Born and raised in Tampa and a proud graduate of Jesuit High School, Richard Gonzmart is the fourth generation President and CEO of the Columbia Restaurant Group. Mr. Gonzmart has served on dozens of nonprofit boards and championed numerous causes in the Tampa community. In addition to giving more than $1.5 million to support cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center, he spends countless hours raising money for local causes, such as Meals on Wheels Tampa and Easter Seals. In 1998, Mr. Gonzmart created the Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program, which has raised $1.3 million for nonprofits throughout Florida. His annual 5K, “Richard’s Run For Life”, donates 100% of every dollar raised to Moffitt Cancer Center’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Collaboration.
Sister Claire LeBoeuf, CSC
Sister Claire has worked in the field of child abuse and neglect for over 35 years and has founded numerous organizations serving foster children. When she was 13, her mother passed away suddenly. She bounced around between relatives for a year until her father remarried. She no longer felt like she belonged, so three years later, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross–where she has felt a deep sense of belonging for 54 years. The desire to help foster children also feel a sense of belonging has led to the development of her most recent project, New Life Village. Located in Tampa, New Life Village is an intergenerational community, which encourages more people to adopt.
Governor Bob Martinez
A native of Tampa, Governor Bob Martinez is the grandson of Spanish immigrants, and the first and only person of Spanish ancestry to be elected to the state’s top office. He is a graduate of Tampa’s Jefferson High School and the University of Tampa. He began his public service career as a teacher in the Hillsborough County public school system before going on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Governor Martinez has enjoyed a long career of public service, serving as Tampa’s Mayor from 1979 to 1986 and as the state’s 40thGovernor. Today, Governor Martinez is an active director or officer for many local boards including The University of Tampa, Hillsborough Education Foundation, Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Corporporation, Florida Council of 100, Florida Council on Economic Education, and Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa.