Apogee Awards 2018
SFBW has honored nearly 200 with its Apogee Awards, which recognize top leaders in South Florida Business. The awards are unique in the region for featuring a variety of positions throughout the C-suite.
Partner/Owner Rex Kirby Verdex Construction After growing a national construction company’s Southeast regional office to $500 million in annual revenue, Kirby founded Verdex in 2014. He continues as president.
Senior Human Resources Executive Colin McDonald Cross Country Healthcare McDonald has been vice president for human resources and labor relations for Cross Country Healthcare in Boca Raton since 2014. He previously had HR positions at Carnival Cruise Lines, RandCol Staffing and Citrix.
Senior Human Resources Executive Debra McCollough Keefe McCullough CPAs & Trusted Advisors McCollough has directed human resources functions at Keefe McCullough CPAs & Trusted Advisors since 2013. She participated in SFBW’s Apogee roundtable in the January 2019 issue.
CEO Kenneth Lebersfeld Capitol Lighting Lebersfeld has been CEO of his family’s Capitol Lighting since 2010. He joined the company in 1983 as vice president.
CEO Beverly Raphael-Altman RCC Associates Raphael-Altman continues as president and CEO of RCC Associates, a leading construction firm in the buildout of restaurant, retail and hospitality properties. She and daughter Robyn also were featured in a SFBW “CEO Connect Women of Influence” feature.
Chairman Gian Carlo Alonso AmeriKooler Alonso has tripled the size of AmeriKooler, which manufactures walk-in coolers, since becoming president and CEO in 2010. He was featured as an SFBW “Up & Comer” in 2017.
Chief Marketing Officer Cheryl Rees Ocean Bank Rees has been senior vice president and director of marketing at Ocean Bank since 2007. She previously held marketing positions at Regions Bank and Barnett Bank of South Florida.
Chief Financial Officer Alan D. Goldsmith Broward Health Goldsmith is executive VP and chief administrative officer at Broward Health since December 2018.
President Janelle Woodward Taplin, Canida & Habacht (BMO Financial Group) Woodward is president of Taplin, Canida & Habacht/BMO Global. In 2018, she also became global head of fixed income for BMO Global Management USA.
Chief Marketing Officer Dustin Jacobs BrightStar Credit Union Jacobs has been vice president of marketing at BrightStar since 2015. He joined the company as marketing manager in 2014.
Chief Marketing Officer Evan Golden Berman Law Group Berman has been CMO for Berman since 2014. He is also is a correspondent with “Eye on South Florida,” a web-based entertainment news magazine program.
Senior Human Resources Executive Joanne Morris City National Bank Morris has been the senior vice president and director of human resources for City National Bank since 1996. She joined the bank that year as a benefits coordinator.
Partner/Owner Jaret L. Davis Greenberg Traurig Tech community leader Davis has been a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig since 1998 and co-managing shareholder of the Miami office since 1999. He oversees approximately 170 attorneys and 200 business staff members.
President Jeff Klink Valley National Bank Klink is South Florida regional president of Valley National Bank, which now has 12 South Florida branches.
Chief Operating Officer Kristina Hebert Ward’s Marine Electric Hebert became COO of Ward’s Marine Electric in 1996. She also has been president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
Chief Operating Officer Zach Young Kast Construction Young has been COO of Kast Construction since 2011. He also serves as a member of Kast’s executive committee.
Chief Financial Officer Alexander Gulick Procacci Development Corp. Gulick joined Procacci as CFO in 2012. He is also a licensed real estate broker and certified public accountant.
Chief Information Officer Christian Boniforti Lynn University Boniforti has been chief strategy and technology officer at Lynn University since January 2019. He previously was CIO, director of IT, and a network administrator.
Chief Information Officer Antonio Mañueco Blubeta Group Mañueco in 2010 co-founded Blubeta Group, which provides managed cloud infrastructure and rapid prototyping, and became managing partner in April 2018. He is also cofounder and chief technology officer of BetaBlocks, a blockchain infrastructure company.
Chief Financial Officer Tina Spano Adler Group Spano has been CFO at Adler since 2015. She joined the real estate management and development company in 2014 as controller.
Chief Operating Officer Frederick O’Malley Shutts & Bowen O’Malley has served as Shutts & Bowen’s COO since 2007. He has also served on the large firm administrators steering committee at the Association of Legal Administrators.
President Steve Politziner Good Karma Brands and ESPN West Palm Politzner has been president of Good Karma Brands since 2017, starting as vice president in 1998. Good Karma has affiliations with radio stations in West Palm Beach, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin
Partner/Owner Gerald “Gerry” Greenspoon Greenspoon Marder Greenspoon continues as a leader with Greenspoon Marder, which he cofounded in 1981 with Michael Marder. Greenspoon has also been featured as a “CEO Connect” subject and on the magazine’s cover with Marder.
CEO Jay Parker Douglas Elliman Real Estate Parker has been CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage since 2013. In 2018, he was accepted into the Forbes Real Estate Council.
Chairman Ivan Baron Delray Beach Open Baron continues to be tournament chairman of the Delray Beach Open, the world’s only combined Association Tennis Professionals World Tour and ATP Champions Tour event. He also is vice president of Players International Management.
Chairman Richard Weissman The Learning Experience Weissman continues to be chairman and CEO of the Learning Experience since its 2002 inception. He co-founded the company, which provides early education franchises, in 2014.