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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 family generations. Her first teacher in that…

Michael Spring: Arts guru is playing a far larger role on county’s stage

Michael Spring: Arts guru is playing a far larger role on county’s stage

It’s been 18 years since Miami Today last profiled Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring, and while much of his department’s mission remains largely the same, its impact has grown…

Nitin Motwani: ‘Surprises’ due at $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter project

Nitin Motwani: ‘Surprises’ due at $1.2 billion Miami Worldcenter project

A lot has happened since Nitin Motwani came on as managing principal of Miami Worldcenter Associates in 2006. The nation endured a recession. Smart devices put the knowledge of the…

Moishe Mana: Billionaire investor targets two ambitious Miami projects

Moishe Mana: Billionaire investor targets two ambitious Miami projects

Moishe Mana has high hopes for Miami. The self-made billionaire businessman and real estate developer envisions the city and its surrounding areas as the future commerce connector between the Americas…

Karyn Cunningham Palmetto Bay mayor seeks creation of vibrant downtown

Karyn Cunningham Palmetto Bay mayor seeks creation of vibrant downtown

Palmetto Bay Mayor Karyn Cunningham believes that everyone has tipping points in life, occasions when enough factors are in play to spur positive change. For her, that moment came after…

Chris Cruzpino: Leading the Miami-Dade market for Regions Bank

Chris Cruzpino: Leading the Miami-Dade market for Regions Bank

Christina “Chris” Cruzpino this year is celebrating 35 years in banking, a career she began in 1984 with what at the time was the largest commercial bank in Florida, Barnett…

Russell Galbut: Guiding Crescent Heights, chairing Norwegian Cruises

Russell Galbut: Guiding Crescent Heights, chairing Norwegian Cruises

Russell Galbut was born at just the right time to become dazzled by Miami Beach. It was after World War II, during the economic boom of the ’50s and ’60s.…

Crystal Wagar: Miami Shores mayor foresees growth of young families

Crystal Wagar: Miami Shores mayor foresees growth of young families

Crystal Wagar didn’t necessarily set out to make history when she ran for Miami Shores Village Council this year, but she did. After votes were tallied in March following a…

Leigh-Ann Buchanan: Executive director of linkage site Venture Café Miami

Leigh-Ann Buchanan: Executive director of linkage site Venture Café Miami

As a lawyer, Leigh-Ann Buchanan specialized in complex commercial and financial litigation focusing on white-collar defense. Ms. Buchanan, founding executive director of Venture Café Miami, said she enjoyed the work,…

Freddie Peterson: Convention center targeting ‘sweet spot’ medical meetings

Freddie Peterson: Convention center targeting ‘sweet spot’ medical meetings

After a 20-year career at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Spectra Venue Management, Freddie Peterson heard about an opening for a general manager at the newly renovated convention center…

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