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Welome Jerry Mallott, President of JAXUSA Partnership

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. - Meeting at 5:30 p.m.


Meet Jerry Mallott
President of JAXUSA Partnership

Jerry M. Mallot is President of JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber. Mallot directs a staff of 12 in the areas of Business Development, International, Workforce, Marketing and Research.  He led the formation of a seven-county economic development program to expand high wage jobs in Northeast Florida.  In his nearly 20 year tenure, the Jacksonville Region has attracted tens of thousands of jobs in our target industries, including headquarters, financial services, logistics and advanced manufacturing.

From July 2011 to August 2012, Mallot served as Mayor Alvin Brown’s economic development advisor. He was tasked with developing and implementing the new economic development structure and policies, which were implemented in 2012.

From November 2012 to July 2013, Mallot served as Interim President of the JAX Chamber, directing a staff of 50.  He was recently selected as one of Northeast Florida’s Ultimate CEOs in recognition of his commitment to excellence, leadership in his organization and unmatched contributions to the local community.      

Mallot is a past president of Leadership Jacksonville and the Florida Economic Development Council, as well as the World Trade Center Association of Florida.  Mallot has served on the Board of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, Enterprise Florida, Visit Jacksonville and the World Affairs Council.  Mallot is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Jacksonville University School of Business, THE PLAYERS Council, Community Connections and the Gator Bowl Association.  He has been named the Economic Development Professional of the Year in both Florida and Kansas.

Prior to coming to Jacksonville in January 1994, Mallot was senior vice president of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the first executive director of the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Mallot is from Wichita, Kansas where he served as president of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce and led economic development for 17 years. 

He received a Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in economics from Wichita State University.  Mallot has earned the Certified Economic Developer and Certified Chamber Executive designations, the top professional certifications in these fields.   

Mallot enjoys golf and outdoor activities, has six grandchildren and has served in mentoring programs such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters for 16 years. 

Words of gratitude from Ms. Howell’s Kindergarten class to South Jacksonville Rotary Club.   According to Ms. Howell, the year end test scores showed a 60% increase in math proficiency and over 30% increase in reading proficiency for her students who had mentors.  We are truly making an impact on these great kids!

Family Of Rotary

President Harlan Bost presents a resolution honoring Dr. Albert Wilkinson to PP Gary Wilkinson.

Welcome the First 
New Rotarian of Our 
New Rotary Year

Joe Whitaker is the business recruitment and retention coordinator for the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Joe has been associated with the City of Jacksonville since 1980 and has also served as deputy director of the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority and as program director of the Jacksonville Economic Development Company.  Since 2001, Joe has assisted on more than 106 projects which have created more than 17,300 jobs  resulting in a private capital investment totaling $1,425,000,000.

Joe relocated to Jacksonville in 1978 to become vice president and general manager of Gaynon Iron Works, a truck equipment manufacturing company.   Before moving to Jacksonville he was a commercial loan officer for the First National Bank of Cincinnati (now Star Bank).  He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business finance from Xavier University.

Joe and his wife Kathy live in Arlington.   Joe has two sons and four grandchildren.

A Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army, Joe is a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee; a board member of Beaver Street Enterprise Center, and a board member of Steven Biko Charter High School.

Minutarian Update

Jaguar Tickets to any game at discounted group rates, and a portion of the ticket price returns directly to our club, for use in our projects. You can buy tickets directly from the district website (hopefully there will be a link on our web site soon). Last year this simple fund raiser reaped over $21,000 to our clubs and District.  **** Let your friends know they can buy these discounted tickets also.
Rotary Leadership Institute August 3 in Orange Park.

Mark Your Calendar
  •  August 17 - District Foundation/Membership Seminar in Orange Park
  • August 22 - Sulzbacher Project
  • August 27 - Blood Mobile  
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