DHR Completes Search for President and Chief Executive Officer, Tampa Bay Partnership

Nov 10, 2015

TAMPA BAY - Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the placement of Rick Homans as president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership headquartered in Tampa, Fla.  The search was conducted by Dave Smith, DHR Partner, Economic Development; Tina Winner, Jobplex Partner and Laura Faust, Associate.

“This is a pivotal moment for the Tampa Bay Partnership as we welcome Rick Homans as the new President and CEO,” said Tampa Bay Partnership Chair and Fifth Third Bank (North Florida) Regional President Brian Lamb. “The organization has been on a steady and focused trajectory to thoroughly vet candidates to find its next highly motivated leader, and we were fortunate enough to have found the right candidate from within the region. I am confident that Rick is the right person for the job as his extensive experience closely aligns with the strategic direction of the organization, which will focus on solidifying ‘one voice’ for the region.”

Homans will officially join the Tampa Bay Partnership on Nov. 9 after serving nearly four years as the president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. Prior to that, he served in the cabinet of Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, as Secretary of Economic Development and, subsequently, as Secretary of Taxation and Revenue. Additionally, Homans served as the President of a New Mexico-based publishing group, and he founded the New Mexico Business Weekly. He hails from Boston and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English from Beloit College in Wisconsin.

“Like many regional economic development organizations, corporate CEOs guide the strategy development process for regional economic growth,” said Dave Smith, Partner, DHR International.  As part of the Tampa regional growth strategy, DHR International worked with the following Tampa Bay Partners search team:

•    Brian Lamb, Chair, Tampa Bay Partnership; Regional President, Fifth Third Bank (North Florida)
•    Ken Atwater, President, Hillsborough Community College
•    Mindy Grossman, CEO and Director, Home Shopping Network (HSN)
•    Anne Kerr, President, Florida Southern College
•    Jim Kimbrough, Vice Chairman, SunTrust Bank
•    Steve Mason, CEO, BayCare Health System
•    John Ramil, President and CEO, TECO Energy
•    Gary Sasso, President and CEO, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
•    Byron Shinn, Managing Partner/Shareholder, Shinn & Company

Other board members involved in the search included Alan Brinkman, Chairman and President & CEO of SunTrust Bank; and, Barry Alpert, SVP Investments, Raymond James.

About Tampa Bay Partnership:
The Tampa Bay Partnership is a CEO-led regional economic development organization representing one of the most dynamic growth areas in Florida.  The Tampa Bay Partnership represents eight counties and through its visioning efforts, serves as the trusted leader and advocate for regional priorities, aligns common interests and develops a shared civic agenda to improve regional economic competitiveness and prosperity.  http://www.tampabay.org/

About DHR’s Economic Development Expertise:
DHR is the only major search firm with a dedicated Economic Development practice group whose forte is identifying top performing leaders for public-private partnerships that foster economic prosperity.  David Smith is the partner in charge of DHR International’s Economic Development Team.

In collaboration with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), DHR International and Somerville Partners recently completed a behavioral leadership study of "Top Performing Economic Development Executives.”  This proprietary tool provides a highly validated benchmark that is useful in evaluating both seasoned economic developers, as well as, new entrants in to the economic development field.

About DHR International:
For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 60 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe.  DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base.  For more information on DHR International, visit https://www.dhrinternational.com


Lauren Finch
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