Vitals: 35; born in Miami, the son of Bob Lazenby, an attorney, and Gwen, the worlds No. 1 mom; grandson of Stanley Whitman, who founded Bal Harbour Shops in 1965; grew up in Coral Gables, attended Palmer Trinity High School before graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in English; married to Kristin Arbuckle Lazenby, who Ive known since I was five because our parents were friends and we grew up in the same circles; father to 14-month-old William; proud owner of two boxers, Nina and Satchmo, and a Maltese named Riley, who I married into.
Current job: Operating Partner at Bal Harbour Shops, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Whitman Family Development. These days Im really focused on our newest project, the development of Brickell CityCentre. Its the first time in 50 years our family business has stepped out of the Village of Bal Harbour to contemplate doing something else."
First paying job: As a junior in high school, I worked maintenance at Bal Harbour Shops earning minimum wage. I painted stairwells and pressure cleaned the roof of the parking garage in the fabulous South Florida summer. One day in July, I got baked up there. I must have been somewhere between orange and purple by the end of the day, and I went to see my grandfather when I was done. He asked, what did you learn? I said, that its hot! His response was: Well, if you cant learn to work with thisand he pointed to his headthen youll have to figure out how to work with theseand he showed me his hands. It was a lesson that stuck with me.
Something most people dont know about you? "That right after college, I taught English literature to fifth- and sixth-graders. It was a fascinating experience and I actually miss it sometimes.
Best advice ever received: Its not something someone told me, rather its a quote from John Milton: They also serve who only stand and wait. To me it means that, sometimes, not doing a thing is more important than doing something, that its better to listen than to talk. In business, a lot of people are fearful of inactivity and they want to jump to do something because they dont want to not do anything. That can be dangerous. Sometimes its best to hold steady.
Living person you most admire: Its a three-way tie between my mom, my dad and my grandfather. The man I am today I attribute to my parents equally. And then theres my grandfather. When I was a kid, he went to every stupid play I was in as a fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grader. In high school, he came to every football game I ever played in. He was an amateur photographer and hed bring his cameras and lenses to everything. He is a great business man but also a true family guy, an unbelievable grandfather.
Your greatest extravagance? My boat. Its a 35-foot outboard Ive had since 2008. Because of all thats going on with our company, my time has been seriously monopolized with work. But the boat is the place where I can get away from work and create family time, which is so important and yet so easy to neglect. Its where we come together.