President's Awards Gala Honorees
Glenn S. Ritchey
Mary McLeod Bethune Leadership Award
Jon Hall Automative Group/Richey Autos
Southeast Automotive Management
Mr. Glenn Ritchey recently completed his second term as Daytona Beach Mayor and is also President and CEO of one of the nation’s most successful automobile empires. He is also extremely active in the community. He has served on the city’s Visioning Steering Committee, Economic Development Board and Board of Adjustments (past Chairman). He currently serves as a Trustee and is a member of the Facilities & Capital Planning and Finance committees for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He serves on the board of the Halifax Hospital Medical Center (past Chairman) and he is past Chairman of the Lively Arts Center, the City of Daytona Beach’s Charter Review Committee, the Florida International Festival, National GM Dealer Council, General Motors Southeast Regional Council, Florida Automobile Dealers’ Association and Chevrolet National Dealer Council. He is a board member of the NASCAR Foundation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gateway Bank of Florida, Futures Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Halifax Hospital Medical Center Foundation (past Chairman), GMAC’s Dealer Advisory Board (past Chairman), Crime Stoppers (past Chairman), The Civic League of Halifax Area (past Chairman), Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce (past Chairman), Volusia Red Cross, United Way and Rotary (past Chairman).
Charles H. Lydecker
Mary McLeod Bethune Philanthropy Award
CPCU, CIC, AIM
Mr. Charles H. Lydecker is President of Brown & Brown’s Retail Operations, headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Brown & Brown is the 6th largest commercial insurance agency in the world, has 6,400 employees and 184 offices in 34 states. Brown & Brown is a publicly traded company on the NYSE under the trading symbol BRO. Mr. Lydecker joined Brown & Brown in 1990. In January 2011, he was elected Regional President. From January 1999 until 2003, and commencing again in 2004 until 2006, he served as profit center leader in Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to that, Mr. Lydecker served as an account executive from 1990 to 1995 and as Sales Manager of the Company's Daytona Beach, Florida retail office from 1995 to 1999. Charlie is a 1985 graduate of American University with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. He attended college on a full athletic scholarship as a member of the American University Swim Team. Charlie has also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Associates in Management (AIM) designations.
Madeline Scales Taylor
Mary McLeod Bethune Humanitarian Award
Executive Director of City Kids Art Factory
Trustee at Bethune-Cookman University
Chair at Institutional Advancement Committee
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Emeritus Staff Mayo Clinic Foundation, retired in 2009 after serving 17 years. While there, she established in the Community Affairs department at the Jacksonville campus and led that department from January 1998 until May of 2009 when she retired. As Community Affairs Administrator, Madeline was responsible for the philanthropic, civic and volunteer endeavors of over 5000 employees. Prior to this position, she managed the merger of two Human Resource departments into one division and chaired this area for over seven years.During her 37 year career, Madeline held human resources management positions with several major retailer including Saks Fifth Avenue, Mehlville Corporation, and May Company Stores. Educated in Missouri, Madeline holds a degree in social science from Webster College, Webster Groves, MO and completed postgraduate work at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Madeline acquired an extensive background in human resources, training, marketing and community relations. She has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organization as a facilitator and trainer in areas of recruitment, policy/procedure development, employee relation, and strategic planning. Since relocating to Jacksonville in 1989, Madeline has been actively involved in the community. She is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors for Leadership Jacksonville, Inc., United Way of Northeast Florida, City Kids Art Factory, Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jacksonville Human Right Commission. She is a founding member of the United Way’s Women in Local Leadership Initiative and the Bold City Chapter of The Links, Inc. Currently, she sits on the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Additionally, Madeline has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service sorority, for over 40 years. Madeline is married to Howard D. Taylor and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Mary McLeod Bethune Beacon of Light Award
Executive Director, Halifax Health Foundation/Governmental Relations
Joe Petrock retired after 30 years as BellSouth's Executive for Volusia and Flagler Counties. He is currently the Executive Director of the Halifax Health Foundation/Governmental Relations. He is a product of Florida Tech, University of Miami and Daytona State College. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration. Petrock has served on the Boards or been President of no less than 20 of the county's most venerable organizations, ranging from Chairman of the Daytona/Halifax Area Chamber, Volusia Manufacturing Association, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Daytona Beach Community College, Board of Trustees Bethune Cookman University, President of the Daytona Beach Rotary Club, Junior Achievement, FUTURES Education Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Florida International Festival, United Way, the March of Dimes, Boy Scouts of America, Embassy of Hope Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. He has been recognized for his civic involvement numerous times including the United Way Community Service Award, March of Dime, Florida Association of Community Colleges, National Association of Community Leaders, The Daytona Halifax Area Chamber, State School Board Association, Boy Scouts of America, Council on Aging and the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Service Award which was presented to him by President George W. Bush during his visit to Daytona Beach. Petrock has been married to Barbara for 21 years and lives in the greater Daytona Beach area.