CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Birthplace: Oakland Park
Residence: Fort Lauderdale
During his time at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Bob Swindell, his team and partners have helped attract or retain scores of companies, create or keep tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and generate billions of dollars in economic impact countywide.
He’s been recognized by fellow Florida economic development leaders for his work, served as two-term chair of the Florida Economic Development Council, and was awarded the Florida Business Ambassador medal by Gov. Rick Scott.
However, some of Swindell’s most important worklies ahead. Swindell is collaborating with government, community, and business leaders to address county poverty and homelessness. The goal is to help improve the county’s workforce, raise prosperity and provide a much-needed safety net to those at risk.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than when I meet someone who works for a company we brought to South Florida,” he said. “But after that, the most rewarding thing will be looking back in two years and being able to say, ‘We saw [homelessness] as a crisis and didn’t just create a patchwork or hide the problem from public view. We came up with some innovative answers that provided real solutions.’”
Professionally, what drives you? It’s a love for Broward County, as hokey as that might sound. I grew up here and have watched the community grow over the years.