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    The Story

    Hear from Central Florida’s top entrepreneurs as they take on the hot seat and tell their story about building a successful business. We’ll provide the lunch, you provide (some of) the questions.


    What’s In It For You?

    Typically, advice from the leaders of multi-million dollar companies would not come cheap, but now you have the opportunity to glean valuable knowledge and lessons for the price of a sandwich. Featured entrepreneurs will be “grilled” about their story on growing a company, developing their brand and sales, growing a culture, staffing well, money matters and how they adapted along their journey to success.

    For more information, contact Tiffany Cahill at tcahill@winterpark.org.


    Hot Seat Alumni:

    • Anna & Nathan Bond, Owners, Rifle Paper Co.
    • Jon & Betsy Hughes, Co-Owners, Track Shack
    • Gregg Pollack, Founder, Code School, Envy Labs & Starter Studio
    • John Rivers, Founder, Owner & Head Chef, 4 Rivers Smokehouse
    • Ben Hewitt, Co-Founder/CEO, Corkcicle
    • Ted Murphy, Founder, CEO & Chairman, IZEA, Inc.
    • John Arie, Sr. & John Arie, Jr., Owner & CEO, Fun Spot America Theme Parks
    • Paul Twyford, Co-Founder, Winter Park Distilling Company
    • Eddie Trujillo, VP of Opperation, uBreakiFix
    • Malia Dreyer, CEO, Lettermade
    • Clyde Moore, Social Media Influencer/Creator, I LUV Winter Park
    • Ansley Schrimsher, Founder & Owner, Dora Mae Jewelry 


    Testimonials From Hot Seat Academy

    "It was great to meet other members and ambassadors, and I left feeling excited about being a part of the chamber!"

    "The Speed Networking was a great chance to connect with lots of people in a short period of time. I've already heard from two people I met in my two minute convos to get together, so I'd say it was very personally rewarding."


    All programs will be held at the Winter Park Welcome Center from 11:30 am-1:00 pm.




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    2020 Series Dates 

    January 22

    March 18

    May 20

    July 15

    September 23