Just recently, I returned from an extraordinary Fly-In to Tallahassee to advocate for priority issues on behalf of our business community at the state capital. Chairman Roberto Muñoz, Chair-Elect Amy Furness,4 and I were joined by the largest group of delegates in the history of The Chamber. I want to thank Alex Dominguez and Giovanni Castro, along with The Chamber's Vice President of Governmental Affairs Matthew Monica, who led our Governmental Affairs Committee, for a successful mission.
On leadership, our Chair, Roberto Muñoz, was inducted into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame, along with Kentanji Brown Jackson, Albert Dotson, Jr., Gerald C. Grant, Jr., James Haj, Udonis Haslem and Madeline Pumariega. We are proud to celebrate with them.
In addition, Antonio "Tony" Argiz, Christine Barney, Armando Codina, Carlos R. Fernandez-Guzman, Carlos A Migoya, Roberto Muñoz, Hector Ponte, Madeline Pumariega, Gene Schaefer, William D. Talbert III, David Whitaker, and myself, were recognized among the South Florida Business Journal's 2023 Top 250 Power Leaders.
Furthermore, The Chamber relaunched its Senior Executive Orientation® Program, with a wonderful group of C-Suite Executives and three Consuls General; and the Spring Cohort of Leadership Miami® Class 44 had its opening session.
The first Trustee Luncheon of the year brought together Bo Boulenger, Julio Frenk, Matthew Love, and Carlos Migoya, four amazing leaders in the Healthcare sector, who shared their visions about The Future of Healthcare. The County and The Chamber welcomed Rodrick Miller as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. We look forward to enabling productive partnerships.
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Advocating for the South Florida Business Community
During the 2023 Tallahassee Fly-in, our Government Affairs Committee presented the Chamber's list of legislative priorities to elected officials and participated in issue meetings with state elected officials to discuss the development of issues that are crucial to businesses and the communities of South Florida leading up to the beginning of Florida's 2023 Regular Legislative Session.
Miami- Dade County Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame
The prestigious Miami-Dade County Public Schools honored our Board Chairs and members of the community by inducting them into the Alumni Hall of Fame based on their tireless engagement, impactful leadership, and professional achievements.
Senior Executive Orientation®
This year, in partnership with Miami-Dade County and Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, we relaunched the Senior Executive Orientation Program® to offer an integrated onboarding program for entrepreneurs and executives in leading positions who have recently relocated to Miami. The program highlights have included behind-the-scenes tours of the Miami International Airport Protocol Lounge, NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises, and The Adrienne Arsht Center.
Developers Forum Miami Migration: New Era of Developments
On Thursday, January 19th, The Chamber hosted its 2023 Annual Developers Forum. This year the event centered on the new era of real estate developments and the panelist shared some of the current trends in the real estate community and discussed challenges such as high-interest rates, construction costs, migration to South Florida, and its impact on prices.
February Trustee Luncheon: The future of Healthcare
The Chamber held its first Trustee Luncheon of the year on February 1st with an extraordinary panel of healthcare leaders. Together they had a lively discussion focused on the current and future state of health care in South Florida and beyond, Mental Health, Medicaid, and Medicare, and how those issues affect the residents of Miami-Dade County.
Leadership Miami® Spring Cohort
Leadership Miami’s 44th class kicked off the Leadership Miami® Program Chairs Jeni Bouza and Brandon Mitchell, as they introduced and welcomed 50 new participants to this year’s Spring Cohort. Opening Conference highlights included listening to our very own Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava speak about leadership and community involvement and teams jumped right into sessions on team-building, leadership development, and nonprofit panels.
Workforce Housing Solutions Summit
On February 22nd, we held our first Workforce Housing Solutions Summit, and our panel of experts shared their vision about practical solutions to the high-cost and low availability of housing in South Florida, and Universal Parks & Resorts and Wendover Housing shared their development plan for Universal's Housing for Tomorrow initiative. During the event, The Chamber released the Second Edition of the Workforce Housing Resource Guide, which seeks to identify available resources to support the development and creation of workforce housing units.