Accepting lifetime achievement award, Armando Codina says his long career is far from over

 

Long-time Miami developer Armando Codina accepted the Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Wednesday with self-deprecating humor. “Lifetime achievement implies you’re getting old, and that your real estate career is over. I have news: I don’t feel old and I have lots more going on than I have in a long, long time.’’

As a teen attending a family service, he said, he wondered why funerals didn’t take place while the person was alive enjoy the tributes from friends and family. Wednesday’s lunch, he said, made him feel like he had gotten to attend his own service. “Thank you for attending my funeral. It was a fine funeral, but premature.’’

Still, he said, “If I live to be 100 years old, I can’t repay what this country and Miami have done for me. ... People talk about what Cubans have done for this city, but Miami has done a lot more for us than we have done for it.’’

Jane Wooldridge

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