Al Savill

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Albert A. 'Al' Savill (February 3, 1917 – August 7, 1989) was a mortgage banker, real estate developer and an owner of the Radisson Plaza Hotel Orlando.

Savill was a partner in building the 342-room Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Orlando, Florida. When the franchised hotel opened in July 1985, it was the first hotel to open downtown in a decade.

Savill was born on February 3, 1917, in London but spent his childhood in Boston. He started his business career with John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. and rose to assistant manager of the mortgage division when he left Boston in 1950.

Savill went on to found the Savill-Mahaffey Mortgage Co. in Indianapolis, which became the largest independent mortgage company in Indiana. He sold the company to American Fletcher National Bank in 1969. After moving to Orlando in 1979, he founded KMS Mortgage and Investment Co. in Seminole County.

Savill, who had a passion for the Boston Red Sox in his youth, was an owner of the Indianapolis Capitals of the now-defunct Continental Football League from 1963 to 1969.

He was also an owner of the Columbus Owls of the International Hockey League from 1973-1978, and an owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins from 1975-1979.[1][2]

Savill died in Orlando after a brief illness at the age of 72.


Preceded by
Owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
Denise DeBartolo York