Past Chairs of Leadership Orlando
Min K. Cho
Holland & Knight LLP
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 91
Min Cho is a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP in Orlando, Florida. Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Bogota and Mexico City. Cho practices in the areas of complex commercial and business litigation. He has a diverse practice representing businesses and individuals in matters involving commercial disputes, contract litigation, business torts, real estate litigation, landlord/tenant disputes, malicious prosecution, corporate litigation, product liability, class arbitration, Section 1983 civil rights litigation, trade secret and non-compete litigation, and trust, estates and fiduciary dispute resolution.
Cho has been listed as a "Super Lawyer" in Florida Super Lawyers magazine and as a Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer" by Florida Trend magazine. He is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV Preeminent rating is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. In 2013, the Orlando Business Journal selected Cho as a "40 Under 40" award honoree. In 2007, the Tampa Bay Business Journal named Cho as its Minority Businessperson of the Year.
He has a passion for volunteerism and board service. At the national level, Cho is on the board of governors for the American Bar Association. With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. The 38-member board of governors oversees the general operation and governance of the American Bar Association. Cho is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also involved with the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and is a member of its executive board.
At the local level, Cho is on the board of trustees for the Orlando Science Center. He is a member of the Orlando Science Center's executive committee and serves as its board governance chair. He is also a member of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association. Cho is also a proud graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 82.
Cho obtained his juris doctor, cum laude, from the Florida State University College of Law. He obtained his bachelor of science, with honors, from the University of Florida.
Cho and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Boey and Fisher. In his free time, he loves to run and spend time with his family.
Orlando City Soccer Club
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 90
Rawlins possesses more than 20 years of expertise in the high technology industry and more than 12 years of expertise in professional sports management. A native of the UK, he began his career in Europe with Hewlett-Packard (HP), working first in sales, before joining the UK sales development team.
Leveraging a keen entrepreneurial spirit and deep insight into sales & marketing processes, Rawlins left HP in 1989 to found The Sales Consultancy (TSC). TSC specialized in sales and marketing training and consulting. TSC quickly grew to have operations throughout Central Europe. Under Rawlins leadership the company grew at an annual rate of over 50%. In 1994 Rawlins expanded the company's geographical reach by relocating its headquarters to the USA.
At TSC, Rawlins oversaw sales but also authored a number of new sales and marketing processes designed specifically for their technology industry clients. These processes are still utilized today by many of the world's leading high-technology companies.
Five years after setting up the US operations Rawlins oversaw the merger of TSC with Target Marketing Systems, of Atlanta, Georgia. At the resulting company, OnTarget, Rawlins was co-CEO and had functional responsibility for all product development, including software tools. In 1999 OnTarget was acquired by Siebel Systems Inc. Rawlins left Siebel in 2001 to concentrate on his other business interests, in particular, his passion for soccer and his Directorship position at Stoke City F.C. He currently sits on the following Boards and has ownership interests in the following companies:
Director and/or Owner:
- Orlando City S.C. – Professional soccer team based in Orlando, FL.
- Stoke City F.C. Ltd. – English Premier League
- LoneStar CAPCO – Texas based social venture capital company
- Advance Performance Ltd. – UK based training & development company
- Bella Cima Developments Inc, – Real estate development company
- Britgolf – a golf retail store in Lakeway, TX
Until 2004 Rawlins also sat on the council of his home town University; Keele University in Staffordshire, England.
Rawlins is part-Owner and President of Orlando City Soccer Club, a position that occupies the majority of his working time. He also sits on the Board of Governors of USL-PRO soccer league and the Board of the Central Florida Sports Commission. He and his wife Kay have four children and two dogs and live in Winter Park, FL.
Market President, Central Florida
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 89
Tony Jenkins is the Market President for the Central Florida region. In his appointed role as Market President, Tony is instrumental in leading this market in developing a business plan to increase and retain membership, enhance brand visibility and coordinate employee engagement.
Prior to Florida Blue, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. Before joining CSX, Jenkins spent 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles.
Tony is very active in the Orlando Community. He is the past Chair for United Arts of Central Florida and the current board Chair for Florida Institute for Community Studies. He also currently serves on the Boards of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and he is a Board Trustee at Stetson University.
In January 2014, Tony was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). The Commission possesses policy-making responsibilities to identify and eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations in the State.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
Florida Blue is a leader in Florida's health industry. Since 1944, our members have counted on us to continuously develop better solutions that promote more affordable health care across the state. Our mission is central to all that we do. Helping people in their pursuit of health reflects Florida Blue's commitment to ensuring affordable plans, providing personal support for health and wellness and building strong communities that enable health and wellness for all Floridians. Florida Blue is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit floridablue.com.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 88
A self-described accidental entrepreneur and Unconventional CEOTM, Carol Craig is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Craig Technologies, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL. Growing Craig Technologies from one person in 1999 to nearly 400 associates and $42M in revenues today, Craig leads nationwide operations with employees in over 20 different states with offices in Huntsville, AL and Orlando, FL.
