Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.

Carl M. Kuttler, Jr.

Highlights from Resume of
Carl M. Kuttler, Jr.


Carl M. Kuttler, Jr., served as the president of St. Petersburg College from 1978 to 2009 as one of America’s longest-serving college presidents, garnering many of America’s prestigious higher education awards. He is a graduate of St. Petersburg College, Florida State University and Stetson University College of Law. During his tenure, Dr. Kuttler had guided the institution from a respected community college to a baccalaureate powerhouse that serves 70,000 students annually. He presided over a college that holds more Phi Theta Kappa awards for excellence than any college in some 20 countries in the world. He is an author, a former attorney to the Florida legislature, former aide to the Chief Judge of the Florida Appellate Court, real estate broker and professor. Upon his retirement in December 2009 he has been consulting in many fields.

Russian experience and recognition
  • Hosted in 1989 a delegation from the Soviet Union and commenced Russian relationship with a 10-day exchange program in which Vladimir Putin, then an associate vice president at St. Petersburg State University (formerly Leningrad State University), was his daily host and traveling companion. Made two additional visits that involved Putin, who by that time worked for the Mayor of St. Petersburg. Made more than 12 visits to Russia, including two visits that involved Putin.
  • Named Honorary Consul to the Russian Federation in 2004, as recommended by President Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, and the Russian ambassador to the U.S., and approved by the U.S. Department of State. Was reappointed in June, 2009, to another five-year term. Currently manages an active Honorary Consul office for Floridians.
  • Presented SPC honorary degree to then-President Boris Yeltsin at the Kremlin.
  • Developed a 20-year relationship with the Russian people, which resulted in many partnerships; supported numerous business, educational and political leadership initiatives; gave numerous interviews on Russian national television; and received a number of invitations, awards and recognitions from Russian universities and institutions.
  • Traveled extensively throughout most regions of the Russian Federation by train, plane, boat and auto. Lodged in private homes, government compounds, dachas, party headquarters, and hotels.
  • Organized Congressional delegation visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, in concert with the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg, for the former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and members of Congress.
  • Worked with many U.S. Embassy officials and Consuls General to Russia, as well as many State Department and national security officials.
  • Arranged and raised funding for an official visit to the United States for one of Russia’s most celebrated cosmonauts; accompanied him to the U.S. Space Center in Cape Canaveral where he met with NASA officials.
  • Appeared as guest speaker at events for college faculty, students and administration of institutions of higher learning across Russia.
  • Raised funds for a number of projects in Russia, including the purchase of dental care, medical machines, supplies and computers; the renovation of Russian churches; the Russian State Museum (in excess of $500,000); and books for Russian schoolchildren.
  • Hosted over time about 300 Russian leaders in the U.S., including CEOs of auto manufacturing companies and airlines, journalists, the Duma, the Russian judiciary and other Russian representatives. Raised funds for and arranged an official visit to the U.S. for Mayor Anatoly Sobchak; hosted Sobchak and his wife at his personal residence for a week; also served for a second week as host and guide as Sobchak and a 15-member delegation visited Washington, DC. Arranged a White House visit for Sobchak, where he metwith the President, Vice President and members of Congress. Sobchak’s speech, delivered to a Washington “think tank,” was covered live on C-Span.
  • Conferred with President Putin and Russian Ambassador Yuri Ushakov during Putin’s visit to Washington, DC in October 2001. Putin went on to New York City to express Russia’s solidarity with the people of America following the attack on the Twin Towers.
  • Established a scholarship fund, named after Putin and Ushakov, for Russian students in the U.S.
  • Participated in 2003 on President Putin’s international law panel that included German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, French President Jacques Chirac, the president of the American Bar Association and other world leaders.
  • Assisted the U.S. Information Agency with the establishment of Russia’s community college system and was thereafter named “Honorary Father” of the system.
  • Served as honorary rector of St. Petersburg State University when President Putin was a university associate vice president.
  • Hosted St. Petersburg State University law professor Valery Musin during an extended visit at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, where Musin served as a visiting professor. Also hosted 15 St. Petersburg State University law faculty members and current rector.
  • Appointed to the Board of Advisers of the Dmitri Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, an affiliate orchestra of one of the world’s leading symphonies.
  • Received Russian Gold Medal of Service, presented by the Russian Ambassador on President Putin’s behalf, for co-chairing the 300/100 anniversary celebrations of St. Petersburg, Russia, and St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Provided food and housing for a 60-member touring Russian theater troupe that was stranded during a tour of the U.S. when their sponsor went out of business. Arranged their transportation back to Russia.
  • Hosted two Russian officials for the 2004 inauguration of President George W. Bush.
  • Conferred on Russian-American relations with President Gorbachev and the Russian Ambassador at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.
