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Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe for Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share the ingredients that make them successful. The show is hosted by Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida.
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Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Heiko Dobrikow is a seasoned hotelier of over 30 years and a business professional with extensive experience in all areas of the property & asset management.  He is an expert in providing advisory support and solutions, such as developing successful management teams, ensuring revenue optimization, implementing service excellence and employee satisfaction. Assets may range from a boutique hotel to a major convention resort, from commercial buildings to residential communities.  Further Heiko is known for taking companies with vertical cultures and flatten them by implementing a Servant Leadership Ideology.  Currently Heiko is the Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, which both are owned and operated by the Wells Family of Fort Lauderdale.  Heiko has worked at beautiful resorts such as the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort in Miami, the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove and the Hilton Palm Beach Oceanfront Resort.  Heiko believes in community involvement and is the Past Board Chair / current board director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Past President / current board director of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – Broward Chapter, current Board Member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Board Member of the Winterfest Boat Parade, Board Member of the Broward Workforce Development Board, Member of the Broward County Tourism Coalition, Founder & Past Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale General Manager’s Council, Founding Member of the South Florida Business Council and past Executive Committee Member of the Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association.  Heiko has also been recognized as Top 500 most influential leaders in Florida (Florida Trend), South Florida Business Leader of the Year (Florida Atlantic University) and as a South Florida Power Leader (South Florida Business Journal). Heiko has received numerous awards such as South Florida General Manager of the Year (HSMAI), Chairman’s Award (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce), Broward’s Best Leaders Award (South Florida Executive magazine), Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange Ally of the Year (GLBX), South Florida’s Tourism Legend of the Year (HSMAI), Tourism Icon of the Year (TravelHost), Homeless Champion of the Year (Broward Partnership of the Homeless), Rotary Cheerleader of the Year (Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale), Top 3 Florida Hotel General Manager of the Year (FRLA), Men of Style Award (Galleria Fort Lauderdale) and most recently Downtowner of the Year (GFLCC). Heiko grew up in Germany and came to the U.S. at the age of 17 years old.  He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Arts with the desire to becoming Sports Psychologist. However, while studying at KU, he fell in love with the hospitality industry and never looked back.  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Jack Kosakowski is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA. He has more than 45 years of leadership experience in a federated organizational structure. Jack's specialties include nonprofit management, board development, fundraising, event management, financial literacy education, workforce readiness education, entrepreneurship education and public speaking. For JA USA, he oversees the operation of a federated organization with 106 offices located across the United States reaching over 4.8 million K-12 students through over 220,000 volunteers. Total funds raised exceed $165 million. Junior Achievement USA is at https://jausa.ja.org/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Ben Sorensen was sworn in as the Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner of District 4 on March 20, 2018. Ben was then named Vice Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale and served as Vice Mayor from April 3, 2018 to April 2, 2019. Ben was unopposed at the end of qualifying on June 12, 2020 and is automatically elected Commissioner District on November 3, 2020 for a 4 years term.   A third-generation Presbyterian minister, Ben is a former volunteer Chaplain for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and a current volunteer Chaplain for the Hollywood Police Department. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Broward Foundation and is a former member of the Broward County Human Rights Board, a former Guardian Ad Litem First Responder and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Council Board of Governors. Ben is a founding member of Mission United, a program of the United Way of Broward County that focuses on ending veteran homelessness.  Ben is the third generation in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Ben’s grandfather served as a Staff Sergeant in the Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945. Ben’s father served in the Army as a Chaplain from 1960 to 1969, rising to the rank of Captain. Ben proudly serves in the Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander specializing in intelligence where his responsibilities include identifying, analyzing, and disseminating real-time intelligence in support of operational warfare.  In 2007, Ben co-founded and currently serves as Vice President of Optimum Associates, LLC, which provides leadership, sales and management training to large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. Ben has earned six degrees: a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a Doctor of Ministry from Amridge University, a Master of Divinity from Amridge University, a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Arts of Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. While at Georgetown Law, Ben studied International Trade Law under current United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.  