This week’s question: What's your New Year's resolution?
While I personally don’t make New Year’s resolutions, as Florida Bar president I hope we can begin to make civil justice more accessible in 2016 to Florida’s low- and middle-income residents.
Ramon Abadin, president, The Florida Bar, and partner, Sedgwick Law Firm
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I would like to work out more, and get my Spanish level from basic to fluent.
Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I try to be as mindful as possible everyday by living a well-balanced life, enjoying the company of family and the people around me, and staying motivated by the things that interest me in my personal and professional lives.
Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)
I make it a point to not make any!
Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University
My New Year resolution is very simple: Spend more time with my family, eat less and exercise more.
Nabil El Sanadi, CEO/president, Broward Health
One of my personal goals is to become more involved in educating the next generation of hospitality leaders. I am a member of the Miami-Dade College International Hospitality Center Advisory Board, but I am going to make it my goal for 2016 to bring real-world hospitality examples to the students in their various classroom curriculum.
Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami
Start that diet that never really begins or ends!
Miriam Lopez, president/chief lending officer, Marquis Bank
I’m a goal-oriented guy, so I’m always focused on how I can improve — personally, professionally and civically. I don’t believe in waiting for the new year when you can start today. If you want to eat healthier, walk a 5K every morning, spend more time with the family, make a family budget, save for a great vacation or volunteer — start today.
Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade
To be the best grandfather I can be as my wife and I will be grandparents for the first time — our daughter is expecting! Kennedy Nicole Peters will join us in February.
Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express U.S.
2016 is the Arsht Center’s 10th anniversary and my New Year’s resolution is to engage the entire Miami community in celebrating the arts as the catalyst for Miami’s growth and prosperity. As a gift to the community we are unveiling a series of 10 commissions known as “10@10.” Something close to my heart is helping children discover the joy of performing arts and one of our commissions is a new theatrical piece produced by the Learning Through the Arts program, which will be performed for all seventh-grade Miami-Dade County public schools students. Resolution: Find the resources to make it happen.
M. John Richard, president, CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
My resolution is to be more “mindful” in 2016, specifically as Chade-Meng Tan suggests: “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.” Meng retired from Google in 2015, but it’s no surprise that his class “Search Inside Yourself” at Google was always filled. Link to his class: https://youtu.be/r8fcqrNO7so.
Ania Rodriguez, CEO of Key Lime Interactive
I do not believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe in setting goals. This year my goal was to publish a book and have it make the Amazon bestseller list in my category. I accomplished my goal by writing the book A Passion for Wellness — Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line, and am working on getting it on the bestseller list before the year end. In 2016, my goal is to more actively get the message out to companies and our community on the importance of wellness in order to control spiraling healthcare costs.
Rachel Sapoznik, CEO & president, Sapoznik Insurance
A personal rather than professional resolution (though it applies to all areas of my life) it is to continue to deepen my practice of mindfulness — to truly focus and hear what others are saying, and to be thoroughly in the moment and do less multitasking. I want to give all of myself to whatever needs my attention at any given moment. Instead of trying to do something quickly and move on, I’m seeking to be more committed to each and every activity and task. I’m also meditating every day and find that an extremely powerful tool. I am better for that, as are my loved ones and ginnybakes.
Ginny Simon, founder, CEO, ginnybakes