Late Philanthropist, Real Estate Titan Bill Demetree Honored with OLN's Lifetime Achievement Award

by Orlando Local News Editorial Board on February 23, 2022

“Mary Demetree of Demetree Global accepted The Orlando Local News’ Best of Central Florida Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her Father Bill Demetree; a highly respected philanthropist and real estate icon.”
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The Orlando Local News' Best of Central Florida Luncheon recently honored late philanthropist and real estate titan Bill Demetree with the publication's Lifetime Achievement Award. Demetree's daughter Mary Demetree of Demetree Global spoke to his record as a war hero, his character and monumental career at the packed December 3rd luncheon.

War Hero, Real Estate Titan, Philanthropist — Bill Demetree's mark on our community and his service to our nation remain part of a lasting legacy. From the skies of Europe in the Second World War to his role in the establishment of Walt Disney World, Bill Demetree played a critical role in the betterment of our nation and world.

Though Demetree passed in 2006, his legacy lives on. Demetree's humble beginnings in Tallahassee, Florida soon gave way to soaring heights, both literally into the wild blue and figuratively in his real estate career. Prior to his military service, Demetree completed his college education at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In the US Army Air Force, Demetree carried out his duty with valour and bravery, earning the Soldiers Medal, a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with Seven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Mediterranean Theatre of War, the Croix De La Victoire de Chevalier, the Croix Allies, the Medaille D'Europe, La Croix du Combattant de l'Europe and Krzuz Zaslugi (Rzeczpospolita Polska) for bravery in saving his crew from their burning plane.

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About Demetree Global

Demetree Global has been a pioneer in land development, construction, commercial real estate and land use, positioning the company as an industry leader for more than 65 years. Evidence of the Demetree entrepreneurial spirit and vision is built into skylines, executive office centers, suburbs, multi-tenant facilities, student housing, real estate development projects and retail shopping centers throughout Florida. The Demetree Global family of companies has a rich heritage in Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando, Florida. After selling 12,500 acres to Walt Disney and helping create the Orlando skyline, the Demetree trademark remains known for its attention to detail, superior service and successful business relationships with employees, partners and clients.

Demetree Global’s portfolio of investments includes 1.5 million square-feet of commercial real estate including over 6,000 residential units, more than 1,200 hotel keys as well as 1,600 acres of raw land and a variety of operating businesses across several industries. For more information, visit

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