Orlando Magazine selected 13 Knights to its 50 Most Powerful People of 2021 list announced Oct. 1. The list highlights prominent leaders in education, tourism, government, entertainment, sports and business.

Meet the alumni and leadership singled out in various industries.

Barbara Jenkins (left, courtesy of Robert Gonzalez, Orlando Magazine) and Alexander N. Cartwright (right).
Barbara Jenkins ’83 ’86MEd ’96EdD
Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in elementary educationMaster of Educational LeadershipDoctorate of Educational Leadership

Alexander N. Cartwright

UCF president

Read more about the education leaders.  

Maria Triscari (left) and Harris Rosen (right)
Maria Triscari (left) and Harris Rosen (right, photos courtesy of Orlando Magazine)
Tourism and Transportation
President & COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts

2019 UCF Honorary Alumni Award recipient, member of dean’s advisory board of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and a charter member of the UCF Board of Trustees

Maria Triscari ’88

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in journalism

Read more about tourism and transportation leaders. 

Anna Eskamani and Carlos Guillermo Smith
Anna Eskamani (left) and Carlos Guillermo Smith (right; photos courtesy of Roberto Gonzalez, Orlando Magazine)
Politics and Government
Anna Eskamani ’12 ’15MNM ’15MPA
State Representative House District 47
Burnett Honors Scholar

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studiesMaster of Nonprofit ManagementMaster of Public Administration

Carlos Guillermo Smith ’03
State Representative, House District 49

Degree: Bachelor of Science in marketing

Read more about the politics and government leaders.

Alex Martins in a business suit
Alex Martins
Entertainment, Sports and the Arts
CEO of the Orlando Magic
Chair of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees

Degree: Master of Business Administration

Terry Shaw ’90MBA(upper left), Inez Long ’98MBA (upper right), Pamela (Woodcock) Nabors ’88 (bottom left) and Rasesh Thakkar ’84 (bottom right; photos courtesy of Orlando Magazine)
Terry Shaw ’90MBA
President & CEO AdventHealth

Degree: Master of Business Administration

Rasesh Thakkar ’84
Senior Managing Director Tavistock Group

Degree: Bachelor of Science in accounting

Inez Long ’98MBA
President & CEO Black Business Investment Fund

Degree: Master of Business Administration

Pamela (Woodcock) Nabors ’88
President & CEO, CareerSource Central Florida

Degree: Bachelor of Science in computer science

Read more about the business leaders.

Jason and Sue Chin (left) and Eugenia Sefcik (right; photos courtesy of Orlando Magazine)
The Ones to Watch
Jason Chin ’07 and Sue Chin
Good Salt Group (The Monroe, Seito Sushi, The Osprey, Reyes Mezcaleria)

Bachelor of Science in finance

Eugenia (Riddle) Sefcik ’79
Orlando Land Trust trustee

Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Read more about the ones to watch.

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