Tampa Bay Economic Development Council announces new executive officers

October 29, 2019

Four Tampa Bay leaders bring their business expertise and marketing talent to the 2020 fiscal year


TAMPA, Fla. (October 29, 2019) – The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, formerly the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, has announced its new Board Chair and executive officers for the 2020 fiscal year.


Marie Chinnici-Everitt, managing director and chief marketing officer of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), will take the reigns as chair. Chinnici-Everitt 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. Additionally, 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.


Chinnici-Everitt has been actively involved with the Tampa Bay EDC for several years, serving on the board of directors and chairing various committees including finance and audit, nominations, strategic planning, and marketing. She gives her time and expertise throughout the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa and the Board of Feeding Tampa Bay. Chinnici-Everitt is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and a past mentor in the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Protégé Program.


“I am incredibly excited and honored to serve as chair of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council and help lead the organization into a new decade,” said Chinnici-Everitt. “I look forward to working with our Investors and partners at the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County to strengthen our competitiveness and further market our area as a top business destination.”


In addition to the new chair, three other top Tampa Bay business leaders will serve on the 2020 executive committee:

  • Vice Chair: Jim Weiss, Tampa city president, Fifth Third Bank. Weiss manages the commercial division of the bank, comprised of middle market, government and institutional, health care, commercial real estate and treasury departments in Tampa Bay. He serves on the Greater Tampa 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).
  • Secretary/Treasurer: James Nozar, CEO, Strategic Property Partners. Nozar oversees all aspects of the business, including the design, entitlement, programming, construction and delivery of the planned mixed-use development in southern downtown along the waterfront.
  • General Counsel: David Weinstein, Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig. 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 is 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.”


“Our executive officers provide a pivotal leadership role to our organization, and tremendous guidance to me personally,” said Craig Richard, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Economic Council. “Each of our new officers brings unique experience, talent and insight, which we will lean on greatly this year as the EDC embarks on a new three-year strategic action plan. I look forward to working with each of them during this momentous year.”


Chinnici-Everitt, along with the other 2020 executive officers, will be approved by the Tampa Bay EDC board this evening at the 2019 Annual Meeting.


About the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council

The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors, including Corporate Headquarters, Financial and Professional Services, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Defense and Security, Distribution and Logistics, and Manufacturing. The EDC exists because of the generous support of more than 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.