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The 2018 Power List: Top 25 Profiles

1. James J. Reeves
Attorney

2. Martha Saunders
President, University of West Florida
The sixth president of the University of West Florida had a very successful first year. UWF ranked in the top three in the Florida Board of Governors performance-based funding metrics. The UWF archaeology team discovered the third shipwreck from the Spanish fleet linked to Tristan de Luna y Arellano’s 16th-century expedition. UWF athletics earned 22 championships including the men’s tennis team winning the NCAA Division II national championship for the fourth time in the program’s history and the football team playing in the NCAA Division II national championship in only its second season. The UWF’s 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign raised more than $62 million, exceeding the campaign goal of $50 million. With two previous university presidencies under her belt, Saunders has a set an ambitious course for the university.

3. C. Edward Meadows
President, Pensacola State College
Since 2008, Dr. Meadows has served as the president of the beloved community college, Pensacola State College. He has been one of this area’s most prominent champions for workforce development. Under his leadership, Pensacola State College has expanded access to its programs through increasing distance learning and developing a new center in South Santa Rosa County to complement its satellite campuses in Warrington and Milton. He commissioned a study to identify gaps in the local workforce, which led to new programs in veterinary science, healthcare management, graphic design and cybersecurity.  For the past two years, the Community College Futures Assembly has awarded PSC the national Bellwether Award for its virtual tutoring program in 2017 and its Century Mobile Welding Program this year. The National Bellwether Award has been described as the Heisman Trophy for colleges.

4. Robert Rinke
Broker/Owner of Levin Rinke Realty;  Managing Partner of Levin Rinke Development
Rinke moved to Pensacola Beach from California in 1991. He started Levin Rinke Realty with the late Allen Levin, selling over $2 billion in real estate over the last 25 years. He has made selling the Pensacola lifestyle his passion.  Seeing a need for quality inventory inspired Rinke and his partners to develop over 1,000 resort condominiums.  Focusing on quality, all-concrete construction with a heavy emphasis on lifestyle amenities helped to set a new standard for development along the Gulf Coast. For over two decades, Rinke has worked with local leaders and the county to improve the quality of life for locals and tourists, advocating for change that will enrich lives, enhance the economy and make the area a vibrant destination to live, work and play.

5. John Peacock
Financial Advisor, CFP®, Edward Jones
The chairman of the Downtown Improvement Board has worked hard to continue the growth and improvement of its 44 blocks. Under his leadership, the board has handed off events, such as Gallery Nights, to the private sector and focused on improving aesthetics and downtown parking. Downtown Pensacola has a very positive vibe, and Peacock deserves credit for keeping the momentum headed in the right direction. His efforts with the DIB, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Panhandle Charitable Open earned Peacock recognition as “2014 Community Leader of the Year” from the Greater Pensacola Chamber. His commitment to the Panhandle Charitable Open sprang from his pledge to make something positive out of the loss of his 17-year-old son who died in a car accident. In total, the tournament has distributed over a million dollars to local charities.

6. Troy Rafferty
Shareholder, Levin, Papantonio
Rafferty is a recipient of the Perry Nichols Award from the Florida Justice Association, the highest award given by the organization and presented to an attorney who has demonstrated an extended and distinguished commitment to the cause of justice in Florida and the nation. In 2017, he was honored with the “Living the Dream Award,” given to those who exemplify the ideals of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rafferty also funds The Rafferty Scholarship/Award, which is awarded annually to two area high school prep athletes. Area high schools compete to be awarded the Rafferty Cup for excellence in athletic achievement. Rafferty and his wife also have established a scholarship fund supervised by Southern Youth Sports Association to provide college educations for inner-city youth. The Raffertys pledged $50,000 annually to the program.

7. Julian MacQueen
Founder/CEO, Innisfree Hotels
The former Executive Vice President of Family Inns of America founded Innisfree Hotels in 1985. His company has grown from a single- property operation to one of the largest hotel management companies in the Southern United States, with more than 2,700 rooms owned and managed and more than 1,500 employees. On Pensacola Beach alone, Innisfree has the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Holiday Inn Resort, Hampton Inn and Travelodge. MacQueen was a big advocate for breaking tourism marketing away from the Greater Pensacola Chamber into Visit Pensacola in 2014. He also created The Hive, Innisfree Hotels’ corporate social responsibility program that fosters a workplace promoting community service. One of The Hive’s first projects was From the Ground Up Community Garden, a sustainable community garden in the heart of Pensacola.

