2013 Leadership Team
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 84
Adrian Jones is the General Manager for LEGOLAND Florida, Central Florida's newest family attraction, geared specifically toward youngsters ages two through 12. With over 50 family rides, "hands-on" attractions and shows, LEGOLAND Florida provides education, adventure and fun in this second park of its kind in the United States. Opened in October 2011, LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre family theme park that includes amazing LEGO models, making it unlike any other attraction in Florida.
He has had a fantastic career within Merlin Entertainments. Most recently, Jones served as Divisional Director of Midway Attractions in the Western United States, responsible for LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas and Madame Tussauds Hollywood - which was the first Madame Tussauds attraction ever to be built from the ground up in 200 years.
In addition to LEGOLAND Florida, there are currently 4 LEGOLAND parks in the world - LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark marked its 40th anniversary in 2008; LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London opened in 1996, and has been awarded the British Government's top honor for excellence in academic programs, LEGOLAND California opened March 20, 1999, and LEGOLAND Deutschland in Germany opened the Spring of 2002.
Jones has worked in leisure attractions for more than 20 years and has done everything from selling ice cream to being a General Manager that has driven attendance and visitor satisfaction in his attractions. His experience will prove to be a tremendous force in guiding LEGOLAND Florida into being one of the best theme parks in the world.
Jones is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Florida Citrus Sports
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 85
Steve Hogan has served Florida Citrus Sports for 17 years with 14 of them spent in a leadership role. Now in his seventh year as Florida Citrus Sports' Chief Executive Officer, Hogan has been instrumental in the organization's development from a single bowl game into its current standing as one of the leading membership-based organizations in sports. He is also presently serving a two-year term as Chairman of the Football Bowl Association (FBA).
Over the past five years, Hogan has guided the organization through a major rebranding of Florida Citrus Sports and its foundation beneficiaries, now known as MVP's, highlighting the first bowl game in 1947. The MVP brand focuses on the organization's commitment to children and education while providing one focal point to rally fundraising and community support, showcasing its core values of innovation, diversity, respect, integrity, community, and dedication. The organization, in addition to its existing summer camps, made a commitment to fund $1,000,000 in scholarships from 2009-13 with Take Stock in Children of Orange County.
The 2007-08 year was a monumental one for Hogan and Florida Citrus Sports when the City of Orlando and the Orange County government voted on what amounted to the future of the bowls in Orlando. A renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium -- along with the new Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts -- was approved, and Hogan was instrumental in helping tout the importance of a renovated Citrus Bowl to government officials as well as the public.
Hogan has guided the growth and development of the Russell Athletic Bowl, negotiating renewals of the ESPN television contract and the ACC as a bowl partner, as well as the 2010 addition of the Big East, and renewal of contracts for the Florida Blue Florida Classic, keeping the nation's largest HBCU football game in Orlando.
Before arriving at FCSports in 1995, Hogan spent time at both McCaw Communications and the New York Times Newspaper Group in a marketing capacity. A native of Chicago, Hogan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1991 with a bachelors of arts in advertising and public relations.
William G. Oakley
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc.
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 86
William G. Oakley, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. , relocated in September 2010, from a prior Goodwill post in Savannah. He has been a part of the Goodwill movement for more than 38 years in four different Goodwill corporations in five different cities across the country.
Bill helped plan and establish Goodwill's first corporate division in Central Indiana and worked in a variety of positions beginning in 1974. In 1981, he became the Executive Director of Goodwill Industries of Upper South Carolina. From 1997 to 2010, he was President and CEO of the Goodwill Corporation in Coastal Georgia (headquartered in Savannah, Georgia.). Bill has served on the national board of directors for Goodwill Industries International and on the Executive Council of Goodwill Industries.
A recent graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 81, Bill has quickly integrated himself into the Central Florida Region and has a lot to share about the independent sector with the members of Class 86. An investor in the Central Florida Partnership, he also serves on its Central Florida Roundtable for Community-Based Organizations.
Mr. Oakley graduated with a degree in Psychology and Sociology from Butler University in 1974, and was awarded his MBA from Winthrop College in 1990.
In our community, Bill is an active member of the Lake Nona Rotary, the Central Florida Partnership, the "Open for Business" management committee and the Florida Goodwill Association. He resides in Lake Nona with his wife, Kathy. Bill and Kathy have 3 children and six grandchildren.