By Melanie Stawicki Azam
For 2010, Orlando Business Journal recognized 12 local businessmen who went above and beyond in both the boardroom and the community.
Despite budget cuts and economic uncertainties, OBJ’s Most Influential Businessmen of 2010 remained strong leaders, inspiring their colleagues and peers to forge on and succeed. Those nominated had to have made an impact both in the corporate arena and in the community within the past year.
Local executives were nominated in 12 categories: technology; health; architecture and engineering; tourism; education; minority business; sports; banking; services; real estate; nonprofits and law.
Additionally, 10 up-and coming businessmen were recognized as Men to Watch. They are expected to make an impact in their industry and community within the next year.
Finally, the Orlando Business Journal chose one outstanding executive who has made a lasting impression on Central Florida as the 2010 Legacy Award winner.
These 23 businessmen were recognized at an Oct. 14 event at the Hilton Orlando, next to the Orange County Convention Center.
Congratulations to all the winners — and thanks for giving Central Florida your best.
Title: President, Florida High Tech Corridor Council.
My alma mater and why I chose it: University of Evansville; it was my hometown university.
First job: Paper route.
Little-known fact: For more than four years I’ve been writing a book on small world encounters.
Last book read: True Blue by David Baldacci.
Favorite eatery: Boston’s Fish House in Winter Park.
Favorite place to vacation: Franklin, N.C.
Favorite status symbol: Jeep Wrangler, Sahara edition.
What makes me laugh: Well-delivered puns bordering on punishment.
How I keep in shape: Tennis; L.A. Fitness; golf.
Pet peeve: Individuals who neglect to return phone calls.
What I would teach a room full of fifth-graders: The Golden Rule.
Most significant accomplishment this year: Getting the International Economic Development Council Award for best example of a university, government, corporate and community partnership.
Future plans for my organization: Increase the number of research grant funds to grow high-tech industry and innovation through research, workforce and marketing partnerships.
Best advice I didn’t take: Transfer to New Jersey with a Fortune 100 corporation.
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