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Jobs and Economic Opportunities Committee
Welcome the Members of the JEOC!
Ben Barthle
Mr. Ben Barthle is a fifth generation Floridian currently residing in San Antonio. He is one of the owners/managers of Barthle Brothers Ranch LLC where he helps manage his family’s cattle operations in central Pasco County. Mr. Barthle has strong ties to his community and believes deeply in giving back and being involved when the opportunity arises.  

Constance Cranford 
Mrs. Constance Cranford (“Conny”) is co-founder and President of Evolutions Healthcare Systems, Inc., specializing in helping employers and healthcare providers create customized solutions for managing the ever increasing cost of healthcare. Mrs. Cranford is a member of the Pasco CEO Roundtable and avid supporter of the development and the future success of Pasco County.

Victoria Henrich
Mrs. Victoria Henrich, is the owner and president of 5-Star Staffing in Pasco County. For over a decade, she has served the staffing industry in a unique way – committing professional and personal time to getting the job done right for her clients. She was a top performer in the Jacksonville branch, of Agility Staffing, in the early 2000’s before moving to Tampa and opening the Tampa office in 2011. Mrs. Henrich then purchased the branch she created and rebranded to 5-Star Staffing Solutions, LLC. She believes 5-star is a superior staffing and human resource provider because clients become partners, even friends, who can always count on superior service Mrs. Henrich earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia and her Masters in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University.

David Key

Mr. David Key is actively involved with the Pasco Education Foundation and has served as its Chairman, executive committee and several other committees since 2005. Mr. Key is also active in serving the Florida Banker’s Association as a member of its Government Relations Committee. He earned his MBA and undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. 

Michael Mauger
Mr. Michael Mauger is a commercial real estate executive with Doyle & McGrath Real Estate LLC. Mr. Mauger focuses on investment properties, including the buying, selling and leasing of offices, retail centers, warehouses, and multifamily apartments. He is licensed in the state of Florida but does most of his business in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties. In addition to commercial real estate, Mr. Mauger is also a business broker helping buyers and sellers to buy and sell businesses. 

Tom Nihra
Mr. Tom Nihra is the Vice President of J.T.D. Enterprises which manufactures telescopic aluminum tubing assemblies for a variety of applications including golf ball retrievers, flagpoles, and defense related applications. Employed with JTD since May of 1991, he has been involved in all facets of the manufacturing operation including production and scheduling, purchasing and contract negotiation, quality assurance and new product development. He was responsible for the planning and execution of the entire company relocation to Pasco County from Michigan in 2013.  Currently his role encompasses overseeing all sales efforts for the four company profit centers as well as strategic and long term vision and planning. He received a B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management (Supply Chain) from Michigan State University in 1989 and a M.S. in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint, Michigan in 1991.

Dane Parilo
Mr. Daniel (Dane) Parilo is a 22-year Financial Services Professional having served as both Financial Advisor as well as Branch Office Manager in Pasco County for his entire career. Mr. Parilo is active in the Pasco County School education system as well as being a tireless civic leader having served on several Boards of Directors including Rotary International , Making Strides against Breast Cancer, and Morningstar Fishermen to name a few.

Kevin Riggs
A financial business consultant for closely held, family businesses, Mr. Kevin Riggs has experience in government, public accounting, and private industries. Since 2007, he has been the principal owner of Renaissance Consulting & Development, LLC. As a graduate of the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting and University of South Florida’s Master’s program, Mr. Riggs has leveraged his unique perspective and experience to bring clients closer to their long term goals through process improvement and prudent financial and tax management. He is an Enrolled Agent and qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ™.

Peter Rygiel
Mr. Peter Rygiel graduated from the University of Florida with an MBA in Marketing and St. John’s University, NY with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He currently works for AT&T as a Field Marketing Director in their Partner Channel. He has held various sales, marketing and project management roles with AT&T in the 16 years he has been employed there. Mr. Rygiel is a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol in Wesley Chapel.

What is the Jobs and Economic Opportunities Committee?
The Jobs and Economic Opportunities Committee (JEOC) was created by resolution on March 24, 2015. The JEOC will consist of at least five volunteer members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), representing manufacturing, finance/banking, agriculture, real estate, and other private industry. Up to four additional members may be appointed by the BCC. Click Here for the resolution. 

The purpose of the JEOC is to:
  1. Receive updates on the status of projects funded through the JEO Trust Fund Program;
  2. Receive quarterly updates on JEO Trust Fund revenues and expenditures; 
  3. Hear and make recommendations on JEO Trust Fund Program marketing initiatives and campaigns; and
  4. Present an annual report to the Board of County Commissioners as to whether the JEO Trust Fund Program is progressing in the desired direction.  

How to Apply for Appointment
Persons interested in applying for appointment to the JEOC need to send a letter of interest and resume to or hard copy to: 

Melanie Kendrick
Acting Program Administrator
8731 Citizen's Drive, Suite 320
New Port Richey, Florida 34652

This committee is considered a Sunshine Committee. For more information about Sunshine Committees, please visit Florida League of Cities