Michael E. Urette

Founder at Great American Corp.

Michael E. Urette

Michael E. Urette

Founder at Great American Corp.

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Michael E. Urette, Chair, is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa. The thirty-two year old family-run company is a diversified real estate construction, development, and management company. He has been active in the Tampa community for over 30 years holding a variety of civic positions focused on the arts and support for the military. As Chairman of the Building Committee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, he was responsible for over-seeing the construction of the 45,000sf Patel Conservatory. He was recognized with the 2010 Impact Award by Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts. Michael and his wife, Karen, are also donors to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Theatre. He has been president of the local Military Affairs Committee, the West Point Society and Leadership Tampa Alumni. Michael is currently an active member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations, the Society of International Business Fellows, and Tampa Yacht and Country Club. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and holds advanced degrees in Operations Research and Economics from Indiana University. He and Karen have two children, Garrison and Tara Urette Hood, who have been active participants in the family business. He is a tennis player and a piano student, with no fame in either pursuit. He has been a Director of The Ringling since 2009 and past Chair of the Development Committee and the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee.

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Great American Corp.

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Tennis

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Founder at The Dart Gallery

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Former Director of Marketing & Outreach at Marburn Academy

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Former Professional at Rich's Department Stores, Inc.

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Member, Board of Directors at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

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Former Buyer at Federated Department Stores

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Founder at Protect Our Defenders

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Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Secretary & Director at The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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Member, Board of Directors at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.

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West Point's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War, when both sides realized the strategic importance of the commanding plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River. General George Washington considered West Point to be the most important strategic position in America. Washington personally selected Thaddeus Kosciuszko, one of the heroes of Saratoga, to design the fortifications for West Point in 1778, and Washington transferred his headquarters to West Point in 1779. Continental soldiers built forts, batteries and redoubts and extended a 150-ton iron chain across the Hudson to control river traffic. Fortress West Point was never captured by the British, despite Benedict Arnold's treason. West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. Several soldiers and legislators, including Washington, Knox, Hamilton and John Adams, desiring to eliminate America's wartime reliance on foreign engineers and artillerists, urged the creation of an institution devoted to the arts and sciences of warfare. President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802. He took this action after ensuring that those attending the Academy would be representative of a democratic society. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, the "father of the Military Academy," served as Superintendent from 18l7-1833. He upgraded academic standards, instilled military discipline and emphasized honorable conduct. Aware of our young nation's need for engineers, Thayer made civil engineering the foundation of the curriculum. For the first half century, USMA graduates were largely responsible for the construction of the bulk of the nation's initial railway lines, bridges, harbors and roads. After gaining experience and national recognition during the Mexican and Indian wars, West Point graduates dominated the highest ranks on both sides during the Civil War. Academy graduates, headed by generals such as Grant, Lee, Sherman and Jackson, set high standards of military leadership for both the North and South. The development of other technical schools in the post-Civil War period allowed West Point to broaden its curriculum beyond a strict civil engineering focus. Following the creation of Army post-graduate command and staff schools, the Military Academy came to be viewed as the first step in a continuing Army education. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. "Every cadet an athlete" became an important goal. Additionally, the cadet management of the Honor System, long an unofficial tradition, was formalized with the creation of the Cadet Honor Committee. Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Arnold, Clark, Patton, Stilwell and Wainwright were among an impressive array of Academy graduates who met the challenge of leadership in the Second World War. The postwar period again saw sweeping revisions to the West Point curriculum resulting from the dramatic developments in science and technology, the increasing need to understand other cultures and the rising level of general education in the Army. In 1964, President Johnson signed legislation increasing the strength of the Corps of Cadets from 2,529 to 4,417 (more recently reduced to 4,000). To keep up with the growth of the Corps, a major expansion of facilities began shortly thereafter. Another significant development at West Point came when enrollment was opened to women in 1976. Sixty-two women graduated in the class of 1980, to include Andrea Hollen, Rhodes Scholar. Just as women are a vital and integral part of the U.S. Army, so they are at West Point. In recent decades, the Academy's curricular structure was markedly changed to permit cadets to major in any one of more than a dozen fields, including a wide range of subjects from the sciences to the humanities.

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Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.

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Tampa Yacht & Country Club, Inc. provides boating, recreational, dining and social experiences befitting to members and their families. It offers youth sailing, tennis, swimming, equestrian, fitness, dining and social services. The company was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Tampa, FL.

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Founded in 1981, the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) is a non-profit business association offering access to an influential network of members and their collective international contacts; a variety of educational programs focused on international commerce and culture; the opportunity to give back through SIBF’s Global Network Foundation; and the camaraderie and shared experiences of lifelong friendships. Members are active internationally and share the belief that a keen understanding of history, culture and geopolitics is critical to success in today’s global business environment.

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Chair, Board of Directors
2009 - Current
Trustee
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Straz Center for Performing Arts is an American nonprofit company located in Tampa, FL, specializing in bands, orchestras, actors, and other entertainers/entmt. groups.

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