Faces of Orlando 2019

Introducing the faces behind some of thecity’s most notable businesses.

The Faces of Banking On Community

Back row (L to R): Alex Navarro, Private Banking; Sheila Torres, Small Business Banking; Mynor Mejia, Merrill Edge; Naquina “Nikki” Diaz-Loachamin, Small Business Banking; Victor Rivera, Business Banking; Chris Arana, Consumer Banking
Front row (L to R): John Javier, Home Loans; Gloria Bailey, Business Banking; Juan Amo, Middle Market Banking; Meiling Vukadinovic, Consumer Banking
Bank of America

Bank of America is a diverse and inclusive global leader in wealth management, corporate, consumer, and investment banking dedicated to the Hispanic-Latino community. Our priorities focus on deliv­ering for our Latino clients, supporting our Latino employees and helping advance communities across Central Florida. “As the bank of choice for Hispanic-Latino clients and small businesses, we are deeply invested in advancing issues of economic mobility and social justice, and regularly work with local nonprofits and partners to better serve the Latino community,” shared Steve Alch, Bank of America’s Central Flor­ida Market President. “To better serve our clients, we offer Spanish-Language capabilities across multiple products and services including mobile and on­line, through our financial centers, contact centers, and at our ATMs. We also conduct research annually for Hispanic entrepre­neurs, one of the fastest growing segments of the small busi­ness sector,” says Alch. “We have strong programs and resources in place not only to better understand and serve our customers but also to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent.” Estab­lished in 2003, the Hispanic-Latino Organization for Leader­ship & Advancement (HOLA) is one of Bank of America’s most established Employee Networks. HOLA inspires and fosters an inclusive environment for all employees in support of the bank’s purpose and strategy while promoting teamwork, professional development, leadership and mentoring. HOLA has more than 13,000 members across 36 chapters; among them are 183 Central Florida bank executives and team members – including our leaders pictured here.

300 S. Orange Ave. | Orlando, FL 32801 | BankOfAmerica.com

The Faces of Innovative Solutions

From left to right: Jan Aspuru, Chief Operating Officer; Latisha Thompson, Chief Employee Experience Officer; Linda Ferrone, Chief Customer Officer; Clint Bullock, General Manager & Chief Executive Officer; Mindy Brenay, Chief Financial Officer; Chris Browder, Chief Legal Officer
Orlando Utilities Commission

For nearly a century, OUC has been a dynamic, innovative force in the community, ever evolving to meet customer needs. From the beginning, we led by thinking forward—pioneering new products, processes and technologies. Innovation was the driver for many landmark initiatives: building downtown Orlando’s first Gold LEED certified building; launching Orlando’s first community solar farm; capturing landfill gas to be used as a renewable energy source; enhancing our clean-energy portfolio with a floating solar array; helping make Orlando one of the nation’s top 10 electric-vehicle-ready cities; and providing customers with advanced energy-efficient services like OUCooling and OUConvenient Lighting.

As Orlando grew and transformed over the years, so did OUC. Our executive team is embracing change and leading with vision—making strategic connections today to prepare for the demands of tomorrow.

From smart street lighting and public EV charging stations to electric-powered LYNX buses and floating solar, we’re diversifying our portfolio with cleaner, greener energy. We’re also investing in smarter, more sustainable energy solutions and partnering with key stakeholders to implement programs that allow them to focus on their core business while we focus on ours.

As we look to the future, we continue to improve the present by providing our customers with reliable and safe energy and water services, supporting many community organizations, and giving hundreds of hours of employee volunteerism.

We’re dedicated to helping improve the lives of those we serve and building a better community for us all.

100 W. Anderson Street | Orlando, FL 32801 | OUC.com

The Face of Epilepsy Care

Ahmed Sadek, M.D. |
Orlando Epilepsy Center 

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our epilepsy patients,” says Dr. Sadek, an Ivy League-trained neurologist with extensive training in the field of epilepsy management and Medical Director of Orlando Epilepsy Center. He adds, “We strive to achieve our goals of unparalleled epilepsy services to our patients not only through our clinical team but also by providing one of the most sophisticated centers for epilepsy monitoring.” As a specialist and thought leader in the field of epilepsy, Dr. Sadek believes that medical and surgical approaches for managing epilepsy should be tailored to each patient according to their epilepsy type, functional needs and their goals. In addition to highly advanced epilepsy management approaches, Dr. Sadek and his team emphasize compassion and patient advocacy as a core philosophy for their patient care.

