Ben Eason is former president, CEO and chairman of the board of Creative Loafing Inc., the nation's second largest alternative newspaper company.
With newspapers in Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, Tampa Bay
, Charlotte, and Sarasota, the combined circulation is 500,000 and reaches close to 1,250,000 young, educated readers.
founded Creative Loafing newspaper of Charlotte, North Carolina in 1987 and the Weekly Planet in Tampa in 1988.
Eason serves on the boards of Speak Up Tampa Bay Public Access Television, Inc., the Yale Club of Tampa Bay; Lastinger Center for Learning; College of Education, University of Florida; and the Saint Elmo Society at Yale University.
Eason is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Ybor City Rotary Club, the Committee on Foreign Relations - Tampa Bay Chapter, and Renaissance Weekends.
was a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for Florida, 2003.
received the Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, 2000 from The National Conference of Christians & Jews