Founding Directors Central Florida Partnership
Central Florida Partnership Officers
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 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.
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.
Loren J. Bender
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 a one of 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.
The Community Foundation of Central Florida 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 Community 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."
J. Cory Broadaway
J. Rolfe Davis Insurance was ranked among the top 100 largest brokers in the U.S. by Business Insurance Magazine and among the top 100 privately held insurance agencies in the country prior to being acquired by BB&T Insurance Services in Dec. 2008. BB&T is the 6th largest broker in the country ($1 billion revenues). Founded in 1942, BB&T- J.Rolfe Davis has grown to more than 120 employees serving the nation's most prestigious businesses and families . It is composed of five divisions: commercial property and casualty, employee benefits, personal lines, financial services, and retirement plans. This team of insurance, benefits, and risk management specialists delivers a full array of value-added services. Their knowledge and expertise have earned the trust of many firms throughout the Southeast.
Anthony J. Catanese, Ph.D.
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.
Tracy Duda Chapman
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 Chitwood, III
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. Coley
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.
Karen L. Dee
Fifth Third believes in strengthening communities by creating opportunities for its neighbors and suppliers. Proudly providing banking services for 5.8 million customers, Fifth Third understands that earning customer trust is key to its financial strength. Fifth Third operates 18 affiliates with over 1,227 full-service locations primarily in the Midwest and Florida. Fifth Third Bank has a rich legacy of community support. In 1948, it became the first financial institution in the United States to establish a charitable foundation. Today, it continues to invest the time, resources and people to help build a better tomorrow in the communities it serves.
Robert "Sean" DeMartino
Balfour Beatty Construction! We are 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
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.
Charles S. Dorr
Centrally located in the Millenia area between downtown and the attractions, the Orlando operation has constructed such notable landmark projects as the Orange County Convention Center Phases 3 and 4, Darden Restaurant Group’s Headquarters, CNL’s Headquarters and numerous Walt Disney World resort projects. Operating as Hardin Construction for more than 40 years until being acquired by DPR in April 2013, the Orlando office collaborates closely with DPR’s Tampa and West Palm Beach offices to service customers throughout the state.
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.
Patricia J. Engfer
Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world's premier hotel companies, offers today's travelers over 735 hotels and resorts (over 136,000 rooms) in more than 44 countries. Hyatt Regency® hotels are the core brand of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts®, offering guests opportunities to broaden their horizons and rejuvenate. The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is the only Orlando, Florida airport hotel with Four Diamond status, where guests enjoy award-winning dining, deluxe amenities and personalized attention.
"Through my leadership roles with the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, I see the importance of providing an essential place for leaders to convene, set priorities, address our region's toughest challenges and identify our greatest opportunities. The Central Florida Partnership is that place."
Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell is a firm of 85 trial attorneys representing corporate clients throughout the United States. While its primary emphasis is on the Southeast, (with offices in Orlando, Miami, Tampa, Tallahassee and Birmingham), their practice is national in scope handling a variety of disputes, but its primary focus is on business and commercial litigation. Establishing a reputation in the area of product liability, the firm diversified into labor and employment, construction, mediation services, toxic torts, professional liability, insurance coverage, IP litigation and governmental and administrative law.
Christopher M. Flack
Duke Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 250 energy company with more than 21,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues. The company will observe its 100th anniversary in 2008. Duke Energy includes two major utilities that serve more than 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future that includes aggressive energy efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system.
"As we prepare our organizational capacity to serve the expansive population projections for the Central Florida Region, our participation in the Central Florida Partnership will ensure that we have access to the latest demographics as well as the pulse of the population determined through regular community leadership and voter opinion surveys."
Charles Y. Freeman “Charlie”
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 exciting prospect of a 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."
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 C. Hitt, Ph.D.
The University of Central Florida is one of the most dynamic universities in the country. Offering more than 220 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 + 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."
Leila Jammal-Nodarse, P.E.
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.
James E. Jardon, II
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.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has played an important role in Florida since its founding 65 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.
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.
Reyes Beverage Group is a Reyes Holdings, LLC company, a first generation family business founded with the purchase of a small South Carolina beer distributorship in 1976. Reyes Beverage Group is dedicated to being the best beer distributor in the industry; adding value to the brewers' supply chain as well as offering the widest variety of the best beers available to retailers while creating an outstanding work environment for its employees. The company has prospered through additional strategic acquisitions and committed customer service to become the largest beer distributor in the United States, and one of the foremost names in the international distribution of food service products. In 2011, Schenck Company, the largest beer distributor in Central Florida joins Reyes Beverage Group becoming Florida Distributing Company, L.L.C.
LEGOLAND Florida is geared specifically towards youngsters ages two 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.
C. Dean Kurtz
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice and wireless services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to business, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers.
Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. 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.
The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE:PNC) is one of the nation's largest financial services companies with assets of $262 billion. PNC is a diversified financial institution, which includes a regional banking franchise operating primarily in 15 states and the District of Columbia, specialized financial businesses serving companies and government entities, and leading asset management and fund processing.
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 almost 2 million in almost 100 countries, as well as sales revenues of $1.7 billion.
John A. Marzano
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, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, and South Seminole 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, and is a statutory teaching hospital system.
Stephen H. Mauldin
CNL Lifestyle Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in income-producing properties with a focus on lifestyle-related industries. The company acquires properties and leases them primarily on a long-term, triple-net basis. CNL Lifestyle Properties intends to invest in properties with the potential for long-term revenue generation based on demographic trends, associated concentrations of wealth and other proprietary underwriting models.
The company invests in what's important to America. While closely monitoring the lifestyle trends driven by demographics, the company develops strong relationships with significant industry leaders and invests in income-producing properties diversified by geography, operating partner and lifestyle sector.
Adam H. McKinnon
Troy L. McNichols
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
From its founding 30 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.
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 more than 59 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 6,100 retail banking offices, nearly 18,500 ATMs and award-winning online banking with nearly 25 million active users. Bank of America is the No. 1 overall Small Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the No. 1 SBA lender to minority-owned small businesses. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 83 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Captain Steve D. "Snak" Nakagawa*
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.
J. Brian Paradis
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 2,188-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.
Jonathan M. Perry
Greenberg Traurig 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.
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.
Regions Financial Corporation is a member of the S&P 100 Index and Forbes Magazine's "Platinum 400" list of America's "Best Big Companies." With $141 billion in assets, Regions is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates almost 2,000 banking offices and 2,400 ATMs.
"At Regions Bank, we expect more of ourselves, we expect more for our customers, and we expect more for our community. In Central Florida, we have aligned with the Central Florida Partnership because we share similar core values and are working together to reach higher, protect our quality of life, focus on what is important to our future, and to do what is right for our region."
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.
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.
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 myregion.org, 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."
The Walt Disney World Resort is the place where dreams come true for the millions of guests from around the world who visit each year to enjoy the attractions, entertainment, shopping and dining offered at the resort. Since opening in October 1971, the Walt Disney World Resort has grown from one theme park, two resort hotels and a campground, to a vacation destination with four theme parks, two water parks, more than 20 resort hotels, a sports complex and much more. With more than 62,000 employees, the Walt Disney World Resort is the largest single-site employer in the country. Many of these "cast members," as they are called, continue making magic outside of Walt Disney World, donating thousands of hours annually as Disney VoluntEARS in the community. The company champions a strong corporate citizenship approach, one that encompasses the environment, community, workplaces and, most importantly, children and families.
Walt Disney was right when he said, "You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world . . .but it requires people to make the dream a reality."
* Advisory Member to the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Partnership