Meet the 2018 South Florida Power Leaders

By: South Florida Business Journal Staff
January 2018

This year, as in years past, the list of South Florida Power Leaders reflects a dynamic regional marketplace. Of the 153 executives on our list, 57 were not on last year’s list. Newcomers represent such sectors as construction, travel and tourism, regional business development and even pet supplies, which saw home-grown acquired for a rumored $3.35 billion last year.

These Power Leaders not only steered their companies to prosperity, but they’ve helped the region thrive. On their watch, Palm Beach County’s jobless rate dropped to 3.6 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, resulting from 21 relocations and expansions and capital investment of $158.4 million facilitated by the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. In Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Beacon Council assisted 46 companies to create thousands of new jobs and generate $209.7 million in new capital investment. In Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance assisted companies in creating or retaining almost 4,000 jobs and securing $256 million in new capital investment.

Growth drives new opportunity, however our list reflects stability. This year, eight Icons and 29 five-time honorees are profiled.
Together, they help drive a dynamic economy with a promising future.

Mike Finney

President/CEO, Miami-Dade Beacon Council

80 S.W. Eighth St., Suite 2400, Miami 33130

(305) 607-5169

Education:B.B.A., Saginaw Valley State University; M.A., human resources, Central Michigan University

What drives you? I’m driven by the opportunity to see the social impact of the work that I do, and how it transforms people’s lives.

If you could ask one leader one question? I would ask Charlie Munger, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, for a detailed business decision-making process between him and Warren Buffet.

Advice to your 21-year-old self? The same advice to marry Gina, my loving wife, at
27. She has been my incredible supporter, both professionally and personally.

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