Although tourists may think otherwise, distracted by seven or eight miles of pristine beaches, Art Deco ornamentation and a stunning mid-winter array of tropical plants that are surprisingly green for March, being mayor of Miami Beach is no, well, walk on the beach.
But new Mayor Philip Levine is adjusting nicely to his now full-time role as mayor. He’s already made waves tackling big issues for the Beach, from the Miami Beach Convention Center renovation to combating rising seas to alleviating the surge of traffic on Alton Road.
And it’s only been a couple of months.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Levine at his City Hall office.
A little more than six weeks into her role as head of the Miami Branch of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta, Karen Gilmore is adjusting nicely.
The Doral-area compound where Greater Miami’s cash operations are housed provides a different view of the area than that which her previous roles in the banking industry offered. But it’s just that – her 30-plus years in the Miami business and banking community – that make her perfectly suited to her new role.
And while she’s already come out of retirement once before, to co-found a consulting firm, Ms. Gilmore expects to be in her new role for quite some time.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Ms. Gilmore in a board room at the Miami Federal Reserve.
At her six-month evaluation as interim president of Florida Memorial University, Dr. Roslyn Artis jumped into her role permanently.
Massachusetts born and West Virginia raised, Dr. Artis is a veteran of university administration and brings a lot to table for the Miami Gardens institution, from her past as a lawyer to her fundraising efforts for other colleges and universities.
And now that she’s at Florida Memorial University to stay, she can finally redecorate her office. Plywood paneling just doesn’t suit the university’s newest president. Perhaps window treatments?
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Dr. Artis at her office.
After a year pushing forward as the new senior managing director for Cushman & Wakefield, South Florida, Paul Waters may finally get to have a little bit of fun. Maybe.
In the past year, his firm had 13 new hires, and over the next year he is expecting to do the same. All of the additions to Cushman & Wakefield, one of the large brokerage firms in Miami, South Florida, the US and abroad, including Mr. Waters himself, point to a strong real estate market moving forward. After all, if the same company that holds Ferrari is betting on industrial, office and multi-family spaces in South Florida, the development business is sure to be looking up.
But no, if you were wondering. Cushman & Wakefield employees don't get a Ferrari discount. And yes, an employee did ask. Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Waters in his Miami office
Keon Hardemon is a native Miamian. After learning from, listening to and watching his elders, whether they were his family members (of which there are many), community leaders, professors or coworkers, Mr. Hardemon took everything he knows and put it toward getting was elected as District 5 city commissioner last fall.
Now, he represents the very place he grew up in.
Drawing on his childhood experiences, his time as a pharmaceutical representative and as a public defender in Miami, Mr. Hardemon is synthesizing it all for his role as a public servant.
All by time he hit 30.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interview Mr. Hardemon at Miami City Hall.
Mary Cagle is having a busy start to the year. She’s transitioning from being Florida Department of Children and Families statewide director of Children’s Legal Services to Miami-Dade’s Inspector General.
The Palmetto Bay resident spent January wrapping up her current role (and office) and moving a couple blocks to her new professional home, where there are more than a few familiar faces.
Ms. Cagle is a veteran of Miami’s legal scene and local government, and at this point in her career there are bound to be at least one or two former co-workers. Or bosses, or mentees…
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Ms. Cagle at the State Building in downtown Miami.
If it’s hard for students to return to school after winter break, it may be even more difficult for a college provost. Rolando Montoya, provost of Miami Dade College, doesn’t have just a couple classes to worry about – he has an entire school.
And his school has multiple campuses.
But Mr. Montoya, unlike a perhaps unwilling college freshmen, was looking forward to the new semester this month when he sat down with Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff in his office at the Wolfson Campus.
Which is a good thing, considering he’s been at MDC nearly 30 years. He’s not just in school for the years it takes to get a degree. He’s there for good.
For a man who’s been around the world, with his family in tow nonetheless, Germany’s Consul General Juergen Borsch has a remarkable energy.
For other consuls, you might console yourself with the knowledge that he’s still in his first year at his Miami post. After Warsaw, Damascus, Bonn and Berlin to name just a few previous landing spots, Mr. Borsch has found a new home on Biscayne Boulevard for his four-year gig as Deutschland’s consul.
Whether it’s the artistic culture, the vibrancy of the music scene, or the diversity of the food – there’s an Italian restaurant around the block from the office he claims (multiple times) is his and his coworker’s watering hole – Mr. Borsch is happy to be here.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Borsch at the German Consulate in Miami in December.
