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The Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) will host the 2015 James B. Greene Annual Award dinner on Thursday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive, in Orlando.
This year’s James B. Greene Award will be presented to Alex Martins, chief executive officer of the Orlando Magic. A Chairman’s Award will also be given this year to Ken Potrock, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney.
The James B. Greene Economic Development Award, first presented in 1990, is the highest honor bestowed by the EDC. The award recognizes an individual whose work has contributed substantially to the economic prosperity of the region. The EDC Chairman’s Award, first presented in 2007, recognizes a long-term contributor to the work of the Orlando EDC.
Martins, who has spent 27 years in professional sports management, was instrumental in securing the state-of-the-art Amway Center, which was named the 2012 SportsBusiness Journal’s “Facility of the Year” and received the 2013 StadiumBusiness “Customer Experience Award”. Martins was also instrumental in bringing the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend to Orlando and its $95 million economic impact. Martins is currently leading a Sports and Entertainment District project adjacent to the Amway Center. The project represents a $200 million-plus investment by the Magic and its partners that will create jobs and provide dining, hotel, retail and entertainment options while continuing the revitalization of downtown Orlando.
During his time in Central Florida, Martins has held several significant roles in the local community. He served as the Chairman of the Orlando Economic Development Commission, and on the board of directors for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Visit Orlando, Florida Children’s Hospital, Coalition for the Homeless, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Past Chair of the Central Florida Partnership. He is also on the University of Central Florida board of trustees.
Potrock leads Disney’s innovative vacation-ownership program, Disney Vacation Club, and also the company’s guided group travel business, Adventures by Disney. Ken began his Disney career in 1996 and has held various leadership roles, including vice president of marketing for Disney Cruise Line, senior vice president of Global Alliance Marketing and senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises and Downtown Disney. He currently serves as the President of Florida Citrus Sports and on the Executive Board of the EDC, where he chairs the branding committee.
“Both of these men have shared their incredible talents for the betterment of our economy, community, and quality of life,” said Orlando EDC President and CEO Rick Weddle. “We are so pleased to bestow upon them the EDC’s highest honors by naming them the 2015 James B. Greene and Chairman’s awards winners.”
The price for an individual EDC investor is $245, non-investors is $265 or $2,300 for a corporate table of 10 (plus tax). More information is available online at http://OrlandoEDC.com/JBG. For questions or to RSVP, send an e-mail to Events@OrlandoEDC.com or call 407.719.7159 ext. 246.