The first Leadership Orlando class to participate in the new era of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Class 94, is ready to explore the Orlando region. Over the next eight months, Class 94 will learn about the region’s diverse assets and accept the challenge of becoming change agents for Orlando.

Class Chair Michael D. Armbruster, Ed.D., Orange County Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of Career and Technical Education, welcomed class members by sharing his own personal growth story and its segue into his 30-year professional career with Orange County Public Schools. He led a regional perspective roundtable discussion with the class, finding out what topics were most important to class members. This information will shape the class curriculum for the next eight months.

“Leadership Orlando Class 94 has a great group of leaders representing the seven-county region and I believe they already see the value that each one of them brings to this community and just how much that value is multiplied when they work together with their classmates well beyond the year of the program to maximize their potential impact to Central Florida,” said Michael D. Armbruster, Ed.D.

Orlando Economic Partnership President & CEO Tim Giuliani presented on the recent merger between the Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission. He impressed upon the class the ultimate goal of the Partnership: to create broad-based prosperity™ for the region.

“Our organization is focusing on strategies to advance our mission to create jobs, expand our labor force, strengthen our advocacy for infrastructure and community resources, and create an enviable quality of life – all key attributes in our quest to attract targeted companies and grow the economy,” said Tim Giuliani.

Encouraging Class 94 to be “Ready for Anything!” Bob Kodzis, Jr., Creative Guy with Flight of Ideas, Inc. and past Leadership Orlando chair, shared his personal research on challenging yourself in new and different ways. The new class learned about both themselves and their classmates by participating in creative games, including card games, a fast and furious game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, to a glow-in-the-dark, interactive real-time survey. Class members explored how they are alike and how they differ.

Stephanie Darden Bennett, President and CCO of PRISMATIC and chair of the Partnership’s Social Media Engagement Committee, presented on the Obassador (Orlando ambassador) program. Follow along as Class 94 joins the Orlando social media conversation through the hashtag #ThisIsOrlando.

The Class of 94

Chair: Michael D. Armbruster, Ed.D. “Mike” from Orange County Public Schools

Stephanie A. Asendorf
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
Kelly Astro
Valencia College
Stephen W. Belflower, AIA, LEED AP “Steve”
HuntonBrady Architects
David Brady
LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Gennifer L. Bridges
Burr & Forman LLP
Jeff Buhler
Massey Services, Inc.
Jason M. Burton
City of Orlando
Janet E. Caramello
Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida
J. Paul Carland “Paul”
Seminole State College of Florida
Royal E. Caswell, III “Trey”
McKinley Companies, LLC
Bradley Collor
CareerSource Central Florida
Teresa E. Crews
Universal Orlando Resort
Franklin E. Espinal
Veterans Health Administration
Fermin Espinoza “Espi”
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
Bill Evans
Tsyklon, LLC
Allan J. Fluharty
Air Force Agency for Modeling & Simulation
Patricia E. Frank, MBA, CPA “Pat”
Community Coordinated Care For Children, Inc.
Jamie Giller
UCF Downtown Campus
Allisa D. Gilliean-Crump, Ph.D. “Lisa”
Rollins College
Marc Giovanni
PNC Financial Services Group
Darren S. Gray
City of Clermont
Jeffrey S. Gray “Jeff”
GrayPointe Capital
Wesley Hackett “Wes”
Fulcrum Partners
Scott C. Hall
Erik A. Halluska
Matt Hammer
Baldwin Krystyn Sherman
Brian P. Hanafin
Holland & Knight LLP
Simeon Hardy
Golf Channel
Jeremy C. Harris “Jerry”
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Catherine Henderson “Cathy”
Orlando Lutheran Towers
John Hicks
ECS Florida, LLC
Thomas Hoffman “Tom”
Smart City
A. Noni Holmes-Kidd “Noni”
Parkway, Inc.
Laura D. Howe
PFM Financial Advisors LLC
Lisa Hultquist
Delaware North at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Dr. Ivan S. Itebejac
VA Medical Center – Orlando
Shanta Jackson
Daniel E. Kelley “Dan”
Midflorida Credit Union
Amy A. Kennedy
Balfour Beatty Construction
Melinda L. Kieffer
Brenda Kincaid
Summit Broadband
Damon B. Kruid
DBK Inc.
Corinne M. LaGosh
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Alejandro J. Lanauze “Alex”
Marisel B. López Ramos
SIMON – Orlando International Premium Outlets
Melody B. Lynch 
Lowndes, Drosdick,

Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Christopher J. Maddox “Jason”
Coca-Cola Beverages Florida
Kenneth B. McKellar, Jr. “Mac”
Ethos Laboratories
Paula Meads
Summit Broadband
Adam Meek
Finfrock Design-Manufacture-Construct
Barron E. Mills
Camaraderie Foundation
Lauren Morgan
Tavistock Group

Tracie Morris
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Phyllis L. Murphy
Herzing University
Michele T. Napier
Orlando Health
Denise M. Nicholson, Ph.D.
Soar Technology, Inc.
Louis H. Nimkoff “Lou”
Orlando Regional REALTOR Association
Jenise Osani
OUC – The Reliable One
Taylor C. Pancake
Foley & Lardner LLP
Gabriel D. Park “Gabe”
Florida Citrus Sports
Elizabeth A. Paul
OUC – The Reliable One
Michael V. Perry “Mike”
Luis F. Pinzon
CONDOR Construction Corp.
Mark A. Reed, Sr.
Give Kids The World
Tracey Robilotto
Veterans Health Administration
Debbie M. Rodriguez
Competitive Edge Partners
& Consulting, LLC
Ashley Ross
Florida Polytechnic University
John V. Russell
Mainframe Real Estate
Tracy Schrey
Reedy Creek Improvement District
Nikee J. Schurig
Adrianna M. Sekula
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Kauren Sidhu
The Mall at Millenia
Jaime St. John
Clear Channel Outdoor
Dr. Sharon L. Stanke
Veterans Health Administration
Melanie Stefanowicz
School District of Osceola County
Charles Stovall
Walt Disney World Co.
Anthony K. Sudler “Tony”
Rouselle A. Sutton, III “Bo”
GrayRobinson, P.A
Kevin T. Thomas
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Pavel Vakh
Mabel Valdivia
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Emily A. Walton
Jerry Warner
Orlando Health
Michael R. Weeman “Mike”
Andy Frain Services
Charles D. Wilder “Chuck”
Estate Planning and
Legacy Law Center, PLC
Nina Yon, MNM
United Against Poverty Orlando

About Leadership Orlando

Developing regional leaders is important to the future success of the Central Florida Region. That is why regional leadership is a primary line of business for the Orlando Economic Partnership. With proven success since 1975, Leadership Orlando, America’s largest community leadership program, continues to recruit, cultivate and encourage emerging and established leaders to better serve the Central Florida Region.

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