Ben is married to Anna Sorensen, who works at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and they are proud parents of Alexandra and Louise.  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Marcell D. Haywood is an entrepreneur and business executive.  He is currently the CEO of Thesis Holdings, a diversified holding company with equity interests in a range of SaaS and traditional service businesses. He studied at Florida State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Masters degree in Information Technology in addition to receiving continuing executive education at London Business School. Marcell’s core business and investment strategy centers on scalable ventures that specifically target the intersection of technology and age-old service industries. Through his role as CEO of Thesis Holdings, Marcell is a Board Member and investor in a number of its portfolio companies including:  Kodo (Boulder, CO), Combine Athletics (Miami, FL) and BuyChain (Austin, TX), all US based software technology companies. Marcell is also the Founder & CEO of Encompass, a leading provider of facility maintenance software and services founded while earning his graduate degree in college.  In his role as Founder & CEO, Marcell has made it a point to provide better opportunities to service professionals in the South Florida community. Marcell’s community involvement reaches beyond the entrepreneurship arena.  A graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXVIII, Marcell volunteers his time to mentor young entrepreneurs as a former board member of Entrepreneurs Organization and FAU Tech Runway.  Marcell is currently a board member of Holy Cross Hospital, Broward Workshop, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Community Foundation of Broward in addition to participating regularly as a guest speaker in local and national business conferences. In his free time, Marcell loves travelling with his son, Lincoln, and wife, Natalie.  He also thoroughly enjoys team sports and is an avid scuba diver. Marcell believes that the key to living a meaningful life is to aim high in purpose, doing something that you truly love, with incredible people who share your same values. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Georgia Lehoczky is a Region Healthcare Pharmacy Director for Walgreen Co., the nationwide drugstore chain headquartered in Deerfield, IL. She is responsible for leading Walgreens pharmacy operations for 550 locations representing over 6000 team members in the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, South West Florida, Tampa, Palm Beach, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico markets. Georgia joined Walgreens as a Pharmacy Intern in 1987. During her tenure, she has held various leadership positions, starting as a Pharmacy Manager in Deerfield Beach, FL., to Pharmacy Supervisor in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She transitioned to her current position as Regional Healthcare Director from 2009 to 2013 overseeing the South Florida and Puerto Rico markets. From 2013 to present Georgia is leading specialty and retail pharmacies in South Florida, South West Florida and Puerto Rico in pharmacy operations. In this role she works closely with government entities, healthcare systems and is involved with various projects that potentially impact the community and the company. She has mentored many pharmacy interns since 1999 and in February 2017 was recognized as National Preceptor of the Month in Drug Store News. Georgia has also been recognized as one of The Most Influential Business Women in South Florida in 2016. She serves on the boards of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Diabetes Association, Extraordinary Women Leading Change, the Ronald McDonald House, Muscular Sclerosis Society, the Larkin Pharmacy School Advisory Committee and NSU Palm Beach Advisory Committee. She is actively involved with such charities as the Diabetes Research Institute, Cystic Fibrosis, Gilda’s Club, Dolphins Cancer Challenge and various HIV/AIDS organizations among many others. Georgia is a staunch advocate for patient care, giving back to the community and is the Corporate Social Responsibility Champion for Walgreens in her Region.  Georgia was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She attended Albany College of Pharmacy- Union University in New York where she received her Bachelor Degree in science.  She is certified and has active licenses with the Florida Board of Pharmacy, New York Board of Pharmacy, and Illinois Board of Pharmacy. In addition, she serves as an adjunct faculty preceptor for various schools such as Larkin University, College of Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University, College of Pharmacy, the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, College of Pharmacy.  Personally, Georgia enjoys spending time with her family, supporting sports, dance and academic events with her three children. Professionally, her mission is to advance the role of the community pharmacy.   Walgreens is at https://www.walgreens.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Patrick Daoud is the 4th Generation owner of Daoud’s Fine Jewelry established in 1895 and located in Fort Lauderdale. Patrick was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. Originally went to school to become a dentist and also worked full time at the family store. The more he worked in the family store, he loved it and wanted to fully be in the jewelry business.  In addition to his passion for the Jewelry business, Patrick is a dedicated philanthropist. Believing in giving back to his community, Patrick sits on the board of A Prom to Remember and Friends of Birch State Park. Patrick donates to dozens of local charities such as Children’s Home Society, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation, Pace Center for Girls, Charity Guild, Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Junior Achievement, The Royal Dames, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Jack and Jill and many more. Learn more about Daoud's Fine Jewelry at https://www.daouds.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Joe Russo is the founding CEO of the South Florida Tech Association (formerly known as Palm Beach Tech), a nonprofit committed to Building South Florida into a Tech Hub. Since its founding as the Palm Beach Tech Association in July 2015, Joe led the organization to attract over 165 corporate members and over 8,000 professionals to their community, with an annual budget over $250,000 and 3 full time staff. In 2016, Joe spearheaded and effort to bring Downtown West Palm Beach its first coworking space, raising over $150,000 with the Knight Foundation, City of West Palm Beach, and private donors. In 2018, Palm Beach Tech launched 1909, a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs throughout the Palm Beaches by partnering with the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and with $350,000 in support from the Knight Foundation and four (4) local Cities. Since 2013, Joe has also served on the Palm Beach County STEM Council, Business Development Board Taskforces, Chamber of Commerce Councils, SunFest Committees, and on the Boards of Kayla Cares 4 Kids and the Big Heart Brigade. A Native Floridian, he attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.  Learn more about South Florida Tech at https://southfloridatech.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Tony Carvajal is President/CEO of The Able Trust, a foundation committed to helping persons with disabilities and Florida employers achieve their shared goal…meaningful and sustainable work that produces results.  Established in 1990, the organization directs state, private, and corporate funds to targeted grants, programs, and initiatives focused on realizing the power of work and the potential of vocational rehab.  The Able Trust works with partners to focus on abilities- not disabilities- and remove barriers to employment across the entire spectrum of needs, including developmental and learning disabilities, physical and mental health challenges, and injury and age-related developments.  The organization works with companies, communities, grantees, and individuals to make work possible for the 1 in 6 Floridians dealing with some sort of visible or invisible disability. Tony brings more than 30 years of nonprofit management and consulting experience to the role, having helped organizations across the country design and implement plans to address all types of opportunities and disruptions.  He recently completed a decade of service as the Executive Vice President (and futurist in residence) at the Florida Chamber Foundation where he developed research, programs, and policies designed to ensure competitiveness, prosperity, vibrancy, and resiliency across the state.  Since 2000, he has also served as the “Primemover, Problem-Solver & Calmer of Chaos” at Carvajal Consulting and Management.   Tony earned a Masters in Public Administration from Florida International University and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and communications from Florida State University.  He has earned the designation of certified association executive (CAE) and is a graduate of the US Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) where he received a specialty certification in non-profit management and administration and also served as an instructor for 10 years. Learn more about The Able Trust at http://www.abletrust.org/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Twelve-time Emmy Award winner, Karla Nelson-Thatcher, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Government and Public Affairs for Hotwire Communications is an accomplished Public and Government Relations strategist, bringing over twenty years of creative and negotiating experience to her work. After getting her start as a television writer and producer, Ms. Nelson-Thatcher migrated to broadcasting where she held several positions as a Creative Services Director analyzing Market Research and applying it to the development of talent teams, show formatting, and station branding to achieve market position in the wildly competitive world of television overnight ratings, including a stint as the Vice president of Creative Services and Programming for WTVJ NBC 6 in Miami. Following her creative career in television, Karla co-founded the consulting firm of K&L Consulting, managing critical market entry campaigns and business development PR strategies for international clients including an airline, an Island Government, an internationally televised annual event and several not-for-profits in her hometown of South Florida. The success of these campaigns eventually led Karla to Comcast Cable in the Florida region, where over the course of thirteen years her role evolved from ensuring compliance with municipal franchise agreements to overseeing ad campaigns and the execution of Public, Education and Government programming. Reporting in a dotted line to the Philadelphia based corporate offices, Ms. Nelson-Thatcher developed news conferences for product launches, internal electronic based learning and a heavily viewed local on Demand portal that featured an array of programming, some of which won Emmy awards for educational programs about how local governments are run. During this time, she acted as executive producer to public affairs opportunities that resulted in news segments carried on Headlined News, and produced and hosted Community Vision, a 30-minute magazine-style show spotlighting local non-profit and community-based organizations. The show ran for 4 consecutive years and offered an unprecedented platform to promote community goals and the efforts of P3 partnerships. Karla is thrilled to apply her years of experience to her latest role at Hotwire Communications, where she became their first Director of Public Relations. In Building the foundation of Hotwire’s community profile and aligning with local CBOs, School Boards, Not for Profits, and Elected Officials, Ms. Nelson-Thatcher was able to bring several departments together to offer connectivity and technology solutions to partners in the areas of Government, Education, Medical and Media. She continues to support the GEMs department in her current role as VP of Corporate Communications, Government and Public Affairs. Learn more about Hotwire Communications at http://hotwirecommunications.