Echo’s very own CEO, Carlos Carbonell was recently honored as a finalist for the Orlando Sentinel’s 2015 Central Floridian of the Year. This award is given to one individual or group that stands out for making a positive difference for our community. It’s an annual ritual for the Editorial Board of the Sentinel that began in 1983 with a Floridian of the Year. Carlos was chosen as a finalist from a list of more than 120 nominees.
Over the years, yearly honorees have included some of the most high-profile leaders in Central Florida — such as University of Central Florida President John Hitt, and former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings — and unsung heroes, including iDignity founder Michael Dippy. Last year, Harriett Lake, a patron of arts and culture who has given millions of dollars over decades was chosen as the winner.
The winner and runners-up were announced during an inaugural awards ceremony held on the campus of UCF. Carlos was in good company with fellow finalists Silvia Haas, Carol Wick, Bishop Allen Wiggins, and Andrae Bailey. Andrae, who is the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, was named this year’s winner.
“This year’s nominees truly reflected the spirit of helping others,” said Paul Owens, Orlando Sentinel Opinions Editor. “They set a high bar and are working to transform the lives of those in our community.”