2881 Delaney Avenue | Orlando, FL 32806 | Phone: 407-704-8510 | Orlando-Epilepsy.com

The Faces of Nurse Staffing​

Shari Dingle Costantini, CEO | Avant Healthcare Professionals

Avant Healthcare Professionals was founded by CEO Shari Dingle Costantini as an answer to the highly specialized needs and challenges surrounding professional healthcare staffing. The company has pioneered new ways to effectively support and transition internationally educated registered nurses and therapists into healthcare facilities across the U.S.

At a young age, Costantini understood the importance of being of service to others. After becoming a registered nurse early in her career, she became familiar with the day-to-day struggles of providing patient care with increasing staff shortages. Her passion for finding a sustainable solution to this ongoing problem led her to found Avant Healthcare Professionals in 2003.

Avant brings its mission of “changing lives” to life every day by assisting healthcare facilities in the U.S. overcome staffing challenges and helping international healthcare professionals achieve their “American Dream.” As a five-time Inc 5000 winner, the company has grown 40 percent annually since inception and is recognized as an industry leader and innovator in healthcare staffing. Avant Healthcare Professionals has placed thousands of international nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists throughout the U.S.

Avant is a Joint Commission accredited staffing agency and founding member of the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR). Avant Healthcare Professionals is a member of the Jackson Healthcare Family of Companies.

1211 State Road 436 | Suite 227 | Casselberry, FL 32707 | Phone: 407-681-2999 | AvantHealthcare.com

The Faces of Commercial Real Estate​

Sitting L to R: Jordan Bohannon, Emily Zinaich, Lawson Dann, Greg Morrison, Victoria ReVoir, Mitchell Capell​
Standing L to R: Nathan Eissler, Lisa Bailey, Olivia Stewart, Andrew Nolette , Lisa McNatt, Marylyn Tryon,  Scott Pamplin, Patrick Morrison
Not pictured: Ray Hayhurst and Flavia Kanyago
Avison Young

Avison Young is one of the world’s fastest-growing full-service, commercial real estate services firms. We are a private company headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and our unique model as a collaborative global firm, operated by our principals, allows us to put our client relationships and their success at the center of everything we do.

Avison Young-Orlando is led by a team of principals and senior professionals who offer local experience and expertise, each with more than 20 years in the Orlando commercial real estate market. Our team focuses on owner and occupier services including the leasing and sale of office, industrial, flex and retail properties, and currently leases and manages over 5 million sq. ft. of commercial properties in the greater Orlando area.

Avison Young’s success in Orlando can be attributed to our commitment to a client first approach, superior market knowledge, outstanding work ethic and attention to detail.

Whether you are an owner, investor, occupier or developer, we deliver results aligned with your strategic business objectives, supporting real estate initiatives that add value and build a competitive advantage for your organization.

135 W. Central Blvd. | Suite 700 | Orlando, FL  32801 | Phone: 407-440-6640 | AvisonYoung.com

The Faces of Talent Solutions that Ignite Potential

Mimi Coenen | Chief Operating Officer, CareerSource Central Florida​

Central Florida creates jobs at one of the highest rates in the country in a culturally diverse region that supports regional, national and global markets. Hidden by our region’s impressive job growth is a twin challenge. On the one hand, large numbers of people work hard but struggle for more. They have some education—a high school diploma or an associate’s degree at most. They have passions and aspirations, families to care for and monthly bills to pay. But they earn lower wages, because they need more of the skills employers are recruiting for so their businesses can compete and prosper.

At the same time, high-growth industries like healthcare, finance/technology, manufacturing, and others may starve for highly skilled people. These industries are impacted because they lack the right talent at the right time. CareerSource Central Florida solves the dual challenges of businesses clamoring for highly developed talent to stay competitive and people searching for enduring livelihoods with better wages and the opportunity to grow their skills to obtain a sustainable, rewarding career. CSCF partners as an indispensable resource built to change the equation.

