strengthening the next generation of public leaders

Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow

The Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) is a program that was developed by business leaders in Central Florida and is managed through the Orlando Economic Partnership. This unique nonpartisan, regional initiative was designed to prepare and strengthen the next generation of public leaders before they formally choose to run for an office or seek an appointment to a government board or commission.

Mark R Mills

“PLI is one of most unique and successful public leadership programs of its kind anywhere in the nation. Since its inception in 2008, 24 leaders have emerged to serve in elected office…”

– Mark R. Mills

President at Mills Strategic Communications, Inc.,

Why Central FLorida Political Leadership Institute

Powerful Connections

PLI is a six-month program that features a mandatory two-day political leadership school, four ongoing classes, important networking opportunities and a final mandatory one-day class that concludes with a graduation. It features local, state and national speakers who share their invaluable expertise on campaigning for office or an appointment and leading once elected.

Exclusive Participation

A limited number of emerging leaders from throughout the Central Florida business community are given the opportunity to participate in this ground-breaking program. Participants are selected based on the strength of their applications and personal interviews with a screening committee.

Participants represent a diverse range of business experience, backgrounds and community involvement. In order to be selected for PLI, applicants must not be a declared candidate .

PLI Sponsors

AdventHealth

AdventHealth

Company: AdventHealth

Key Contact: Daryl Tol – President & CEO, Florida Hospital & Central Fl Region – Adventist Health System

Phone: (407) 357-1000

Address: 550 E. Rollins St. Suite 103 Orlando, FL 32803

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: One of the largest healthcare providers in America and a national leader in cardiac care

Charter Communications

Charter Communications

Company: Charter Communications

Phone: (407) 210-3188

Address: 2251 Lucien Way Suite 320 Maitland, FL 32751

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: Offers video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services and offers services spanning Internet, MEF-certified Metro Ethernet, WiFi, security, telephony, and video

CNL Financial Group

CNL Financial Group

Company: CNL Financial Group

Key Contact: Stephen Mauldin – Group President, Real Estate Investments

Phone: (407) 650-1000

Address: 420 S. Orange Ave. Suite 950 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: Global group of investment companies

Florida Blue

Florida Blue

Company: Florida Blue

Key Contact: Tony Jenkins – Market President, Central Florida

Phone: (407) 833-7773

Address: 610 Crescent Executive Court Suite 600 Lake Mary, FL 32746

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: A health solutions company, adding 180 FT call center positions (+100 seasonal) to handle open enrollment for healtcare plans.

Full Sail University

Full Sail University

Company: Full Sail University

Key Contact: Ed Haddock – Co-Chairman/CEO

Phone: (407) 679-0100

Address: 3300 University Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: is a for-profit university in Winter Park

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Company: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Key Contact: Kevin Darrenkamp – Vice President and General Counsel

Phone: (407) 356-1000

Address: 5600 Sand Lake Road MP-100 Orlando, FL 32819-8907

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: MFC is a recognized designer, developer and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for the U.S. and allied militaries.

Massey Services, Inc.

Massey Services, Inc.

Company: Massey Services, Inc.

Key Contact: Harvey Massey – Chairman & CEO

Phone: (407) 645-2500

Address: 315 Groveland St. Orlando, FL 32804

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: Commercial and residential pest prevention, termite protection and landscape services

Orlando Health

Orlando Health

Company: Orlando Health

Key Contact: Andy Gardiner – Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Community Relations

Phone: (321) 843-7000

Address: 1414 Kuhl Ave. MP 56 Orlando, FL 32806

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: A private, not-for-profit network of community and specialty hospitals based in Orlando.

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic

Company: Orlando Magic

Key Contact: Alex Martins – CEO

Phone: (407) 916-2400

Address: 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida

Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Company: Orlando Regional Realtor Association

Key Contact: Cliff Long – Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (407) 253-3580

Address: 1330 Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Director

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Description: One of the largest local trade associations in Florida, with more than 13,500 members in Orange, Seminole, and the surrounding counties. ORRA offers a wide variety of committees, task forces, and presidential advisory groups for Realtors.

Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel

Company: Orlando Sentinel

Key Contact: Nancy Meyer – Publisher & General Manager, Southeast Region

Phone: (407) 420-5000

Address: 633 N. Orange Ave. P.O. Box 2833 Orlando, FL 32802

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: A media industry leader reaching households through newspaper publishing and the Internet.

OUC – The Reliable One

OUC – The Reliable One

Company: OUC – The Reliable One

Key Contact: Clint Bullock – CEO

Phone: (407) 423-9100

Address: 100 West Anderson St. P.O. Box 3193 Orlando, FL 32802

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: is a municipally-owned public utility providing water and electric service

Truist (Formerly SunTrust)

Truist (Formerly SunTrust)

Company: Truist (Formerly SunTrust)

Key Contact: Sandy Hostetter – Market President

Phone: (407) 237-5778

Address: 200 S. Orange Ave. MC 1061 Orlando, FL 32801

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: provides a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients

Tavistock Group

Tavistock Group

Company: Tavistock Group

Key Contact: Rasesh Thakkar – Senior Managing Director

Phone: (407) 909-9000

Address: 9350 Conroy Windermere Rd. Windermere, FL 34786

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: is an international private investment organization

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Company: Tupperware Brands Corporation

Key Contact: Mark Shamley – VP, Global Social Impact

Phone: (407) 826-5050

Address: 14901 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: an American multinational direct sales company

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

Company: Universal Orlando Resort

Key Contact: Tracey Stockwell – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (407) 363-8000

Address: 1000 Universal Studios Plaza Orlando, FL 32819

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: Universal Orlando Resorts has created some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture’s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Company: University of Central Florida

Key Contact: Dale Whittaker – President

Phone: (407) 823-2000

Address: 12443 Research Parkway Suite 301 Orlando, FL 32826

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: is a metropolitan public research university

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Company: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Key Contact: Adrianna Sekula – Manager, Government Relations

Phone: (407) 828-2474

Address: P.O. Box 10000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: The worlds #1 theme park, resort and attractions operator

Wyndham Destinations

Wyndham Destinations

Company: Wyndham Destinations

Key Contact: Kim Marshall – Chief Human Resources Officer

Phone: (407) 626-5200

Address: 6277 Sea Harbor Drive Orlando, FL 32821

Chamber Status: Executive member

Investor Status: Governors Council

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Description: Wyndham Vacation Ownership, formerly Fairfield Resorts, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business with a network of approximately 140 vacation ownership resorts serving more than 20,000 individual ownership units and over 800,000 owners throughou

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PLI Graduates

Graduates are contributing through service on government boards and commissions or impacting public policy and politics.

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Elected PLI Alumni

Since its inception in 2008, 24 graduates from the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute have served in public office in our region.

Nonpartisan, Unbiased Curriculum

Typically, campaign schools are operated by political parties and are designed for declared candidates and current officeholders. PLI takes a truly innovative approach by offering a nonpartisan program to better equip business and civic leaders who have expressed an interest in becoming political candidates and government leaders. It exposes prospective elected or appointed leaders to the political process, regardless of their political affiliation.

Many new faces are entering the political arena without a track record or knowledge of how to run a successful campaign. They are turning to business leaders for support and an orientation on critical regional issues. PLI was designed to address these concerns, while identifying and encouraging new leaders, within the Central Florida region, who may emerge outside of the normal political party channels.

Your Political Career Starts Here

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to wage a winning campaign and become a successful elected or appointed official, PLI can provide you with the comprehensive skills, resources and connections you need to launch your political career.

ADVOCACY & PUBLIC POLICY STAFF

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To learn more about the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute or the Partnership’s advocacy and public policy efforts, please contact Jenna Layton

Sharon Smoley

Vice President, Advocacy & Public Policy

Rachael Kobb

Senior Director, Advocacy & Public Policy

Jenna Layton

Coordinator, Research, Advocacy & Public Policy

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