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Brian Lamb, Our 2020 Person of Vision

Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb

Preserve Vision Florida is proud to announce that on February 3, 2020 the Board of Governors will honor Brian Lamb as its 2020 Person of Vision.

The Person of Vision Award has been presented annually since 1979 to honor an individual who has had a profound impact on the Tampa Bay region or the State of Florida through true community leadership and vision.

Brian Lamb serves as executive vice president of Fifth Third Bank, heading Retail Banking and Retail Brokerage. He has held a variety of leadership roles since joining Fifth Third, including head of Wealth & Asset Management and chief corporate responsibility and reputation officer. He oversaw the bank’s civic commitments and reputation management, including the execution of the bank’s five-year, $32 billion Community Commitment. He also was the regional president of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida) and chief financial officer of the Tampa Bay market.

A graduate of the University of South Florida, Brian is the immediate past chair of the USF’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System for Florida.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of Stonier Banking School at the University of Pennsylvania. While a student, he was a very successful member of the USF men’s basketball team from 1994 to 1998.

Previously, he was a member of the Florida Council of 100 Board of Directors and the United Way Suncoast Campaign Cabinet. Brian was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2018 list of Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America, and in 2016 he was named to the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.  He also served as chairman of the audit committee for the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors and chairman of the Tampa Bay Partnership. He also serves as a board member of the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio. 

The Evening’s Toasters:

Judy Genshart
President Emerita
University of South Florida
2002 Person of Vision

Oscar Horton
Sun State International Trucks LLC

Ernest Lamb

H. Lee Moffitt
Founder of Moffitt Cancer Center
2019 Person of Vision

Will Weatherford
Weatherford Capital

Join us for the 2020 Person of Vision Award Dinner
Monday, February 3, 2020
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4200 Jim Walter Boulevard, Tampa, FL
5:15 p.m.  Private Reception
6 p.m.  Cocktail Reception
7 p.m.  Dinner and Award Program

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Discover previous honorees.