January 26, 2015

Florida Business Newsmakers in 2011

These business people were exceptionally notable during the past year.

Florida Trend Staff | 12/28/2011

UPDATE: Last Year's Floridian of the Year

ROD PETREY
Picking Up the Pieces

Rod Petrey
If Rod Petrey, our Floridian of the Year in 2011, sulked after his unceremonious departure from the Collins Center for Public Policy think tank that he headed for 19 years, he didn't sulk long. "I didn't like what happened," Petrey says. But, "I bounce right back."

To that end, Petrey, 70, founded New Equity Partners in Miami, a philanthropy dedicated to social equity that's raised money to address civic needs and continue some of the work Collins was doing — and with some former Collins personnel. Petrey won our nod last year for the center's work on foreclosure mediation and for a highly regarded, even-tempered report on oil drilling in the Gulf. But in August he was forced out of Collins amid pressure from the board about Collins' deteriorated financial health. Meanwhile, the Florida Supreme Court is considering killing the foreclosure mediation process Collins championed, citing lackluster results.

— Mike Vogel

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