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John TorngaJohn’s background and experience includes a BA in Economics from Calvin University. Upon graduation, John was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served in various positions including as a Company Commander in Vietnam.
Following his U.S. Marine Corps active service, John attended Michigan State University where he received an MBA in Business and met Debra, his wife. John’s business career began with AMF Inc., a Fortune 100 company. John held various positions including Vice President of Marketing and Sales, AMF Head Ski and Tennis and Vice President of AMF Head, Europe, where they lived in Austria for 5 years and where their children, Rory and Travis, were born.
John has served in several positions in other companies including the Vice President of Business Development for a computer simulation company, a Chief Operating Officer and a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a medical equipment company.
In 1990 John and Deb moved to Dunedin, FL where John was a Founder and President of Capital Data Consulting Inc., providing contracting computer programmers to various clients, including manufacturing companies and banks in the US.
As it relates to serving as a Dunedin Commissioner, John was elected and served as a Commissioner from 2014 – 2018. As a Dunedin Commissioner John served as Dunedin’s representative on Forward Pinellas, previously the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC). He was appointed by Forward Pinellas to serve as their representative on the Tampa Bay’s Transportation Management Area Leadership Group representing Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County’s. He also served as their representative on the Pinellas Trail Security Trask Force. John served as Dunedin’s representative on Pinellas County PSTA Board, where he served on their Planning Committee and their Legislative Committee. He served on the Florida League of Cities Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee. John has also served as Dunedin’s Commission liaison to the Dunedin Golf Club. John played a significant role in ensuring that the Sheriff’s Office remained in Dunedin, and in the formation of the US Military Veterans Committee.
John has served on various Dunedin Boards and Committees including as the Chair of the Board of Finance, the Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Committee, Chair of the Waterfront Task Force, the Dunedin Council of Organizations and on the Safety Committee. Additionally, John currently serves as the President of the Spanish Trails Home Owners Association, and as their Chair of the Neighborhood Watch. John is a long time active member of the Dunedin United Methodist Church.
John is active in several organizations. He is a Lifetime Member of the Dunedin Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a member of the Dunedin American Legion, the Military Officer’s Association of Pinellas, a Board member and Officer of Honor Flight and a long-time member of the Dunedin Boat Club. He is a lifetime-member of the Friends of the Library, a member of Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the Dunedin Museum and as a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Dunedin North. Other organizations that John has been a member include the Optimist Club, the Elks Club and the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club.
When free time is available, John and Deb may be found on their boat, Semper Fi, which is docked in the Dunedin Marina, enjoying boating in the Gulf of Florida or the Dunedin Sound, usually close to one of our Dunedin Islands.