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Caitlin Stella, MPH is Chief Executive Officer of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.  She began her professional career as the start-up administrator of the multi-million dollar Center for Autism Research and Treatment at UCLA Health. Caitlin also co-managed a state-wide pilot study looking at the epidemiology of Autism in California, which was published in 2002. After completing her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at UCLA, she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) national healthcare consulting practice working with payer, provider and life science clients throughout the country including several children’s hospitals.   She was a senior executive at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before becoming Chief Administrative Officer for UCLA Health’s Mattel Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health Programs.  She was a Board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and is Past-President of the alumni association for the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.   She is currently a Board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida and has been an executive/community leader for March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  She is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Public Health Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Women in Health Administration.   She is the healthcare representative for the Broward Economic Council and also a member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). Learn more about Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at: https://www.jdch.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: https://www.jdch.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Danielle Rosse is Owner of Oceans 234. This statuesque and charming entrepreneur, is a dedicated working mother and a fiercely keen leader focused in continually seeking to perfect the art of hospitality for her guests.   Rosse was just 22 and recently widowed when she first opened Oceans 234 in 2001. Starting as Director of operations she transformed what was once a sleepy oceanfront diner into the alluring waterfront dining escape that Oceans 234 is recognized as today. In 2013 She purchased the restaurant to become the sole owner of the establishment and in 2015 she under went a massive $1.8-million-dollar renovation on the property elevating the guest experience.   In addition to Oceans 234 in 2007, Rosse launch The Whale Raw Bar, A neighborhood New England Raw bar in Parkland.  After six years of successful business she sold in 2013.   Rosse has a passion for the multi-faceted nature of restaurant ownership.  Rosse believes that Oceans 234 is the total restaurant package, offering a fun experience, fresh food and great service with unparalleled views, reviving the Florida tradition of breezy oceanfront living. This respected restaurateur also ensures to give back to the industry that she loves so dearly.  Rosse served two years as the Broward chapter President for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and also sits on the State board of directors for the FRLA as well as the Deerfield beach Economic Development council.    She has been recognized in many organizations for her community work and has received the following recognitions; 2011 Coconut Creek Small Business Person of the Year, 2013 Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction, 2014 International Women’s Leadership honoree by SSL, 2014 was named by the South Florida Business Journal Influential Woman of the Year, 2017 Junior League of Palm beach county Women Volunteer of the year nominee and a 2019 Deerfield Beach Chamber Community Heroes award recipient.    Rosse and the Oceans 234 team utilize their professional resources to support as many nonprofit organizations as they are able each year.  Learn more about Oceans 234: https://www.oceans234.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Jason Jenkins is in his eleventh season with the Miami Dolphins and was named Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs in January 2015. Jenkins oversees the organization's front-facing brands, including media outreach, public relations, digital and social media and community efforts. Jenkins previously served as the team's Vice President of Communications, being named to that position in May 2013. Prior to joining the Dolphins, Jenkins worked in the media relations department for the San Francisco 49ers, as well as served as the Associate Athletic Director at Texas Southern University from 1999-2002 and as Athletic Sales and Promotion Manager and Sports Communications Assistant at Lehigh University from 1997-99. A native of Houston, Jenkins earned his bachelor's degree in 1997 in broadcast journalism from Texas Tech University. In 2017, Jenkins was selected by faculty and alumni as an Outstanding Alumni Award winner. He served as commencement speaker for the 2018 Texas Tech graduating class. He resides in Coral Springs with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Liya, Aiden and Sloane. More information about the Miami Dolphins: https://www.miamidolphins.