Miami, Florida- For the tenth year, Legacy Miami magazine is pleased to unveil its annual distinguished listing of South Florida’s “50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014.” These honorees were nominated by the community at large, then carefully vetted and selected by a highly accomplished selection committee comprised of former honorees and business and civic leaders from South Florida.

“At Legacy Miami, we pride ourselves in showcasing the best and brightest stars in our community. Their accomplishments inspire us and their commitment to serving others is the cornerstone of their power,” said Publisher Dexter Bridgeman.

This year’s stellar group is impressive, they range from several corporate directors, community leaders, several of South Florida’s top attorneys, public officials and several successful entrepreneurs. This is just a sampling of the 50 honorees in this year’s group.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for one’s hard work and I couldn’t be more proud to receive these awards alongside other stellar professional leaders of our community,” said Tomi Rose, Senior Vice President of Sports & Entertainment at Opulence International Realty

“I am humbled by this wonderful recognition. Being a positive influence is very important to me and I am grateful to the Miami Dolphins for allowing me to make a meaningful impact in this role,” said Jason Jenkins, Vice President of Communications, Miami Dolphins.

“It’s gratifying to do work that makes a difference. To be recognized among so many talented and influential South Floridians is a great honor,” said Zari S. Watkins, Esq., Director of Project Coordination, Jackson Health System

“I am humbled to be included with other business professionals who are truly making a difference in our community. This just gives me more energy to help our children,’” said Gale S. Nelson, Senior Vice President, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Miami.

Legacy will be published on Monday, April 14, 2014 and will be distributed in the Business Monday section of The Miami Herald. More than 150,000 copies will be circulated throughout South Florida.

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Legacy magazine will host a tenth anniversary Gala and Awards Banquet in honor of this year’s, “50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business & Industry Influential for 2014,” hosted by television anchor Jawan Strader. The event returns to the Bonaventure Resort and Spa at 250 Racquet Club Road in Weston, the cost is $150.00 per guest. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Legacy congratulates the following honorees for being selected 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals in Business and Industry in 2014:

1. Dr. Nelson Adams, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center and CEO of Metro Miami OB/GYN Associates, P.A.

2. Nancy Ancrum, Editorial Page Editor, Miami Herald

3. Dr. Carmel J. Barrau,President, Unihealth, and Co-Founder, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

4. The Honorable Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall School Board Member, Miami- Dade County Public School

5. Bruce Bennett, Esq., Partner, Victoria Law Group

6. Cameron Benson, City Manager, Miami Gardens

7. Leslie Bowe, Director of Corporate and External Affairs, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

8. Brian Brackeen, Founder & CEO, Kairos

9. Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, Esq.- President, Florida Memorial University

10. The Honorable Judge Marcia Cooke,  Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

11. Shana S. Crittenden, Chief Operating Office, North Shore Medical Center

12. Courtney Cunningham, Founder and President, Cunningham Group, Inc.

13. Bishop Victor T. Curry Senior Pastor, New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of Faith International of North Miami

14. Wayne Davis- President and CEO, In Touch Logistics, LLC

15. Adrian Delancy,Esq., Partner at Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog P.A.

16. Arnold W. Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Corporation

17. Albert E. Dotson, Jr., Esq., Government Relations & Land Development Practice Group Leader, Bilzin Sumberg

18. Marc Anthony Douthit, Esq., Managing Partner, Douthit Law, LLC and Chair, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Board

19. The Honorable Judge Donald L. Graham, United States District Judge Southern District of Florida Miami and Fort Pierce, Florida

20. Jason Green, President, Advance Classrooms

21. Malou Harrison, President of Miami-Dade College North Campus

22. The Rev. Arthur Jackson III, Senior Pastor, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens

23. Jason Jenkins, Vice President of Communications, Miami Dolphins

24. Dr. J. Preston Jones, Dean of Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship

25. Samuel H. Johnson, Group Director, Marketing at Ryder System, Inc.

26. Victor Kendall, CEO of Friends of WLRN

27. Tiffani G. Lee, Esq., Partner, Holland & Knight Miami office

28. Nikki Lewis Simon, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, also serves as Director of Client Development and Corporate Social Responsibility

29. Beatrice Louissaint, President & CEO of the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council

30. The Honorable Kionne McGhee, Esq., Florida State Representative, District 117

31. Jerrell Moore, Esq., Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Burger King Corporation

32.  Alonzo Mourning, Founder of Mourning Family Foundation (formerly known as Alonzo Mourning Charities), Former Miami Heat Player

33. Tracy Wilson Mourning, Co-Founder of Mourning Family Foundation and Honey Shine Mentoring Program

34. Annie Neasman, President and CEO, Jessie Trice Community Health Center

35. Gale S. Nelson, Senior Vice President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami

36. Debra Duster Owens, Associate Director of International/Government Affairs, PortMiami

37. Lorna Owens, Esq., Founder of Footprints Foundation and Owner of Law Office Lorna Owens

38. Dr. Albert Payne, Jr., Region Superintendent, Central Region Office, Miami-Dade County Public School

39. Anthony (Tony) L. Rogers, Founder, President and CEO, Planning Consultants Group

40. Tomi Rose, Senior Vice President of Sports & Entertainment at Opulence International Realty

41. H.T. Smith,Esq., Chairman, Board of Directors, Gwen Cherry Park Foundation, and Member, Board of Trustees, University of Miami

42. The Honorable Myra Taylor- Mayor, City of Opa-locka

43. Dr. Yvonne Turner Johnson, Director of the Emergency Department and Heart Attack Unit, South Miami Hospital

44. Roderick D. Vereen, Esq., Managing Partner, Vereen Law Firm

45. Zari S. Watkins, Esq., Director of Project Coordination, Jackson Health System

46. Dr. Gloria Williams, Pastor and Co-Founder, Jesus People Ministries Church International Inc.

47. Mr. David L. Wilson, Founder, President and CEO, Financial Service Organization, Inc.

48. The Honorable Frederica S. Wilson, U.S. Representative, Florida 24th District

49. Paul Wilson- Administrative Director, Office of Labor Relations, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

50. Dr. David Zambrana, Interim Chief Executive Officer, University of Miami Hospital

For more information on Legacy Miami magazine and its honorees, please contact LaTiesha Riveria at 305-761-7661.

About Legacy Magazine:
Established in 2004, Legacy through distribution partnerships with the Miami Herald, the Sun Sentinel, the Palm Beach Post and Orlando Sentinel has a statewide readership of more than 4 million and publishes bi-monthly. Legacy is a news/business publication serving South Florida’s black professional community with insightful articles and information on business, careers, politics, lifestyle, culture and social commentary.


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