Pine Hills native Jamal Sowell confirmed to lead Enterprise Florida


January 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ picks to lead state business-recruitment and tourism-marketing efforts were unanimously approved Monday by the boards of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

The votes to hire Jamal Sowell as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida and Dana Young for the same position at Visit Florida came a day before DeSantis will take over as governor.

Sowell, chief of staff at Port Tampa Bay, grew up in the Pine Hills community of Orange County.

Young, a former Republican state senator from Tampa, will be paid $165,000 a year, the same as outgoing Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson, who DeSantis is moving to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Young, who like Lawson will work without a formal contract, told the Visit Florida board she was “honored to have your trust and support” and that she intends to travel the state to meet with the board members.

Sowell said he intends to “effectively carry out the vision of Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis to ensure that jobs are brought to Florida.” Visit to read the full article. 

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