April 27, 2015

Celebrating 50 Years

Trendsetters: Today and Beyond

High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond -- but whose biggest contributions may be yet to come. The governors also make their picks.

Mike Vogel | 9/1/2008
Ben Diamond
Ben Diamond

Legal Elite
Ben Diamond

» Yale undergrad and University of Florida law grad Ben Diamond, 29, special counsel to state CFO Alex Sink, serves as her senior legal and policy adviser. He was editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review at UF and is a two-time member of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.



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Jennifer Olson

Jennifer Olson
Jennifer Olson

» After 20 years as a state Department of Transportation employee, engineer Jennifer Olson, 41, this year became COO and deputy executive director of Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the DOT unit that aims to run like a private-sector business.

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