CEO Spotlights

CEO Spotlight – Tom Deison, Hancock Whitney

Hancock Whitney, one of America’s strongest and safest banks, is a 120-plus-year-old financial institution providing premier service throughout the Gulf South region. New to the organization, Tom Deison brings a fresh perspective as Hancock Whitney Tallahassee Market President. In his role, he provides leadership and management oversight for the bank’s three financial centers in the […]

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CEO Spotlight – Bennett Napier, Partners in Association Management

Partners in Association Management was founded by Bennett Napier in 1998, after a year of operating under a different business name in 1997. The firm has been a Chamber member for over twenty years. The company is a professional services firm; however, it’s a very specific niche. A good way to describe the business model […]

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Company Spotlight – Downs & St. Germain Research

Downs & St. Germain Research is a full-service market research firm located in Tallahassee, Florida specializing in developing marketing and strategic recommendations from survey results and focus groups. Downs & St. Germain Research traces its roots to 1981 when Phillip Downs, Ph.D., and John Kerr, D.B.A., formed Kerr & Downs Research. The firm changed its […]

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CEO Spotlight – Rowland Lamb, ColoneyBell

Rowland Lamb is a licensed Professional Engineer and President of ColoneyBell, Tallahassee’s oldest forensic consulting firm. Rowland was born in Valley, Alabama, raised in East Point, Georgia, and graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. He is proud to say that Tallahassee has been his home since 1990. After 16 […]

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CEO Spotlight – Laura Johnson, Coton Colors

Influenced by a childhood immersed in the colorful culture of Old Miami and ingrained with the Southern charm of her current home in Tallahassee, Laura Johnson, an entrepreneurial artisan, founded Coton Colors by Laura Johnson in 1989. Like so many other entrepreneurs, Laura started her business in her garage. She hand-crafted products that were inspired […]

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CEO Spotlight – Maria Mead, Keiser University

Maria Mead is the Tallahassee Campus President of Keiser University, a private, not-for-profit university, serving nearly 20,000 students and employing 3,800 faculty and staff members. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, the university currently offers more than 100 degrees at 21 Florida campuses, as well as online and at two […]

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CEO Spotlight – Don May, The First, A National Banking Association

Don May is the Market President for The First, A National Banking Association. The First is based out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and acquired both Farmers & Merchants Bank and Sunshine Community Bank (formerly Sunshine Credit Union) in 2018. As a result of the acquisitions, The First has 7 branches in the market (6 in Tallahassee […]

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Company Spotlight – Georgia-Pacific Foley Cellulose

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company has a workforce of more than 35,000 people around the world. As one of four world-class wood pulp mills and one cotton linter mill in the Georgia-Pacific Cellulose business, Foley […]

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CEO Spotlight – Drew Register, FloridaPro Computing

Drew Register is the CEO of FloridaPro Computing, Tallahassee’s only Apple Premium Service Provider. Drew is from Athens, Georgia and has both an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia. In law school and then as an attorney, Drew’s main interest was always technology. He spent a great deal of time […]

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