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50 Most Powerful – Orlando Magazine

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Some are outspoken, whereas others work behind the scenes. They make our legal guidelines, run our hospitals, hospitality trade and faculties, give us a voice, try to maintain us protected. Their vocations and visions are wide-ranging, however the people on our eighth annual listing of the 50 Most Highly effective Folks in Orlando have this in frequent: They suppose Central Florida is a good place to dwell and work, and they’re dedicated to utilizing their appreciable affect to maintain it that approach.

Simply because the Orlando space is ever-changing, so is our listing: You’ll discover that some folks have moved up from final 12 months whereas others have slipped. Some who appeared beforehand are usually not on it anymore, making room for up-and-comers.

We even have added 5 people to our Corridor of Energy, a designation given to those that have made not less than 5 consecutive appearances on the listing and have a status for being influential in political, enterprise or civic circles.

2 Dean Cannon
Speaker of the
Florida Home
Age: 42

The argument could possibly be made that Cannon is essentially the most highly effective individual in Central Florida, possibly even in the whole state. However the Winter Park resident got here in a detailed second to Teresa Jacobs on our listing as a result of his base of energy is in Tallahassee, the place he has spent years getting ready his Republican Get together colleagues for his takeover of the Florida Home of Representatives. The timing of his long-awaited ascension to speaker couldn’t have been higher for him, both: The final election handed Republicans supermajorities in each chambers of the Legislature and put in a right-wing governor who shares a few of Cannon’s conservative views, a lot of which got here to fruition through the latest legislative session. Cannon has another time period as speaker, after which search for him to hunt increased workplace. 2010 Rank: 11


3 Alex Martins
Orlando Magic
Age: 47

Wanting on the listing of civic, charitable and enterprise teams Martins serves on, you may marvel the place he will get the time for his job. Martins appears to be unfold so skinny he could possibly be faxed to all of the conferences he attends as a neighborhood chief. One way or the other he nonetheless carved outing of his schedule to supervise building of the most costly public undertaking in metropolis historical past, the $480 million dwelling area for the NBA staff he runs. The Amway Heart’s on-time—and reportedly on-budget—opening in October was a crowning achievement. However by getting the sector achieved proper, he discovered himself with one other unpaid “volunteer” place: the chair of a bunch tasked with managing the development finances of the embattled downtown performing arts middle. Add all of it up and Martins cracks the highest 5 because the highest-ranked non-public citizen on the listing.  2010 Rank: 7


4 Buddy Dyer
Mayor of Orlando
Age: 52

Whereas 2010 ended with Dyer on a roll, with the opening of the city-owned Amway Heart the spotlight of that 12 months, early 2011 appeared handy him one setback after one other by the hands of two new officeholders. First, Gov. Rick Scott handled two mass-transit initiatives Dyer championed—high-speed rail and commuter rail—like they had been poisonous, finally rejecting the previous whereas signaling he may do the identical to the latter. Then Orange County’s new mayor, Teresa Jacobs, publicly shamed one other pet undertaking of Dyer’s, the downtown performing arts middle, as she rejected the mayor’s plea that the county chip in extra money so town may construct it. And all that occurred in solely the primary 4 months of 2011. However by Might, Dyer confirmed why he has topped the 50 Most Highly effective listing twice since 2008: He received’t surrender on his dream of constructing a “world-class” metropolis. He maneuvered round Jacobs and introduced DPAC would break floor in June. In the meantime, Scott appeared to be softening his view of SunRail. Search for Dyer to tug just a few extra victories out of the grasp
of defeat as he runs for re-election. 2010 Rank: 1


5 John Hitt
College of Central Florida
Age: 70

Hitt has all the time been close to the highest of our energy rankings, and it’s no marvel. When he took over as president in 1992, UCF was nonetheless making an attempt to shed the label of a commuter faculty within the east Orlando hinterlands and hovered round No. 85 in nationwide rating of faculty enrollment. At this time, the college is the second largest college within the nation and ranks among the many nation’s prime analysis establishments, with the Carnegie Basis for the Development of Educating placing it in the identical class as Harvard, MIT and Stanford. Underneath Hitt’s watch, analysis funding has risen from $6.2 million to $133.3 million. The UCF School of Drugs opened final 12 months, and a dental faculty is probably going on the way in which. The sports activities world now not ignores UCF (the Knights beat Georgia in a bowl sport final season and Michael Jordan’s son performs for the hoops squad). All instructed, Hitt has awarded almost 160,000 levels. That’s one highly effective handshake. 2010 Rank: 4.


