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Robert Abascal

Robert Abascal brings more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of Computer Image Generation (CIG) operation – including database development, integration maintenance and real-time software development – to his leadership role as President and Chief Executive Officer of AVT Simulation. His extensive CIG knowledge and expertise is the result of years of dedication to the integration of simulator subsystems and extensive training in all facets of simulator operation. Most recently, Mr. Abascal has concentrated on the advancements in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to develop cost-effective, high fidelity training simulators and software technology in order to rapidly integrate or upgrade existing trainers with little downtime. Mr. Abascal has also performed visual systems engineering and computer programming with high profile aerospace clients such as General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, and Evans & Sutherland. In addition to his technical achievements, he has written several papers on CIG and published the Image Society Annual Image Generation (IG) Survey document.

Mr. Abascal received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Purdue University in 1982 and completed advanced coursework at the University of Texas at Arlington.

President · AVT Simulation · 407-381-5311 · Contact by email

Tiffany A. Altizer

Tiffany A. Altizer, CPA, is a shareholder and tax manager at Keith Altizer and Company, P.A. She has been in the public accounting profession since 1991 providing services in the areas of income tax consulting, planning and compliance for individuals, estates, trusts, partnerships, corporations and private foundations. Tiffany began her career with the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young. She has been with Keith Altizer and Company since 1997.

Tiffany has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Emphasis in Accounting) from Auburn University and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Central Florida. She is a past VP of Finance for the Junior League of Greater Orlando and past Treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland Foundation. Tiffany is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Shareholder/Tax Manager · Keith Altizer and Company, P.A., CPA's · 407-539-1188 · Contact by email

Raymond (Rusty) K. Altizer, Jr.

Rusty Altizer, CPA, CVA, ABV, is the Valuation Manager at Keith Altizer and Company, P.A. He has been in the public accounting profession since 1994 providing services in the areas of income tax consulting, planning and preparation for individuals, estates, trusts, partnerships, corporations and private foundations.  As a valuation analyst, Rusty has performed business valuations for a variety of industries including automotive dealerships, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, general contractors, medical practices, restaurants and real estate companies. 

Rusty is an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Child Sponsorship Program, a non-profit organization that provides funding for a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Rusty has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Emphasis in Accounting) from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

CPA · Keith Altizer and Company, P.A. · 407-539-1188 · Contact by email

Tom Bacchus

Tom Bacchus is a Senior Vice President in Business Banking and has been a banker in Central Florida for over 30 years. Tom is a Florida native and moved to Central Florida with his family in 1961. He is a graduate of Florida State University, is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, and has been an avid runner since he was a teenager.

Tom and his wife Nancy moved to the Lake Eola Heights neighborhood in downtown Orlando in 1994 and have taken great pleasure in restoring their 1924 bungalow. Tom and Nancy find their highest enjoyment in traveling whenever possible. Their favorite destinations include Paris, Prague, Dubrovnik, and anyplace in Italy. They are set to visit Greece in 2012.

Senior Vice President · M & I Bank, A Part of BMO Financial Group · 407-648-2141 · Contact by email

Diana E. Banton

Diana Banton is the Corporate Administration Manager for IC International Group, LLC, in Orlando, also with offices in Venezuela, Panama in the Republic of Panama, and Shanghai, China. Prior to joining IC International Group, Diana worked for 40 years primarily in business administration. In her role as Corporate Administration Manager, Diana has responsibility for Accounting, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Legal and Logistics across the company. Diana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and she has been trained in all aspects of business administration.

Administration Manager · IC International Group, LLC · 407-403-6737 · Contact by email

Mellanie J. Bartlett

Mellanie J. Bartlett is a principal in the marketing and public relations firm of Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. Prior to forming Sweeney & Bartlett in 2008, Mellanie served as a legal marketing professional for two prominent Orlando law firms and is one of the original founders of the Orlando Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. Speaking and writing engagements include serving on the faculty of the Legalworks Marketing Partner Forum, an international conference devoted to law firm client development.

Prior to her career in legal marketing, Mellanie served in a regional marketing capacity for an upscale golf community developer and as the director of communications for a 4,000+ member trade organization. She also has extensive experience in tourism and hospitality marketing.

Currently, Mellanie is serving as 2011-2012 President of the Mid-Florida Home Builders Foundation, the charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando.

Mellanie holds a double major, in journalism and radio and television production from the University of Central Florida and her master’s degree in corporate communication and technology from Rollins College.

Principal · Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. · 407-902-7141 · Contact by email

James A. Beckman

James A. Beckman is the first permanent chair of the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he also holds tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. From 2000-2011, he served as a professor of law at the University of Tampa (UT), serving as an assistant professor of law from 2000-2006 and a tenured associate professor of law from 2006-2011. While at UT, he also served as the director of the UT’s Law & Justice program from 2000-2011, and as the chair of the Department of Government, History and Sociology from 2007-2010. In 2011, Professor Beckman was selected as the chair of the newly founded Department of Legal Studies at UCF. Prior to entering academia, Professor Beckman served as an active duty military lawyer for the Army in the 1990s, serving on the Staff & Faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as an active duty assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland. He also served as a litigation attorney for the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC. He has been a licensed and active member of The Florida Bar since 1993.
Professor Beckman holds degrees from the University of Tampa (B.A.), The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.), and Georgetown University’s Law Center (LL.M. in International & Comparative Law). He has published numerous diverse articles on history and law and is the author of four books (with a fifth book under contract), including serving as the editor of the two-volume work entitled, Affirmative Action, an Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2004), which has been described as “inspired” and a “well designed reference” and is in the collections of more than 850 college and university libraries worldwide (including such places as Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and the United States Supreme Court Law Library, among other places). Professor Beckman is passionate about history and loves spending time with his wife, Maria, and their multiple rescue animals.

Department Chair · UCF - Department of Legal Studies · 407-823-1670 · Contact by email

Chasity Benitez

Chasity Benitez graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Management. She has actively volunteered for a number of groups, which include the Valencia Volunteers Club, the Baby DJ Program with XL 106.7, New Hope for Kids, Kids Beating Cancer, and Pet Rescue by Judy.

Chasity served as the Notice to Owner Department Researcher in 1999 and gained enough experience to move onto become the Notice to Owner Department Supervisor. She served in her role as a supervisor until 2008 when she became the now instituted Notice to Owner Department Manager.

Manager · NACM South Atlantic · 407-299-7491 · Contact by email

Shelby M. Benson

Shelby Benson is a Business Banking Relationship Manager with SunTrust Bank. A Central Florida Banker for 15 years, Shelby has extensive experience working with business owners and entrepreneurs. As a Relationship Manager, Shelby’s clients include Attorneys, Physicians, Manufacturers, Software Companies, and Non-Profit Organizations. Shelby’s goal is to provide her clients with the service, solutions, and relationship they need to build a foundation for their company’s success and growth.

Shelby is a native Central Floridian and proudly supports her alma mater, The University of Central Florida! Shelby earned her B.A. in Psychology from UCF. She has served as team leader for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in addition to volunteering with Junior Achievement & the United Way. She enjoys running & spending time with her husband, Attorney Joe Benson and their 3 beautiful children.

Business Banking Relationship Manager · SunTrust Bank · 407-359-4319 · Contact by email

Florian Boehm

Owner Florian "Flo" Boehm, a native German, has a long professional background from his involvement in a family video and film production company. After graduating college and completing military service in Germany he attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated with perfect attendance and Valedictorian awards.

While studying Flo developed an interest in bringing his technical knowledge and skills to the legal community and received his certification as a Certified Court Video Specialist. After completing his Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees he founded Boehm & Boehm, serving clients in Orlando, Central Florida, as well as the United States and outside with highlights such as different Soccer World Cups, Olympic Games and other prestigious events.

Boehm & Boehm Forensic Media Consulting was founded in 2007 as a litigation solutions and support provider with an additional focus on media production. Since then, Boehm & Boehm has continued to expand to meet added service demands involving video, photo, audio and other media related applications. The main offices are located in Orlando, Central Florida. Boehm & Boehm is a preferred vendor and exclusive AV service provider of the Orange County Bar Association. Boehm & Boehm has a staffed office in Germany for its European operations.

