CFHLA Public Servant of the Year

Each year, The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association recognizes a community leader as the Public Servant of the Year for their dedication to the advancement of Central Florida’s hospitality industry.

The 2020 Public Servant of the Year is Dr. Raul Pino and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. This award was presented at CFHLA’s February luncheon on Feb. 18, at the Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South.

Taking into consideration the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 in 2020, CFHLA recognized Dr. Pino and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County for their integral role in keeping the community safe and informed throughout the constantly evolving state of affairs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, Dr. Pino has been a constant presence and resource for the public. He has stood side by side with Mayor Demings, Mayor Dyer and many of our local elected and community leaders to keep the citizens and businesses of Orange County “in the know” as new information was discovered daily. Thanks to his collaboration with our region’s leaders, Dr. Pino and his department helped to advise the recommendations and guidelines to keep local businesses open and operating and to allow the hospitality industry to continue welcoming visitors to Orange County safely.


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