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Task Force Working Groups

The Task Force formed Working Groups that will develop strategies and recommendations based on the Task Force priorities. The Working Groups will meet frequently and report on priorities and recommendations to the full Task Force.

Approach to Reopening Business - Guidelines:

  • Align with guidelines established by President Trump and Governor DeSantis
  • Establish clear guidelines for businesses and monitor compliance
  • Ensure consistent implementation across all industries
  • Monitor health data and use in decision making process
  • Comply with new federal and state regulations

1) Working Group: Guidelines for Reopening Business

Role Name
Co-Chair John Henry, Owner, J Henry’s Barbershop
Co-Chair Chuck Whittall, President, Unicorp National Development
Staff Lead Eric Ushkowitz, Economic Development Administrator
Member Allen Johnson, City of Orlando & Orlando Venues
Member Dave George, Darden Restaurants
Member Kathy Ramsberger, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Member Steve Garrity, Highwoods Properties
Member Alex Leitao, Orlando City Soccer Club
Member Brad Gilmour, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Member Harold Mills, VMD Ventures, LLC
Member Thomas Mazloum, Walt Disney World Resort
Member Todd Souders, WaWa, Inc.
Member Dan Wilcox, YMCA of Central Florida
Member Rich Costales, Universal Orlando
Member Alex Martins, Orlando Magic
Member Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Orange County Public Schools
Member Scott Brady, MD., AdventHealth
Member George Ralls, MD, Orlando Health
Member Brian Comes, Area Vice President, Hyatt Regency Orlando
Member Keri Burns, Central Florida Regional Director
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Watch

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Resources

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2) Working Group: Business Readiness

Role Name
Co-Chair Doug Taylor, Managing Partner, Church Street Entertainment
Co-Chair Deborah Linden, Owner, The Vineyard Wine Bar & Healthy Bistro
Staff Lead Andrea Wesser-Brawner,
Chief Innovation & Emerging Technologies Officer
Member Conrad Santiago, The Trentham Santiago Group
Member Jerry Ross, National Entrepreneur Center
Member Mary Chau, M.C. Spa & Nail Spa
Member Douglas Love-Ramos, Orlando Shakespeare Theater
Member Mike Van den Abbeel, Mosaic Hair Studio
Member Monesia Brown, Walmart, Inc.
Member Pamela Nabors, CareerSource Central Florida
Member Florencio “Larry” Rodriguez, Don Julio’s Mexican Kitchen
Member John Newstreet, President/CEO,
Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
Member Pastor Roderick Zak, CEO, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries & President, African American Council of Christian Clergy
Member Johnny Rivers, Johnny Rivers Grill & Market
Member Stacey Papp, President, Bay Hill Jewelers Group

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Resources

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3) Working Group: Business Compliance & Consumer Confidence

Role Name
Co-Chair Evelyn Cardenas, CEO, Central Florida Auto Dealers Association
Co-Chair Pastor Roderick Zak, CEO, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries & President, African American Council of Christian Clergy
Staff Lead Jason Reynolds, Neighborhood Services Manager
Member Augusto Sanabria, Prospera
Member Steve Jamieson, The Mall at Millennia
Member Tricia Johnson, Seminole County Government
Member Wayne Rich, Nelson Mullins
Member Inez Long, BBIF
Member Dan Ward, President, Curley & Pynn Public Relations
Member Chris Earl, United Safety Council
Member Nadine R. Tarpley, OhSoooJazzy Hair Salon
Member Major Robert Anzueto, Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Member John Madison, Owner, John Madison Landscape, Inc.

Watch

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Resources

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4) Working Group: Bringing Back Tourism

Role Name
Co-Chair Jesse Martinez, General Manager, The Alfond Inn
Co-Chair Dr. Youcheng Wang, Dean, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Staff Lead Carol Palacio, Economic Development Program Coordinator
Member Brandon Matulka, Lake County Agency for Economic Prosperity
Member Dan Giordano, Rosen Shingle Creek
Member Phil Brown, Orlando International Airport
Member Sandy Hostetter, Truist
Member Michael Thomas, John Michael Exquisite Weddings & Catering
Member Brian Comes, Area Vice President, Hyatt Regency Orlando
Member Adrian Jones, Merlin Entertainment
Member Frank Goeckel, Wyndham Destinations

Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Resources

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Watch

Watch any of these meetings live at their scheduled time on www.ocfl.net/OTVLive or watch past meetings on the Video Archive.

Contact Us

Orange County Office of Economic Development
201 S. Rosalind Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

General Questions

EconomicRecovery@ocfl.net

Public Comment
  • Residents can submit their comment to Public.Comment@ocfl.net before 5 PM the day before the Economic Recovery Task Force or Working Group Meeting. The resident’s name, address, phone number, and the topic of public comment are required components of the email. The resident will need to indicate the specific Working Group they are addressing in public comment.
  • At the beginning of public comment period, Orange County staff will read your submission and add it to the public record. Please note emails that extend beyond the set time limit will not be read in their entirety. The citizen’s entire email however will be entered into the public record.
  • Please note that the time allocated to each individual for public comment (via email or in person) shall be at the sole discretion of the Mayor and may be reduced from the normal 3 minutes based on the number of speakers.
  • Orange County Government reserves the right to modify, amend, or discontinue these temporary procedures for public comment, with or without notice, in order to ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; to rectify technological or logistical difficulties; or to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We will get through this together.
Media Inquiries

PIO@ocfl.net

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with "Government in the Sunshine" laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.