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South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Chief Franklin C. Adderley is a native of Fort Lauderdale and the youngest son of Bahamian immigrants, the late George and Frankielee Adderley. Chief Adderley was raised in the Fort Lauderdale’s Northwest Community. He attended Broward County Public Schools and is a 1979 graduate of Stranahan High School. Chief Adderley joined the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department in October 1980. He was the youngest cadet in the 81st graduating class of the Broward County Police Academy. On June 1, 2008, he was appointed as the first African-American Chief of Police in the history of Fort Lauderdale. Chief Adderley oversees a department which includes an annual budget of $100 million, 511 sworn police officers and 190 civilian employees.

Ms. Dionne Anderson is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Design Group of Miami, an event management, production and marketing solutions firm. Anderson began her entrepreneurial pursuits in 2000 when launching her own incentive travel company. Ms. Anderson was contracted by the Tom Joyner Foundation to create internal travel systems while managing event logistics during the first several years of the “Fantastic Voyage” cruise. Anderson, has also produced events for Magic Johnson, the 100 Blackman of America, University of Miami and celebrity wedding celebrations. Six years ago The Design Group was formed and currently is the décor & production provider for Humana Challenge, the Clinton Foundation, the Orange Bowl, Miami Dade Chamber and the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Born to Chinese and Trinidadian parents, Timon Balloo’s scrapbook of memories leads with days on the farm, ethnic recipes and a favorite pastime of watching not-so-traditional childhood television - PBS’ Yan Can Cook. So, in 1998 when Balloo enrolled in Johnson & Wales University, it came as no surprise to family and friends that he would pursue a career behind the stove. Balloo is the executive chef and partner of SUGARCANE. The eatery opened with much fanfare in 2010 and has been celebrated locally with a three star review from The Miami Herald; a nod for “Best New Restaurant,” and “Best Up-and-Coming Chef” from Miami New Times; and the titles, “Restaurant of the Year” and “Chef of the Year” (Miami) by Eater. On a national level, the restaurant earned recognition as a semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation and Balloo received a nomination for “The People’s Best New Chef” by Food & Wine in 2011.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Rodney Baltimore is a true community activist, for and ‘about’ the people. He has a genuine desire and calling to help those in need and he continues to have a major impact on this community with his extraordinary community outreach. Rodney is the executive producer and co-host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is an industry veteran having worked at, among other stations, WRBD, WOKB and 99 JAMZ. The level of his community service is unparalleled. His interviews play a key role in informing South Floridians about upcoming events, opportunities to serve and to help others. Rodney is a tireless advocate for the underprivileged in our community. He is an active member in more than a dozen organizations. Rodney has an encyclopedic knowledge of a wide variety of people, places, cultures, personalities and of course artists and music.

Denise Patricia Barrett-Johnson has been an educator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 18 years. Her crowning achievement to date was being selected as the recipient of the 2012-2013 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award by the Florida Department of Education. She now serves as Principal at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School. In 2012, Denise earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring women of all ages, modeling, reading, and traveling. She is the mother of a three year old son, Reginald. She is a member of A Place Called Hope Church in Cooper City, Florida.

Dr. M. Brian Blake is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. He has oversight and advocacy of university-wide graduate programs in addition to research programs for disciplines on the Coral Gables campus. He also oversees university-wide faculty enhancement and diversity efforts. As a Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Blake is an accomplished scholar having authored over 150 refereed publications. A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and George Mason University, prior to serving at UM, he was on the faculty of Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Blake resides in Pinecrest, FL with his wife, Bridget, and two sons Brendan and Bryce.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Donise E. Brown is a Director-Corporate Counsel for Starbucks Coffee Company. As Director Corporate Counsel for the Company’s Legal & Corporate Affairs Department (L&CA), Ms. Brown is responsible for providing legal support for all of Starbucks’s real estate matters in the Mid-Atlantic, Florida, and Southeast Regions. In addition to providing legal services for Starbucks, she serves as Co-Chair of the L&CA Diversity Committee which is responsible for, among other things, overseeing the surveying and review of its outside counsel annually to ensure that the firms retained by Starbucks reflect a commitment to diversity. Ms. Brown is a graduate of Howard University School of Law. She received her undergraduate education with honors from Tuskegee University.

