Florida: Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Three to the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed James Coats IV, Robert Karow, and Eric Lawson to the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority. The appointments will take effect on October 1, 2023.

James Coats IV is the Chief Executive Officer of Phalanx Defense Systems and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. He was awarded the "Spirit of Gainesville" Award by the Alachua County Chamber of Commerce and holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in business administration from American Military University.

Robert Karow is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served as Manager, Legal Counsel, and Contracts Manager for Oleoductos de Crudos Pesados. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Chapman College and his juris doctor from the University of Florida. Karow has over 40 years of energy experience with an emphasis in oil and natural gas, pipelines, facilities, and power generation.

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Eric Lawson is the Chief Executive Officer of HCA North Florida Regional Hospital. He has held multiple executive leadership positions in hospitals over the past 30 years and most recently served as Division Chief Financial Officer for HCA TriStar. Lawson earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee Technological University.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced these appointments today to fill three positions on the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority effective October 1st this year.

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