News Release

Henry T. Vinson to retire from TECO Energy

TAMPA, September 3, 1999

Henry T. Vinson, vice president of state and local Governmental Affairs for TECO Energy, has announced his retirement from the company, effective Oct. 1. Vinson, 59, joined the company in 1986 as assistant to the VP of Governmental Affairs, and assumed his present position in 1992.

"I have had a rewarding tenure here at the company, but it’s time to start changing the emphases and priorities in my life," Vinson said.

"Henry has made a fine contribution to our company in developing our governmental affairs programs at the state and local levels. He is well respected throughout the company, and in the political arenas in which he worked. We wish him the best in his retirement," said Girard F. Anderson, Chairman of the Board, TECO Energy.

Vinson will continue as a consultant for TECO Energy, working closely with Chuck Hinson, assistant vice president, in the company’s Tallahassee office.

Vinson’s retirement culminates a career that has included serving as assistant secretary of state and chief of staff to two Florida Senate presidents; staff director for the Committee of Governmental Operations and Retirement Personnel and Collective Bargaining in the Florida House of representatives; and executive director/lobbyist for the Florida Society of Professional Land surveyors.

He and his wife, Anne, will continue to make their home in Tallahassee.