Howard Brown, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. With over 10 years of financial healthcare experience in areas of general and operational accounting, he is responsible for overseeing the financial operations for the 357-bed acute care hospital and its departments. Brown has been a certified public accountant since February 2004 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Jimmy Brown served as a United Methodist Pastor for 37 years, retiring in 2011. During this time Dr. Brown led the congregations of Saint Paul UMC, Mount Sinai UMC, Kerr Memorial UMC, Ebenezer UMC, and Harris Chapel UMC. Dr. Brown and his wife Michelle have 5 sons and 10 grandchildren. Dr. Brown is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (1962 – 1969). He received the Bronze Star and the Air Force Commendation Medal for service during the Vietnam War. He is a retired Division Chief of Miami-Dade Police Department (30) years). Upon his retirement in 1999, he was Chief of the Special Investigation Division. He has hosted the ever-popular talk show “HOT TALK’ on WHQT-FM for over 22 years. He is an adjunct professor at Barry and Everest Universities. He is the President/CEO of JLB Consulting, Inc.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Mrs. Valtena G. Brown, a life-long educator was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She is responsible for the operational function of all Pre-K – 12 and Adult/ Vocational schools, in the fourth largest school system in the United States. Her role also includes the supervision of Transportation, Food and Nutrition Operations, Athletic/Activities, Federal and State Compliance Offices, Charter Schools Operations and Alternative Education. Mrs. Brown is married to Isaac and is the mother of Isha and Isaac, Jr. and the grandmother of Braylen. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Brown’s mission is to enrich the lives of children, families and communities, each child, each family and each community.

State Senator Dwight M. Bullard has been a teacher at Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami Florida since 2000 and on November 9h, 2012 he was sworn into office as state Senator of Florida District 39. Currently he serves as Vice Chair of Agriculture, and serves on committees ranging from the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and General Government to Environmental Preservation committees. Bullard has been a recipient of the Florida Education Association’s Freshman Friend of Public Education and Friend of Public Education Award, and the Florida Association of School Administrators’ Next Generation Leader Award. He is also a member of the South Dade Democrats, The Prince Hall Masons Johnny L. King Lodge #767 and the Richmond-Perrine Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

As the President/CEO of one of the fastest growing financial services firms in South Florida, Indra Campbell exemplifies the invaluable characteristics of a transformational leader of the 21st century. With a corporate mantra of “Global Focus, Local Reach”, ARCA Capital Investments, Inc. is poised to become an independent powerhouse with a strong institutional fixed income desk and an active retail brokerage unit providing financial services expertise to high net worth individuals and institutional customers. Under her stewardship, ARCA Capital Investments, Inc. is expected to grow exponentially within the next five years and become a competitive force in both the Caribbean and Latin American markets.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Leah A. Carpenter, FACHE, is the Administrator and CEO of Memorial Hospital Miramar. Carpenter’s healthcare career spans 26 years with exceptional leadership in profit and non-profit institutions and acute care settings. The last 11 years, she has held executive positions at Memorial Hospital Pembroke and Memorial Hospital Miramar. As chief nursing officer, she was instrumental in the design, construction and opening of Memorial Hospital Miramar in 2005 – the same hospital she now leads as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and is nationally recognized for her work in patient safety, quality and service.

