Ron DeSantis appoints three to Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors

The Governor is responsible for six slots on EFI's Board of Directors.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made three appointments Monday to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors.

DeSantis reappointed Sonya Deen Hartley while making new appointments for Scott Ross and Cody Khan.

Deen Hartley, of Tallahassee, is vice president of government relations for JM Family Enterprises. Previously, she was a senior director with Diageo.

Deen Hartley has volunteered her time with Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the American Financial Services Association, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and public administration from Florida State University.

Ross, also of Tallahassee, is a partner at Capital City Consulting and a former deputy secretary at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. He served on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the 115h Congress.

Ross earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State University and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Khan, of Panama City, is a hospitality industry executive. He is the chairman and CEO of Oasis Resorts, the vice chairman of Hilton Inc. and the president and CEO of Holiday Golf Course.

He has volunteered his time with the Bay County Tourism Development Council and the Chip Hilton Classic Foundation benefiting the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics and a master’s degree in economics.

The EFI board of directors has 59 voting members from across the public and private sectors. The Governor, who is also a board member, is responsible for appointing six members.

EFI awards state incentive money to attract a broad range of businesses to Florida: aviation, aerospace, information technology, defense and homeland security, clean energy, financial and professional services and manufacturing, among others.  The official agency also provides international trade and development resources for Florida companies wishing to expand globally, as well as services for small and minority businesses statewide.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


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