Hightower Appointed Board Chair for Five Star Veterans Center

Hightower Appointed Board Chair for Five Star Veterans Center
Michael R. Hightower

Michael R. Hightower has been appointed board chair for Five Star Veterans Center, bringing nearly 40 years of government and legislative relations expertise to the organization. His appointment will bolster the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive support to veterans as they transition to civilian life.

A visionary leader with an exceptional track record, Hightower’s career spans both public and private sectors. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Chief Public and Stakeholder Affairs Officer for JEA, from which he retired in spring 2019. That role showcased his ability to foster relationships and navigate complex regulatory landscapes. His JEA legacy also includes a 16-year tenure on its board of directors, culminating in two terms as chair.

Prior to JEA, Hightower played a pivotal role over a three-decade career with Florida Blue. As the Vice President of Government and Legislative Relations, he engaged with political leaders at all levels, solidifying his reputation as a consummate diplomat and advocate for change. He chaired numerous organizations and civic and trade associations, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Insurance Council.

Beyond his professional achievements, Hightower exemplifies unwavering dedication to community service, passionately committing his time, talent and leadership to various boards and commissions. His work in these capacities has left an indelible mark on the organizations he’s been a part of, reflecting his commitment to making a positive impact.

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