Chantal Leconte, FACHE, has more than 35 years of healthcare experience and has worked in many roles ranging from nurse manager to hospital CEO. She is the CEO for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Administrator for Pediatric Services at Memorial Healthcare System. Prior to joining Memorial, she also spent more than 15 years with Cleveland Clinic. She holds a master’s degree in business with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. and a nursing degree from Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Nina Compton began her professional journey at Daniel in New York City. After moving to Miami, she had the privilege of working with some of South Florida’s top chefs including Norman Van Aken at Norman’s and Philippe Ruiz. Eventually, Chef Compton was recruited to Casa Casuarina, a private club and intimate boutique hotel where she was the Executive Chef. In 2008, the excitement behind the renovation of the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach, combined with the chance to work with Scott Conant, lured Chef Compton to Scarpetta.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Bill Diggs serves as chief executive officer for The Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce. Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce is Florida’s oldest Chamber of Commerce that has as its primary mission the growth and retention of minority businesses. The chamber has over 500 members whom Bill advocates for on a daily basis. He is a Board Member of The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Visitor’s Industry Council, South Florida Workforce and The Children’s Trust. Bill is the Immediate Past Chairman of Alonzo Mourning Charities. Bill is also past president and a founding member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. Bill also founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami. Its main goal is the mentoring, recruitment and retention of young black professionals in the South Florida area.

Since 1963, T. Willard Fair has served as the President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology, from Johnson C. Smith University in 1961 and an M.S.W. degree from Atlanta School of Social Work in 1963. Fair has served as an adjunct professor at the Atlanta University School of Social Work, Bethune Cookman College, FIU, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for Urban Leadership. Fair continues to serve on various boards where he has received more than 200 service & recognition awards promoting education and civil rights.

Chief Dwayne S. Flournoy is a native of Broward County, Florida and a 1984 graduate Boyd Anderson High School. Flournoy has been a member of the Hallandale Beach Police Department since 1987. Prior to joining the Hallandale Beach Police Department, he proudly served in the United States Army Military Police Corp. During his tenure as a Military Policeman, he served as a Traffic Accident Investigator at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. After graduating from the Broward County Police Academy Class 129, Chief Flournoy began his career as a patrol officer and was a member of the department's SWAT Team and later became the team leader. He has also worked as School Resource Officer, Narcotics Officer and Supervisor. Flournoy was promoted to his present position as Chief of Police on April 2, 2011. He earned bachelors and masters degrees in Public Administration from Barry University.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


The Honorable Darrin Gayles serves as judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Upon his appointment by then-Governor Charlie Crist, the former state chief noted: “Judge Gayles is widely known for his professionalism, fairness and effective administration of justice. His respect for the law, as well as for all who appear in his courtroom, will contribute to the Eleventh Circuit in a meaningful way.” Throughout his legal career, Gayles served on the Miami-Dade County Court, an assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and as assistant district counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University and his law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

History was made at Florida Memorial University when Charles George was elected chairman of the institution's Foundation Board and later as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. This was the first time a graduate of the University was elected to either position. He received a bachelor's degree from Florida Memorial University and his master's degree from Florida International University. His professional career includes 25 years as a public administrator and police officer in city and county governments. Prior to retirement, Mr. George owned a construction company. Numerous awards and recognitions have been presented to Mr. George for his professional and community involvement. Additionally, Mr. George still finds time to serve on the board of the family construction business, George Family and Associates, and provides consultant services.

Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright is a partner in Holland & Knight's Miami office practicing in the area of general civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment discrimination, civil rights, business torts and labor law. Ms. Cartwright also has experience in the litigation of cases involving trade secrets, defamation, fraud, civil theft, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and unfair competition. She currently serves on the firm's Directors Committee and is the Executive Partner of the firm's Miami office. She is recognized at a top attorney in Labor and Employment Law by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, South Florida Legal Guide and has been named both an Ultimate CEO and Most Influential Business Woman by the South Florida Business Journal.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Kevin Granville is a Captain with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The 21 year veteran is currently serving as the District Chief for the city of Dania Beach. During his career he has served in several capacities; starting out as the agency’s first college intern, road patrol, street crimes, motors, and the school resource unit. Kevin is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High and earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Bethune - Cookman College He is also a graduate of the distinguished University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course. Captain Granville sits on the advisory board for the Turner Tech High School’s Public Safety Academy and is the Executive Vice President for the N.O.B.L.E. South Florida Chapter.