We architect a better employment ecosystem, where career seekers grow into higher-paying jobs, more benefits and more stability, while businesses acquire skilled talent and purpose-built solutions to nurture them. We change people’s lives, transform businesses and create deeper prosperity for our community.

390 N. Orange Avenue | Suite 700 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone:  407-531-1222 | CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com

The Faces of Helping Polk Prosper

From L to R: Jennifer Taylor, Vice President of Business Development; Sean Malott, President and CEO; Lindsay Zimmerman, Vice President of Investor Relations and Marketing | Central Florida Development Council

As Polk County continues to grow and diversify, the Central Florida Development Council is engaging stakeholders to join the ride into the future. Leading the way toward developing the hightech Central Florida Innovation District, anchored by SunTrax and Florida Polytechnic University, Polk County’s economic development arm serves as the catalyst for collaboration with its partners in business, government and education.

Key to building on the research and development of emerging technology occurring at the Advanced Mobility Institute at Florida Poly, SunTrax allows researchers to test and verify their advancements at the 475-acre facility. Its central location adds to the multimodal attraction of Polk County, known for its miles of rail, proximity to two major international airports, foreign-trade zone, and access to interstate and toll highways. The Central Florida Development Council leads the way to diversify the economy of one of the largest counties in Florida, attracting new companies like Nucor Florida, Molekule and Amazon Air. In the past 18 months, it’s helped lure $450M+ in new capital investment that has added 2,400+ jobs to the economy.

Together, the Central Florida Development Council and its partners are transforming Polk County, building a resilient and robust economy. A region anchored in manufacturing, agriculture, aviation, logistics and high-tech. With facilities like SunTrax, Polk County is Florida’s Best Place for Business, positioned to transform the future and ensure continued expansion within a global marketplace.

5908 Hillside Heights Drive | Lakeland, FL 33812 | Phone:  863-937-4430 | CFDC.org

The Face of The Cigar Lifestyle

Jeff Borysiewicz | Corona Cigar Company​

Jeff Borysiewicz, president and founder of Corona Cigar Company, is the guru of premium cigars, whisky and tobacco. From growing their exclusive Florida Sun Grown cigar tobacco on their farm in Clermont, to handcrafting their own cigars to procuring prized barrels of the world’s most exclusive whiskies, Borysiewicz has always been focused on bringing aficionados “the ultimate cigar experience.”

For A Location Near You! | Phone: 407-248-1212 | CoronaCigar.com

The Faces of A Smarter Energy Future

Jarrett Rushing | Line Technician, Duke Energy

Duke Energy has been providing energy in the state since 1899 and serves more than 750,000 customers in Central Florida.

We are modernizing our energy grid and working hard to deliver the future that Florida families and communities deserve.

At Duke Energy, we are determined to provide safe, secure and reliable energy to all of our customers. We are making innovative, strategic investments to improve reliability, help protect against cyber and physical threats, use more solar and clean energy, and provide you with the intelligent tools you need to make smart energy choices and save money. These investments will provide benefits today and in the years to come.

Since 2001, Duke Energy has worked with our community and state economic development partners to attract 137 new or expanded projects to the region. These companies have created more than 22,000 new jobs and have invested nearly $1.4 billion in the Metro-Orlando area. We also empower our communities with more than energy. Last year, our Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $3 million in nonprofits throughout the state. And our employees rolled up their sleeves to help their neighbors by volunteering more than 20,000 hours in their local communities last year.

We live here. We work here. And we’re committed to powering Central Florida with a smarter energy future.


The Face of Tech

Carlos Carbonell | Founder and CEO, Echo Interaction Group

As the Founder and CEO of Echo Interaction Group, Carlos has built a leading technology company that specializes in mobile application development and tech strategy. His company recently launched an innovative turn-key Augmented Reality solution that allows companies to rapidly deploy AR to reach consumers through highly unique experiences. Echo is behind the technology in this month’s AR-enhanced Orlando Magazine. Carlos has been a strong leader in the regional tech and entrepreneurship community. He is in the executive committee of the Orlando Economic Partnership and recently became part of the founding board of the Central Florida Chapter of the VR/AR Association. He was also named one of the Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful two years in a row. This month, he is again co-hosting the annual Florida TechMatch event which brings together large established companies and local innovative technology businesses to nurture collaborative efforts. Through his leadership, small tech companies are finding ways to grow in Central Florida.

