Jennifer E. Closshey
Jennifer E. Closshey of Plant City is president, CEO, and owner of Ideas & Innovations, Inc., a strategic business consulting firm.
Closshey was appointed to the Governing Board in April 2005 and her term expires March 1, 2013. She was elected Board treasurer in May 2006. In May 2007, she was re-elected as Board treasurer and in May 2008, she was elected Board secretary.
Born in Pennsylvania, Closshey became a Florida resident in 1956. She received bachelor of arts degrees in both marketing and business administration from the University of South Florida. She is a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker.
Closshey’s experience with water is personal and professional, agricultural and industrial, and residential and business. Professionally, her last business, Crystals International, Inc. in Plant City, Florida, depended on water to create a vacuum to dry fruit products. The process and water-use permit called for discharge of high-quality water back into the environment. To ensure this water would not be wasted, the company worked with local government, the regional supplier, and the District to create a public-private partnership. A conceptual framework was developed before the company was sold. Closshey has experience with agricultural permits through farming operations.
Personally, Closshey lives by the belief that the quality of life is driven by water resources—lakes and rivers, wetlands and bays, the areas in our backyards, and the beaches and parks we visit. We have to protect water resources because water makes Florida unique.
Other business interests include a 25-year real estate brokerage business, investment management, and a private foundation, Touching Tomorrow, Inc. that has given more than $150,000 in scholarships to university and high school students. Currently, Closshey is a volunteer substitute teacher at the local YMCA.
Closshey has been a member of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce since 1976, and is a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Leadership Florida (Class of XXII). She was appointed to, and previously served on, the Florida High Speed Rail Authority. She has memberships in the National, Florida, and Greater Tampa Associations of Realtors. She is currently a board member for Hillsborough Community College and Tampa Bay Watch Foundations.
Closshey has served as a board member for Southeastern University and the Fine Arts Council member for Florida Southern College. She was a President’s Council member for the University of South Florida. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Southeastern University Foundation and is the past chair of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. She is a former member of the Employers Association of Florida and Research, Development Associates for Military Food and Packaging Institute of Food Technologies, International Food Manufacturers Association, American Society for Quality Control, National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems, and Toastmasters International. She was also a Miss America Scholarship program volunteer.
Closshey is a winner of the Ten Most Distinguished Women in Business in 2002 award presented by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and listed as one of the Top 25 People to Watch in 2004 by the Tampa Tribune.
Finance/Outreach and Planning, vice chair
Ad Hoc Committee Assignments
Strategic Planning Initiative