Principal · Boehm & Boehm Forensic Media Consulting · 407-557-2744 · Contact by email

Allie Braswell

Founder · Braswell Management Group LLC · (407) 926-2454 · Contact by email

Todd A. Bryant

While most students spend their college years studying, socializing, or going to football games, Todd Bryant used his time to vault into the business world at an early age. While attending the University of Central Florida, Todd worked part-time as a server at various Orlando Restaurants. He also held an internship nearly every semester, equating to seven different internships throughout his collegiate career. His 7th internship was the place he found he had a true passion for: Northwestern Mutual. Todd was named one of the top interns in the entire country, and decided to make it his career. Since moving to full-time in 2007, Todd has been honored as a bronze, silver and gold winner, led the Central Florida area in new clients twice, and achieved the Agent Achievement Award, one of the highest honors a new representative can earn. Todd continues to focus on helping new people every day.

Todd is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, UCF College of Business Executive Committee, Citrus Club Board of Governors, UCF Alumni Association, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Orlando Regional Realtors Association, Leadership Law Orlando. He is involved with community outreach activities with Outreach Love, Inc. as a tutor/mentor, and with the UCF College of Business Mentoring Program, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and Meals on Wheels.

Financial Representative · Northwestern Mutual Financial Network · 407-447-7814 · Contact by email

Lori Burbank

Lori Burbank is the Regional Operations Director for the Webster University, Central Florida Campuses, the Assistant Director of the two Orlando Sites and an adjunct full professor. She joined the Webster team in 1995, after a 20 year career in the United States Navy. She has over 30 years of management, operations, training and teaching experience in the military and private sectors.

Regional Operations Director · Webster University · 407-869-8111 · Contact by email

Julie Buxton

Director of Human Resources · Miller Bearings, Inc. · 407-425-9078 · Contact by email

Gary W. Cain

As a proud Boys & Girls Clubs alumnus and motivated president & chief professional officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida for over 18 years, Gary Cain knows the benefits of a Club firsthand. Gary’s involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs began at the impressionable age of 11 at his childhood Club in Panama City, Florida. Gary credits his Boys & Girls Club experience as having a profound impact on his life from the social, educational and emotional standpoints. His deep involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs as a child diverted him from negative activities and influences associated with growing up in an impoverished background as well as motivated him to achieve more than what he was presented with in life.

“In many ways, the wheels were coming off in my family,” Cain says. “My Boys & Girls Club treated me as an individual, taught me about values and sheltered me from the storm that was ongoing in my family.”
It is no wonder why Gary Cain is so passionate about his work and the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs, Gary grew into a driven individual and professional. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tusculum College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Rollins College. He has also made significant contributions to elevating the overall image and awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in the areas of financial stewardship and board member development.

Gary began his Boys & Girls Club professional career in Bristol, Virginia, where he served as that organization’s first full-time program director. Before moving to Orlando, Gary served as the assistant regional director of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Pacific Region where he had primary responsibility for providing consultative services to existing Boys & Girls Clubs. In his role as assistant regional director, Gary directly established 23 new Boys & Girls Clubs that now serve thousands of children in need.

President, CPO · Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida · 407-841-6855 · Contact by email

Andrew L. Cameron

I am a candidate for Orange County Judge because I believe that county court judges are the gatekeepers to the judicial system and to the promise of fairness and justice within it. The Orange County judicial system resolves hundreds of thousands of disputes annually, the vast majority of these within the county court. That is why county court is the “people’s court” and is for many the court of first and last resort. The citizens of Orange county depend on their county court judges to be fair, intelligent and efficient, and to resolve disputes that they cannot negotiate on their own. Our community is entitled to select their judges, and to expect them to be experienced, patient and courteous. For 26 years, my diverse criminal and civil law practice has rewarded me with extensive experience in the law and its process, and the satisfaction of advocating on behalf of citizens throughout Florida. From this diverse legal experience I will bring to the court a valuable new perspective for the benefit of the people of Orange County.

Andrew L. Cameron, P.A. · 407-426-7311 ·

Tammy L. Carey

Assistant Banking Center Manager, Bank Officer

American Momentum Bank · 407-367-4332 · Contact by email

Randy Centrella

Randy Centrella is a process oriented, business builder with over 19 years of experience instituting service and operational models that drive profitability and growth for large corporations and small businesses. Randy focuses on the ‘big picture’, which includes aspects such as workflow, departmental processes, revenue tracking, and employee variables in order to originate improvements and streamline operations. His specializations include business planning, database modeling, marketing and collateral, large scale event logistics, revenue collection, start up operations, event registration, sales reporting, and vendor management.
Randy worked in Revenue Reconciliation and Recovery as Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports as a Program Services Manager, and most recently at Hometown Sports, LLC as the Owner and Sales Manager as well as serving as the Business Development Manager at Protechnica Technology Support.
Randy’s commitment to growth, profitability, and sustainability have proven characteristic of his employment of consistency, efficiency, productivity, and reliability.

Business Development Manager · Protechnica · 407-345-5636 · Contact by email

Paul J. Ciambriello

Paul Ciambriello, Vice President of Guignard Company since 1999, brings with him over 27 years of experience as a surety bond underwriter and surety agent.
Paul started his surety career in 1986. He performed underwriting and surety management throughout New York, Indianapolis, and Florida. His experience includes the handling of bonds for closely held as well as publicly traded companies in the Construction, Energy, Technology, Advertising, Waste Hauling fields, Court and Probate Bonds, along with many other industries throughout the United States. Paul has also worked with companies concerning international bonding needs.
Paul is currently an active member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers as well as the related Education and Legislative committees. Paul conducts frequent seminars in order to educate the public on bonds. He also educates elected officials on bonding issues.

Vice President · Guignard Company · 407-536-4476 · Contact by email

Markita D. Cooper

Markita D. Cooper is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, Florida. Her administrative responsibilities include curriculum oversight and development, course planning and scheduling, and strategic planning and management of the law school. She teaches torts and advanced courses focused on defamation and privacy law.

Markita’s research and professional interests include defamation law; evolving conceptions of privacy in the digital age; examining and challenging law school teaching and classroom culture, diversity in the legal profession, and law school curriculum. Prior to joining the faculty of Florida A&M in 2008, she was a professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California for 17 years. Markita’s work at Golden Gate included administrative service, first as Faculty Chair and later as Associate Dean for JD Programs. She also taught as a Visiting Professor at the law schools of the University of California King Hall School of Law in Davis, California, and DePaul University in Chicago.

Markita relocated to Central Florida in 2006. She serves on the Board of Trustees of WMFE, is a former chair of WMFE’s Community Advisory Board, and currently serves on WMFE’s Development Committee. Her service to the legal profession includes being a law school site evaluator for the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions and to the Bar, serving as Chair, Chair-Elect, and Secretary of the Section on Teaching Methods of the Association of American Law Schools and serving as Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Relations.

Markita earned her J.D. degree from University of Virginia School of Law and an A.B. degree from Stanford University. She also received a Kellogg National Fellowship.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law · Florida A&M University College of Law · 407-254-3201 · Contact by email

Christopher Dale

Christopher Dale is a Vice President in Premier Banking and has been in banking for over 12 years. He was born in Kansas City, MO, but moved to Orlando in the mid 80's and has been here ever since. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a proud GATOR. Christopher works exclusively with high net worth clients providing customized banking, wealth management and borrowing solutions. He and his team of specialists focus on helping each customer grow, protect and preserve their assets, as well as distribute them tax efficiently at the point of their choosing. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Christopher is active in his community serving as a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and a committee member on the planned giving committee of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. He has also acted as a mentor in the Orange County Public School System.

Christopher and his wife, AnnMarie live in Waterford Lake in east Orlando. Christopher and AnnMarie find their greatest enjoyment by spending time with family, exercising and traveling. They are set expand their family in early 2013 with the birth of a baby boy.

CFP, Vice President · BMO Harris Bank · 407-513-9590 · Contact by email

Jim Daniels

Professional: State Farm Insurance Agent – 1974-Present; V.P. Legal/Legislative N.A.S.F.A & C. E.A.A. Agent Associations; Registered Lobbyist; N.A.I.C., State of Florida, U.S. House of Rep., U.S. Senate.

Education: Jacksonville University- Bachelor of Arts Degree; Stetson College of Law; Rollins College MBA Degree (Crummer Graduate School), President E.M.B.A class 2011.

Honors and Awards: Past Member-Select Agent, Legion of Honor, Millionaire Club; President designate of inaugural class of O.C.P.S. Leadership Orange

Professional Associations and Memberships: National Association of State Farm Agents, Coalition of Exclusive Agent’s Assoc.

