BusinessForce’s Political Leadership Institute has announced 20 new students for its 2016 political-readiness class including two that recently lost primary bids in Central Florida, Greg Eisenberg and Bob Healy.

The institute, which has ties through BusinessForce to Central Florida chambers of commerce, offers non-partisan training preparing students for election campaigns and government service.

This year’s class features Eisenberg, an Orlando-based manager in Asset Campus Housing who ran for the Orange County Commission’s District 5 seat; and Healy, director of Funeraria San Juan Funeral Home in Kissimmee, who ran for the Florida Senate in District 15.

Others include Tim Adams of the Urban University Seminary; Michael Armbruster, Orange County Public Schools; Denise Beamer of the Florida Office of the Attorney General; Mahmoud ElAwadi of Merrill Lynch; Robyn Hattaway of the Willson Hattaway law firm; Brian Hodgers of Complete Choice Insurance; Josh Lazar of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida; Carl McPhail of The Law Office of Carl McPhail; Yogesh Melwani of Align Commercial Real Estate; Lourdes Mola of Lourdes Mola Solutions; Wes Naylor, of Coe & Naylor Group; Demica Paige of Power of Wellness; Stephon Pinkston of TASC; Danny Rivera of Orange County government; Jennifer Spath of Community Based Care of Central Florida; Member; Derek Walls of Charles Schwab & Co.; Monica Wofford of Contagious Companies; and Michael Zaharios of Florida High Tech Corridor.


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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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