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Raymond (Rusty) K. Altizer, Jr.

Rusty Altizer, CPA, CVA, ABV, is the Valuation Manager at Keith Altizer and Company, P.A. He has been in the public accounting profession since 1994 providing services in the areas of income tax consulting, planning and preparation for individuals, estates, trusts, partnerships, corporations and private foundations.  As a valuation analyst, Rusty has performed business valuations for a variety of industries including automotive dealerships, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, general contractors, medical practices, restaurants and real estate companies. 

Rusty is an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Maitland, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Child Sponsorship Program, a non-profit organization that provides funding for a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Rusty has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Emphasis in Accounting) from Auburn University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

CPA · Keith Altizer and Company, P.A. · 407-539-1188 · Contact by email

Diana E. Banton

Diana Banton is the Corporate Administration Manager for IC International Group, LLC, in Orlando, also with offices in Venezuela, Panama in the Republic of Panama, and Shanghai, China. Prior to joining IC International Group, Diana worked for 40 years primarily in business administration. In her role as Corporate Administration Manager, Diana has responsibility for Accounting, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Legal and Logistics across the company. Diana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and she has been trained in all aspects of business administration.

Administration Manager · IC International Group, LLC · 407-403-6737 · Contact by email

James A. Beckman

James A. Beckman is the first permanent chair of the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, where he also holds tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. From 2000-2011, he served as a professor of law at the University of Tampa (UT), serving as an assistant professor of law from 2000-2006 and a tenured associate professor of law from 2006-2011. While at UT, he also served as the director of the UT’s Law & Justice program from 2000-2011, and as the chair of the Department of Government, History and Sociology from 2007-2010. In 2011, Professor Beckman was selected as the chair of the newly founded Department of Legal Studies at UCF. Prior to entering academia, Professor Beckman served as an active duty military lawyer for the Army in the 1990s, serving on the Staff & Faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as an active duty assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland. He also served as a litigation attorney for the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC. He has been a licensed and active member of The Florida Bar since 1993.
Professor Beckman holds degrees from the University of Tampa (B.A.), The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.), and Georgetown University’s Law Center (LL.M. in International & Comparative Law). He has published numerous diverse articles on history and law and is the author of four books (with a fifth book under contract), including serving as the editor of the two-volume work entitled, Affirmative Action, an Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2004), which has been described as “inspired” and a “well designed reference” and is in the collections of more than 850 college and university libraries worldwide (including such places as Harvard University, Yale University, Georgetown, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and the United States Supreme Court Law Library, among other places). Professor Beckman is passionate about history and loves spending time with his wife, Maria, and their multiple rescue animals.

Department Chair · UCF - Department of Legal Studies · 407-823-1670 · Contact by email

Chasity Benitez

Chasity Benitez graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Management. She has actively volunteered for a number of groups, which include the Valencia Volunteers Club, the Baby DJ Program with XL 106.7, New Hope for Kids, Kids Beating Cancer, and Pet Rescue by Judy.

Chasity served as the Notice to Owner Department Researcher in 1999 and gained enough experience to move onto become the Notice to Owner Department Supervisor. She served in her role as a supervisor until 2008 when she became the now instituted Notice to Owner Department Manager.

Manager · NACM South Atlantic · 407-299-7491 · Contact by email

Gary W. Cain

As a proud Boys & Girls Clubs alumnus and motivated president & chief professional officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida for over 18 years, Gary Cain knows the benefits of a Club firsthand. Gary’s involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs began at the impressionable age of 11 at his childhood Club in Panama City, Florida. Gary credits his Boys & Girls Club experience as having a profound impact on his life from the social, educational and emotional standpoints. His deep involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs as a child diverted him from negative activities and influences associated with growing up in an impoverished background as well as motivated him to achieve more than what he was presented with in life.

