Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting

Where to Watch

To watch Orange TV’s live stream of the Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, visit, or Orange TV (Channel 488 on Spectrum (formerly Bright House), Channel 9 on Comcast, 1081 Century Link Prism TV, and 10.2 Digital Over the Air).


In an effort to work on a measured approach to restarting the local economy from the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced the creation of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on April 17, 2020. The Task Force is co- chaired by President & CEO of Visit Orlando, George Aguel, and President & CEO of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani.The group will focus on recommendations for reopening Orange County, including a phased approach to easing restrictions, while ensuring the safety of employees and the public.


The Economic Recovery Task Force was established to develop a phased approach to reopening business in Orange County that balances the need to ensure the protection of employees and the public while preserving the economic livelihood of our community.

Task Force Priorities

Assist businesses with best practices and data-driven policies to protect the safety of employees & customers upon reopening.

Support small to mid-sized business as they reopen.

Develop a framework that ensures businesses are compliant with safety guidelines.

Revitalize tourism and build visitor confidence.

Task Force Participants: 


Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani, President and CEO

Visit Orlando, George Aguel, President and CEO


AdventHealth, Scott Brady, MD, Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services

Alfond Inn, Jesse Martinez, General Manager

Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF), Inez Long, President and CEO

CareerSource Central Florida Pamela Nabors, President and CEO

Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Evelyn Cardenas, CEO

Church Street Entertainment, Doug Taylor, Managing Partner

City of Orlando & Orlando Venues, Allen Johnson, Chief Venues Officer

Darden Restaurants, Dave George, EVP and Chief Operating Officer

Don Julio’s Mexican Kitchen, Florencio “Larry” Rodriguez, Owner

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Kathy Ramsberger, President & CEO

Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Raul Pino, MD, Director

Highwoods Properties, Steve Garrity, Vice President

J Henry’s Barber Shop, John Henry, Owner

John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering, Michael Thomas, Owner

Johnny Rivers Grill & Market, Johnny Rivers, Owner

Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, John Newstreet, President/CEO

Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity, Brandon Matulka, Executive Director

C. Spa & Nail Spa, Mary Chau, Founder and CEO

Mosaic Hair Studio, Mike Van del Abbeel, Salon Owner

National Entrepreneur Center, Jerry Ross, Executive Director

Nelson, Mullins, Wayne Rich

Orange County Public Schools, Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D, Superintendent

Orlando City Soccer Club, Alex Leitao, CEO

Orlando Health, George Ralls, MD, Medical Chief Quality Officer

Orlando International Airport, Phil Brown, CEO

Orlando Magic, Alex Martins, CEO

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Douglas Love-Ramos, President

Prospera, Augusto Sanabria, President and CEO

Rejoice in the Lord Ministries & President, African American Council of Christian Clergy, Pastor Roderick Zak, CEO

Rosen Shingle Creek, Dan Giordano, General Manager

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Brad Gilmour, Vice President of Operations

Seminole County Government, Tricia Johnson, Deputy County Manager/Chief Administrator for Community Relations and Economic Development

The Mall at Millennia, Steve Jamieson, General Manager

The Trentham Santiago Group, Conrad Santiago, CFP®, MSFS, Private Wealth Advisor

The Vineyard Wine Bar & Healthy Bistro, Deborah Linden, Owner

Truist, Sandy Hostetter, Central Florida Regional President

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Youcheng Wang, Ph.D., Dean

Unicorp National Development, Chuck Whittall, President

Universal Orlando, Rich Costales, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations

VMD Ventures, LLC, Harold Mills, CEO

Walmart, Inc., Monesia Brown, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations

Walt Disney World Resort, Thomas Mazloum, Senior Vice President, Resort & Transportation Operations

WaWa, Inc., Todd Souders, Senior Director Florida Operations and New Market Development

YMCA of Central Florida, Dan Wilcox, President & CEO

Find all Task Force meeting resources, including presentations, meeting minutes, working documents, and more.


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