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Jose Gonzalez: Developer leads Builders Association of South Florida

The original plan after high school was to become a lawyer, said Jose Gonzalez, executive vice president of Florida East Coast Industries. But like many, he had to work to get through college, and the first job…

Jose Arrojo: Leading county Commission on Ethics and Public Trust

Jose Arrojo: Leading county Commission on Ethics and Public Trust

Jose Arrojo spent much of his first year as executive director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust reshaping the office’s inner workings while keeping close watch on…

Mitchell Kaplan: Bookstore guru crosses media lines via films, podcasts

Mitchell Kaplan: Bookstore guru crosses media lines via films, podcasts

It’s a good thing for Miami-Dade that Mitchell Kaplan decided against becoming a lawyer. The founder and president of Books & Books has done a lot to deepen the county’s…

Kathryn Mikesell: Brings global artists here, houses local artists affordably

Kathryn Mikesell: Brings global artists here, houses local artists affordably

For Kathryn Mikesell and her husband, Dan, the Fountainhead Residency and Studios began as ways for the arts enthusiasts to give back to the Miami arts community in a unique,…

Ed Marquez: Keeps county finances in line as budget nears $9 billion

Ed Marquez: Keeps county finances in line as budget nears $9 billion

Miami-Dade Deputy Mayor Ed Marquez has seen a lot over the last 40 years, more than three decades of which he’s spent serving the county on and off. As financial…

Mike Allen: New president weighs Barry University growth trajectory

Mike Allen: New president weighs Barry University growth trajectory

On Friday, Mike Allen celebrated one month as Barry University’s seventh president, a role and responsibility he treats with patient optimism and deep respect. As the first man and layperson…

Nicolette Brent: British consul general brings county a new sister city

Nicolette Brent: British consul general brings county a new sister city

Nicolette Brent felt the draw of public service from a young age, and she came by that sense of duty honestly. Her grandfather had served in the military, and her…

Jason Spiegel: Driving Freebee local transit into many communities

Jason Spiegel: Driving Freebee local transit into many communities

When Jason Spiegel launched Freebee with co-founder Kris Kimball in February 2012, the free on-demand ride-hailing service’s business model was markedly different than it is today. As he tells it,…

Jorge Pérez: Condo king transferring control of his Related Group

Jorge Pérez: Condo king transferring control of his Related Group

Jorge Pérez likes to lead by example. “My management style is, ‘Follow me,’” said the reigning condo king of Miami whose real estate firm, The Related Group, has by his…

Karla Hernandez-Mats: Leading United Teachers of Dade, largest Southeast union

Karla Hernandez-Mats: Leading United Teachers of Dade, largest Southeast union

Karla Hernandez-Mats grew up aware of unions. A first-generation American born to Honduran immigrants, the twice-elected United Teachers of Dade (UTD) president learned about the power of advocacy from two…

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