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Maria D. Hale, Esq.

Maria Hale grew up in Central Florida and has a deep love for her community and its people. After being nationally recognized for her skills as a trial attorney, Maria Hale groomed her talents while working for the Pinellas County State Attorney’s office. As a prosecutor, Maria learned many valuable courtroom lessons and gained hours of litigation experience. Those tools paved the way for Maria to enter the private sector and give back to those who desperately needed her services. As a private criminal defense attorney, she now has the unique opportunity to take what she has learned and “pay forward” the benefit to her clients. As a tough-minded, former prosecutor, Maria Hale now seeks justice for her clients by protecting their rights when charged with a criminal and/or traffic offense. She is the managing partner of Hale, Hale & Jacobson, P.A. In addition to managing the firm and practicing law, Maria serves on the Florida Grievance Committee and the Florida Code and Evidence Committee.

Maria Hale has found other ways to give back to the Central Florida community. As an active member of the Spring of Life Methodist Church congregation, Maria spends countless hours offering legal counsel to the indigent and gives generously of her time to those who are less fortunate. In an effort to impact future lawyers, Maria serves as an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law, where she also serves as Trial Team Coach. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers (CFAWL).

Earlier this year, network television hired Maria as a correspondent on various legal topics. She is now regularly featured on FOX News, HLN and MSNBC, amongst others.

Attorney · Hale & Hale, P.A. · 407-425-4640 · Contact by email

Davis Helsby

Davis Helsby is a Property and Casualty Insurance Specialist for the largest private Insurance Broker headquartered in Florida, IOA. Prior to joining IOA, he worked for the 6th largest Insurance Broker in the country, and top 10 largest in the world. He specializes in implementing innovative risk mitigation strategies that lower operating costs and improve profit margins.

Davis is born and raised in Orlando, FL and was a Finance and Real Estate major at Florida State University.

Commercial Insurance Specialist · Insurance Office of America · 407-998-5422 · Contact by email

Jerry Henderson

Jerry Henderson is the Federal Security Director (FSD) at Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Prior to arriving at MCO, Mr. Henderson was the FSD at Little Rock International Airport (LIT). He became the first Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) transportations security operations in the State of Arkansas in July 2002 and served in that capacity until his selection as the Federal Security Director in Orlando in June 2012.

His responsibilities include enforcement of federal aviation and transportation security laws and regulations at all at Orlando International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and surrounding communities. In November, 2013, Mr. Henderson was recognized as TSA FSD of the Year.

Previous to TSA, Mr. Henderson had a 21‐year active duty aviation career as a Naval Flight Officer with the U.S. Navy with assignments at various locations around the nation and overseas. As a career Naval Officer he served in numerous progressive leadership positions; including service as a Commanding Officer and as an Officer‐In‐Charge of a P‐3C Anti‐Submarine Warfare Squadron. He has led and directed long range maritime patrol contingency, counter‐narcotics and intelligence collection operations around the world.

Mr. Henderson holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Embry‐Riddle University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

Mr. Henderson is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia. He and his wife Melody have three children.

Federal Security Director · Transportation Security Administration · 407-563-4067 · Contact by email

Patrick T. Hogan, Esq.

Mr. Hogan is an Attorney and Managing Shareholder of Hogan Legal Services, P.A. In addition to being admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts since 1996, Mr. Hogan is also admitted to the Bars of the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Hogan has a significant experience with business, civil, criminal, employment, elder, probate, real estate, tax and bankruptcy matters.

Attorney · Hogan Legal Services, P.A. · 407-748-4150 · Contact by email

Kimberly A. Homer

Kimberly serves as the Director of the Foreclosure Mediation Program of the Orange County Bar Association and began working for the Orange County Bar Association in May of 2010. Kimberly has a J.D. from Cumberland Law School in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been admitted to practice law in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Montana. Her legal background includes work as a Georgia Legal Services attorney, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, and working as a sole practitioner in Georgia, Alabama and Montana.

In addition to being an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Central Florida Women Lawyer’s Association, Kimberly serves as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the Legal Aid Society. Kimberly is a member of the Orange County Public Schools Leadership Orange Program Class of 2012-2013 and enjoys serving on the Valencia College Paralegal Studies Advisory Committee. Kimberly is also a member of the National Association of Bar Executives.

Orange County Bar Association · 407-422-4551 · Contact by email

Christopher F. Hunter

Chris has been delivering financial strategies and wealth management services to both active and retired executives, successful business owners, widowed women, and families with special needs children for over sixteen years. Drawing on his experience as a former Professional Engineer and Fortune 500 executive, Chris offers a unique skill-set to help clients understand the challenges they face in managing their prosperity given today's ever changing capital markets and economic environment.

Chris also oversees the business and employee benefits areas of the practice, having advised over 70 businesses, and their executives, on Integrated Employee Retirement Benefits, including both "Qualified" and "Non-Qualified" Retirement Plans.

Leveraging the intellectual capital within his team and throughout Wells Fargo Advisors, Chris adheres to a disciplined investment process to deliver a consistent yet customized wealth management experience for each client. This three-part process begins with a comprehensive discovery phase that results in an implementation plan exclusive to each client's needs. The plan is then thoroughly reviewed through an ongoing customized communication program unique to each family. Chris' goal is to provide "client value" by providing solutions encompassing five-distinct disciplines to wealth management and through the comprehensive planning process distinctive to each relationship.

"My objective is to hold myself accountable by clearly communicating a more understandable view of each client's prosperity and to provide risk management strategies to help preserve client wealth from unforeseen issues created by world events."

ChFC, Vice President - Investments · Wells Fargo Advisors · 407-649-6026 · Contact by email

Chris Hutchinson

Chris Hutchinson is the Financial Services Manager for the Orange County Clerk of Courts. He is responsible for all accounting, purchasing, accounts payable, and payroll activities. He has served in financial and leadership roles in manufacturing, banking, and government. He earned both his BSBA and MBA from the University of Central Florida.

Manager of Financial Services · Orange County Clerk of Court · 407-836-6318 · Contact by email