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  • Chamber Professional Staff

  • Jason Brodeur
    President/CEO

    Jason Brodeur worked for Procter & Gamble for nearly 12 years before starting his own healthcare consulting company. He has been President/CEO of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2013.  

    Jason graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Food & Resource Economics in 1997, and earned his MBA from UF in 2003. He was raised in Seminole County, and his a product of their outstanding school system.

    He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, and spent most of his legislative career as a health care policy and appropriations chairman. He also served as chairman of the Government Operations subcommittee where he focused on pension reform. Prior to his service in the House, Jason received gubernatorial appointments and served on the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee, the 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Citizen’s Safety Task Force.

    Jason has been recognized for his legislative achievements by many of the state’s leading advocacy groups. He has been named a distinguished advocate by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has also named Jason to their Honor Roll. The Associated Builders and Contractors have twice honored Jason as a “Friend of Free Enterprise,” and he was named as the Seminole County Bar Association and Legal Aid Society’s legislator of the year in 2012. Jason has also been named the Florida Legislator of the Year by the Florida Coalition for Children, the Children’s Home Society, the Breaking the Cycle Institute, and the Champion of the Heart by the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. In 2016, the Orlando Business Journal named Jason CEO of the Year.

    Jason is a member of the Sanford Rotary and attends St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford. He is a tireless advocate for the citizens and businesses of Seminole County, and he views it as a great honor to have served his neighbors in the Florida House of Representatives and in the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

    Jason can be reached at 407-708-4610 or via email.

  • Ray Villegas, IOM
    Vice President/COO

    After graduating with an accounting & business administration degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Villegas spent the early portion of his professional career within the wireless telecommunications industry, working in sales management for nationwide/global companies such as Cingular and AT&T Wireless. 
     
    After moving to the Orlando, FL area in 2004 and becoming a partner in a small business, he joined the staff of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce (Clermont, FL) in 2008 as the director of membership.  During his tenure there he received multiple scholarships to attend Institute for Organization Management (IOM), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s professional development program for Chamber and non-profit leadership, which he completed in 2015. Villegas was then elected to serve on the Institute’s Board of Regents for the Southeast Region where he still serves currently.

    In 2016, he transitioned to the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.  He is excited to represent and push forward the Chamber mission while collaborating with local business leaders to strengthen and positively impact the business community as a whole.  Lastly, starting in September 2018, Villegas will be representing the Seminole County Chamber on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals (FACP). 

    Ray can be reached at 407-708-4605 or via email.

  • Rebekah Arthur
    Director of Events

    Rebekah Arthur leads the chamber’s event team, putting on more than 150 events for members each year. Since she was hired in 2014, she has overseen the growth of the chamber’s signature events, growing revenue, attendance and prestige for Riverside Dash, State of the County, Seminole Business Awards and much more.

    Most recently, Rebekah’s efforts were recognized by two national organizations. The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named her social media ambassador program for Riverside Dash as one of the best in the country. Then, Chamber Power Tip featured Rebekah when talking about the “I’m Here” program she developed with Kristina O’Leary. As a recognition of her success, she was awarded the Regent Scholarship to the three-year Institute for Organization Management program, held by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She recently completed her first year.

    Prior to joining the chamber, Rebekah was the manager and event director at the JATO Project in Casselberry. There, she managed some of the region’s biggest events, such as the Casselberry Food and Wine Festival and EpisodeM’s annual car show, which drew more than 1,000 attendees. Her career in the event management field started as a summer intern at the Festival of Orchestra, while she attended Rollins College. After graduation with a degree in international business, she was named the Festival’s event manager.

    Rebekah has always given back to the community, through her church she has participated in mission trips in places like Jamaica and Costa Rica. She’s volunteered at Frontline Rescue and Pet Rescue by Judy. She has also fostered dogs who need homes. Finally, she is a past board member of the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce, serving as second vice president to the board.

    In her personal time, Rebekah spends her time with her husband, Jason, and their daughter Christine. The three are often found on the boat enjoying Florida’s waterways.

    Rebekah can be reached at 407-708-4604 or via email.

