Ron A. Autrey
Ron Autrey is Chairman of Miller Electric Company; a 90 year old Jacksonville based electrical construction firm. He served on Florida's State Licensing Board, and the National Electrical Contractor's Board. Ron is a licensed electrical contractor and general contractor in many Southeastern and Mid-Western States. Ron is a past Chairman of the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, where he also received an honorary Doctorate of Business & Commerce. He is past Chairman of numerous other non-profit boards including the Jax Chamber, and NE Florida's United Way Campaign. He was a founding member of the Jax Civic Council and served on the Boards of the Cummer Museum, JCCI, Boy Scouts Executive Advisory Board, and MS advisory Board, and the First Coast Manufacturer's Association.
Ron and his wife Hilah are lifelong Jacksonville residents and currently reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
My whole life has been spent on the St. John's River. Born, raised, educated, married, and still raising my family, right here on the beautiful St. John's. My grandmother was born in Mayport, her grandfather was the first Lighthouse keeper. My grandfather was a commercial fisherman who fished from Mayport to Lake George. So, it was just natural our family became River Rats. When Don Pitman found out I could row a boat, throw a cast net, could find bream and bass beds, and was taught never to get in the way of a man's hunting and fishing, it was love at first sight. As a Registered Nurse, I worked for Nemours in clinical practice. We have shared our love for our great city. I have been a volunteer for many organizations. My most favorite was working with the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. From the real Sweat Team, to first woman Tournament Chairman and first to have a 1,000 boat sellout, to Board positions. I was chosen by the Florida Times Union for Eve Award in 1993 for Volunteerism. Serving on the Jacksonville Waterways Commission raised my awareness of many issues. All of my involvement lead to a natural love for the JU MSRI. Watching ideas and dreams become a reality makes me so proud to be a part of the future in keeping the St. John's healthy, wealthy, and wise. As I sit in Tocoi, just out of St. Augustine on the river, watching sunsets, eagles, coots, songbirds and mullet, I watch the crabbers and shrimpers wondering if they have an appreciation of what has been and what will be with their river. Proudly, our children and grandchildren have inherited the responsibility and determination for stewardship of Jacksonville and the St. John's River.
Robert M. Rhodes
George W. Robbins III
DISTRICT DIRECTOR, NORTHEAST DISTRICT DEP
Greg Strong was appointed District Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northeast District in December 2005. Mr. Strong oversees all regulatory activities within the District's 19 counties. He is responsible for managing the implementation of environmental laws and regulations, the issuance of environmental permits and the performance of compliance and enforcement activities.
Mr. Strong has more than 15 years of environmental management experience in the aerospace, chemical and oil & gas industries. Before joining the Department, he worked in marketing for a Fortune 500 industrial manufacturer where he developed marketing strategies for environmental products sold to retail petroleum fueling companies. Before that, Mr. Strong was the Manager of Regulatory Affairs for an international specialty chemical manufacturer where he managed corporate regulatory compliance programs.
Mr. Strong earned a B.S. degree from Florida State University, a J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law and an M.B.A. from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.
R. Bruce Taylor
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Taylor Engineering, Inc. of Jacksonville
Education: Dr. Taylor graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1964 receiving his commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Service. During the next six years he served on two navy nuclear submarines completing five Cold War patrols including one highly classified special operation. Upon leaving the Navy he moved his family to Florida to pursue his graduate education. He was awarded his M.S. in Oceanographic Engineering from the University of Miami in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida in 1974.
Civic and Professional Activities: Dr. Taylor is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Florida, Maryland, and Mississippi. He founded Taylor Engineering in 1983 and guided the company to prominence as one of the leading coastal and water resource engineering organizations in the United States. He has served in various capacities on professional boards, councils, and committees at the local, state, and national level including President of the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers, member and four time past Chair of the Board of Trustees University of North Florida, past chair UNF's Engineering Advisory Council, member Florida Virtual Campus Board of Directors, member academic visiting committees for the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Florida. In 2002 he was appointed by the U.S. Army Coastal Engineering Research Board as its first non-academic member where he served for seven years with four General Officers and two civilian members prominent in the profession of coastal engineering.
Awards: In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Taylor is the recipient of a number of honors and recognitions including Honorary Alumnus of the University of North Florida, Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Florida, and Distinguished Alumnus of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He is also the recipient of UNF's Presidential Medallion for exemplary service, the Florida Engineering Society's three highest awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement, Florida Engineer of the Year, and Outstanding Service to the Profession of Engineering. In 1999 he received the nation's highest award given to a professional engineer, the National Society of Professional Engineers' Award for his leadership in his profession and his commitment to excellence.