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ATTRACT. CULTIVATE. RETAIN.

About iGRO

The Orlando Regional Chamber understands the importance of attracting, cultivating and retaining talent in Central Florida. In 2017, a volunteer committee comprised of members of our YP: NEXT program, launched iGRO, a two-month program designed to retain our business community’s summer interns and new hires through showcasing the other half of Orlando.

Who Can Participate?

iGRO is designed to build connections and showcase the unique assets our community has to offer. Therefore, an organization’s interns or new hires (under 2 years living in the region) are the best fit for this program.

The program schedule includes after-hour and weekend programs, events and activities that accommodate participants’ work schedules.

Orlando Economic Partnership Investor – Complimentary seat depending on investor level | $100 member rate for additional participants

Orlando Regional Chamber Members | $100 per intern or new hire

Non-Investor/Member | $250 per intern or new hire

“Being a part of iGRO allowed me to explore the city I have always loved. I thoroughly enjoyed the events, especially the panel with Mayor Dyer, Orlando City Soccer games, social activities…”

– Sarah Zets

Account Executive at Poston Communications

What’s In It For Me?

There are many benefits to becoming an iGRO participant including:

• One-on-one time with a YP:NEXT mentor

• Exclusive guide highlighting regional resources that amplify the other half of Orlando

• Opportunities to connect with local leaders through networking and educational programs

• Exposure to Orlando’s unique community assets through cultural and social events

• Build connections with peers and connect with the community.

  • Expand Personal and Professional Networks

  • Connect with Local Leaders

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    Get Access to Mentorship

  • High-Energy Learning Through Hands-On Experience

What’s In It For My Company?

Your company will benefit from a program that both increases your interns experience as well as boosts the regional talent pipeline here in Orlando.

  • Develops Employees and Improves Retention

  • Access to Resources to Retain Talent

  • Strengthening Our Talent Pipeline

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

ADP

ADP

Company: ADP

Key Contact: Gustaf Isaksson – Div. VP & GM Orlando

Phone: (407) 571-4247

Address: 2405 Lucien Way Maitland, FL 32751

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR, Talent, Benefits, Payroll and Compliance.

Akerman LLP

Akerman LLP

Company: Akerman LLP

Key Contact: Cecelia Bonifay – Shareholder

Phone: (407) 423-4000

Address: 420 S. Orange Ave. Suite 1200 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Full service law firm.

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Arnold Palmer Invitational

Company: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Key Contact: Marci Doyle – Chief Operating Officer

Phone: (407) 876-2888

Address: 9000 Bay Hill Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: support Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which includes Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

CBRE – Orlando

CBRE – Orlando

Company: CBRE – Orlando

Key Contact: Jim Gray – Managing Director

Phone: (407) 404-5000

Address: 200 S. Orange Ave. Suite 2100 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: leader in real estate services

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Company: JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

Key Contact: Roger Cook – Senior Vice President

Phone: (407) 236-5457

Address: 450 S. Orange Ave. Suite 1000 Orlando, FL 32801-5402

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Clear Channel Outdoor

Clear Channel Outdoor

Company: Clear Channel Outdoor

Key Contact: Craig Swygert – President – GM, Orlando

Phone: (407) 298-6410

Address: 5333 Old Winter Garden Road Orlando, FL 32811-1520

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: offers advertising on billboards, posters, street furniture, mall/retail advertising, airport advertising, and mobile/transit advertising

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Company: Darden Restaurants, Inc.

Key Contact: Susan Connelly – SVP, Communications and Public Affairs

Phone: (407) 245-4000

Address: 1000 Darden Center Drive Orlando, FL 32837

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: World’s largest full-service restaurant company. Its brands include Eddie V’s, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. (Shared Svcs. for acctg./finance.)

Deseret Cattle & Citrus

Deseret Cattle & Citrus

Company: Deseret Cattle & Citrus

Key Contact: Don Whyte – Vice President of Planning

Phone: (407) 892-3672

Address: 13754 Desert Lane St.Cloud, FL 34773

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Large scale cow-calf operation with sizable land holdings in central Florida near the edge of urban development.

Electronic Arts

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Electronic Arts

Company: Electronic Arts

Key Contact: Daryl Holt – Vice President and Group COO

Phone: (407) 386-4000

Address: 1950 Summit Park Drive Orlando, FL 32810-5933

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

Top Job Categories: Software Developers, Software Engineers, Graphics Engineers

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Description: Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA Tiburon) is one of Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Studio facilities that produces some of the top titles in the industry from its Orlando studio.

