Chair - Jill Wilkinson
Market President of St. Petersburg, SunTrust
Jill Wilkinson is the relationship manager and market president for commercial and not for profit companies in the Tampa Bay market of SunTrust Bank. Her specialties include tax exempt bond financings, commercial lending to large and mid-size companies & not for profits, capital markets and business transition. Wilkinson serves on the advisory board to the Dean of the College of Business for University of South Florida St. Petersburg, as well as the boards of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Vice Chair - Danielle Ruiz Manager of Economic Development, Duke Energy
Danielle Ruiz is the Senior Economic Development Manager at Duke Energy. She is responsible for the attraction and location of new business, as well as the retention and growth of existing companies to Duke Energy’s 35-county service area in Florida, with a focus on Tampa-St.Pete and North Florida markets. Ruiz provides direct support in the form of programs and services to state and local economic development leaders and assists in enhancing the overall package to prospective businesses seeking an opportunity for a new location, capital investment and job creation in our Florida communities.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Management/International Business from Clemson University. Immediate Past Chair - Chad Loar Regional President, PNC Bank
W. Chadwick (Chad) Loar is the regional president of the Florida West region, an area that encompasses Tallahassee south to Naples and Central Florida, for PNC Bank.
Prior to being named to his current position in July 2016, Loar served as corporate and commercial banking manager for PNC's Florida West region. He continues to lead and manage PNC's corporate banking team focused on delivering the bank's suite of products and services to corporate (with annual revenues greater than $50 million) and commercial (annual revenues between $10 million and $50 million) companies, in central and west Florida. Active in the community, Loar is past president of the board of directors for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation as well as chairs of their infamous event titled "Brinner of Hope." In addition, he serves as board member for St. Petersburg Economic Development Council, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership and Central Florida Partnership. Loar is also a member of Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), alumni for Leadership Tampa Class of 2013 and Tampa Connection Class of 2008. Loar earned a MBA from the University of Florida and B.S. in finance from Florida State University and holds a Series79 and 63 license. Secretary/Treasurer - Brian Auld
President, Tampa Bay Rays
Brian Auld is entering his third season as President of the Tampa Bay Rays, and his twelfth season with the club. During his first year as team president, Auld brought a renewed focus to the Rays mission: to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball, by emphasizing the Rays commitment to the community and its employee-first culture. Prior to joining the Rays, Auld attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA focusing on managing human capital, marketing/finance. Auld’s previous work experience includes serving as lead teacher and director of development for the East Palo Alto Charter School in California. General Counsel - Bob Warchola
Partner, Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLP
Robert R. Warchola has extensive jury and non-jury trial experience representing various individuals and entities in commercial disputes including athletes, physicians, public companies, sureties, and governmental agencies. He also represents individuals and entities in the healthcare field. He has been representing physicians since 1997 and continues to represent physicians and physician practice groups on a variety of issues. He has also been representing contractors, sureties, and governmental agencies in construction matters since 1992. His commercial practice also includes representing a public company, numerous individuals and entities in real estate transactions, and advising clients on general business matters. Learn more about EDC Leadership, as well as other city initiatives at - https://stpeteedc.com/leadership/ #EDC #Leadership #Sectors #JillWilkinson #Suntrust #DanielleRuiz #DukeEnergy #ChadLoar #PNC #BrianAuld #Rays #BobWarchola