500 Delaney Ave. | Suite 303 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 888-324-6115, ext. 103 | JustEcho.com

The Faces of Locally Grown Produce

From L to R: Cash Heinz, Transportation Manager; Rene Zenteno, Delivery Driver; Hank Scott, Owner of Long and Scott Farms;
Dan Snowden, Chef and Culinary Director; Laura Parkins, Vice President of Sales; Preston Fletcher, President​

At FreshPoint Central Florida we strive each day to be our customers’ most valued and trusted business partner. We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers, suppliers and associates with integrity and respect. Founded in 1948 as Red’s Market, a roadside produce stand, we now supply our customers with locally grown produce from a 150,000-square-foot facility with refrigerated loading and receiving docks, ensuring an unbroken cold chain.

Though we have grown, two things remain the same: We treat our associates like family, and we are still your locally grown produce provider, supporting Florida agriculture and local farmers at every opportunity. We stock a wide variety of locally grown products throughout the year, including the prized Zellwood Triple Sweet Corn, micro greens, peaches, specialty potatoes, tropical fruits, row crops and even grapes and figs. “We are proud to have worked with FreshPoint for many years and appreciate the partnership in bringing Long and Scott’s Triple Sweet Zellwood Corn to market.”—Hank Scott of Long and Scott Farms.

FreshPoint, Inc., is North America’s leading fresh produce distributor and a subsidiary of Sysco. Sysco and FreshPoint were the first food service distributors to earn the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s prestigious Role Model Award. FreshPoint holds the highest standard for food safety and quality assurance in the industry. For more information, visit freshpoint.com

Phone: 407-857-3930 | freshpoint.com

The Faces of Leading Innovation Through Technology-Focused Education

Full Sail University

Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. With undergraduate degree programs in Cloud Technologies, Computer Science, Game Development, Mobile Development, Simulation & Visualization, Web Design & Development, and a graduate degree program in Mobile Gaming, their tech-focused degree programs are designed specifically to flex as new methods and applications unfold—allowing students to remain relevant and informed throughout the entire learning process.

Full Sail’s education is delivered via immersive teaching methods, both in their state-of-the-art lab facilities and classrooms, as well as through their online learning environment. Each of their degree programs are designed to provide students with knowledge and real-world experience that will help them realize their career goals. Led by a team of industry experts and technologists, Full Sail’s tech-focused degrees are educating the next generation of problem solvers by empowering them to create and use technology as an extension of themselves.

As Full Sail continues to grow, so do their innovative and cutting-edge learning environments. In 2019, they opened their newest on-campus facility, The Smart Lab. Here, students can learn, explore, and create in a high-tech lab and go hands-on in exploring the vast world of IoT including AR/VR, smartphones, smart appliances, and touch-screen walls for school assignments, passion projects, and more. This latest facility joins Full Sail’s extensive on-campus tech-based lab offerings including a fully equipped Fabrication Lab, VR/AR Lab, User Experience Lab, and the Mech Bay, where students build immersive simulations powered by a motion platform, and using 3D printing, laser scanning, and the latest in AR/VR technology, that allows them to move beyond the classroom and into the future.

3300 University Blvd. | Winter Park, FL 32792 | Phone: 407-679-0100 | FullSail.edu

The Faces of Sports Tourism

Top Row L to R: Naiya Parker, Coordinator of Corporate Partnerships & Events; Lindsey McBride, Director of Business Development & Events; Wesley Wilson, Senior Manager of Special Events; Shalisa Griffin, Manager of Business Development & Events; Kyle Sturley, Director of Special Events
Bottom Row: Gary Cohen, Chief Financial Officer; Michael Kalinich, Senior VP of Corporate Partnerships; Jason Siegel, Chief Executive Officer; Jennifer Lastik, Senior VP of Events; Brent Nelson, Senior VP of Business Development
Greater Orlando Sports Commission 

