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Power Moves

CrabMan 305 ‘Clawing’ to the Top of Restaurant Biz



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Who Are


Changing the Game Ira Hall Michael Finney Sope Aluko



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Occasionally, a Legacy reader will approach me saying they missed qualifying for our “40 Under 40” award by just one birthday (ok, for others who approach me, they may have missed it by quite a few more birthdays). I’ll usually quip back, “There’s still a chance you’ll be nominated for your life-long

accomplishments in Legacy’s annual ‘Power’ issue, which has no age limit.” That’s usually followed by a few seconds of silence, I assume, to self-assess if they measure up for such a career-defining honor. The truth of the matter is, the influential Black Americans featured in this issue run the gamut in terms of age, position, and talent. And power holds different meanings, depending on who you ask. Take North Bay Village Vice Mayor Andreana Jackson, for example, who describes herself as a Xennial, born on the cusp between Generation X and the Millennials. She was destined to take on a leadership role, having been mentored in the Chief of Staff office at the Command General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth before later being hired as a consultant for the military’s

training program. She credits the federal government’s high level of professionalism for preparing her to become a public servant. “It means that I’m able to help people,” said Jackson, whose term runs through 2020. “It has something to do with the fact that I’m able to bring people together. I’m able to assist and go beyond expectations and get answers that the average person isn’t able to.” Miami-Dade County School Board member Steve Gallon, Legacy’s Educator of the Year, stops short of describing his position as powerful. “I don’t view it as a position of ‘power’ as much as I view and embrace my present space as a position of obligation, opportunity, and responsibility as it relates to the children and community that look to and rely on my leadership,”

Gallon said. Other honorees tell me their privileged positions give them the flexibility and freedom to maneuver through society on their own terms. But with power also comes responsibility and, for some, the temptation to misuse that power. “But I believe as the Bible states, “To whom much is given, much is required,” Gallon added. Each of the Honorees in this edition have their own story of struggle and success. If you happen to see them around Miami, I’m certain you could steal a few minutes of their time to learn how to positions yourself for greatness.

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Introducing Miami's 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018

Sope Aluko Actress The Black Panther

Javonté Anyabwelé, MBA VP, Global Strategic Sourcing Carnival Corporation

Wayman G. Bannerman, MBA Chief of Staff Office of Com. Dennis Moss

Christopher Benjamin, J.D. Managing Shareholder The Barrister Firm, P.A.

Carolyn Bermudez VP of Operations Florida City Gas

Miko Branch CEO Miss Jessie's LLC

Nicole Bronson CEO Anointed Florist & Gift Shop

Shekeria Brown, AICP Executive Director South Florida CDC

Sandra Carey, BA, MPA Deputy Consul General Bahamas Consulate General Miami

Marke Dickinson, MBA, MPP Chief Marketing Officer ChenMed, LLC

Hon. Patricia Fairclough, Ed.S. Councilwoman City of Homestead

Michael Finney President & CEO Beacon Council

Tamu Fourie, JD, MPH Senior Corporate Counsel Baptist Health South Florida

Ira Hall, MBA Chairman, Board of Directors, Performing Arts Center Trust

John Hall, MBA Executive Director Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at MDC

Elsie Hamler, JD CEO Outlook International, Inc.

Hon. Roy Hardemon State Representative Fla. House, District 108

Rodney Harris Councilman City of Miami Gardens

Roy Hawkins, Jr. SVP & Chief Executive Officer Jackson Health System Jackson North Medical Center

Judge Eric Hendon 11th Judicial Circuit Court Miami-Dade County

Robert Holland, JD Attorney at Law Law Offices of Robert W. Holland

Hon. Andrea Jackson Vice Mayor Village of North Bay

Teresa Jackson, DNP, ARNP Nurse Practitioner Jessie Trice Community Health System

Jean Jouvens Chef Miami, Florida

Mamie Joeveer, JD Litigation Attorney AXS Law Group

John Johnson, MBA, CJM, CPM Division Chief Miami-Dade County Correrctions and Rehabilitation Department

Hon. William Johnson Active Senior Judge 11th Judicial Circuit, Fla

Mac-Kinley Lauriston, MPA Chief of Staff Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners

Dr. Joycelyn Lawrence, MD Chief Medical Officer Jessie Trice Community Health System, Inc.

Robert Lemon, D.R. Ed. CEO Believe Your Dreams Inc. / Believers

Ian Moffet Chief of Police Miami- Dade Schools Police Department

Holly Moreau, Pharm.D. Pharmacy Director Prestige Health Choice

Hon. Gordon Murray Circuit Judge (Criminal) 11th Judicial Circuit, Fla

Camille Neal, B.S. Realtor Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Jonathan Smith Franchise Owner ServiceMaster by Alpha Restoration

Hon. Rodney Smith Circuit Judge (Civil) 11th Judicial Circuit, Fla

Andre Ragin, MS Chief of Staff Office of Comm. Jordan

Denella Ri’chard, MBA Senior Director, Trade Communications & Engagement Holland America Line

Alexander E. Rolle Jr. Chief of Police City of Homestead Police Department

Debra Toomer Judge William Thomas Dr. Andrea Trowers Director of Sales, Marketing & Business Board Certified Dermatologist Circuit Court Judge Development 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida Andrea Trowers Dermatology Title New Birth Broadcasting Corporation/New Birth Ministries

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Kerry-Ann Royes CEO YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade

Thaddeus Scott Sergeant at Arms Coconut Grove Village Council

Cheryl Waide, MBA Dep. Comm. Director Office of U.S. Rep. Wilson

Hon. Wendell M. Graham County Court Judge 11th Judicial Circuit, Fla

Tangela Sears CEO Parents of Murdered Children

Cornelius Shriver, JD Executive Director SEOPW CRA

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Legacy Miami Salutes 2018 Class of Powerful and Influential Business Leaders Honor. Service. Esteem. These are just three of the qualities that emanate from this year’s class of Miami’s “50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders.” These honorees are not only great because of their personal achievements, they are great because of their contributions to South Florida’s civic and corporate communities. Legacy is saluting its special award honorees and the Miami and South Florida classes of powerful and influential business leaders at an awards gala scheduled for June 2, from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Educator of the Year:

Trailblazer of the Year:

The Honorable Steve Gallon III, Ed.D.

