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TaxWatch appoints new chair

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  • | 3:42 p.m. December 4, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Gulf Coast business leader John Zumwalt III, former chairman and CEO of PBS&J, an $830 million Tampa engineering firm, was appointed chairman of the board of Florida TaxWatch.

TaxWatch is an influential nonprofit non-partisan research organization that works closely with state legislators and business leaders statewide. The group, in a release, says Zumwalt has “tirelessly promoted good stewardship of the Florida economy.” His non-work board affiliations include the Florida Council of 100; the Florida Chamber of Commerce; the Florida Chamber Foundation; Enterprise Florida; and the Tampa Bay Partnership.

In business, Zumwalt is currently the president of The Zumwalt Co., a family investment firm that works in funding for startup businesses, the release states. He left PBS&J in 2010, when the firm had $830 million in annual revenues, 4,000 employees and 80 offices worldwide. Zumwalt had been chairman and CEO of the firm. WS Atkins, a British design and engineering firm, bought PBS&J later in 2010.


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