TAMPA, Fla. (July 8, 2014) – Moffitt Cancer Center announces the appointment of Ed Droste to its national Board of Advisors, a growing group of prominent individuals who serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center.
Ed Droste is chairman of Provident Management Corporation. He also is the co-founder and partner in Hooters Restaurants, originating in Clearwater, Fla. in 1983. Hooter’s currently has more than 400 restaurants nationwide with sales of nearly a billion annually, as well as locations in 28 countries. Droste was involved in the conceptualization, development and marketing of Hooters Casino Hotel in Las Vegas.
In conjunction with Hooters Restaurants, Droste formed Provident Advertising and Marketing to coordinate the chain’s promotional activities for the brand and other ventures in a number of industries. Through Provident, Droste also co-founded several successful restaurant concepts, including Pete & Shorty’s Tavern, Adobe Gila’s and Splitsville, which recently opened a location in Downtown Disney.
Droste has served in leadership positions of multiple societies and boards. He currently serves as chairman of Moffitt’s Foundation Board of Directors. Droste was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council. He also was honored by the Florida Council on Economic Education for his induction into the 2012 Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame.
Droste and his wife, Marsha, live in Clearwater.
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese chairs Moffitt’s Board of Advisors.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.