Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Stephen H. Mauldin

CNL Financial Group
Executive Committee Member

CNL Financial Group (CNL) is a leading private investment management firm providing alternative investments, specializing in real estate and credit products. Since inception in 1973, CNL and/or its affiliates have formed or acquired companies with more than $29 billion in assets. As pioneers in the alternative investment space, CNL identifies emerging trends, accesses capital through its national distribution channels, and invests shareholder capital via its suite of investment products. Over its forty-plus year history, CNL has actively supported a wide variety of important social and civic organizations and initiatives that have served as catalysts to build our vibrant community and philanthropic infrastructure here in Central Florida.

Our Priorities

Sources of Capital
Florida's Super Region
Talent Pipeline
International Business

Central Florida Water Initiative
Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
Metro Orlando Defense Task Force (MS&T)

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Past Chair
Aaron J. Gorovitz

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Executive Committee Member

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is Central Florida's largest law firm and has earned the reputation of "Florida's Business Law Firm Since 1969." The 140 attorneys of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. work diligently to be efficient and effective in representing clients in all matters of real estate, corporate business transactions, litigation and wealth management. Widely recognized for its commitment and service to the community, the firm's attorneys participate in leadership positions as volunteers in more than 200 charitable organizations.

Board Members

Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)* Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)*
National Center for Simulation

The National Center for Simulation (NCS) was formed in 1993 as the link among the defense industry, government, and academia on behalf of the entire modeling, simulation and training community. Its mission is to facilitate networking among its growing local, national, and international membership and potential partners and customers in government, industry, education, and commerce.

As a forum, showcase, advocate and archive for simulation, training, and modeling knowledge and resources, NCS works to strengthen the simulation community’s synergy, foster innovation, and tell the story of modeling, simulation, and training to decision makers and the general public. NCS members actively create an environment where collective efforts result in new awareness and applications for military readiness, space exploration, health care, transportation, education, entertainment, and technology development.

BenderLoren J. Bender
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Executive Committee Member

The three world-famous SeaWorld parks in Central Florida - SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica - create experiences that allow families to connect with the sea. These popular parks are among the most profitable and respected in the tourism industry. BEC owns and operates ten parks throughout the U.S. These parks play host to 25 million guests each year, employ 26,000 people nationwide and are famous for inspiring and entertaining guests with breathtaking animal encounters, world-class shows and amazing thrill rides. The BEC parks are also committed to caring for animals in need, and, for more than 50 years, have been active leaders in animal care, conservation, education and research worldwide.

BenderRandolph E. Berridge*
The Corridor

Stretching across 23 counties, the Florida High Tech Corridor is a technology-rich region known as much for its legacy in aerospace as it is for its growing prominence in other high tech clusters of innovation such as Modeling and Simulation, Optics and Photonics, Digital Media and Medical Technologies.

As an entity that promotes the high tech growth of the region, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council is an economic development initiative of three of the country’s largest research institutions – the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida. The Council’s mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. This unique Council partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching funds research, workforce development and a marketing program leveraging governmental, corporate and economic development organization budgets on a regional rather than local basis.

Mark BrewerMark Brewer
Central Florida Foundation

The Central Florida Foundation is a public grant making foundation established in 1994 as a home for Central Florida philanthropists. Today, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals, families and corporations, the Central Florida Foundation has grown to hold nearly 400 named charitable funds with assets of more than $50 million, and has awarded cumulative grants of more than $17 million. By managing and investing donor funds, connecting donors with projects they felt passionate about and enabling donors to make informed decisions through research, the Community Foundation fulfills its mission of "Building Community by Building Philanthropy."

W. Christopher BrowderW. Christopher Browder
Orlando Utilities Commission

OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida providing electric and water services to more than 234,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC also provides chilled water and commercial lighting services.

For more than 90 years, OUC has earned its reputation for outstanding service, quality and reliability. Today, OUC is emerging as a pioneer in sustainability, spearheading innovations from its LEED Gold certified headquarters – “the Greenest building in downtown Orlando” – to Community Solar Gardens and Electric Vehicles. OUC is moving strategically to ensure that its customers have a hometown utility that is not only reliable – but sustainable, too.

