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TaxWatch Leadership

Officers

David Mann

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Meet our Chairman



Dominic M. Calabro

President & CEO


Senator Pat Neal

Chairman-Elect


Senator George LeMieux

Treasurer


Piyush Patel

Secretary


Michelle A. Robinson

Immediate Past Chairman


Executive Committee at Large

Mr. John R. Alexander

Alico, Inc. (Ret.)

Mr. Colin W. Brown

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Ms. Claudia Davant

Adams Street Advocates

Mr. Doug Davidson

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mr. Gino DiGrazia

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Mr. Steve Evans*

IBM (Ret.)

Mr. Michael A. Jennings*

Prudential

Mr. Sidney W. Kitson

Kitson & Partners

Governor Bob Martinez

Holland & Knight

Mr. James Repp

AvMed Health Plans

Mr. Robert Stork

Communications International, Inc.

Mr. J. Charles Gray (Emeritus)

GrayRobinson

Mr. John R. Alexander

Alico, Inc. (Ret.)

Mr. Colin W. Brown

JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

Ms. Claudia Davant

Adams Street Advocates

Mr. Doug Davidson

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mr. Steve Evans*

IBM (Ret.)

Mr. Michael A. Jennings*

Prudential

Mr. Sidney W. Kitson

Kitson & Partners

Governor Bob Martinez

Holland & Knight

Mr. Piyush Patel

Kyra Solutions

Mr. James Repp

AvMed Health Plans

Mr. Robert Stork

Communications International, Inc.

Mr. J. Charles Gray (Emeritus)

GrayRobinson

* Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees


 

Staff Leadership


Dominic M. Calabro

President & CEO

In addition to serving as President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch, Calabro also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prudential Productivity Awards, which recognizes, rewards, and works to replicate outstanding government productivity and innovative cost-saving achievements throughout Florida government worth more than $9 billion to date.

Calabro is an "almost native" Floridian, having moved to South Florida from New York at the age of eleven. After attending Catholic school, including four years at Catholic Seminary, he graduated with high honors from Broward Community College, later receiving his Bachelor's degree with highest honors from Florida International University. He also holds a Master's degree from Florida State University and will soon receive a second Master's degree in public finance and budgeting.

Before joining TaxWatch in early 1980, Calabro served as a graduate budget analyst with the Florida Senate Ways and Means Committee (later split into Appropriations and Finance and Taxation).

Under Calabro's leadership, Florida TaxWatch has earned and maintained the respect of the state's most highly regarded and influential leaders, and has earned the credibility and respect of the citizens of Florida as well as the state and national media.

In addition to many business and civic honors, Calabro was named by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the nation's Ten Outstanding Young Americans in 1994, and in 2006 Calabro was named the "Executive of the Year" by the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE), it's highest honor, and was recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a "Must-Know Floridian" in 2013.

Professional, Civic, and Community Service 

Florida Commission on Government Accountability to the People (GAP)
   Commissioner (1995-1999)
   Chairman of Government Accountability Committee (1997-1999)
Communities in Schools of Florida, Inc., Chairman (1996-1998)
   Board of Trustees (1991-2015)
National Taxpayers Conference, Chairman (1990-1993)
   Member of the Board of Directors (1986-1998)
   Member (1986-present)
Enterprise Florida, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors (2005-present)
Florida Council of 100
    Partner-Member of the Big Five Group (1986-present)
Leadership Florida Class IV, May 1986-present, Governing Board of Regents (1991-1993)
   Candidate Selection Committee (1987-1990 & 1993-1996)
Leadership Tallahassee Inaugural Charter Class, Board of Governors (2005)
   Charter Class Member (June 1984-present)
Greater Area Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
   Board of Directors (1990-1993)
   Member (1983-present)
Florida Taxpayers' Bill of Rights Task Force (created by Florida law), Chairman (1989-1992)
Florida Civil Service Reform Commission (created by Florida law), Commissioner (1991-1994)
Florida Productivity Advisory Board (created by Florida law), Member (1991-1994)
Florida State University College of Social Work, Board of Advisors (1990-present)
Florida Network of Youth and Family Services
   Board of Trustees (1988-2006), Board of Directors (2006-Present)
   President/Chairman (2007-2013)
   Currently Immediate Past Chairman
Citizens Against Waste    State of Florida Coordinator (1986-1994)
Graduate, Institute of Organizational Management, United States Chamber of Commerce and American Society of Association Executives at the University of Delaware (1985-1990)
American Society of Public Administration (1984-2004)
American Society of Association Executives (1985-2004)
Florida Society of Association Executives
   Member of the Board of Directors (1998-2004)
   Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee (2005)
   Chairman of the Special Issues Committee (1997)
   Member of the FSAE CEO Selection Committee (2000)
   Member of the Education Committee and Program Committee    FSAE Member (1983-present)    Association Executive of the Year - FSAE's highest honor (2006)
Tallahassee Society of Association Executives, President (1990)
   Board of Directors (1986-1991)
   Member (1983-present)
Leon County Mental Health Association
   President (1983-1984)
   Board of Directors (1981-1987)
United Way of the Big Bend, Board of Directors (1985-1991)
   Leadership Contributor (1990-present)
United Way of Florida, Board of Directors (1998-2002)
Good Shepherd Catholic Church Building Committee, Chairman (1991-2000)
Governor's Paperwork Reduction Task Force (Created by Governor's Executive Order), Member,1995-1997)
Kids Count Advisory Board (1990-2005)
Knights of Columbus (Fr. Ronn J. Barton) Council #12146)
   Founding Member and Charter Trustee (1996-present)
Southern Scholarship Foundation, Chairman (2005)
   Member of the Board of Directors (1994-2007
   Executive Committee Member (1997-2007)
Florida House (The Only State Embassy in the Nation’s Capital) Board of Directors (2007 - Present)
Chairman of the Florida Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts (Pursuant to Executive Order of the Governor) 2011)
Florida Education Foundation
   Chairman of the Board(2012-2014)    Vice President (2010-2013)
   Treasurer (2007-2010)
   Member of the Board of Directors (1995-2014)
Governmental Research Association    Board member (2012-present)

