Q. Who do you admire as a business person and why?
My father, because of his integrity and his compassion. He dealt with every single tenant, approximately 250, face to face, as I still do. He was a man of his word who didn’t need a contract, and his friends and associates respected him for that. He was humble and treated everyone he met with respect. He truly enjoyed life and taught me to always believe in myself. But nothing made him happier than the time he spent with his family.
Q. What is your involvement in the Rok Family Shul Chabad Downtown Jewish Center and why is this important to you?
Rabbi Chaim Lipskor met my father over 12 years ago and our two families became close. Three years ago, as my family and I were attending High Holiday services in downtown, over 300 people were cramped into a small temporary office space. We decided it was time to create a permanent home for the Jewish community in honor of my mother Rosita and in memory of my father Natan. The Rok Family Shul will be completed in late August 2013. I have been involved in every detail from the purchase of the property to the design, construction and fundraising for the building at 35 SE 9th Street. I hope that when it’s done it will be a beacon of spiritual light in the heart of Downtown.
Q. Most people probably don’t know about your passion for playing competitive flag football. Tell us about it.
I’ve played flag football since I was 21, and last year I was inducted into the Florida Flag Football Hall of Fame. My team was ranked in the top 5 from 1983 through 2000 and we won four national and two world championships. I love the game and I currently play in three different leagues weekly.