Chair – Jamie Harden

Jamie Harden is President and CEO of Creative Sign Designs. Creative employs more than 130 people throughout the state of Florida with the majority based at its Tampa headquarters. 
 
Creative Sign Designs is one of the fastest growing architectural sign companies in the United States.  Creative provides consultation, design, project management, fabrication, and installation services for a full range of interior, exterior and digital signage products. 
 
Creative has won several important accolades including:

  • INC. 5000 – 7 years in a row (2011-2017)
  • Bright House Networks Regional Business Award
  • Florida Companies to WatchSM Award
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business
  • Gulf Coast Business Review Top 500 Companies – 8 years in a row (2010-2017)
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
  • Projects have been internationally recognized by Signs of the Times Magazine, Sign Builder Illustrated and the United States Sign Council.

The desire to establish permanent roots in the Tampa community, paired with the goal of acquiring and running a local business led Mr. Harden and his family to return to Tampa in April 2005.  Prior to that, Mr. Harden was Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Group Market Executive for Bank of America.  He served in this role from 1999 to 2005 in various locations including Los Angeles, Dallas and Kansas City.  Prior to these positions with Bank of America, he was a Commercial Banking Group Team Leader in Tampa for NCNB/NationsBank from 1990 to 1999.  While at Bank of America, Mr. Harden achieved a Six Sigma Green Belt.
 
Education
Mr. Harden is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. 
 
Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay
  • Board of Governors of the Florida State University College of Business
  • Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Florida Chapter
  • Honorary Commander of the US Air Force 927 Air Refueling Wing at MacDill AFB
  • Member Chief Executive Organization
  • Member Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club

Jamie has been married to Melanie Turner Harden for more than 27 years and they have three children – Battle (17), Ellee (14) and Turner (14).