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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.

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Daniel Uhlfelder
Daniel Uhlfelder
Foot Soldier
Daniel Uhlfelder

» Daniel Uhlfelder, 36, of Grayton Beach in Walton County, finished his history undergrad degree at Stanford in just 2½ years. After getting his UF law degree in 1996, he’s gone on to be the first non-minority member of the NAACP’s Okaloosa County branch, where he chairs the legal redress committee. The NAACP also bestowed on him its Foot Soldier in the Sand Award for his civil rights work. Meanwhile, he’s the county GOP lawyer. While in school, he worked at the White House, U.S. Attorney General’s office, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.


Dean Gabriel
Dean Gabriel
Genetics
Dean Gabriel

» Florida’s citrus growers, facing two devastating diseases, lethal citrus greening and debilitating citrus canker, will be cheering if researcher Dean Gabriel, a University of Florida professor with his own transgenic plant company, Integrated Plant Genetics, succeeds in creating plants immune to those diseases. “I should know by the end of the year whether it works or not,” Gabriel says.

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