“In many ways, the wheels were coming off in my family,” Cain says. “My Boys & Girls Club treated me as an individual, taught me about values and sheltered me from the storm that was ongoing in my family.”
It is no wonder why Gary Cain is so passionate about his work and the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs, Gary grew into a driven individual and professional. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tusculum College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Rollins College. He has also made significant contributions to elevating the overall image and awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida in the areas of financial stewardship and board member development.

Gary began his Boys & Girls Club professional career in Bristol, Virginia, where he served as that organization’s first full-time program director. Before moving to Orlando, Gary served as the assistant regional director of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Pacific Region where he had primary responsibility for providing consultative services to existing Boys & Girls Clubs. In his role as assistant regional director, Gary directly established 23 new Boys & Girls Clubs that now serve thousands of children in need.

President, CPO · Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida · 407-841-6855 · Contact by email

Tammy L. Carey

Assistant Banking Center Manager, Bank Officer

American Momentum Bank · 407-367-4332 · Contact by email

Randy Centrella

Randy Centrella is a process oriented, business builder with over 19 years of experience instituting service and operational models that drive profitability and growth for large corporations and small businesses. Randy focuses on the ‘big picture’, which includes aspects such as workflow, departmental processes, revenue tracking, and employee variables in order to originate improvements and streamline operations. His specializations include business planning, database modeling, marketing and collateral, large scale event logistics, revenue collection, start up operations, event registration, sales reporting, and vendor management.
Randy worked in Revenue Reconciliation and Recovery as Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s Wide World of Sports as a Program Services Manager, and most recently at Hometown Sports, LLC as the Owner and Sales Manager as well as serving as the Business Development Manager at Protechnica Technology Support.
Randy’s commitment to growth, profitability, and sustainability have proven characteristic of his employment of consistency, efficiency, productivity, and reliability.

Business Development Manager · Dytech Group · 407-678-8300 · Contact by email

Paul J. Ciambriello

Paul Ciambriello, Vice President of Guignard Company since 1999, brings with him over 27 years of experience as a surety bond underwriter and surety agent.
Paul started his surety career in 1986. He performed underwriting and surety management throughout New York, Indianapolis, and Florida. His experience includes the handling of bonds for closely held as well as publicly traded companies in the Construction, Energy, Technology, Advertising, Waste Hauling fields, Court and Probate Bonds, along with many other industries throughout the United States. Paul has also worked with companies concerning international bonding needs.
Paul is currently an active member of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers as well as the related Education and Legislative committees. Paul conducts frequent seminars in order to educate the public on bonds. He also educates elected officials on bonding issues.

Vice President · Guignard Company · 407-536-4476 · Contact by email

Christopher Dale

Christopher Dale is a Vice President in Premier Banking and has been in banking for over 12 years. He was born in Kansas City, MO, but moved to Orlando in the mid 80's and has been here ever since. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a proud GATOR. Christopher works exclusively with high net worth clients providing customized banking, wealth management and borrowing solutions. He and his team of specialists focus on helping each customer grow, protect and preserve their assets, as well as distribute them tax efficiently at the point of their choosing. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Christopher is active in his community serving as a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and a committee member on the planned giving committee of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. He has also acted as a mentor in the Orange County Public School System.

Christopher and his wife, AnnMarie live in Waterford Lake in east Orlando. Christopher and AnnMarie find their greatest enjoyment by spending time with family, exercising and traveling. They are set expand their family in early 2013 with the birth of a baby boy.

CFP, Vice President · BMO Harris Bank · 407-513-9590 · Contact by email

Joshua A. Davis

CPA · Averett Warmus Durkee · 407-849-1569 · Contact by email

Michelle R. Foster

A community college leader since 1989, Michelle Foster currently serves as the East Campus Dean of Academic Affairs at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.  Ms. Foster provides campus-based leadership [and college wide connection] for the creation, implementation, and evaluations of plans related to assessment, accreditation, enrollment planning, honors, international programs, service learning, and institutional research.  In addition, Foster is routinely engaged in coaching academic discipline deans, discipline chairs, and faculty on academic conflict resolution and how to effectively manage classrooms with preventative and practical solutions.   