  • Kristina O'Leary
    Director of Membership

    Kristina O’Leary oversees all aspects of growing the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and, in her first year, she has made quite an impact. Since she has joined the chamber, it has seen a 32 percent in membership and a 29 percent increase in revenue from new members.

    Of course, that would be no surprise to those who know Kristina. Prior to joining the chamber, she accomplished tremendous success at iHeartMedia as an Account Manager. There, she learned how to cold call clients and developed an innate talent for interacting with small businesses and CEOs. She increased personally year-over-year revenue by 30 percent and was on track to bill more than $1 million dollars in 2017 before joining the chamber.

    Prior to that, Kristina worked in nearly all aspects of business, first with a business owned by her family, Precision Lawn and Design and then with Jobmaster. In those positions, she worked in accounting, payroll, human resources, administration and, of course, sales and marketing. During this time, she was highly involved with BNI, learning successful skills in networking to grow businesses.

    The path to those jobs was unique. She interned for Congressman John Mica in the 7th District of Florida. She was a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004 with two degrees, one in political science and one in psychology. At UCF, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society.

    In her personal time, she has spent a decade volunteering with Seminole County Public School and Girl Scouts. She is married to Dan and has three adult children, Brittani, Julia and Wilson and one step-son, Shamus.

    Kristina can be reached at 407-708-4608 or via email.

  • Barbara Grace
    Administrator/Member Relations

    Barbara Grace serves as the chamber Administrator/Member Relations. In this customer service role, she has the opportunity to help the public, membership & staff with questions and database management with a focus on member retention.

    Prior to taking the position in December 2013, she developed & managed a team of 11 in Operations Quality for a high tech company in CA. While raising two daughters she painted one of a kind ceramic dishes, managed a small non-profit office and worked with dementia impaired seniors as a CNA. She has served on the board for Yoga Mendocino, Children’s Dramatic education foundation, and as president on a Waldorf private school board.

    Barbara is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Social Science and received a BFA from the University of Oregon. She has a tremendous passion for community building and a desire to help others especially those new to the area as she relocated to Florida to be near family and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

    Barbara can be reached at 407-708-4600 or via email.

  • Alan Byrd
    Communications/Marketing

    Alan Byrd handles outsourced communications and marketing for the chamber, a role he has held since 2010 as the owner of Alan Byrd & Associates. He is also a former board member and chair of both the communications and issues committees.

    For more than a decade, Alan Byrd worked for Orlando Business Journal and covered tourism, transportation and sports business - one of the first reporters in the country to cover the business side of sports. As a reporter, he won dozens of local, state, regional and national awards for his stories.His work also included writing for Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal as its Central Florida correspondent. 

    In 2001, Alan was named director of marketing for Orlando Business Journal, where he oversaw the newspaper’s events and its growth in circulation. In 2004, the company gave Alan its highest honor, an Eagle Award for Circulation Excellence.

    In 2004, Alan Byrd authored his first book, Florida Spring Training: Your Guide to Touring the Grapefruit League. The nationally published book features travel tips and fan-friendly details of every spring training facility in Florida. The book was featured in many major magazines and newspapers, including Money, Newsweek, USAirways Attache, The Boston Globe and the Houston Chronicle. 

    In 2006, one of Alan’s good friends, Michael Waldrop, was called to duty by his country. At the time, Alan and Michael were studying The Purpose Driven Life, and God put it on Alan’s heart to join McCree to handle all sales, marketing and public relations. 

    Finally, in 2009, Alan formed Alan Byrd & Associates, a  public relations and marketing firm, specializing in telling the story of small and medium businesses, non-profit organizations and political figures. The company has worked with dozens of high-profile clients, including Congressman John Mica, the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Alan can be reached at 407-415-8470 or via email.

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  • Trustees

    AT&T Services, Inc.
    Allegiant Air
    Central Florida Regional Hospital
    CenturyLink
    Deloitte
    Duke Energy
    Fairwinds Credit Union - Corporate
    Florida Blue
    Florida Hospital - Altamonte
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    Hylant
    Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
    Seminole State College of Florida
    University of Central Florida
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts