Author:
Rod Thomson
Category:
Community

Gulf Coast Business Review Power 50

Published: January 28, 2011

In every community, there are go-to people who are able to make things happen.

They are powerful, often beyond their companies and positions, because they help shape the community. Some are out front, such as politicians. But most are not. They may be well-known or they may be behind-the-scenes movers. Many get involved with non-profits and use their influence in that realm.

Most of the people on this list have used their power largely to improve the community, either philanthropically, or by boosting the economy or public policy.

There is no universal criteria to create such a list. It’s part art, part knowledge, part experience and a lot of interviews with know people of influence to find out who they seek out to get something done.

The powerful know who are the most powerful.

Herewith, in no order, is the Business Review’s first-ever list of the 50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast.  Click here to read the full article to view the list members' bios.

  • STEVE RAYMUND
  • LAMAR GABLE
  • LARRY THOMPSON
  • JOE COX
  • RICHARD L. ‘RICK’ SCOTT
  • TONY DIBENEDETTO
  • PAT NEAL
  • RON WEAVER
  • SCOTT LUTGERT
  • RHEA LAW
  • VERN BUCHANAN, AND SANDY BUCHANAN
  • JUDY GENSHAFT
  • PAUL TASH
  • MICHAEL SAUNDERS
  • TERI HANSEN
  • ANDREW MCELWAINE
  • MYRA JANCO DANIELS
  • JOHN CRANOR
  • MARGARET CALLIHAN
  • RANDY BENDERSON
  • GARRETT RICHTER
  • LIZ SMITH
  • TOM MONAGHAN
  • STEPHEN KNOPIK
  • HARVEY VENGROFF
  • ADAM GOODMAN
  • RAY JUDAH
  • G.W. JACOBS
  • REINHOLD SCHMIEDING
  • THOMAS R. “TOM” GRADY
  • GREG SEMBLER
  • WILLIAM SCHOEN
  • TINA MATTE
  • BRUCE LAISHLEY
  • JIM NATHAN
  • DEREK DUNN-RANKIN
  • JOHN RAMIL
  • AL ZICHELLA
  • GREG CELESTAN
  • WILL W. WEATHERFORD
  • CHARLOTTE BAKER
  • ALAN BOMSTEIN
  • NEALE MONTGOMERY