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30-somethings making their mark across Florida

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When Jorge A. Plasencia was 17, he and a few friends founded a non-profit called Amigos for Kids. The group raised funds to create programs for abused and underprivileged children in Miami. It still exists.


30-somethings making their mark across Florida

Lilly Rockwell | 4/30/2014

From hedge funds to online publishing, these key players are a diverse group of industry leaders, setting trends around the state. In this article, we profile:
Michael Corcelli
, founder of hedge fund Alexander Alternative Investments and Florida Alternative Investment Association; Katie Haas, senior director of Florida Business Operations for the Boston Red Sox; Stephanie Darden, founder and president of Prismatic marketing firm; Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder of non-profit Clean the World; Greg Netro, president of the North Florida division of home builder Toll Bros.; Betty Kim, associate professor of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic; Eual Tyler Cathey, chief deputy attorney general; Augi Lye, founder and CEO of Trendy Entertainment and serial entrepreneur; Mya Breitbart, associate professor of biological oceanography at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science; Nona Jones, community and government relations director at Gainesville Regional Utilities; Jorge A. Plasencia, CEO and chairman of República; Hugh Howey, author of “Wool” series; Darrick D. McGhee, legislative affairs director for Gov. Rick Scott; Gregg Pollack, founder of Envy Labs/Code School; Chris Gibson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the  University of Florida; Yamal Yidios Char, CEO of Ytech International; Alvin Davis, band director at Miramar High School; Nick Iarossi, founding Partner of Capital City Consulting

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