The Honorable Andreana Jackson North Bay Village Vice Mayor Andreana Jackson arrived in South Florida in 2009 and has taken the region by storm. Since then, the Kansas-native has earned a master’s degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Barry University, worked as a civilian contractor with the U.S. Army, and started a burgeoning luxury real estate career. The North Bay Village Commission appointed Jackson to serve a vacated commission seat in 2015. She won a full term the next year. In regard to being labeled a trailblazer, Jackson said, “It only means something if it enables you to help others breakthrough as well.”

Community Citizenship Award:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

Corporate Citizenship Award:

Located in downtown Miami, The Arsht Center is a premiere global humanitarian venue. Suzette Espinosa, vice president of Communication, said, “The Arsht Center belongs to this community. Community citizenship is about acknowledging the needs of the people in our neighborhoods and creating opportunities to improve each other’s lives.” Each year, the center offers more than 100 culturally inclusive events serving 40,000 people of all ages. Espinosa shared, “We present a wide variety of artists on our stages. Free programs, such as free Family Fest and Free Gospel Sundays, are opportunities to decrease barriers to enjoying the live performing arts at the Arsht Center.”

Knight Foundation invests in journalism, the arts, and in the success of 26 cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Andrew Sherry, Knight Foundation’s vice president of Communication, explained, “Our approach is to listen first to what a community wants to do to build its future. In Miami, where our headquarters is located, that means supporting the tech startup ecosystem and the arts, both in inclusive ways so they not only flourish but are as diverse as the city itself.” The Miami program director is Raul Moas and the Arts program director is Adam Ganuza.

Business Person of the Year:

Corporate Executive of the Year: Connie Kinnard

Business of the Year:

Andrea Trowers, M.D.

In the medical practice of Andrea Trowers, M.D., patients are the priority and dermatology is dharma. The board certified dermatologist declared, “I believe in Dharma, which means that you want to find the one thing that you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time. The earlier you find your dharma the earlier you can find that fulfillment in your work life. That spills over to your private life as well.” Dr. Trowers and her team deliver turnkey cosmetic and medical dermatological solutions. Her golden rule-based business philosophy is grounded in consideration and patient education.

As Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s vice president of Multicultural Tourism and Development, Connie W. Kinnard is charged with supporting convention sales efforts and promoting Miami’s multicultural neighborhoods, attractions and events. Kinnard offers this advice to aspiring executives: “If a seemingly good opportunity arises but puts your integrity into question, choose integrity. By doing these things, you can sleep better at night and awake in liberation.”

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Dr. Steve Gallon was elected District 1’s school board member for the Miami-Dade County Public School Board in 2016. A career M-DCPS educator and administrator, Dr. Gallon affirmed, “I am a diehard believer in the educability of children, especially those in the urban core.” He added, “Education is another form of social justice.” The Florida International University doctoral graduate declared, “Silence is unacceptable and actually perpetuates a vicious, generational cycle of poverty, illiteracy, crime, and violence in communities of color in Miami and across the nation."

Public Official of the Year:

CrabMan 305

The Honorable Shevrin D. Jones

Cousins Johnny Fannin and Darren Whitaker crafted their version of the American Dream inside a family member’s garage. The enterprising duo built CrabMan 305 into a cafeteria selling surf and turf delights at 2006 Opa-Locka Blvd. Whitaker said, “Having a great team is key. The better you do for your team, the harder they will work for you.” He continued, “We’re here to provide a service and make sure everybody’s experience is the same every time they come.” The Opa-Locka-natives take pride in serving patrons and creating jobs in their hometown.

Shevrin D. Jones is the three-times elected state representative for Florida’s House District 101. Jones said, “I did not pursue public office to raise my voice. I pursued public office to help the people I serve raise their own voices.” In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, Jones is the Democratic ranking member on the Education Committee and Health Quality Subcommittee. He is the founder of LEAD Nation, one of South Florida’s premiere youth leadership development organizations.




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Congresswoman Wilson’s Legacy Includes Changing Lives Through Education By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson

I am often asked what legacy will I leave behind? The most common definitions for “legacy” deals with gifts, wills, money or other personal property. A lesser-known definition focuses on using familial relationships in order to gain membership into schools or fraternal organizations. But the most meaningful definition relates to ancestors passing down something tangible to their descendants.