Personal: Born 1946 in Sanford, Florida; attended public school 1-12 grades Miami, Florida; married to Karen; eight children (5 sons & 3 daughters; oldest 44, youngest 4-year-old identical twin girls). Step father, licensed attorney Florida. Natural father served on President’s Kennedy and Johnson’s cabinet. First wife is a medical malpractice attorney. Oldest son, Jimmy, is an Assistant State Attorney in Georgia. The godparents of two teenage sons are past presidents of the Florida Trial Lawyers (John Romano & Karen Gievers/Bach).

Insurance Agent · State Farm Insurance · 407-855-6791 · Contact by email

Joshua A. Davis

CPA · Averett Warmus Durkee · 407-849-1569 · Contact by email

Kathie De Filippo

CPA/Principal · Parks, De Filippo & Associates · 407-539-1330 · Contact by email

Jim Dorman

Jim is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Public Accountant holding the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses and an insurance license in the State of Florida. He is a registered representative of NEXT Financial Group, Inc. Jim is also a Registered Investment Advisor, registered with FINRA and the SEC. He provides comprehensive financial planning to both individuals and corporations, primarily on a fee basis. Jim and his firm are currently managing in excess of $80 million. His work with individuals includes a full range of services from family budgeting and goal setting, to estate planning. Over the years Jim has assisted clients in identifying their long-term objectives and reaching their goals. He has helped clients with some of the more basic financial planning objectives, such as home and car financing, and some of the more complex goals such as what to do with your business as you retire. Jim advises businesses on all forms of employee benefit plans, from health and life insurance to qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. Jim serves in an advisor role with numerous 401(k) and other retirement plans for companies of various sizes.

President · Dorman Financial Management, P. A. · 407-774-6815 · Contact by email

Dana Dougherty

VP, Finance and Administration · Miller Bearings, Inc. · 407-425-9078 · Contact by email

Michelle R. Foster

A community college leader since 1989, Michelle Foster currently serves as the East Campus Dean of Academic Affairs at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Foster provides campus-based leadership [and college wide connection] for the creation, implementation, and evaluations of plans related to assessment, accreditation, enrollment planning, honors, international programs, service learning, and institutional research.  In addition, Foster is routinely engaged in coaching academic discipline deans, discipline chairs, and faculty on academic conflict resolution and how to effectively manage classrooms with preventative and practical solutions.   

Previously, Ms. Foster served as the Recruitment Coordinator at Jamestown Community College, part of the SUNY system, and was the Director of Enrollment Services at Manatee Community College prior to her appointment at Valencia in 1996.  Foster has vast experience in the areas of recruitment, admissions,  academic and student conflict resolution, academic advising, dual enrollment, student orientation, and academic testing in the student services arena.   In academic affairs, she has overseen many initiatives, including; tutoring, campus strategic planning, enrollment planning, faculty recruitment & hiring, professional development/training programs, and development of an electronic faculty workload system.

Campus Dean of Academic Affairs · Valencia College · 407-582-2007 · Contact by email

Betsy Franceschini

Betsy Franceschini has been an important part of the Central Florida Community since 1985. After she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Betsy has acted as a powerful catalyst for change and progression for a number of organizations where she held leadership positions.

Her background includes working as the Vocational Rehabilitation Manager for a National Health Services Corporation where she developed and implemented case management services and disability programs for injured workers, covering Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Betsy has been a successful Vice President of Accurate Traffic Counts, Inc., where she has demonstrated outstanding business development and leadership skills for the past 18 years. It was this expertise that drove Mayor Buddy Dyer to appoint her on the City of Orlando’s Strategic Team and Transportation Committee in 2003.

Hispanic Outreach Political Director · Florida Democratic Party · · Contact by email

Joanne Godwin

Orlando Utilities Commission · 407-434-2050 · Contact by email

Elisha Gonzalez-Bonnewitz

Executive Director, Valencia College, Orange County Take Stock in Children · Valencia College · 407-582-3336 · Contact by email

Teri Gorman

Teri graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has over 20 years of public accounting experience servicing clients in a variety of specialized industries including real estate, professional services, retail, professional services, finance, manufacturing and technology. She also specializes in estate and trust planning and compliance. In addition to her tax background, she has audit experience in a range of industries.

Teri’s involvement with community and professional activities include past Finance Chairman for the Better Business Bureau of Central Florida, past Board Member of the Downtown Orlando Partnership and Finance Committee Member and Board of Education Member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and School.

CPA/Tax Principal · Parks, De Filippo & Associates · 407-539-1330 · Contact by email

Mildred Graham

Mildred Graham is Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law in downtown Orlando, where she has served in that capacity since 2002. Her responsibilities include fundraising, grant management, media relations, communications, special events and alumni affairs. Prior to coming to FAMU, she spent nine years at Sprint’s local telephone division, where she managed internal, external and customer communications and she coordinated executive-level special events. Before she joined Sprint, she spent nine years at the Orlando Sentinel as a reporter and copy editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from FAMU and a master’s in business administration from Webster University. She is married and has an adult daughter.

Director of Development and Human Affairs · FAMU College of Law · 407-254-3206 · Contact by email

Jennifer Gravlin

Jennifer Gravlin, CPA, is a tax manager at Averett Warmus Durkee. Averett Warmus Durkee was founded in 1989 and is the largest independent accounting firm in Central Florida. The firm provides assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. In 2011, Jennifer had been employed by A. Scott McEachron, PA since 1996.

Jennifer has been heavily involved in Rotary over the past 13 years. She has been treasurer for the Rotary Club of Altamonte for the past eight years in addition to serving as district treasurer for two years. Prior to that, she served terms as treasurer and secretary of the Rotary Club of Maitland Center. She is currently serving as treasurer for the 2013 North American Youth Exchange Network conference being held in Orlando. In addition, she is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, and the American Society of Women Accountants.

Jennifer holds both her Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Central Florida.

CPA · Averett Warmus Durkee · 407-379-2502 · Contact by email

Reginald M. Green

Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration · Florida A&M University College of Law · 407-254-3205 · Contact by email

Christopher Grim

Chris has 19 years of experience in accounting, with 11 of those years in public accounting, and eight in private industry as chief financial officer for a real estate developer, controller for a high-tech engineering firm, internal auditor for a defense contractor and instructor for a CPA review course. He serves as the shareholder in charge of assurance services for Davis, Grim and Company, P.A., a full-service public accounting firm located in downtown Orlando. His primary areas of expertise are in not-for-profits, agribusiness, franchisors, manufacturing, technology, construction, and employee benefit plans. Chris is the board treasurer for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, and also serves on the FICPA Not-For-Profit Conference Committee as well as the UCF Accounting and Advisory Board. He earned a bachelors’ degree in economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from The Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.         

Davis, Grim and Company, P.A. · 407-434-7900 · Contact by email

Nicholas G. Grounds

Nick put a high value on integrity and discipline at an early age, later on using those virtues as his guiding principles in his quest for career excellence. He has mastered the ability of translating plans and visions into success, thanks to a career spanning more than four decades of executive management experience in various aspects of sales and marketing.

Nick started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in London, working in the operations department before managing a computer system which generated marketing information for senior management; before becoming the youngest senior supervisor Chase London ever had, directing and coordinating the money market operations department with 26 direct reports.

Nick was Chase’s coordinator for cash management products, applying  best management approaches in coordinating these products for the London-Moscow-Johannesburg area; conducting marketing and site visitation around Europe and Israel. He exemplified versatility in executing diverse tasks, such as addressing bank issues, developing a team, and overseeing the daily performance of a designated team.

For two decades, Nick was affiliated with Tradition North America Inc. New York, a leading inter-dealer broker of money market instruments. As the Senior Vice President, his responsibilities included managing the strategic product planning, marketing, and departmental budgets within $1billion annual company revenue. Nick also rendered effectual supervision to a team of brokers responsible for marketing sophisticated financial products to a varied domestic and global client base.

While working full time Nick gained a degree in Sports Management and a MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, from the University of Cumbria in England. Nick also has a passion for soccer and has coached for 17 years, and holds a Premier Coaching License and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA.

Upon moving to Florida, Nick has taken up a position of Financial Professional Associate with Prudential Financial, Orlando, and looks forward to the learning opportunities offered by participating in the Leadership Law Program.                                                                          

Prudential Financial · 845-406-7489 · Contact by email

Nancy T. Grzesik

For the past seven years, Nancy T. Grzesik, CPA, has held the position as Chief Operating/Financial Officer at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. Her office is responsible for all of the financial aspects of the zoo operations, including the cafe and gift shops, adventure services, admissions, risk management and human resources administration. As a member of the Executive Team, Nancy works closely with the Executive Director and the Deputy Director of Programs in strategic planning and forecasting for the zoo.