Previously, Ms. Foster served as the Recruitment Coordinator at Jamestown Community College, part of the SUNY system, and was the Director of Enrollment Services at Manatee Community College prior to her appointment at Valencia in 1996.  Foster has vast experience in the areas of recruitment, admissions,  academic and student conflict resolution, academic advising, dual enrollment, student orientation, and academic testing in the student services arena.   In academic affairs, she has overseen many initiatives, including; tutoring, campus strategic planning, enrollment planning, faculty recruitment & hiring, professional development/training programs, and development of an electronic faculty workload system.

Campus Dean of Academic Affairs · Valencia College · 407-582-2007 · Contact by email

Betsy Franceschini

Betsy Franceschini has been an important part of the Central Florida Community since 1985. After she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, Betsy has acted as a powerful catalyst for change and progression for a number of organizations where she held leadership positions.

Her background includes working as the Vocational Rehabilitation Manager for a National Health Services Corporation where she developed and implemented case management services and disability programs for injured workers, covering Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Betsy has been a successful Vice President of Accurate Traffic Counts, Inc., where she has demonstrated outstanding business development and leadership skills for the past 18 years. It was this expertise that drove Mayor Buddy Dyer to appoint her on the City of Orlando’s Strategic Team and Transportation Committee in 2003.

Hispanic Outreach Political Director · Florida Democratic Party · · Contact by email

Elisha Gonzalez-Bonnewitz

Executive Director, Valencia College, Orange County Take Stock in Children · Valencia College · 407-582-3336 · Contact by email

Jennifer Gravlin

Jennifer Gravlin, CPA, is a tax manager at Averett Warmus Durkee. Averett Warmus Durkee was founded in 1989 and is the largest independent accounting firm in Central Florida. The firm provides assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. In 2011, Jennifer had been employed by A. Scott McEachron, PA since 1996.

Jennifer has been heavily involved in Rotary over the past 13 years. She has been treasurer for the Rotary Club of Altamonte for the past eight years in addition to serving as district treasurer for two years. Prior to that, she served terms as treasurer and secretary of the Rotary Club of Maitland Center. She is currently serving as treasurer for the 2013 North American Youth Exchange Network conference being held in Orlando. In addition, she is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, and the American Society of Women Accountants.

Jennifer holds both her Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Central Florida.

CPA · Averett Warmus Durkee · 407-379-2502 · Contact by email

Reginald M. Green

Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration · Florida A&M University College of Law · 407-254-3205 · Contact by email

Christopher Grim

Chris has 19 years of experience in accounting, with 11 of those years in public accounting, and eight in private industry as chief financial officer for a real estate developer, controller for a high-tech engineering firm, internal auditor for a defense contractor and instructor for a CPA review course. He serves as the shareholder in charge of assurance services for Davis, Grim and Company, P.A., a full-service public accounting firm located in downtown Orlando. His primary areas of expertise are in not-for-profits, agribusiness, franchisors, manufacturing, technology, construction, and employee benefit plans. Chris is the board treasurer for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, and also serves on the FICPA Not-For-Profit Conference Committee as well as the UCF Accounting and Advisory Board. He earned a bachelors’ degree in economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from The Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.         

Davis, Grim and Company, P.A. · 407-434-7900 · Contact by email

Nicholas G. Grounds

Nick put a high value on integrity and discipline at an early age, later on using those virtues as his guiding principles in his quest for career excellence. He has mastered the ability of translating plans and visions into success, thanks to a career spanning more than four decades of executive management experience in various aspects of sales and marketing.

Nick started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in London, working in the operations department before managing a computer system which generated marketing information for senior management; before becoming the youngest senior supervisor Chase London ever had, directing and coordinating the money market operations department with 26 direct reports.

