Harris Rosen Honored
The Orlando Sentinel named Harris Rosen as the 2011 Central Floridian of the Year. The president and COO of Rosen Hotels and Resorts is known for his philanthropic works and efforts to incorporate corporate social responsibility into his seven Orlando hotel properties. The newspaper’s editorial board described Rosen as “one of Central Florida’s most successful and visionary businessmen and one of its most generous philanthropists. He has created thousands of jobs, given millions to a long list of good causes, and devoted much of his personal energy to them.” Rosen has personally and through his company contributed to earthquake recovery and rebuilding efforts in Haiti, given more than $18 million to build UCF’s Rosen School of Hospitality Management, and started the Tangelo Park Project, which offers free preschool and full college and vocational school scholarships to disadvantaged youth in the Tangelo Park neighborhood in Orlando. His three convention hotels located within one mile of the Orange County Convention Center—Rosen Plaza, Rosen Centre and Rosen Shingle Creek—offer a variety of volunteer and giveback programs for conventions and meetings.