Prior to moving to Florida, Nancy was the Director of Administration in the Department of Capital Project Management of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Her office was responsible for staffing, budgets, project controls, cost estimating, environmental impact, quality insurance and legal agreements for our project work.

Nancy says her alter-ego can be found in education. Her current positions include teaching online for UMUC and serving as Course Chair for International and Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting and teaching at Webster University in the MBA program.

In her spare time, Nancy dabbles in consulting, trains for triathlons and in-line skating marathons, and love to travel.

COO/CFO · Brevard Zoo · 321-254-9453 · Contact by email

Maria D. Hale, Esq.

Maria Hale grew up in Central Florida and has a deep love for her community and its people. After being nationally recognized for her skills as a trial attorney, Maria Hale groomed her talents while working for the Pinellas County State Attorney’s office. As a prosecutor, Maria learned many valuable courtroom lessons and gained hours of litigation experience. Those tools paved the way for Maria to enter the private sector and give back to those who desperately needed her services. As a private criminal defense attorney, she now has the unique opportunity to take what she has learned and “pay forward” the benefit to her clients. As a tough-minded, former prosecutor, Maria Hale now seeks justice for her clients by protecting their rights when charged with a criminal and/or traffic offense. She is the managing partner of Hale, Hale & Jacobson, P.A. In addition to managing the firm and practicing law, Maria serves on the Florida Grievance Committee and the Florida Code and Evidence Committee.

Maria Hale has found other ways to give back to the Central Florida community. As an active member of the Spring of Life Methodist Church congregation, Maria spends countless hours offering legal counsel to the indigent and gives generously of her time to those who are less fortunate. In an effort to impact future lawyers, Maria serves as an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law, where she also serves as Trial Team Coach. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (CFAWL).

Earlier this year, network television hired Maria as a correspondent on various legal topics. She is now regularly featured on FOX News, HLN and MSNBC, amongst others.

Attorney · Hale & Hale, P.A. · 407-425-4640 · Contact by email

Kimberly A. Homer

Kimberly serves as the Director of the Foreclosure Mediation Program of the Orange County Bar Association and began working for the Orange County Bar Association in May of 2010. Kimberly has a J.D. from Cumberland Law School in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been admitted to practice law in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Montana. Her legal background includes work as a Georgia Legal Services attorney, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, and working as a sole practitioner in Georgia, Alabama and Montana.

In addition to being an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Central Florida Women Lawyer’s Association, Kimberly serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Legal Aid Society. Kimberly is a member of the Orange County Public Schools Leadership Orange Program Class of 2012-2013 and enjoys serving on the Valencia College Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee. Kimberly is also a member of the National Association of Bar Executives.

Orange County Bar Association · 407-422-4551 · Contact by email

Christopher F. Hunter

Chris has been delivering financial strategies and wealth management services to both active and retired executives, successful business owners, widowed women, and families with special needs children for over sixteen years. Drawing on his experience as a former Professional Engineer and Fortune 500 executive, Chris offers a unique skill-set to help clients understand the challenges they face in managing their prosperity given today's ever changing capital markets and economic environment.

Chris also oversees the business and employee benefits areas of the practice, having advised over 70 businesses, and their executives, on Integrated Employee Retirement Benefits, including both "Qualified" and "Non-Qualified" Retirement Plans.

Leveraging the intellectual capital within his team and throughout Wells Fargo Advisors, Chris adheres to a disciplined investment process to deliver a consistent yet customized wealth management experience for each client. This three-part process begins with a comprehensive discovery phase that results in an implementation plan exclusive to each client's needs. The plan is then thoroughly reviewed through an ongoing customized communication program unique to each family. Chris' goal is to provide "client value" by providing solutions encompassing five-distinct disciplines to wealth management and through the comprehensive planning process distinctive to each relationship.

"My objective is to hold myself accountable by clearly communicating a more understandable view of each client's prosperity and to provide risk management strategies to help preserve client wealth from unforeseen issues created by world events."

ChFC, Vice President - Investments · Wells Fargo Advisors · 407-649-6026 · Contact by email

Pamela D. Ison

Pam Ison retired in 2010 after enjoying a thirty year banking career in Central Florida. Her most recent banking roles were with Mercantile Bank and included being the Director of Human Resources for the Florida franchise where she managed a staff of human resource professionals with oversight of banks from Jacksonville to Miami. Eighteen months before her retirement, Pam changed careers within the bank and became the bank’s COO and Strategist, reporting directly to the State President.

In 2012, Pam formed Ison Consulting Group; Ison Consulting Group specializes in Human Resources consulting to individuals and businesses. Her firm has the expertise to assist individuals with resume preparation, interviewing skills and the development of various written communications. Business services include on boarding regimens, employee appreciation/recognition events, department/line of business review, performance management and exit interviewing.

A native Floridian, Pam was born and raised in Apopka. She currently divides her time between homes in Apopka and New Smyrna Beach with her husband Mike and their boxer, Baxter.

Pam has been a member of the Downtown Orlando Rotary Club since 1994, has served on the Board of Directors twice and has held various officer and committee positions. She is an avid fan and follower of the Florida Gators.

Ison Consulting Group · · · Contact by email

Michael J. Ison

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the areas of wealth management and commercial lending.

He joined BMO Private Bank in 2007 and As the Central Florida Market Manager, Mike worked with high-net-worth individuals and families, serving as their primary resource for all of their financial needs. Prior to joining BMO, Mike served as chief executive officer for First National Bank of Florida, and most recently served as a partner in the Private Client Group for Alabama National. Mike holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Seminole State College. Mike is a licensed investment and insurance representative in the state of Florida and a graduate of Emory University National Trust School and the University of Florida, Florida School of Banking.

· 407-625-7408 · Contact by email

Evan C. Joffe

Evan grew up in New York and went to college in Illinois and received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University. His father was in the women’s apparel business, and when Evan moved back to New York, he eventually went into textiles working for Springs Industries and its spin-off Springfield LLC where he managed the military and government apparel fabrics business.

After completing the Professional Program in Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business and then moving to Orlando, Florida in late 2000, Evan made a career change and transitioned to financial services going from “rags to riches.”

Evan first worked for Legg Mason, who was purchased by Smith Barney in 2006. Then in 2009, Smith Barney was sold into a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.

Since starting as a financial advisor, Evan has taken a consultative approach to wealth management, listening to his client’s goals, values, aspirations and concerns, then working with them to develop tailored wealth management strategies.

Evan earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Specialist (CRPS®) designation from the College of Financial Planning and the Financial Planning Specialist (FPS) from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Evan has his FINRA Series 7, Series 66 and Life, Health & Variable Annuity Insurance licenses.

Evan and his lovely wife Amy have two children: Joel in 4th grade and Anne in 3rd grade at Bay Meadows Elementary. They live in Dr. Phillips and are active at Christ Church of Orlando where Evan teaches a Bible study class.

Financial Advisor · Morgan Stanley Smith Barney · 407-849-4738 · Contact by email

Michele L. Johnson, Esq.

Michele L. Johnson, Esq., is a shareholder in the Orlando office of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from more than 30 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She joined Greenberg Traurig in 2004 from an associate position at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., in Cleveland, Ohio, where she began her legal career in 2000. Ms. Johnson has significant experience counseling and representing a wide array of clients regarding matters ranging from advice on statutory and regulatory interpretation and adherence to defense against, and prosecution of, small dollar to multimillion dollar claims. She focuses her civil litigation and advocacy practice on helping a broad spectrum of clients manage and resolve a varied universe of legal issues and disputes, through litigation or alternative dispute resolution, in both state and federal courts throughout Florida and her home state of Ohio.

Attorney · Greenberg Traurig, PA · 407-420-1000 · Contact by email

Greg Kainz

Greg Kainz obtained his degree in finance from the University of Florida in 1990 and later became the President of the Greater Orlando/Winter Park Kiwanis. Greg further developed his expertise in sales, leasing, and development, which proved crucial in the functions of financing and resolutions of complex real estate cases when he became the owner/partner of Commercial Equity.

Greg currently handles real estate scenarios involving sales and leasing of single and multi tenant offices, condos, industry, and retail as well as working with contaminated sites, mitigation, and rezoning and land use changes. Greg also works in loan modification in working for debtors and financial institutions.
When Greg isn’t working with his team on real estate, he is working as the happily married and proud father of three children.

