Community Connections honors Rick Catlett, business leaders

Achieving goals and bettering lives for Jacksonville’s most vulnerable is best accomplished by the business community. With its organic growth over the years and the leaders who act as change agents in our city, much more can be accomplished for those underserved in the community. Those were a few of the talking points as speakers honored Rick Catlett, president and CEO of the Jacksonville Sports Council at this year’s Community Connections celebration titled One Life at a Time.

Under Catlett’s leadership, the growth of the Gator Bowl (now the TaxSlayer Bowl), celebrates 72 years and rests on a solid foundation, thanks to his guidance. The organization has broadened its reach to include neutral site college football games, several ACC Football Championship games, and as of two years ago, developed the Jacksonville Sports Council to oversee and facilitate the recruitment of all major sporting events to Jacksonville.

Catlett was awarded the Florence N. Davis award for his dedication, strength, and vision, just as Florence “Flo” Davis exhibited in her role as a volunteer, civic leader and philanthropist in Jacksonville.

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