2016-17 Leadership Update: Odenbach Begins Term As President, Mills Moves To Chairman
As Florida Citrus Sports kicks off its 2016-17 season today, Tavistock’s Andy Odenbach was officially recognized as the organization’s 40th president, while outgoing President Harold Mills of ZeroChaos began his one-year term as chairman.
Odenbach will lead the day-to-day activities of the organization’s board of directors. He serves as Vice President of Sports Ventures at Tavistock Group and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, LLC. Odenbach drives all elements of Tavistock Group’s commitment to sports initiatives, from sales and marketing to administration and operations. In this role he is responsible for all sports related business development. He played a critical role in landing the USTA’s “Home of American Tennis” and most recently led Tavistock’s efforts to build the Orlando City Soccer Club’s Training Center. Prior to joining Tavistock Group, Odenbach worked for eight years at PGA of America in various roles, served as the Tournament Director for the 2004 Ryder Cup, as well as the 1998 and 2001 PGA Championship. Mr. Odenbach began his career as Tournament Assistant for the 1996 PGA Championship, which led to his promotion as the youngest Tournament Director in PGA history.
Outgoing 2015-16 President Mills will move to Chairman, where he will continue his role on the board’s executive committee and also oversee the team selection committee for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl. As CEO of the award-winning ZeroChaos, Mills oversees the strategic direction and market development for one of the world’s top workforce management companies. Mills has been honored with many awards including the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, the Peter Yessne Staffing Industry Innovator of the Year, Orlando’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the list of Orlando Magazine’s Most Influential Businessmen. He was recently named to the board of directors for Florida A&M University.
Ken Potrock of Walt Disney World Resort has completed his term as chairman but will remain a part of FCSports’ executive committee for two more years. A near 20-year veteran at Disney, Potrock is currently the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney, a post he took over in 2013 after serving as the Senior VP of Disney Sports Enterprises. Prior to joining the Sports Enterprises team, Potrock led Global Alliance Marketing for Disney’s $12 billion Parks and Resorts division, which encompasses the five Disney Resorts around the world, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, and the Adventures by Disney travel business.
Pete Schaefer of Hannover Life RE has been named President-Elect and will begin his term in April of 2017. Additionally, Pat Bishop of Full Sail University and Paul Mears III of Mears Transportation have joined the board’s executive committee as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively.
Past President Bobby Kuykendall of HUB International Kuykendall Gardner has completed his two years as Past Chairman on the executive committee and his current term as a member of the board of directors. Kuykendall served on the board since 2006. Shawn Bartelt, former general manager of WFTV Channel 9, also completed her term on the board. She served on the board since 2009 and most recently was a vice president on the executive committee.
Several new names were added to the organization’s elected board of directors:
Maribeth Bisienere, Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts
Paul Curran, WFTV Channel 9
Tim Dolan, WastePro
Katherine “Boo” Gonzalez, Hilton Grand Vacations
Jeff Kiser, HUB International Kuykendall Gardner
Tom Shull, Pepsi
Tom Wert, Roetzel law firm
In addition to Kuykendall and Bartelt, three others completed their term of board service: Sharon Line-Clary of Florida Hospital, Derek Lewis of Pepsi and Tim Ivy of Fox Sports Florida. All three had served on the board since 2010.