Dominic Calabro bio

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.