For more than 28 years, Colonel Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. has been the President and CEO of Community Health of South Florida Inc.(CHI), a network of Federally Qualified Health Care Centers. Under his leadership, CHI has grown to include seven health care centers and 42 school based centers. His vision continues as the non-profit is planning on opening three new health care centers and a Children’s Crisis Center soon. He is a founding member of Health Choice Network and serves as Chairman of the Boards of Health Choice Network, Inc., and Health Choice Network of Florida. Hartley also volunteers his time with several organizations including: FAMU Foundation, Deering Estate Foundation, Alpha Rho Boule Foundation, South Florida Boys and Girls Choir, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

Having earned Bachelor Degrees in both Business Administration and Accounting, a Certificate in Financial Planning and an MBA, Michele Henney worked for various corporations including Chase, Omnicom and Dun and Bradstreet. Her areas of expertise include financial reporting and analysis, auditing, taxes and business valuation. For the past 6 years, she has worked as a Financial Controller and supervises a staff of 15. She is also a licensed Real Estate Agent. Regarded as a fashionista, Michele started Trunque in 2010 (a fashion, lifestyle and event company), which produced the Red Velvet Valentine’s Affair and Sundays Pon Di River events in 2013.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Marlon A. Hill is a founding partner with the law firm of delancyhill, P.A. practicing in the areas of general corporate, intellectual property/entertainment, and immigration transactions representing entrepreneurs, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Hill is a graduate of the Florida State University Colleges of Business & Law. Mr. Hill is an Inaugural Fellow of the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Initiative and has served as a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Miami Parking Authority, Miami Light Project, Miami Foundation, and an active member of the Orange Bowl Committee. Mr. Hill is currently the advisor to the Florida Caribbean Students Association and immediate past Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States (2006-2011). Mr. Hill is a weekly civic commentator, D’ Peoples Politics, on Caribbean Riddims, WZAB 880AM, every Saturday at 4pm covering issues of civic interest, legal concern, and social or cultural impact. Michael Hill is in his sixth full season as the Marlins’ General Manager in 2013, his 11th season with the Marlins overall. He has 18 seasons experience in various front office capacities following his retirement as a player. Hill, a 1993 graduate of Harvard University, was named to the “Hot List” by Black Enterprise magazine in 2003, a list that represents the best and brightest African American executives under the age of 40. In 2010, Hill was named one of The Grio’s 100 Black History Makers in the Making. Hill, wife Vivian and three sons, reside in Plantation Acres, Fla.

Fedrick C. Ingram, a Miami native, attended Miami-Dade County Public Schools, graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High, and obtained his BA degree in music education from Bethune Cookman University. Ingram was named the 2006 Francisco R. Walker, Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year and was one of five finalists for the Macy’s Florida Teacher of the Year. In 2007, Mr. Ingram was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of United Teachers of Dade, representing 34,000 school employees. He has served two consecutive terms and, in February 2013, he was elected President of UTD for a three-year term beginning May 16, 2013. Awards and recognitions include the NAACP Phoenix Award, the Education Fund’s Public School Alumni Achievement Award, and JM Family Enterprises’, African American Achiever Award 2013 for Education.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Patricia Jennings Braynon has been the Director of the Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade County since 1990. As the Director, she is responsible for the administration of the County's more than $2 billion bond financed housing programs. Mrs. Braynon also serves as the President of the Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Foundation, which furthers the goals and mission of the Authority. She is a member of the Board of Directors and served as President of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), a Washington, D.C. based non-profit association which advocates before Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues affecting affordable housing.

