Bob Swindell Named President and CEO of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance

Apr 29, 2010

Above:  Bob Swindell was named as President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance on April 15, 2010.


The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance issued the following press release on the appointment of Bob Swindell as its President and CEO:


Swindell Named President and CEO of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Economic Development Alliance

Peggy Nordeen, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance and CEO of Starmark International, has announced that Bob Swindell has been named President and CEO of the Alliance. The announcement was made following a Board of Directors meeting held on April 15.

Swindell had been serving as Interim President and CEO since November, 2009. Prior to serving as Interim President, Swindell had been Senior Vice President – Business Development for the Alliance since 2003.

“Bob’s experience and success in growing jobs for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County makes him an outstanding choice to be President and CEO,” said Nordeen. “In his seven years at the Alliance he was instrumental in bringing more than 10,500 direct jobs to our county, retaining more than 10,000 jobs and generating more than $700 million in capital investment. He effectively worked with both county and city officials to achieve these results together. In addition, he spearheaded a number of initiatives that has made our county a very strong contender as a premier location for companies considering a relocation or expansion.”

“I am honored to be named to this position, especially at a time when the creation of jobs and capital investment is so critical to Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County,” said Swindell. “We have much work to do, but we have strong leadership, a great board of directors, a sound partnership with our local governments and elected officials in Broward County, and numerous volunteers who are ready and willing to do what is needed to continue to make Broward County the location of choice for companies considering a relocation or expansion.”

Swindell is a lifelong Broward resident. His background includes a history of community service and business leadership. He has been a business owner, Angel Investor, and senior manager in a professional career that spans more than 25 years. In addition to his business experience, he has an extensive record of successful non-profit involvement and organizational leadership.

Florida Governors Martinez, Chiles and Bush have chosen him to lead statewide boards and he has been a community leader in Broward County, serving on a number of boards of directors. He currently serves on several Executive Boards including NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association), SFTA (South Florida Technology Alliance) and he is Chairman of the Enterprise Development Corporation. In October of 2005 Bob was appointed by the Broward County Commission to serve as one of the County’s representatives on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park Authority, and he recently served as the Board Chairman for 2 years.

Bob has also been appointed by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Oakland Park to advisory boards. He is a 1986 alumnus of Leadership Broward – Class V.