6 Meg Crofton
Walt Disney World Resort
Age: 57

A child by the identify of Potter bloodied the nostril of the Mouse, however Disney fired again at Common with an announcement of an growth that can almost double the dimensions of Fantasyland within the Magic Kingdom. Crofton, in fact, will oversee that undertaking and all the opposite actions of the 62,000 solid members on the area’s largest employer. The Disney veteran continues to step out locally too, chairing the Metro Orlando Financial Growth Fee and serving on boards entrusted with constructing the performing arts middle and combating homelessness. Crofton is also on the forefront of Disney’s efforts to achieve out to youngsters in methods past Mickey meet-and-greets: The corporate just lately concluded a 40-day marketing campaign that awarded $1.2 million in “Serving to Youngsters Shine’’ grants to highschool districts and organizations that enhance the lives of native youngsters. 2010 Rank: 2


7 Jim Pugh
Chairman, Dr. Phillips Heart for the
Performing Arts
Age: 7

With a stroke of the proverbial pen in Might, Pugh moved the downtown performing arts middle from the conceptual to the concrete. The rich developer led a bunch of DPAC donors in signing off on a private $16 million line of credit score, eradicating the final impediment holding up building on the undertaking and handing Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer a victory in his struggle to revive the recession-delayed downtown venues plan. A go-to fundraiser for Democratic candidates, Pugh makes the most important bounce on our listing as a result of his management on DPAC could have a profound influence on employment alternatives within the quick time period and downtown’s atmosphere and livability sooner or later. 2010 Rank: 35


8 Ronald Blocker
Superintendent, Orange County Public Colleges
Age: 58

Blocker plans to retire in 2012 after 12 years on the helm of the nation’s tenth largest faculty district. Like all faculty chiefs within the state, he’s needed to take care of extreme cuts, however Blocker helped persuade Orange County voters to approve a property tax enhance final November that can generate $83 million yearly for 4 years. He has taken some warmth due to lax oversight within the faculty’s $1.3 billion building division. Alternatively, Blocker was chosen because the state’s Superintendent of the 12 months for 2011, Orange has acquired an A ranking from the state for 3 straight years, and on his watch, the commencement charge has risen to 79 p.c, a bounce of almost 30 p.c since 2000. 2010 Rank: 10.


9 John Morgan
Lawyer, Political Powerbroker, Philanthropist
Age: 55

Most of the people could know him greatest because the face of Morgan & Morgan, the legislation agency that proclaims it’s “for the folks,” however that picture doesn’t totally signify Morgan’s ambitions. He’s much less the lawyer than the CEO of the various enterprise pursuits he runs from his downtown workplace. His energy is in his connections—and contributions—to political leaders in Orlando, Tallahassee, Washington, and even on Air Drive One, from which President Obama just lately known as simply to speak with Morgan. Whereas his political profile has risen since failed U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Charlie Crist joined Morgan’s agency, his altruistic facet stays underneath the radar, as he prefers. Morgan has given generously to many native charities, together with $2 million he and his spouse, Ultima, the opposite Morgan within the agency, pledged to the Second Harvest Meals Financial institution. 2010 Rank: 20


10 Craig Ustler
Downtown Developer, Restaurateur
Age: 42

Ustler continues to be a really lively energy participant downtown. He has lined up about $25 million in grants and different commitments for Artistic Village, the combo of high-tech companies, digital media faculties and residences he hopes to construct on the previous Amway Enviornment web site. He just lately opened the GAI constructing on Summerlin Avenue, a $32 million inexperienced workplace constructing that was one of many few substantial buildings erected downtown over the previous 12 months. His eating group runs a number of the best-known eating places round (Citrus, Hue, Cityfish). Now that the performing arts middle is on monitor, Ustler will preserve busy with that too: He’s on the middle’s board and is a member of its city design job power and operations committee. 2010 Rank: 8