Gloria Kelly, educator, scientist and mother who strongly believes in giving back to the community and future generations. Born in Raleigh, NC; she graduated from FAMU College of Pharmacy and is the certified Clinical Consultant, MTM and Coagulation Specialist for Baptist Health South Florida eICU. Gloria is the former Director of Pharmacy for BHM, authored and published several clinical studies and serves as President of SFSHP. Gloria believes strongly in mentoring. She's a gardener hobbyist and occasional golfer when schedule allows. She believes in the clarion call of community service that "...we must all give more than we take...and leave more than we get..."

Lorna Kernizan, FACHE, CASC, recently promoted to chief operating officer at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, has been working in the South Florida hospital and healthcare community since 1994. Her career has come full circle, since her start was as a part time Administrative Intern at Aventura Hospital in March, 1994, earning credit towards her Masters in Business Administration, at University of Miami. Upon completion she received a position in the Medical Staff Office. Lorna is a member of the Board of the South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum and enjoys living in Pembroke Pines with her husband and two boys.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Melvin Kirk is Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering and Quality Operations for Ryder Systems, Inc., a FORTUNE® 500 global transportation and supply chain management solutions company. Mr. Kirk is a respected leader and mentor at Ryder, as he oversees company-wide efforts to drive operational excellence throughout Ryder’s 800 service locations in North America supporting a network of over 35,000 customers and 160,000 vehicles. He joined Ryder in 2012 with over 25 years of Operations and Lean-Six Sigma experience across several major industries. Mr. Kirk also actively supports local communities through mentoring and fundraising for charities.

Ms. Dionne Anderson is the Managing Director and co-founder of The Design Group of Miami, an event management, production and marketing solutions firm. Anderson began her entrepreneurial pursuits in 2000 when launching her own incentive travel company. Ms. Anderson was contracted by the Tom Joyner Foundation to create internal travel systems while managing event logistics during the first several years of the “Fantastic Voyage” cruise. Anderson, has also produced events for Magic Johnson, the 100 Blackman of America, University of Miami and celebrity wedding celebrations. Six years ago The Design Group was formed and currently is the décor & production provider for Humana Challenge, the Clinton Foundation, the Orange Bowl, Miami Dade Chamber and the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Marc Love is the Vice President of Managed Care Operations for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's health insurance plans in Florida, Positive Healthcare Partners and Positive Healthcare Florida. AHF is the largest provider of AIDS care in the world. Mr. Love provides executive leadership and strategic direction to these health plans which provide coverage to Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS. Since earning his MBA from Howard University, Mr. Love has held a variety of leadership positions. He also sits on healthcare related boards and volunteers in community outreach programs with his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Peter Bedeau London, originally from Trinidad & Tobago, was artistic director for the Barataria Dance Group and principal with Astor Johnson Dance Theater. 1987, received the first Martha Hill Prize for “Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance” upon graduation from the Juilliard School. A scholarship student at the AILEY school, he toured internationally with the Jose Limon and Martha Graham Dance Companies. Professor at Miami Dade College/New World School of the Arts since 1987. Founded Peter London Global Dance Company in 2010 and winner of a 2011 Knight Foundation Grant. A 2012 ICABA award recipient and is an American Jewish Committee Honoree.

Suzan McDowell is the owner and chief executive officer of Circle of One Marketing, a fullservice marketing agency servicing general market clients and can also claim a handle on the inside track to the African American, Caribbean, Latin and Central American communities. Educated at the University of Texas at Austin, Suzan left clutching a BA in Advertising and started her career working for a Dallas based newspaper selling ads and basically calling people to see if their refrigerator was running. She then worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner then moved East to New Miami Magazine where she generated new business accounts and honed her skills in copywriting and creative services. From magazine and newspaper she moved into the glory and limelight of South Florida radio where she made her mark as a top seller for twelve (12) consecutive years at HOT 105 Radio. She led the team in billing, sales, event sponsor acquisition and new business development.