Commercial Equity Partners · 407-310-2718 · Contact by email

Shannon L. Kelly

Attorney · Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A. · 407-571-2152 · Contact by email

Carol A. Kindt

Carol A. Kindt, Ed.D. is a native Floridian from Cocoa Beach and has worked for Orange County Public Schools for the past 20 years. Carol received her BA in English Literature from the University of Central Florida in 1991 and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in 1998. She continued to pursue her education at the University of Florida where she received her Specialist in 2002 and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2008.

Dr. Kindt’s dissertation, The Relationship Between Organizational Climate and Job Satisfaction Among Middle School Principals in Central Florida, found that Central Florida middle school principals identified professional development opportunities, regard for personal concern, professional effectiveness, and relationship with subordinates, peers and supervisors as some of the climate factors that enhanced their job satisfaction. Political climate and opportunities for promotion were two of the climate factors that detracted from their satisfaction with the job.

Dr. Kindt has held a variety of positions during her tenure with OCPS including teacher’s aide, language arts teacher, administrative dean, assistant principal and was the principal of Chain of Lakes Middle School for seven years. Dr. Kindt was promoted to the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for OCPS almost three years ago where she leads and manages the Human Resources Department for the 10th largest district in the nation and the second largest employer in Central Florida with over 22,000 employees.

Dr. Kindt has lived in Central Florida for the past 26 years with her husband, Hahns and two children Aaron and Zachary.

Senior Executive Director, HR · Orange County Public Schools · 407-317-3200 · Contact by email

Tiffany F. King

Tiffany is a native Floridian and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1986. Continuing her studies she acquired the Series 7 license, 63 and 66, as well as the ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter and most recent CASL (Chartered Advisor for Senior Living) designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Tiffany’s more than quarter of a century in the Financial Industry has sharpened her insurance and retirement plan skills. She is a subject matter expert to other agents, attorneys and CPAs on the finer details of retirement plans for small businesses and is published in the Journal of Financial Services Professionals. She is the founder of The Veterinary Advisory Team (www.vetadvisoryteam.com) and an original member of the Senior Suite of Services (www.SeniorSOS.net).

Her recommendations are presented in a well organized and easy to understand format, providing clients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

On a personal note, Tiffany donates time and resources to Wings To New Horizons an exotic bird and animal sanctuary and is an avid slow pitch softball player.

ChFC, CASL · King & Assoc. | Ins. & Investments · 407-595-2288 · Contact by email

Steven D. Kurland

Steven D. Kurland has more than 30 years of experience serving clients’ diverse needs. As a Financial Representative of 360 Financial Firm, he focuses on providing comprehensive strategies for individuals and business owners. Steven is licensed to offer Life, Health and Variable Annuities in the State of Florida as well as having his Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations. Steven is also registered and licensed for securities and insurance in several other states. Steven earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola College of Maryland. Please see Mr. Kurland's complete bio.

Financial Representative/Advisor · 360 Financial Firm · 407-456-1162 · Contact by email

Andrew G. Laney

I was born and raised in Winter Park, FL and am a life-long Central Florida resident, as is my father, Gray Laney, Jr. I graduated from Winter Park High School in 1999 and then attended the University of Florida, graduating with a bachelors of science in business administration in 2003. Post graduation, I moved back to Winter Park and began my professional career with Century National Bank which was eventually purchased by Seacoast National Bank in 2005. At CNB/SNB, I began in loan operations, moved into an underwriting role and then transitioned into a commercial lending role. As the commercial lending market dried up I transitioned into a branch management role, managing a branch with $150 Million in assets and 7 employees. I left SNB in July of 2010 to return to a lending role with another community bank, New Traditions National Bank which is where I am currently employed. I live in Winter Park with my wife of five years, Whitney Melton Laney.

Vice President · New Traditions National Bank · 407-206-7800 · Contact by email

Ryhana Mackoon

Ryhana Mackoon is a Registered Nurse of 27 years whose career scope includes delivery of patient care from physician offices, ambulatory centers, home health, and specialty settings within hospitals.

Ryhana graduated as a Registered Nurse from King’s University in London in 1987. She started her career at the Liver Unit of the King’s College Hospital. Some of her special skill accomplishments include working autonomously at the bedside with adult and adolescent patients requiring ventilator support, dialysis, and liver transplants.
In 1992, she diversified her Critical Care expertise by switching to Cardiac Open Heart working at St. Georges Hospital first, then again at The Royal Brompton Hospital.

Ryhana currently serves at the Clermont Ambulatory Surgery Center where she handles tasks such as devising and implementing pre-surgery checklists along with pre- and postoperative patient instructions. She also oversees Performance Improvement and Risk Management in accordance to the Standards of Care as they pertain to Medicaid and Medicare services.

Legal Nurse Consultant & President · Smart Reponse Solutions, LLC · 407-584-7678 · Contact by email

Beverly Madison

Beverly is the co-owner of several commercial warehouses and industrial properties in south Orlando. She started in 1988 purchasing residential properties and quickly turned to the commercial sector mostly in the Taft area. She and her partners diversified in 2008 turning one of the properties into Central Florida Racing Complex a drag racing and drifting motorsports track.

Beverly’s leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida for seven years. She was active in several committees including real estate, recruitment and investments, and was Chairman of the Board for one year. For eight years she has been active with the Junior League of Greater Orlando. Participating in several community programs a few of which were public speaking for the Harbor House of Central Florida and mentoring young girls in the Orange County Girls Juvenile Detention Center.

Beverly holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Florida Southern University of Lakeland, Florida.

Central Florida Racing Complex · · Contact by email

Tiffany Madrid

Tiffany is the business  development specialist at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, where she is able to utilize her background expertise in sales, marketing, client retention, creative thinking, and leadership.   A lot of her success can be contributed to the fact that she is  fluent in Spanish and Italian.  Tiffany is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her credentials encompass exceptional work ethic and commitment to organizational objectives, in a highly competitive and ever changing workplace. Proven to be a  proactive, positive leader and team builder with the ability to attract and secure sound business relationships.  She is also well versed in brand and product awareness, print, interactive, television, and radio advertising.  Tiffany also serves as the current President of the Hunter’s Creek Elementary PTA.

Business Development Specialist · Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando · 407-428-5870 · Contact by email

Brenda March

Children & Education Program Manager · City of Orlando - Families, Parks and Recreation · 407-246-4295 · Contact by email

Shellie-Ann Minnis

Shellie-Ann Minnis is a graduate of The Florida State University with a B.A. in International Affairs and Spanish and M.S. in International Affairs with an emphasis in Multinational Business.

In 2001, Shellie joined the Urban League family as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. She has since served as the Workforce Development Manager, Director of Operations and Interim President/CEO.

In her current role as Community Relations Director, she is charged with communicating the Central Florida Urban League’s purpose and philosophy to the community-at-large by raising awareness and gaining support for the League’s programs and services through partnerships and outstanding customer service.

Shellie and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of three beautiful girls.

Director of Community Relations · Central Florida Urban League · 407-472-9992 · Contact by email

Jill Montgomery

Vice President · Florida Capital Bank · 407-637-3749 · Contact by email

Rev. Dr. Jeffery C. Moore

Rev. Dr. Jeffery C. Moore is a native of Miami, spent his teenage years in Ocala, and graduated from the University of Florida in 1976 with a BS in Mathematics. He has been a pastor for over 30 years, the last 9 of those at Trinity Lutheran in Downtown Orlando. He holds Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Jeff and Lisa have been married for 32 years and have two grown children, Anna and Josh.

Senior Pastor · Trinity Lutheran Church and School · 407-488-1919 · Contact by email

Walter Nason

Walt Nason is the Chief Financial Officer of GrayRobinson, P.A., responsible for financial administration of the firm’s 250 attorneys in ten offices from Key West to Tallahassee.

Before joining GrayRobinson, Nason was Senior Vice President and CFO of Ten Broeck Healthcare in Windermere, Florida, and CFO for HCA’s Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia. Previous to HCA, Nason had been a long time staff member with the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce and served in several positions including COO and CFO. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in Orlando.

Walt is a graduate of Stetson University, the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

His service to the community includes the Boards of Directors of Florida Health Choices, University of Kent in America, and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, and membership in the Rotary Club of Orlando. Walt is an alumnus of Leadership Orlando and Leadership Central Florida.

Nason has been married to the former Lisa Glascock for twenty-three years.

Chief Financial Officer · GrayRobinson, P.A. · 407-244-6245 · Contact by email

Kathleen Palmer

Kathleen Palmer is the Chief of Staff for Orange County Public Schools which is the 10th largest school district in the nation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Central Florida and her Bachelor’s Degree in Education was earned at the University of Wisconsin. Thirty years ago, Ms. Palmer and her husband moved from Wisconsin to Orlando where she has continued her career as a professional educator/administrator with OCPS since 1983.

