2018 40 Under 40 Winners

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Roel Yambao

Florida Hospital Foundation
Orlando, FL

Why is a 40 under 40 winner

  1. He led the development of digital and social media fundraising strategies, resulting in Florida Hospital Foundation’s first multi-million dollar online fundraising campaign.
  2. Roel has been featured as a guest lecturer for the Kaiser Philanthropy Institute, through his work on the role of generosity in the healing process.
  3. He serves on multiple local boards, including the Central Florida YMCA and Runway to Hope, a nonprofit that supports pediatric cancer patients.
  4. In 2017, the Orlando Business Journal recognized Roel for his work in the community and presented him with a Central Florida 40 Under 40 Award.

Q & A

  1. How did you get into health care philanthropy?

    My career in health care philanthropy began as a marketing manager for Florida Hospital Foundation. When I started, we mostly promoted our special events, by developing marketing campaigns for golf tournaments, galas and other fundraisers. Over the years, we have focused more on the support that the foundation provides to our hospital, and the impact that our donors make in the community. 

  2. Why did you choose to make health care philanthropy your career?

    My role at the hospital is much more than a job. It fulfills a characteristic instilled in me by my parents at a very young age, which is a desire to help others. I may not be performing surgery or caring for patients at the bedside. However, I know that at the end of the day, the important work that we do at the Foundation helps to renew the health of an individual, a family, and even a community. Working in health care philanthropy allows me to interact directly with the community that we serve. I get the rewarding opportunity to see exactly how our fundraising efforts, the work done at the hospital, strategies we develop, and processes we install impact lives.

  3. What has been the #1 factor in your career success so far?

    The number one factor that motivates and drives me in my career, or any other aspect of my life, is my family. I’m blessed to have the most supportive wife, who encourages me and inspires me to do my very best. She has helped to guide and ground me throughout my career, and always reminds me what is most important. Together, we make it a priority to teach our daughters that success is rooted in a good education, the drive to work hard, and ability to dream big. 

  4. What is your greatest passion and why?

    I am a life-long learner, and love to discover and experience new things. I feel that a good education and a commitment to learning provides all the opportunity you need to excel in everything you do. A quest for knowledge allows you to be innovative, strategic and aware of current events or trends that may impact your work and personal life. 

  5. What are your future aspirations?
  6. One day, I’d like to try my hand at teaching. I love imparting knowledge to others, whether it’s coaching my daughters’ soccer team or mentoring my employees. I feel teaching is a profession that provides fulfillment and is as rewarding as the work done in healthcare. 

Roel Yambao

Fun Fact:

My first name is a combination of the first two letters of my parents’ names, Rolando and Elizabeth.