Cornita A. Riley Named 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year and more news …

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110316iyn01Derek Baum of MetroWest is promoted to general manager of Rosen Plaza Hotel.

110316iyn02Jay Finkelstein
of MetroWest is promoted to assistant general manager of Rosen Plaza Hotel.

MetroWest residents Derek Baum and Jay Finkelstein, both longtime employees of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, accepted promotions within the company. Derek, former general manager of Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and a 30-year Rosen Hotels associate, has taken on the role of general manager at Rosen Plaza Hotel. He will be supported by Jay, who moved into the assistant general manager position after more than 10 years in catering and convention services at Rosen Centre Hotel.

“We are thrilled to announce the promotion of both Derek and Jay, longtime valued and essential members of our team,” said Southwest resident Harris Rosen, president and CEO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts. “Both are such genuine, committed individuals with incredible talent and ability, and we look forward to the opportunities and vision each brings to his new role.”

Sand Lake Point

110316iyn02bMark Simon of Sand Lake Point presents The Key and The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star at the Orlando Film Festival.

Sand Lake Point resident Mark Simon screened two of his animations at the Orlando Film Festival, The Key and The Peculiar Adventures of Willow B. Star. He also participated in a Q&A session after the screening and spoke on the pre-production panel. Orlando Film Festival representatives seek to support and promote the arts, as well as inspire filmmakers and enhance the movie-viewing experience in downtown Orlando.


110316iyn03U.S. Navy Chief Sonar Technician Justin Northup and Sonar Technician 2nd Class Madeleine Atwood of Windermere track contacts in the combat information center of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (Photo by 3rd Class Janweb B. Lagazo).

Windermere resident Madeleine Atwood is serving in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician 2nd class. She is deployed aboard the USS Mason, a guided missile destroyer that is part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

110316iyn04Windermere resident and Orange County Corrections Chief Cornita A. Riley is named the 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando.

During Women’s Executive Council’s 44th annual Women’s Achievement Awards event, Cornita A. Riley of Windermere was named the 2016 Central Florida Woman of the Year. Cornita serves the community as Orange County corrections chief. The awards ceremony honored outstanding women in arts, business, community services, education, government, technology, communications/media and emerging achievers. WEC also granted college scholarships to deserving women.

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110316iyn05West Orange Chamber of Commerce members recognize Concepta’s 10th anniversary (Photo courtesy of WOCC).

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members held a 10th anniversary celebration for Concepta. WOCC builds partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community by serving as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses. For more information about WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit on the web.

110316iyn06(Front, l. to r.) Southwest Orlando Bulletin marketing consultant Diana Chastain of Winderlakes and Kiwanis Club of Dr. Phillips members Rosie Williams, Merissa Martin and Dave Schmitt (back) attend the Dr. Phillips Food & Wine Festival.

The Kiwanis Club of Dr. Phillips has been and plans to stay active in the community. Members volunteer to read each week at Dr. Phillips and Orlo Vista elementary schools. They are also helping with Give Kids The World’s Once Upon A Village. The group announced a new social chairwoman, Rosie Williams, who is planning a social at BurgerFi this month. The date is yet-to-be determined. Kiwanis clubs help the community through service projects and focus on changing the world by serving children. For more information about Kiwanis Club of Dr. Phillips, visit on the web.

110316iyn07(L. to r.) Tia and Taj Mack, and Bailey Hughes of Girl Scout Troop 1069 volunteer at a cleanup event at LaCosta Wetlands Park.

The Ocean Conservancy coordinated a cleanup event at LaCosta Wetlands Park for International Coastal Cleanup Day, which was supported locally by the city of Orlando and Keep Orlando Beautiful. Bailey Hughes, and Taj and Tia Mack from Girl Scout Troop 1069 attended and picked up trash at the park.

110316iyn08New Rotarian Jason Gurley (second from right) is welcomed at a Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista meeting by club President Jean Campana (left) and Jason’s sponsor, Jeff Calvert.

Jason Gurley, manager of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, was inducted into the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista. He is the 60th member of the organization. The club meets Thursdays at 7:15 a.m. in the Lakeview Restaurant at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando received the chamber of the year award at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention in Miami. The honor was received by Lourdes Mola, chairwoman of the HCCMO board of directors. More than 200 USHCC members were eligible to submit nominations for the awards. To be considered, chambers throughout the country had to submit an extensive application covering major accomplishments achieved in the areas of business, economic development and procurement and/or access to capital; leadership, partnerships and service to the Hispanic and business communities; and measurable results and outcomes within the Hispanic business community.

110316iyn09Greg Burnes of Southwest Orlando becomes a Hampton Inn brand ambassador.

McKibbon Hospitality officials named Southwest resident Greg Burnes, general manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Orlando Airport, a Hampton Inn brand ambassador. Each year, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton selects 25 to 30 high-performing general managers to represent the Hampton brand. Out of 2,100 general managers, only 400 were sent an invitation to apply for the honor. From the applications, 29 general managers were selected for the position.

The Windermere Toastmasters Club will hold officer elections either later this month or in early December. Club member Lynn will give a Successful Club Series presentation about officer roles on Nov. 15. Members are encouraged to consider serving the club as an officer. The group also recently held an open house for nonmembers to experience a Toastmasters meeting. Windermere Toastmasters Club meets Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at 4100 McKinnon Road in Windermere. For more information, visit on the web.

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