Aventura / Sunny Isles

Two Aventura residents make the list of '20 successful professionals under 40'


Two Aventura residents were made the list of the "20 successful professionals under 40" in today's Business Monday feature.

David Clarke, 38, CEO of BGT Partners, an interactive marketing agency, and Alberto Perlman, 33, Chief executive/co-founder, Zumba Fitness, were both included. Here are their entries:

Alberto Perlman

AGE: 33

OCCUPATION: Chief executive/co-founder, Zumba Fitness

LIVES IN: Aventura

Born in Bogotá, Alberto Perl-man founded the popular fit-ness craze Zumba in Miami in 2001 with two Colombian partners and a $2,000 investment.

Today, the fitness classes, which incorporate merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip-hop, African, belly dance and Bhangra, can be found in 75 countries worldwide, attracting six million participants each week. During the past two years, the privately held company has sold millions of DVDs and launched its own clothing line. It is now venturing into video games such as an upcoming Zumba for the Nintendo Wii.

QUOTE: ``I don't measure our success in revenue or profit, even though it is a very healthy business. I measure it in how many instructors' and consumers' lives have been changed.''

David Clarke

AGE: 38


LIVES IN: Aventura

What Clarke started in 1996 as a website development company has evolved into a firm dedicated to enhancing the social media and marketing strategies of such companies as Sony, Carnival and Ryder System.

The BGT lobby wall is overrun with trophies and plaques, including being named a Top 10 Agency of the Year at the 2009 Interactive Media Awards.

BGT touts a healthy employee retention rate driven partly because of events like this: Every Friday the company buys lunch for everyone while an employee plays music.

Clarke is involved in several charities, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Junior Achievement.

QUOTE: ``A great leader is employee centric. And I think great leaders understand that if your employees are happy, then your clients will be happy, and that's what makes great

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