10 Over 50: Ken Robinson

Meet Ken Robinson, President & CEO of Dr. Phillips Inc.
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Ken Robinson

President & CEO, Dr. Phillips Inc.

Led by Robinson, Central Florida’s largest grant-making organization is the builder behind the Packing District, a mixed-use community that pays homage to the light industry that supported the area’s citrus past.

About Ken:

Kenneth (Ken) D. Robinson serves as President and CEO for Dr. Phillips, Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation. In his role, Ken oversees the Dr. Phillips real estate operations, an extensive disciplined investment portfolio and one of Central Florida’s largest grant making organization. To date Dr. Phillips Charities has gifted in excess of $215,000,000, almost all of which has remained in Central Florida to establish a greater impact. Ken’s primary goal at Dr. Phillips is to uphold the values, legacy and Donor Intent of the Phillips Family.

Currently, Dr. Phillips is embarking on a major undertaking of a 202-acre public/private project called The Packing District; which is located just two miles from downtown Orlando.  In addition, Dr. Phillips has recently completed a 186-unit state-of-the-art Senior Housing Facility and a 60,000 sq. ft. Medical Office Building in the Dr. Phillips community of Orlando, Florida.

Ken remains committed to his Central Florida roots through his support and involvement in many non-profit organizations as President of the Committee of 100 of Orange County, Inc. Ken currently serves as a Member at Large to the AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida, Director of The 4Roots Foundation, Inc., member of the Central Florida YMCA Metro Board, and member of the Florida Council of 100. Ken serves as Director & Executive Committee member of the Florida Citrus Bowl as President for the 2019-2020 Season and as Chairman for the 2020-2022 Seasons. He formerly served as Director & Executive Committee member for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as well as Co-Chair of the Dr. Phillips Center Phase II Construction Committee and was selected to serve on the Presidential Search Committee for UCF. He also remains loyal to his alma mater, Florida State University and the College of Business.

Ken’s primary goal at Dr. Phillips is to uphold the values, legacy and Donor Intent of the Phillips Family.

About Dr. Phillips Inc.:

Today, the Dr. Phillips name is primarily associated with philanthropy. However, in the first half of the 20th century, Dr. Phillips was synonymous with the highest quality citrus products. The companies that bore Dr. Philip Phillips’ name produced fresh fruit and canned juice under various labels, some of which are shown here. The scope of his business empire was immense with 28 groves encompassing 9 Florida counties, several citrus packing houses – including the largest in the world- and a cannery. The legacy left by entrepreneur and industrialist, Dr. Philip Phillips, and his family is the source of the wealth that continues to benefit the community today.

The Phillips family legacy spans several generations culminating in the establishment of Dr. Phillips Charities, comprised of Dr. Phillips, Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation. Building on this legacy, these two distinct funding organizations are well-known in Central Florida for their support of worthy capital projects and innovative programs of not-for-profit organizations that address critical Central Florida needs, demonstrate the potential for ongoing community support, and have a significant, lasting impact on the community.

About 10 Over 50:

Orlando magazine’s 2022 10 Over 50 List honors those changemakers in the community over 50 who continue to make a difference in Central Florida.

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