Dick previously served two years as club and foundation treasurer, a board member and President of the Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation.A native of South Dakota, joined Rotary Club of Orlando in 2004.
He is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute and has taken additional RLI graduate work. Richard is a J. P. Holbrooke Award holder and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Over a career spanning 40 plus years, Rich has earned the respect of business leaders around the globe as a highly accomplished senior “hands on” executive who has played key leadership roles in the building, turnaround and rapid expansion of several national brands, including Burger King Corp, Wendy’s International, Starbucks Coffee and Blockbuster Entertainment. Rich has been Club Secretary for The Rotary Club of Orlando since 2011 and District 6980 Membership Chair since 2018.
Immediate Past President
Bill came to Orlando in 1981 to oversee the sales and marketing of the newly developed Orange County Convention Center and to help in the formation of the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, now known as Visit Orlando. Under his leadership Orlando became a premier convention and meeting destination to compliment its reputation as a world class tourism destination. He retired in 2006, went on to write a book with a fellow Rotarian and provide national sales and marketing consulting to a start up company in Orlando.
Jim served 2 years active duty in the US Navy during the Korean conflict. He attended the University of Florida, graduating in January 1960 with a BA in Industrial Management. He work for 25 years at Repco, Inc. as Materials Director. In 1987, he and his wife ,Diane, purchased a sign/engraving business which they operated for 13 years. Jim has served in a number of leadership roles, including, JC’s, Civic Music Assn., Boy Scouts, History Center, and the Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Rotary Club of Orlando in 1988, serving as President in 2006-07.
A Certified Public Accountant for approx. 35 years currently working with R. W. Phipps, PA. Lived in Winter Park since 2007.
Graduate of Florida State University with a B.S degree in Biology. Followe by an undergraduate Accounting degree from Florida International University, and a Master of Accountancy from Florida Atlantic University.
Married to Ana, 2 daughters from a previous marriage, and 1 step daughter and 1 step son.
Michael Aitcheson is the Founding Pastor of Christ United Fellowship in Orlando, FL. He is from Miami, FL. He received the B.S in Social Work from the University of Kentucky where he played football on scholarship. He holds an MDiv from RTS Orlando. He is married to Lucy Burgin Aitcheson. She is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at Middleton Pediatrics.
Mary Ann Dean
Mary Ann graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Agnes Scott College with a degree in Spanish. She retired in 2006 after 30 years in Theater, first as General Manager of the Central Florida Civic Theater, then as Executive Director of Orlando Shakes. She was in the first group of women to join the RCO in 1988, serving as President in 99/00.
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Jim is the owner of Navigate Construction & Restoration of Orlando, a mold testing and remediation firm. Originally from the Atlanta area and is a graduate of Virginia Tech.He has owned and operated a single family home, construction businesses and has also worked as a bank consultant and the FDIC.
Jim in the past has enjoyed flying single engine planes and all things related to running, especially marathons.
A native of Louisiana and a graduate of LSU, John is currently Division Manager of the Parks Division for the City of Orlando and is a licensed landscape architect. From 2000 to 2005 he lead a 35% increase in developed parks in the City of Orlando. He was selected as the Dennis McNamara Employee of the Year for the City of Orlando. He us married to Mary and has two sons.
Gregory Territo is the Community Development Manager for Territo Electric, Inc. and Territo Information Systems, his family’s electrical contracting and IT companies. He represented Rotary in Australia through Group Study Exchange and has been an active member since Territo Electric, Inc. joined as the first corporate member of the RCO in 2018.
Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. is a retired judge for the Fifth District Court of Appeal where he served a term as Chief Judge. A former trial judge from the Ninth Judicial Circuit he served as an Orange County County and Circuit Judge. He also served as Chief Judge of the Circuit which includes Orange and Osceola Counties. He is currently sitting as a Senior Judge. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida with a certificate in African Studies and received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University. He is married to Rep. Geraldine F. Thompson.
He was born in 1958 in Yugoslavia, a country which no longer exists. After graduating from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia with a degree in Sociology and Social Psychology, Sašo worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Sociological Research in Skopje, Macedonia. Disillusionment with the system of Yugoslavia forcing him to move to London, England.
Sašo moved to the US with his family in 2000 to work as a commodities broker and European Trading Desk specialist for the next 12 years. He retired from the commodities business and now works as a residential and commercial real estate specialist.
Chris Whitney, Rotarian for almost 30 years, started his Rotary journey in Miamisburg, Ohio. Rising to the office of president and Paul Harris Fellow, he hosted numerous Student Exchanges and Group Study Exchanges from around the world. His next club was the Rotary Club of Cincinnati club 17. Serving in a variety of committees he lead a group study exchange to Chile in 2008. Now a member of the Board of THE Rotary club of Orlando, he is proud to serve in this club for the last 3 years.
Club Administrative Assistant
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Rotary Club of Orlando Foundation President
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