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Dev Motwani serves as President and CEO of Merrimac Ventures, a Fort Lauderdale based real estate firm that focuses on value-add investment and development opportunities. Property types owned and operated include hotels, condos, retail, office and rental apartments primarily in South Florida but also throughout the United States. Dev is also Founder and Managing Partner of Ramesh Properties, a distressed real estate investment fund focused on opportunistic investments in residential and commercial development sites throughout South Florida. He currently oversees nearly $750 million in development projects. Current projects include the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences, The Gale Boutique Hotel and Residences, as well as Las Olas Riverfront, all in the Fort Lauderdale area. Dev is Founder and Managing Partner of Chieftain Residential, a yield-oriented distressed residential fund purchasing single-family homes, and residential land, primarily in the Southeast US and Texas. The fund aims to balance current income opportunities through the rental markets for its single-family home inventory, while also targeting capital appreciation in single family homes and land as the US Residential Market continues to rebound. Prior to his current role, Dev worked at Credit Suisse in New York City, where he first structured OTC Equity Derivative trades for the firm’s largest corporate clients and then for the firm’s largest hedge fund clients. Before that, he worked in the White House and on the 2000 Gore/Lieberman Presidential Campaign. Dev plays an active role in the South Florida Community, through his involvement with numerous charities and business organizations, currently serving on the board of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Fort Lauderdale’s Economic Development Advisory Board, and the Downtown Council. He was recently appointed to the Orange Bowl Host Committee. He previously served on the boards of the Riverwalk Trust, Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and Broward County’s Small Business Advisory Board. Dev has served as Co-Chair for the Bonnet House’s Annual Impressions Fundraiser, the Ghost Light Society’s Annual Soiree, and the Jeb Bush Classic Beach Bash benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year the Motwani family co-founded the Laughing Out Loud fundraiser benefitting the Scleroderma Foundation, which raised over $170,000 for the charity. Dev graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics and Public Policy and from Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Real Estate Development Program. He has also studied at the London School of Economics. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Robert Ceravolo is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tropic Ocean Airways, a regional airlift solution based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Operating amphibious seaplane aircraft in five countries, Tropic Ocean Airways has become the largest amphibious airline in the world with additional planned fleet and service growth around the globe.   Former Navy fighter pilot and winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019, Ceravolo founded the airline in 2009. He is responsible for growing the company from one aircraft and one employee to its current size of 15 aircraft and an expanding team of more than 100 employees. Offering passenger and cargo flights with both scheduled and charter routes, Tropic Ocean Airways services domestic and international regions including Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The airline received scheduled Commuter authority from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and has a stellar safety record and reputation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).    Utilizing his extensive military aviation expertise, Ceravolo places a strong emphasis on training and development of pilots and personnel.  The Tropic Ocean Airways training program is modeled after the procedures and training philosophy of US Navy flight training.  Ceravolo believes that proper training and development is the key to growth during the global pilot shortage.  In addition to solving regional travel problems utilizing amphibious aircraft, Ceravolo has made it his mission to be a positive influence in the communities that Tropic Ocean Airways services - leading Disaster Response Operations since 2015.  Most recently the company led a multi-organization effort, which resulted in 900 evacuations and 200,000 pounds of relief supplies delivered in the first 10 days following Hurricane Dorian's landfall in the Bahamas, in addition to ongoing rebuilding assistance.  Ceravolo also sits on the board of Saving The Blue, a non-profit dedicated to marine conservation.  Prior to his position at Tropic Ocean Airways, Ceravolo served as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Navy (Active Duty: 2001 - 2011, Reserve: 2011 - Present), where he flew the F-14D, F-18E, and F-5N, deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, attended TOPGUN (2009), and served as his squadron’s Assistant Operations Officer, Training Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Legal Officer, Administration Officer and Maintenance Officer.  Additionally, he served as a Coalition Coordination Officer for United States Central Command, where he served as a Liaison to the Coalition and was responsible for coordinating logistical support for foreign allied countries supporting the International Security Assistance Force. Learn more about Tropic Ocean Airways: https://flytropic.com/ For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org.
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! As a social worker by trade, Kathleen Cannon understands firsthand the impact that non-profits have in the community. As President and CEO of United Way of Broward County she utilizes her talents and undeniable ability to recognize a need and then seek out partners to create long-lasting positive solutions.  Kathleen has been in executive leadership for more than 25 years. Her philosophy is to lead with intention, purpose and to be strategic and goal oriented. She feels motivating and inspiring others to excellence starts with a profound sense of integrity and a positive regard for all stakeholders. Kathleen believes it is important to outline clear expectations which facilitate the accomplishments of desired outcomes. Her experience as a direct service provider and administrator is invaluable in running a well-rounded community organization. These attributes combined with her excellent visionary abilities and sharp business acumen makes her a motivating leader.  