Calabro resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Debbie, and four children.

Robert E. Weissert, Esq.

Executive Vice President for Research & Special Counsel to the President & CEO

Robert E. Weissert is the Executive Vice President for Research & Special Counsel to the President & CEO for Florida TaxWatch. Robert oversees the research agenda and coordinates our efforts to increase government efficiency, improve accountability, and enhance effectiveness. Robert also served TaxWatch as a Research Analyst, Director of Communications, Director of Research, and Vice President for Research before being promoted to lead the Research Team

Before joining Florida TaxWatch in 2007, Robert worked in Washington, D.C. as a policy analyst for the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and before that as a research analyst for the Congressional Research Service. Robert has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law (Charlottesville, Virginia) and a B.A. with Honors in Political Economics and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan). 

Robert was selected for Leadership Florida's Connect Florida Leadership Institute Class I and was featured as a "Must-Know Floridian" by Florida Trend magazine in March 2011.

Steve Evans

Senior Advisor

Steve Evans retired from IBM in the fall of 2003, with over 30 years of Sales, Operations, Marketing, and Executive experience . During his career, he developed a wealth of knowledge and successful business practices from working with small, medium, and large enterprises throughout North America in the Government, Health, and Education industries. 

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Steve played in the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball organization for six years before joining IBM. In 1986, he and his family moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he assumed responsibility for IBM’s Public Sector Industry and served as Senior State Executive for IBM. In 1997, he became IBM's Vice President of Marketing and Sales for North America and its Global Education division, while maintaining responsibility as IBM's Senior State Executive until his retirement. 

In addition to serving local, state, and national organizations on their boards, Steve has served as Florida TaxWatch′s Immediate Past Chair and currently serves as its Chief Operating Officer.

Steve and his wife, Linda, live in Tallahassee and have two grown children (Chip and Stephanie).

Keith Dean, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Keith Dean, the managing principal of Association CFO – a consulting firm specializing in association and nonprofit fiscal and administrative management, has spent nearly two decades in the industry. After a five-year tenure, he left the public accounting firm Purvis Gray and Company where he specialized in association and nonprofits to serve as the Chief Financial Officer of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). 

While at the fiscal helm of the association, Keith built the financial infrastructure to support FHBA’s explosive growth into the preeminent state association in the country. FHBA’s growth afforded Keith the additional opportunities to serve as CFO of its $77 million dollar insurance programs and General Managing Agency, CEO of its investment real estate holding company, engage in its government relations, establish its foundation and effectively manage its seven political organizations.

In anticipation of the housing declines effects on the association, Keith founded the Association CFO firm to utilize the experiences obtained at FHBA for other nonprofits and associations.  He was quickly tapped to lead the fiscal operations at the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services and the Florida Sheriffs Association.  The Sheriffs charged Keith with establishing and managing the Florida Deputy Sheriffs Association which he took from a concept to a vibrant 5,700 member association with member insurance programs.

Currently, Keith and his staff of CPAs, grant administrators and accountants manage the administrative and fiscal operations of multiple associations and nonprofits including Florida Tax Watch.

With a post graduate degree in Accounting from Florida State University, Keith is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  He returned to FSU to serve as Supervising Instructor of political science courses focusing on political organizations.  He also serves on the Florida Institute of CPAs’ Legislative Committee and as a resource to legislators and government agencies as an expert in nonprofit subject matter.

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