The Florida Sports Hall of Fame, a 56-year-old organization that recognizes the state’s best and brightest sports celebrities, has named five new members to its Board of Directors. The Hall of Fame has a charitable mission to raise funds for numerous children’s causes, including juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity.
“We are delighted to have added such a diverse and highly-motivated group of individuals to our Board of Directors,” said FSHOF President Barry Smith. “The people who give of their time and resources to be a part of our Board are the lifeblood of the organization. They understand that we are not only honoring our state’s amazing athletes and celebrities, but we are making a difference in the lives of young people and their families throughout the state.”
The newly elected Board Members are:
Paul Anderson (Tampa) is the current President and CEO of Port Tampa Bay. Prior to his arrival in Tampa in December of 2012, he held a series of high-profile leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. In 2003, Mr. Anderson, was nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, he served a five-year term ending in 2008. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the President.
He served as the Chief Executive Officer for the Jacksonville Port Authority and spent 10 years as an executive with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Paul also served as a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Anderson has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to multiple governors including former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. He recently was reelected for a second term as the Chairman of the Florida Ports Council by his fellow Florida’s port directors.
Rick Hatcher (Port Saint Lucie) is Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and is a seasoned professional in the Sports Tourism Industry with more than 20 years’ experience. Hatcher has served as Executive Director of three sports commissions in Florida and Kentucky. Prior to his current position, he was Director of Business Development for PSA Event Partners, where he worked closely with sports tourism entities within cities, counties and states around the country. PSA Event Partners also worked with several National governing bodies (NGB) within the United States Olympic Committee and many rights holders and private Event Owners.
Currently, Hatcher serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sports Foundation and is past Chairman of the National Association of Sports Commission (NASC) Board of Directors. He is a standing member of the NASC’s Leadership Council and a graduate of the Certified Sports Events Executive (CSEE) program.
Clemmie Perry (Tampa) is Founder and Director of Women of Color Golf and Girls on the Green Tee. She has worked for two Fortune 500 organizations, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Florida Power and Light. With those companies she served as E-Learning Training Manager for over 130,000 employees, charged with designing online content for highly complex technical projects. Along with other concentrations, she was involved in smart grid technology, modernization, electrical distribution systems, vault design and construction and SAP Financial Systems implementation.
Leaving corporate America in 2014, Ms. Perry founded the Women of Color Golf and Girls on the Green Tee organizations, two programs designed to increase participation in the sport of golf by minority women and girls. Her efforts have been lauded in numerous publications, including Forbes Magazine.
Ms. Perry, who is a graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, has always had a love of sports. She spent six years as a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins and one year on the Swashbuckler cheer team with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tim Ramsberger (Treasure Island) is in his second year as Chief Operating Officer for Visit St. Pete – Clearwater, one of the most highly acclaimed and successful tourist commissions in the state of Florida. An attorney by trade, Ramsberger has devoted much of his career to major sports endeavors. He was a part of the organizing team for the FIFA World Cup in Orlando in 1994, a position that catapulted him onto the staff of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Ramsberger also did a stint with Disney Sports and Disney’s Wild World of Sports in Orlando before moving to the Tampa Bay area and becoming involved in Outback Sports. He would eventually become the President of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with his acumen in motor sports involving him in several racing ventures including projects in Indianapolis and Toronto, CN. For a time, Ramsberger played a key role with Andretti Sports Marketing in Indianapolis.
Ramsberger, who served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Sports Foundation, received his undergraduate and Law degrees from Florida State University and also holds an MBA from Rollins College.
Gordon Sprague (Gulf Breeze) is known as a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and farmer, but his lifelong interest in sports is well-documented. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961, he became Division Chief of Recreation & Parks and Director of Recreation and Public Affairs for the City of Jacksonville. Soon after, he was named as Executive Director of Memphis, TN Park Commission.
In 1983 he was appointed Assistant to the President for Fogelman Properties, a multi-faceted company founded by Avron Fogelman, who, during that time, was owner of Kansas City Royals and managed 16,000 luxury apartments. From 1990 to 2002, Sprague was Senior Vice President and Regional Wholesaler for AIM, a mutual fund money management firm in Houston, TX. In his “retirement” he became a NASCAR racecar driver, competing on several circuits and became a collector of antique cars, operating a museum in his home in Gulf Breeze
Mr. Sprague, who was born and raised on a family farm in Vermont, serves as a board member for many philanthropic organizations and is acutely involved a number of community projects in northwest Florida. He received his B.S. from Florida State University in 1965 and his M.S. in Allied Health Science from University of North Florida in 1975.