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July 2014 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


350 Biggest Florida Companies

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida’s biggest public and private companies

This year’s list of Florida’s biggest companies breaks out 125 public companies and 225 private companies.

Florida's National Brands

Florida-based companies with a true national — and in some cases international — name identity.

Mergers, acquisitions & IPOs

Three of the top five merger and acquisition deals in the Southeast last year had Florida-based targets.

Legal Elite

Florida Legal Elite 2014

The state's legal leaders—1,165 attorneys—named by their peers.


Up Front
An Issue of Elites

This month, Florida Trend spotlights Florida's 350 biggest companies, its top tier auto dealers, and the state's "legal leaders."

Howard C. Tibbals

Circus benefactor and aficionado Howard C. Tibbals shares lessons he’s learned along the way.

Maintaining peak performance

Florida’s executive health centers make sure business leaders have the tools to maintain peak physical performance.

Vegan offerings

Today’s vegetarians and allied tribes have swarmed far from campus hummus shops and health food stores.

Tallahassee Trend
A Pig in a poke

Twelve years after the 'Pregnant Pigs' amendment upended Steve Basford's business, the ex-pig farmer savors a bittersweet victory.

Of Counsel - Florida Law
Tenuous Threads

Karen Meyer Buesing's work with the poor earns her the Bar's Highest pro bono award.

Editor's Page
Ebb and Flow

Surface water resources and conservation both have to be part of meeting Florida's water needs.

Florida's Car Dealership Industry

Hydrogen Hopes

Driving Profits

Florida Trend’s list of the state’s 350 biggest businesses includes at least 10 auto dealership groups with revenue of at least $500 million each.

Shrinking Margins

Former dealership owner Tommy Gibbs now works as an independent consultant to car dealerships.

Dealership Snapshots

Top 10 Florida Car Dealers

Around the State

Going overseas for students

Once focused on their immediate regions, Florida state colleges are educating growing numbers of foreign students.

Plans for former Panama City airport site take off

Panama City will get its first master-planned village on former airport property.

Lighting an entrepreneurial fire in Jacksonville

Three young partners create the combination party/investor pitch One Spark festival.

Making oyster beds

An effort to restore the Indian River Lagoon, damaged by decades of pollution and algae blooms, focuses on restoring oyster beds.

Neighborhood watch

Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood has become a focus of Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s effort to revitalize some of the city’s worst areas.

Downtown West Palm Beach gets a housing boost

After the recession killed a slew of proposed downtown condos, West Palm Beach has seen a surge of interest in apartment development and the return of condo projects.

Financing the real estate boom

Partners Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler have created a for-profit business in Miami that buys and starts up art fairs.

Looking overseas for growth

Ezra Kratz's companies are providing financing and direct investment for some of the highest-profile projects in Florida.

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Florida Trend Video Pick

Amazon teases new delivery drones
Amazon teases new delivery drones

Amazon released a new video of its plans for drones, showing off footage the huge Internet retailer says is the real deal as opposed to simulated video.

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