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Board Bios


Thomas smKinnon Thomas
WUFT Radio & TV, University of Florida

Kinnon Thomas was appointed by the Gainesville City Commission to serve his 3rd term on the Airport Authority in July 2012. Thomas served two terms from 2004-2010 and was Chair in 2009-2010 and served two terms as Secretary/Treasurer. He was Chair of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2008. Currently he is an underwriting and sponsorship representative for UF’s WUFT Radio and TV. He also is president of Via Media and Marketing, a local advertising firm. He is married to Janice Thomas and has five step-children.

Deas smMarilyn Deas
Realtor, Coldwell Banker/MM Parrish

Appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the airport authority, Marilyn Deas owns United Country Real Estate Farm & Home Properties LLC, covering the greater Alachua & Marion Counties. United Country Real Estate specializes in National Real Estate marketing for Life Style Properties.ie: Luxury, Ranches, Farms, Golf/Retirement, Development, Water Front and Equine Properties. United Country is the nation's largest integrated organization of real estate and auction professionals, specializing in real estate throughout and surrounding the small cities and towns of America. Deas and her husband Bill also run a cow/calf operation on 1500 acres. Deas corporate experience includes time as regional director for both Wireless One and Sprint.

Brian Leslie      Brian Leslie 
Principal-COO, Charles Perry Partners Inc. 

Brian Leslie is the Chief Operations Officer and a Principal of Charles Perry Partners, Inc. He previously served as Vice President and Principal of Charles Perry Construction, Inc., which he joined in 1993 upon graduation from the Building Construction program at the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction. Leslie’s community leadership includes membership on the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of North Central Florida, for which he previously served as President, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Chair and Tyler’s Hope Board of Directors.

Page smBob Page
Executive VP, Florida Citizens Bank

Bob Page has recently joined Florida Citizens Bank as Executive Vice President and Senior Lending Officer. Bob is a 30-year community banker in Gainesville and is a board member of the Independent Community Bankers Association, Florida Bankers Association BankPac, City of Alachua Planning & Zoning, Alachua Chamber of Commerce and CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services. Page is a graduate of the University of Florida, Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin and Leadership Gainesville . He has also coached youth for over 20 years at the Boys & Girls Club and the Alachua Recreation Department.

Barbara SharpeBarbara Sharpe Photo

Sharpe served a total of four terms (16 years) on the Alachua County School Board and served the entire state for a term as President of the Florida School Boards Association. Sharpe’s public service also includes the Alachua County Value Adjustment Board, Library Governing Board and Delegate, National School Boards Association. She has served the community on Executive Committee Ala. County/North Central Florida Chapter March of Dimes, Vice-Chair, Alachua County Recreational Task Force, Juvenile Justice Board, District III Secretary/Treasurer and much more.  Sharpe has a B.S. degree in business and professional management from Nova Southeastern University and an A.S. degree in Human Service from Santa Fe Community College. Sharpe is married to local businessman Cleve Sharpe and they have three children.

Mitch-Glaeser-2013-compressedMitch Glaeser
VP Business Development, The Emory Group

Glaeser began his career in real estate while working his way through college. He has owned or managed several businesses in a variety of industries from a day spa to phone books as well as building Collins Court, the very first adult living facility in Alachua County specifically designed and built for elderly care. Glaeser got back into real estate with the renovations of the Tower Center and soon after served as the Board Chairman for the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and 2014. His other community leadership involvement includes past president of Crime Stoppers, Guardian Ad Litum and the Exchange Club. He served the Council for Economic Outreach the Red Cross board, Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, and the Gainesville Community Foundation. He is also a past board member of Keep Alachua County Beautiful and the Board of Directors Realtors.

DavidNortonSMDr. David Norton
VP of Research, University of Florida

David P. Norton, Ph.D., became vice president for research at the University of Florida in January 2012. He had served as associate dean for research in the UF College of Engineering since 2009. He is also a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Norton came to UF in 2000 after 11 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the Materials Research Society and the Electrochemical Society. Dr. Norton conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Louisiana State University, receiving his doctorate in 1989.

Grace L. Horvath  Grace Horvath
VP of Services, CPAmerica International, Inc.

As Vice President of Services at CPAmerica International, Inc., a national not-for-profit trade association serving independent CPA firms, Horvath directs all aspects of service provided to member firms including educational and networking events, firm marketing tools, domestic and international business development tools, and resources designed to increase firm growth, profitability and sustainability.

Horvath has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville since 2001, serving as 2013-2014 president securing highest recognitions for the club for exceeding service and fundraising goals locally, nationally and internationally.  She was co-founding chair of the nationally recognized Rotary Reading Safari, a literacy program created in partnership with Santa Fe College and the School Board of Alachua County.  She has served twice as the only person and woman, to serve two successive years as president of the Rotary Club of Gainesville Foundation Board and Feastmaster of the Wild Game Feast.  She was recognized as a 2016 Santa Fe College Woman of Distinction.  Horvath serves on the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation board, the advisory board for Advantage Publishing, and as Secretary of the Gainesville Women's Forum.  She served on both the operations and foundation boards of Girls Place, Inc. where she was recognized as 2007 Board Member of the Year, was president of the operations board and chair of Hats, Hearts and Handbags.

Peter Lars Johnson  Peter L. Johnson
Co-founder and President, Travel Revealed

Peter Lars Johnson, appointed by the Gainesville City Commission for a third term, served as a Governor Jeb Bush appointment on the Airport Authority for two terms from 2004 to 2010, and served as its chair for two years, 2008-2009.  Johnson is an entrepreneur, business executive/consultant with considerable experience in finance, marketing and management in a wide range of industries.  From energy saving technologies, consumer projects, leadership development, performance management, and smart phone application development.

Currently, he is co-founder and president of Travel Revealed, a website which was founded to scale and expand the incredibly successful Hawaii Revealed series, first to the mainland USA and then to the world.  Johnson also serves on the local advisory board for BBVA Compass Bank.  He graduated from the University of Florida, is married to nutrition professor Dr. Gail Kauwell and has three grown children.