Marisa Carnevale-HendersonMarisa Carnevale-Henderson
Bank of America
Executive Committee Member

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail banking offices and approximately 15,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 17 million mobile users.

Anthony CataneseAnthony J. Catanese, Ph.D.
Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is an independent technological university that provides quality education, furthers knowledge through basic and applied research, and serves the diverse needs of our local, state, national and international constituencies. Since it was established in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College to offer continuing education opportunities to scientists, engineers and technicians working for NASA and the Kennedy Space Center, more than 37,000 students have earned degrees at Florida Institute of Technology. These graduates confirm the university's commitment to developing leaders and professionals in the fields of engineering, the sciences, business, aviation and psychology.

chapmanTracy Duda Chapman
The Viera Company

Viera consists of approximately 22,000 acres of land straddling I-95 in central Brevard County and is already home to numerous residential neighborhoods, a regional park, a regional shopping center, the Brevard County Government Center, two hospitals, a stadium, churches, schools and golf courses. With approximately 17,000 residents, Viera also includes the 44,000-acre River Lakes Conservation Area. In Brevard since the 1940s, Duda family members serve on The Viera Company's Board and have a strong interest in creating a special plan for the property that the surrounding community can embrace and that preserves the wonderful heritage of Viera.

Joie ChitwoodJoie Chitwood, III
Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the Daytona 500 is the biggest, richest and most prestigious race in America and annually kicks off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The enormous 480-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe - earning it the title of "World Center of Racing." In addition to nine major weekends of racing activity, the Speedway is also booked for more than two solid months each year for testing and development of various race vehicles.

Antonio T. ColeyAntonio T. Coley
BB&T (Branch Banking & Trust)

Building on a tradition of excellence in community banking that stretches back to 1872, BB&T continues to offer clients a complete range of financial services including banking, lending, insurance, trust, and wealth management solutions. BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $174.8 billion in assets and market capitalization of $21.9 billion, as of March 31, 2012. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services.

<Robert "Sean" DeMartino>Sean DeMartino
Balfour Beatty Construction
Executive Committee Member

Balfour Beatty Construction is the fourth largest contractor in the nation; a commercial construction business delivering more than $3.4 billion each year in complex, one–of–a–kind custom buildings that enhance people's lives and alter the landscape of our communities and our nation.  Balfour Beatty Construction's roots date back to 1933, when two of our regional construction businesses were founded - one in Miami, Florida, and the other in Washington, DC.  Centex acquired these regionally-based construction companies and formed Centex Construction, which operated through early 2007, when we were acquired by Balfour Beatty plc, a global leader in engineering and construction. Now known as Balfour Beatty Construction, the company marked 100 years of excellence in 2009 in the international construction and engineering community.

Mary L. Demetree
Demetree Global

For more than 65 years, Demetree Global has remained a leader in commercial real estate development and land use, ever since Bill Demetree and his partners sold 12,400 acres of land to Walt Disney, now known as the Magic Kingdom. Evidence of the Demetree entrepreneurial spirit and vision is built into skylines, executive office centers, suburbs, and shopping centers throughout Florida. Demetree Global has continued to grow and diversify its holdings by investing in exciting fields such as educational software development, environmental remediation, hospitality, and professional services. With an entrepreneurial tolerance for risk, Demetree Global prides itself in providing resources and expertise beyond traditional financing which allow good ideas to become products and services that are not only in demand, but succeed in the marketplace.

"Investing in the Central Florida Partnership is an investment in the future of our region. Building on a strong foundation, the Partnership through its four lines of business - Entrepreneurship, Research, Leadership and Advocacy - is working to implement the Central Florida Regional Growth Vision."  Mary Demetree was named 2012 Business Owner of the Year by Orlando Business Journal at its 14th Annual Women Who Mean Business Awards.

DorrCharlie S. Dorr
PCL Construction Services, Inc.

PCL is a group of independent construction companies owned by more than 4,400 employee shareholders across the United States, Canada, and Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers.

