J. P. DuBuque is President & CEO of the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the “Storyteller in Chief” for St. Petersburg as a business and career location that connects businesses with the people and programs that will help them grow.
J.P. is a veteran corporate recruiter, innovative leader and experienced economic development authority who provides the strategic vision and directs the efforts of the EDC in its mission to market the City as a business destination. In addition, J.P. works with local businesses to ensure their success.
Prior to joining the St. Petersburg EDC, J.P. was with the Tampa Hillsborough EDC serving as the VP of Finance & Administration, as well as interim CEO. J.P. is skilled in business operations, human resources, financial management and marketing. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Salisbury University where he was inducted in the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Fraternity.
J.P. is also deeply committed to the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the United Way Suncoast of Tampa Bay.
J.P. is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, International Economic Development Council, Florida Economic Development Council, and Southern Economic Development Council. He has been a two-time Finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s CFO of the Year.
When he is not telling others about how awesome St. Pete is, J.P. enjoys this region by spending time engaged in outdoor activities with his wife, Patti, and sons Kellan and Camden. J.P. is also an avid music fan and enjoys as many concerts and festivals as he can.
Marketing & Operations Manager
St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation
As an experienced and highly effective Project Manager and Digital Marketing professional to top clients in the St. Petersburg area, Treasure has demonstrated a history of success in the marketing and advertising industry by creating and maintaining partnerships in her previous roles for clients of companies such as Progressive Dental Marketing and Cox Media Group.
Treasure is responsible for executing the marketing initiatives set forth by the organization. She oversees all internal and external communications, investor relations and develops marketing materials for the EDC website and newsletter content. She also oversees the EDC office and social media channels.
Treasure is a graduate from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and since graduating in 2017 has excelled her career in marketing and operations at Cox Media Group – Tampa and Progressive Dental Marketing. She also hosts her own digital media series, “Treasured Talk” where she uses her platform to meet with local businesses and highlight up and coming entrepreneurs.
Meghan is responsible for prospecting and recruiting companies that align with the five targeted industries of the Grow Smarter initiative. She will help manage the EDC’s Customer Relationship Management system and to create and execute digital campaigns that resonate with prospect companies and bring them on a journey to ultimately choose St. Petersburg as their center for growth. In addition, as the Sales Development Associate she will nurture relationships with prospect companies and manage the varying stages of the lead to expansion or relocation process.
Meghan looks forward to helping tell the story of St. Petersburg to prospects, and educating them on the advantages of the friendly community as a business and career growth destination. She plans to aid prospects in envisioning their companies in prosperous St. Petersburg atmosphere and falling in love with the warmth of the Sunshine City.
Prior to the EDC, Meghan worked for a local manufacturing company in a B2B sales role where she managed accounts from lead to product shipment. Previous to that, Meghan has held various marketing roles in house and on the agency side where she gained experience building and implementing several marketing and advertising strategies for local and national companies. Meghan graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelors in Arts in Communications.
Meghan enjoys cooking and volunteering her time with the Where Love Grows organization that helps combat the epidemic of childhood hunger by teaching children from various Boys & Girls Clubs how to cook for themselves.