Florida Chamber Applauds Governor-Elect Rick Scott’s Selection for Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection
TALLAHASSEE, FL (January 3, 2011) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today applauded Governor-elect Rick Scott for his selection of Herschel Vinyard as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
“As a veteran environmental lawyer, strong business leader, and Florida Chamber member, Herschel is a solid choice and brings impressive skills that will allow him the ability to balance our state’s natural resources with job creation,” said Allan Bense, Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Partner with GAC Contractors, Inc., Panama City, FL. “His knowledge and appreciation for Florida’s environment, coupled with experience as a leader in Florida’s business community make Herschel Vinyard the right pick to lead the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.”
Vinyard brings nearly 20 years of experience in environmental law and business management to the role of Secretary of DEP. Currently, Vinyard serves as director of business operations at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards where he is responsible for strategic planning, business development and regulatory and government affairs. Additionally, he serves on a number of professional and civic organizations, including: Jacksonville Port Authority, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Manufactures Association of Florida.
“Florida businesses need predictability and stability,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “With Governor-elect Rick Scott’s jobs agenda and Herschel’s background of balancing natural resources and free enterprise, this choice is a big win for the citizens of Florida, and it will help move our state forward toward a new economy.”
Vinyard’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate and Florida Cabinet.
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