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K. Owen LaFave Appointed as Gulf Coast JFCS’s Community Chair

Dec. 7, 2021

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 7, 2021The Bank of Tampa today announced that K. Owen LaFave, Pinellas County market president at The Bank of Tampa, was recently appointed serve as Community Chair for the Gulf Coast JFCS annual event and major fundraiser, Faces.

The organization, which aims to help our most vulnerable community members find safety, comfort and a path toward a fulfilling life, offers programs and assistance in the areas of affordable housing, behavioral health, elder and disabled services, refugee services, workforce development, Jewish family services, children and family services, and community programs.

“We are thrilled to have Owen aboard to support these life-changing initiatives, impacting so many individuals directly in the Tampa Bay community,” said Dr. Sandra Braham, president and CEO of Gulf Coast JFCS. “With his deep connections in both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, coupled with his passion for our programs, I know he is dedicated to providing a ‘hand up’ to uplift community members.”

In addition to his work with Gulf Coast JFCS, LaFave is involved with several other community organizations across Tampa Bay. LaFave currently serves on the board of Neighborhood Lending Partners, Inc. as past chairman, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and the Chamber’s Finance Committee. Previously, he held positions including chairman of the Downtown Tampa CRA Advisory Board, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Tampa, president of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), past sponsorship chair for Leadership Tampa Alumni Association and has held board positions with the Tampa Downtown Partnership and First Housing, Inc. He was selected as an Up & Comer in the 40 under 40 category in 2016. LaFave is also a graduate of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Tampa Class of 2015. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business finance.

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