April 19, 2024

Floridian of the Year

Mark Wilson: Man on a Mission

In his 15th year as CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Mark Wilson has vastly broadened the organization's influence into areas that might seem unconventional. Breaking the stereotype of a clubby establishment focused solely on the business community, the Florida Chamber has set ambitious goals — such as cutting Florida's childhood poverty rate in half, helping working families gain access to quality daycare and focusing on mental health — to strengthen the social fabric of the state amid its surging growth. Read more »
Published on 11/27/2023

The Advocate: Yolanda Cash Jackson

The first time Yolanda Cash Jackson saw the sculpture of Mary McLeod Bethune was in 2021 in Pietrasanta, a small town along the Tuscan coast where master sculptor Nilda Comas had carved the three-ton figure out of marble from the same quarry Michelangelo used to create David and other masterpieces. Bethune is known as the “First Lady of the Struggle” for her efforts to pave the way for Blacks in education and civil rights; the towering stone figure depicts Bethune in academic regalia adorned with a simple pearl necklace and holding a single black rose. Read more »
Published on 12/1/2022

Florida sports blockbusters in 2020

Super Bowl LIV Feb. 2, Hard Rock Stadium Attendance — Super Bowl organizers project 52,000 out-of-state adult fans, 1,100 youth and 250 players, coaches, trainers and officials, plus 2,000 media.... Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Ocala's horse business growth

Ocala's horse business has grown in size and political clout, even as thoroughbred racing draws fewer people to tracks. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Florida Trend's Floridian of the year is the Florida teacher

This year, FLORIDA TREND recognizes the foot soldiers — Florida's 177,000 teachers — as the collective Floridian of the Year. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Florida teacher Shannon Kraeling helps other teachers incorporate art into their lesson plans.

As students learn about cell structures in biology class, for instance, Kraeling teaches them impressionistic painting techniques to re-create what they see under the microscope. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Challenges of teaching math in Florida schools

‘Everybody can do math,' says Samantha Neff, who shares her methods with other teachers. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Lessons from Glades County's Teacher of the Year: Joy Prescott

For two years running, teachers at Pemayetv Emahakv have been honored as Glades County's Teacher of the Year. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Marion County's Teacher of the Year Hollie Cunningham bases her teaching style on her students' personalities

Before she became a high school teacher, Hollie Cunningham worked full time as a cardiovascular nurse. She hasn't abandoned the nursing process. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

A Florida Native American teacher is helping to preserve the Creek language

Jade Osceola is fighting to keep her tribe's native language from becoming obsolete. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Florida environmental science teacher Nikki Mosblech encourages students to practice her lessons in society

Test scores are one thing, says Nikki Mosblech, but her goal is to create good citizens. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

FLVS Teacher of the Year Lisa Fabulich shares her reflections on “virtual” teaching

Gifted teacher Lisa Fabulich was set to go to med school until she took a career-altering course her senior year. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

The new Florida teacher

Three years into teaching, Jeff Becker is already ‘feeling the weight of the job.' Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

Broward County's Teacher of the Year Kristine Murphy shares her journey becoming a Florida middle school teacher

Unhappy practicing law, Kristin Murphy, 44, heard about a teaching job. ‘It was a very scary but exciting time.' Read more »
Published on 11/26/2019

In Memoriam: Victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

On Feb. 14, 2018, a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland took the lives of 17 students and staff and wounded 17 others. They were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and fathers. Some spent their last moments shielding schoolmates from gunfire. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2018

Brightline Passenger Train: Floridian of the Year

Private passenger rail is back in Florida. Once upon a time, private passenger rail helped create modern Florida. This year, it began reshaping Florida again, with the state emerging as a national rail leader thanks to the Brightline passenger train. Brightline began service between Miami and West Palm Beach, started construction on the leg to Orlando and broached the idea of extending the line on to Tampa. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2018

Newsmaker of the Year: Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael came out of nowhere, late in the storm season as Florida seemed poised to exhale at having escaped a summer without incident. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2018

Floridian of the Year: Kiran Patel: ‘First, I give to charity'

Tampa entrepreneur Kiran Patel has made hundreds of millions of dollars growing and selling health care companies... Read more »
Published on 12/28/2017

Floridian of the year: Frank DiBello, rocket man

Space exploration has lent itself to outsized figures: Alan Shepard, John Glenn and the rest of the Mercury Seven. Neil Armstrong and the New Nine. So too with the 21st-century private space industry: Elon Musk and SpaceX, Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin, Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic, Greg Wyler and OneWeb. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2016

Floridian of the Year: Colin Brown

In a year dominated by discussions of wage inequality, JM Family Enterprises' CEO, Colin Brown, decided to share more of the company's success with its workers. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2015

The Mormon Church - Land Lord

The Mormon Church became Florida's largest private landowner in 2014, now owning more than 670,000 acres. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

John Morgan - Impact Player

The attorney left his stamp on Florida in 2014 by supporting Charlie Crist and marijuana. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Gov. Rick Scott - Outside In

Scott became just the second two-term GOP governor in Florida history. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Florida's Fallen Soldiers

Three American soldiers from Florida died serving their country in 2014. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

Miami - 'The Most Exciting City in the World'

The city of Miami was at the forefront of every trend in 2014. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

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