The Honorable Wayne M. Messam is a local business man. Through his leadership, Messam Construction has successfully completed projects for clients including Palm Beach School District, University of Miami and Miami Dade College, etc. Mr. Messam holds several certifications and credentials in Construction Project Management. In addition to his professional leadership to his firm, Messam is involved in the community. In 2011, he was elected a Miramar City Commissioner. The commissioner also serves on several boards. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a Life Member of the Florida State University Alumni.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Dr. Stacey Oddman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Florida International University and her Doctorate in Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Family Practice Residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Oddman is the Chief of the Family Medicine Department at Holy Cross Hospital. She serves on multiple committees at Holy Cross and also dedicates time to the community. She volunteers at Light of the World Clinic providing care to the uninsured, publishes healthcare related articles and conducts lectures to various professional and social groups.

J.D. Patterson has been a law enforcement officer for 30 years, and has served the MiamiDade Police Department (MDPD), continuously since 1985. During his career at MDPD, he served in various capacities. In 2004, Patterson was appointed Assistant Director of Support Services, where his responsibilities included developing the budget for the eighth largest law enforcement agency in the southeastern United States. Throughout his career, he served communities throughout Miami-Dade County, including Northside, Kendall, Miami-Lakes, Doral, and Carol City. He is a lifelong Miamian, born at Jackson Memorial Hospital, raised in Brownsville and graduating from Miami Jackson Senior High. The former Air Force Staff Sargent earned an associate's degree from Miami-Dade Community College; a bachelor's degree from Barry University; and a master's degree from the University of Miami.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Natalie Piner’s drive, intuitiveness and open-mindedness make her ideally suited for the Human Resources profession. This Miami native started her career as a Knight Ridder intern while attending college, where she served as Miss Tuskegee University. In 2000, she left the Miami Herald to pursue her Master's Degree in Divinity. Through her ministry, Natalie has touched many with her dynamic words and exposed youth to local influential speakers, surfing lessons and more. In 2005, Natalie returned to the Miami Herald. In 2011, she was promoted to HR manager. She is the HR point person for advertising and the business-side talent acquisition lead. She has been married to Eric Piner since 1999. They have 3 sons: Khari, Jaden, and Jordan.

Alexander T. Proctor is a Certified Diamontologist and Guild Gemologist who understands that the true value of jewelry is in the real life celebrations it represents not just appraised cost. As the General Manager of the newest Jared the Galleria of Jewelry (Aventura, FL), with over 20 years of fine jewelry experience, Alexander has shown an overwhelming commitment to customers first satisfaction combined with the highest ethical standards. His motto is “Under Promise and Over Deliver”.

Teresa Randolph is a Florida-licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 31 years of experience in the accounting profession. Randolph is the Controller and senior director of Finance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, she reports to the Vice-President, Strategic Services and Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Accounting department for the Trust and three other entities, including show and event settlements, payroll, financial reporting, budgeting, maintaining the general ledger and financial systems, regulatory compliance and external audits. Ms. Randolph earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Miami. The Miami-natibve lives in El Portal with her son and daughter.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Damita Salters is a Vice President and Consumer Market Manager for Bank of America. In this role, she leads 14 banking center teams in providing innovative products and services to meet the financial needs of over 113,000 households in the Broward County community. Through In addition to her current role, Ms. Salters serves as chair of the South Florida Chapter of the Black Professional Group. BPG is one of the leading Employee Network Groups within Bank of America whose focus is to maximize the contributions and enhance the professional development of its members across lines of businesses and the franchise. Salters earned a Bachelor Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Finance from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina and resides in Weston, Florida.