POLITICS By Chris Norwood

Nearly two weeks after the tragedy at Stoneman Douglass in Parkland, Florida, I appeared on AtlanticLive's “Schools Across America: a Miami Town Hall.” When asked about Parkland, I responded, “The gun laws we have in our state and country are deplorable.We are

It is important that we leave a legacy for our children. This is especially true in light of disturbing reports that predict black Americans’ median wealth will fall to zero by the year 2053, virtually causing the black middle class to be nonexistent in less than two generations. It’s difficult to imagine that level of regression in 2018, the 50th year since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. But we have been in a state of devolution since the 2016 election. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 are being severely limited by voter suppression laws. There are also efforts to expand work requirements under the current presidential administration. How can we prepare our children for this seemingly bleak future? Education has been the answer since Alexander Lucius Twilight became the first black American to graduate from college in 1823. Studies indicate that investing in

education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. Education also increases the chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. As a former elementary school principal, I have always believed in the importance of investing in our children’s future. It is why I started the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project 25 years ago. Each year, the program sends dozens of previously at-risk boys of color – known as Wilson Scholars –to college to help them realize a brighter future. Next week, 58 Wilson Scholars from 11 senior high schools will sign scholarships to the colleges or universities of their choice. In addition, graduates will receive custom-made suits and 5000 Role Models signature neckties from the Sean John Collection at Macy’s. They will also receive new red laptops, the signature color of the program. The program has mentored thousands

of young men who have become the good citizens, good fathers, and good men who are now our community’s teachers, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement officers, professional athletes, elected officials, and other leaders. When I get the opportunity to listen to them, they recount the experiences with the program that served as the cornerstone for changing the trajectory of their lives, and in many instances helped them avert life-threatening situations. These young men are a part of the legacy I hope to leave behind. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation’s Annual Academic Signing Day will take place in May 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium. For more information call (305) 995-2451.

Florida Can Lead Way for Gun Control Reform one of two countries that constitutionally has a right to bear arms. Personally it motivates me to think more about what it takes to do a constitutional amendment because that's what needs to be done.” Gun control will never get around the 2nd Amendment. We can dance around it like Ali, perhaps jab at it with policy like Sugar Ray, but we will never Tyson TKO gun control without completely repealing and/or amending the 2nd Amendment so that individual states can determine for themselves how to regulate personal gun use. Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agrees as he recently challenged the youth to take it a step further and “... demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.” To even discuss a constitutional convention to ratify a constitutional amendment draws the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike. Do we honestly feel that the 39 men who signed the U.S. Constitution 230 years ago are some sort

of deified superheroes that cannot be questioned? The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said he would not accept offers to speak at constitutional bicentennial celebrations in 1989, “For I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever ‘fixed’ at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government.” Florida should be leading the charge. We have more ways to amend our constitution than any other state. Florida is in the midst of a mandatory revision process as the Constitutional Revision Commission meets every 20 years by law. The revision-commission process is entirely unique to Florida.

Why not a constitutional convention to discuss gun control? Shootings kill more than 36,000 Americans each year. Every day, 96 deaths and 222 injuries are result of gun violence. Of all firearm homicides in the world, 82 percent occur in the United States. African-American children have the highest rate of firearm mortality overall. They are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns in this country. When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, we can't just stop in the middle of the road like a deer. We don't have to stand still and get run over. We need to adjust the 2nd Amendment. Either repeal or amend, but enough with the deer in headlights. Christopher M. Norwood, J.D. is the spokesman for the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida; member of the Democratic Executive Committee for Miami-Dade; and principal consultant of the Norwood Consulting Group.

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By Robert Jones

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Haitian-Born Henri Ford Named Dean of Miller School of Medicine After his abdomen distended, the tender 6-year-old boy went without medical care for four days. A ceiling had collapsed during the January 12, 2010 mayhem of Haiti’s devastating 7.1-magnitude earthquake, crushing his pelvis. He laid in a makeshift infirmary at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, which was being used by doctors to treat quake victims. Henri Ronald Ford, a

Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who flew to his homeland from Los Angeles to care for the injured, knew the youngster would perish if he didn’t get immediate care. “We knew this was the kind of catastrophe where we couldn’t just send money,” Ford said. He and the boy were airlifted to the USS Carl Vinson, anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince. There, in the super carrier’s better-equipped medical facility, Ford saved the boy’s life. Ford – who in 1972 at age 13 fled with his family from the government of Papa Doc Duvalier and settled in Brooklyn, New York – is poised to begin the latest chapter in a life that embodies the American Dream. On June 1, Ford joins the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine as its new dean. “As I reflect on my journey in American medicine, I feel that I’ve been preparing all my life to assume what is an incredibly important role for such a time as this,” said Ford, vice president and chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital

– Los Angeles as well as professor and vice chairman for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he realized he could make the greatest impact as a pediatric surgeon. In 2015, Ford performed one of the rarest and riskiest operations in Haiti’s history – the separation of conjoined twins. He led a surgical team in separating 6-month-old infants, Marian and

Michelle Bernard. “When you operate on a newborn with a surgical emergency, you know that if you don’t intervene that child is going to die,” said Ford, who has conducted groundbreaking research on the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, a lethal disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. Ford said he is looking forward to becoming dean of a medical school that has a long history of providing care in Haiti.

As I reflect on my journey in American medicine, I feel that I’ve been preparing all my life to assume what is an incredibly important role for such a time as this.

