Two New Trustees Named

By Barbara Melendez


TAMPA, Fla. (March 11, 2010) – Governor Charlie Crist has named two prominent University of South Florida alumni to USF’s Board of Trustees, Jordan B. Zimmerman of Boca Raton, founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, to replace Kiran Patel, and Byron Shinn of Bradenton, president of Shinn & Company, LLC, to succeed Sonja Garcia. The two highly-regarded Florida businessmen will assume their five-year terms upon confirmation by the Florida Senate.


“We are delighted to welcome Jordan Zimmerman and Byron Shinn, two outstanding entrepreneurs, to membership on a truly dynamic board of trustees,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “Not only are they living testimony to the value of a USF education, but they in turn treasure their alma mater and see service to USF as an important part of their lives. We couldn’t ask for more dedicated or committed partners in guiding this great institution.”


Zimmerman is the founder and chairman of Zimmerman Advertising, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale. His agency is the 14th largest ranked in the United States, with published billings in excess of $2 billion. In addition, he shares ownership in NHL Hockey teams the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.  He has presided over his company’s unprecedented growth through a merger with Omnicom Group, a global marketing and corporate communications holding company, and acquisition of national marketing and advertising firms. He also has a number of successful private ventures.   


A noted philanthropist, Zimmerman has supported many causes on the local and national levels. He and his wife Denise launched a family foundation which has established the Zimmerman Advertising program in USF’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is also actively involved with Take Stock in Children as chairman of the organization’s board. Zimmerman was recognized by USF in 1991 as Entrepreneur of the Year, and he was one of ten people selected to receive the South Florida Business Journal’s Diamond Award.  He was selected the Florence Fuller Child Development Center’s “Biggest Heart” in 2006 and in 2007 he was honored with the USF Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was featured in South Florida CEO Magazine on its list of the “One Hundred Most Powerful People in South Florida.” Most recently, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship awarded him membership in its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and he received USF’s Kappa Tau Alpha Hall of Fame Award recognizing outstanding leadership in mass communication and journalism in the state of Florida. 


A certified public accountant, Shinn is managing partner of Shinn & Company, founded in 1993. He maintains memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Probable Cause Panel of the Florida State Board of Accountancy where he is a past board member and chairman. His community involvement includes membership on the board of directors of the Child Protection Center of Sarasota. He is also a past chairman and board member of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Campus Leadership Council and has served on the USF School of Accountancy Advisory Board. Shinn is a past chairman of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and has testified before Congress on matters pertaining to small business. He presided over the chamber the year it was named Florida Chamber of Commerce of the Year. 


Shinn has held board presidencies and memberships with the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton and the Bradenton Country Club, as well as board memberships with the Manatee County Education Alliance, the Manatee County Children Services Advisory Board, the City of Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Center for Children, Hope Family Services, the Manatee Association for Retarded Citizens, the United Way of Manatee County and the United Way of Manatee County Foundation.



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.