Bob Lotane has served numerous local charities raising and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help residents in the capital region. He has served over 10 years as a volunteer, board member and chairman of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, in addition to supporting charities including the March of Dimes, Tallahassee Post 13 American Legion baseball, the Tallahassee Boys Choir and Lincoln High baseball.
Lotane worked as a political and general assignment reporter for a variety of radio and TV outlets and has had his work carried by the Associated Press and NBC Radio.
Bob launched and built a company that ultimately operated across five states and worked with hundreds of businesses ranging from small Mom and Pops to Fortune 500 companies.
He has consulted for numerous Florida companies and industries and, most recently, served in management with a multinational firm helping clients with issues before Florida governmental entities. The policy areas Bob has worked on include healthcare, education, law enforcement, drug policy, taxation and health and property insurance.
His public service career includes two stints as communications director in the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation and as press secretary in the Department of Financial Services at the Capitol. His wife, Alissa, works in the Florida Department of State where she started in an OPS position, worked her way up to career service, and is now the Bureau Chief for Historic Preservation.
Potential supporters should be aware that in 2014, Lotane contracted an extremely virulent case of West Nile virus and was left with a rare syndrome called transverse myelitis. This left him fully paralyzed, on a respirator, and with doctors at Shands Medical Center thinking he “would not make it.”
Bob survived and embarked on a brutal physical therapy regimen to restore the nerve, muscular, and respiratory damage the disease wrought. He still requires a wheelchair and sustained some damage to his hands, but, as one of his therapists remarked, “His return to and ability to function in professional and work settings has been nothing short of amazing.” Bob has spoken to groups around the state about his medical journey and still works out five days a week.
Lotane is a Magna cum laude graduate, in Public Administration, from Barry University and has a master's degree, in Political Science, from Florida State University. He is a huge fan of all things Florida State, yet when it comes to that other school down south he reminds friends that “those Gators saved my life.”