The NABA, Inc. – Greater Orlando Chapter was launched in 1989 by the following Founding Members:
Luis Harris – President
Renee Jackson – Vice President
Linda Howard – Secretary/Treasurer
The Chapter’s first objective was to locate and unite African American Accountants in Central Florida to provide them a professional presence in the area.
Once united, the Chapter began its first major campaign in our pursuit of “Lifting as We Climb”, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to talented and aspiring college students. The Greater Orlando Chapter has two student chapters under their umbrella: University of Central Florida and Bethune-Cookman University.
The second major wave for the chapter was the rollout of the Executive Speaker Series. These Series featured local, highly visible speakers, presenting topics of current interest to NABA members and the professional community at large. These Speaker Series were well attended by a broad spectrum of professionals and were a huge success. These Series have been duplicated by other professional organizations in the area. Our next major undertaking was hosting the 2004 National Convention in Orlando, which was a great success!
Now, with both seasoned and new professionals, the Chapter is running on all cylinders.
Here is where we are today:
- We have established a viable network of professionals in the accounting, finance, business and technology fields within our chapter and have established rapport with other professional organizations in the Central Florida area to provided needed synergies
- We have a valuable student component with our two Universities as stated above, plus ongoing relationships with other schools in the area where we strive to reach out to student members at large
- We have our community segment where we launched our own Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in January 2011, where we provide tax filing services to low income families. We have since continued to provide this service to the community every year during the months of January to March.
- Along with hosting the 2004 National Convention, we also hosted the 40th Annual National Convention in June 2011.
- Volunteering and mentoring at the high schools in the area. We launched our first Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP) residency week in July 2012 at the University of Central Florida with a class of 15 upcoming high school juniors and seniors. We have since continued to host this program every year at the University of Central Florida in the month of July.