Katie Cole is a Shareholder in Hill Ward Henderson's Land Use and Real Estate Groups.  Her practice primarily involves representing real estate owners in the development of commercial projects and residential subdivisions throughout Pinellas and Pasco Counties.  Katie serves clients from the firm's Clearwater office.

She handles development issues for clients including land use plan amendments, zoning map amendments, planned developments, local government site plan approvals, drafting development agreements, negotiating resolutions for Code Enforcement cases, environmental permitting at the local and state level, as well as many other land use issues.  Katie works closely with government staff to resolve complicated issues on behalf of her clients.

Active in the business community, Katie is the Chairperson for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the City of Clearwater Business Task Force.  She is also a former member of the Charter Review Committees for both the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County.

In March 2017, Katie was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Board of Trustees of St. Petersburg College.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Morton Plant Mease Hospital.  She served as the 2013 and 2018 Co-Chair of the Omelette Party Committee, a fundraising event for ARC of Tampa Bay, a Pinellas organization whose mission is to provide services and programs to developmentally challenged individuals and she and her husband continue their service on the committee.

Outside the office, Katie enjoys spending time outdoors and at the beach with her husband and two daughters.


Katie Cole, Hill Ward Henderson, Chairperson

Stephanie Schlageter, Radiance Medspa, Immediate Past Chair

Mike Sutton, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, Chair-Elect

Rick Buschart, Bollenback & Forret, Treasurer

Bruce Rector, The Sports Facilities Advisory, Appointed by the Chair

Matt Crum, FrankCrum Insurance, Appointed by the Chair

Chuck Warrington, Clearwater Gas System, Appointed by the Chair

Nancy Cimney, OPAL Collection, Appointed by the Chair

Don Ewing, Florida Business Software Solutions, Appointed by the Chair

Suzan Decker Ross, Decker Ross Interiors, Appointed by the Chair

Javier Zuniga, PDR CPAs + Advisors, Appointed by the Chair


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  • Brian Aungst Sr.

  • Jennifer Bonin, Tampa Bay Times

  • Frank Chivas, BayStar Restaurant Group                     

  • Frank Dame, Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  • Jeff Lampasso, BB&T Bank

  • Scott Goyer, YMCA of the Suncoast

  • Debra Jones, Regions Bank

  • Kevin Hawkins, MidAtlantic Financial Company

  • Andrea Henning, SPC Collaborative Labs

  • Lou Galdieri, Morton Plant Hospital/BAYCARE

  • Roberta Klar, Klar & Klar Architects

  • David Loyd, CTS Towing & Transport

  • John Mitchell, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

  • Ernestine Morgan, Morton Plant Mease Foundation

  • Bob Passwaters, Provident Advertising & Marketing

  • Robert Roperti, Jiffy Properties

  • Jeff Baker, Duke Energy

  • Daniel Shouvlin, ClearSky/Frenchy's Restaurants

  • John Timberlake, Philadelphia Phillies/Clearwater Threshers

  • Doug Williams, Coalition of Clearwater's Neighborhood Association

  • Tracie Hill, United Way
  • Steven Williamson/Nicholas Grimaudo, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP

  • Joe DeRing, Empower Adventures
  • Craig West, The Bank of Tampa
  • Tracy West, Valspar Championship
  • Kristi Cheatham-Pettit, Clearwater Gas System
  • Ray Ferrara/Paul Auslander, ProVise Management Group
  • Katrina Trump, Seacoast Bank
  • Michael Alexandrou, HCI Group, Inc.
  • Peter Kreuziger, Bon Appetit Group
  • Stephanie Smith, LoveServes
  • Blake Ferrell, Restoration Cafe
  • John Savchuck, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
  • Brian Aungst, Jr., Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen
  • Dawn Arvidson, Westfield Countryside Mall
  • Aaron Phillips/Chris Russo, DEX Imaging Inc.
  • Michael Mastruserio, PROforma N&M Communications
  • Brian Auld, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Suzanne Delaney, Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Danielle Findley, Florida Print Solutions
  • Jim Myers, Crown Automotive
  • Iris Gonzalez, Spectrum - Charter
  • Allen Craig, Ferman BMW/Mini
  • JR Patel, Decade Properties


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