Ms. Palmer taught at the middle and junior high school levels for thirteen years before beginning her administrative career. She has worked as an Assistant Principal at Maitland and Howard Middle Schools and as a Principal at Maitland and Discovery Middle Schools.

In 2000, Ms. Palmer became an Executive Area Director working in the West and East Learning Communities supporting the schools and Area Superintendent in those learning communities.

She became the Chief of Staff in 2010 supporting the Superintendent, working with School Board members and supervising the Human Resources, Employee Relations, Legislative and Labor Relations, and Public Relations Departments within her division.

Chief of Staff · Orange County Public Schools · · Contact by email

Chris Pantano

Chris is a First Vice President and Client Advisor on SunTrust’s Legal Specialty Group and has been with SunTrust for 11 years. Chris focuses entirely on serving the local legal community and specializes in taking care of the comprehensive financial needs of law firms and their individual attorneys. In serving law firms, Chris provides the firm with proactive advice surrounding banking, cash management, lending and numerous other specific needs tied to a firms daily business. With his attorneys, Chris provides full scale financial planning, investment and trust services, survivorship planning, lending and banking guidance to better position each client toward their individual goals. He is a Registered Paraplanner with the College of Financial Planning and holds numerous securities licenses, including his series 7, 66, Life, Health and Annuity Insurance license and is also a licensed Realtor.

Chris holds both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Central Florida. He lives in the Moss Park area with his wife Connie and two sons Logan and Alex.

First Vice President · SunTrust Bank · 407-237-2407 · Contact by email

Linda Parks

Principal/CPA · Parks, De Filippo & Associates · 407-539-1330 · Contact by email

Janie Phelps

K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Specialist · Orange County Public Schools · 407-317-3200 · Contact by email

Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips is a software developer and business consultant with an emphasis in accounting. He is a true native of Florida, growing up in Bronson, Florida. During his early years Bruce became a die-hard Gator fan and attended most of the University of Florida home football games. Bruce attended Central Florida Community College in Ocala completing his Associate Arts degree in Computer Science, and in 1986 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in System Science with a minor in Business from the University of West Florida, in Pensacola.

After being courted by many of the big businesses around the country, especially big oil, Bruce opted for a position as a programmer / analyst with BellSouth in Birmingham, Alabama. This position involved for programming and designing telephone bills for large users such as banks and various large businesses.

It was in Birmingham where Bruce met the love of his life, Mary Ann Etzler. She was a longtime resident of Florida attending law school at Cumberland Law School, but determined to return to Florida to practice law. Once back in Florida, Bruce and Mary Ann started their new careers: Bruce with AT&T and Mary Ann practicing law.

Since moving to Orlando, Bruce has also worked as a project manager and software developer for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and recently decided to change careers. He is now working on his Masters in Accounting degree at the University of Central Florida with the goal of obtaining his CPA license. Audit will be his likely practice area.

Bruce is the president of Mariners Village Master Association, he sits on his Homeowners Association board, and sits on the City of Orlando Citizens Review Panel. He is also involved with the University of Central Florida’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, he volunteers for the Christian Service Center, and is involved with his church. Bruce enjoys all sports but particularly, college football, spending time with his wife and children, reading political spy thrillers, and all other things political.

President · Mariners Village Master Association · 407-694-0476 · Contact by email

Oliver W. Phipps

Oliver W. “Ollie” Phipps is a University of Central Florida graduate and former U.S. Air Force OSI Special Agent. He has been in the investigation industry for almost 30 years. During his four years with OSI, Ollie served with detachments in Austin, TX, Manila, PI and Cocoa Beach, FL. While the OSI was responsible for major investigations into crime and counter-intelligence, Ollie specialized in fraud inquiries. He worked cases with all the federal law enforcement agencies and many state and local ones as well.

As a Florida state-licensed Private Investigator, Ollie supervised and conducted a variety of investigations, specializing in litigation support. He has performed hundreds of disability cases, featuring both videotaped and digital still photographic evidence. Ollie has also completed many domestic surveillances, background and asset checks, discharged accident investigations, directed due diligence evaluations and carried out undercover work in a variety of matters.

Ollie is also a partner of American Security Systems International, Inc., an investigative firm based in Asia. They offer due diligence and intellectual property protection inquiries and enforcement services. Long-term clients include Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Omega, Cartier, and Adidas, among others.

Ollie’s firm, AVPE, has been an Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce member since its inception 15 years ago. Ollie has been a member of two trade associations, FAPI since its founding five years ago and FALI for the last ten years and is currently on the board. Ollie has been a Rotarian for ten years and served on the board for two.

Private Investigator · AVPE · 407-273-6646 · Contact by email

Kathleen Pulsifer, DPM

Dr. Kathleen Pulsifer is a licensed and highly trained Podiatric Surgeon specializing in the treatment of the foot, ankle and leg. She was born and raised in Orlando where she graduated from Edgewater High School. After graduating from Smith College, she studied podiatric medicine at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA. She completed four years of residency training and was awarded certificates in Primary Podiatric Medicine from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center; in Forefoot Surgery from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach; and in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery from Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Pulsifer completed a mini-Fellowship in circular external fixation at the Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia. She has lectured at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and authored several articles which have been published in podiatric medical journals. Locally, she has presented lectures for Orlando Health, the Society of Vascular Nursing and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses on diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Pulsifer is Board Qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in both Forefoot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Wound Management as a Wound Care Specialist, performing extensive work in wound care, limb salvage and foot reconstruction. She is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Pulsifer has hospital privileges at both Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Her practice, Ankle& Foot Care Specialists, is located in downtown Orlando.

Podiatric Surgeon · Ankle & Foot Care Specialists · 407-648-4107 · Contact by email

Mary Ramsey

Mary Ramsey is a Financial Analyst for Lockheed Martin. She has specialized in forecasting indirect rates and budgets, cash management, Estimating/Pricing contract activities and planning post-merger integration and restructuring activities. Mary has been actively involved in the community as a Girl Scout Volunteer with the Citrus Council here in Orlando, as well as volunteering in Orange County Public Schools. She is currently serving as treasurer for a local school PTSA, (Parent Teacher Student Organization.) Mary earned her Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology

Financial Analyst · Lockheed Martin · ·

Colleen M. Reilly

Chief Administrative Officer - Office of Lydia Gardner, Orange County Clerk of Court

Orange County Clerk of Courts · 407-836-2339 · Contact by email

Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

Jeannette Rivera-Lyles is a communications professional with 20 years of combined experience in public relations, print, broadcast and new media. A native of Puerto Rico and a UCF alumni, she is currently a senior account executive with Wragg and Casas Public Relations in Orlando. Rivera-Lyles supports a variety of businesses, local and national, in English and Spanish language message development and media relations.  

Wragg & Casas Public Relations, Inc. · 407-244-3685 · Contact by email

Tiffany Moore Russell

Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell is a native of Orlando, Florida. A product of Orange County’s public school system, Commissioner Moore Russell is an alumna of Dr. Phillips High School. Upon graduating from high school she went on to receive her BA in Political Science from the University of South Florida and a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law.

She was elected to the Orange County Commission to represent District 6 in November of 2006. She made history through becoming the youngest County Commissioner that has ever been elected to serve on the Orange County Commission in charge of a budget exceeding $5 billion and more than 8000 employees. Commissioner Moore Russell is committed to remaining accountable and accessible to each and every constituent, increasing recreational and career opportunities for the area youth, creating stable and viable neighborhoods, and strengthening Orange County's economy by increasing the availability of jobs and minority business opportunities.

Commissioner Moore Russell has been a community advocate for many years, both as an elected official and a private citizen. As a lay person she served on the Orange County Community Action Board, where she was elected Chairman and Vice Chairman while also accepting volunteer appointments to both the Orange County Board of Zoning and Adjustments and the Orange County Citizens Review Board. As a Commissioner, she’s gained additional experience through providing service on boards such as Orange County’s Commission on Aging; Value and Adjustment Board; Youth and Family Services Board; OBT Development Board; the Downtown Orlando CRA/DDB Board; African American Chamber of Commerce; 2008 and 2012 Electoral Canvassing Board; International Drive Master Transit and Improvement District; METROPLAN; and the Florida Association of Counties.
Please read more about Ms. Moore Russell's activities and accomplishments.

