CEO Perspective on Employee Wellness – Sponsored by WELCOA

Harris Rosen

President and COO, Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Ashley Bacot

President, Provinsure


What do CEOs really think about wellness programs they offer to their employees?  Are they motivated by statistics, intuition, or passion?  How important are measureable savings?  How important are employee testimonials?  What is the most important measure of success?  The purpose of this session is to hear answers to these questions from one of the most dynamic CEOs in the Orlando area.

Presenter Bio

Harris Rosen is the President & COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, the largest independently owned hotel chain in Florida.

After spending the early years of his career working for other major hotel groups, including Walt Disney World, Rosen purchased his first hotel in 1974. Since then, he has added six hotels to his portfolio, for a total of four leisure hotels and three convention properties. Combined, Rosen Hotels & Resorts comprise more than 6,300 guest rooms, approximately six percent of Orlando’s total hotel inventory.

Rosen is a charter member of the UCF Board of Trustees. In 2000 he donated a 20-acre site and approximately $10 million to the University of Central Florida to build the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He also provided a $5 million scholarship endowment for UCF.

As well as Rosen’s commitment to UCF, he spearheaded the multi-million dollar Tangelo Park Program, which has provided more than 200 high school seniors with full college scholarships over the past 20 years. The program also provides a free preschool education for all 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds in the Tangelo Park neighborhood, a disadvantaged neighborhood in Central Florida, as well as parenting classes. In 2005, Oprah Winfrey presented Rosen with the President’s Award from the US Dream Academy at an event in Washington, D.C. for his work with this program.

In 2004, Rosen served as the Honorary Co-Chair of the Bethune-Cookman College Statue Project with the late Dr. Dorothy Height, President Emeriti of the National Council of Negro Women. The project raised funds to erect a monument to honor the legendary educator on the campus she founded which is Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Fla. Rosen is also a member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen and the Waldorf Astoria Distinguished Alumni Association and is the past President of Visit Orlando. He is an honorary Tuskegee Airmen and holds an honorary Black MBA from the National Black MBA Association. He serves on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations throughout Florida including the Boys & Girls Club, the Boggy Creek Gang and the YMCA Aquatic Center.

Among numerous accolades, Rosen was named by the Orlando Sentinel “2011 Central Floridian of the Year” and “2011 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year ” by his alma mater. He was inducted into Visit Florida’s Tourism Hall of Fame in 2010. He has received Sustainable Florida’s Legacy Award for his contributions not only for his environmental efforts, but for his contributions to the local community and has been named an Orlando Business Journal “Healthcare Hero” and featured on national media outlets for his innovative healthcare program.

Rosen has four children that live in Orlando: Jack (24), Joshua (22), Adam (21) and Shayna (19).

Ashley Bacot proudly serves as ProvInsure’s president. Ashley’s ability to develop innovative insurance solutions has earned the trust of the company’s plethora of long-term customers, as well as earns the immediate respect of new clients as they become familiar with the company’s highly effective insurance programs. Ashley’s creative solutions come from understanding client needs. He has walked in the client’s shoes having been employed as a risk manager for a local municipality, hotel chain, furniture manufacturer, and information technology company. He has worked in all realms of the insurance industry including, but not limited to, underwriting, marketing, sales, and risk management consultation. Having spent so much time on the client side, Ashley brings a unique perspective and understanding to his role as president of ProvInsure. Ashley is actively involved in the Central Florida community as a volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence, Runway to Hope and others. Ashley has a BS in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. FSU is one of the leading universities in the curriculum of Risk Management and Insurance.