VENICE, FL - Longtime community leader H. Ron Foxworthy has joined the board of Trust Companies of America, the parent company of Caldwell Trust Company, according to James F. Gabbert, board chair of both companies. Foxworthy fills the unexpired term of Jack Meyerhoff, who died on September 14. One of Caldwell's founders, Meyerhoff had served on its board of directors since 1993. "Ron is known and respected throughout our community," says Gabbert. "In addition to his extensive community service, he has achieved a lengthy and honorable record as a board chair or director of more than half-a-dozen banks. We know that he understands our business, and we welcome the insights he can share with us."
Foxworthy is perhaps best known for the 40 years he has devoted to handicapped children. Twenty-five years ago, he was a founder of The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, which began Sarasota's Offshore Boat Races. As a member of the steering committee for the boat race and chair of the Foundation's building committee, he has been involved with the construction of buildings totaling 80,000 square feet of space and valued at 12 to 15 million dollars. The Foundation leases these structures for one dollar per year to The Florida Center for Children and Families, Special Olympics, Children's Haven and similar organizations. In recognition of his service, Sarasota County has renamed the former By-Pass Park in Venice as The Ronald Foxworthy Campus.
Ron's additional community service has been business-oriented. For forty years--from 1967 through 2007--he was a director of FCCI. He was also a co-founder of The Argus Foundation, where he has been a director for 24 years. In 2007, The Argus Foundation honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Foxworthy has lived in the Sarasota-Manatee area since he was six months old. He attended Sarasota Plumbing School after graduating from Sarasota High School, then began a plumbing career that was interrupted by military duty. He won the Korean Service Medal with three Battle Stars and the U.S. President Unit Citation Award following active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1951 through 1955 and service in the Reserves until June 1959.
In 1956, he founded Rusty Plumbing, Inc., and operated this thriving business until 1999, when he turned it over to Donald Powers. He was also a developer for 30 years with partners Jack Bryant and Russ Currin. Their numerous successful projects included industrial centers (Whitfield Industrial Center, Saunders Road Industrial Center, Clark Road Industrial Center) and residential communities (Island Reef Condo, Turtle Bay Condo, Hidden Lagoon Condo, Hideaway Bay and Laurel Oak Country Club).
Trust Companies of America, Inc. was formed in mid-1995 to serve as parent to all of its operating subsidiaries and divisions, each of which provides a specific trust or financial service to the general public under its own identity. TCA's largest subsidiary is Caldwell Trust Company, which currently manages over $400 million dollars in assets for clients throughout the United States.
Caldwell Trust Company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals, including its services as trustee, custodian, investment advisor, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers. As a free service, the trust company will also help newcomers establish residency and can refer them to local professionals to create Florida wills, trusts, living wills, and surrogate designations, Miller says.