11 Gary Sain
President and CEO,
Go to Orlando
Age: 60

If there may be one financial indicator that brings smiles to recession-weary Orlando-area leaders’ faces it’s tourism, however no smile is brighter than Sain’s. The pinnacle of the renamed Orlando/Orange County Conference and Guests Bureau has overseen an aggressive use of social media and conventional advertising platforms to promote Orlando’s family-friendly options to the world. And the world responded as by no means earlier than: Central Florida topped 50 million guests in 2010, a document quantity for a U.S. journey vacation spot, and raked in $30 billion in customer spending. Sain owes a few of that luck to Common Orlando, which opened its much-anticipated Harry Potter attraction at a time Orlando wanted a game-changer essentially the most. Nonetheless, Sain deserves credit score for luring new conference enterprise to Orlando and for the turnaround within the all-important vacationer growth tax. If Orlando tourism exceeds the 2010 document this 12 months, Sain will probably be smiling from ear to ear. 2010 Rank: 32


12 John Mica
U.S. Consultant
Age: 68

The early months of 2011 had been bittersweet for Mica. On the one hand, he took management of the Transportation Committee after the GOP takeover of the Home, whereas then again, his increased place did not sway newly elected Gov. Rick Scott, additionally a Republican, to money a $2.4 billion federal examine put aside for an Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail line. If Scott kills the SunRail undertaking, Mica may extract political payback by opposing the governor’s request for $77 million in federal help to deepen the port of Miami. Mica has mentioned he’ll announce which approach he’s leaning on the request at about the identical time Scott makes his determination on SunRail. Coincidence? Nah. 2010 Rank: 3


13 Tom Williams
Chairman and CEO,
Common Parks & Resorts
Age: 63

Tourism officers like Gary Sain (No. 11) could cite pent-up demand as a chief motive a document variety of guests got here to Orlando final 12 months, however Williams’ deserves an “accolades” for his half within the tourism turnaround. His $200-million-plus gamble to construct The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction amid a recession paid off huge for each Common and the native tourism market. The earlier-than-expected rebound in journey has given the realm financial system a a lot wanted enhance. Williams’ dwelling run with Potter additionally raised the competitors stage between Common and Disney World, which may solely be good for Central Florida. 2010 Rank: 25


14 Scott Maxwell
Orlando Sentinel Columnist
Age: 39

Maxwell is the Jack Russell terrier of newspaper journalism: a hyper, cussed, aggressive digger who’s nice to have round. The veteran columnist, whose stature has steadily risen in our rankings the previous few years, is a politician’s nightmare, utilizing his “Taking Names’’ column to ferret out double speak whereas unabashedly labeling doubtful proposals as “idiotic’’ or “box-of-rocks terrible.’’ The election of Rick Scott appears to have energized Maxwell much more: He has known as the governor an outright liar on finances points starting from schooling funding to care
for the aged. These are highly effective phrases. 2010
Rank: 18


15 Helen Donegan
Vice President of Group Relations, UCF
Age: 64
Corridor of Energy ’10

She is aware of all the correct folks, and lots of of them are on our listing. Donegan is so sought-after by girls focused on making connections that she has her personal girls’s networking group. She has a knack for planning big-time galas that convey the realm’s most influential underneath one roof, as seen with the grand opening of UCF’s medical-school constructing in October. It’s laborious to say if Donegan hitched her wagon to UCF’s rising star or it’s the opposite approach round. She and her husband, Orange County Property Appraiser Invoice Donegan (No. 36) stay atop our Most Highly effective {Couples} listing (see
dealing with web page). 2010 Rank: 13


16 Lars Houmann
President and CEO, Florida Hospital
Age: 53

As Florida Hospital continues to develop, so does Houmann’s affect on the way forward for Orlando as a healthcare mecca. The hospital’s location on North Orange Avenue is a significant employment middle, which is one motive Houmann is such an ardent backer of a commuter rail system that would come with a cease on the downtown campus. He has been concerned in high-powered efforts amongst enterprise leaders and elected officers to influence Gov. Rick Scott to permit the $1.2 billion SunRail line to be constructed. 2010 Rank: 12


17 Jerry Demings
Orange County Sheriff
Age: 52

Demings didn’t ask anybody for energy. He earned all of it on his personal because the main crime fighter in Central Florida. Underneath Demings, Orange County recorded a double-digit drop in crime charges final 12 months, the biggest lower in Central Florida, in line with the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement. His spouse, Val Demings (No. 18), didn’t do too badly within the crime-fighting division both. 2010 Rank: 21


