TAMPA — Dick Beard, a developer who during the economic downturn spearheaded several downtown projects, was awarded the 2014 H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award Thursday by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
The award, established in 1997 by Leadership Tampa Alumni, is presented annually in recognition of an individual whose leadership has made a positive impact in the greater Tampa community.
“In the face of difficult economic times, Beard was the leader behind the development of several downtown Tampa projects including 100 North Tampa Street and Bank of America Plaza, considered by most to be two of the most prominent buildings in the southeast United States,” the chamber announced. His community involvement includes having served as chair of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees, vice-chair of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention and 2009 chair of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee. He also served on the boards of directors for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa General Hospital.
Beard currently serves on the State University System of the Florida Board of Governors and the Council of 100.