Haitian-born pediatric surgeon Henri Ford is the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine's new dean


Have you ever ridden a wave too long? Stayed in an industry or at a company for much longer than you thought or even wanted to stay? It’s what happens when we develop an illogical belief that we are destined to get our dream position without having to strategically design it. In her book Strategize to Win, Carla A. Harris says reinventing yourself“ suggests that you are making or creating

5 Genius Ways to Reposition Yourself at Work a new person, a new individual, distancing yourself from who you are or ‘the old you.’” But, many of are merely repositioning – moving ourselves from one position to the next. You can design your career by choosing how to approach opportunities that come your way and learning how to leverage them, too. 1. Say YES more often. Look beyond the position and take on the challenges no one else wants. Not only will you help alleviate one thing off your boss’ to-do list, you will also show you are committed to the overall success of the department and the organization. Be the person who does what no one else wants to do. Trust me, it will serve you greatly. 2. Change up your style. We know your appearance can greatly impact career opportunities. Studies show bright colors help to attract positive attention for women. For men, using bold colors on a tie, handkerchief or cufflinks is a subtle, yet noticeable change. The goal is to

refresh your look so others can see you in a different light. Your appearance is part of your brand. A new image can renew your confidence and elevate your courage. 3. Learn New Things. The best way to leverage yourself in the workforce is to learn something new in your industry. Getting a certification or taking a course where you can contribute that knowledge to your workplace is a good way to start adding value to your resume. Keep up to date with industry trends. Your intellectual capital is your most valuable tool. 4. Confront what you want to correct. If you don’t like something about your career remember, you have the power to change it. The important thing is to specify what you want to correct about your career path and address it head on. The goal is to define what is really holding you back from your career ambitions and create a strategy specifically for that. 5. Get a Mentor. Who you know is

vital to your career success. Find out who will be in the room when it comes to making hiring or promotional decisions. Ask one of those decision makers if they would serve as your mentor or be willing to advocate on your behalf should a position become available. Ask them about their mistakes, their best decisions. Solicit their opinions about how to approach conflict or how to position yourself for promotion. You may not have access personally, but you should make it your business to ensure your name is at least part of the conversation. The greatest mistake you can make in your career is not giving yourself permission to change the path you’re on to pursue what makes you happy. Mary V. Davids is an executive career and leadership development coach, She is owner of D&M Consulting Services, LLC. For career tips and advice visit www.marydavids.com or email info@marydavids.com.

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Faith, Teamwork, Vision Lead 3 Miami Power Players to Success

By Isheka N. Harrison Ira Hall knows what it means to be a power player. The retired businessman who has had a decorated career is now the first black chairman to lead the Adrienne Arsht’s Performing Arts Center Trust. No stranger to breaking barriers, Hall was the first Black and the youngest corporate officer at IBM as well as a young presidential appointee. Hall represents an impressive list of Legacy Miami's “50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals of 2018.” The list includes Nigerian-born actress and speaker Sope Aluko, and Beacon Council President Michael Finney, who, like Hall, both strive to use their talents to make Miami a better place. Hall attributes his philosophy of teamwork as a key factor to his professional advancement. “I try to get teams focused on objectives and to have a shared vision of the goal and mission,” said Hall, a champion of diversity and inclusion.“Then I work to reinforce that the team is performing, rather than me single-handedly saying I did this or I did that.” Although Hall boasts many stellar career accomplishments, he said he always approaches new positions with a humble mindset. “My view is what am I going to get done in a role,” said Hall. “I’ve had that view throughout my career… I just want to do a good job.” Taking a leap of faith Aluko is an example of how operating at your peak potential and trusting one’s skills to take risks can lead to unexpected opportunities. The Miami actress, who played the role of Shaman in Marvel’s record-breaking movie “Black Panther,” said her energy was so compelling that director Ryan Coogler created a role just for

Michael Finney, Sope Aluko, and Ira Hall stand in the lobby of the Adrienne Arsht Center, where Hall serves as chairman of the center’s trust. her in the film that has now grossed more than $1 billion internationally. Now Aluko has parlayed her portrayal of Wakanda’s Shaman into months of speaking engagements, including an appearance at Harvard University. All of this may not have happened had Aluko not taken a bold leap of faith almost a decade ago, leaving her lucrative corporate job as a marketing executive to pursue her passion of acting. Aluko’s secret to success: having faith in God and “following His instructions.” “I am a woman of faith,” said Aluko, who specialized in brand marketing for Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, Diageo, and Burger King for more than 15 years before leaving to ardently pursue acting. “In everything, I give glory to God and give Him glory even for the work. In all my interviews, I have been very open about my faith and how I prayed for this role and how it manifested itself based on my ‘vision board’ and my prayers to the Lord.” Aluko said while working in corporate America, she secretly took acting classes, slept in airports, and

self-financed trips for auditions because acting was her calling. “Everybody’s journey is different,” she said. “God knows what His plan is, but the important thing is to trust and know that you have to hang on.” Aluko is committed to using her new platform to encourage and mentor Black youth and adults, so they will realize that their dreams are possible. “Listen, it didn’t happen to me overnight,” Aluko emphasized. “It took me 10 years to get to ‘Black Panther.’ I walked away from a wonderfully paying corporate job with no parachute. My speech to everyone is, if I could do it – and I changed my career at a time in my life when people said I could never have done it – I know you can.” Changing Miami’s Economic Landscape Finney shares Hall and Aluko’s affinity for uplifting others. A newcomer to Miami, he moved to South Florida last year to help change the community’s economic landscape. “Our primary focus is helping businesses grow and prosper here, which, in turn, produces economic

prosperity for the community,” said Finney, who has a more than 30-year track record of scaling organizations. “It’s what we call the multiplier effect and it produces opportunities for our citizenry to grow and prosper as well.” Finney recently helped write the proposal that led to Miami’s selection as one of 20 finalists, in a pool of more than 230 applicants, to be Amazon’s second headquarters. “It’s always exciting to know that you have a chance … To be in consideration for that is really very important for us as a community because it really helps tell the story of just how capable this community is of being attractive to businesses of all types,” explained Finney. Like his colleagues, Finney counts giving people a hand-up among his proudest moments as an industry leader. “It’s the opportunity that I’ve had to help individuals over my career that I’m most proud of because that gets it down to a very granular level where you can actually see and touch someone who’s been directly impacted by your efforts,” Finney shared. “That is extremely fulfilling to me personally as much as the broader work that we do trying to help the community at-large.” Although Finney, Hall, and Aluko work in different sectors, they agree it takes team support, hard work and continual learning in order to make power moves. “I’m one person and I work with a team of people,” said Hall. “If they can get inspired and make it their goal rather than just Ira’s goal, then it’s going to be a much more powerful implementation.” Aluko added, “You need mentors. You’ve got to know the industry that you’re working in. You train until the day you die.”

