Paul Catoe to Retire as Head of Tampa Bay & Company

Paul Catoe, Tampa Bay & Company’s president and CEO since 1999, is retiring October 31, 2011. Under his leadership, Tampa Bay & Company grew in both size and stature, adding $3 billion annually to the local economy, and it is now one of the leading economic development engines in the region.
 “Being part of the bureau for more than 12 years was the most rewarding and exhilarating experience of my professional career. To be able to serve our board of directors, the county, the city, and most of all the community, has been deeply gratifying,” says Catoe. During his tenure, Catoe led Tampa Bay & Company to expand its scope by incorporating the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Tampa Bay Film Commission into its fold. The organization also underwent a major rebranding and repositioning effort, moving away from the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau moniker.

Under Catoe’s leadership, Tampa Bay & Company successfully landed the area’s fourth Super Bowl, several NCAA championships, and the World Dragon Boat Racing Championship. 
In addition, the Shiners International Imperial Session, which was the largest convention ever to come to Tampa in 2006, is slated to return in 2016. Next year, Tampa Bay will play host to the Republican National Convention. 
A search committee has been formed to hire Catoe’s replacement, although he will remain involved with Tampa Bay & Company following his official retirement. The board of directors has asked that he continue to work on the Republican National Convention, the 2015 Super Bowl bid and other projects.