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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…

Laura Maydón: Endeavor director targets high-impact entrepreneurs

Laura Maydón: Endeavor director targets high-impact entrepreneurs

Laura Maydón never believed “being in the right place at the right time” had any validity until it happened to her. She was living in Miami where she wanted to…

Gia Arbogast: Building on technology at Miami-Dade Public Library

Gia Arbogast: Building on technology at Miami-Dade Public Library

While an undergraduate at the University of Miami, Gia Arbogast learned a position was opening up at a library branch in Carol City. She took the part-time job but, after…

Özgür Altan: Turkish consul general creates links for trade, culture

Özgür Altan: Turkish consul general creates links for trade, culture

Turkish Consul General Özgür Kivanc Altan has only been in Miami a little over a year but already has helped to establish a daily non-stop flight to Istanbul, collaborated with…

Larry Rice: New president is leading Johnson & Wales campus

Larry Rice: New president is leading Johnson & Wales campus

For eight years Larry Rice was a certified mediator and provided conflict resolution skills for industry leaders. Today, as president of Johnson & Wales University North Miami Campus, he uses…

Eric Mendelson: Oversees high-flying aerospace corporation HEICO

Eric Mendelson: Oversees high-flying aerospace corporation HEICO

Eric Mendelson didn’t know anything about the aerospace industry when he graduated from college and entered the working world. He and his brother were involved from an early age in…

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…

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