Charles H. Lydecker, is CEO of Foundation Risk Partners, a fast-growing independent insurance agency operation headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. He previously served as President of a Retail Division, Regional President and Profit Center Leader of a nationwide commercial insurance company.
Having grown up in New York, Charlie is a 1985 graduate of American University with degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. He attended college on a full athletic scholarship as a member of the American University Swim Team. Charlie also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), and Associates in Management (AIM) designations.
Charlie is Chairman of Florida Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA), a Director of Gateway Banks of Florida, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of American University in Washington, D.C. He is on the board of the NASCAR Foundation, Halifax Hospital Foundation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Charlie has served two terms as Vice Chairman of the Florida Ethics Commission, Past Chairman of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Past Vice Chairman of the Florida Self-Insurers Guarantee Association, and an Executive Board Member of the Florida State Fair Authority. He is Fundraising Chairman for the YMCA of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Past Chairman of Futures Public Education Foundation, the United Way of Volusia/Flagler (FL) Counties, and the Boy Scouts of America in Daytona Beach. He has twice served as the Chairman of the Daytona Beach/Halifax Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an Alumnus of Leadership Florida and Leadership Daytona Beach.
He has also been recognized with numerous awards for his years of community and public service. Most recently, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Charlie was also honored with the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Philanthropy Award and the Council on Aging Glenn and Connie Richie Citizen of the Year Award. He has received the Chamber’s Lou Fuchs Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Marvin Samuels Leader of the Year Award. Also, The Stafford H. Cassell Alumni Athlete Award from his alma mater American University; Humanitarian Award from Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center; Golden Eagle Award and Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America and Citizen of the Year for Public Education Award from Phi Delta Kappa Professional Education Fraternity. Recognized in 1995 by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s Emerging Top 20 State Leaders, Charlie has also been presented the key to the City of Daytona Beach by the Mayor and honored by the dedication in his name of Charleston Place Apartments in the City of Holly Hill for his leadership in creating affordable housing for local residents. Charlie received the Ryan Lochte Service above Self Award; the Ormond Beach City Commission and the Volusia County Council honored Charlie with a proclamation naming a day in his honor for years of achievement and community service. He received the Heroism Award from the Boy Scouts of America and he’s been inducted into New York’s Smith Point National Lifeguard Champions Hall of Fame and has 3 U.S. Masters Swimming World Records.