Meet The Team

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C.J. Roberts

C.J. Roberts

Frank E. Duckwall President and CEO

C.J. Roberts has served as the President and CEO of the Tampa Bay History Center since September of 2005.  He was hired to lead all facets of the planning, construction, opening and operating of the new Tampa Bay History Center, which opened in January of 2009. 

Building a new museum was a familiar task for Roberts.  He was selected by the late author/historian Stephen Ambrose to lead the team that built and opened The National World War II Museum, formerly the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 6, 2000.

Prior to assuming his role with the Tampa Bay History Center, Roberts served as the President & CEO of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia.  During his five years at the helm of this organization, he led successful initiatives that enabled the museum to dramatically expand its facilities and audiences. 

Roberts also served as Director of the George C. Marshall Museum at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and as a park ranger with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 

C.J. Roberts received his B.A. in History and Folklore and a M.L.S. (Master of Library and Information Science) from Indiana University.  He is a graduate of the distinguished Getty Museum Management Institute and is active in numerous professional museum and historical organizations.

Rodney Kite-Powell

Rodney Kite-Powell

Saunders Curator of History and Director of the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education

Rodney Kite-Powell is the Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center where he joined the staff in 1994.  His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in History from the University of South Florida.  Born and raised in Tampa, he has written extensively on the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.  In addition to his duties at the History Center, Mr. Kite-Powell is an adjunct professor of history at the University of South Florida, where he teaches a course on the history of Florida.

In February 2016, Kite-Powell was named Director of the Touchton Map Library/Florida Center for Cartographic Education.

Grant Martin

Grant Martin

V.P. of Capital Campaign

Grant E. Martin is currently serving as the Vice President – Capital Campaign for the Tampa Bay History Center. This is Grant’s second time working for the History Center, having been involved in helping to raise more than $50 million to build and open the Center in 2009. He is currently working on the $11 million campaign to build-out the third floor of the Center.

Grant is an accomplished fundraiser, having raised more than $150 million for universities, museums, healthcare, and social organizations. He has a broad range of experience in capital and annual fund campaigns, planned giving, donor stewardship, strategic planning, budget administration, and non-profit management.    

Grant earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International in 1996. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the College of William & Mary’s National Planned Giving Institute. 

Grant was recently recognized as a Distinguished AFP Fellow by AFP International for his leadership contributions to the fundraising and philanthropic communities. He has served on the International Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Board of the AFP Suncoast Chapter, and was a Founding Board member of the AFP Florida Caucus and Planet Philanthropy Statewide Education Conference.

Steve Raney

Steve Raney

Chair, Tampa Bay History Center Board of Trustees

Steve Raney is a Tampa native and has worked in the area’s banking community since 1988. He is the president and CEO of Raymond James Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial.

Mr. Raney serves as chairman of the board of Raymond James Trust and is one of the firm’s representatives on the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry leadership group of the 100 largest financial services firms in the country. He also serves as executive sponsor of the Raymond James African Heritage Network, one of the firm’s employee resource groups, and is a past board member of the Florida Bankers Association.

Prior to joining Raymond James Bank in 2006, he worked for Bank of America for 17 years serving as Tampa president and commercial banking executive for Central Florida.

Mr. Raney graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1983. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.

Mr. Raney serves as chairman of the board of trustees of the Tampa Bay History Center.

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