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New CEO of Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance

Bob Swindell was elected President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance (the Alliance) during a Board of Directors meeting last week, according to an announcement today by Peggy Nordeen, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance and CEO of Starmark International.

Swindell had been serving as Interim President and CEO since November, 2009. Prior to serving as Interim President, Swindell had been Senior Vice President – Business Development for the Alliance since 2003.

“Bob’s experience and success in growing jobs for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County makes him an outstanding choice to be President and CEO,” said Nordeen. “In his seven years at the Alliance he was instrumental in bringing more than 10,500 direct jobs to our county, retaining more than 10,000 jobs and generating more than $700 million in capital investment. He effectively worked with both county and city officials to achieve these results together. In addition, he spearheaded a number of initiatives that has made our County a very strong contender as a premier location for companies considering a relocation or expansion.”

“I am honored to be named to this position, especially at a time when the creation of jobs and capital investment is so critical to Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County,” said Swindell. “We have much work to do, but we have strong leadership, a great board of directors, a sound partnership with our local governments and elected officials in Broward County, and numerous volunteers who are ready and willing to do what is needed to continue to make Broward County the location of choice for companies considering a relocation or expansion.”

Swindell is a lifelong Broward resident. His background includes a history of community service and business leadership. He has been a business owner, Angel Investor, and senior manager in a professional career that spans more than 25 years. In addition to his business experience, he has an extensive record of successful non-profit involvement and organizational leadership.

Bob had the honor to Chair the Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross for two terms that spanned a period of significant change, including the unique responsibility to serve as Chairman during one of the Chapter’s and South Florida’s most serious challenges – Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Florida Governors Martinez, Chiles, and Bush have chosen him to lead statewide boards and he has been a community leader in Broward County, serving on several Executive Boards. He currently serves on several Executive Boards including NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), SFTA (South Florida Technology Alliance) and he is Chairman of the Enterprise Development Corporation. In October of 2005 Bob was appointed by the Broward County Commission to serve as one of the County’s representatives on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park Authority, and he recently served as the Board Chairman for 2 years.

Bob has also been appointed by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Oakland Park to advisory boards and is a 1986 alumnus of Leadership Broward – Class V.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Apr 23 2010. Filed under Broward County, Business, Fort Lauderdale, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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