Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin
Sen. George LeMieux, Tony Man
Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner
The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976. The organization consists of business executives from industries and professions in south Florida. The Tower Forum has become the “go-to” discussion venue in Broward, where these leaders identify critical issues facing our community, engage in public dialogue, and encourage positive change.
Is the state legislature on the precipice? With the close of the 2015 legislative session May 1, came an agenda which lay in glowing embers, barely-ignited coals, and dying ashes. It marked the first time in Florida’s modern history that one chamber shut down and went home on a different day than the other in a regular session. Adjournment records go back only to 1971. A Special Session has been called, to begin the first week in June. During a special session, the only legislative business allowed must be restricted to what was stated in the proclamation filed with the Secretary of State, in a communication from the governor, or in the consent approved by three-fifths of both chambers. Because this upcoming special session must address the budget, it will touch on many issues that are tied to state funding. That should make it more of a mini-regular session than a special session. The rancor that still exists between House and Senate requires repair before progress can be made. a special session. Join our panel of political experts as they help us navigate this smoldering, hot issue.
Rosemary O’Hara, Sun-Sentinel
Rosemary O’Hara is the editorial page editor of the Sun Sentinel. A University of Forida graduate, she has worked at several newspapers, including the Miami Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer and Tampa Tribune, where she was also editorial page editor. She is a director of the Association of Opinion Journalists and has served as a four-time juror of the Pulitzer Prizes.
Mitch Ceasar, Chairman, Broward Democratic Party
Mitch Ceasar, a practicing attorney, is the Chairman of the Broward Democratic Party and also serves on the Executive Board of the Democratic National Committee, representing the fourteen southern states. Mitch has given his time as the Chairman of the Sawgrass Expressway, served on the Civil Rights Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, and was the Chairman of the Broward County Education, Research and Training Authority, whose sole purpose was the creation of real jobs through funding incentives.
Christopher Moya, Jones Walker, LLP
Chris Moya heads the firm’s Government Relations Practice Group in the Tallahassee and Miami offices. Mr. Moya has served at all levels of legislative, executive and local government branches, including stints with the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the Florida Legislature and the Florida Division of Elections.
MODERATOR: Ed Pozzuoli, Tripp Scott
Ed J. Pozzuoli is the president of Florida-based law firm Tripp Scott. He was the co-chairman of Jeb Bush for Governor (Broward). He also served as an integral member of the Bush/Cheney legal team in the 2000 presidential recount litigation. Pozzuoli is former Chairman of the Republican Party in Broward County and a top fundraiser for former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.
JUNE BREAKFAST SPONSOR:
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
BREAKFAST AT: Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
WHEN: Thursday, 6/4/15; doors open at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.; free parking until 9:30 a.m. COST: Breakfast and parking included for members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35 (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318. We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts. In order for us to provide sufficient breakfast and seating, RSVP’s and advance payments are required. Seating is limited.
RSVP’s received after 5:00 p.m., Friday,5/29/15, cannot be assured a seat.
Our breakfast location is always downtown at the Tower Club, 28th floor of the Regions Bank Building, (One Financial Plaza) 100 SE Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Doors open at 7:00 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m.; it concludes around 9:00 a.m. Free parking until 9:30 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist’s stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast. The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from Oct., 2014 through June, 2015: 10/2/14, 11/6/14, 12/4/14, 1/8/15, 2/5/15, 3/5/15, 4/2/15, 5/7/15, 6/4/15. Except: Please note that the 1/1/15 breakfast has been shifted to 1/8/15. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Linda Cooke (954.494.7779) and Todd Stone (954.804.9454).
Robert Barron, Jane Carrié, Irene DuPont
Doug Lyons, Burnadette Norris-Weeks
Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz
Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell
Tracy Mandart, Charlene Bender, Bob Swindell