Commissioner · Orange County Board of Commissioners · 407-836-5860 · Contact by email

Elizabeth (Lisa) Sanchez

Elizabeth “Lisa” Sanchez has served as a Practice Manager at the Covelli Clinic since 2007. Prior to that, she served as the Practice Manager for Unlimited Medical Services of Florida. She obtained her Certified Medical Office Management certification in 2004 from the Practice Management Institute and followed that with a Certified Practice Manager certification in 2011 from the Physician Office Managers Association of America. This year Lisa has become a certified Medical Manager through the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management. Altogether, she has a combined office experience of 29 years where 20 of those years have been in the medical field.

Her presence as a bilingual office manager stemmed from her ability to manage, coordinate, and delegate which served her well as a mother of three. These skills have helped her in the fast paced medical industry where she continues to demonstrate her innate ability to tend to those in need.

President, Professional Association of Health Care Office Management of Orlando Chapter 2012, 2013.
First Coast Services Options, Inc.-Provider Outreach & Education Advisory Group (POE AG) 2012
American Association Professional Coders (AAPC) member 2012-PRESENT
National Advisory Committee of Professional Management Institute (2009- 2011)
Secretary of the Board of the Greater Orlando Chapter of PAHCOM (2010-2011)
Professional Association of Health Care Office Management member (PAHCOM) 2008-PRESENT
Central Florida Medical Group Management Association member (CFMGMA) 2008-PRESENT
Physician Office Managers Association of America member (POMAA) 2011 – PRESENT
Central Florida Chapter Medical Group Management Association member (CFMGMA) 2009-PRESENT
Notary Public-National Notary Association Member since 2007- PRESENT
Medical Office Management Association, Winter Park, FL (MOMA) 2004- 2008

CMM, CMIS, CMOM, CPM · Covelli Clinic · 407-644-2218 · Contact by email

Krystol Sanders

Krystol Sanders is the Vice President & Branch Manager of the W. Oak Ridge Branch for Popular Community Bank.  She has been working with businesses for over 14 years.  She handles new business acquisitions for the bank and provides commercial lending & credit, cash management products, commercial banking as well as financial education. Her educational background in international business, political science and living abroad in Costa Rica have given her a broad base from which to approach  many business topics.  Other pertinent education include, but are not limited to ethics, insurance, investments and retirement planning for businesses, long-term care fundamentals, health & accident insurance, estate planning and living trusts & probate.  This education can be confirmed at the Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner (oci.ga.gov). She especially enjoys providing commercial banking products & services as well as financial education to business owners and executives who are interested in efficient business management, growing and expanding their companies, attracting quality talent, and leaving a legacy.

Popular Community Bank · 800-377-0800 · Contact by email

DaVonda Simmons Anthony

DaVonda Simmons is the founder and President of No Drama Entertainment, Inc., a company which has provided stellar musical and performance talent for commercial and non-commercial clients since 1998. Ms. Simmons created the company after receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. She has grown the company to become known as an excellent resource of professional entertainment for any occasion. Additionally, DaVonda is an accomplished vocalist and actress, and has performed internationally for over 25 years in a multitude of venues. Of which, she has performed as a principal performer with Walt Disney Entertainment for over 20 years. She has become a regular performer in Disney’s Lion King Show, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade, and the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D. C. She is married to Foster Anthony and they have two lovely children.

President · No Drama Entertainment, Inc. · 407-568-9779 · Contact by email

Col. David A. Smith

Colonel David Smith is currently serving as the Marine Corps’ Program Manager for Training Systems. He leads a cross functional team of 225 acquisition professionals in Orlando, Florida and manages approximately $1.2 billion dollars of modeling, simulation and training projects at all Marine Corps bases and stations.

He is a career helicopter pilot with over 4600 flight hours and holds all qualifications in the UH-1N Huey helicopter. He has made six overseas deployments throughout his career, including one combat tour flying in Iraq.

Colonel Smith is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community. He has served two previous Program Management tours at Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland and two assignments in the field of Production, Quality and Manufacturing. He is certified in LEAN Six Sigma.

Prior to coming to PM TRASYS in 2009 he was the Commanding Officer of Fleet Readiness Center East, a large aviation repair Depot at Cherry Point, North Carolina. PM TRASYS is his fifth acquisition assignment.

United States Marine Corps · 407-380-8108 · Contact by email

Kevin M. Smith

Kevin Smith has been a member of the Central Florida business community since 1980 after graduating with a degree in business administration.

Kevin got his start in the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company. His career path took him to the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1983 all the way through 1995. Kevin would later become the Vice President of Thrailkill, Broussard, & Smith, P.A. where he was responsible for the financial planning and education of public and private clients until 2003.

Kevin currently serves as the financial consultant specializing in business and professional consulting at OMNI Resource Group where his work entails strategies for buy-sell funding for the purpose of assisting senior partners transition their practice interests to the next generation of associates.

Kevin is happily married and is proud to be a father of two children

CLU, ChFC · Omni Financial Services · 407-316-8043 · Contact by email

C. Todd Smith

C. Todd Smith is the founder of the Orlando personal injury law firm of C. Todd Smith, P.A. Todd’s firm represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including wrongful death accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, and first party insurance disputes. The firm’s mission is to help people in need by advocating for the injured and to serve our community by supporting and volunteering for numerous local charities.

Todd grew up in the Apopka area and graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1994. Todd is a member of the Florida Justice Association, American Association for Justice, Orange County Bar Association, and a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for the Legal Aid Society of the O.C.B.A. Todd is chair of the Technology Committee of the Orange County Bar Association, a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Orlando–Winter Park, and currently serves as a Florida Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor for 2012-13.

Attorney · C. Todd Smith, P.A. · 407-841-8294 · Contact by email

Daniel E. Smith, II

Daniel E. Smith II is an attorney whose practice areas include personal injury, social security disability, workers compensation, employment disputes, erisa, USERRA, litigation, and appellate cases. Mr. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois to a middle class family. His father worked in the factory industry and his mother was in the service industry. Mr. Smith's passion for justice started at an early age. Even as a child, he was known for protecting people and standing up for what is right. His interest in law grew naturally out of this fierce integrity, even having aspirations to become a police officer at one point.

He was raised in Orlando and graduated from Edgewater High School, which is down the street from the Coye Law Firm's College Park location. At Edgewater, he was active in sports, including wrestling, football, weightlifting, and track and field. Mr. Smith was number one in his college and earned his undergraduate degree in legal studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Smith chose to pursue law because he knew that the work of past attorneys helped people, including his own father, on a large scale. Without the enterprising plaintiff's attorneys of the past, factories, products, and services would not be as safe as they are today. Dan started an internship at the Coye Law Firm in 2000 while he was still an undergraduate student and worked as a case manager in litigation.
He began work towards a Juris Doctor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. At UF, he served as Editor in Chief of the university's Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned for the Honorable Martha Ann Lott, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Alachua County. Mr. Smith performed his clinical training at the Gator Team Child Juvenile Law Clinic. During summer breaks from law school, Mr. Smith returned to the Coye Law Firm as a law clerk. He worked on several projects, such as appellate cases, litigation, and workers' compensation. He graduated from the Levin College of Law with magna cum laude honors and was invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif.

He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005. Mr. Smith enjoys being an attorney because of the many different people he meets and helps on a daily basis. He appreciates the opportunity to help change someone's life or circumstances in the course of their case. He finds that clients and cases are always different, their experiences are valuable, and their conversation is intriguing. He is admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
When he gets away from his busy work schedule, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family. He recently married his college sweetheart and the couple make it a priority to have breakfast every Sunday morning with his extended family. He likes lifting weights, traveling, watching movies, and reading. 

Attorney · Coye Law Firm · 407-648-4940 · Contact by email

Lynetta Steed

Lynetta Steed is the head of Business and Community Banking for Regions Financial Corporation, a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $127 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, asset management, 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 approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,100 ATMs. Steed joined Regions in 1992, and has served in various positions including Business Banking Executive in the Central Florida area. She began her career as a Branch Manager and Business Banker in Orlando, Florida. She held the Business Banking Sales Manager role for Northwest Florida, covering the panhandle region of the state. She then served as the Consumer Banking Executive for Northwest Florida until June 2003, responsible for the retail branch network.Prior to joining Regions Bank, Steed was a part of  Southeast Bank’s Management Associate Program. 

She graduated from the University of Central Florida, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is the Vice Chairman of the Consumer Bankers Association Small Business Committee.  She serves as a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Council on Small Business and the Business Banking Board Small Business Executive Circle.  

