Ana-Marie Codina Barlick: Creating 120-acre Downtown Doral, Gables projects
Written by Susan Danseyar on January 5, 2016
As CEO of Codina Partners for the past two years, Ana-Marie Codina Barlick oversees all operations of the investment and development firm. That includes continuation of her prior responsibility supervising the development of Downtown Doral, a 120-acre mixed-use project featuring the centerpiece three-story, 60,000-square-foot Doral City Hall along with 2,800 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail, over 1 million square feet of commercial space and a charter elementary school.
Ms. Codina Barlick works hard alongside her father, Executive Chairman Armando Codina, with whom she founded the boutique firm in 2010. But they love what they’re doing, she said, so it’s fun to fulfill their mission of creating value and doing great projects.
The biggest challenge Ms. Codina Barlick faces is achieving balance. In addition to her full-time job and civic involvement, she and her husband have three children. It’s impossible to get everything right all the time no matter what others may say to the contrary, she believes, so the most realistic approach is to face the likelihood of dropping a ball or two along the way either at work or home but knowing she just has to pick them up and keep going.
An ardent aficionada of ballet, it was a huge disappointment for Ms. Codina Barlick when she determined at any early age that, lacking flexibility and coordination, she was a bad dancer. But she loved it so much and grew up watching Miami City Ballet productions and remembers the company’s first Nutcracker. When Ms. Codina Barlick lived in New York, she attended as many as 10 performances by the New York City Ballet each year.
After she moved back to Miami in 2004, Ms. Codina Barlick wanted to get involved in the community. Given her passion for ballet, it was a natural fit to devote time and energy to the city’s ballet company. Ms. Codina Barlick served as president of the company’s board of directors for several years and is now vice chair.
She’s excited about the company’s future, describing it as having kept true to its roots, but it is also branching out, breaking barriers and working with a spirit of community engagement and collaboration.
Miami Today reporter Susan Danseyar interviewed Ms. Codina Barlick in her Coral Gables-based office.
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