Kathleen has received several accolades for her leadership and dedication to ensuring that she is changing all lives for the better including: Women of Distinction Honoree from March of Dimes, Influential Business Women Honoree from South Florida Business Journal and the Women of Excellence Sapphire Award from Cleveland Clinic. Recently she was awarded the Champion of Children Award from HANDY, the Spirit of Justice Award from Legal Aid, the Difference Maker Leadership Award from Extraordinary Women Leading Change Leadership Conference, the Ultimate CEO Award from South Florida Business Journal, a Healthy Mothers Health Babies Outstanding Mother of the Year and was honored with the 2019 Profiles in Leadership Award by Leadership Broward Foundation.   For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! In 2016 Stacy Ritter was named President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB). As CEO, she is responsible for the administration of the GFLCVB. The CVB is based in Broward County with multiple domestic and international offices. The permanent staff of the CVB is comprised of a 45-person organization of sales and marketing professionals with a $24 million operating budget. Ritter oversees an organization that provides sales and marketing development for leisure, international, sports, convention and group sales. The CVB also focuses its efforts on behalf of the County for multicultural tourism, LGBT+ development, film and entertainment as well as national and international advertising and public relations. Today Stacy serves as a member of the United States Travel Association Board of Directors,Destination International Foundation Board, the Steering Committee of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Board Member of Winterfest, Inc., and the Executive Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. She serves as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Miami Super Bowl Committee. Prior to her position at the GFLCVB, Ritter served as an elected Broward CountyCommissioner from November 2006 till June 2016, representing the 3rd District, and serving as Mayor of the County in 2008 to 2009. Prior to serving in Broward County government, Ritter served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004, representing the 96th District. Ms. Ritter has been a community activist for years with the National Council of Jewish Women and other organizations prior to her election to State office, she was inducted to the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame; Woman of the Year by the American Jewish Congress and a First Lady of Broward. She was named the Chair of Broward County’s Management and Efficiency Study Committee from June 2004 to June 2006. During the 2008 presidential election, Stacy was The Chair of the Broward County Obama for America Campaign and served on the National Finance Committee for the campaign. She was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Broward by Gold Coast Magazine and awarded as one of the 100 Outstanding Women by the Boys and Girls Club. She is consistently named to the list of South Florida Power Leaders. As Broward County Mayor, she was instrumental in the county considering and moving forward with a new county courthouse as well as pushing for improvements at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, including the expansion of the south runway. Today that runway and the terminal improvements are attracting new airline service and stimulating record-breaking passenger traffic.  For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Heather Geronemus trained as a professional ballerina while completing her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at New York University. At NYU, she also became a leader for the school’s Jewish Heritage Program, supporting and developing student mentoring, peer networking and education programs. Heather remained active in JHP post graduation as an on-campus fellow. She was honored by the organization in 2012 for her leadership and personal charitable efforts. Ms. Geronemus began her professional career at Bloomberg in New York as part of the publishing organization, later moving into the company’s financial products operation, where she held both marketing and product training roles.  She moved to South Florida and joined Ultimate Software in 2010. Heather began her career at Ultimate Software in Marketing in 2010, promoting the company’s cloud based-human capital management and employee experience solutions. Heather now serves as the Director of Public Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility, overseeing Media, Customer & Community Relations. Ultimate is one of South Florida’s most respected technology businesses, supporting customers including the Miami HEAT, Bloomin’ Brands, Feeding America, SUBWAY, and Yamaha Corporation of America. The company is regularly recognized as an employer of choice, ranked in the top 25 in Fortune Magazine list of Best Places to Work for nine consecutive years.  Heather is one of Broward County’s leaders, remaining constantly and actively involved with the South Florida community. Following the loss of her father, Dr. Robert Geronemus, to a drunk driver in 2009, Heather took a leadership role in Fort Lauderdale’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization. Heather established the Annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale in 2011 and has since then continually chaired the event. Heather is thrilled to chair this event for the tenth year in row, it has raised more than $2.5 million to date. In addition, she regularly represents MADD with local, state and federal elected officials, travelling to Washington D.C. to meet with Florida’s Congressional and Senatorial delegations. Heather’s efforts were recognized at MADD’s 2012 national conference, where she was awarded the Linda Kitazaki Volunteer Fundraising Award. She was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their National Philanthropy Day 2014 for her work with MADD Broward. She also received the 2011-’12 and 2014 MADD Florida Hero Awards for outstanding achievement, in 2019 this award was renamed the Geronemus/Unfried MADD Florida Hero Award in honor of Heather & Linda Unfried’s dedication to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Heather is proud to assume the Chair position on the National Board of Directors of Mothers Against Drunk Driving after serving as a Director and then Vice Chair over the last four years.  