Young, energetic and accomplished, Emerge Tampa's co-chairs, Jessica Muroff, 28, and Mike Griffin
, 24, are emblematic the people Tampa Bay hopes to attract to run the city now that the baby boomers are inching toward retirement.
At the time the two were recruited for the job, nobody at the Tampa chamber realized that Muroff and Griffin
knew each other quite well.
became one of the youngest student body presidents in USF's history and was re-elected to a rare second term.
They overlapped again, when, as a college freshman, Griffin
was struck by a presentation Muroff gave to a group of student senators.Her
advice to banish egos in favor of teamwork stayed with him, and the two later paired up to build USF's first Greek housing.When Muroff's
goal of renovating the student center went idle upon her
was the one who rescued it.
Now, with their legacies at USF behind them, they have started building a new one on a much bigger campus.
Muroff and Griffin
have big dreams for the program.
...Griffin is the manager of institutional services at Vertical Integration Inc., a commercial real estate company.
An Eagle Scout and avid sports fan, Griffin
already has been admitted into the USF Hall of Fame
doesn't have to be the president of everything but he
wants to be the hardest worker.
"I just want to drive as hard as I can," Griffin
said."Why be part of something if you don't want to try to be the best at it?"He was the first student body president at newly formed Sickles High School, where his class picked the mascot and school colors.He served as an assistant football coach his first two years in college.The year he was elected USF's student body president was the first year a spot on the university's Board of Trustees was reserved for the student body president.He has taken an intense interest in education and is the chairman of the Hillsborough County School Board Citizen Advisory Committee.He was appointed to the Hillsborough Head Start/Early Head Start Community Foundation Board of Directors and was appointed to the Florida Department of Education's Advisory Council on Educational Facilities by Gov.