Tampa and Winter Haven restauranteur George Tinsley Sr. has been reappointed as a public member to serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021, on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Tinsley is CEO of PenGeo, Inc., GWTinsley Consulting, Tinsley Group Inc., and Tinsley Family Concessions. Tinsley’s holdings span 45 restaurants, including KFC, PF Chang’s, Pei Wei, Starbucks, Wendy’s and Chili’s. He has been honored as KFC’s Premier Operator twice and has won the Domestic Franchise of the Year award three times. He was named Florida’s 1999 Minority Entrepreneur of the Year.
Tinsley earned his bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he led its basketball team to four consecutive Division II NCAA Final Four appearances and three national championships. He was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 and its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
More recently, Tinsley served as president of the NBA Retired Players Association. He currently serves on the Foundation’s Executive, Budget and Finance, Investment, and New Building committees and is vice-chair of the Development/Pro Bono committee. He is also a Foundation Fellow.