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John Weatherford Joins THEA Board of Directors

April 26, 2021 (Tampa, Fla.)  – John Weatherford participated in his first Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Board Meeting following his appointment to the Board by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“It is an honor to join the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Board of Directors, and I am excited to work with such a distinguished group of leaders,” said newly appointed THEA Board Member John Weatherford. “THEA is a highly respected agency that prides itself on being an innovative leader in the transportation industry. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and THEA staff to provide our community with safe and reliable transportation solutions.”

John Weatherford is a Senior Vice President at M.E. Wilson Company an elite provider of insurance, risk management, and employee benefit services. Also, John is the founder and Managing Member at Golden Rule, LLC, a philanthropic-focused advisory firm.

Before this, John spent almost a decade in banking, gaining extensive corporate finance experience and trained in all aspects of banking. John received his banking certification from Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking and his BA from Saint Leo University’s College of Business Administration; he also attended the University of West Georgia for his AA in Accounting.

Presently, John lives with his wife in Tampa, Florida, where he is involved in several community organizations such as Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, Leadership Tampa Bay, Abe Brown Ministries, Association for Corporate Growth, and more. In the past, he held responsibilities with nonprofit organizations, including OnBikes, FCA, and Junior Achievement. In his spare time, John enjoys his church, basketball, running, reading, and spending time with his family.

“I cannot be more thrilled with Governor DeSantis’ appointment of John Weatherford to THEA’s Board of Directors,” said THEA Board Chair Vincent J. Cassidy. “John’s experience both as a businessman and a civically-minded member of our community will be an asset to this Board and to the entire Agency.”

“John Weatherford is a great choice to join THEA’s Board of Directors,” said THEA CEO Joe Waggoner. “John’s forward-thinking approach to business fits perfectly with THEA’s mission to be a driver for innovation in the Transportation Industry. As THEA continues to grow, the Board and the Agency will look to John to provide his thoughts and advice on how to improve our already high standards of success, and I have no doubt he will play a pivotal role in the years ahead.”

John Weatherford replaces Shaun Oxtal who was appointed to THEA’s board in August of 2017 by then Governor Rick Scott.  “We thank Mr. Oxtal for his explementary service and leadership to THEA’s Board of Directors,” added Mr. Cassidy.


About THEA: 

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) is a public agency of the state, created by the Florida Legislature, to provide local, user-financed transportation services that reinvest customer-based revenues back into the Tampa Bay community. THEA owns and operates the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue, and the Selmon Greenway; designed and operates the world’s first reversible all-electronic toll road; and provides over 200,000 daily travelers with safe, reliable, and financially sustainable transportation solutions.  For more information on how THEA is moving transportation forward, visit


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