15. Bill Nelson, U.S. Senator
16. John Morgan, Morgan and Morgan
17. Rasesh Thakkar, Tavistock Group
19. Tom Williams, Universal Parks and Resorts chairman
20. Craig Ustler, Creative Village developer
21. Jacob Stuart, Central Florida Partnership president
22. Deborah German, UCF College of Medicine dean
23. Harris Rosen, hotelier
24. Rick Walsh, Knob Hill Group president
25. Sandy Shugart, Valencia College president
The next generation. Panelists also were asked to name a few "Up and Comers" — people we might see on this list in future years. Among those garnering attention: new Lynx CEO John Lewis; Orange County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, Hispanic Chamber exec Ramon Ojeda and Greg Lee, who chairs the board overseeing construction of the downtown venues.
Estrogen deprivation. This year's list had the fewest number of women — only three out of 25 — even though women comprised a majority of the voting panel. If there was a saving grace, it was that one of those three, Mayor Jacobs, was No. 2. As for diversity, five are ethnic minorities. Only one is Hispanic (Martins).
Holy leadership. Two local pastors who almost made the list were Joel Hunter of Northland in Longwood and David Uth of First Baptist Orlando.
Sporting picks. Dwight Howard was the only local athlete to earn any love. And he might've even made the list if he hadn't asked to leave town in the middle of voting. Still, one panelist asked: "How many people can make an entire community hold their breath?"
To learn more about how this list was compiled — including the identities of all the panelists and their rules for voting — visit OrlandoSentinel.com/takingnames.
There, you can also see some of my picks for people who aren't necessarily the most powerful … but who are definitely making a difference.
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