June Speaker Profile

Oscar J. Horton President & CEO Sun State International

Oscar J. Horton became President of Sun State International in January 2000. With more than 25 years of experience at International Truck & Engine Corporation, Horton has a proven record of managing organizational change and improving business efficiencies.

Sun State International is a full service commercial transportation organization with 6 locations in West Central Florida.  In addition to commercial truck sales, Sun State’s offerings include an aftermarket facility providing the installation of truck bodies and all body related equipment, lift gates and trailer parts and service. Sun State also owns a rental and leasing company offering trailer rentals.  Sun State is also a dealer for Hyundai Translead Trailers, Fontiane Trailers and IC Bus.  The company’s annual gross revenues exceed $150 million dollars ranking one of the larger Minority Owned Business in Tampa Bay.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1974, Oscar began his career as a sales representative for International Truck & Engine’s Financial Corporation.  He rose to various positions throughout the International organization.  In his final role, Oscar served as Vice President and General Manager of International’s Foundry Business; a multi million dollar business with approximately 1500 employees.  In this role, he was responsible for the business’ overall profitability, as well as all business aspects, including manufacturing, sales and marketing, finance, engineering, human resources, quality and information technology.  After a 25 year career with International, Oscar left to become the President and CEO of Sun State International.

Since his presidency at Sun State International, the company has increased its revenue by over 467%, as well as, improved its profitability, employee morale and customer satisfaction.  In addition to performance improvements, the company has improved its visibility and status through its work within the local community.

Oscar serves on the board of directors for The Bank of Tampa, the USF Board of Trustees and past Chairman of the Board for Academy Prep Center of Tampa; Oscar is a former Board Member for The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Jacksonville Branch and Goodwill Industries-Suncoast. Sun State also supports the following organizations through donations of cash and gifts in kind.

  • Academy Prep Center
  • University of South Florida
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Black Heritage Festival
  • Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa)
  • Abe Brown Ministries
  • Goodwill Industries-Suncoast
  • Boy Scouts of America
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