PCL’s Orlando office is a construction contractor that specializes in commercial construction services. It also has considerable in-house expertise in the construction of smaller scale projects including renovations and tenant fitouts.

Charlie FreemanCharles Y. Freeman
Orlando Magic
Executive Committee Member

A member of the RDV Sports family, the Orlando Magic is an NBA franchise which provides a state-of-the-art experience for fans and players alike. The Magic is dedicated to exemplary service to all customer groups, including employees, fans, season ticket holders, sponsors, and media. The Orlando Magic is widely benchmarked within the sports industry, while being committed to the Central Florida community.

As one of only two NBA franchises in Florida, the Orlando Magic draws its fan base from across the Central Florida region and beyond. Its central location, its history of giving back to the community, and the new events center in Downtown Orlando to host its basketball games will ensure that its fan base will continue to support professional basketball and other community concerts and activities in Central Florida for many years to come.

"Central Florida, the place our organization has chosen to call home, is a young and vibrant community, excited about possibilities for the future. Regional enthusiasm for the development of new community venues showcasing arts, sports and entertainment, led by many of the same organizations and individuals who support the new Central Florida Partnership, renews our commitment to a long-term relationship with the Central Florida Region."

John A. MarzanoAndy Gardiner
Orlando Health

Orlando Health is one of Florida's most comprehensive private, not-for-profit healthcare networks based in Orlando. It's facilities, advanced medical treatments and procedures, and highly qualified staff have distinguished Orlando Health as a healthcare leader for nearly two million Central Florida residents and 4,500 international visitors annually. Orlando Health is a 1,780-bed family of facilities, comprised of: Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital and South Lake Hospital and Health Center Hospital.

Orlando Health is Central Florida's fifth largest employer with over 14,000 employees and more than 2,000 affiliated physicians.  It includes the area's only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics specialty hospital dedicated to children, women and babies, and is a statutory teaching hospital system.

Matt J. Gilbert Matt J. Gilbert
Skanska USA Building, Inc.

Skanska USA Building is a leading provider of world-class construction services within the building construction sector in the United States. Skanska USA Building is based in New Jersey, with an extensive network of local offices that enables a broad geographic reach.

Debbie Harvey
Ron Jon Surf Shop

Ron Jon Surf Shop was founded in 1959 on the New Jersey shore when a bright young man named Ron DiMenna was just discovering the sport of surfing with fiberglass surfboards.  He headed to Florida two years later and opened the "One of a Kind" Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.  Today, Ron Jon Surf Shop has grown into a world famous surfing mecca, a whole water world of eternal summer fun, encompassing more than two acres, overflowing with more surfwear, sportswear and beach gear than is available in any other single venue.  The flagship store in Cocoa Beach is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The addition of stores in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Key West, Fort Myers and Panama City Beach, Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. brings the Ron Jon mystique to loyal followers in those areas.  The Ron Jon Surf Shop logo and name has become recognized around the globe for more than 50 years and has been spotted on the space station Mir 200 miles above the earth.

John HitJohn C. Hitt, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering more than 212 degree programs, it has become an academic and research leader in numerous fields, such as optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, education, science, hospitality management and digital media.

UCF's 1,415-acre main campus provides modern facilities, with 600 acres set aside for lakes, woods and an arboretum. The nation's second-largest university, UCF has 12 colleges, more than 56,000 students, and 10 regional campuses throughout Central Florida.  UCF is one of the largest employers in the region, directly impacting more than 25,000 jobs, with a total economic impact of $1.9 billion. When combined with the adjacent research park, UCF's impact expands to a total of $3.5 billion and more than 45,000 jobs.

C.T. Hsu, FAIA
C.T. Hsu + Associates

C.T. Hsu + Associates is an Orlando-based architectural planning and design firm named 2006 "Firm of the Year" by the American Institute of Architects, Florida Association. Established in 1984, the firm focuses on a mix of mid to large scale projects, using a multidisciplinary approach that ranges from urban planning and design to architecture and interiors.

