Joseph E. “Ed” Carson is president and partner of Carson Lovell, Inc., commercial real estate development group in Pensacola. The University of Florida graduate is a veteran Florida state-certified general contractor and a leader in numerous state and local economic development and service organizations. Appointed by Governor Bush to the Florida Building Commission, he has served as POC chairman for six years. He is past chairman, Board Member of the Year, and current board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pensacola, Inc. Carson is also a member of Rotary, a former Sertoma Club president, and a recipient of both the local and district Sertoman of the Year awards. The Pensacola Downtown Advisory Board member served two years as president of the 12th Avenue Business Association and on the City of Pensacola Waterfront Development Advisory Committee. He is a past chair and member of the YMCA Board of Directors and received the YMCA of the USA Distinguished Leadership Award. He completed both Leadership Santa Rosa and Leadership Pensacola.