Nick was Chase’s coordinator for cash management products, applying  best management approaches in coordinating these products for the London-Moscow-Johannesburg area; conducting marketing and site visitation around Europe and Israel. He exemplified versatility in executing diverse tasks, such as addressing bank issues, developing a team, and overseeing the daily performance of a designated team.

For two decades, Nick was affiliated with Tradition North America Inc. New York, a leading inter-dealer broker of money market instruments. As the Senior Vice President, his responsibilities included managing the strategic product planning, marketing, and departmental budgets within $1billion annual company revenue. Nick also rendered effectual supervision to a team of brokers responsible for marketing sophisticated financial products to a varied domestic and global client base.

While working full time Nick gained a degree in Sports Management and a MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, from the University of Cumbria in England. Nick also has a passion for soccer and has coached for 17 years, and holds a Premier Coaching License and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA.

Upon moving to Florida, Nick has taken up a position of Financial Professional Associate with Prudential Financial, Orlando, and looks forward to the learning opportunities offered by participating in the Leadership Law Program.                                                                          

Prudential Financial · 845-406-7489 · 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

Michael J. Ison

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the areas of wealth management and commercial lending.

He joined BMO Private Bank in 2007 and As the Central Florida Market Manager, Mike worked with high-net-worth individuals and families, serving as their primary resource for all of their financial needs. Prior to joining BMO, Mike served as chief executive officer for First National Bank of Florida, and most recently served as a partner in the Private Client Group for Alabama National. Mike holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Seminole State College. Mike is a licensed investment and insurance representative in the state of Florida and a graduate of Emory University National Trust School and the University of Florida, Florida School of Banking.

· 407-625-7408 · Contact by email

Greg Kainz

Greg Kainz obtained his degree in finance from the University of Florida in 1990 and later became the President of the Greater Orlando/Winter Park Kiwanis. Greg further developed his expertise in sales, leasing, and development, which proved crucial in the functions of financing and resolutions of complex real estate cases when he became the owner/partner of Commercial Equity.

Greg currently handles real estate scenarios involving sales and leasing of single and multi tenant offices, condos, industry, and retail as well as working with contaminated sites, mitigation, and rezoning and land use changes. Greg also works in loan modification in working for debtors and financial institutions.
When Greg isn’t working with his team on real estate, he is working as the happily married and proud father of three children.

Commercial Equity Partners · 407-310-2718 · Contact by email

Shannon L. Kelly

Attorney · Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A. · 407-571-2152 · Contact by email

Tiffany F. King

Tiffany is a native Floridian and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1986. Continuing her studies she acquired the Series 7 license, 63 and 66, as well as the ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter and most recent CASL (Chartered Advisor for Senior Living) designations from The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Tiffany’s more than quarter of a century in the Financial Industry has sharpened her insurance and retirement plan skills. She is a subject matter expert to other agents, attorneys and CPAs on the finer details of retirement plans for small businesses and is published in the Journal of Financial Services Professionals. She is the founder of The Veterinary Advisory Team (www.vetadvisoryteam.com) and an original member of the Senior Suite of Services (www.SeniorSOS.net).

Her recommendations are presented in a well organized and easy to understand format, providing clients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

On a personal note, Tiffany donates time and resources to Wings To New Horizons an exotic bird and animal sanctuary and is an avid slow pitch softball player.

ChFC, CASL · King & Assoc. | Ins. & Investments · 407-595-2288 · Contact by email

Ryhana Mackoon

Ryhana Mackoon is a Registered Nurse of 27 years whose career scope includes delivery of patient care from physician offices, ambulatory centers, home health, and specialty settings within hospitals.

Ryhana graduated as a Registered Nurse from King’s University in London in 1987. She started her career at the Liver Unit of the King’s College Hospital. Some of her special skill accomplishments include working autonomously at the bedside with adult and adolescent patients requiring ventilator support, dialysis, and liver transplants.
In 1992, she diversified her Critical Care expertise by switching to Cardiac Open Heart working at St. Georges Hospital first, then again at The Royal Brompton Hospital.