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By Zach Rinkins

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CrabMan 305 Cashes in on Opa-Locka CDC’s Business Loan Fund

Cousins Johnny Fannin and Darren Whitaker co-own CrabMan 305. In an effort to spur economic opportunity and business growth, the Opa-Locka Community Development Corporation is issuing more than $1.1 million in small business loans over a three-year period. “Many of the small business owners in our community have told us how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur, particularly when there isn’t access to capital for strategic growth,” said OLCDC CEO Willie Logan. The fund was created to strengthen businesses like CrabMan 305, a seafood eatery located at 2006 Opa-Locka Boulevard, that serves up “seafood hospitality,” and offers customers a delicious array of conch, lobster, shrimp, crabs legs, steak, and chicken. “We’re happy to receive the funding because it allows us to hire more people here in Opa-Locka,” shares Johnny Fannin, who co-owns CrabMan 305 with his cousin Darren Whitaker. “As we go into our new location, we will hire several more employees to accommodate the demand of going from a take-out spot to dine-in. The funds really help us out.” Powered by a seven-figure grant from JP Morgan Chase, the OLCDC Business Fund targets firms located in North

Miami-Dade County’s low-to-moderate income communities like Opa-Locka, Miami Gardens, and Liberty City. With a goal to help businesses expand and remain in their community, the program also hosts monthly workshops and provides technical assistance. “Now, we’ll be able to lend a helping hand to small businesses through capital and training,” Logan continued. “This is one more way we are working to transform our community.” The “Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Annual Report Card and Scorecard” reveals that the county boasts a 5.6 unemployment rate based on the U.S. Census. In contrast, Opa-Locka – a city with a 56.1 percent Black population – records 13.6 percent. The county’s poverty rate for Black or African-American families is 23.5 percent compared to White families at 4.8 percent, and Hispanic or Latino families at 16.9 percent. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale area topped all large metro areas in business creation, according to the Kauffman Foundation’s 2017 Index of Startup Activity. Despite massive startup activity, Liberty and Opa-Locka residents were less likely to receive bank loans, according to

An artist rendering shows CrabMan 305’s new location in Opa-Locka. federal and state reports. The OLCDC Business Fund has already issued two loans and aims to reverse those trends with funding, monthly workshops, and one-on-one assistance. “We are in discussions to raise more capital to help this vibrant small business community,” said Michaeljohn Green, OLCDC fund manager. “Ultimately, we are looking for businesses that want to grow their operations by injecting capital to help them reach the next phase of success.” Fannin and his business partner who started their operations in Fannin’s

Many of the small business owners in our community have told us how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur, particularly when there isn’t access to capital for strategic growth.

grandmother’s garage, say they appreciate the challenges that come with growing a small enterprise. “It was too much traffic at the house,” Fannin reveals. “We were happy to build on that success.” With the help of the OLCDC Business Fund, the entrepreneurial duo traded their roughly 800 square-foot pick-up location for a 1,280 square-foot dine-in facility located near Ali Baba and Perviz Avenues. The new restaurant will accommodate nearly 130 diners. “What we look for in a potential small business is flexible because we are committed to providing capital to small businesses and startups that normally wouldn’t have access to loans from traditional banking institutions,” Green shared. “Financial products are structured in a way that applicants can secure a loan with collateral such as real estate, vehicles, equipment, certificates of deposits, or signed contracts. There isn’t a minimum credit score requirement.” Visit www.opalockabusinessfund.com to learn how to apply for up to $250,000 in financing. Discover CrabMan 305’s seafood hospitality at www.crabman-305.com.

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Mediation/Arbitration An Alternative to Litigation: Three Effective Negotiation Strategies By Stanley Zamor

“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting" — Sun Tzu. As a mediator, I continue to study Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. Not because I support war or conflict, but rather because I believe that to effectuate collaborative solutions one must be prepared for multiple manners of “warring.” The Art of War offers a great amount

of wisdom that can be used in a variety of industries. As a mediator, I have observed disputants being counterproductive throughout a mediation conference because they are too focused on winning, although they both were very interested in avoiding a trial. It takes a great amount of awareness to help those achieve what they say they want without them feeling as if they gave up what they need. Negotiation opponents often think that the only way to negotiate is to intimidate and by a show of power. There are a multitude of negotiation approaches and styles that have distinct advantages and disadvantages. There are three I have seen initially be more effective: Reduce the Conflict: Conflict is expensive. Before you engage in a lengthy litigation matter or negotiation effort, be honest and strategize about the business of conflict. If there are a multitude of issues, try reducing them to the most essential points of conflict. Often, when you have a chance to narrow down the issues that need to be addressed, you

