September 23, 2019 Speaker

Gordon L. Gillette is the CEO of the non-profit Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) a $76 M federal, state and community funded organization for the education of children 0-5.

He retired November 30, 2017 after 36 years of service to TECO Energy, where he served most recently as president and chief executive officer of Tampa Electric and president of Florida Operations, which includes TECO Peoples Gas System. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of both utilities, including Business Strategy and Renewables, Energy Supply, Electric and Natural Gas Delivery, Customer Care, Fuels Management, State and Community Relations, and Regulatory Affairs. Gillette previously was president of Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas and prior to that, executive vice president and chief financial officer for TECO Energy. Since joining Tampa Electric in 1981, Gillette has held other leadership positions in Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Generation Planning, and served as President of TECO Guatemala (then a subsidiary of TECO Energy). Gillette received both his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida (USF). In 2016, he was recognized by USF with a Distinguished Alumnus Award, and, in 2017, the USF College of Engineering awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. A licensed Professional Engineer, Gillette is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society. A graduate of The Tampa Connection Leadership Program and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, he has also completed doctoral level coursework in Industrial Engineering at USF. On behalf the ELCHC, he serves on the state Association of ELC’s. On behalf of TECO, Gillette served on the board of the American Gas Association, chairing its Audit Committee and as chair of the American Gas Foundation. He served on the boards of Enterprise Florida and is past chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, past chair of the Florida Coordinating Group, and is past chair of the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council. Gillette currently serves on the boards of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, the USF Foundation, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Hillsborough Education foundation. Past chair of the USF Foundation, he currently serves as co-chairman of the USF Foundation’s Unstoppable Campaign and chairs the Development Committee. Gillette has also served as president of the board for the Children’s Museum of Tampa, chair of the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, and chair of the Leadership Council for the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

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