Founded in 1993, the Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports) is a community and privately funded non-profit whose mission is to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic impact for the region. GO Sports is one of the country’s largest regional sports commissions, representing the City of Orlando, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties and the 30+ facilities within the Central Florida footprint. Jason Siegel is entering his fourth year as CEO, and was recognized on Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful, Ones to Watch in 2019. Under Siegel’s leadership, GO Sports will host more than 200 events and is projected to drive more than $500 million in economic impact. “We are so fortunate to have a devoted and talented staff, dedicated board of directors and stakeholders, and collaborative tourism community that have allowed us to build a portfolio filled with tremendously successful events,” Siegel says. The GO Sports team has secured and are targeting new and returning marquee events, including WrestleMania, Monster Jam World Finals, Special Olympics USA Games, NCAA championships, Olympic Qualifiers, major league all-star games, and large amateur and e-sports events. They are also spearheading Orlando’s campaign–along with the City of Orlando, Orange County and Orlando City Soccer Club—to serve as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. In addition, GO Sports will host its 3rd Annual “Celebrating Women in Sports Luncheon presented by Orlando Health” in 2020, recognizing female leaders in the community who have dedicated their time, energy and passion to our regional sports ecosystem.

400 W. Church St. | S

uite 205 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-648-4900 | GreaterOrlandoSports.com

The Faces of Marital & Family Law

From L to R: Susan Savard, Jennifer Lawson, Caryn Green, Kristin Coffey | Green Family Law 

Green Family Law P.A. was founded by Principal and Florida Bar Board Certified Marital and Family Law Specialist, Caryn Green, who has focused on marital and family law her entire career. Caryn’s goal is to help Orlando and Central Florida residents pursue marital and family legal solutions that preserve their well-being, especially for matters involving children.

Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by The Florida Bar, Senior Associate Attorney, Susan Savard, and Associate Attorneys, Kristin Coffey and Jennifer Lawson, comprise Caryn’s legal team. All are committed to working with compassion, steadfast preparation, and determined representation. Caryn brings 23 years of family law experience as well as additional professional achievement to the practice. Along with Susan, Kristin and Jennifer, Green Family Law P.A. provides over 55 years of combined legal experience.

Caryn has been recognized 10 times as an Orlando Super Lawyer via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation, and is also on the Top 50 Orlando Super Lawyers list. At Green Family Law, Caryn has created a culture that uses dispute resolution methods designed to avoid expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining litigation. The Firm has built a team of highly qualified industry partners who work collaboratively for clients’ best interests and who strive to resolve matters out of court. However, when amicable methods are unsuccessful, Green Family Law attorneys are aggressive trial lawyers who doggedly advocate to protect clients’ rights.

All four attorneys devote a portion of their private time to bettering the community: Caryn is a founding Board Member of Orlando’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Susan is on the faculty for the Family Law Trial Advocacy Seminar. Kristin enjoys her role as lobbyist for International Justice Mission, an NGO committed to eradicating global human trafficking, and Jennifer is a Board Member and VP of Communications for the Central Florida Gator Club.

The law office of Green Family Law P.A. has an expansive downtown Orlando view providing a back-drop that affirms the Firm’s commitment to clients’ lives in the community and in their homes. Green Family Law P.A. strives to help clients move forward with confidence and peace.

1000 Legion Place | Suite 1650 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-403-5558 | GreenFamilyLaw.net

The Face of Winter Park Real Estate 

Kelly L. Price | Kelly Price & Company

Sparked by her enthusiasm for people and love of real estate, Kelly L. Price is the dynamic force behind one of Central Florida’s most prominent real estate firms, Kelly Price & Company. For 30 years, Kelly’s tenacity and energy has shaped her passion for real estate, prompting her to establish her own company 17 years ago. Kelly’s institution has been flourishing and faithfully showcasing her experience in the Winter Park community. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Kelly moved to Winter Park in 1975 when she was twelve. She quickly became devoted to the area, proudly calling it her home. She attended Winter Park High School and then obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Kelly strengthened her Florida roots as she received her MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. Her time in Winter Park bolstered her influence there, as well as in the greater Orlando area. As a business owner, broker, and overall notable leader in her industry, Kelly considers Winter Park to be more than just her residence. On a delightful cobblestone street in Winter Park, you’ll discover an invested group of professionals eagerly offering integrity, loyalty, and unwavering enthusiasm, all guaranteed in Kelly’s company motto. Comprised of some of the most determined and awarded sales associates in Florida, Kelly Price & Company aims to serve clients by earnestly working to achieve their ultimate satisfaction. Choosing Kelly Price & Company ensures fostering relationships with experts whose passion for their work fuels their dedication to their clients. Kelly and her exceptional agents are honored to represent Winter Park through their hard work and proven results.

