October 2017 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Women Leaders

GrayRobinson's Mayanne Downs

Calling the Shots

GrayRobinson’s organizational structure gives Mayanne Downs power that other law firm managing partners lack.

A League of Their Own

Deirdre Macnab transformed the Florida League of Women Voters.

Confidence Booster

Retired FIU dean Joyce Elam grooms women for leadership positions.

A Low-Key Approach

Lila Jaber is translating her own success into helping other women succeed.

Rolling with the Punches

Clean energy advocate Susan Glickman’s fortunes ebb and flow.

Also, profiles of women leaders in Florida


Up Front
Big/Small Business

Florida is a state of small businesses, many of which rely on community banks to help run their operations. Yet consolidation has left the state with fewer and fewer community banks.

Steve Spurrier

“On the field, everyone has to play the best they can at full-speed level and, if they don't, you've got to remove them - no matter who they are.”

Upscale Veggies

The most intriguing gourmet growth sector? Full-fledged vegan

Editor's Page
Better Than Good Enough

Looking for a bastion of excellence in Florida? Consider the Florida State College system.

Alligator Business

Poached Eggs

Poached Eggs

In the alligator business, there’s no question as to which comes first, the alligator or the egg. It’s the egg. The problem is, there aren’t enough to go around.

Community Portrait

Palm Beach County

It’s a growth hotspot, with some $2.7 billion in infrastructure projects underway.

Economic Backbone

Industry Drivers

A Winter Park bank is the first nationally chartered bank to open in Florida since 2009. Plus: Banking deregulation lags; the lowdown on sales tax holidays; financing marijuana; bank holding companies; accounting firms

Around the State

Building Ties

Miami sees an influx of Israeli companies.

Under Water

Shrimp farmer Florida Organic Aquaculture files for bankruptcy protection.


St. Petersburg College's new president started out as a clerk at the college.

Hot Water

Sea World faces class-action lawsuits and investigations.

Fountain of Youth

Historic St. Augustine courts younger travelers.

On Location

Bay County cultivates business from the film and TV industry.

Access Earlier Issues

Florida Business News

Florida News Releases

Florida Trend Video Pick

Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles
Florida shoe cobbler mends more than soles

Jim McFarland, a fourth-generation shoe cobbler in Lakeland, Florida, never anticipated his trade mending shoes would lead to millions of views on social media. People are captivated by his careful craftsmanship: removing, then stitching and gluing soles on leather footwear.

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