"The Central Florida Partnership is redefining the architecture of our region. It provides a platform where regional leaders can learn to better collaborate, cooperate and coordinate their collective efforts - moving Ideas to Results throughout the Central Florida Region."

John MoskosLeila Jammal-Nodarse, P.E.
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Terracon is a dynamic and growing employee-owned firm of consulting engineers and scientists providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials, and facilities services to clients at local, regional, and national levels. Since 1965, our employee-owned firm has provided tailored services to meet our clients' objectives. By combining our national resources with specific local area expertise, we consistently overcome obstacles and deliver the results our clients expect.

Teracon offers a variety of related services through a nationwide network of offices to meet our clients single - or multi-site needs. Our responsiveness, high quality deliverables, practical solutions, and competitive fees afford clients with an easier way of doing business that saves time and money.

jardonJames E. Jardon, II
JHT, Inc.

Since its inception in 1990 as a Hispanic-owned, small disadvantaged 8(a) business, JHT, Incorporated has experienced tremendous growth graduating in February 2005 to a service-disabled, veteran-owned large business. JHT began as a provider of high-quality computer-based training to government clients, and that core capability has now expanded into the conversion of existing stand-up instruction and the delivery of highly interactive multimedia courseware anytime, anywhere over the World Wide Web. In addition, JHT has moved into the market area of commercial training clients.

Tony Jenkinsjenkins
Florida Blue

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF) has played an important role in Florida since its founding 69 years ago. Today, as Floridians face a fundamental transformation in how health care is delivered, it is more important than ever that BCBSF help lead the way by enabling increased access and affordability, offering choices and simplicity, and partnering in our communities to serve the people of Florida. Headquartered in Jacksonville, BCBSF employs thousands throughout the state.



Marva JohsonMarva Brown Johnson
Bright House Networks
Executive Committee Member

Bright House Networks is proud to deliver the TV, Home Phone and High Speed Internet services that are making so many lives easier, taking pride in the many communities served, and working hard to improve lives all around town.  As part of a nationwide network, Bright House Networks serves customers across the U.S., in these markets: Tampa Bay and Orlando, Florida; Bakersfield, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Birmingham, Alabama; along with several other smaller regions in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Giving back to the areas we also call home is why you'll find Bright House Networks employees working, educating and serving the needs of others, throughout your community.

Jeffery Q. Jonasen
Executive Committee Member

Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with offices around the state providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Its statewide presence and culture reflect the firm’s status as Florida’s law firm for business. In 2013, Gunster opened its newest office in Orlando with the addition of Jeff Jonasen, Tico Perez and Derek Bruce, formerly of Perez, Bruce & Jonasen LLP and Edge Public Affairs. Gunster’s Orlando office serves clients based primarily in Central Florida, as well as private sector and not-for-profit entities from across Florida and out-of-state, with a focus on government affairs, corporate and land use law. Gunster serves clients from its 11 offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 160 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 250 largest law firms.

Adrian Jones

LEGOLAND Florida is geared specifically towards youngsters ages 2 through 12. With over 50 family rides, "hands-on" attractions and shows, LEGOLAND Florida provides education, adventure and fun in this second park of its kind in the United States.  In addition to LEGOLAND Florida (opened Fall 2011), there are currently 4 LEGOLAND parks in the world - LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark marked its 40th anniversary in 2008; LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London opened in 1996, and has been awarded the British Government's top honor for excellence in academic programs, LEGOLAND California opened March 20, 1999, and LEGOLAND Deutschland in Germany opened the Spring of 2002.

Wendy LibbyWendy B. Libby, Ph.D.
Stetson University

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Florida., with a second campus in Gulfport, Florida. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

Yolanda Londoño
Tupperware Brands Corporation
Executive Committee Member

For over 60 years Tupperware Brands has made a difference in the lives of women around the world by offering an independent business opportunity. Continuing to break new ground, Tupperware Corporation changed its name to Tupperware Brands Corporation in December of 2005 to reflect the company's increasing product diversity. Tupperware Brands, reinforcing itself as a multi-brand, multi-category, direct sales company, has a global sales force of nearly 3 million in almost 100 countries, as well as sales revenues of $1.7 billion.