243 W. Park Ave. | Winter Park, FL | Phone: 407-645-4321 | KellyPriceAndCompany.com

The Faces of Zero-Energy Design

Philip M. Donovan, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB | Principal, Zero-Energy Architect

Driven by data that helps him design low-tech solutions to high-tech problems, Philip often references Occam’s razor, a scientific theory that states, “If all factors affecting a problem are equal, the simplest solution is likely the correct one.” For more than a decade, the exponentially increasing effects of man-made climate change have inspired Philip to craft simple solutions that create better outcomes for our built environment and for the people who live, learn, work, and play in it. His core focus is a regenerative approach to design executed through the template of zero-energy buildings. A net-zero energy building is one that produces as much energy, over the course of a year, as it consumes. Zero-energy design is a holistic approach to creating buildings that, when properly implemented, will reduce a building’s energy use by 75 percent or more. This design approach applies to both new-building design and existing-building renovations and is achievable within current project budgets and schedules. Economically feasible, simple solutions are a specialty of Philip’s in his role at LITTLE, and have already started paying off for school districts, healthcare facilities, and offices across Central Florida.

Philip is a sixth-generation Floridian deeply connected to the state’s natural ecology, including its abundance of sunshine—a source of energy for our community. He is the project architect for NeoCity Academy, Florida’s first net-zero energy school. Philip is part of a team of passionate architects and designers in LITTLE’s Orlando office who work daily to design projects that not only do less harm, but ultimately do more good. They focus on regenerative projects that achieve a successful balance among environmental, economic, and human factors, creating a better future for all of us.

The Face of Pediatric Dentistry

Nicholas A. White, DMD | Lake Mary Pediatric Dentistry​ 

Dr. Nicholas A. White is a board-certified pediatric dentist in Lake Mary. He is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he also attended the Pediatric Dental Program at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital. During this additional two-year residency, he was trained in numerous procedures, including all aspects of restorative dentistry, nitrous oxide analgesia, conscious sedation, hospital/ surgical center treatment, orthodontics, behavior management, growth and development, and pediatric medicine, with specific emphasis on hematology/oncology and physical/developmental disabilities.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a member of both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Florida Dental Association. In 2018 Dr. White was appointed to the Florida Board of Dentistry by former Gov. Rick Scott. The board plays a leading role in communications with the public, the Florida Legislature, dental colleges, the dental community, and national dental organizations. Dr. White says it’s his team that sets him apart. His employees do not work for him; they work with him. His whole team takes part in continuing education for both clinical skills and customer service enhancement. When Dr. White isn’t at the office, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family at the local theme parks and beaches. He’s also an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

974 International Parkway | Lake Mary, FL 32746 | Phone: 407-942-0225 | Fax: 407-930-4647 | LakeMaryPediatricDentistry.comteeth32746@AOL.com

The Faces of Children’s Health 

Heather Fagan, MD | Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education, Nemours Children’s Hospital 

Amber Hoffman, MD | Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Nemours Children’s Hospital

If you’ve ever had to wait weeks or months for a doctor’s appointment, you know the frustration and fear that fills the time between making the appointment and getting answers. These waits happen when there aren’t enough doctors to meet the need. In Florida, experts anticipate a shortage of 7,000 medical specialists by the year 2025.

To help address the shortage of pediatric specialists, Nemours Children’s Hospital developed its own pediatric residency program and recently welcomed its first class of residents. These 12 physicians-in-training were chosen from among 1,200 applicants from across the country. “Our hospital has grown quickly, in part because of our ability to care for very sick children, including those who have multiple health challenges,” said Dr. Amber Hoffman, program director for Nemours Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program. “Exceptional learning opportunities combined with an expert faculty make Nemours a perfect training ground to teach evidence-based, cutting edge medicine.”

