Top 10 Straight Allies

Patrick J. Geraghty

Written by Richard Hack


Chairman and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Jacksonville’s Pat Geraghty already had a lifetime of experience in the health insurance industry, before being named chairman and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida in 2011. As the employer of nearly 5,000 workers, Geraghty is the standard bearer for the Florida Business for a Competitive Workforce (FBCW), a coalition of corporations calling on Florida lawmakers to make the Sunshine State a leader by making it a place where gay and transgender people can live, work and visit without fear of discrimination.


The coalition is comprised of 35 of Florida’s major employers plus 400 local businesses, including Fortune 500 companies Darden Restaurants, Disney, CSX, Wells Fargo, Marriott, NextEra Energy, Office Depot and Tech Data. These corporations, as well as Florida Realtors, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, support passage of the Competitive Workforce Act.

“In order for Governor Rick Scott to continue to sell Florida as a place with the right climate for business, we need to step up our game here to make sure our laws reflect the diversity of our state and recognize that our quality of life and our economic health are linked to being a welcoming environment for everyone,” Geraghty says.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the state’s largest health plan serving more than 7 million people in Florida and providing Medicare payment services to beneficiaries across 15 other states. Geraghty has three children: Sean, Briege and Kiera.