Jay MadaraJay Madara
Golf Channel

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer, is available in more than 140 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies.  Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original programming.  Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.

Kevin R. McCarter

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The Company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations.

Troy L. McNicholsTroy L. McNichols
AT&T, Inc.

AT&T is bringing it all together for our customers, from the revolutionary iPhone to next-generation TV services. Today, our mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else. We're fulfilling this vision by creating new solutions for consumers and businesses and by driving innovation in the communications and entertainment industry.

AT&T is recognized as the leading worldwide provider of IP-based communications services to businesses. We're also the top U.S. provider of wireless, high speed Internet access, Wi-Fi, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. And we're making huge advances in the entertainment and communications industry.

"In our industry, and around the globe, connectivity is key.  We see the Central Florida Partnership as the platform where regional leaders can convene and learn to better collaborate, cooperate and coordinate - resulting in improved communications on the critical issues that are facing the Central Florida Region."

Michael D. Minton
Dean Mead

From its founding 34 years ago, Dean Mead has made community service a core value. The cornerstone of Dean Mead's practice is commitment to clients.  Dean Mead strives to fully understand each client's business operations and objectives because they recognize that the most successful legal solutions are the result of a strong relationship between a law firm and its clients.  


CAPT Frank W. Naylor, IIICAPT Frank W. Naylor, III**
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division

Within the Naval Air Systems Command, the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) is the Navy's source for a full range of innovative products and services that provide complete training solutions. This includes requirements analysis, design, development and full life cycle support. Of significance is NAWCTSD's ability to provide continuous learning across a wide variety of applications (aviation, surface, undersea, etc.). NAWCTSD integrates the science of learning with performance-based training and measurement of training effectiveness focused on improving the performance of Sailors and Marines. NAWCTSD continually engages the warfighter to understand challenges, solve problems, create new capabilities and provide essential support. NAWCTSD is also one of the cornerstones of the National Center for Simulation, and is a proud member of the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

Keith A. Norden, CEcD* Keith A. Norden, CEcD*
Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation

Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation is an organization that works to support business growth and recruit new business. Our clients are high-impact businesses both domestic and international, as well as site selection consultants that represent these companies. We measure our success based on new jobs created and capital investment.

Team Volusia EDC is a public/private partnership representing Volusia County and its 16 cities that comprise the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan area. Incorporated in August 2010, the formation of Team Volusia EDC is evidence of a community-wide, collaborative effort to diversify the local economy and ensure economic prosperity for its residents.

J. Brian ParadisJ. Brian Paradis
Florida Hospital
Executive Committee Member

Since 1908, the mission of Florida Hospital has been to extend a healing ministry that makes our community a healthier place to live, accomplishing this mission by building the most advanced health care programs and services in Central Florida.  Florida Hospital has grown from the 20-bed cottage on the shores of Lake Estelle where Florida Hospital Orlando now resides to today's 2,247-bed hospital at seven locations in the tri-county area:  Florida Hospital for Children, Florida Hospitals Orlando, Altamonte, Apopka, East Orlando, Celebration Health, Kissimmee and Winter Park Memorial Hospital.

"Linking cutting-edge healthcare research with the clinical service demands that our ever-expanding region will require in the years ahead is an important part of our corporate mission. The Central Florida Partnership provides access to the economic development initiatives that are growing our region while nurturing relationships among Central Florida's founding organizations and newcomers who bring innovation and enthusiasm to our marketplace."

John PerryJonathan M. Perry
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Greenberg Traurig. P.A. (GT) has offices in every major U.S. financial center, key U.S. growth states and in leading centers for business and finance in Europe. GT offers clients additional access points to hubs of global innovation through its strategic alliances with leading independent law firms in Europe. GT's growth to 1800 lawyers and more than 30 locations is an example of the firm's instincts for leveraging a changing marketplace. GT not only helps clients navigate change, it also helps its neighborhoods stay strong in changing times - through the Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation and its work with numerous community service organizations. Greenberg Traurig's Orlando office is one of the largest law offices in Central Florida, with teams of experienced attorneys practicing in real estate, litigation, land use, hospitality, tax, and corporate and securities.

