Twice each year, the Miami Herald enlists new members for its CEO Roundtable. As chief executives at businesses small, large and nonprofit in a range of industries, these business leaders are intimately familiar with the local economy and the topics that affect companies and their workforce. Each week, we ask them a question about a topic of South Florida interest. Meet our new cohort here; the next will be selected in April.
Dr. Edward Abraham is the executive vice president for Health Affairs of the University of Miami and CEO of UHealth - the University of Miami Health System. He is a renowned pulmonary medicine and critical care physician and scientist who has published widely in his field. Abraham has undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford and trained in internal and critical care medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jim Angleton, who has been in the local banking industry for 35 years, is CEO for Aegis FinServ Corp, a U.S. government financial partner and contractor. He is on the board of directors for the City of Miami Housing & Loan Authority as well as BBVA Compass Bank. Angleton was a 25-year trustee member and former director for the Beacon Council, and was vice chair for the statewide Neighborhood Lending Partners banking consortium. He frequently speaks about cryptocurrencies, banking, compliance and cybersecurity.
Wael Barsoum, M.D., is CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida and a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors and executive team. He leads an academic medical center with more than 3,000 caregivers and 11 locations across Broward and Palm Beach counties. Barsoum has a clinical practice as an orthopedic surgeon and is an avid innovator with 40 granted or pending patents.
Brett Beveridge is CEO and founder of The Revenue Optimization Companies (T-ROC). Based in Coral Gables, his company employs more than 500 in South Florida and more than 6,000 across the country. He and his company have received multiple awards.
Jacqueline Dascal Chariff is chairman of Continental National Bank, which boasts $490 million in assets, and leads the bank’s marketing and community engagement initiatives. She is also an entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience, and recently created CosmeticPerks.com, an innovative program which offers discounted rates on beauty procedures through partnerships with prestigious medical networks.
Jessica Goldman Srebnick is CEO of Goldman Properties and Goldman Global Arts. As CEO of Goldman Properties, Jessica has a handle on Miami’s changing real estate market with a specific focus on Wynwood. Her company is single-handedly responsible for one of Miami’s biggest tourist destinations: Wynwood Walls.
Jorge Gonzalez is president and CEO of City National Bank, a full-service financial institution based in Miami with more than $14 billion in assets and 31 locations from Miami to Central Florida. Under Gonzalez, CNB has become Florida's third-largest bank.
Gregory Adam Haile is president of Broward College. Haile, who is also a lawyer, has been president of the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, Broward County’s African American bar association, and as president or vice president on more than 20 different community boards or committees.
Louis Hernandez Jr. is founder, managing director and CEO of Black Dragon Capital, a growth-oriented private equity firm that invests in leading technology companies. He started the firm in 2014 after a career in operating, advising and investing in market changing technology companies in all phases of development. He also founded A Little Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the needs of underprivileged children. In September, he was appointed chairman of the recently launched Ryff, the world’s first image technology company to use artificial intelligence to customize brand content to individual consumers.
Agostinho Alfonso Macedo is president and CEO of Ocean Bank, the largest independent, state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Florida, with $3.7 billion in assets. Chartered in 1982, Ocean Bank operates its branch network throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Paul Singerman is co-chair of Berger Singerman and leads the firm’s business reorganization team. Singerman has been involved in some of the largest ouf-of-court restructuring matters and bankruptcy cases in South Florida, and he has received many legal industry awards.
James “Jimmy” Tate is the co-owner and president of TKO-Evolution Apparel and of Tate Capital, and co-founder of Tate Development Corporation. For over 30 years, Tate Development Corp. has developed, owned and managed commercial, industrial and luxury single- and multifamily properties with a real estate portfolio in excess of $1 billion. More recently, James has acquired the Bahia Mar Resort, Hotel and Marina and is in the initial stages of converting it into a billion-dollar mixed-use development.
Rashad D. Thomas is vice president of business connect and community outreach for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. He is responsible for identifying and connecting South Florida’s business community to contracting opportunities related to Super Bowl LIV. Thomas was previously assistant to the deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County.
Manny Angelo Varas is president and CEO of MV Construction Group, which has acquired deals on many of South Florida’s best-known developments, totaling nearly 900,000 square feet of construction and $300 million in real estate value. Varas is a state-licensed general contractor, roofing contractor and real estate broker as well as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Dorcas L. Wilcox, Ph.D., LCSW, is chief executive officer of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. She oversees daily operations at both of the organization’s emergency shelters for children and teens ages 10-17. Under her leadership, the social services organization has been restructured and its fiscal standing improved, and community awareness about Miami Bridge has increased. She sits on the board of directors at Camillus Health.
Chelsea Wilkerson is CEO of Girl Scouts Tropical Florida, one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout programs. GSTF serves over 5,500 girls and adult volunteers in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Before joining Girl Scouts two years ago, Wilkerson spent over a decade serving in various leadership roles within the foster care and child-welfare system in Miami-Dade County.