Tampa, FL – July 29, 2013 The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Casey, Gail Eggeman, George Howell, and Linda Hanna as its newest board members.
“These individuals bring proven skills and amazing qualities to the Community Foundation,” said Board Chair Greg Rosica. “They are fully committed to our goal of strengthening our families in the Tampa Bay community. We are honored they are joining our Board of Trustees and we look forward to our work together in furthering the mission of the Community Foundation.”
Phil Casey is recently retired after serving sixteen years as President, CEO, Director and Chairman of Gerdau Ameristeel, the second largest mini-mill steel enterprise in North America. Mr. Casey completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School and holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BBA from the University of Georgia. Mr. Casey served as a commissioned officer in the Special Forces Green Beret of the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for heroic action in Southeast Asia. Mr. Casey is a member of the Board of Directors of Astec Industries, the Board of Trustees of the University of Tampa, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, the Society of International Business Fellows, the Board of Trustees of Tampa General Hospital Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the ChairScholars Foundation, and the U.S. Army Special Forces Association.
Gail Eggeman is a a founder and currently the Market Manager of the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market. She is a founding board member and current chair of Slow Food Tampa Bay and on the board of Directors of the Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets. From the experiences offered by the Market and Slow Food she has found a passion in good clean fair food for all people.
She is a former C.P.A. and has served as treasurer and an active member of many local organizations. She was part of the founding group of the Greater St. Petersburg Community Foundation and a member of Leadership St. Pete Class of 95. While she has successfully written over $117 million dollars in grants for St. Petersburg she is no longer writing grants.
Her interests include cooking, food fermentation, and travel.
George Howell concentrates primarily in the areas of banking and finance and structured finance, including commercial lending transactions primarily for banks and other lending institutions, asset-based financing transactions, real estate and construction loans, as well as general real estate transactions. In addition, a significant portion of Mr. Howell’s practice includes the representation of a number of both U.S. companies, and in-country clients in the United Arab Emirates. In 1993, Mr. Howell was elected to serve as a trustee, secretary, and legal counsel, and currently serves as vice president and legal counsel, for the Saunders Foundation. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Bay History Center since 1991, serving as chairman from 2000 to 2009, and he also serves on the board of the Tampa Bay History Center Foundation. He is currently serving as chair of the Tampa office’s Local Diversity Committee. He is a former director and president of the University Club of Tampa, the Tampa Historical Society, Tampa Yacht & Country Club (Commodore), the Travelers Aid Society, the University of Tampa Board of Counselors and the Exchange Club of Tampa. He is a former director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, the Gulf Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay and a former trustee of the University of Tampa board of trustees. From 1976 to 1978, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines while working for Tampa Electric Company with its ocean tug and barge operations in the U.S., Caribbean and Pacific.
Linda Hanna is an estates and trusts lawyer with substantial experience in corporate and tax law, and business and corporate transactions, including public finance bond transactions. Ms. Hanna has spoken over the years on many topics, including estate and business succession planning, small business law, and estate and gift taxation. She was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2013 and in Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2013. She is a Charter member and past President of the Athena Society and member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. She has been involved in many community activities in the past and currently involved as Director, A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc. and Women Connected (The Bank of Tampa) Community Board Member.
About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay was established in 1990 to build a better community through creative philanthropy, vision, and leadership. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which administers funds established by individuals, corporations, private foundations and nonprofit organizations to support the charitable needs of the Tampa Bay area.
The work of the Foundation is enhanced through its divisions in Greater Sun City Center, Pasco County, Greater St. Petersburg, and Hernando County. The Foundation currently administers more than $162 million in assets, placing it in the top 100 of more than 700 community foundations nationwide.