Honoring their Service Above Self
Past Presidents of the Rotary Club of I-Drive
Our Rotary Club celebrates the leadership of our Past Presidents and looks forward to seeing other members fulfill their own leadership aptitude to the fullest in this honorable role.
Classification: Property Manager
Helen is originally from China and she has been an active contributor to The Rotary Foundation, earning her the distinct honor of being a Major Donor, Benefactor, Paul Harris Society member, and Paul Harris Fellow +7.
Classification: Automotive Technology Executive
Kevin Bell is originally from the island of Grenada and he owns Bells Auto Body, a full-service automotive body works and restoration company. Kevin has been a longtime member of our Rotary Club of I-Drive and is known for his great sense of humor and kind disposition to helping others in need.
Classification: Energy Industry Executive
Terrill Booker is originally from the Pensacola, FL and he is the Director of Regulatory & Safety Compliance for Lake Apopka Natural Gas District. He’s a proud father of three girls to whom he has dedicated his life and he is passionate about helping others through volunteering and civic service.
Classification: Retired Construction Executive
Chris Evans is originally from the United Kingdom, despite having enjoyed more than four decades as a Chartered Surveyor in the Cayman Islands. Always happy to enjoy a pint (or two) of beer with a fellow Rotarian, Chris is also known for his avid affinity for exercising at his local health club.
We are grateful to Chris’ determination in ensuring our club was noticed in the District, leading a number of efforts to ensure we achieved the Presidential and Governor citations, as well as in earning the coveted “Rotary Club of the Year Award” for the small club category (50 members or less).
Chris is married to Beth, who is originally from the Bahamas, and they live in Orlando with their perky dogs, Coco and Snoopy.
Past President 2017-2018
Classification: Higher Education Business Management
Veronica Olivo-Goyanes is an accomplished business professional with over 15 years of experience managing higher education programs and leadership development. Professionally, Veronica is an Associate Director of Student Support Services for Pearson Online Learning Services. Her work has led to her company’s successful creation of student retention programs by applying innovative communication strategies that maintain a continuous exchange of information and updates on behalf of leading higher education institutions.
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Veronica has been an active community leader in diverse initiatives and has been a strong supporter of education as a way to create opportunity and the leaders of tomorrow. She joined Rotary in 2015 and has since held a number of key roles in our Club’s leadership team, including Club Secretary. She is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute and continues to develop her Rotary path by engaging in collaboration with fellow Rotarians not just from the Central Florida area, but also from other nations.
Veronica is married to Andres Goyanes, our Founding Club President, and lives in Orlando along with their three dogs. She is a world travel enthusiast and enjoys meeting people from diverse cultures, national origin and worldview perspectives.
Past President 2016-2017
Classification: Retired Senior Executive Bank Officer
Prior to his retirement Erdal was an Assistant General Manager responsible for Financial Management and Planning at Halkbank A.S. His diverse career includes recruiting, business development, delivery and expansion, management of multi-functional work teams and customer service.
Through his experience and education Erdal has developed a keen sense of managerial expertise. He has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of training courses, workshops and seminars which allowed for a broad resource base on which to build his career. Erdal’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand a company’s reach.
Before joining Halkbank A.S. he worked in strategic business development and management positions in several banks including Akbank T.A.S., Pamukbank T.A.S., Citibank NA – Turkey and Saudi American Bank – Turkey. Erdal holds a bachelor’s degree both from Marmara University and Anatolia University of Turkey. Today he resides in Florida with his wife and their daughter. Erdal’s hobbies include photography and travel.
Past President 2015-2016
Classification: Meeting Industry Executive
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador Carla Cobos-Hull is a Graduate of the Rosen School of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. While living in Orlando, Carla owned a successful convention and trade show planning business, which she relocated to Washington DC in 2016.
A mother of two, Adreana and William, Carla is married to Anthony Hull, a successful chef. Carla has been a Rotarian since 2007 and she is also an entrepreneur with a passion for helping others in need. Her personal mission is to achieve success with integrity and pride through the daily application of the 4-Way Test in the spirit of Service Above Self.
Past President 2014-2015
Classification: Hospitality Industry Executive
Tim is a Certified Hotel Administrator with four decades of experience in the Hospitality Industry. He has been a full service hotel General Manager, management company President and a partner in various hotel projects. Today he provides consultancy support and guidance to hotel owners, lenders and municipalities to achieve a variety of assignments to develop, operate, reposition and/or sell and acquire hotel assets.
Tim and his wife Marti have lived in the Orlando area for five years. They are both Rotarians, (Marti is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista). They love to travel, (visiting Rotary Clubs whenever possible), golf and just relaxing by their pool with their collie Bella. Tim is also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and you will find him traveling cross country every year to attend motorcycle races or to visit family and friends.
It should be noted that Tim also served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6980 in 2016-2017.
Past Presiden 2013-2014
Classification: Information Technology Executive
A native of Didcot, Wallingford (United Kingdom), Vince dedicated his life to the service of others well before becoming a Rotarian. While attending Prep School in Oxford, Vince studied under the guidance of Priscilla Tolkien, daughter of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. A polymath, Vince mastered many subjects and his hunger for knowledge guided his personal and professional growth. In his early adulthood, Vince lived in Denmark and Norway, before transplanting himself to the United States, where he lived for four decades.
In America, Vince’s entrepreneurial spirit guided him to the profession of Information Technology, a field for which he had much passion and turned it into a business. However, his most important achievement was in meeting and marrying Pat, who was the guiding light in his life. As a Rotarian with two decades of Service Above Self, Vince was able to act on his love and concern for people, believing in equality and advocacy while serving those who couldn’t help themselves.
Vince Barnes passed away in August 2016 and he left a void in our Rotary Club, having been the most senior member of our Rotary Club in years of service, at the time of his death. He is missed in every Rotary meeting since.
Founding President 2011-2013
Classification: Marketing Strategist & Real Estate Broker
Andres Goyanes, MBA is a marketing strategist and real estate professional with more than two decades of experience. Andres and his wife, Veronica (also a Rotarian and a Past President), are avid foodies, world travelers, and wine enthusiasts with a passion for diverse cultures and music. He speaks English, Spanish, conversational Portuguese and Italian, along with Galego–a language spoken in Northwestern Spain’s Celtic region of Galicia.
As a member of Rotary District 6980’s leadership team, Andres is currently the District Governor-Elect and has served in the capacity of Assistant Governor (2017-2020). In 2018-2019, Andres was named Emerging Leader for the District. The following year he was awarded the recognition of Rotarian of the Year for 2019-2020 and in 2020-2021 he was awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Service Award.
Professionally, Andres is the Chief Alchemist at AETHER Marketing Communications–an industrial marketing agency focused on communicating value, performance and quality on behalf of his clients. He also holds an active Broker Real Estate license and is also Realtor® at MCT Realty International. Andres is also a former Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Phoenix Central Florida Campus and is currently a doctoral candidate as a Ph.D. student in Global Leadership at Troy University.
Andres has lived and worked in Central Florida since 1998 and was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista, which meets in the Disney Spring area. In 2011 he explored the idea of creating a new club in Orlando’s International Drive area, known worldwide as a tourist and convention business destination. On October 5th, 2011 an Open House was held to introduce the forming club’s plan and soon after–on January 25th, 2012,–the Rotary Club of International Drive – Orlando was chartered.