Council seeks local to fill presidential post
Sherri C. Ranta
Council Corp. board members expect to name a new president by the
end of September to direct the economic development organization serving
southern Miami-Dade County.
member Eric Johnson said the group would advertise this week for a
successor to former president Dick Bauer, who left in July to become
an executive with TIB Bank of the Keys.
do a local search. We would like someone who is familiar with the
area and the needs of south Dade," said Mr. Johnson, senior vice
president at Community Bank of Florida in Homestead.
council has received three unsolicited resumes for the position from
Mr. Johnson said, "we'll hire someone at the end of September
in a specially called meeting. We haven't set the date. We're working
toward a transition plan with Mr. Bauer. Then at some point we'll
start the hiring process," Mr. Johnson said.
public-private economic development organization based in Homestead,
Vision Council markets the region to prospective businesses. The council
provides information services regarding potential business sites,
financing and possible relocation incentives. The one-man operation
is governed by a 10-member board and has an annual budget of about
his departure, Mr. Bauer cited a "lack of financial support in
the amounts needed to carry on the jobs effectively."
Johnson said the group operates in the black.
with any nonprofit, there is always financial concern," he said,
"but there is not a financial issue. We have set a budget. We
operate with the funds we have. There is no deficit."
Johnson said the board will have to step in to host clients visiting
the area during the absence of a president.
see it as very urgent to get someone in place very quickly,"
board met Aug. 10 to consider Mr. Bauer's resignation and the future
of the council. Also at the meeting, Homestead attorney Sandra T.
Lynn was named the group's new chairman, succeeding Lynn Whisenhunt
of Adelphia Cable.