18 Val Demings
Not too long ago retired Orlando Police Chief
Age: 54

Her determination to retire after lower than 4 years on the helm of OPD got here as fairly a shock, but it surely solely stirred hypothesis on what lies forward for this hard-charging public determine. The primary lady/African-American lady to guide OPD, Demings oversaw a division that aggressively patrolled the streets and made Orlando safer, with back-to-back years of double-digit declines in violent crime. In stepping down, Demings, a Democrat, hinted {that a} political run could also be her subsequent transfer, organising the likelihood she’s going to stay a strong presence for years to return.  2010 Rank: 22


19 Dr. Deborah German
Dean, UCF School of Drugs
Age: 60

She is a number one determine within the effort to show Lake Nona into an organization city for medical care, analysis and schooling. Being related to the UCF juggernaut could assist clarify how she has established herself so rapidly in a few of Orlando’s internal circles, together with board positions on Fifth Third Financial institution and the Edyth Bush Basis, a charitable group stocked with movers and shakers. 2010 Rank: 27 


20 Invoice Nelson
U.S. Senator
Age: 68

Nelson is up for re-election to a 3rd time period subsequent 12 months, and a latest ballot reveals the lawmaker with leads of 20 to 25 factors over three GOP challengers, all with little identify recognition. The veteran politician, who has a house in Orlando’s Baldwin Park, is chairman of the Senate’s house subcommittee and subsequently could have an enormous say within the route of the house program post-shuttle. And, contemplating Florida’s giant inhabitants of retirees, anticipate Nelson’s to be a key voice as Democrats battle the GOP’s plan to reform Medicare. 2010 Rank: 14


21 Clarence Otis
Chairman and CEO, Darden Eating places
Age: 55
Corridor of Energy ’11

Underneath Otis’ steerage, Orlando-based Darden weathered the financial bust higher than most eating chains and is as soon as once more posting spectacular positive factors. Greatest recognized for its Olive Backyard-Crimson Lobster-Seasons 52 triumvirate, Darden additionally made this 12 months’s Fortune journal listing of 100 Greatest Firms to Work For. That’s a primary for the corporate, reflecting the abilities and philosophy of a CEO who’s additionally a strong philanthropist: Final 12 months Otis acquired a prestigious nationwide award from the Enterprise Committee for the Arts for Darden’s monetary help of the performing arts. 2010 Rank: 15


22 Andy Gardiner
Majority Chief, State Senate
Age: 42

Gardiner has made our listing six instances in eight years, and contemplating what’s arising, he’s not prone to be falling off any time quickly. Chosen as Senate majority chief late final 12 months, the Orlando Republican is in line to turn into Senate president in a few years and is firmly entrenched within the internal circle of GOP management within the Legislature. He continues to have a number one function in deciding transportation points particularly and serving to to information the Republicans’ conservative agenda. No much less necessary is his job as vp of exterior affairs and neighborhood relations for Orlando Well being, which like crosstown competitor Florida Hospital stands to learn if SunRail will get Gov. Rick Scott’s go-ahead. The commuter practice would make a cease at Orlando Well being’s downtown location. 2010 Rank: 24


23 Frederick Leonhardt
Age: 61

With such purchasers as UCF, Darden Eating places and the Orlando Magic, and shut connections to Gov. Rick Scott, Home Speaker Dean Cannon (a former GR colleague) and state Lawyer Basic Pam Bondi, Leonhardt is a bonafide main league participant. Perhaps that’s why he’s the heavy hitter behind a younger businessman’s effort to convey a New York Yankees minor league staff to Orlando. Working at one of the crucial influential legislation corporations within the state actually helps his standing on the listing.  2010 Rank: 30


24 Karen Dee
Florida Regional President,
Fifth Third Financial institution
Age: 50

Dee’s ballroom dance classes could have helped her transfer gracefully up our listing, climbing 26 locations (second most to Jim Pugh, No. 7) since her debut final July. In solely two years since she moved right here, Dee has established herself as a one of many space’s extra outstanding enterprise executives, with the Orlando Enterprise Journal naming her its “2011 Businesswoman of the 12 months.” She just lately raised Fifth Third’s profile locally by launching a summer season program whose goal is to assist all 3,000 homeless schoolchildren in Orange County, offering them with meals, faculty provides and actions. 2010 Rank: 50


