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Orlando EDC to Honor Lars Houmann and Randy Berridge at Annual Award Dinner

Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) will host the 2016 James B. Greene Annual Award dinner on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando located at 9801 International Drive.

Lars Houmann, President and CEO of the Florida Division of Adventist Health System is the 2016 recipient of the James B. Greene Award, the highest honor bestowed by the EDC to a local community leader. The 2016 Chairman’s Award will be given to Randy Berridge, President of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. 

The James B. Greene Award, first presented in 1990, recognizes an individual whose work has contributed substantially to the economic prosperity of the region. The EDC Chairman’s Award, first presented in 2007, recognizes a long-term contributor to the work of the Orlando EDC.

“Both Lars and Randy have been important community collaborators and their incredible influence over the years has helped shape Orlando into what it is today – a thriving region with diverse opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations,” said Orlando EDC Board Chair David Fuller. “The EDC is pleased to bestow upon them this great honor and I am proud to name them the 2016 James B. Greene and Chairman’s awards winners.”

Houmann first joined Florida Hospital in 1993 and served as CEO since 2006. He was responsible for major hospital expansion projects including Florida Hospital Celebration Health and Florida Hospital for Women. While Houmann’s career has been spent entirely in hospital administration, his experience ranges from small community hospitals to multi-hospital systems and large teaching hospitals in Massachusetts, California and Arizona. Through his leadership at Florida Hospital, it has been named the top hospital in Florida and among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report. He volunteers and supports community organizations including the American Heart Association, Shepherd’s Hope Clinics, American Diabetes Association, United Global Outreach, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Berridge has held the position of president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council since its formation in 1996. He also serves as president of the Berridge Consulting Group, Inc. and as an advisory board member for SunTrust Bank, N.A. and the UCF Business Incubation Program.

The James B. Greene Annual Award dinner is attended by hundreds of Orlando region business and community leaders. This year’s event will feature the Boy Scouts of America color guard and performance of the National Anthem by the Orlando Repertory Theatre Power Chords.