Kudos to 2014 Safe America Board Chairman Steve Mason


A heartfelt thanks to outgoing Board Chairman Steve Mason (CEO of Tampa Bay’s predominant health system, BayCare). As the blog entry below notes, Steve envisioned how we could improve Safe America’s effectiveness this next year through a strategic planning retreat. Steve was ‘spot on.’

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Board Names Strategic Planning Committee; Focuses on 2015 Goals

Outgoing Chairman Steve Mason is a thoughtful leader. And, even as he was readying to turn over the chairmanship this month to Bob Schurke, he focused on one last, significant piece of business: plotting out the Foundation’s short- and long-term direction.

Steve helped me identify a seven-person committee to work on a short-term objectives, including development of new Board leadership and a strong financial plan, utilizing both program sponsorships and the CEO Corps membership.

Our Strategic Planning Committee met at the National Press Club recently… And walked away with some basic goals. Those objectives, goals and tactics were captured in a document that will be shared with the incoming Board later this month.

My thanks to Steve for his taking the time to suggest a planning process that is bringing greater focus to future actions. And, to the Committee members who joined Mary Lou and I on March 20: Vincent Paladini, John Mallen, Harold Cohen and Gene Swanzey all seen in group photo taken that day at the National Press Club).

I look forward to sharing more as the year unfolds…and as the plan takes effect.




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UPS Foundation Honored

UPS and the UPS Foundation have been named the recipient of the 2014 WorldSafe Award for Humanitarian Relief. Joe Ruiz, Director of the Foundation’s Humanitarian Relief efforts, accepted the award at the Delta Flight Museum.

Safe America CEO Len Pagano thanked UPS, noting that its support extends over the entire 20-year history of the Safe America Foundation.

“We are proud to have UPS as a partner and look forward to continuing to work with UPS and the UPS Foundation to address the resiliency of America and the World,” Pagano said.


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Donate Now – Help Vets

Safe America is launching a program to help veterans find jobs. And you can adopt-a-vet for as little as $100! The funds will go to host a vet at a resource fair on Nov. 8 at the Delta Flight Museum as well as a dinner afterwards.

Call Mary Lou or Len to learn more…at (770)-973-7233.


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