2022 Person of Vision: Tampa Mayor Jane Castor

Preserve Vision Florida is pleased to announce the honoring of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor as our 2022 Person of Vision on February 22. At that time, we will also celebrate Preserve Vision Florida’s 65th Anniversary of providing vision services to Florida’s children and adults.

The Person of Vision award annually honors visionary leaders who have had a profound impact on the region or the State of Florida through true community leadership and vision. Established in 1979, the Person of Vision Award has recognized visionary leadership in the arts, business, education, public service and community engagement.

Recent recipients include:

  • Banker and Chair of the State University System of Florida Brian Lamb
  • Former Florida House Speaker and Moffitt Cancer Center Founder H. Lee Moffitt
  • Straz Center President Judith Lisi
  • Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano
  • Former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  • Lightning owners Jeffrey and Penny Vinik
  • Former Florida Cabinet member and USF President Betty Castor
  • US Representative Kathy Castor
Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castor

Mayor Jane Castor is the 59th Mayor of the City of Tampa and has been recognized for her visionary leadership at national and local levels in both law enforcement and community involvement. Under her leadership, the City of Tampa has received several awards and recognitions. In 2019, Tampa Bay was recognized amongst the top areas for women owned business growth, one of the top 10 best metro areas for startups, and the best small tech market in North America. It has also been recognized as the 5th best city for recreation, the best city in Florida, 23rd amongst large US Cities, as well as being the best city for veterans to live in, and one of the most fun cities in America.

Since taking office, Mayor Castor has continued to achieve major accomplishments under the Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow vison while gaining praise for her exemplary leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. She took swift action to prioritize the health and safety of the community. The City of Tampa quickly organized relief efforts to help families and businesses impacted by the crisis, including One Tampa, which offered financial relief to individuals, families, and businesses, and Lift Up Local, a program that supported business efforts to reopen responsibly and allowed restaurants and retail store to expand outdoor seating onto public right of ways.

Born and raised in Tampa, Jane Castor has spent a lifetime in service to the community, first as a police officer, then as Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, and finally as Mayor. She graduated from Chamberlain High School and attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship.

A 31-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, Jane served in nearly every capacity and neighborhood of the city. In October of 2009, Jane Castor became Tampa’s first female Chief of Police, serving for six years in that role. She reorganized the police department, consisting of 1,300 officers and employees with a $145 million annual budget – creating three smaller, more manageable districts that worked to reduce major crimes 70% citywide.

While Chief, she developed a progressive policing strategy during the 2012 Republican National Convention and oversaw the successful Bollywood Awards, held in America for the first time, and the multi-jurisdictional security plan for Super Bowl XLIII. She also led the Department of Homeland Security’s Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative. Chief Castor also developed an enhanced Citizen Academy to allow the community to get an inside look at the police department and foster positive working relationships. She created the Young Citizens Academy, to provide younger citizens with an opportunity to become familiar with the field of law enforcement and to be mentored by officers.

Committed to youth, Castor raised funds to build a $4 million gymnasium and recreation center for at-risk children as well as building an additional RICH House in the city. These provide a safe haven for children in economically challenged neighborhoods, giving after school guidance and support to hundreds of needy children. She created RISE Tampa, a foundation aimed at providing law enforcement training and equipment not available through budgetary means, in addition to supporting youth programs in our community.

Mayor Castor continues to be very active in the community including participation on the Gracepoint Mental Health and Wellness Board of Directors, Starting Right, Now Board of Directors, RISE Tampa Police Foundation Founder and Board Chair, Bike Walk Tampa Bay Board Chair, and The Athena Society Board of Directors and GTE Financial Supervisory Committee. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Police Foundation Fellow.

Jane Castor is a proud Seminole Heights resident where she lives with her longtime partner Ana Cruz, both Tampa natives who enjoy fishing, Lightning hockey games, and family time with their two boys Sergei and Seely.

For sponsorship or reservation details, contact Kathleen Alley at Preserve Vision Florida at 813-966-1986.

 

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

Business Attire

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Discover previous honorees.

 

H. Lee Moffitt, Our 2019 Person of Vision

H. Lee Moffitt

H. Lee Moffitt

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

Preserve Vision Florida honored H. Lee Moffitt as its 2019 Person of Vision on February 11, 2019 and celebrated the life-saving work of Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.


About H. Lee Moffitt

A native of Tampa, Lee has practiced law throughout his career while providing a decade of public service in the Florida legislature, championing and supporting initiatives that greatly benefited Florida’s residents. First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1974, he was elected and served as Speaker of the House from 1982 until 1984 when he retired and returned to the practice of law. During his legislative career he passed constitutional resolutions that created a merit selection process for the Florida Appellate Judiciary and granting Floridians a right to privacy. Both constitutional amendments were approved by Florida voters. He also led the effort to pass the Water Quality and Assurance Act of 1983 and the Growth Management Act of 1985. A graduate of the University of South Florida (USF), he was the first USF alumnus to be presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1976.

While a member of the house of representative, Moffitt spearheaded a project to build a cancer treatment center in Florida. He had been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his left knee at age 29, for which he did a tumor resection. It was this experience, along with the death of friends, Joseph Lumia, Judy Barnett and George Edgecomb, that motivated Moffitt to lobby for a cancer treatment center in Tampa. He secured an initial $70 million via the Legislature for the commencement of the construction, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute officially opened on October 27, 1986, three years after its groundbreaking. Despite Moffitt’s objection, the Florida legislature voted to name the facility in his honor. In 2006 he was honored by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Annual Achievement Award for his commitment to combating cancer through the center he founded.[15] Since its founding the center has expanded its services and was designated an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2001.

Moffitt serves on the board of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and on the Board of M2Gen, a for-profit subsidiary of the Moffitt Cancer Center   His visionary leadership has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from BioFlorida, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Leadership Florida.  He has been presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Florida Board of Regents.

Truly, H. Lee Moffitt’s vision of the finest cancer treatment center for Florida’s residents and his ability to engage others in that vision has resulted in a renowned resource that has benefited thousands of Floridians and patients around the globe.

Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

The Mission of Moffitt Cancer Center is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. Its Vision is to transform cancer care through service, science and partnership

Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.  Home of Florida’s largest clinical cancer research unit with more than 450 clinical trials, it receives more than 50 percent of all National Cancer Institute funding awarded to Florida institutions.  Over its years of operation, Moffitt Cancer Center has treated residents of all 67 Florida counties, every state in the United States, and 130 countries around the world. It impacts about 22 percent of cancer cases in Florida, and its economic impact on the state of Florida of nearly $2.1 billion, employing over 6,000 people.

The Center is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and is a Top 10 nationally ranked cancer hospital, so designated by U.S. News & World Report since 1999.  It is the largest Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program east of Houston and south of Boston and conducts more than 425 transplants a year.  The recipient of more than $46 million grant funding for research, Moffitt has produced 14 start-ups, 49 U.S. patents and 127 licensing agreements.

Person of Vision Award Dinner

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hilton Hotel, Downtown Tampa

6:15-7 p.m. General Reception

7-9 p.m. Dinner and Awards Program