narrow down the cost and time that may be incurred. Enlarge the Pie: A rarely used technique is to creatively broaden the options of agreeable outcomes. Often, disputants only come to negotiate with limited ideas about what is owed or due to them. So, in turn they negotiate with a limited view of possible outcomes. When you negotiate from a position of having plenty of outcomes you tend to be more flexible and reach agreement easier. By “enlarging the pie” you create the tone that greater options are available to those with the willingness to seek greater options. Separate the Person from the Issue: “If it is only business, keep it that way!” Behavior during negotiation is key, and perception is everything. When parties state, “It is just business, this is a simple case,” I always expect more, much more. We are all human and therefore what should be simple can easily turn into frustration and lashing out when the other side just doesn’t see how wrong you

think they are. Be mindful of harsh negotiations turning into name-calling or personality trait bashing. To reduce the frustration and emotions, it is always better to objectively remain focused on the matter in dispute and not who is doing the negotiating. Mediation is an artfully delicate process and should be facilitated by a neutral professional with the unique skill sets that promote collaboration, and self-determination while encouraging negotiations. Stanley Zamor is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit/Family/County Mediator and Primary Trainer and Qualified Arbitrator. Zamor serves on several federal and state mediation/arbitration rosters and has a private mediation and ADR consulting company. He regularly lectures about a variety of topics ranging from ethics, cross-cultural issues, diversity, bullying, and family/business relationships. szamor@effectivemediationconsultants .com www.effectivemediationconsultants.com www.LinkedIn.com/in/stanleyzamoradr (954) 261-8600


Companies Should Include Minority Businesses in Supplier Base By Beatrice Louissaint

In business, supplier diversity can make the difference between a market leader and a failing organization. A wide array of suppliers allows a company to collect inputs at competitive prices, helping to improve its bottom-line performance. For better results, companies should

include minority-owned businesses in their supplier base. This makes sense for several reasons. The first is that minority-led suppliers tend to be more accessible and nimble. Hence, buyers can reach a decision maker if problems arise with input or service delivery, or if a fast solution is needed. Secondly, minority suppliers must be competitive if they want to win contracts. This means they must run leaner and smarter businesses, which translates into better pricing, product and service for the customer. A third advantage for buyers is the exposure to fresh ideas and creativity. A report this year by McKinsey, a management consulting firm, found that companies with greater diversity in the workplace are 21 percent likelier to outperform their peers. The same benefits come with supplier diversity. As president and CEO of the

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, it is my job – and my passion – to promote supplier diversity. What I have found over the past 18 years is that more inclusion yields a competitive edge in the supply chain. This is not just in pricing but also in access to suppliers with the cultural and language competencies the buyer may not have. This can help buyers to think outside the box and reach new markets. Supplier diversity also helps a company look like their customer base. This is important in any procurement strategy, especially B2C. If a company sells 20 percent of its products to a minority group, the customers will want the supplier base to reflect that. If it does, this can boost the buyer’s image and help the local economy. Minority companies tend to hire other minorities, and this has an impact on job creation and community development.

We’re living in an era of hyper-connectivity. Any individual has the power of driving mass support over social media – and if negative this can tarnish a company’s image. As Warren Buffett, the hugely successful investor, once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” To learn more about supplier diversity or how to establish your company’s supplier diversity program, log on to www.fsmsdc.org or call (305) 762-6151. Beatrice Louissaint is president and CEO of the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, one of 23 regional councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The FSMSDC acts as a liaison between corporate America and government agencies and Minority Business Enterprises in the state of Florida. It operates U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency Business Centers serving southern and central Florida. Learn more at fsmsdc.org, or call (305) 762-6151.

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Power Up Your Influence with Social Media The Internet got an upgrade with the dawn of social media. Smartphones and mobile devices have put the power of networking literally in the palm of our hands. According to a study conducted by the International Data Corporation, 90 percent of people reach for their cellphones before brushing their teeth. So, as a power player how can you use that to your advantage? How do you use social media to become an influencer in your industry? Here are three ways.

By Dr. Tracy Timberlake

Two decades of technology is all it took to change the lives of billions. The Internet has had vast influence on life, culture, business, entertainment and politics. The world has never seemed smaller. Having access to the technology of the Interweb is no longer a luxury left solely for the elite. It is a necessity of the masses.

MILLENNIAL By Jasmen Rogers-Shaw

In our Western world, we strive for and pride ourselves on individualistic power – a power that is sustained by money, influence, and proximity to resources. We are concerned with who can get the most, the fastest, and look the best doing it. But as more and more Millennials, specifically in South Florida, find

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Use Social Media to Enhance Visibility No matter what kind of influence you aspire to have, going social can fast track success. The best way to increase visibility is by getting visual. Turn your business, your brand, or your message into visual content. If you are feeling extra frisky, try video. It’s the most powerful marketing tool on the planet. This gives people the extra ability to hear you before they hire

you. Use Social Media to Engage A key component of being influential lies in your ability to understand human behavior and strategically apply it to get desired results. Social media can drastically help in this regard. By opening up the communication pathways with Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you stay relevant to your audience. You can ask questions, get feedback and build relationships. By knowing exactly what they want to hear from you, you position yourself to offer value and create the kind of content that keeps your people coming back. Use Social Media as an Extension to Your Overall Strategy Strategy is essential, no matter what the goal. Social media should enhance that by extending your reach to areas you may never have tapped into in real life.

