Governor Scott Appoints Three to Florida is for Veterans, Inc.

February 21, 2017

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott announced two appointments and one reappointment to Veterans Florida, also known as Florida is for Veterans, Inc.

James Sampey, of Indian Rocks Beach, is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Valpak and serves as a board member on the Veteran’s Workforce Initiative for the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance. He is reappointed for a term beginning Feb. 20, 2017 and ending July 14, 2020.

Mark Harden, of Pensacola, is the Military Aid Director for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. He has 30 years of military experience and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004. Harden succeeds Courtney Heidelberg and is appointed for a term beginning Feb. 20, 2017 and ending July 14, 2020.

Rocky McPherson, of Fernandina Beach, is the former Vice President of Military and Defense Programs for Enterprise Florida, Inc. and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel with more than 30 years of military service. The former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs succeeds Joseph O’Conor and is appointed for a term beginning Feb. 20, 2017 and ending July 14, 2020.

Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to help veterans transition to civilian life in the Sunshine State. Veterans Florida provides employers grant funds for hiring and training veterans, and connects veterans to jobs in Florida, education opportunities and housing benefits. Additionally, Veterans Florida offers an instructive Entrepreneurship Program for launching and operating a business in Florida.

For more information, visit http://www.veteransflorida.org/


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