OUC's Roseann Harrington Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Roseann HarringtonOctober 2, 2014 -  Roseann Harrington, OUC Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations was recently presented with a prestigious Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. The recipient of this award is an individual that has dedicated her life to serving in the interest and support of women leadership. Honorees are awarded for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouts with helping them to build the set of skills that paved their road to success.

Harrington joined OUC nearly 30 years ago and has made a major impact during that time rising to the top of her profession while also raising two daughters and obtaining an MBA from Rollins College where she often serves as a guest lecturer and actively mentors students. “Rising to the top in business takes passion and dedication, but it also helps to have someone in your corner. It’s my goal to give back to the next generation. I am honored to win this award, but I couldn’t have done this without those who helped me along the way and that all started with the Girl Scouts,” she said.

She has a passion for building relationships and has been the driving force behind OUC’s community and communications efforts. Under her leadership, OUC also weathered three hurricanes in 2004. During that time she conducted over 75 live television and/or radio interviews and supervised a team that handled more than 1,000 media inquiries in 45 days. A strong customer advocate she believes in timely, accurate information and has leveraged new technology to make that happen by leading the effort to revolutionize the company’s website to improve customer satisfaction and lower costs.

She helped create an emergency utility assistance fund that helps those who have experienced a family crisis keep their lights on. She oversees OUC’s annual employee donation program has started other employee giving programs when the need arises such as after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina or the Haiti earthquake. Harrington also leads OUC’s community relations efforts which involve more than 150 events through hundreds of non-profits, local and chamber-related organizations each year.

Harrington was a Girl Scout herself, so were her daughters and she still embodies the qualities of Girl Scout Law today. Getting to where she is, leading an organization of more than 1,100 employees in Marketing, Communications and Community Relations took a lot of work and she has shared that in a book that she published in 2012. The Business Woman’s Handbook – Practical Tips for Moving Up the Corporate Ladder demonstrates that persistence and the right attitude pay off.

Harrington is a graduate of Loyola University and holds an MBA from Rollins College. In 2008, the Orlando Business Journal named her one of Central Florida’s Top 10 “Women Who Mean Business.” She currently serves on the board of directors for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, United Way, United Arts of Central Florida and the Ivanhoe Foundation Board.

Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 230,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.


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