But in order to get the most out of your online activities, lets keep two things in mind: quality of content and consistency. Make curating content an important part of your planning. It’s easy to share content others have already created, but that doesn’t exactly set you apart as an authority figure, does it? Secondly, be consistent. We are in a time and space where once a week simply isn’t enough. Depending on your social channels of choice, plan to post multiple times a week, at minimum. No doubt, social media has changed the landscape of our lives. It has completely altered how the world gives and receives information. Remember, two decades is all it took for technology to change things the first time around. The next two will see even more exponential growth. As a person of power and influence, you have the opportunity to use this to increase your impact on a global scale.

The Power We Use Must Be 'People Centered' themselves wallowing in student loan debt, struggling to compete with a housing crisis, and grappling with a stifling job market, maybe we should divert our attention to a power that is more communal – a power that means we all win together. In Miami, we have no shortage of problems that could be solved if we had more power. In Liberty City, Overtown, and Little Haiti, developers have their eyes on historic lands that have been a part of Black neighborhoods for generations. Simultaneously, our Black neighborhoods are unprepared for the inevitable effects of climate change. Gun violence, state violence, and domestic violence are ravaging our legacies. Because we know that these issues are systemic and not issues that plague individuals, the power we use to fight back cannot be individualistic. Miami-Dade County is steeped in the history of people power. We fought to be here and establish our homes. In the ‘60s,

coalitions formed to decry this nation's discrimination at all levels. In the ‘80s, we came together to protest the brutal beating of Arthur McDuffie. Today the fight of the past decades seems eerily similar. Millennials and youth have coalesced in the face of the crushing weight of white, white-passing, capitalistic, and/or patriarchal "power" that chooses to ignore our needs. We must continually flex our power to protect our children, our homes, our wealth, and our Black bodies. When the power of money is not readily accessible to most of our people, we cannot afford to be disjointed in a fight for what’s ours. It is our duty to continue in the footsteps of our ancestors – our people who risked life, family, and work to fight for a power that would sustain us. And for those already in positions of power, whether elected power or the power of popular opinion, be wise. Understand the weight of your decisions.

Let the people guide you. Create more opportunities for more people to win. This is the power we owe ourselves – a power that puts people at the center, prioritizing basic needs for everyone. A power that is focused and precise. The ancestral power of the village. Collectively, with shared visions, we have everything we need to fight back with power and dignity. On June 22-23, join us at “Here Comes the Boom: An Assembly for Black Women and Girls,” to build the political power of Black Women and Girls. Visit:www.herecomestheboom.org for more information. Jasmen Rogers-Shaw is a community organizer in South Florida focusing on issues of racial and gender justice. jasmen.m.rogers@gmail.com; IG: @thebeautyofthesoul; Twitter: @beautyofthesoul

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IT Summer Boot Camp Offers Career Pathways for Local Youth By Kallan Louis

Rick Beasley, executive director, CareerSource South Florida As the world continues to digitally evolve, the demand for Information Technology professionals has rapidly increased job growth with attractive salaries in that sector. Many of these professionals flock to major hubs like Silicon Valley, Seattle, Austin, New York and Boston to find work. Now cities across the country are in an arms race to develop talent pools to fill IT positions

and entice tech companies to build a presence in their communities. One organization helping to steer Miami toward future IT jobs is CareerSource South Florida, the public-private partnership that establishes state and federally-funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. For the second consecutive year, CareerSource South Florida is offering the TechHire Summer Boot Camp to help expand Miami’s IT career talent pipeline by recruiting underserved local youth. “Last year we had 113 youth receive certifications,” said Rick Beasley, executive director of CareerSource South Florida. “We’re expecting to serve 560 students this year so we’re probably going to get at least half of those kids certifications. That changes the trajectory of our community. That will change lives forever.” The boot camp is a free six-week accelerated IT program targeting low-income Miami-Dade County residents, ages 15-22. The camp will offer courses on topics including cyber security,

Web development and coding at 14 Miami locations. Participating students can earn up to $500 by completing the program ($300) and passing the certification test ($200). This year, students who earn certification will be eligible for internships, and 18-22 year olds with high school diplomas can transition into long-term programs to receive additional certifications and job placement assistance. Also new this year, students looking to register will need to complete a career assessment to help determine if they are a good fit for the camp. “IT is going to be your next construction field,” Beasley said. “It’s not going to require a degree. It’s going to be a high growth, high wage-paying, blue collar occupation.” Even though African Americans and Latinos earn nearly 18 percent of computer science degrees, they hold five percent of tech jobs, according to a report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. IT jobs could improve economic mobility for

low-income residents and change the current landscape of the tech sector. In 2015, the Obama administration announced the creation of the TechHire initiative, a campaign to expand local tech sectors by building tech talent pipelines in communities nationwide. When the administration named Miami-Dade County a “TechHire” community, Beasley said he knew they could create something special with assistance from partners including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade College other local educational institutes. “No workforce board in the country is doing what we’re doing,” Beasley proudly explained when referencing the summer boot camp. “All my colleagues across the country are trying to figure out what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.” This year’s camp will start June 18. Visit http://careersourcesfl.comor for more information or to register.