25 Kelly Cohen
Associate, Southern
Technique Group
Age: 37

Recognized as an “up-and-comer” in her debut on final 12 months’s listing, Cohen jumps 21 locations. Nonetheless the second-youngest individual on our listing to Dwight Howard (No. 26), Cohen is the face of downtown’s rising class of people that get issues achieved. She’s concerned within the internal workings of politics and growth within the metropolis, utilizing her connections to get outcomes. Mayor Buddy Dyer has known as on Cohen to work on all of his campaigns. She helped set up the launch celebration for Dyer’s 2012 re-election bid, which drew 500 folks and raised $125,000. 2010 Rank: 46


26 Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic Heart,
Age: 25

In his case, energy could possibly be as apparent as a slam dunk over LeBron James. However with the celebrity middle now coming into his remaining season underneath contract with the Magic, Howard’s energy has wider implications than a 2-point basket. Howard’s standing has town—and the sports activities world—abuzz. His determination to remain or depart could have a particular influence on the futures of the staff, town’s new area and—simply as importantly—the numerous charities he personally helps right here by his D12 Basis. 2010 Rank: 39


27 Wealthy Crotty
Former Mayor of Orange County
Age: 62
Corridor of Energy ’09

We puzzled final 12 months if Crotty, who was close to the tip of his remaining time period in workplace, had made his final look on the listing. However he nonetheless ran the county for a lot of the time our rankings cowl (Might to Might), sustaining a parsimonious angle throughout a tricky financial system. Now working for a property administration firm, Crotty nonetheless deserves recognition for connections made throughout his years of public service, and as a three-time No. 1 on the 50 Most Highly effective listing. His place on the subsequent listing, nonetheless, is way from assured. 2010 Rank: 6


28 Mark NeJame
Age: 56

His profile continues to rise due to the sensational circumstances he handles and his function as an area TV-news authorized analyst commenting on the Casey Anthony trial. It was NeJame, by the way in which, who precisely predicted the Anthony protection staff’s technique whereas making certainly one of his many appearances on Nancy Grace, a present that offers him nationwide publicity. It appears as if anytime a authorized matter makes headlines on this city, NeJame is concerned in it. However he has additionally put his identify behind trigger (see Most Highly effective {Couples}, web page 49), political campaigns and enterprise offers. Search for him to be a participant on Church Avenue within the coming months. 2010 Rank: 31


29 Jacob Stuart
President, Central Florida Partnership
Age: 62

It appears Stuart is linked to almost each native civic group with “chamber,’’ “partnership’’ or “management’’ in its title. Little shock: For the previous quarter century, he has been arguably the most important booster of his native Orlando. Stuart and different enterprise leaders took a success when, regardless of heavy lobbying, Gov. Rick Scott killed high-speed rail. Now he’s serving to lead the cost to influence the governor to spare SunRail. Stuart’s group additionally traveled to Washington just lately to emphasize to lawmakers the significance of the house trade to the area. 2010 Rank: 33


30 Rasesh Thakkar
Senior Managing Director,
Tavistock Group
Age: 49

He’s a linchpin within the transformation of Lake Nona right into a so-called Medical Metropolis. Tavistock is a significant land holder within the space close to the airport, and, underneath Thakkar, has helped lure analysis amenities, UCF’s medical and (proposed) dental faculties, and separate hospitals for veterans and youngsters. Developing from Thakkar & Co.: A Baldwin Park-style 2,500-home residential growth known as Laureate Park. 2010 Rank: 17


31 Sherrie Sitarik*
President and CEO, Orlando Well being
Age: 54

Sitarik could also be a newcomer to the listing, however hers just isn’t an unfamiliar identify in sure circles. She has been with Orlando Well being 33 years, working her approach up from a nurse. She ran the hospital group’s strategic planning course of for a number of years earlier than being named to exchange John Hillenmeyer, who had been a daily on our listing. Orlando Well being has performed a significant function within the growth of the SoDo (south of downtown) district, which has begun to take off with the improved financial system.


