Best Class Rivalry Begins
Which year holds claim to the “Best Class” title? Currently, Class XXIII proudly boasts an official Best Class pin after winning the honor at the 2014 LWP Alumni Social. Now, the title is up for grabs and newly formed Class XXVI is anxious to snatch it up. It is easy to understand why after witnessing their first gathering.
On Friday, September 18 in Cocoa Beach, FL, 50 new recruits who make up Class XXVI flooded the lobby of DoubleTree hotel to begin their Orientation Retreat. Before the activities even commenced, the roar of conversation from the ballroom was thunderous. Rick Roach, Class III graduate and beloved Retreat facilitator, rallied the group and lead them through a series of hilarious icebreakers and problem solving exercises. The class members’ creativity, ingenuity and synergy was remarkable. A Retreat favorite, the Very Wang activity, brought out the best in newspaper fashion – an ode to Winter Park, the crime-fighting team of Charlie’s Angels and a pep band among other highlights.
While the goal of the Orientation Retreat is to bond the class and facilitate new relationships, there is also an opportunity for some critical thinking about the needs of the Winter Park community. On Saturday, September 19, Class XXVI members stormed the beach and reconstructed five properties in Winter Park out of nothing but sand – and just about everything they could find around the hotel, pick up at the local CVS or pull from their home beach toy stash. The finished “sand city” was quite impressive. Properties around the city dawned a brand new City Hall and Chamber of Commerce combined with retail space, an outdoor amphitheater, plenty of green area and community parks and even an adult theme park complete with a brewery and lazy river.
Their first official session day has not even arrived and Class XXVI has already begun to prove themselves as the next Best Class. This is a group of engaged, zealous and devoted community leaders who are sure to leave their mark on Winter Park before the end of the program.
Welcome, Class XXVI!
Ashley Allen, Acacia Insights LLC
Isaac Babcock, Winter Park/Maitland Observer
Debbi Beers, Citizens Bank of Florida
Natalie Brier, Whole Foods Market
Amy Calandrino, Silverleaf Real Estate/Small Business Counsel
Richard Castle, Waste Pro USA
Andrew Chang, Florida Hospital
Marissa Colli, Interface
Phyllis Corkum, Winter Park Public Library
Heather Cox, Cocina 214
Kyle Dudgeon, City of Winter Park
Michael Glantz, Merrill Lynch
Amy Gordon, Commercial Design Services
Brett Gourlay, Siemens
Tiara Hardaway, Housing Authority of the City of Winter Park
Cynthia Hasenau, Mead Botanical Garden Inc.
Meredith Hein, Rollins College
Sam Hillman, Fannie Hillman + Associates
Amy Hodges, RE/MAX 200 Realty
Justin Ingram, City of Winter Park
Dave Judy, Alzheimer’s Association
Mike Lergier, Valencia College
Chrissie Majewski, Orlando Health
Jesse Martinez, The Alfond Inn
Tia Masek, Winter Park Day Nursery
Andrea Massey-Farrell, Harvey and Carol Massey Foundation
Mike Masur, Resource Consulting Group
Camri McCormick, Westminster Winter Park
Andrew McIntosh, MVProductions
Fred Meixell, AAFMAA Wealth Management & Trust
Deborah Mitchell, de Beaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal, LLP
Carole Mooney, The Mayflower Retirement Community
Heather Mount, UBS – The LeMasters Schrenk Group
Dawn Ofodile, University of Central Florida
Dan O’Keefe, Moore Stephens Lovelace
Tom Ott, Orange County Public Schools – Winter Park Tech
Jason Palmisano, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
Michael Parks, Hoar Construction LLC
Kristen Quinones, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Doug Rudnick, Keller Williams Realty
Stan Shelton, Madison PEO of Florida
Todd Smith, SunTrust Bank
Linda Solash-Reed, Linda Solash-Reed, P.L.
Mille Sorger, The Gardens at Depugh
John Strudwick, Harbor Community Bank
Sean Sweeney, Brasfield & Gorrie
Emily Thompson, Winter Park Consulting Group
Kimberly Trammell, Trinity Preparatory School
Phil Zeman, Floridian Bank
Lauren Zimmerman, Writer’s Block Bookstore
Check out more photos from the Retreat on the LWP Facebook Page.