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Business Observer Thursday, Jul. 11, 2019 5 days ago

Agribusiness firm appoints new president and CEO

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Johnnie James Jr. will lead Tampa-based Lykes Bros. Inc.

TAMPA — Lykes Bros. Inc. named Johnnie James Jr. president and CEO.

James, according to a press release, will lead and manage the fifth-generation, family-owned business, which owns and operates agricultural, forestry, hunting and cattle holdings, as well as other land and water resources, in Florida and Texas.

Headquartered in Tampa, the firm's origins date back to 1900, when it was founded by Howell Lykes and his seven sons.

“This is an exciting time to step in and lead the development of strategies to grow the business to the next level,” James states in the release. “I’m eager to build on the impressive legacy of Lykes Bros.”

Prior to joining Lykes Bros., the release states, James served as president of Resource Consulting Group, an Orlando-based integrated wealth management firm.

“Johnnie has already made a great impression through his involvement with the company as a member of our board of directors and I am excited to have him lead the team,” Lykes Bros. Chairman Joe Carrere states in the release. “His knowledge and experience will be paramount as we grow.”

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