|Alma mater||Florida State University|
|Occupation||Business and Civic leader|
|Children||Thomas IV, Amanda, Betty|
Thomas Franklin Petway, III is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida and one of the most successful business and civic leaders in Jacksonville and the state of Florida.
Petway was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1940 and graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1958. He graduated from the Florida State University School of Business in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Petway and his wife, Elizabeth, have two surviving children and three grandchildren.
Tom Petway is Chairman of the Board of [US Assure], Inc., a national insurance marketing and administrative services company.
In 1988, while acquiring the franchise for Prudential Network Realty in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties, Linda Sherrer approached Petway for financial backing and business advice, which he provided. That business became very successful over the past twenty years, and Petway currently serves as a silent partner.
Petway was a co-founder of and a minority partner in the NFL's 30th franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. In January, 1995 he was invited by Paul W. Kahn to become a director of Safecard (renamed Ideon).
He is also chairman of Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Casualty Joint Underwriting Association and Florida Residential Property.
From 1999 until its elimination in July, 2001, he served his second gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Board of Regents of the State University System of Florida, serving as Chairman for two years; he previously served on the board from 1989 until 1995.
He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Community Hospice Foundation, which supports Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Petway's wife is now serving on the board.
Petway served two terms as Chairman of the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC), which was formed in the summer of 1996 to attract new and expanded business on the first coast.
Tom Petway is a Republican and a prominent Bush family supporter. He has been involved in numerous campaign committees and fund raising efforts and contributed substantially in 1988, with his company, to the Florida Republican Party. After the election, Petway was appointed to head the State Board of Regents.
Petway donated more than $300,000 to Republican causes for the 2000 election and was a lunch guest at President George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he was given the traditional "pickup truck tour".
Tom Petway received Florida State University's prestigious Doctor of Humane Letters for his leadership and accomplishments while chairman of the FSU Foundation board of directors. Petway helped the university quintuple its endowment from $50 million to $250 million.
Petway was one of the first four individuals inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame on October 22, 1999.
The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida honored Tom Petway with the Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leader Award on May 21, 2008, an award bestowed on prominent local business leaders.
- Zoominfo profile: Tom Petway
- Jax Financial News & Daily Record: Mar 8, 2006-Prudential tops $1 billion mark
- New York Times: March 24, 1996-How a Would-Be Mr. Fix-It Left a Company in Ruins by Kurt Eichenwald
- Florida Times-Union: June 19, 2002-Meet Mr. Super Bowl by David DeCamp
- Florida Times-Union: May 12, 1999-Petway appointed to Board of Regents By Mary MacDonald
- Jacksonville Business Journal: September 17, 2002-Newbill resigns JEDC chair, Petway steps up by Michael Fitzgerald
- Texans for Public Justice website: Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club-Tom Petway, III
- Florida Times-Union: April 29, 2002-Jacksonville's Petway follows crown prince to Bush ranch
- Jacksonville Business Journal: September 29, 1999-Business leader to receive honorary degree
- Florida Times-Union: April 8, 2006-COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK: Parker High establishes Braves hall of fame by John Carter Archived August 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Florida Times-Union: October 21, 1999-Business Hall of Fame debuts Friday by Karen Brune Mathis
- Jacksonville Business Journal: May 21, 2008-UNF awards honor trio of business leaders