Dominic M. Calabro
President & CEO
Dominic M. Calabro has led Florida TaxWatch as President & CEO for nearly its entire 40-year existence, after joining its research staff in 1980. 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 highly independent state and national media.
Over his nearly 40 years at the helm of TaxWatch, Calabro has been appointed to numerous task forces and study groups by every Governor going back to Governor Bob Graham. Governor Rick Scott more recently named Calabro as the Chairman of the Florida Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts, and a member of the constitutionally chartered 2015-16 Government Efficiency Task Force. He has been named one of the nation’s “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, “Executive of the Year” by the Florida Society of Association Executives, and as a “Must-Know Floridian” by Florida Trend magazine.
A member of Leadership Florida Class IV and a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Leadership Florida, Calabro currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Economic Club of Florida, and as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of The Florida House, the Governmental Research Association, the Florida Press Association, Enterprise Florida, and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, among others.
Dominic 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.
Dominic and his wife Debbie reside in Tallahassee, and have 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 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.