April 21, 2024

Rising Executives

Courting Success

Chanel T. Rowe is the high achiever you remember from high school — she was in the pre-law magnet program, worked in retail, was a varsity cheerleader for the Flying L's of Fort Lauderdale High and graduated a year early. She just never slowed down. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2023

A Sweet Spot

Austin Gappelberg, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Tampa, and his 20-year-old brother, Grant, took an early interest in entrepreneurship, beginning with small door-to-door jobs before they started first grade. The sons of entrepreneurial parents, the brothers worked at the family's chocolate shop in New York's Hamptons, and by the time they were teenagers they'd worked their way up to managing the shop in the summer. “Our dad always used to say, ‘You guys are amazing. Together, you're unbeatable,'” Austin says. Read more »
Published on 12/15/2023

Taxing Gig

Richard Laviña initially followed the traditional career path of accounting majors and newly minted CPAs. He learned the ropes at Miami CPA firms and then landed at PwC, one of the Big Four. Read more »
Published on 12/14/2023

Entrepreneurial Itch

When opportunity knocked, Sherrel Sampson opened the door, unlocking a new passion, career direction and business of her own. Read more »
Published on 12/13/2023

Building Success

What's the single biggest challenge facing the construction industry right now? Mandy Weitknecht knows the answer: a serious shortage of skilled workers. Read more »
Published on 12/12/2023

Game On: Julie Imanuel Brown

As Hurricanes Fiona and Ian closed in on Puerto Rico and Southwest Florida in September, Julie Imanuel Brown of Tampa knew better than most what the storms could do to power supplies. Read more »
Published on 12/31/2022

A Family Vacation Platform: Nick, Dan and Matt Falcone

The “aha” moment for the three Falcone brothers came when sales opened for a vacation real estate project in Orlando developed by their father, the legendary Art Falcone. The first 100 or so buyers didn't want the houses for vacations. The buyers wanted them as investment properties to rent out to vacationers. Read more »
Published on 12/31/2022

Naked Ambition: Jordan Johnson

After graduating with a business degree from the University of Florida in 2010, Jordan Johnson sought a career that would enable him to “make a difference” and “make the world a better place.” His first job, working for a General Electric financial management program in the Northeast, didn't work out the way he hoped. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2022

Giving a Lift: David Garfunkel

Born and raised in Minnesota, David Garfunkel was a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College when a professor and mentor suggested he consider joining the Peace Corps. “He said, ‘Listen, it sounds like you're interested in other cultures. You like Spanish. It seems like you want to be helpful. You should do the Peace Corps.' And I said, ‘OK, yes, sir.' That was really the extent of it,” Garfunkel recalls. Read more »
Published on 12/19/2022

Face Forward: Suhay Gonzalez

Growing up in New York, Suhay Gonzalez learned many lessons from her mother, Cesarina: One was to never leave the house without a little lipstick. Another: Don't give up. Read more »
Published on 12/14/2022

Growth Management: LaShawn Bates

LaShawn Bates took over in May as market director for North and Central Florida for commercial real estate firm JLL. Her task, she says, is straightforward: “My goal is to double the revenue every four to five years and continue to make JLL a great place to work.” Read more »
Published on 12/13/2022

Taking Flight: Luciano Macagno

At least 30 multinational corporations have their Latin America headquarters in South Florida, and as global economists look at the decades to come, Latin America's relatively young population and entrepreneurial talent make a compelling long-term case for future growth, with Miami the natural entry point to the U.S. Read more »
Published on 12/12/2022

CEO of AmeriKooler takes aim at 'Goliath'

Several years back, Gian Carlo Alonso decided he needed a competitive benchmark against which to judge progress... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

A new generation of Florida executives is making its mark

Rising executives from targeted industry sectors around Florida. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

One-time ballerina takes unlikely path to lead the Florida Trucking Association

Four years ago, when Alix Miller interviewed for a job as vice president of the Florida Trucking Association... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

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