06-13-2014 06:50 PM
From left, USAA Vice President and General Manager, Tampa, Robert Hoyland; Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe; Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn; Florida Gov. Rick Scott; USAA Executive Vice President Shon Manasco; USAA Executive Director, Human Resources, Deena DeThomas; and USAA Financial Foundations Senior Specialist Cameron Gallman.
More than 40 years after USAA opened its first office in Tampa, the organization broke ground on an ambitious $164 million expansion of its campus. USAA will build two new buildings in two phases and eventually add as many as 1,200 new employees to serve the enterprise’s growing membership.
“It’s been almost 41 years to the day that we first opened operations here in a small office near the airport,” USAA Vice President and General Manager Robert Hoyland said. “Today, we’re breaking ground on a new facility which further cements our commitment to this great city by adding hundreds of new employees to the USAA family and more representatives to help our membership which is now more than 10 million strong.”
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The event Tuesday is a significant economic development win for Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe attended the festivities.
Shon Manasco, executive vice president member experience, represented USAA and accepted the Governor’s Business Ambassador’s Award from Gov. Scott. The award recognizes companies that create jobs in Florida.
“At USAA we’ve been expanding our workforce to keep pace with our continuing membership growth,” Manasco told the gathered dignitaries and USAA employees. “Last year we announced the intention of adding as many as 3,500 jobs across USAA by 2015, with a portion of these jobs to be located here in Tampa. Today, we take a big step on that journey by breaking ground on our new Crosstown facility.
The new Crosstown campus is USAA’s sixth location since moving to the market in 1973. When Crosstown is completed in the fall of 2015, employees in Sabal Park and Lakeview Center will move to the new facility. USAA will then have two permanent locations in Tampa with plenty of room to grow.
“Our Tampa office, and our more than 2,300 talented employees here, are at the very heart of our mission to serve the financial needs of the military community,” Manasco said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott with USAA Executive Vice President Shon Manasco.
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