Craig Technologies was listed as one of Florida's Best Companies to Work For in 2011 and 2013 by Florida Trend magazine. As CEO, Carol oversees corporate operations to ensure quality service-delivery for her commercial and government customers, offering high-end custom engineering and technical support services
In January of 2013, she opened the 160,000 sq ft Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center and currently provides end-to-end solutions for prototype development and production of precision manufacturing orders with precision machining and fabrication, avionics laboratory services, specialty manufacturing, and test and evaluation capabilities.
Craig's military experience includes active duty as a P-3C Orion Naval Flight Officer, specializing in Anti-Surface and Sub-Surface Warfare. She holds a BA in Computer Science from Knox College, a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Craig is pursuing a PhD in Systems Engineering at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Craig was recognized as a Finalist in the Technology category for the Florida region for the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award," the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
Carol serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for University of Central Florida's College of Engineering, and serves on the University of Central Florida Foundation Board of Directors and Development Committee. Ms. Craig also serves on numerous community boards and was recently appointed to the Boards of Directors of Orlando, Inc., the Florida HighTech Corridor Council and Enterprise Florida.
Carol and her husband, CAPT John W. Craig, USN, a former F/A-18 pilot who now flies for JetBlue Airways and is a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO), have two children. In response to her son's diagnosis with Prader-Willi Syndrome in 2001, Carol is Founder of the Danny Craig Foundation, aiming to raise and administer funds for multiple organizations that focus on researching children's medical disorders.
John M. Lewis
Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 87
John M. Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of LYNX, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. This regional transportation system has an operational coverage of more than 2500 square miles serving in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
Prior to joining LYNX, Mr. Lewis served as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC). During Mr. Lewis tenure with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Lewis held a series of progressively important management positions including Director of Rail Operations and Director of Bus Operations.
Lewis currently holds the following leadership positions:
• Chair, Leadership APTA Committee, November 2011 – Present
• Board Member, National Training Institute, January 2008 – Present
• Board Member, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials 2011 - Present
Lewis has served on the Virginia Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council; the Governor's Transportation Equity and Efficiency Commission; and was the President of the Maryland Chapter, National Forum of Black Public Administrators.
Under his leadership, GRTC was awarded the American Public Transportation Association's System of the Year. While serving at MTA, Lewis implemented safety operational initiatives that are still being used at MTA today.
Currently at LYNX, Lewis is overseeing two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando's LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managing three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Lynx is also working diligently to provide feeder service to region's first commuter rail line, SunRail.
Lewis graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
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. , relocatedin 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.
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 is 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.
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.
Yolanda L. Cade
Chief Spokesperson & National Managing Director
AAA - American Automobile Association
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 83
Shaping the organization's public image, national public relations and strategic communications efforts, Yolanda oversees AAA's national public relations offices in Washington D.C. and Orlando, FL. She is responsible for managing all aspects of communicating public policy, national business line and advocacy activities to the public, media and AAA's 52 million members.
Prior to joining AAA, Yolanda served as the chief spokesperson and director of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Department of Homeland Security. In her role she was responsible for managing internal, external communications and the TSA website. She successfully launched the TSA 3-1-1 public education campaign as well as the I AM TSA employee communications effort. Previous to her federal service, she served as the Deputy Director of Public Relations for the world's busiest airport--Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
In addition to work in the fields of crisis communications, travel, security, transportation and aviation, Yolanda has a wealth of experience in television, social media, media relations and client-side management. In 2002, she was voted one of Georgia's 100 most powerful and influential women and in 2007 was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine's On the Move feature for highly visible professionals. Nicknamed "Starlonda" by Barbara Walters for the resemblance to her former co-host, Yolanda appeared on The View as a guest host with Joy Behar in 1999.
Active in the Central Florida community, Yolanda serves on the Board of Trustees for Central Florida Regional Hospital. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Urban League for nearly three years. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University and is a native of South Florida. She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 78.
NASA-Kennedy Space Center
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 82
A native of Apopka, Florida, Trey's family moved to southern California when he was nine years old. After finishing high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and enrolled in Nuclear Power School at NTC Orlando, where he finished Machinist Mate 'A' School and went on to submarine training in Groton, Connecticut. During his first submarine command aboard the USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629) stationed out of Charleston, South Carolina, he completed his first 93 day 'cruise' and received his Submarine Qualification in 1992. In total, Trey spent over 300 days underwater and sailed the final decommissioning voyage of the Daniel Boone through the Panama Canal to Puget Sound, Washington.
