April 17, 2024


Educating the Fed

Gregory Haile, 46, is the former president of Broward College. He was recently reappointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for a three-year term and is deputy chair of its board of directors. He spoke to Florida Trend recently about his role on the Fed board and his journey from growing up in Queens in New York City to achieving national prominence as a Fed board member and as a leader in higher education. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, is married with two children, is a graduate of Arizona State University and has a law degree from Columbia University. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

Frame of Reference

Orlando Museum of Art Executive Director and CEO Cathryn Mattson recently stood before a handful of journalists and museum staffers in a low-key launch of the museum's centennial. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

From Bedside to C-Suite

Audrey Gregory knows how to treat an alligator bite. Stephanie Conners learned fast that being a nurse takes guts. Martha McGill held two pediatric nursing jobs at the same time. And Lisa Nummi knows all the ways a hospital is different at night than it is during the day. Read more »
Published on 4/17/2024

Burger Suing King

If you don't know Delray Beach attorney Anthony Russo by name, you perhaps know his firm's work. He sued Wendy's, McDonald's, Arby's and Taco Bell for alleged consumer fraud for ads that portray products in quality and portions superior to what consumers actually get in stores. He sued Amazon for suspending rapid delivery in the early days of the pandemic, which he argued was a breach of contract with its Prime members. He sued candy maker Hershey over alleged fraud in its Reese's packaging. (Wrappers showed the likes of jack o'-lanterns but the actual candy lacked detail.) Read more »
Published on 4/16/2024

The Air Traffic Controller

Audrey Gregory married her high school boyfriend, who was in the military. She needed a career where she could be mobile and work anywhere. Her first nursing job was in a small hospital near Fort Stewart, Georgia, where her husband was stationed. Read more »
Published on 4/16/2024

Building Boom

In 2021, Alabama construction firm Robins & Morton opened an office in Tampa, its third in Florida, to serve the growing demand for hospital construction here. The firm had seen requests for proposals triple from 2019 to 2020. The company's health care revenue from Florida grew 30% in a four-year span. Read more »
Published on 4/16/2024

Streamlining Reorganizations

Fort Lauderdale forensic accountant and CPA Soneet Kapila usually makes the news for untangling the financial mess left behind in busted Ponzi schemes and other frauds. This year, as president of the Virginia-based American Bankruptcy Institute, he's been busy asking Congress to make it easier for failing small businesses to salvage their operations. Read more »
Published on 4/15/2024

Passing the Torch

There's been a changing of the guard at the Florida Bankers Association, which lobbies Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., on behalf of the banking industry. Longtime leader Alex Sanchez has retired after 30 years with the organization, 26 as CEO. His successor, Kathy Kraninger, was director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the Trump administration and is plotting a new course for the organization. Read more »
Published on 4/11/2024

Florida Icon: Thomas Wilkins

My mother was a single parent, but a very grown-up woman, and there were certain things she demanded of me: good behavior, clean clothes to wear to school, obey my teachers and be a good citizen in the neighborhood. She created disciplines and an inner personal structure that were an important part of my beginning. Read more »
Published on 4/11/2024

Regional Input

Housing affordability and rising insurance rates are two issues that will likely continue to affect Florida's economy in the coming year, predict two members of the Jacksonville board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

Propelling Women in Tech

In the eight years since Raechel Canipe graduated from college, she's held eight jobs at four companies. A baby boomer might question that job-hopping — but for Canipe, like many Millennials, switching positions has opened doors to learning, career opportunities and giving back. Read more »
Published on 4/10/2024

International Insight

The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of the most destructive in history, wiping out about a quarter of the city's population and killing 70,000 people across Portugal. Centuries later, “it seems to still be a topic of discussion and a driver of the country's risk averse nature,” says Lynette Clinton, who traveled to Portugal in 2022 as part of University of Tampa's Executive MBA program. Read more »
Published on 3/31/2024

Empowering Entrepreneurs

For Carlos Penaranda, the pandemic was a time to reflect on his life. His wife was pregnant, and they had just moved to South Florida. He had been a project engineer with a good salary, but the work left little time for family or to give back through a non-profit he had set up for his homeland, Ecuador. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2024

Retooling Toward the Future

With a long history in the private sector — including stints at IBM and Cisco — Anil Menon has had a front row seat on the value of an MBA and executive education. But he's also learned about some of the weaknesses inherent in the system. Read more »
Published on 3/27/2024

Opening Doors

To an outsider, it may have seemed like the wrong time for Raul Duarte to embark on an MBA. The pandemic forced the world into lockdown, his industry was imploding and he was planning to launch his own company, a full-time job in itself. Read more »
Published on 3/26/2024

Overcoming Obstacles

There's no mistaking the redevelopment appeal of the 800,000-sq.-ft. Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. The lagging mall sits in a prime spot to capture the dollars of tourists and affluent homeowners nearby with its front on heavily traveled Sunrise Boulevard, between Federal Highway (U.S.1) and beach road A1A, just across the bridge from the famed city beach. It has water views, is just a short ride to downtown and is about a third the size of the city's central business district. Read more »
Published on 3/25/2024

A Wild Journey

During his tenure with Zoo Miami, Matt James knew he wanted to be more than just the guy who worked with animals. Following stints at Marinel-and Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine and ZooTampa, James felt like he wasn't doing enough. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2024

Lessons in Leadership

Launched in the fall of 2023, the University of West Florida's executive leadership MBA program is being led by retired Navy Capt. Timothy “Lucky” Kinsella, a man whose leadership skills have been tested to the extreme. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2024

St. Joe's Agenda

With a 169,000-acre footprint in five counties, the St. Joe Co., headquartered in Panama City Beach, is the largest private landowner in Northwest Florida and also its largest commercial developer. CEO Jorge Gonzalez shares with Florida Trend his outlook for the company's growth in 2024 and beyond. Read more »
Published on 3/22/2024

Tackling Global Challenges

Marina Lopez enjoyed all the benefits of a global MBA program without leaving home. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Mastering the Cyber Industry

In the global cybersecurity wars there are no borders, no battlefield front lines, no rules of engagement and there is no immunity from attacks. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Cultivating Insurance Industry Talent

Fraud is one of the most significant problems facing insurers in Florida and the nation. Each year, according to the FBI, more than $40 billion is lost to fraudulent non-health insurance claims. The estimated cost to the average family is between $400 and $700 in increased premiums. Read more »
Published on 3/21/2024

Expanding Options

The most dominant trend among Florida's more than 40 public and private MBA programs is the robust expansion of diverse specialty graduate courses. Read more »
Published on 3/20/2024

Car Talk

Traffic is cruising along an interstate at highway speed when a sudden, unexpected event forces drivers to slam on the brakes. Some motorists dive onto the shoulder to avoid rear-ending the car ahead of them. There's a good chance you've either seen it happen during an anxious glance in your rearview mirror or done it yourself. Read more »
Published on 3/18/2024

Jazzing it Up

The struggling University Mall in Tampa was a sad scene, with empty anchor stores, dusty potted plants and stained carpets beneath the benches. JCPenney left in 2005, followed by Dillard's in 2008, Macy's in 2017 and Sears in 2018. Built in 1974 just west of the University of South Florida campus, the mall had acquired a seedy reputation. Read more »
Published on 3/14/2024

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