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Orlando Economic Partnership to Honor William T. Dymond, Jr. at Annual Award Dinner

April 03, 2017

Orlando, FL - Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. is pleased to announce that President and CEO, William T. Dymond, will be honored with the 2017 James B. Greene Award at the 2017 James B. Greene Annual Award Dinner hosted by the Orlando Economic Partnership (EP) which will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. For tickets or for more information, please visit http://OrlandoEDC.com/JBG.

The award, which was first presented in 1990, recognizes individuals who have contributed substantially to the economic prosperity of the region. Dymond currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Orlando EP. He also chairs the entity’s Economic Strategy Committee and previously served as co-chair of the Investor Relations and Business Development Committees. A long-time supporter of civic and charitable organizations, Dymond has served as a Board and Executive Committee Member of Enterprise Florida which promotes economic development statewide.

Appointed by  Governor Scott, Dymond is currently in his fourth year serving as the chair of Space Florida’s Board of Directors. The organization, which serves as the state's aerospace and spaceport development authority, has partnered with NASA to operate Kennedy Space Center and expanded the state's ability to dominate the growing commercial space market while creating jobs in this unique sector.

As the past chair of Florida Citrus Sports, Dymond has been instrumental in a number of initiatives in the sports industry, including a leading role in securing the renovation improvements to the Camping World Stadium. The investment has attracted world-class entertainment and sports, including the Rolling Stones and this year’s NFL Pro Bowl.  Dymond also served as the lead negotiator in securing multi-year television agreements with ABC and ESPN for the Capital One Bowl/Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl, and team selection agreements with the Big 10, SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 12 conferences – all big wins for Central Florida. Dymond is also a co-founding Board Member of LIFT Orlando, a nonprofit organization comprised of business leaders partnering with residents to accelerate community transformation and to break the cycle of poverty through holistic neighborhood revitalization in the shadow of the Camping World Stadium.

Additionally, Dymond serves as the General Counsel to Visit Orlando and sits on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors in that role  He recently was honored for eight years of service as a board member and chair of the City of Orlando’s  Downtown Development Board  and the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board. Dymond’s service to community includes charitable organizations as well, such as Morningstar Charities, Heart of Florida United Way and American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year Council, among others.

Alongside Dymond, Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports, will be the recipient of the 2017 Chairman’s Award.

“Both Bill and Steve have made outstanding contributions to our region by working diligently to build our community, improve our quality of life and advance economic development,” said Robert Utsey, co-chair of the Orlando EP.  Sean DeMartino, another co-chair of the Orlando EP said “Bill and Steve aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and tackle complex issues, and I applaud their leadership, grit and heart. These are two brilliant men who have redefined the role of what business leaders can accomplish when they dedicate their time, energy and talent to making a difference in their community.”

In addition to serving as President and CEO at the firm, Dymond counsels and advises his clients on the legal issues surrounding the hotel, resort and general leisure industry. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate transactions, including development, leasing and financing. Dymond also has a passion for the business of sports and related legal issues.

About the Orlando Economic Partnership

The Central Florida Partnership and the Orlando Economic Development Commission merged effective January 31, 2017. The Orlando Economic Partnership is a not-for-profit, public/private partnership encompassing Central Florida's seven counties – Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia – as well as the City of Orlando. The organization’s top priorities include creating high-wage, high value jobs, expanding Central Florida’s global reach and competitiveness, supporting and enhancing educational/skills preparedness in the talent pipeline, strengthening advocacy for improved infrastructure and community resources, and creating an enviable quality of life that is broad-based and sustainable. For more information, visit www.OrlandoEDC.com.

About Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.

Founded in Orlando, Florida in 1969, Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., is a multi-discipline business law firm. Our attorneys represent corporate, entrepreneurial and individual clients across a myriad of industries locally, nationally and beyond our borders, from offices in Orlando, Mount Dora and Melbourne, and through Meritas, an established global alliance of independent law firms offering local insight, local rates and world-class client service. LOCAL ROOTS. BROAD REACH. SM www.lowndes-law.com.


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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