Dr. Heather Fagan, designated institutional official for Graduate Medical Education at Nemours is also enthusiastic about the new program. “At Nemours we’re doing the kind of quality work that attracts nationally recognized physicians and researchers. Our subspecialty programs are world-class and we’re developing a reputation for being a pediatric academic medical center focused on patient safety and quality care.” Nemours wants to do more than train a new generation of physicians. It wants to inspire these new physicians to remain in Florida so they can provide local families with better access to pediatric specialty care, closer to home.

13535 Nemours Pkwy | Orlando, FL 32827 | Phone: 407-650-7715 | Nemours.org

The Faces of Balanced Beauty In Plastic Surgery

Charles E. Newman, Jr, MD  and Dzi-Long Newman, PA-C | Newman Plastic Surgery

Understanding the intricacies of aesthetic balance sets Newman Plastic Surgery apart.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Newman, along with wife and physician assistant, Dzi Newman, have built their Orlando practice on the principles of Balanced Beauty. Their approach utilizes the integration of technology, science, and function to complement each other to achieve aesthetic harmony.

“Patients sometime say things like, ‘just fix it’ or ‘just make it go away,’ requesting procedures they believe will miraculously eliminate their specific problem area.” Dr. Newman cautions that “just fix it” procedures don’t always yield the results truly desired because the modification can throw off the balance of the patient’s overall appearance. “The nose pictured in the magazine may look great on a particular celebrity but it won’t necessarily work aesthetically with your eyes, cheeks, jaw line, etc. Breast enhancement and body contouring can restore proportions that may have changed after having children. However, breasts that are too large can overpower a woman’s frame, making her appear heavy. Our goal is to help patients claim whole beauty. It is not about erasing or replacing individual parts but rather approaching the patient in a comprehensive manner so we can uncover, enhance, and refine each individual’s aesthetic potential.”

444 N. Mills Ave. | Orlando, FL 32803 | Phone: 407-481-9505 | NewmanPlasticSurgery.com

The Face of Gaming And Entertainment

Fred Guzman | President and General Manager
Orange City Racing & Card Club

Orange City Racing & Card Club, which opened in 2017, has quickly become the home for players who seek fast-action games, racing simulcast wagering and quality entertainment.

Fred Guzman has been leading the Orange City Club, as well as the Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club, for several years as President and General Manager. Guzman, who joined the Delaware North Company in 1983, works with his team of over 700 associates to make sure that quality and service go hand in hand each day, which is the hallmark of the 100-year-old Delaware North Company.

Located just 30 minutes from the heart of Orlando, “Orlando’s Closest Poker Room” is a modern facility with 34 poker tables and 10 Vegas-style games. Complementing this popular card room is a sports bar that is unique to the area, featuring 29° draft beers on tap with a pub style menu. With 40 TV screens, seven 75-inch big screens and a 50-foot sports ticker, Jake’s 29° Sports Bar & Grill immerses you in all the sports action.

“The future is bright for Orange City and the surrounding Orlando area,” Guzman says, “because planning is underway to expand the Poker Room due to the high interest from the public.”

822-4 Saxon Blvd. | Orange City, Florida 32763 | Phone: 386-252-6484 | OrangeCityPoker.com

The Faces of Community & Economic Development

From L to R: Trey Dyer, Sales & Member Advisor;  Jo Newell, Director of Programs & Strategic Initiatives; John F. Davis, Executive Vice President;  Patricia Thomas, Administrative & Operations Coordinator; Joe Horan, Sales & Member Advisor
Orlando Regional Chamber | Orlando Economic Partnership

For more than 100 years, the Orlando Regional Chamber helps the Central Florida business community, serving a critical role in the region by preparing and empowering business leaders. Today, the Chamber leverages the collective leadership of the larger business community to strengthen, support and advocate for businesses of all sizes and lifecycles throughout the Orlando region. As a core component of the Orlando Economic Partnership, the Chamber is in alignment with the Partnership’s three-year mission to advance broad-based prosperity. This means the Chamber is focused on delivering high-value, robust and future-focused programming, opportunities and resources designed to accelerate growth. These new offerings are reflective of regional trends and in support of a regional vision for economic and community development that strengthens Orlando’s economy.

