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Creating a global city takes perseverance, courage, leadership and vision. The Miami Herald South Florida Visionary Awards recognize those who work to reinvent this place we call home.
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Ralph Smathers, led Better Business Bureau
Ralph Smathers, who for nearly 20 years tried to protect South Floridians from con artists, quacks and unethical business practices, announced that he would retire on Sept. 1, 1980 as president of the South Florida Institute of Business and Professions, formerly the Better Business Bureau.
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Architecture firm Stantec helps Miami towers soar
Stantec, formerly ADD, is designing products in Miami and around the world.
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Interval Leisure Group expands, diversifies
With headquarters in South Miami, Interval Leisure Group Inc. is best known for its Interval International unit, a membership service that facilitates exchanges of timeshare properties. But ILG has acquired several other companies since 2007 in an effort to grow and diversify its operations. "This is a great thing for Miami," said Craig Nash, chairman, president and CEO of Interval Leisure Group.
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Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint
Sprint Corp. Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure got his start in the wireless industry in 1996, selling Motorola flip phones directly to customers from his car. Claure led Brightstar in Miami until his appointment as Sprint's chief.
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Pierre Charalambides eyes resorts for the Caribbean
Pierre Charalambides is founding partner of Dolphin Capital Partners, a developer of luxury branded resorts and residential units in the Eastern Mediterranean, with its sights now set on Latin America and the Caribbean and an office in Miami.
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Crystal Lagoons brings water by design
Biochemist and entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann brings blue lagoons and beachfront landscapes to the world through his company, Crystal Lagoons.
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The Davide brothers had formula for success
When Hurricane Andrew struck Miami, the brothers Anthony and Salvatore Davide put aside their university studies to enter the real estate business. They never returned to college and instead set about enlarging the boundaries of a family company founded in Little Havana.
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Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design
More than 80 employees who make up Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, where Kobi Karp is president, are busy with residential, retail, mixed-use and hospitality projects, most of them in South Florida. Since he founded the firm in 1995, Karp and his team have designed projects around the globe that cost developers over $36 billion to build. The company offers both architecture and interior design services.
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Oasis Park Square in Doral provides extra room to entertain
At Oasis Park Square - 150 single-family homes in Doral - some backyards are large enough for a 392-square-foot pool. But the flat rooftops - tricked out with a jacuzzi and the option of a summer kitchen, as well as a bathroom - are where many homeowners will entertain. Oasis Park developer Masoud Shojaee of Shoma Group said the majority of the homes are going to Venezuelan buyers. Project architect Francillis Domond, who grew up in Venezuela, said "Venezuelans have large extended families, and it's very common to get together for family events at least every month."