Each year, the award recognizes an outstanding member of the Florida Council of 100
Tampa, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2016) – Lee E. Arnold Jr., Executive Chairman Colliers International Florida & CEO of Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central & Southwest Florida, has been selected by Florida Council of 100 members and Gov. Rick Scott as the 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Business Leader Award. The annual award recognizes a deserving member of the Florida Council of 100 who is a highly successful business executive and is meaningfully involved in the enrichment of the local business community.
The Florida Council of 100 is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of business leaders, which works to promote economic growth in Florida and improve the economic well-being and quality of life of residents. Council members have achieved a high degree of professional success, while also demonstrating involvement in Florida’s public policy issues.
Arnold has been a member of the Florida Council of 100 for 22 years. He has over 43 years of experience in commercial real estate and development and founded Colliers International Tampa Bay, Central & Southwest Florida (formerly Colliers Arnold) in 1974. Today, the commercial real estate firm employs over 165 professionals.
In addition to his work in real estate, Arnold is also an active supporter of local entrepreneurs as an angel investor. He is the lead investor for Florida Funders, an online investing platform that makes investing easier for accredited investors and capital more accessible to promising early-stage Florida companies.
With the Council of 100, Arnold serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, which works to strengthen relationships between Florida universities and the state’s business community.
“Lee is an all-around active Council member who is not only tremendously accomplished in his profession, but also highly committed to serving and bettering the community,” said Bob Ward, President and CEO of the Florida Council of 100. “Through his work with the Council’s Higher Education Committee, Lee is leading a charge to explore innovative ways to make our research and development environment even stronger.”
Arnold is the 15th Council of 100 member to receive the Governor’s Business Leader Award. Past recipients include Peter Rummell of Nicklaus Companies, Barney Barnett of Publix Super Markets, Mel Sembler of the Sembler Companies, and Kathleen Shanahan of Ground Works Solutions, Inc., who was with Uretek Holdings, Inc. when she received the award.
“The work of the Council of 100 is very important for the state of Florida,” Arnold said. “I am honored to be part of an organization that is dedicated to fostering economic growth while also working to effect positive change in our communities.”
Arnold was presented with the Governor’s Business Leader Award on Nov. 11 at the Florida Council of 100’s annual fall meeting in Palm Beach.
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