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An Update to Clients from the CEO: Planning for Reopening

May 08, 2020

Hello again to our clients, friends and community partners!

I hope this note finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

Since my last post a month ago, several states – including Florida – have begun the process of reopening. All of us want to resume our in-person business operations as soon as possible; however, it would be unwise to do so without a well-thought-out plan.

Undoubtedly, like us, your highest priority is the health and safety of your employees and community. Health authorities have identified a number of minimum standards that need to be in place to return to in-office operations in advance of the development of a vaccine. Even so, you may still have employees for whom a return to the office is not possible because of personal health concerns or restricted travel. If you missed our webinar on “Mitigating Employment Risks of Reopening” you can download the slide deck here or view/listen to the recording here. We are happy to assist you as you develop your return-to-work plans.

In addition, if you have taken advantage of any of the federal assistance programs, you must adhere to certain protocols to maintain your status within those programs. We will endeavor to keep you up to date and provide helpful coronavirus resources so you know what to do, how to best prepare to reopen, and the myriad other things to consider, including how to comply with the many changing rules, regulations, guidances, and laws.

Know that we are here to help you get through this tough time. Regardless of where we are working, we are working with and for you.

Let me close by extending a very special thank-you to all of our loyal clients and friends. Your positive feedback on our webinars, the many email communications that we have flooded your in-boxes with, and our COVID-19 Resource Center in general has provided encouragement to everyone at Lowndes who has been working hard to serve you. We are truly grateful for your continued support and trust in us.

Stay safe and be well!

Bill

William T. Dymond, Jr.
CEO & President
Lowndes


William

Bill Dymond is the CEO and President of Lowndes. A leader in his field, Bill advises clients on all types of real estate and business matters, including significant work in the hotel/resort/leisure industry.


Bill is a member of the firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Group, which has handled more than $25 billion in transactions throughout the United States – including Central Florida – and Canada. He currently serves as general counsel to Visit Orlando, the areas convention and visitor’s bureau. 

Bill is equally passionate about counseling clients in the sport/entertainment arena. As the lead negotiator, his successes in securing multi-year television agreements with ABC and ESPN for the Citrus Bowl, Camping World Bowl, and team selection agreements with the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 12 conferences, were big wins for Central Florida in a very competitive sports marketplace. Bill has long been a strong advocate and played a key role in the renovation and related funding of Camping World Stadium.

As past chair of Florida Citrus Sports, Bill was instrumental in getting the Orlando venue’s plan complete. He has also worked tirelessly alongside other community leaders as a Founding Board Member of LIFT Orlando to further its mission to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization in the shadow of Camping World Stadium.

At the state level, Bill currently serves as a member of the Florida Council of 100 and he has served as a Board Member for Enterprise Florida and Space Florida, serving at the pleasure of the Governor as Chair of Space Florida’s Board of Directors for six years. Under Bill’s leadership Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has partnered with NASA to operate Kennedy Space Center and has expanded our state’s ability to dominate the growing commercial space market while creating jobs in this unique sector.

As the renewable energy industry continues to grow in Florida, Bill also brings to this emerging sector his extensive background advising companies on new revenue opportunities as well as real estate and business matters. Additionally, his numerous leadership roles at the local and state level have helped him develop a broad network of relationships throughout Florida that brings added value to his clients in their pursuits. 

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