Mr. David Petr* David Petr*
Central Florida Development Council, Inc.

The Central Florida Development Council (CFDC), designated as the primary economic development organization for Polk County by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, offers business services to local companies and prospective companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.

Its relationship with the Polk County Board of County Commissioners, local educational institutions and Enterprise Florida allows the CFDC to offer unique business opportunities to the companies it works with. The CFDC focuses on domestic and international business recruitment, business retention and expansion, small business development and marketing in Central Florida’s Polk County.

Ron PizzutiRon Pizzuti
The Pizzuti Companies
Executive Committee Member

The Pizzuti Companies represent decades of experience in all aspects of the development process for projects of varying size and scope, including build-to-suit office buildings, mixed-use developments, high-rise office buildings, industrial facilities, sports facilities, medical office campuses, and standout residential condominiums.

Phil RawlinsPhil Rawlins
Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club is set to become Central Florida’s 2nd Major League professional sports franchise when they begin play in Major League Soccer MLS in March 2015. The Lions have won two USL-PRO regular season titles and two postseason Championships in the past three years. The team, along with the City of Orlando, Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County, is building a 20,000 seat soccer stadium in downtown Orlando, scheduled to open in the summer of 2015. In 2014, the team played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Outside of the first team squad, Orlando City Soccer also runs the largest youth soccer club in Central Florida, Orlando City Youth Soccer.

Martin RubinMartin Rubin
Smart City
Executive Committee Member

Smart City is the nation’s leading communications provider to convention centers and hospitality venues. The company's goal is to provide technologies that make our destinations smarter places to visit, work, live, and play. Smart City employs more than 585 team members nationwide.

Smart City Telecom’s service area consists of approximately 27,000 acres, or 42 square miles, located 15 miles southwest of the City of Orlando in Orange and Osceola Counties. Smart City Telecom’s largest customers are various direct and indirect subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. Smart City Telecom customers utilize Smart City Telecom services for residential, theme parks, hotels, restaurants, retail stores and extensive office and support facilities located throughout the Certificate Area.

Joy SabolJoy Sabol
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) is one of five Lockheed Martin business areas. MFC is a recognized designer, developer and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for the U.S. and allied militaries. MFC develops, manufactures and supports advanced combat, missile, rocket, manned and unmanned systems for military customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, NASA and dozens of foreign allies. MFC also offers a wide range of products and services for the global civil nuclear power industry and the military’s green power initiatives. MFC has seven principal product categories that correspond to the vital capabilities it provides our warfighters and civilian customers in their defining moments. MFC pursues business in more than 50 countries with more than 50 product and service lines.

Jason W. SearlJason W. Searl
GrayRobinson, P.A.

GrayRobinson is a full-service corporate law firm with over 270 attorneys throughout 10 offices across Florida, providing legal services for Fortune 500 companies, emerging businesses, lending institutions, local and state governments, developers, entrepreneurs and individuals across Florida, the nation and the world, The firm's strength is built upon the collective histories of offices across the state in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Tallahassee and Tampa.

One of Florida's fastest-growing law firms, Gray Robinson is committed to keeping small-firm qualities, including the ability to work expeditiously on behalf of its clients and respond quickly to their needs, while working with conviction and compassion embracing our communities as a matter of mission as well as passion.

T.L. "Chip" Smallwood, IIIT.L. "Chip" Smallwood, III
Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had $134 billion in assets and operated 15 affiliates with 1,308 full-service Banking Centers, including 102 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,639 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors.

Tom SmithTom Smith
Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando offers guests the very best of both worlds from business travel to tourism. Located on I-Drive in the Convention District, it offers an upscale vacation resort with an unrivaled radius to top attractions for corporate travel or theme park adventures. In addition to its convenient location near corporate events, the Hyatt Regency Orlando offers 315,000 square feet of flexible meeting space to host events from business conferences to elegant weddings.

