Signode

Signode is a leading transit-packaging provider with a proud tradition of offering a range of innovative and effective products and solutions to our customers globally.

With over $2B in revenue, 80+ manufacturing facilities across 6 continents and over 9,000 employees worldwide, Signode is a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of transit packaging consumables, tools, software, and equipment that optimize end-of-line packaging operations and protect products in transit.  Signode brings this extensive product portfolio together under hundreds of trusted brands to offer complete transit packaging solutions to its customers.




Creative Sign Designs

Creative Sign Designs is a nationally-recognized custom sign company focused on providing design-build architectural signage and lighting solutions. With 30 years of experience as an industry-leader, Creative successfully manages local, regional and national projects. Creative provides consultation, design, project management, fabrication and installation services for a full line of interior, exterior and digital sign and lighting products. Creative was founded in 1986 with national headquarters in Tampa, FL and regional representatives in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte, North Carolina.




Jamie Harden

Jamie Harden is President and CEO of Creative Sign Designs. Creative employs more than 130 people throughout the state of Florida with the majority based at its Tampa headquarters.

The desire to establish permanent roots in the Tampa community, paired with the goal of acquiring and running a local business led Mr. Harden and his family to return to Tampa in April 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Harden was Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Group Market Executive for Bank of America. He served in this role from 1999 to 2005 in various locations including Los Angeles, Dallas, and Kansas City. Prior to these positions with Bank of America, he was a Commercial Banking Group Team Leader in Tampa for NCNB/NationsBank from 1990 to 1999. While at Bank of America, Mr. Harden achieved a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mr. Harden is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay
  • Board of Governors of the Florida State University College of Business
  • Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Florida Chapter
  • Honorary Commander of the US Air Force 927 Air Refueling Wing at MacDill AFB
  • Member Chief Executive Organization
  • Member Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club

Jamie has been married to Melanie Turner Harden for more than 27 years and they have three children – Battle (17), Ellee (14) and Turner (14).

Jamie Harden
President and CEO

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida)

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned, independent Coca-Cola bottler. Coke Florida’s exclusive territory covers over 18 million consumers across 47 Florida counties, and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Coke Florida sells, manufactures and distributes over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies. Coke Florida is the third largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler and the sixth largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States. Coke Florida was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.




Troy D. Taylor

Troy D. Taylor is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida), a family-owned independent Coca-Cola bottler.

Coke Florida is the third largest privately held and sixth largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. The company markets, sells, produces and distributes a diverse portfolio of leading non-alcoholic beverage brands of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies. Coke Florida’s exclusive sales and distribution territory covers most of the state of Florida, including the Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville metropolitan areas. The company is Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Certified and is the fourth largest black-owned business in America. Coke Florida was founded in May 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa.

Mr. Taylor has extensive experience as an operating executive, investor, banker and strategic advisor. He previously founded and was the Managing Partner of Spinel Investment Company, a Houston-based private investment and advisory firm. He was also an advisor to The Coca-Cola Company and previously held senior-level positions at J.P. Morgan, Accenture and BBVA.

Mr. Taylor serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville Branch, Florida Chamber of Commerce, American Beverage Association, and Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association. He is a Trustee of the Boys & Girls Club of America Southeast Region and is a member of the Coca-Cola Hispanic Advisory Council and Florida Council of 100. He was previously a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership Council of Governors and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.

Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Business Law from Marshall University. He was the recipient of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 award in Florida for the Consumer Products category.

Troy D. Taylor
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Beneficial Blends

 

 

Since entering the market with Kelapo® Coconut Oil in 2009, Beneficial Blends has evolved into the premier organic certified private label and co-packer for organic, natural and conventional food manufacturing. Located in Tampa Bay, Beneficial Blends partners with the MacDonald Training Center to provide disability-neutral employment to their network of talented individuals. By 2019, Beneficial blends has committed to hiring an additional 50 Tampa Bay residents. In addition to creating jobs, Beneficial Blends supports initiatives such as Stand Up Tampa and Make It Tampa Bay to help grow the local economy.




Erin Meagher

Prior to creating Kelapo®, Erin was a high school business teacher with a passion for motivating students to pursue entrepreneurship. At the urging of her students to follow her own entrepreneurial advice, Erin launched Kelapo in 2009 with the goal of producing the very best quality coconut oil on the market, while ensuring fair and ethical treatment of the farmers who cultivate it. Since then, she has led her company in triple digit growth, putting Beneficial Blends on the INC 5000 list three for consecutive years. Erin loves Tampa Bay and is passionate about building the economy and creating an even better place to live and do business by being active with Stand Up Tampa, Make It Tampa Bay and the EDC.

Erin Meagher
CEO

Mosaic

 

 

The Mosaic Company is the world’s largest combined producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, two essential crop nutrients. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. They employ approximately 8,900 people in eight countries and participate in every aspect of crop nutrition development. Florida is home to the headquarters of Mosaic’s phosphate operations and 4,000 of its employees. Mosaic’s phosphates business’ main office is in Lithia. The company has five operating mines and four fertilizer facilities in Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee and Manatee counties. Florida’s seventh largest landowner, Mosaic extended its land stewardship activities to the development of Streamsong® Resort, a nature-focused destination resort on formerly mined land in Polk County. Streamsong’s 216-room luxury lodge opened in January 2014.




Benjamin Pratt

Ben Pratt was named Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs in April 2020. Previously, Pratt held the position of VP—Corporate Public Affairs, leading corporate communications and U.S. Federal Government relations, as well as Mosaic’s corporate social responsibility activities. In addition, he serves as Owner’s Representative to Streamsong Resort.

Prior to joining Mosaic in February 2012, Pratt was SVP, Corporate Communications at Ameriprise Financial, Inc., in Minneapolis. Earlier in his career, he worked in a variety of communications and investor relations capacities at The PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, and at Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, both in New York.

Pratt is a graduate of Duke University.

Benjamin Pratt
Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs