Phil “Juice” Doganiero was born February 24, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Philip and Catherine Doganiero. With luck on its side, Clearwater would never be the same for in 1971 his family moved to Clearwater where Phil attended Oak Grove Middle School and while at Clearwater High School he was highly regarded for his contributions to the varsity football team receiving a Varsity Letterman all 4 years. Phil went onto receive his B.A. in Business from Florida State University in 1979.
As an original Clearwater For Youth (CFY) Board of Trustees member, Phil was recognized as the 1996 Frederick E. Fisher Humanitarian of the Year for his commitment to CFY and his love and support of local youth athletics. An avid sportsman and tri-athlete, Phil knew how to motivate and be a driving force for not only himself, but everyone around him.
He competed at the highest level in international acclaimed events like the 1997 Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii. Off the field, Phil was known for his business acumen and fairness. He built several companies from the ground up, including National Data Products, Inc. (NDP), which he founded in 1982 and merged with Dataflex, a national publicly traded powerhouse, in 1997. Another milestone would be achieved in 1999 when he led a small group of angel investors into a promising new concept known as PODS, which went onto become an international moving and storage titan. Today, we marvel at how his life transcended the generational gap inspiring both peers and youth alike with the spirit of generosity, distinction and ethics, which is arguably his crowning achievement.
For this achievement, the 3 Bridge Race was created and named in his honor. This race serves not as a memorial to Phil but a celebration of his lasting legacy, one full of generosity, love and family.
From everyone at CFY, we’d like to say thank you Phil, we are forever grateful for the lasting impact you made on this community. For helping make this race possible, we’d also like to thank his high school sweetheart of 41 years, Dawn; his son, William Blake; his daughter-in-law, Stephanie; his grandchildren; and his brother, Frankie and his sister Lori Doganiero Palmieri.