By Anjali Fluker

OBJ introduces 50 of the most influential executives in Central Florida business.

This year, Orlando Business Journal introduces a new awards program: The 2021 Power Players.

This program identifies 50 businesspeople making the biggest waves in the region during a time of tremendous upheaval as we seek to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2021 Power Players is a nomination-based awards program highlighting individuals helping grow and innovate the way business is done throughout metro Orlando. Some of these local leaders are well known, some have been rising in prominence and others are people you definitely need to meet.

To be nominated, individuals were required to be business leaders based in Central Florida — Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties. Of course, there were so many others who play key roles in shaping the region, and many more will continue to emerge in the next year.

This year, candidates were judged based on their respective accomplishments and influence in five categories:

  • Connectors: Those who bring key people to the table for important discussions, and who other business leaders have on their speed dial
  • Deal Makers: Those driving major transactions, policies, initiatives and/or projects, helping spearhead partnerships and business relationships that generate new local business activity
  • Disruptors: Those who are changing the way we do business through innovation, new technology, new products/services and challenges to current business norms
  • Heavy Hitters: Longstanding power players who always make the news year after year, and whose companies have a lasting legacy in the region
  • Industry Giants: Leaders of the region’s most powerful companies currently in the news because of major projects and/or initiatives that will have significant local impact

Read more about the 2021 Power Players in OBJ‘s Nov. 5-11, 2021, weekly edition, as well as online.

2021 honorees

The Connectors

  • Dick Batchelor
  • Mark Brewer
  • Kelly Cohen
  • Angel de la Portilla
  • Garry Jones
  • Eddy Moratin
  • Tanisha Nunn Gary
  • Bob O’Malley
  • Gaby Ortigoni

The Deal Makers

  • Wendy Brandon
  • Frank DiBello
  • Shelton Granade Jr.
  • Derek Gregg
  • Chris Hurn
  • Carol Ann Logue
  • Robbie McEwan
  • Rob Panepinto
  • Ken Robinson
  • Jason Siegel
  • Tara Tedrow

The Disruptors

  • Sergie Albino
  • Matt Certo
  • Patrick de la Roza
  • Philip Donovan
  • Jason Eichenholz
  • Nicholas Falcone
  • Raegan Garber Le Douaron
  • Alexander Hall
  • Chris Jaskiewicz
  • Danny Jenkins
  • Daniel Malechuk
  • Marc Middleton
  • Cole NeSmith
  • Kathy Ramsberger
  • Alexandra Robertson
  • Garima Shah

The Heavy Hitters

  • Phil Brown
  • Suresh Gupta
  • Barbara Jenkins
  • Michael Marder
  • Alex Martins
  • Harris Rosen
  • Craig Ustler
  • Chuck Whittall

The Industry Giants

  • Michael Brown
  • Charlie Gray
  • Randy Haffner
  • Beat Kahli
  • John Morgan
  • David Strong

Source: Orlando Business Journal

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