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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 field trip to the United Nations.…

Alice Bravo: Transit chief seeks alternatives to use of private cars

Alice Bravo: Transit chief seeks alternatives to use of private cars

It hasn’t been long since Alice Bravo took the helm of Miami-Dade Transit but she’s already raising new ideas for an improved, well-used system. Ms. Bravo says her goals are…

Rene Ruiz: Fashion designer targets Hialeah manufacturing jobs

Rene Ruiz: Fashion designer targets Hialeah manufacturing jobs

When Rene Ruiz was a child growing up in Cuba among what he describes as a lot of misery, he escaped reality by going to old movies. Spotting Greta Garbo…

Wayne Eldred: Restaurateur promotes service as Coral Gables theme

Wayne Eldred: Restaurateur promotes service as Coral Gables theme

As the owner of a busy restaurant on Miracle Mile, as well as a member of the Business Improvement District and now chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce,…

Tim Rodgers: Looks at plans for $10 million Wolfsonian expansion

Tim Rodgers: Looks at plans for $10 million Wolfsonian expansion

Tim Rodgers didn’t follow the route he originally planned after receiving his doctorate in art history. He attended graduate school to go into museum work, but professors encouraged him to…

Donna Abood: Chairing Beacon Council drive to lure new business

Donna Abood: Chairing Beacon Council drive to lure new business

With 30 years experience in commercial real estate, Donna Abood is at a stage in her career where she’s built strong relationships from which she finds repeat business for the…

Cristina Mas: ‘Community Builder’ honoree relishes digital change

Cristina Mas: ‘Community Builder’ honoree relishes digital change

When the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored Cristina Mas by naming her Community Builder during the annual George E. Merrick community awards dinner at the University of Miami in…

Helio Vitor Ramos Filho: Helping forge Brazil’s business ties to South Florida

Helio Vitor Ramos Filho: Helping forge Brazil’s business ties to South Florida

Helio Vitor Ramos Filho no longer remembers what originally drew him to diplomatic work. His father was a congressman, mainly focused on international relations. As a result, the family traveled…

Jim Murley: Leads regional planning council to meet area’s needs

Jim Murley: Leads regional planning council to meet area’s needs

Jim Murley likes to say this state is a dress rehearsal for the rest of the country and South Florida, in particular, is a great place to identify issues the…

Felice Gorordo: Building a business around immigration status needs

Felice Gorordo: Building a business around immigration status needs

At the close of his 2011-12 stint as a White House Fellow working for President Obama’s domestic policy council and in public engagement, Felice Gorordo was thinking about what to…

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