32 Harris Rosen
Founder, Rosen Motels and Resorts
Age: 71

The lodge magnate is thought for his “my-way-or-the-highway” model, however his approach has been good for each the I-Drive tourism hall dominated by his properties and the causes his basis advantages. Rosen tends to remain out of Orlando’s political and charity scenes, however he, nonetheless, can transfer their needles along with his affect within the former and philanthropy within the latter. 2010 Rank: 16


33 Kathy Ramsberger
President, Dr. Phillips Heart for the
Performing Arts
Age: 49

When the downtown performing arts middle grew to become a political scorching potato earlier this 12 months, Ramsberger remained quietly on the sidelines whereas Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer performed one-upmanship. However when the sport ended, it was Ramsberger who may declare victory (not that she would publicly), as her group of arts middle backers and Dyer sidestepped Jacobs and secured funds to start out Section I building. Unshakeable perseverance is her energy. 2010 Rank: 29


34 Mike Thomas
Orlando Sentinel Columnist
Age: 56

If colleague Scott Maxwell is the Sentinel’s persistent Jack Russell terrier, Thomas is its bloodhound, patiently sniffing out abnormalities on this planet round us, from police beatings to water-wasting grass (environmental points are a specialty for this veteran author). The easy Thomas isn’t afraid to take daring stands, as when he downplayed the specter of the BP oil spill to the Gulf or took officers to job for arresting a young person on baby kidnapping fees though the boy mentioned he was simply making an attempt to assist a woman discover her mother. 2010 Rank: 36


35 Thomas Chatmon*
Govt Director,
Downtown Growth Board
Age: 56

Amway Heart could have saved Church Avenue from additional decay, but it surely was Chatmon who introduced new life to the leisure district. Town official has been influential in bringing new bars and eating places to Church Avenue, with extra openings within the works. Whereas the performing arts middle and Artistic Village initiatives provide promise just a few years sooner or later, town faces different challenges now, corresponding to getting the stalled Carver Sq. condominium/retail undertaking in Parramore restarted and making areas farther north on Orange Avenue as vibrant because the central enterprise district.


36 Invoice Donegan
Orange County Property Appraiser
Age: 71

More and more, Donegan has been the bearer of dangerous information due to falling property values and tax revenues. However the property appraiser stays a revered public determine after almost 9 years within the submit and continues to be a prime energy participant locally (together with spouse Helen, No. 15). Donegan supported the profitable campaigns of County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster and ran Invoice McCollum’s Orange County marketing campaign in that veteran politician’s unsuccessful bid for governor. 2010 Rank: 26


37 Dick Batchelor
Enterprise and Political Guide, Advocate for Kids’s Causes
Age: 63

His identify is among the many few on the listing that may declare family standing. Batchelor is that well-known, thanks largely to his TV persona as a political analyst. However it’s his function as an advocate to assist youngsters (abused, hungry, sick or in any other case) that has made him a power of constructive change. 2010 Rank: 28


38 Daniel Webster
U.S. Consultant
Age: 62

Together with his victory over Democrat Alan Grayson within the eighth Congressional District race final November, the 28-year veteran of the state Legislature returns to our listing after a two-year hiatus. In Washington, Webster has been a dependable ally within the GOP effort to frustrate President Obama’s spending plans and has continued his socially conservative agenda. 2008 Rank: 24


39 Belvin Perry Jr.
Chief Decide, ninth
Judicial Circuit
Age: 61

Perry runs the Orange-Osceola courtroom system, which handles greater than 600,000 circumstances a 12 months. However Orlando—and presumably the nation—is aware of him because the by-the-book jurist overseeing the Casey Anthony trial, which has put him again on our listing after a seven-year absence. Perry is an lively, founding member of 100 Black Males Orlando, which helps put African-American college students on a university monitor, and he additionally chairs the Florida Innocence Fee, created to establish and proper the causes of wrongful conviction and incarceration. 2004 Rank: 27


40 Richard Maladecki
President/CEO, Central Florida Resort & Lodging Affiliation
Age: 57

As head of the biggest regional lodging affiliation on this planet, Maladecki represents an space trade that employs about 100,000 folks. His place opens doorways to officeholders in Orlando and Tallahassee, whereas his group’s affect is felt domestically in races for the Orange County fee (it endorsed Invoice Segal for mayor) and faculty board. 2010 Rank: 37


41 Invoice Sublette*
Chairman, Orange County Faculty Board
Age: 48

Simply seven months into his job because the county’s first elected faculty board chief, Sublette has taken a full-speed-ahead strategy, holding admini-strators’ ft to the hearth over mismanagement within the faculty building division and establishing measurable objectives (together with, inside 4 years, no D or F faculties). The previous Republican state Home legislator (1993-2001) will paved the way in choosing a substitute for retiring superintendent Blocker.


