The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation recently honored Will Graves ’77 ’78MBA with its 2019 Individual Distinguished Service Award. Nominations were made by the public, with award recipients selected by a six-member jury from around the state, representing a variety of backgrounds and experience.
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is the statewide nonprofit dedicated to protecting Florida’s heritage and history. Founded in 1978, the Florida Trust has collaborated to save irreplaceable Florida treasures like the Historic Florida Capitol and is a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Will Graves is CEO of Millennial Workforce Institute and a national community activist lecturing on management, marketing, preservation, philanthropic, and employment issues. Inspired by the preservation efforts of his late cousin, Barbara Drew Hoffstot, whose work in Pittsburgh was the model for the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Graves has founded four nongovernmental organizations in the Sunshine State: Friends of Florida’s Coasts, Friends of Winter Park, Friends of Windermere, and Friends of Cypress Gardens.