Ryhana currently serves at the Clermont Ambulatory Surgery Center where she handles tasks such as devising and implementing pre-surgery checklists along with pre- and postoperative patient instructions. She also oversees Performance Improvement and Risk Management in accordance to the Standards of Care as they pertain to Medicaid and Medicare services.

Legal Nurse Consultant & President · Smart Reponse Solutions, LLC · 407-584-7678 · Contact by email

Tiffany Madrid

Tiffany is the business  development specialist at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, where she is able to utilize her background expertise in sales, marketing, client retention, creative thinking, and leadership.   A lot of her success can be contributed to the fact that she is  fluent in Spanish and Italian.  Tiffany is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her credentials encompass exceptional work ethic and commitment to organizational objectives, in a highly competitive and ever changing workplace. Proven to be a  proactive, positive leader and team builder with the ability to attract and secure sound business relationships.  She is also well versed in brand and product awareness, print, interactive, television, and radio advertising.  Tiffany also serves as the current President of the Hunter’s Creek Elementary PTA.

Business Development Specialist · Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando · 407-428-5870 · Contact by email

Jill Montgomery

Vice President · Florida Capital Bank · 407-637-3749 · Contact by email

Kathleen Pulsifer, DPM

Dr. Kathleen Pulsifer is a licensed and highly trained Podiatric Surgeon specializing in the treatment of the foot, ankle and leg. She was born and raised in Orlando where she graduated from Edgewater High School. After graduating from Smith College, she studied podiatric medicine at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA. She completed four years of residency training and was awarded certificates in Primary Podiatric Medicine from the Philadelphia VA Medical Center; in Forefoot Surgery from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach; and in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery from Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Pulsifer completed a mini-Fellowship in circular external fixation at the Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics in Kurgan, Russia. She has lectured at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and authored several articles which have been published in podiatric medical journals. Locally, she has presented lectures for Orlando Health, the Society of Vascular Nursing and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses on diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Pulsifer is Board Qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery in both Forefoot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Wound Management as a Wound Care Specialist, performing extensive work in wound care, limb salvage and foot reconstruction. She is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Pulsifer has hospital privileges at both Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Her practice, Ankle& Foot Care Specialists, is located in downtown Orlando.

Podiatric Surgeon · Ankle & Foot Care Specialists · 407-648-4107 · Contact by email

Mary Ramsey

Mary Ramsey is a Financial Analyst for Lockheed Martin. She has specialized in forecasting indirect rates and budgets, cash management, Estimating/Pricing contract activities and planning post-merger integration and restructuring activities. Mary has been actively involved in the community as a Girl Scout Volunteer with the Citrus Council here in Orlando, as well as volunteering in Orange County Public Schools. She is currently serving as treasurer for a local school PTSA, (Parent Teacher Student Organization.) Mary earned her Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology

Financial Analyst · Lockheed Martin · ·

Colleen M. Reilly

Chief Administrative Officer - Office of Lydia Gardner, Orange County Clerk of Court

Orange County Clerk of Courts · 407-836-2339 · Contact by email

Jeannette Rivera-Lyles

Jeannette Rivera-Lyles is a communications professional with 20 years of combined experience in public relations, print, broadcast and new media. A native of Puerto Rico and a UCF alumni, she is currently a senior account executive with Wragg and Casas Public Relations in Orlando. Rivera-Lyles supports a variety of businesses, local and national, in English and Spanish language message development and media relations.  

Wragg & Casas Public Relations, Inc. · 407-244-3685 · Contact by email

Elizabeth (Lisa) Sanchez

Elizabeth “Lisa” Sanchez has served as a Practice Manager at the Covelli Clinic since 2007. Prior to that, she served as the Practice Manager for Unlimited Medical Services of Florida. She obtained her Certified Medical Office Management certification in 2004 from the Practice Management Institute and followed that with a Certified Practice Manager certification in 2011 from the Physician Office Managers Association of America. This year Lisa has become a certified Medical Manager through the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management. Altogether, she has a combined office experience of 29 years where 20 of those years have been in the medical field.

