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Governor Bush Announces Transition Leadership

November 6, 2002

Governor Jeb Bush and Lt. Governor Frank Brogan today announced that they will conduct a state government transition leading into their second term. Tom Petway of Jacksonville will lead the transition as Chair and David Griffin, Secretary of the Florida Lottery, will serve as Executive Director.

Mr. Petway and Secretary Griffin will manage this transition process to seek input on policy, coordinate staffing for the Governor’s second term and conduct an ongoing review of state government and state agencies. They will lead the effort in opening the process to new faces and ideas while continuing to focus on the Governor’s priorities - reading, diversifying Florida ’s economy and building Florida ’s families by renewing the spirit of community.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished in the last four years and the dedication of those who have served in this administration. I continue to believe that the best and brightest ideas come from untapped human capital in our communities,” said Governor Bush. “I want to continue the spirit of bold thinking and new vision that we brought to Tallahassee in 1998.”

Tom Petway, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville , has become one of the most successful business and civic leaders in Jacksonville and the state of Florida . He is Chairman of the Board of Zurich Insurance Services, Inc., a national insurance marketing and administrative services company. Petway is also co-founder of Prudential Network Realty and a partner in the NFL’s 30th franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was Co-Chairman of the organizing group for Super Bowl XXXIX and is currently Co-Chairman and CEO of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, Inc.

Tom Petway is involved in numerous business, civic and political activities. From 1999 until its elimination in July, 2001, he served his second gubernatorial appointment to the board of Regents of the State University System of Florida, serving as Chairman for two years; he previously served on the board from 1989 until 1995. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hospice Foundation for Caring; and is serving is second term as Chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission.

“The Governor has said that he wants to continue to ask what’s best for our state and I look forward to reaching out to citizens all over Florida to help answer that question to lead us into the Governor’s second term”, said Petway.

Mr. Petway received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Florida State University School of Business in 1962 and has also received FSU’s prestigious Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his leadership and accomplishments.

Mr. Petway is married and has two children and two grandchildren..

David Griffin was appointed Secretary of the Florida Lottery by Governor Jeb Bush on June 17, 1999 . Secretary Griffin has brought the Florida Lottery both public- and private-sector business knowledge, as well as lottery administrative experience gained at the Ohio Lottery, where he served from 1996 to 1999 as Assistant Executive Director. Secretary Griffin also serves as state agency Chairman of the Governor's Mentoring Initiative.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be part of such an invigorating mission. The Governor’s commitment to bringing bold and innovative thoughts to the table from outside Tallahassee exhibits his commitment to the diversity of people and ideas this state has to offer,” Secretary Griffin said.

Secretary Griffin received a bachelor's degree in community development from Penn State University , a master's degree in business administration from Lake Erie College , and a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Secretary Griffin and his wife, Debbie, have two sons.