8. Belle Bear
Co-founder IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area
If Belle Bear is behind a cause, then that cause will be successful. She was a founding board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay.  She was a board member for Catholic Social Services and remains an honorary member of their board.  She has served as president of the ARC Foundation Board and as a board member for FavorHouse, Girl Scouts, the YMCA of Northwest Florida and the Women’s Board of Sacred Heart Hospital.  She is a Sustainer with the Junior League of Pensacola and has been awarded the Joan Gonzalez Award for her outstanding contributions. She is a fierce advocate for several local charities, notably Arc Gateway, and she doesn’t hesitate to call Gov. Rick Scott for help.

9. Sunil Gupta, MD
Founder Retina Specialty Institute, Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems and USRetina
After founding RSI, one of the largest retinal clinics and research organizations in the country, he started USRetina, the largest association of private retina practices.  To improve early detection and treatment of blinding conditions, he went on to create IRIS, a telemedicine platform for assessment of retinal disease, which was awarded Microsoft’s 2017 Innovation Award. His practice serves patients in 16 clinics across the Southeast with seven physicians. Gupta was the past chairman of the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center and a key organizer of this joint venture between Baptist Health Care and local physicians. He also serves on the board of the Andrews Research & Education Institute and helped to obtain funding for its adult stem cell research laboratory.

10. Susan Davis, RN, Ed.D,
President/CEO Sacred Heart Health System
Davis is the Alabama/Florida/Community Health Ministries Ministry Market Leader of Ascension Health, Inc. She has been actively involved with the American Heart Association, United Way, Hospice, American Cancer Society and serves as a trustee of Florida Hospital Association, Inc. She has led the effort to build the four-story, $85-million The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital, and the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, in Northwest Florida, South Alabama and South Georgia. The Catholic Health Association of the United States last year named Davis its recipient of the 2017 Sister Concilia Moran Award for the transformative initiatives done under Davis’ leadership at Sacred Heart and Providence Hospital in Mobile.

11. Michael Murdoch
President/CEO, AppRiver
Murdoch serves as CEO of AppRiver, a company he co-founded in 2002 to provide cybersecurity solutions for business. AppRiver now has over 53,000 customers worldwide, protected 10 million mailboxes, and has consistently made the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list. In 2009, Ernst & Young named Murdoch its Florida Entrepreneur of the Year® winner.

12. Sandy Sansing
President, Sandy Sansing Automotive
In 1986, Sansing bought a Chevrolet Dealership in Pensacola. Today, the Florida Time Dealer of the Year Award recipient owns nine dealerships with over 600 employees. His philanthropy focuses on youth by sponsoring the local Spelling Bee, Cram the Van, and Communities Caring at Christmas. Sansing believes that the most rewarding aspect of his business is seeing a young person succeed.

13. Mark Faulkner
President/CEO, Baptist Health Care
During his tenure, Baptist has maintained industry-leading performance for patient satisfaction measures and has been consistently recognized as a Fortune 100 “Best Place to Work.”  He has opened a $6 million Baptist Medical Park-Airport, expanded its medical park in Pace, and developed a partnership with the YMCA at its downtown location. Faulkner has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Hospital Association.

14. Teri Levin
Owner, Levin Rinke Realty
Levin’s philosophy on philanthropy is to pay it forward, believing that being blessed carries the responsibility of giving back.  She has made significant contributions to the University of Florida, Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Pace Center for Girls, Covenant Hospice, Pensacola Symphony, YMCA and Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. She is active as a DIB member and serves on many other boards.

15. Fred Donovan, Jr.
Principal, Baskerville-Donovan, Inc.
Donovan serves on the Florida Chamber Board of Directors and is a member of the Florida Chamber’s Political Institute and Board of Governors. He also serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Lakeview Center Board of Directors, Baptist Health Care Finance Committee and First City Arts Center Board. Donovan is the chairman of the Greater Pensacola Chamber Sites and Buildings Committee.

16. David Bear
Vice President, The Lewis Bear Company; Founder, Art, Culture and Entertainment, Inc. (ACE)
Bear formed ACE to help the area’s many cultural and arts organizations. The organization’s Foo Foo Festival has become an essential “shoulder season” event to draw tourists to the city. According to a recent study, local arts and cultural organization spending have created $89 million in new economic activity and supported 2,900 jobs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

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