Her presence as a bilingual office manager stemmed from her ability to manage, coordinate, and delegate which served her well as a mother of three. These skills have helped her in the fast paced medical industry where she continues to demonstrate her innate ability to tend to those in need.

President, Professional Association of Health Care Office Management of Orlando Chapter 2012, 2013.
First Coast Services Options, Inc.-Provider Outreach & Education Advisory Group (POE AG) 2012
American Association Professional Coders (AAPC) member 2012-PRESENT
National Advisory Committee of Professional Management Institute (2009- 2011)
Secretary of the Board of the Greater Orlando Chapter of PAHCOM (2010-2011)
Professional Association of Health Care Office Management member (PAHCOM) 2008-PRESENT
Central Florida Medical Group Management Association member (CFMGMA) 2008-PRESENT
Physician Office Managers Association of America member (POMAA) 2011 – PRESENT
Central Florida Chapter Medical Group Management Association member (CFMGMA) 2009-PRESENT
Notary Public-National Notary Association Member since 2007- PRESENT
Medical Office Management Association, Winter Park, FL (MOMA) 2004- 2008

CMM, CMIS, CMOM, CPM · Covelli Clinic · 407-644-2218 · Contact by email

Krystol Sanders

Krystol Sanders is the Vice President & Branch Manager of the W. Oak Ridge Branch for Popular Community Bank.  She has been working with businesses for over 14 years.  She handles new business acquisitions for the bank and provides commercial lending & credit, cash management products, commercial banking as well as financial education. Her educational background in international business, political science and living abroad in Costa Rica have given her a broad base from which to approach  many business topics.  Other pertinent education include, but are not limited to ethics, insurance, investments and retirement planning for businesses, long-term care fundamentals, health & accident insurance, estate planning and living trusts & probate.  This education can be confirmed at the Office of Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner (oci.ga.gov). She especially enjoys providing commercial banking products & services as well as financial education to business owners and executives who are interested in efficient business management, growing and expanding their companies, attracting quality talent, and leaving a legacy.

Popular Community Bank · 800-377-0800 · Contact by email

DaVonda Simmons Anthony

DaVonda Simmons is the founder and President of No Drama Entertainment, Inc., a company which has provided stellar musical and performance talent for commercial and non-commercial clients since 1998. Ms. Simmons created the company after receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida International University in Miami, Fla. She has grown the company to become known as an excellent resource of professional entertainment for any occasion. Additionally, DaVonda is an accomplished vocalist and actress, and has performed internationally for over 25 years in a multitude of venues. Of which, she has performed as a principal performer with Walt Disney Entertainment for over 20 years. She has become a regular performer in Disney’s Lion King Show, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade, and the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D. C. She is married to Foster Anthony and they have two lovely children.

President · No Drama Entertainment, Inc. · 407-568-9779 · Contact by email

Kevin M. Smith

Kevin Smith has been a member of the Central Florida business community since 1980 after graduating with a degree in business administration.

Kevin got his start in the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company. His career path took him to the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1983 all the way through 1995. Kevin would later become the Vice President of Thrailkill, Broussard, & Smith, P.A. where he was responsible for the financial planning and education of public and private clients until 2003.

Kevin currently serves as the financial consultant specializing in business and professional consulting at OMNI Resource Group where his work entails strategies for buy-sell funding for the purpose of assisting senior partners transition their practice interests to the next generation of associates.

