The Tampa Hillsborough EDC has attracted some of the brightest business leaders in the Tampa and Hillsborough County community. Each year, new executive officers are elected to help lead the organization on yet another successful year.


Our 2017 Executive Officers are:


Ken Atwater, Ph.D.
President, Hillsborough Community College


hcc_ken_katwater_3211_revDr. Ken Atwater serves as the President of the nation’s fifth leading producer of associate degrees among two-year community colleges, Hillsborough Community College (HCC). He is the past chairman of the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), serves on the Museum of Science & Industry’s National Board, and became the chairman on October 1, 2016 of the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.


Serving more than 46,000 students, HCC is helping to shape the workforce through its more than 160 academic programs, including 140 workforce programs. Approximately 85 percent of all graduates remain in the area, and through their contributions in increased business productivity, combined with college operations, contribute to an annual economic impact of over $1.1 billion in Hillsborough County.


Between his commitment to education and to the multitude of local organizations, it is clear that Dr. Atwater and the community at HCC are invested in seeing the Tampa and Hillsborough County community reach new heights.


Tampa Bay has so many incredible things to offer – from the beautiful outdoors that we get to enjoy all year to the hospitality of our community.  This is a wonderful place to live. Certainly the number of exceptional golf courses don’t hurt, either!    



Vice Chair
Alan List, M.D., Moffitt Cancer Center
Dr. Alan List
President and CEO, Moffitt Cancer Center


Dr. Alan F. List is the President and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. He is internationally recognized for his many contributions in the development of novel, more effective treatment strategies for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).


His pioneering work led to the development of lenalidomide (Revlimid®) from the laboratory to clinical trials, which went on to receive fast-track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval for the treatment of patients with MDS and multiple myeloma. This work transformed the natural history of MDS from a premalignant condition that progressed to malignancy requiring aggressive treatment to a condition managed in the outpatient setting with oral agents.


Prior to his current position, List served as Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief, the Vice Deputy Physician-in-Chief and the Chief of the Malignant Hematology Division at Moffitt, where he also holds the Morsani Endowed Chair.


Judy Genshaft, Ph.D.
President, University of South Florida


Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., President, University of South Florida


Dr. Judy Genshaft serves as the President of the nation’s largest public universities, University of South Florida (USF). In addition to being a part of the leadership of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Genshaft has been inducted into the 2008 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as the 2007 Business Woman of the Year.

Serving more than 48,000 students, USF has become a top-ranked university when it comes to research.The university has been ranked ninth nationally among U.S. universities for license and option agreements with companies that have contracted to further develop research into commercial products

Dr. Genshaft’s commitment to training the next generation of talent plays an integral role in her work making Tampa and Hillsborough County a top community to live, work, and play.




Immediate Past Chair
Colleen Chappell
President and CEO, ChappellRobertsColleen Chappell, ChappellRoberts


Colleen Chappell tested her life motto of “Leap and the net will follow” when she left corporate America to transform local ad agency, ChappellRoberts. More than 10 years later, ChappellRoberts stands as one of the largest advertising agencies in Tampa Bay with a national client roster. The agency continues to build on its 35-year history with more than 30 talented professionals delivering branding, advertising, marketing, public relations, and digital strategies to a diverse client roster.


With deep ties in her local community, Chappell is a graduate of the University of South Florida and was named the 2010 Businesswoman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.


Chappell and her team at ChappellRoberts have helped to shape some of the biggest brands in the area, including Publix, Florida Hospital, Mosaic, the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, and Ybor City. In return, they have breathed new life into our community and helped to position us as an even better place to work, live, and do business.


Aside from the obvious perks of great weather, great activities, great place to have raised my family – I love living and doing business in a place where you can be a part of positive change and evolution. Even if you’ve only been here a short while, you can get the sense that Tampa and Hillsborough County are constantly evolving and improving. What’s more you can get involved and help promote that change. We’re a big market with great opportunity.