42 Harriett Lake*
AGE: 89

Her generosity disproves the previous adage that cash can’t purchase happiness. Lake has made lots of people wildly completely happy together with her donations to charities, arts teams and hospitals in Orlando. In 2010 alone, “the lady of many hats” signed greater than 180 checks made out to good causes, with Orlando Well being, Florida Hospital and UCF’s theater program every touchdown $500,000 donations. Her energy is in her pocketbook, which has modified—and certain saved—numerous lives within the space. 


43 Joel Hunter
Pastor, Northland,
a Church Distributed
Age: 63

You received’t get any fiery sermons out of this pastor. Hunter has a approach of reaching folks with a message delivered in a plainspoken method, which can assist clarify why he has remained a religious adviser to President Obama. His high-tech, Web-wired mega-church additionally reaches folks outdoors of the realm, and never only for preaching. Northland just lately dispatched a catastrophe response staff to Nice Grove, Ala., to assist victims of a killer twister. 2010 Rank: 34


44 Marcos Marchena*
Lawyer, Marchena and Graham
Age: 52

Marchena is a behind-the-scenes participant who wields substantial affect on a wide range of panels. The Cuban-born lawyer is vice chairman of the College of Central Florida Basis and normal counsel to the Larger Orlando Aviation Authority. Marchena, who’s additionally lively in native Republican Get together circles, simply accomplished seven years on the Florida Transportation Fee.


45 Matthew Falconer
Political Activist
Age: 50

Falconer’s last-place end within the 2010 Orange County mayoral major didn’t deter his zeal for spreading his anti-tax agenda. He continued to struggle the Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail undertaking and SunRail, with the previous being derailed by fellow Tea Partier Gov. Rick Scott, who, at press time, remained undecided on the latter’s destiny. Falconer is working to register 500,000 conservative voters in Florida by 2012, and the small-business proprietor has talked about that he could run for Congress in 2012. 2010 Rank: 43


46 Jim Atchison
President and CEO,
SeaWorld Parks
& Leisure
Age: 45

He led SeaWorld Orlando by the fallout over the dying of a killer-whale coach in early 2010, unveiling a revamped Shamu present a 12 months later. Atchison oversees the whole 10-park chain, together with Busch Gardens in Tampa, the place he started working for the corporate as a parking zone attendant whereas attending school. Atchison maintains a low profile in Orlando’s energy circles, however his affect on tourism is appreciable, as is SeaWorld’s world attain with marine-animal rescue and conservation. 2010 Rank: 44


47 Lawson Lamar
Orange-Osceola State
Age: 69

Lamar’s lone election opponent in 20 years instructed an interviewer in 2008 that the state lawyer had developed a “God-like advanced.’’ Then she received trounced on the polls. Regardless of the annual media rants (this 12 months he took warmth over the mistaken-identity jailing of a Haitian lady), Lamar doesn’t appear any worse for put on. And the Casey Anthony case has elevated the profile of his workplace. Seventh time period, anybody? 2010 Rank: 38.


48 Alan Villaverde*
Managing Director,
The Peabody Orlando
Age: 65

Villaverde, who has been with the native lodge for 18 years, has emerged as a key participant within the space’s tourism and conference trade, deftly shepherding the dazzling $450 million growth of The Peabody by grim financial instances. As chairman of the I-Drive Enchancment District and the I-Drive Group Redevelopment Company, Villaverde is on the forefront of bringing elected officers and accommodations collectively to advertise the vacationer hall to the neighborhood and guests alike, get I-Drive highway widening initiatives on the desk, and preserve the very important lodge/conference financial engine purring.


49 Sara Brady
Sara Brady Public
Age: 54

When a police scandal rocked Windermere in January, the prosperous city introduced in Brady to handle its official response to the controversy. If solely the PR disaster had ended there for her. Windermere, the world has since came upon, was not all that it appeared to be. As for Brady’s neighborhood involvement, she chairs the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Orange County Public Library’s board of trustees in addition to the United Approach Ladies’s Management Committee and the Go Crimson for Ladies marketing campaign. 2010 Rank: 41


50 Doug Taylor*
Co-Proprietor, Church Avenue
Downtown Booster
Age: 45

Taylor, whose group owns a number of downtown bars, has been main a cost to re-establish Church Avenue as THE gathering place for locals and guests—and never simply at night time. Taylor’s plan consists of advertising the leisure strip to conventioneers staying on I-Drive and staging multi-day festivals on Church, the place most of his bars are situated, together with the stylish indoor/outside One80 Gray Goose Lounge within the Amway Heart.

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