Kevin is happily married and is proud to be a father of two children

CLU, ChFC · Omni Financial Services · 407-316-8043 · Contact by email

C. Todd Smith

C. Todd Smith is the founder of the Orlando personal injury law firm of C. Todd Smith, P.A. Todd’s firm represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including wrongful death accidents, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, and first party insurance disputes. The firm’s mission is to help people in need by advocating for the injured and to serve our community by supporting and volunteering for numerous local charities.

Todd grew up in the Apopka area and graduated from the Cumberland School of Law in 1994. Todd is a member of the Florida Justice Association, American Association for Justice, Orange County Bar Association, and a Guardian Ad Litem volunteer for the Legal Aid Society of the O.C.B.A. Todd is chair of the Technology Committee of the Orange County Bar Association, a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Orlando–Winter Park, and currently serves as a Florida Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor for 2012-13.

Attorney · C. Todd Smith, P.A. · 407-841-8294 · Contact by email

Daniel E. Smith, II

Daniel E. Smith II is an attorney whose practice areas include personal injury, social security disability, workers compensation, employment disputes, erisa, USERRA, litigation, and appellate cases. Mr. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois to a middle class family. His father worked in the factory industry and his mother was in the service industry. Mr. Smith's passion for justice started at an early age. Even as a child, he was known for protecting people and standing up for what is right. His interest in law grew naturally out of this fierce integrity, even having aspirations to become a police officer at one point.

He was raised in Orlando and graduated from Edgewater High School, which is down the street from the Coye Law Firm's College Park location. At Edgewater, he was active in sports, including wrestling, football, weightlifting, and track and field. Mr. Smith was number one in his college and earned his undergraduate degree in legal studies with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Smith chose to pursue law because he knew that the work of past attorneys helped people, including his own father, on a large scale. Without the enterprising plaintiff's attorneys of the past, factories, products, and services would not be as safe as they are today. Dan started an internship at the Coye Law Firm in 2000 while he was still an undergraduate student and worked as a case manager in litigation.
He began work towards a Juris Doctor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. At UF, he served as Editor in Chief of the university's Journal of Law and Public Policy and interned for the Honorable Martha Ann Lott, Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Alachua County. Mr. Smith performed his clinical training at the Gator Team Child Juvenile Law Clinic. During summer breaks from law school, Mr. Smith returned to the Coye Law Firm as a law clerk. He worked on several projects, such as appellate cases, litigation, and workers' compensation. He graduated from the Levin College of Law with magna cum laude honors and was invited to become a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif.

He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2005. Mr. Smith enjoys being an attorney because of the many different people he meets and helps on a daily basis. He appreciates the opportunity to help change someone's life or circumstances in the course of their case. He finds that clients and cases are always different, their experiences are valuable, and their conversation is intriguing. He is admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, and the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
When he gets away from his busy work schedule, Mr. Smith enjoys spending time with his family. He recently married his college sweetheart and the couple make it a priority to have breakfast every Sunday morning with his extended family. He likes lifting weights, traveling, watching movies, and reading. 

Attorney · Coye Law Firm · 407-648-4940 · Contact by email

Lynetta Steed

Lynetta Steed is the head of Business and Community Banking for Regions Financial Corporation, a top U.S. bank-holding company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with $127 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, trust, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the south, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,100 ATMs. Steed joined Regions in 1992, and has served in various positions including Business Banking Executive in the Central Florida area. She began her career as a Branch Manager and Business Banker in Orlando, Florida. She held the Business Banking Sales Manager role for Northwest Florida, covering the panhandle region of the state. She then served as the Consumer Banking Executive for Northwest Florida until June 2003, responsible for the retail branch network.Prior to joining Regions Bank, Steed was a part of  Southeast Bank’s Management Associate Program. 

She graduated from the University of Central Florida, magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is the Vice Chairman of the Consumer Bankers Association Small Business Committee.  She serves as a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Council on Small Business and the Business Banking Board Small Business Executive Circle.  

