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Tina Howell: Franchisee runs counseling business, writes on growth

Tina Howell was told as a teenager that she’d never get into college with the Ds and Fs she was earning in classes; at the rate she was going, adults told her, she’d never be successful…

Juan Perez: New Miami-Dade police director targets kids and guns

Juan Perez: New Miami-Dade police director targets kids and guns

Juan Perez knew he needed to put himself through college, so after graduating from high school he took a security job at Burdines, then the leading Florida department store chain.…

Aileen Bouclé: Heading county’s transportation planning organization

Aileen Bouclé: Heading county’s transportation planning organization

Aileen Bouclé was just a child when she developed a passion for transportation. Her family had the opportunity to live abroad, where she traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe on…

Julio Frenk: University of Miami president seeks training for change

Julio Frenk: University of Miami president seeks training for change

According to Julio Frenk, we are living in a complex, turbulent period and universities are absolutely crucial to successfully face challenges of the 21st century and beyond. They offer a…

Jay Pelham: Seeks to add public focus as new TotalBank president

Jay Pelham: Seeks to add public focus as new TotalBank president

Jay Pelham easily confesses he doesn’t have a traditional business degree and never wanted to be a banker. Upon graduating from college with a bachelor’s in economics, he looked for…

Ken Okaniwa: Sees US-Japan trade gains in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ken Okaniwa: Sees US-Japan trade gains in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ken Okaniwa was a junior high school student, living with his family in Yonkers, NY, when he first became interested in diplomatic work. Every school in the area took a…

Suzy Batlle: Ex-banker hit sweet spot founding Azucar Ice Cream

Suzy Batlle: Ex-banker hit sweet spot founding Azucar Ice Cream

Suzy Batlle didn’t know anything about running a business when she founded Azucar Ice Cream 4½ years ago. But her chosen career as a banker came to an abrupt halt…

Maureen Gragg: Leads Funding Arts Network team to aid 21 programs

Maureen Gragg: Leads Funding Arts Network team to aid 21 programs

When Maureen Gragg came to Miami 40 years ago she felt her new home was a cultural desert. Little by little she saw the arts grow and now thinks there…

Mike Reininger: At the controls of new Brightline railway operations

Mike Reininger: At the controls of new Brightline railway operations

When Brightline launches in mid-2017, President Mike Reininger is confident the rail service from Miami to West Palm Beach will be successful and enthusiastically welcomed by travelers. For one thing,…

Kirk Wagar: Miamian runs team of 300 as ambassador to Singapore

Kirk Wagar: Miamian runs team of 300 as ambassador to Singapore

Creativity, innovation, diversity, and fun – those are what Kirk Wagar lists as emblematic of America’s reputation and appeal in Singapore.  As US Ambassador to Singapore for 2½ years, he’s…

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