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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, but not as much as she did…

Daniel Kodsi: Developing in second-largest US ongoing urban project

Daniel Kodsi: Developing in second-largest US ongoing urban project

Daniel Kodsi is one of the lead developers in the second-largest urban development in the nation: Miami Worldcenter. But before being a prominent Florida developer, as an 11-year-old and the…

Ariana Fajardo Orshan: Leading 200-plus prosecutors as new US attorney

Ariana Fajardo Orshan: Leading 200-plus prosecutors as new US attorney

As US attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan presides over more than 200 federal prosecutors in a demanding district encompassing nine counties. The former Eleventh Judicial…

Donna Shalala: Targeting breakthroughs on transportation, immigration

Donna Shalala: Targeting breakthroughs on transportation, immigration

Few can claim to have charted as adept a path through public and educational service as Donna Shalala, who last month showed she was far from done working by becoming…

David K.C. Chien: Represents economic, cultural interest of Taiwan here

David K.C. Chien: Represents economic, cultural interest of Taiwan here

As director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami, David K.C. Chien helms the diplomatic, consular and economic development headquarters of his home country in representing the…

Carlos Martinez: Public Defender’s Office handles 75,000 cases a year

Carlos Martinez: Public Defender’s Office handles 75,000 cases a year

Carlos Martinez’s almost 30 years of service in the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office – including his last decade as its top officer – has been a steady, unyielding effort to…

Carlos de la Cruz Jr.: Supporting world’s largest ecosystem restoration project

Carlos de la Cruz Jr.: Supporting world’s largest ecosystem restoration project

Carlos de la Cruz Jr. has helmed several organizations, but his current work as chairman-elect and treasurer of The Everglades Foundation will likely be most impactful. “[It’s] the largest ecosystem…

Michael Weiser: Seeking to grow ‘305-ness’ in culture at HistoryMiami

Michael Weiser: Seeking to grow ‘305-ness’ in culture at HistoryMiami

Michael Weiser may chair the board of trustees for HistoryMiami Museum, Florida’s largest history museum and South Florida’s second oldest cultural institution, but his passion for honoring Miami’s past is…

William Talbert III: Looking to game-changer convention headquarters hotel

William Talbert III: Looking to game-changer convention headquarters hotel

As president and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor Bureau, William Talbert III has for almost two decades steered the official destination and sales and marketing organization for…

Scott Robins: Targets Wynwood project after Miami Beach successes

Scott Robins: Targets Wynwood project after Miami Beach successes

Scott Robins, founder and CEO of Scott Robins Companies, has been changing the appearance, and consequently the culture, of Miami Beach since the 1980s.  With a portfolio primarily localized in…

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