Executive Vice President · Regions Bank · 407-246-5503 · Contact by email

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas directs the communications and public relations activities of Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), the 11th largest district in the United States. Under his charge are a staff of 31 that manages media relations, public information services, sales and marketing, video production and broadcasting, volunteer and business partner relationships, employee recognition, graphic design, web content and collateral media production.

The Orange County Public Schools Public Relations Department is an annual winner of multiple state and national awards for communication materials and campaigns, including the SUNSPRA 2010 Best of Show Award for its “Sales and Marketing Initiative” as featured on NBC Nightly News in October 2011.

Dylan is the past president of the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (2010-2012). He is often called on to present to professional organizations about OCPS programs. Among them are the Council of Great City Schools audiences of public relations executives (July 2010), and superintendents and school board members (October 2010, October 2012) on the topics of Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange, an OCPS community engagement project. He has presented a Public Relations Brand Image program to the Florida Association of School Superintendents Conference (Sept. 2011); Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors Retreat (Sept. 2011) and Florida Association of School Administrators (July 2011). He has also shared his Sales and Marketing and Leadership Orange programs with the Central Florida School Boards Coalition in 2011/12. Finally, Dylan serves as a member of the U.S. Army Central Florida Citizens Advisory Board.

Dylan joined Orange County Public Schools in August of 2004 (between hurricanes Charlie and Frances) after more than two decades with Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit membership organization that hosts two college football post-season bowl games and other sporting events in Central Florida.

Dylan is a Rollins College graduate, Winter Park resident and fourteen-time marathon finisher.

Director Public Relations · Orange County Public Schools · 407-317-3368 · Contact by email

Beth Waddell

Beth Waddell is the principal of Elizabeth Waddell, P.A. Her firm specializes in legal research and due diligence services for attorneys and business owners needing background information on potential clients, vendors, and competitors. If you have ever wanted more transparency before entering into a business relationship with another party, Elizabeth Waddell, P.A. is here to serve you. Beth has over 20 years of experience in legal and business research. Her firm has access to a wealth of resources and databases, many of which are unavailable to the general business community. Beth is a graduate of the University of Louisville (BSBA in Finance) and the Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Florida and Orange County Bar Associations. Beth Waddell is also a long-time volunteer with the OCBA Guardian Ad Litem program and the proud mother of 2 daughters.

Attorney and Principal · Waddell Elder Law · 352-272-7167 · Contact by email

Tracy Watkins

Tracy G Watkins is the Owner of ARCpoint Labs, Orlando-Central. Since May, 2011, ARCpoint Labs has been Orlando’s Accurate, Reliable and Confidential resource for drug, alcohol and DNA testing within the legal and corporate communities.

Tracy is a 1979 Graduate of Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Alabama) with a BA in both Political Science and Military Science, with a minor in economics. After graduation, he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army. Over the course of his service his assignments included Command of an Airborne Infantry Company in Panama and as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader on the DMZ in Korea.

Tracy left the military to further his education and earned an MBA from Duke University (Fuqua School of Business). After graduation in 1988, he became a plant “turn-around” specialist in the corrugated container industry. He is credited with returning numerous struggling production facilities to profitability in varying capacities as a Production Manager, Plant General Manager, Regional General Manager and Vice President of Operations.
Tracy is married to Sharon E. Watkins; has one son (Beau T. Watkins) and has recently become a first time Grandparent.

General Manager · ARCpoint Labs · 407-798-0317 · Contact by email

JoAnn Williams

JoAnn Williams currently serves as Publisher for “Orlando” magazine. She started with the Orlando magazine as an Advertising Sales Representative back in 2004 and escalated among the ranks being promoted to the Sales Manager in 2008.

Her previous work experience in magazines includes “Florida Travel and Life”, a Bonnier publication. While JoAnn’s passion is in advertising, she has been selling products and ideas to people for 30 years.

She moved to Florida back in 1991 and started calling Orlando her home in 2004 when she began her career with “Orlando” magazine.

Publisher · Orlando Magazine · 407-318-7254 · Contact by email