Roger Chapin serves as Vice President of Public Affairs for Mears Transportation Group in Orlando. With
oversight of a $500,000 budget, his responsibilities include public relations, community representation,
directing charitable giving and coordination of governmental affairs for the local, state and federal levels. Roger
also serves as a member of the company’s executive committee with direct input on the overall health and
growth of the company. Mears Transportation Group is one of the largest private transportation and
destination management providers in the U.S. with over 3,000 employees.
Prior to joining Mears Transportation Group, Roger held similar responsibilities as Director of Public Affairs for
Fortune 500 Darden Restaurants Inc., from 1993 to 1998 and also served in the communications office of the
late Governor Lawton Chiles in 1992. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Florida State
University in 1993.
Currently, Roger serves on the City of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board, the agency responsible for the city’s
growth management plan. Originally appointed by Republican Mayor Glenda Hood in 2001 and re-appointed in
2003 by Democratic Mayor Buddy Dyer, Roger has served as Chairman for two years and is currently the longest
serving member of the board. In addition, he was appointed by Orange County Commissioner Teresa Jacobs to
serve on the 2007/08 Orange County Charter Review Commission (CRC) to which his peers selected him Vice
Chairman. The CRC meets every four years to determine whether or not changes are needed to the Charter, the
constitutional document that governs the structure of government within Orange County.
Recently he was appointed as one of five members to the Orlando Performing Arts Center’s (OPAC)
Construction Procurement Committee which will be responsible for interviewing and recommending design and
build firms for Orlando’s recently approved $376 million arts center.
On the state level, Roger was recently appointed by Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to the Florida Auto
Joint Underwriting Association (FLJUA), the board responsible for providing automobile insurance to qualified
applicants unable to procure such insurance in the voluntary market.
He is a co-founder of the Orlando Film Festival (www.OrlandoFilmFest.com), serves on the Orlando Regional
Healthcare Foundation Board and is Chairman of the Florida Wildlife Commission’s “Florida Wildlife
Magazine”. He has been named by Orlando Magazine and the Orlando Business Journal as one of “40 under
40”, a recognition for executives under the age of forty that have found success in the community. Roger also
co-produced an award winning independent short film titled STUCK and has written various articles that have
appeared in outdoors magazines.
Born and raised in Orlando. Married with two children. Hobbies include the outdoors and current events.