After being honorably discharged, Trey earned a BA in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of California at San Diego and then worked in the County's Advance Planning Department interacting with community leaders to determine appropriate growth patterns and environmental protection standards for the 4,200 square mile County. He attended the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While working on his MS in Public Policy and Urban and Regional Economic Development, he accepted a Housing and Urban Development Fellowship at the Urban Redevelopment Agency at the City of Pittsburgh's Planning Office.
In 2003, Trey was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow by NASA, returning to his Central Florida roots with a position at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). He served as the Kennedy Space Center State of Florida Liaison working with the Governor's Office, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Space Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation encouraging and promoting legislation that would help increase economic competitiveness for the Space Industry within the State of Florida.
In June 2010, Trey accepted the position of KSC Senior Master Planner and was charged with updating the Master Plan for KSC. With over 140,000 acres of land and more than 900 facilities, the Nation's Spaceport faces a challenge of daunting measures with the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Now, KSC must redefine what the 21st Century launch complex will look like and how it will meet the needs of the emerging commercial market.
Trey and his wife Kathleen reside in Merritt Island with their two sons, Maxwell and Samson.
Director of Player Development
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 81
On September 7, 2010, the Orlando Magic named Adonal Foyle as director of player development. In this role, he provides support for the overall development of the players, acts as a conduit between players and management, and gives assistance to the basketball operations department. Foyle looks forward to serving as the Chair of Leadership Orlando Class 81 beginning in March 15-16, 2011.
An NBA basketball player with a total of 13 seasons under his belt, Adonal's basketball talent was discovered by two Colgate University professors who brought him to the United States and laid the foundation for Foyle's NBA basketball career spanning both coasts with the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic.
From humble island beginnings to a noteworthy NBA career, Adonal Foyle's passion to make a difference has fueled the founding of the Kerosene Lamp Foundation (KLF), named after the type of light Foyle used to study at night on an island with no electricity. Since 2005, KLF has built/refurbished basketball courts in urban areas to provide safe places to play for more than 3,000 youth. KLF's most recent mentorship program, All-Star Student Athletes, is designed to turn promising young basketball players from Adonal's native country of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, into successful student-athletes. Foyle was inducted into the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame for his work with KLF.
Foyle also founded "Democracy Matters," a non-profit political organization that encourages grass-roots involvement in the campaign finance reform movement. Democracy Matters currently has more than 70 chapters on college, university and high school campuses in 23 different states.
Foyle recently completed his third and final season with the Orlando Magic. Prior to that, he spent a decade with the Golden State Warriors, where he began his career as the NBA's eighth overall draft pick. He holds the Warriors' all-time record in blocked shots (1,140) and is fifth on their all-time list for offensive rebounds and sixth for defensive rebounds.
"I have loved every minute of the game," said Foyle. "Retiring is bittersweet as my happiest memories are with the game. I'm looking forward to spending more time on humanitarian issues and mentoring the young basketball players who may need a voice of experience as they embark on their NBA careers."
Adonal's education continues beyond the NBA. He is finishing up his Masters Degree in Sports Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
Captain Bill "Roto" Reuter, USN (Ret.)
R-Squared Solutions, LLC
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 80
Captain Bill "Roto" Reuter served as the Class Chair of Leadership Orlando Class 80 beginning in September 2010. "The insight and awareness I gained from attending Leadership Orlando exceeded all expectations. Leadership Orlando is a tremendous tool for leaders to leverage in the development of their people." He retired from the U. S. Navy in 2012 after serving as Commanding Officer, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, and established his own company, R-Squared Solutions, LLC, based in Orlando, Florida.
A native of Key West, Florida, Capt. Reuter was commissioned in August 1984 through the NROTC Program at the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering. After flight school, he was trained in the F/A-18A Hornet at VFA-106 and assigned to VFA-87 at Cecil Field, Florida conducting the maiden deployment of the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
Captain Reuter was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School/U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Cooperative Program earning a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and was awarded the Admiral William Adger Moffett award as the Aerospace Engineering Student of the Year for 1992. He then reported to the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland (Class 103). Graduating in Jul 1993, he received the degree Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineer (Engineer's Degree). He joined the staff of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1995 as the lead F/A-18 Systems Instructor flying some 15 more aircraft in five foreign countries.
He has served in a number of other leadership capacities including the Pentagon as the Executive Assistant to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition) and as a Deputy Program Manager for the F/A-18 Hornet. He also served as the Chief Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron and assumed his current duties as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando in May 2008.
CAPT Reuter has over 3,000 hours of flight time in 33 different aircraft, of which over 2,100 are in the F/A-18, including 300 hours in the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the International Test and Evaluation Association.
CAPT Reuter, and his wife of 21 years, Connie, reside in Waterford Chase, Florida with their sons, Ryan and Logan and daughter, Megan.
