USF Tampa’s innovation and economic development efforts alone generate more than $400 million in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs, and return more than $52 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal governments.

President Genshaft earned recognition from professional organizations and community groups throughout her career. Her honors include: 2008 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame; Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2007 Business Woman of the Year; Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Presents Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award; Tampa World Trade Center’s Betty Castor Lifetime Achievement Award; Florida Economic Council’s Richard L. McLaughlin Award; and recipient of the Amiga Award for Non-Hispanic Women whose outstanding efforts have improved the quality of life in the Hispanic community.

Craig J. Richard, CEcD, FM

President and CEO

Craig J. Richard is a certified economic developer with over two decades of economic development leadership experience in major markets such as Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. Career highlights include more than 308 successful projects representing more than 126,246 jobs and $9.3 billion in capital investment

Craig has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Film Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Downtown Tampa Partnership. He was recognized as one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders by Florida Trend and one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect. Craig was also designated a “Fellow Member” by IEDC for his contributions to the economic development profession.

Craig earned his Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, with a concentration in economic development, from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.

Craig and his wife Verna have two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, fishing and hunting.

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