Tampa architect Carlos Alfonso chosen UF Board of Trustees chairman
The board also elected Orlando attorney C. David Brown II as vice chairman, also for a two-year term beginning July 1.
A UF trustee since the board was created in 2001 and elected vice chairman in 2009, Alfonso, 56, is a founding principal and chief executive officer of Alfonso Architects, an award-winning architectural firm in Tampa. He also is founder and CEO of Alliant Partners in Tampa, a real estate consulting, management and development entity with diverse experience and assignments throughout the United States.
Alfonso was reappointed to the UF Board of Trustees by Gov. Rick Scott in April. His new term ends Jan. 6, 2016.
Alfonso earned both a bachelor of design and a master of arts degree in architecture from UF. He was awarded the 2002 UF College of Architecture Alumni Award and the Young Architect’s Design Award from the UF College of Architecture in 1995. Alfonso Architects was named 2003 Firm of the Year in Florida by the Florida Chapter of The American Institute of Architects.
Alfonso is a director of the Florida Council of 100, a director of The Florida Wildlife Foundation; an advisory board member of USAmeriBank, and is the ex-officio trustee member of the UF Foundation’s Board of Directors, serving on its executive committee.
In addition, he previously served on the state of Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (1997-1998); The Florida Communities Trust; The Super Bowl XLIII Board of Directors; The Mercantile Bank Board of Directors; The Florida 2012 Board of Directors, Florida TaxWatch Board of Directors; and The Tampa Bay History Center Board of Directors.
He is a Florida-licensed architect and Class A General Contractor and holds multiple pilot ratings. He and his wife, Dorothy, have three children and live in Tampa.
Brown, a Florida native, graduated from the University of Florida in 1973 with a bachelor of science in business administration majoring in accounting. In 1976, after serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended the Holland Law Center and received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1978. Brown joined Broad and Cassel in 1980 and has served as managing partner of the Orlando office since 1988. He became chairman of Broad and Cassel, a preeminent statewide law firm, in 2000.
Brown also served on the UF Board of Trustees from February 2004 to January 2008 and was reappointed in April 2010. He is an active member of the Florida Council of 100 serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.