Florida Citrus Sports

Florida Citrus Sports

Company: Florida Citrus Sports

Key Contact: Steve Hogan – CEO

Phone: (407) 423-2476

Address: One Citrus Bowl Place Orlando, FL 32805-2451

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: is a not-for-profit membership organization

GeoTel Communications, Inc.

GeoTel Communications, Inc.

Company: GeoTel Communications, Inc.

Key Contact: Dave Drazen – Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Phone: (407) 788-8888

Address: 1540 International Pkwy Suite 2000 Lake Mary, FL 32746

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Company: Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Key Contact: Orlando Evora – Co-Managing Shareholder

Phone: (407) 420-1000

Address: 450 S. Orange Ave. Suite 650 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: is an international, multi-practice law firm

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Company: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.

Key Contact: Paul Browning – President and CEO of North & South America

Phone: (407) 688-6800

Address: 400 Colonial Center Parkway Suite 400 Lake Mary, FL 32746

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: MPSA provides a wide variety of products and services for the electric power generation industry including gas, steam, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric turbines, boilers, selective catalytic reduction systems and reciprocating engines.

Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center

Company: Orange County Convention Center

Key Contact: Yulita Osuba – Deputy General Manager

Phone: (407) 685-9802

Address: 9860 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Largest convention center in the region and 2nd largest in USA

Orlando Business Journal

Orlando Business Journal

Company: Orlando Business Journal

Key Contact: Donna Dyson – Market President & Publisher

Phone: (407) 649-8470

Address: 255 S. Orange Ave. Suite 650 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Business newspaper and digital media.

Regions Bank

Regions Bank

Company: Regions Bank

Key Contact: Chris Hurst – Executive Vice President/Commercial Banking Executive

Phone: (407) 246-8900

Address: 111 N. Orange Avenue Suite 600 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Regions Financial Corporation, with $120 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, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services.

Smart City

Smart City

Company: Smart City

Key Contact: Martin Rubin – President & CEO

Phone: (407) 827-2000

Address: 3100 Bonnet Creek Rd. P.O. Box 22555 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Telecommunications

Stetson University

Stetson University

Company: Stetson University

Key Contact: Neal Mero, Ph.D – Dean and Professor of Management School of Business Administration

Phone: (386) 822-7100

Address: 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit A37A DeLand, FL 32720-3757

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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TECO Peoples Gas Company

TECO Peoples Gas Company

Company: TECO Peoples Gas Company

Key Contact: Doug Driggers – Regional Manager, Orlando Community Relations

Phone: (813) 228-4104

Address: 702 N. Franklin St. Tampa, FL 33602

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Focus on Orlando, Jax, Miami. develops and delivers energy related programs and services

The Mall at Millenia

The Mall at Millenia

Company: The Mall at Millenia

Key Contact: Steven Jamieson – General Manager

Phone: (407) 363-3555

Address: 4200 Conroy Rd. Orlando, FL 32839

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: is an upscale, contemporary, indoor shopping mall located

Valencia College

Valencia College

Company: Valencia College

Key Contact: Stephanie Howell – Director of Community Affairs

Phone: (407) 299-5000

Address: P.O. Box 3028 1768 Park Center Drive Orlando, FL 32802

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Public state college

Verizon Corporate Resources Group (VCRG)

Verizon Corporate Resources Group (VCRG)

Company: Verizon Corporate Resources Group (VCRG)

Address: 899 Heathrow Park Lane Lake Mary, FL 32746

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Ambassador

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Description: Our funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women and older adults. New applications are by invitation only.

Supporting Sponsors

Ben & Jerry’s – International Drive

Ben & Jerry’s – International Drive

Ben & Jerry’s – International Drive

Company: Ben & Jerry’s – International Drive

Key Contact: Lia Saifman – Event Director

Phone: (407) 777-6487

Address: 8457 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Business member

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Description: We make the best possible ice cream in the best possible way with five Scoop Shops and catering in the Orlando area.

Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club

Company: Orlando City Soccer Club

Key Contact: Alex Leitão – Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (407) 480-4702

Address: 618 E. South St. Suite 510 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Corporate

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Description: Orlando City Soccer Club is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. In addition to our first team Orlando City has a youth club, amateur team and foundation. The Lions will play their first season in the Citrus Bowl and will open their stadium 2016.

Learn More About iGRO

For questions regarding the iGRO program, contact Patricia Thomas, Associate Director of Operations & Programs or fill out the form below.