2016 Power List
Created on an Atlas Oyster House cocktail napkin, the first Power List was an attempt to rank the most influential people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. No one had ever dared rank people based on their ability to get things done.
That Power List was published in June 2007 under the title, “Who’s the Man?” Fred Levin topped the list, followed by Judge Lacey Collier, Ted Ciano, Jim Reeves, Lewis Bear Jr. and included 45 other men and women. The list was published without fanfare, and we had no idea how it would be received.
Within hours of the paper hitting the news- stands, our phones began ringing. Some appreciated being on the list, others were upset they had been omitted. From the reactions, we knew that we had a hit.
The list has since grown to 100 people. We get more input from the community, asking past honorees and readers to submit their top nominations. The screening process takes weeks, as people are moved up and down the list as we get closer to publication. The degrees of separation are slight, but they are what make this list fun to debate.
We hope you enjoy reading the 2016 Power List edition.