Business Leaders of the Year 2018

i4 Business recognizes the incredible entrepreneurs and business leaders who are shaping Central Florida. We tell the story of their professional journeys, the lessons that take a lifetime to acquire and the leadership principles that have guided their success.

In order to give our audience the opportunity to have an even more personal exposure to these transformative individuals and to celebrate their achievements, we present our Business Leaders of the Year event. The i4 Business 2018 Business Leaders of the Year is a rare opportunity to meet and hear from leaders in healthcare, technology, civic development, entrepreneurialism and more, who are having an impact not only their business sector, but on the larger business and cultural ecosystem.

Scroll through to see the full list of your 2018 honorees. Click each image to learn more!


Wednesday December 5, 2018

5:30 – 8:30 PM

Country Club of Orlando

Sponsored by:


2018 Business Leader of the Year

Harris Rosen, President and COO of Rosen Hotels and Resorts


TOURISM – George Aguel, CEO and president of Visit Orlando

ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Angela Alban, CEO and president of SIMETRI Inc.

TECHNOLOGY – Harry Ellis, president and CIO of Next Horizon

HEALTHCARE – Olive Gaye, president and CEO of GenCare Resources

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR – Karen Keene, president of ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership Inc.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Jerry Ross, CEO and president of the National Entrepreneur Center

EDUCATION AND TALENT PIPELINE – Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College