Meet the President
With nearly twenty five years of service as president of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jacob V. Stuart has effected monumental change in a number of strategic areas, including: healthcare, regional leadership, technology, transportation, international business, regional research and workforce development.
Believing that knowledge is power, he has worked to provide life long learning opportunities for business and community leaders in leadership development, public education reform, and tax relief for working families. Mr. Stuart was instrumental in establishing regional programs and partnerships such as WorkForce 2020, the Central Florida Technology Partnership, myregion.org, Hispanic Summit and Extra Credit. Currently, he is leading the Chamber's transformation by Creating America's Newest Regional Partnership in response to third-party recommendations made by business and community leaders. And, under his leadership, the Chamber presented its first Small Business Summit in 2008.
As a native of Orlando, Mr. Stuart's commitment to protecting and nurturing the quality of life in Central Florida has led him to pioneer numerous award-winning programs. Among them, Leadership Orlando, America's largest community leadership program; BusinessForce, Florida's largest local political committee; and the City of Light, a community volunteer program President George Bush unveiled in Orlando, making us America's first City of Light.
In the area of public service, Mr. Stuart served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Transition Team in 1987 for then incoming Florida Governor, Bob Martinez while on a leave of absence from the Chamber. Then in 1991, he was elected Chairman of the Board for LYNX, Central Florida's public transportation system.
As a result of his vision and leadership, the Accrediting Board of the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce a Five Star Accreditation. The U.S. Chamber Accreditation Program defines standards of excellence in Chamber of Commerce planning and performance and shows Chambers how they can reach and maintain these standards.
Also serving as President of myregion.org, he was instrumental in the recent success of its "How Shall We Grow?" initiative bringing seven counties, 86 cities and a host of citizens together in Creating A Shared Regional Growth Vision for the Central Florida region. Implementation of that vision, which focuses on Four Cs – Conservation, Centers, Corridors and Countryside – will guide future land use and development through the year 2050.
Most recently, Stuart received the MSCW "Legacy" Champion of Sustainability Award in recognition of his understanding that the work done today to preserve, conserve and protect Central Florida's most precious resources will mean a better tomorrow for citizens throughout the region. The Healthy Community Initiative of Orlando (HCI) and MSCW Inc. hosted the Fourth Annual "Champions of Sustainability" Awards Luncheon, established in 2002, to publicly recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication to our community's health.
Stuart was also awarded the John Bosley Award presented by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), a non-profit membership organization and public interest group whose mission is to build regional communities through regional collaboration. The award, created in memory of John Bosley who served as deputy director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and legal advisor to NARC, recognizes outstanding service and contributions by an individual to advance the success of the regional community.