Learn more about Ultimate Software at https://www.ultimatesoftware.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit  https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Josh Folds is the Head of Small Business, Business Banking, Merchant Services and SBA at First Horizon Bank.  The bank was founded in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. First Horizon has been recognized as one of the nation's best employers by Working Mother and American Banker magazines. In 2017 our company announced the acquisition of Capital Bank Financial Corporation making us the fourth largest regional bank in the Southeast with $40 billion in assets and more than 300 branches in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas and Virginia. In 2019 we announced a mergers of equal with Iberiabank which will expand our footprint across the southeast while almost doubling our asset size! Josh's specialties include Competitive Analysis, Talent Management, Business Development, Treasury Management, Merchant Services, Speciality Lending, Credit, Sales, Leadership, Public Speaking. He also is the author of "Quotes for the Soul: Self Analysis for Daily Inspiration" which can be purchased on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Quotes-Soul-Analysis-Daily-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B086JDRRBK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=%22josh+folds%22&qid=1596808798&sr=8-1 Learn more about First Horizon Bank at https://www.firsthorizon.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida Past shows are at www.jasouthflorida.org/podcastshow.
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! Durée Ross, who had the bold passion to launch her own PR agency, Durée & Company, at the age of 24 in 1999, has since been setting the bar for excellence in PR, serving the corporate, agency and nonprofit arenas for local, national and international clients. An award-winning entrepreneur, she has been nationally recognized for her ability to develop winning strategies and successfully deliver creative campaigns for clients.    Durée leads a 10+ member team of PR and marketing professionals in her Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado offices. She fosters diversity and inclusion in every aspect of her business and is the winner of PR News’ 2016 Top Women in PR award, which honors influential women who are driving the agenda for the industry and in their companies. Durée is always willing to share her journey, perspective and lessons with the next-generation of PR pros and entrepreneurs, often through thought leadership pieces, in-person speaking engagements and one-on-one mentoring. With each new experience, she is able to capture valuable takeaways and impart wisdom to her team and others on how to shift with the new demands of PR, marketing, social media and crisis communication.   For the past 20 years, Durée & Company has established itself as a leading public relations and marketing agency in the South Florida market and beyond. With her strong business acumen and deep understanding of the local community, Durée & Company represents well-known names in business, fashion, hospitality, travel, marine and yacht, wellness, art and culture, nonprofit, legal, real estate and professional services. Durée is also a pioneer in her adaption of emerging industries, including CBD.   As Durée’s professional profile and resume have grown, so have her philanthropic donations and influence. Durée sits on several nonprofit boards and committees, chairs local fundraising efforts and awareness-building events, and lends her talents to worthy causes that serve South Florida’s most vulnerable residents. She takes pride in giving back to her native South Florida community.   Her husband and their two children share her commitment to helping others as a family unit. Learn more at https://dureeandcompany.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida Past shows are at www.jasouthflorida.org/podcastshow.
Just as there are no two recipes that contain the exact same ingredients or measurements, there are no two success stories exactly the same. Recipe For Success features entrepreneurs, visionary leaders and innovators of all ages who will share their ingredients that make them successful – personally and professionally. Let's get cooking! In 2000, Adam founded Slone Partners, one of the first executive recruitment firms specializing in the diagnostic and laboratory testing industries. Prior to founding Slone Partners, Adam worked as the Vice President of Molecular and Genetics Sales for American Medical Laboratories. After a decade of successful business development experience in the diagnostic and laboratory testing industries, Adam recognized that his in-depth knowledge of this complex industry was necessary to help companies compete for talent. His industry knowledge and extensive contact base enabled Slone Partners to successfully place hundreds of professionals with clients in its first years of operation. As the needs of the diagnostic and laboratory testing industries evolved, so did Slone Partners. In 2007, Slone Partners expanded its service offerings to include a comprehensive set of services, recognizing its clients’ desire to build and develop the skill set of its internal talent pool. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Old Dominion University. Adam recently became an Advisory Board member of Washington G-2 Reports and he speaks regularly at some of the industry’s largest conferences. Learn more about Slone Partners at https://www.slonepartners.com/. And Wolf Hill Group at https://www.wolfhillgroup.com/. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit https://www.jasouthflorida.org. Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasouthflorida LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/junior-achievement-of-south-florida/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasouthflorida Twitter: https://twitter.com/JASouthFlorida Past shows are at www.jasouthflorida.org/podcastshow.
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