301 E. Pine Street | Suite 900 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-422-7159 | Orlando.org

The Faces of High-Tech Smile Makeovers

Southpark Dental Group

Our state-of-the-art dental practice strives to make patients feel as comfortable as possible. In addition to our caring and compassionate staff, we have added heated massaging chairs to our treatment rooms. The bay window view of our tranquil garden makes patients feel like they are at the spa. Another thing that distinguishes our office is convenient early morning, late evening, and Saturday office hours. Our mission is to provide patients with cutting-edge technology to ensure healthy teeth and gums. In addition to cleaning and fillings, our dental office offers patients the ability to have most of their treatment done in one location. Our high-tech procedures include single-visit CEREC crowns and veneers, Invisalign, and a 3D CT scanner for accurate placement of dental implants. We now offer LANAP LASER to treat gum infection and periodontal disease. This noninvasive procedure does not require cutting and is approved by FDA as the only treatment that stimulates bone regeneration. The newest addition to our technology, is an Erbium Laser. With Erbium we are able to tone tissue to reduce snoring, smooth skin, plump lips, and a long list of cosmetic procedures. We also provide a comfortable at-home sleep study option and a sleep apnea appliance. There are only a few offices that offer these high-tech procedures.

8801 Commodity Circle | Orlando, FL 32819 | Phone: 407-248-0100 | SouthparkDentalGroup.com | Info@SouthparkDentalGroup.com

The Face of Setting Cities In Motion

Stephanie Smith | Senior Public Policy Manager, Uber Technologies

The City Beautiful is undoubtedly the heartbeat of Central Florida, with millions who live, work, and visit each year, and who depend on—and demand—safe, reliable transportation options. This is where Stephanie Smith, senior public policy manager of Uber Technologies, shines, leading innovative ways to move residents and tourists across the region.

Smith has been with Uber for nearly four years and has established the transportation network company as the premier choice in Florida, even forming an alliance with onetime competitor, Mears Transportation Group. Their mutually exclusive ridesharing partnership now appears in the Uber Rider App and offers Mears’ fleet of taxi and luxury vehicles. But the collaboration doesn’t stop there. ‘Uber Movement,’ a free public website, makes Uber’s vast data network available to city staff, urban planners and civic leaders with travel time in various transport corridors.

There’s also a pilot program underway in downtown Orlando to help alleviate late night traffic, moving revelers more efficiently during peak hours. ‘Rideshare Hubs’ now operate Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 3AM with dedicated pick-up lanes.

Smith shares that “there is a clear demand for reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options for Central Floridians, and Uber is proud to lead that charge in how people move through cities, opening up the world to new possibilities through its platform.”

9350 S Orange Blossom Trail | Suite 10 | Orlando, FL 32837 | Uber.com

The Face of Private Education

Mary Beth Davies | Middle School Director at Windermere Preparatory School Potential

Come to our campus at Windermere Prep, and that’s what you’ll see walking around Middle School—potential personified. It’s pretty magical to witness. I’ve been lucky to be a part of that magic for 20 years.

My journey began as a Language Arts teacher, opening WPS in 2000, with just 175 students, 25 faculty members, and a whole lot of excitement. Committed to our crest qualities of virtus, veritas, and unitas, we set out to deliver something special for our Southwest Orlando families.

We designed unique programs and created still-celebrated traditions. Now, as Middle School Director, I am right where I should be, working with talented teachers who create a magical place in which to learn. Our community offers a nurturing, safe environment, a celebrated culture where students feel comfortable to dream, hope, tinker, explore, even fail—each experience contributing to powerful growth. Speaking of growth, we now have over 1,500 students across campus!

I’m thankful for the students I’ve taught, the families I’ve met, and the teachers I collaborate with, all of them a part of my journey, and many of them still a part of my life. Last year I officiated at the wedding of a student I taught in seventh and eighth grade. I couldn’t be prouder to be a tried and true life Laker.

To learn more or schedule a tour, call 407-905- 7737 or email admissions@windermereprep.com

6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. | Windermere, FL 34786 | Phone: 407-905-7737 | NordangliaEducation.com

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