Tracey StockwellTracey Stockwell
Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando® Resort is more than a theme park. It's an entire universe of action and thrills featuring TWO spectacular theme parks unlike anything else in Orlando. Universal Orlando® is committed to being the #1 entertainment destination in the world while improving the quality of life where our team members live, work, and play. Being a good corporate citizen and employer of choice is a top priority for our company because it will result in a better Central Florida for all of us and because it is the right thing to do.


Jacob V. StuartJacob V. Stuart
Central Florida Partnership
Executive Committee Member

The Central Florida Partnership is a collaborative of passionate public, private and independent sector leaders committed to building a better tomorrow for Central Florida's seven counties – Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. The Partnership are thoughtful leaders united by a single, guiding principle – that we have both the power and the responsibility to make positive change happen. Working together, through four lines of business – Orlando, Inc. (Regional Entrepreneurship), BusinessForce (Regional Public Policy Advocacy), (Regional Research & Resolves) and Leadership Orlando (Regional Leadership) – the Central Florida Partnership is moving "Ideas to Results."

Rasesh ThakkarRasesh Thakkar
Tavistock Group
Executive Committee Member

Tavistock Group is a global, private investment company that was founded 30 years ago. The company has grown to encompass a broad portfolio of interests of investments in 15 countries including Argentina, The Bahamas, China, European Union, Mexico and the United States. The company employs a simple investment philosophy looking for value opportunities where its capital, flexibility, management support and strategic hand can build value. Its Foundation serves programs and organizations in the communities where we have significant business interests. The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, Florida and is instrumental in the development of Lake Nona Medical City, with millions of dollars donated to creating this biomedical research and educational hub in Central Florida.

Ed Timberlake
Seaside National Bank & Trust

Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, but serving the entire Central Florida Region, Seaside National Bank & Trust, with this financial strength, is able to provide a sophisticated and customized set of commercial and personal banking products and services, as well as wealth management solutions to its clients. With six locations currently in Orlando, Lake Mary, Windermere and Sarasota, Seaside National Bank & Trust has plans to open additional Florida offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa Bay, Winter Park, and Stuart.

"As Past Chair of, one of four key business units for the Central Florida Partnership, I am acutely aware of the importance of regional research, regional cooperation, and regional collaboration on the issues most critical to the collective success of the Central Florida Region. Building relationships across all sectors, while building our community, will serve us well into the future."

George W. Walton, P.E.George W. Walton, P.E.
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global consulting firm assisting public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain thousands of critical infrastructure projects around the world. Founded in New York City in 1885, Parsons Brinckerhoff is a diverse company of 14,000 people in more than 150 offices on five continents. With a strong commitment to technical excellence, a diverse workforce, and service to its clients, Parsons Brinckerhoff is currently at work on thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the world, ranging from the mega-projects that define an entire region to smaller, more local projects that keep a community humming.

Lynda L. WeathermanLynda L. Weatherman*
Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is an innovative, countywide, not-for-profit partnership between the Brevard County Commission and the Space Coast business community. Business leaders, chambers of commerce, local and state government leaders, and community organizations contribute to the overall mission of the EDC.

The EDC is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies.


Mr. Rick L. WeddleRick L. Weddle*
Orlando Economic Development Commission

The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership that works with companies to attract, retain and grow jobs for the region. The EDC serves Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties and the City of Orlando – a region of about 4,000 square miles and 2.2 million people. The EDC provides key services and support to companies at no cost; ranging from location and expansion expertise to long-term planning with community stakeholders.

The EDC is proud to be recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council, an achievement only the top 1 percent of all economic development organizations achieve.


Luke S. Widmer Luke S. Widmer
Oakstone Capital Partners

Oakstone Capital Partners is a privately-held, Orlando-based asset holding company, which makes strategic investments to align its portfolio of assets with the vision of its shareholders. Oakstone’s management team seeks to apply its strategic investment management skills, along with capital, to its broad portfolio of investments in order to create value for the company’s shareholders.


* Ex-Officio Member
** Advisory Member