  • Conferred with St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Baker and President Putin during a visit to the United Nations. Discussed the 300/100 birthday celebrations of St. Petersburg, Russia and St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Received a designated honorary status as a Cossack in southern Russia.
  • Hosted the Orenburg chamber ensemble “Divertissement.” Arranged performances at local venues and at several colleges on the west coast of Florida.
  • Received in 2009 two medals by Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of Russia: One “For the Contribution to the Cause of Friendship and another celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Consular Service of Russia. The medals noted Kuttler’s 20-year commitment to fostering relations between sister cities St. Petersburg, Russia and St. Petersburg, Florida. He also was cited for solidifying the friendship between Russia and the U.S.
Additional International Experience
  • Served as honorary president of Baoji Teachers College in China; made four personal visits and arranged many other faculty and administration visits.
  • Established, with U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala, an effort that resulted in a gift of 1000 computers to Guatemala; a new four-year degree to fight gang-related activities; and a new computer partnership; received honorary degree from Galileo Universidad; recognized at a national ceremony conducted by the president of Guatemala for extraordinary leadership to the country.
  • Hosted the Central American Scholarship Program (CASP), a two-year program, which welcomed 16 Central American students from modest backgrounds as its first class. The program continued annually for 12 years.
  • Presented honorary degree to the president of Nicaragua.
  • Received two-time appointment by the President of the United States as part of Congressional delegation to represent the U.S. at an international air show in England.
  • Served for approximately 10 years as a Florida clearinghouse for Japan-Florida relations.
  • Honored in April 2008 by governmental officials of Puerto Rico for an extensive 20-year relationship that has resulted in major improvements to law enforcement programs throughout the island.
  • Hosted group of mayors from Haiti and responded to their request for computers, school and medical supplies, and online courses for medical training. Was named Honorary Chaplain of Haiti in July 2009 by the Spanish American International Chaplain Association, Inc.
  • Developed cultural enhancement and understanding through travel to other nations, including Austria, Bahamas, Canada, Czech Republic and Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, East and West (United) Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tobago, Trinidad, Wales, and most U.S. states, including Hawaii. Most travel was for professional reasons.
College/Community
  • Received appointment by President Ronald Reagan as a member of the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement; served as advisor to the President and to U.S. Secretary of Education Terell H. Bell. Chosen by Secretary Bell as a judge for the selection of the top 500 high schools in America.
  • Ran for the elected position of Florida Commissioner of Education.
  • Introduced to key Florida business leaders by Gov. Jeb Bush as one of Florida’s most admired public servants and as the “most innovative and entrepreneurial college president in America.”
Awards/Recognitions
  • Named Outstanding Community College President in the USA by the National Association of Community College Trustees, 1998; Outstanding College President in Florida by the Florida Association of Community Colleges’ Hall of Fame, 2002; Outstanding Community College President, Southeastern 10 States, by the Association of Community College Trustees, 1998. Named America’s Outstanding College President in 1991 by international student honor society.
  • Received Werner Kubsch Award from Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), which represents some 20 countries, 1997. Award designates an outstanding educator involved in international education.
  • Received honorary doctorate degrees from universities in Russia, China and Guatemala.
  • Received Pioneer Award for the International Community College Baccalaureate Association for improving access to postsecondary education in the U.S. and Canada, 2006.
  • Received International Leadership Award from NISOD at the University of Texas at Austin, 1990 – the College of Education’s most prestigious award.
  • Inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame, 2006.
  • Named to numerous “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” lists.
  • Received award for exemplary public service from the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, October 2005, named after Rep. C.W. Bill Young, former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Named “Mr. Sun 2005” for community service and, as such, represented the city of St. Petersburg locally and nationally.
  • Named one of “Florida’s Influential” by Florida Trend magazine and cited as “probably the most entrepreneurial college president in the state,” Dec. 2004.
  • Selected as a judge for the International Templeton Prize in Religion, which annually recognizes one who has made a contribution to religion worldwide (past judges include President George H.W. Bush, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and other international notables), 1996-1999. The value of the award is over $1-million annually.
  • Received top award presented by the St. Petersburg Bar Association on Law Day U.S.A. in 1992. Award recognizes community service that has "strengthened the American system of freedom under law.”
  • Recognized for Outstanding Service, Tampa Bay Area Police Chiefs Association, 1984.
  • Honored by the National Guard for support of the Guard, Office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1983.
  • Received the prestigious C.W. Bill Young Pinellas Pinnacle Award, 2002, for selfless leadership to improve the Pinellas economy.
  • Received 2007 Stetson University College of Law’s most prestigious award for humanitarian achievements.
  • Received the Rotary International Paul Harris Award for leadership, 2006.
  • Received Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1977.