CNL Financial Group founder James M. Seneff Jr., of Orlando, will be one of 10 honorees inducted into the Horatio Alger Association in Washington D.C. Friday.
Other inductees named this year include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Tommy Ray Franks.
Founded in 1947 in honor of author Horatio Alger Jr., who wrote of overcoming adversity through perseverance, the association selected Seneff for his "story of success in the face of significant struggle," said David L. Sokol, association president. Sokol also noted that Seneff would "help continue our mission of helping other young people achieve similar success" through its established scholarship program.
Seneff, a 1968 graduate of Florida State and Vietnam veteran, launched CNL in 1973 with a $5,000 loan from his father. The company has since grown into an international real-estate investment and development entity, with more than $24 billion in properties.
Other Central Florida association members include Clarence Otis, chairman of Darden Restaurants and Luigino Inc.'s founder Jeno F. Paulucci.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Dr Condoleezza Rice Presented With The Horatio Alger Award
Horatio Alger 2010