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Robert T. Gow, Director
In the 1980s, Mr. Gow acquired the historic 256-acre Powhatan Plantation in Williamsburg, Virginia, and transformed the site into one of America's premier destination resorts. He was also the principal shareholder in Greensprings Plantation, a golf and resort home community situated on one of America's most historical land sites, and the Williamsburg Yacht and Country Club. In addition, he owned Greensprings Trust and Powhatan Associates, which comprised one of the largest privately held consumer loan portfolios in the United States. By developing innovative financing structures, Mr. Gow expanded his consumer finance companies' capacity to access capital in the international debt markets.
Mr. Gow has been a pioneer in promoting U.S. business activities in Asia, especially in the People's Republic of China, where he was instrumental in forming a number of joint ventures with PRC government entities. In 1995, Mr. Gow began investing in Latin America, where he established a series of business ventures in agriculture and hospitality businesses. In 1997, Mr. Gow sold certain of his real estate and consumer finance businesses in a transaction valued over $160 million. Prior to his entry into real estate and financial services, Mr. Gow was the founder and sole shareholder of several successful enterprises, including an independent refined petroleum trading company, a major barging operation on the Mississippi River and a coal transport business. Mr. Gow built each of these start-ups into companies with ≥ $100 million in revenues within two years. He was also a founding director and major shareholder of Delta Research Inc., a leading technical consulting company based in Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey D. Kottkamp, Director
Jeff Kottkamp served as Florida's 17th Lieutenant Governor from 2007 to 2011. Lt. Governor Kottkamp was appointed Chairman of Space Florida, leading Florida's economic development efforts in aerospace. He worked closely with NASA and Air Force Space Command. Kottkamp helped bring several important aerospace projects to Florida including the Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) facility at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Exploration Park located at Space Life Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
Kottkamp was very active in economic development as Lieutenant Governor. He led a delegation of Florida businesses at the MEDICA World Forum for Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany to grow the bio-tech/life science industry in Florida. Additionally, Kottkamp helped bring one of the world's leading bio-tech/ life sciences organizations, the Max Planck, to Florida.
While serving as Lt. Governor Kottkamp also served as Chairman of Florida’s Children and Youth Cabinet, and oversaw the Office of Drug Control, the Office of Adoption and Child Protection, the Office of Film and Entertainment as well as the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, Kottkamp served in the Florida House of Representatives where he represented Southwest Florida for three consecutive terms, from November 2000 through 2006. While in the House of Representatives he served as Chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee and was Deputy Majority Whip. Associated Industries of Florida named Kottkamp a “Champion of Business” and he was selected for the Florida Chamber of Commerce “A Honor Roll” for five consecutive years.