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Tampa Bay Business Ethics Award

Featuring the 28th annual recipient: Colonel DJ Reyes

The Center for Ethics presents an opportunity to honor a pillar of ethical leadership in the Tampa Bay community. This year we are honoring a retired Army Colonel, DJ Reyes, who has not only served the Tampa Bay community but to our great nation.

The son of a retired Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, DJ Reyes is a retired US Army Colonel with over 33 years of faithful service to our nation.

In 2013, Col. Reyes established the volunteer Veteran Mentor Program that directly supports the nationally acclaimed Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) (Tampa, FL). This court assists veterans in trouble with the law due to a disorder or condition incurred during military service. He is a national veteran advocate who has briefed in the White House and on Capitol Hill and who lobbied for the successful passage of HR886 (VTC national funding) and HR3967/S3373 PACT Act (Toxic Exposures)/Burn Pits). Col. Reyes sits on various national, US Congressional and State veteran advisory boards.

Col. Reyes supports efforts in combatting human trafficking in the Tampa Bay region. He is the current Vice-Chair of Tampa’s Citizens Review Board, which oversees Tampa Police and community interaction and issues. Other boards include WFTS-ABC’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel and the National Louis University’s Advisory Board for Organizational Leadership. Finally, Col. Reyes supports his wife Julie’s Diversity Action Coalition (501(c)3) which supports the military EFMP program and local community programs for the special needs and disabled.

The breakfast ceremony will be on Thursday, Nov. 2nd, 2023, at 7:30 a.m. Register below!

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