Easton Group executive also works with entrepreneurship efforts and the American Diabetes Association.
Occupation: President of The Easton Group, a commercial real estate firm based in Doral
Family status: Married with two children
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Lives in: Coral Gables
Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun commands influence in both the business and nonprofit communities. He’s a leader who considers making deals his career, volunteerism his hobby, and mentoring young entrepreneurs his passion.
In his business role, Hernandez-Solaun works for The Easton Group, overseeing operations of the 40-year-old family-owned Miami company that manages, leases, develops and owns more than 4.5million square feet of commercial real estate. It’s a role he took on in February after working on his own and, before that, as a senior vice president at GE Capital, a division of General Electric: “It’s an interesting balancing act, taking some core processes from corporate America and making them fit into the culture of a family business so it can grow.”
Jose completed his executive MBA at the University of Miami and developed a love for the school, much like his pride in his undergraduate alma mater, Florida International University. He decided to use his talents to help students. As mentor, he has worked closely with the University of Miami’s Launchpad initiative and the MIT Enterprise Forum South Florida to bring leading corporate executives to speak with students on their careers and entrepreneurial ventures. Hernandez-Solaun also has taught finance at UM’s business school. More recently, he became a member of the advisory board of Miami Dade College’s new Idea Center after helping organize MDC’s TekFight, a tournament-style entrepreneurship event.
Wearing his volunteer hat, Hernandez-Solaun chairs the American Diabetes Association for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and works as a committee member for the national organization.
From Hernandez-Solaun: “There is not a lot that has gone on in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Miami Dade that I haven’t been a part of and I’m proud of having helped any way I can.”
About Hernandez-Solaun: “Jose is one of the youngest Renaissance men I know. He is multitalented and multifaceted, and one of the most principled and virtuous men I have ever met.” — Mike Tomás, president and CEO of Bioheart Inc. and chair of the FIU global entrepreneurship advisory board