Frank Carollo is a born-and-raised Miami commissioner, and he has the alumnus status of Miami-area universities to prove it. For his current role as District 3 commissioner, Mr. Carollo draws on his experience as a CPA, fraud investigator, SWAT team member and Miami-Dade policeman.
At his office at City Hall on Biscayne Bay, the view is spectacular. Compared with his “day-job” office space as a CPA, his 2½ year-old daughter Briana prefers the digs on the bay.
We can see why: whether it’s the signed and encased Heat memorabilia, one of Shaq’s gigantic shoes, Briana’s assortment of toys, or the poster of his stint for the 1995 Miami-Dade Police Department calendar (sunset and tight black shirt included), Mr. Carollo’s diverse interests clearly influence his role as public servant.
Miami Today reporter Nina Lincoff interviewed Mr. Carollo in early December at his City Hall office.
Aaron Podhurst is well known as an attorney for many aviation and personal injury cases. He co-founded Podhurst Orseck in 1967, which has also focused on general commercial litigation.
Parallel to his extensive career, Mr. Podhurst has been part of many organizations in the community.
He has been a board member of what was the Miami Art Museum for 29 years and has been chairman of the board for 15. He has devoted much time and energy to create what is now a reality: the Perez Art Museum Miami, which opened in early December at Museum Park on Biscayne Boulevard.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Podhurst in his office downtown shortly before the museum opened.
Victoria Mendez has been with the City of Miami nine years and was appointed city attorney in September. Throughout that time she has worked in several practice areas of municipal law and coordinated the internship program.
Ms. Mendez is passionate about working in the public sector and says her goal is to make the office as proactive as possible to better serve the city.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Ms. Mendez at her office in downtown Miami.
Larry Williams, who has spent 20 years in economic development, recently become Beacon Council president and CEO. Prior to coming to Miami in October, he worked in Atlanta, Seattle and Raleigh. Mr. Williams is still learning and meeting with community leaders before deciding on a plan of action.
However, he sees great potential for Miami-Dade in trade and logistics, information technology, healthcare and life sciences, as well as the Asian markets, in addition to Latin America and Europe.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Williams in his office in Brickell.
Arnold Donald has a light-hearted sense of humor. But then again, he is now president and CEO of a corporation aimed at leisure and travel: Carnival. After a 20-plus-year career at Monsanto, where he ran several divisions, he went on to head the artificial sweetener company Merisant.
He had been part of Carnival’s board since 2001 when he got a call from Micky Arison, former president and CEO and son of founder Ted Arison, offering him the position. Micky Arison is still chairman of the board.
After being on the job for just over three months, Mr. Donald targets better coordination and collaboration across the brands and has plans to add eight more ships over the next three years.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mr. Donald in his office in Doral.
Wayne Slaton was the first Miami Lakes mayor after the town’s incorporation in 2000. He was in office eight years after decades of being involved in the community through civic and homeowners associations.
After Michael Pizzi was arrested on corruption charges by the FBI and left office in August, Mr. Slaton won a special election Oct. 1. Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Mayor Slaton at Miami Lakes Town Hall.
New Yorker by birth but a true Miami native, Barbara Jordan has been involved with Miami-Dade County throughout most of her career: on the administrative side she rose to assistant county manager, and she has now been a commissioner since 2004.
Economic development and employment, housing and transportation, education as well as incorporation and annexation are all issues that concern her in the county.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Commissioner Jordan in her district office in Miami Gardens.
Alina Interián has been involved with the arts for most of her career. She was executive director of the Miami Book Fair International for 11 years and in 2000 she started overseeing the Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC, which included the fair itself as well as other activities. Last year, Ms. Interián took on a bigger scope as she became senior executive director of the Miami Dade College’s Cultural Affairs Department. As the 30th Miami Book Fair International is coming up Nov. 17 to 24, Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Ms. Interian in her office in downtown Miami.
Laurence Dubey has come a long way from Switzerland. After deciding she wanted to see the world and travel, she studied hospitality and has worked in the Americas and in Europe. After years with the Ritz-Carlton, Ms. Dubey decided to join the Viceroy Hotel Group and move to Miami. She now manages the 148-room boutique hotel, which opened in Brickell in 2009.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Ms. Dubey in one of the Viceroy’s suites in Brickell.
Miami Bridge, Youth and Family Services is the only emergency shelter for homeless or abandoned young people ages 10 to 18 in Miami-Dade County. The face is Mary Andrews, executive director, who has an extensive background in psychology and rehabilitation and a natural ability for empathy. She’s working with the county to achieve the possibility of helping young adults who are not in the foster system after they turn 18.
Miami Today reporter Vanessa Zambrano interviewed Ms. Andrews in the shelter in Miami.