Executive Vice President · Regions Bank · 407-246-5503 · Contact by email

Amy R. Steiner, Esq.

Amy was born in Orlando, Florida, and attended schools in Seminole County, Florida. After receiving her BA from Rollins College, she earned her Juris Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in 2004. She currently practices real estate, estate planning, probate and corporate law in Altamonte Springs, Florida with her father in their firm, Lawrence R. Steiner, P.A.

Amy is active in the Orange County Bar Association and Central Florida Woman Lawyer Section of the Orange County Bar. Amy is also active with Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Attorney · Lawrence R. Steiner, P.A. · 407-774-7500 · Contact by email

Debby C. Sweeney

A public relations, marketing and communications professional for approximately 30 years, Debby Sweeney has both strong professional services and corporate experience. Prior to opening Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. with Mellanie Bartlett, Debby served Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed law firm for nearly six years in a PR/marketing capacity.

On the corporate front, Debby served as Red Lobster USA/Canada public relations manager garnering a vast amount of top-level experience in her 11 years with the company. Serving as senior director of public relations for The Golf Channel as the entity evolved into a major player in the sports world, Debby spent more than four years generating strong national and international business and sports press. She worked with notable names in this role including musician Kenny G, Arnold Palmer and many other golf legends.

Other marketing positions in Debby's career included serving Continental Airlines, Sea World of Florida, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Florida Power/Progress Energy.

A community leadership highlight was receipt of Florida Citrus Sports' highest annual recognition: The 1991 Florida Citrus Bowl Howard L. Palmer Award for excellence and long-term significant contribution to the organization. She has the Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional designation, is a past president of Florida Public Relations Association, Orlando Area Chapter, past state board member and past chair of the FPRA State Counselors Network for the area chapter. Debby is a graduate of the 1984 Leadership Orlando class and received her B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations from University of Central Florida.

Principal · Sweeney & Bartlett Marketing Partners, Inc. · 407-902-7141 · Contact by email

Celeste Thomas

I am one of the top Account Directors for NCM Media Networks the nation’s largest digital in-theater network. Helping local/regional agencies & clients showcase their ads to thousands of clients at their local/regional AMC, Cinemark, Regal, Cobb and other leading theater circuits across the country.

I love my job and in my free time I am also passionate about volunteer work and serve on the boards and organizations listed below. Volunteering for Hospice, giving home-bound patient’s haircuts is some of the most rewarding time I give.

I am a proud mother of two sons, both in the Army the oldest is a Ranger currently on his 4th deployment the youngest is a Human Intelligence Collector.

Orlando Breakfast Rotary – PR Chair 2010, Programs Chair – 2011-present; City of Orlando Families, Parks, & Recreation Board Co-Chair 2011 - present; Hospice of the Comforter – Volunteer 2007 - present; AAF - Orlando - Board 2009 – present, Programs Chair 2009; Few- (Florida Executive Women) - Member; Woman’s Executive Council-The Village Transitional Housing – Chair 2010 & 2011; The Village Transitional Housing – Ambassador 2010 & 2011; City of Orlando Vehicles for Hire Appeal Board 2009 -2011; Citrus Club - Women's Executive Exchange (WEE) Committee Member

Account Director · NCM Media Networks · 407-382-2292 · Contact by email

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas directs the communications and public relations activities of Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), the 11th largest district in the United States. Under his charge are a staff of 31 that manages media relations, public information services, sales and marketing, video production and broadcasting, volunteer and business partner relationships, employee recognition, graphic design, web content and collateral media production.

The Orange County Public Schools Public Relations Department is an annual winner of multiple state and national awards for communication materials and campaigns, including the SUNSPRA 2010 Best of Show Award for its “Sales and Marketing Initiative” as featured on NBC Nightly News in October 2011.

Dylan is the past president of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (2010-2012). He is often called on to present to professional organizations about OCPS programs. Among them are the Council of Great City Schools audiences of public relations executives (July 2010), and superintendents and school board members (October 2010, October 2012) on the topics of Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange, an OCPS community engagement project. He has presented a Public Relations Brand Image program to the Florida Association of School Superintendents Conference (Sept. 2011); Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors Retreat (Sept. 2011) and Florida Association of School Administrators (July 2011). He has also shared his Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange programs with the Central Florida School Boards Coalition in 2011/12. Finally, Dylan serves as a member of the U.S. Army Central Florida Citizens Advisory Board.

Dylan joined Orange County Public Schools in August of 2004 (between hurricanes Charlie and Frances) after more than two decades with Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit membership organization that hosts two college football post-season bowl games and other sporting events in Central Florida.

Dylan is a Rollins College graduate, Winter Park resident and fourteen-time marathon finisher.

Director Public Relations · Orange County Public Schools · 407-317-3368 · Contact by email

Joshua H. Truitt

Joshua Truitt works in Technology Transfer at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Office of Technology Commercialization, and is an instructor at UCF for the LEAD Scholars Program. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at UCF in the College of Education with an emphasis on Higher Education and Policy Studies. Outside of UCF, Joshua serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools and the Development Team at A Gift For Teaching. Joshua holds a B.S. in Chemistry from UCF and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

LEAD Scholars Instructor · University of Central Florida · 321-948-3160 · Contact by email

Beth Waddell

Beth Waddell is the principal of Elizabeth Waddell, P.A. Her firm specializes in legal research and due diligence services for attorneys and business owners needing background information on potential clients, vendors, and competitors. If you have ever wanted more transparency before entering into a business relationship with another party, Elizabeth Waddell, P.A. is here to serve you. Beth has over 20 years of experience in legal and business research. Her firm has access to a wealth of resources and databases, many of which are unavailable to the general business community. Beth is a graduate of the University of Louisville (BSBA in Finance) and the Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida and Orange County Bar Associations. Beth Waddell is also a long-time volunteer with the OCBA Guardian Ad Litem program and the proud mother of 2 daughters.

Attorney and Principal · Elizabeth Waddell, P.A. · 321-972-8050 · Contact by email

Joseph B. Walker

President · Walker Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. · 407-849-1988 · Contact by email

Tracy Watkins

Tracy G Watkins is the Owner of ARCpoint Labs, Orlando-Central. Since May, 2011, ARCpoint Labs has been Orlando’s Accurate, Reliable and Confidential resource for drug, alcohol and DNA testing within the legal and corporate communities.

Tracy is a 1979 Graduate of Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Alabama) with a BA in both Political Science and Military Science, with a minor in economics. After graduation, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army. Over the course of his service his assignments included Command of an Airborne Infantry Company in Panama and as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader on the DMZ in Korea.

Tracy left the military to further his education and earned an MBA from Duke University (Fuqua School of Business). After graduation in 1988, he became a plant “turn-around” specialist in the corrugated container industry. He is credited with returning numerous struggling production facilities to profitability in varying capacities as a Production Manager, Plant General Manager, Regional General Manager and Vice President of Operations.
Tracy is married to Sharon E. Watkins; has one son (Beau T. Watkins) and has recently become a first time Grandparent.

General Manager · ARCpoint Labs · 407-798-0317 · Contact by email

Thomas P. Wert, Esq.

Tom Wert is the Partner in Charge of the Orlando office of the law firm of Roetzel & Andress. Roetzel is a National Law Journal "NLJ 250" law firm with offices in 13 cities throughout Ohio, Florida, Illinois, New York and Washington, D.C. Mr. Wert has practiced in the area of business litigation, with an emphasis in creditor's rights, real estate litigation, construction litigation and commercial litigation since 1993. He has represented numerous large and middle-market companies, banks, other financial institutions, general contractors, government entities, developers, small businesses and individuals in cases involving credit agreements, secured transactions, contract disputes, construction disputes, business torts, government bid protests, intellectual property rights and bankruptcy. Before beginning the practice of law, Mr. Wert worked as a commercial banking officer for a large commercial bank and he is an avid runner, completing five marathons, a long distance bicyclist and a lover of the great outdoors.

Attorney · Roetzel & Andress, LPA · 407-896-2224 · Contact by email

JoAnn Williams

JoAnn Williams currently serves as Publisher for “Orlando” magazine. She started with the Orlando magazine as an Advertising Sales Representative back in 2004 and escalated among the ranks being promoted to the Sales Manager in 2008.

Her previous work experience in magazines includes “Florida Travel and Life”, a Bonnier publication. While JoAnn’s passion is in advertising, she has been selling products and ideas to people for 30 years.

She moved to Florida back in 1991 and started calling Orlando her home in 2004 when she began her career with “Orlando” magazine.

Publisher · Orlando Magazine · 407-318-7254 · Contact by email