Sandy A. Sears has served Jackson Health System for 38 years in several capacities. Currently, she is chief administrative officer at Jackson North Medical Center, acquired by JHS in 2006. Under her leadership, Jackson North has been recognized for excellence in oncology services, maternity services, surgical services, cardiovascular, stroke, bariatrics, and other growth initiatives. Sears joined Jackson in 1975 as an assistant administrator. Sears rose steadily through the Jackson ranks to senior vice president of ambulatory and community health services, providing leadership for a network of primary care centers, school based health centers, hospital based specialty and subspecialty clinics, and other community health programs.

Trabian Shorters has a long history of creating and running innovative networks for the public good. As Vice President of Communities for Knight Foundation he is responsible for making informed and engaged communities in 26 large and small cities across the US. He is responsible for the Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC), a field-leading initiative to get hundreds of foundations to support local news and information. He is the principal behind Knight’s ground-breaking Black Male Engagement (BMe) work which focuses on thousands of black men as catalysts for positive local action. The Communities Program portfolio includes over $300M in active grants and endowments.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Broward County. Dr. Smith-Baugh is responsible for leading the organization's efforts to assist Broward's African American community achieve social and economic equality. Dr. Smith-Baugh has more than fifteen years of not-for-profit experience, including government relations, advocacy and youth development—on the local, regional and national levels. A native of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, Dr. Smith-Baugh currently holds several degrees including a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication and a Master's Degree in Social Work Administration from Florida State University. In 2005, she received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Non-Profit Leadership and Management. Dr. Smith-Baugh is married to Paul Allan Baugh, an administrator for the School Board of Broward County. They are the proud parents of Allan and Victoria .

Representative Cynthia Stafford represents Florida’s 109th Legislative District. First elected to the Florida House in 2010 and subsequently re-elected to a second term in 2012, Rep. Stafford currently serves on the Appropriations and Education committees; the Civil Justice (Democratic Ranking Member), Business and Professional Regulation subcommittees; and the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee and Select Committee on Gaming. As a freshman Legislator, Rep. Stafford was selected by the Speaker of the House in 2011 to serve as a member of the 2012 Presidential Primary Preference Selection Committee. Rep. Stafford is an attorney and adjunct professor. The Miami-native earned a BA in Communication Arts from St. Thomas University and a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law. She is a member of the Florida Bar and licensed to practice in the State of Florida.

Susan Summons, Miami Dade College’s head women’s basketball coach for 27 years and a professor, has been recognized as one of the best coaches in the nation. She will be inducted in the 2013 NJCAA Hall of Fame. Among her honors, Summons was named TOP 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America and an MDC Endowed Teaching Chair. A motivational speaker, she was chosen by Dr. Rev Jesse Jackson to speak at the 2011 National Rainbow PUSH Convention. Summons founded a local youth sports and life skills program. Her Lady Sharks boast one of the nation’s highest graduation rates (93-percent).

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The Honorable Perry Thurston is a third generation Floridian and a graduate of Pompano Beach Senior High School. After graduation, he immediately matriculated at Morehouse College, graduating with a B.A in Finance in 1982. He later attended the University of Miami’s School of Law, earning a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1987. Upon graduation he joined the Broward County Public Defender’s Office as Assistant Public Defender in 1988. He moved into private practice in 1992, where he specialized in criminal defense and public finance. Thurston was elected as State Representative for House District 93 in 2006. In March 2011, he was elected Speaker-Elect for the Democratic Party for the 2012-2014 Session.

The Honorable Otis T. Wallace has served as mayor of Florida City for three decades. The South Dade-native is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University Of Miami School Of Law. After graduating from Law School, Mayor Wallace worked as attorney in the Dade County Public Defender’s Office. Under Wallace’s leadership, Florida City has grown to include major retailers, attract diverse lodging interests, increase firms and built a state-of-the-art City Hall facility. The mayor has or currently serves as a leader in various organizations including: the Vision Council, the Mayor’s Roundtable, the Florida City Redevelopment Agency, and Florida City Pop Warner Football, among others.

South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Business Leaders of 2013


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