For more than five years, the South Florida Business Journal has compiled our Power Leaders list of the most influential executives from across the region’s private, public and civic sectors. These are the true movers and shakers of South Florida’s economic engine.
From the start – and every year since – it’s grown increasingly challenging to keep the list of executives to 100, especially given the breadth and scope of our dynamic region.
So, over the years, we’ve introduced the Power Leaders in Banking & Finance, Law & Accounting, Health Care, Real Estate and our most recent arrival, Power Leaders in Human Resources. We plan to add two more – Power Leaders in Marketing and Power Leaders in Hospitality – before year-end.
Even with these new categories, it was a good time to refresh our approach as we marked the five-year anniversary our hallmark list – South Florida Power Leaders.
This year, we’ve made significant changes to both how the list is organized and how the honorees are selected.
First, and most importantly, you’ll notice that the list has 50 percent more honorees than in years past.
And to make the package more useful to our readers, we are also highlighting these honorees in a variety of categories, including naming nine icons — the true pillars of our thriving community.
In addition, you’ll note that 83 Power Leaders were not on last year’s list, reflecting our region’s dynamic nature.
We’ve also updated our criteria. Whether from our own reporting or on-the-ground realities of the impact leaders have had in their industries, the regional economy and our community’s character, this criteria better reflects the powerful role a successful and involved executive plays across the tri-county region.
South Florida truly is a dynamic and growing business and cultural community. We’re pleased to bring you this year’s installment of the South Florida Power Leaders. Hopefully you’ll find this a valuable resource, as it reflects where we’ve come from – and where we’re headed.