(TAMPA) – December 22, 2014 – The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE) and Event Chair, John Sykes, are pleased to announce the honorees for the 28th Annual Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and dinner will take place on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa. On this special day, a new group of outstanding business and community leaders will join over 170 other Tampa Bay executives who since 1988 have been inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Ralph Allen, Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Darryl LeClair, Echelon LLC

Harold “Hal” Mullis, Trenam Kemker

Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning

The theme of this year’s induction ceremony is “Lighting the Way.” On March 26, we will honor the Class of 2015 and all Hall of Fame members who serve as guiding lights toward a brighter future for economic and personal finance education throughout the Bay area.

Proceeds from the Hall of Fame support the economic, financial literacy and free enterprise education programs of the FCEE and the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education at the University of South Florida. The FCEE provides teacher training programs, classroom curricula, student competitions and other educational resources free-of-charge to thousands of teachers around the state each year on behalf of economic and personal finance education advocates like the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame members.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Senior Director of Development David Boyd at DBoyd@fcee.org or 1-800-707-4247.

About the Florida Council on Economic Education

The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. The FCEE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by private corporations and individuals throughout the state. The Florida Council is an affiliate of the Council for Economic Education.