Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) is proud to announce its 2020-2021 slate of new board officers for the fiscal year that began on October 1. President and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Region Daryl Tol is serving as Board Chair with Sandy Hostetter, Central Florida regional president at Truist Financial Corporation, serving as chair- elect, and Tony Jenkins, Florida Blue market president, as vice chair. Jim Fritz, chief financial officer of the Orlando Magic, retained the role of vice chair of finance and Bill Dymond, president and CEO of the Lowndes law firm, assumed the role of past chair.
“I am eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work as the board chair,” said Tol. “As we enter this new year, the Partnership is positioned to lead our region through economic opportunity and community development with a focus on impacting businesses, leading recovery efforts, and deploying a new diversity, equity and inclusion initiative that will permeate everything we do.”
Tol began his career in medical administration at Portland Adventist Medical Center. Then, starting in 2000, he served in progressive leadership positions with Florida Hospital Memorial Systems, Florida Hospital Flagler and Florida Hospital DeLand. In 2010, he became President of the Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler Market and added the role of President/CEO at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in early 2012.
“The organization, and certainly the community, is lucky to have a leader like Daryl at this critical time,” said Dymond. “There are challenges coming from every angle – but also great opportunity for our community to continue to build something that will help change the lives for the better, include all in our community and achieve Broad-Based Prosperity for our region.”
The Partnership also announced the promotion of several staff members to leadership positions. Nicholas Abrahams was elevated to the role of vice president of corporate engagement; Laureen Martinez is now the vice president of marketing and communications; and Danielle Permenter is serving as vice president of talent and community development.
“Despite the challenges we face, each of these individuals has met the moment, stepping in and stepping up to help guide the adaptation and acceleration of the Partnership,” says Tim Giuliani, Partnership president and CEO. “Their efforts directly contribute to the Partnership’s ability to steer the regional economic recovery toward Broad-Based ProsperityTM and provide the much- needed guidance, expertise and assistance to our investors, members and the business community at large.”
Prior to the onset of the pandemic, the Partnership achieved significant results in the area of business development. Notable projects include the headquarters relocation of both Solai & Cameron Technologies and GLESEC; the opening of the KPMG Lake House; the announcement of GovTech innovator Civix’s center of excellence; the opening of health
services administrator Further’s Orlando office; and the headquarters expansion of aviation training firm SIMCOM. In February, the Partnership also hosted a group of site selection consultants for a day and a half immersion into the Orlando market, exploring regional assets and hearing directly from business leaders on how talent has been crucial to their companies’ growth.
Responding to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, the Partnership continues to implement targeted marketing to prospect companies showing the most promise for investment in this climate and in Orlando, specifically in the industries of simulation, life sciences, gaming, aerospace and manufacturing/distribution. The Partnership’s Foundation for Orlando’s Future was also the recipient of two separate JPMorgan Chase grants totaling $325,000 that will fund the development of two initiatives to help businesses and workers adapt to the new post- pandemic economy. These include the new regional talent strategy called UpSkill Orlando, aimed at providing a greater awareness of skill attainment and critical upskilling needs and establishing a new, broader regional talent initiative, and BRACE (Business Recovery Assistance and Collaborative Engagement), a program to support small businesses in search of financial assistance and recovery resources in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization is also in the process of building a new Site Evaluation and Marketing program to help capitalize on opportunities like companies moving from densely populated areas, anticipated moves by manufacturers to reorganize supply chains or to return previously outsourced activities to the United States. This work will include the evaluation of property in or near underserved communities as sites for new development.
For more information on any of these announcements or Partnership programs, please contact Laureen.Martinez@Orlando.org or at 407-242-3982.
The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) is a public-private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization that works to advance broad-based prosperity by strengthening Orlando’s economy, amplifying Orlando’s story, championing regional priorities, empowering community leaders and building a brilliant region. These five foundational objectives serve to improve the region’s competitiveness while responding to the needs of communities, residents and businesses. For more information, visit www.Orlando.org.