Virginia L. Whittington
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 79
Virginia L. Whittington was recently promoted to Director of Regional Partnerships at METROPLAN Orlando, a regional transportation planning agency responsible for transportation planning and financing for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties.
In her new position, Virginia will take on new responsibilities with the Municipal Advisory Committee, the Tri-County League of Cities, the Central Florida MPO Alliance, Florida's Urban Transportation Coalition and some other regional initiatives such as the new Transportation Funding Task Force. She will also continue to be responsible for our Board Services Department providing administrative support to the METROPLAN staff, Board members and standing Committees. Before joining METROPLAN ORLANDO, she worked for Orange County Government.
"Leadership Orlando is an extraordinary opportunity for our leaders because it educates us to
facets of our community in only a few months that may take some a lifetime to experience," says Whittington. "I look forward to helping a new class of community leaders develop a deeper appreciation for the place where we work, play and live."
In the community, Ms. Whittington was appointed to the Orange County Citizens Review Board in January by Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell. She is a member of the Central Florida Chapter of Women's Transportation Seminar and Orange County Toastmasters Club #129.
Virginia is a graduate of Valencia Community College and Leadership Orlando Class 45 and will earn degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida in December. An Orlando resident, she is married with three children and four grandchildren. Virginia is an elder at her local church assembly and is founder and executive director of A.W.'S.O.M.E. Ministries International (a faith-based, community outreach organization).
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Inc.
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 78
Brent Trotter assumed the role of President/CEO of Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in 2006. A native of Fort Worth Texas, he brought with him over twenty-five years of experience as a pastor in Texas and most recently in Winter Park, Florida. Immediately prior to joining the Coalition, Mr. Trotter served as the Orlando area director of Christian Leadership Concepts (CLC), a Nashville, Tennessee based organization that facilitates social service collaborations between churches, businesses and community members.
Since he took the helm at the Coalition, Mr. Trotter has been actively addressing homeless issues in the Orlando region, such as prevention, domestic violence, affordable housing, living wages, and the road back to self-sufficiency.
Mr. Trotter has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Wesleyan University with a major in psychology and minor in religion. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary, the largest protestant seminary in the world. Mr. Trotter enjoys bicycling in his spare time, loves to read and travel, and is a NASCAR fan.
John R. Guthrie
Vice President Business Development
Daytona International Speedway
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 77
To John Guthrie, Daytona International Speedway's Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships, motorsports is much than just driving on a track. It's thinking out of the box to attract new fans; it's developing new ways to market a 50-year-old facility; and it's working tirelessly to make the fan experience one worth remembering.
In his present role, he and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) are responsible for selling the admissions, sponsorships that make "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500, where 200,000+ people enjoy the event in person and millions watch on television. In addition, he is working with all his colleagues at International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to create a more fan-friendly approach to promoting and selling tickets to events.
Guthrie has had a large influence in two areas. In his present and former positions, he has championed involving students and youth in sports. He has worked to relate education to sports for students as well as mentoring many interns and young sales and marketing professionals. In addition, he has always kept his eye out for how stadiums can recycle to not take away from, but contribute to, the environment.
John is active in the Central Florida community championing healthcare as a member of the Halifax Health Foundation Board and working with young business leaders on the Daytona Beach YPG Board of Directors. He is very excited to expand his work across Central Florida r and is looking forward to anchoring the Chamber's work on the east side of the state. He participated in Class 75 of the Orlando Regional Chamber's Leadership Orlando program and was an outstanding Chair of Class 77.
Note: Since Chairing Leadership Orlando, Guthrie has made a career change and now serves as Director of Corporate Communications for Halifax Health in Volusia County.
Melanie B. Fernandez
Cross, Fernandez & Riley LLP
Chair, Leadership Orlando Class 76
Maintaining close relationships with her clients and business colleagues throughout the year is part of the personal mission statement of Melanie Fernandez. As co-founder of Cross, Fernandez and Riley, LLP (C/F/R), this philosophy allows her to serve as a trusted advisor, helping her clients to make decisions to fulfill their financial goals and overcome challenges that may arise.
She also believes in community and in building a strong base of leaders that will guide Central Florida successfully into the future. Melanie participated in Leadership Orlando Class 29 and in the first class of Leadership Central Florida. "As a lifetime resident of Central Florida, I was truly awakened to our region's complexity while participating in Leadership Orlando," she said. "It is important as a business owner to know how my everyday decisions can impact our community and region."
Ms. Fernandez earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is Partner and Director of Assurance Services for her firm providing management and leadership to the members of the C/F/R team. She primarily works with not-for-profit organizations, SEC-registered firms and inventory companies including manufacturers, distributors and software developers.
In the community, she has served a number of community-based organizations as a board member and/or chair including the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Quest, Inc., and the University of Central Florida Alumni Association. Melanie has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal and the Women's Executive Council for her professional accomplishments and leadership.