Bringing Hospice to the Underserved Special to Legacy Miami

When elderly African Americans are suffering from pain, they typically don’t tell anyone, says Donna Borland, General Manager of VITAS Healthcare of Broward County. And even when they do talk about it, they often don’t verbalize the full extent of their discomfort. “Elderly African Americans tend to be stoic and endure their pain privately,” Donna says. “They often internalize their pain and just don’t talk about it.” Healthcare professionals treating elderly African American patients must therefore learn how to read, evaluate and

understand their patients’ non-verbal cues, Donna notes. Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally Hospice is an end-of-life care option for terminally ill people with a prognosis of six months or less to live, and aims to make life as comfortable, enjoyable and meaningful as possible. When curative options have been exhausted, hospice can be helpful to the entire family. Hospice care is available to patients of all ages dealing with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses that include cancer, stroke, end-stage chronic heart failure, end-stage liver or kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), end-stage dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Meeting the end-of-life care needs of diverse communities and cultures can be a challenge for hospice providers. It is vitally important for all healthcare providers to receive specialized training

on the unique needs of people of all faiths and cultures. It’s worth noting that practically 100 percent of those who receive hospice care—99.2 percent—pay nothing, thanks to a variety of funding sources that include Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and charity. The nation’s leading hospice company, VITAS Healthcare, was established in South Florida in 1978. VITAS addresses the end-of-life care needs of diverse and traditionally underserved communities to increase their overall awareness and usage of hospice services. VITAS’ community liaisons visit churches, schools, community centers, hospitals and health clinics to provide hospice education and to help people better understand their options when it comes to end-of-life care. VITAS community liaisons also host workshops,

deliver presentations and offer literature about the benefits of hospice services. “We must move beyond the inequities in healthcare to improve access to all medical services, including palliative and hospice care,” Donna says. “This will allow individuals and their families to choose their own path when making life’s final journey. When a cure is no longer possible, everyone is entitled to dignity, respect and comfort.” Throughout South Florida and nationwide, VITAS matches its community liaisons to the demographic makeup of a given area. Locally, our community liaisons serve the Black, Haitian, Hispanic and veteran’s communities. For more information about hospice care or VITAS Healthcare—a Medicare-approved hospice provider— call 866.759.6695, or visit www.VITAS.com/Florida.

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LEGACY BRIEFS Letter to the Editor The sound of cranes swinging in South Florida is music to the ears of residents of Miami’s urban core who are hungry for job opportunities and economic development. Our job at the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for their interests and ensure they are getting their fair share of the economic action. American Dream Miami, is a development that will create much needed commercial infusion and develop an economic footprint we can all be proud of. ADM will create jobs that will provide the opportunity for many of our young residents to remain in Miami-Dade County. Were it not for ADM, many of these residents might have had to seek employment in other parts of Florida or out of the state. This opportunity ensures that our residents are given the chance to grow, prosper, and create financial stability. The anticipated results are compelling as ADM is projected to create 7,500 permanent jobs, and 25,000 direct and indirect jobs. The development includes 3.5 million square feet of retail space, 1.5 million square feet of entertainment space, and 2,000 hotel rooms. Small businesses will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 35 percent of all construction. The Miami Dade Chamber met with ADM’s leaders. We have come to understand the project will have a huge impact on the local economy by creating opportunities for small business owners during construction and post construction. We are looking to have direct input into the enlistment and engagement of the small businesses community, particularly, black, minority, and women-owned businesses. Eric Knowles President and CEO of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce

UM appoints Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood dean of Education and Human Development

Holland America Line’s Denella Ri'chard Among TNJ's 25 Influential Black Women in Business

Sonless D. Martin Jr. Wins Sapoznik Insurance Public School Alumni Achievement Award

After a national search, the University of Miami’s School of Education and Human Development found its newest dean among its faculty. Laura Kohn-Wood, Ph.D., becomes the school’s next dean effective July 1. The University of Virginia-trained psychologist currently chairs the school’s Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. The Howard University alumna received additional training at the University of California at San Francisco and Georgetown University Medical Center.

Denella Ri'chard, senior director of Trade Communications & Engagement for Holland America Line, was recognized as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by The Network Journal, an award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives, and business owners. The honorees were profiled in the magazine’s spring 2018 issue.

The Education Fund recently awarded Sonless D. Martin Jr. its Sapoznik Insurance Public Schill Alumni Achievement Award, which highlights successful public school graduates. The Education Fund is a nonprofit that provides private sector leadership and support for innovation in public education. Martin will formally receive his award during the organization’s “For the Love of Art” charity auction scheduled for June 26, at Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel.

City of Opa-locka Appoints Daughtrey Acting City Manager The City of Opa-locka Commission named Newall J. Daughtrey as acting city manager. Daughtrey brings more than four decades of government experience to his role as the city’s top administrator. Throughout his government career, the double Florida International University graduate also worked in several leadership roles with the city including stints as city manager, assistant city manager, and executive director of the city’s community redevelopment agency. Daughtrey served in the U.S. Marine Corps and various executive positions with the Village of El Portal, City of Belle Glade, and the City of Miami.

You are Cordially invited to the Legacy Power Reception Honoring South Florida's "Most Powerful and

Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018" THEME: Wakanda Comes to South Florida DATE: June 2nd, 2018 LOCATION: Miami Airport Hilton ADDRESS: 5150 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, FL 33126 COCKTAIL HOUR: 7:00 - 8:00 PM DINNER & AWARDS PRESENTATION: 8:00 - 12 midnight COST: $175.00 ATTIRE: Formal African Garments RSVP: May 18th INFORMATION: 305 - 412 - 9600 Ext - 700



At VITAS, We Feel Your Gain VITAS® Healthcare congratulates the dynamic souls whose brilliance and unrelenting drive made them South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals for 2018. Your accomplishments resonate strongly within VITAS, where an unflagging desire to excel, and a robust support of multiculturalism, have enabled us to be the nation’s leader in hospice care. VITAS has little doubt that the professionals celebrated in this issue of Legacy South Florida will continue to experience unparalleled success in 2018 and beyond.

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