Most CEOs are in ‘growth mode’ with plans to hire more

CEOs were asked: In 2019, do you plan to hire more, fewer, or about the same number of employees? What leads you to this outlook?
CEOs were asked: In 2019, do you plan to hire more, fewer, or about the same number of employees? What leads you to this outlook? Getty Images/iStockphoto

We plan to grow our healthcare work force in 2019, reflecting the growth of our health system to better meet the needs of our patients and the South Florida community. We are planning for additional clinical sites and the expansion of existent sites, and will require additional employees to meet our needs.

Dr. Edward Abraham, executive vice president for Health Affairs of the University of Miami and CEO of UHealth - the UM Health System


We are presently attempting to open a call center for our Financial Card group and have the need to fulfill up to 900 new hires. Miami has a talent problem and challenges abound, even though our pay scale exceed $25 per hour. Starting to look outside of our immediate community and discussing outsourcing, too.

Jim Angleton, CEO for Aegis FinServ Corp.


Cleveland Clinic Florida experienced tremendous growth in 2018 with the addition of a new hospital tower and expanded Emergency Services Department on our Weston campus, the launch of the new Coral Springs Family Health Center, and the opening of a medical office in Wellington. As a result, we had a significant increase in caregivers in 2018. We will continue to hire more caregivers in 2019 as we continue to grow, especially in light of the addition of four hospitals in the Treasure Coast through the integration of Cleveland Clinic – Martin Health and Cleveland Clinic – Indian River Hospital.

Wael Barsoum, M.D., CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida


In 2019, we are likely going to remain at the same staff level — just over 700 employees — so our hiring will be primarily to fill positions vacated by routine turnover.

Agostinho Alfonso Macedo,

president and CEO of Ocean Bank


Presently, our business is very stable and we are on forecast to meet all of our goals and objectives as a nonprofit. We will continue to strengthen our reserves. Our plans are to grow as we enter 2020. However, 2019 is the year that we commence construction on a new building to assist more youth of promise in Miami. Consequently, we will see no growth in our employee base until late 2020, when the building is completed.

Bill Diggs, president, The Mourning Family Foundation


T-ROC will most definitely hire thousands of new employees at all levels from the front lines through senior management in 2019. We are blessed to have secured contracts with our current and new customers that will require new talent to fulfill and exceed their expectations.

Brett Beveridge, CEO and founder

of The Revenue Optimization Companies (T-ROC)


Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida is currently in a growth mode. Our girl and adult membership is increasing. This growth is thanks in part to increased visibility in the community, a heightened awareness of the benefits for girls to engage in girl-only and girl-led activities, and targeted membership recruitment activities. In order to support this growth, we have plans for a 5 percent increase in staff size in 2019.

Chelsea Wilkerson, CEO of Girl Scouts Tropical Florida


I’m happy to say that we do plan on hiring more employees in 2019. Why? For three reasons. First, I am a positive person and believe that our agency will always prosper, regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. Second, we serve a population of children that desperately need our help and we have a caring community that responds to those needs. Third, I guess I’m naive enough to believe that there will always be kind, generous people who believe in our mission, see what we do, and want to see us expand our services.

Dorcas L. Wilcox,

CEO of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services


This coming year, CNB will be making significant additional investments in people — both developing existing talent and recruiting. We plan to increase our workforce to help us implement our strategic/transformation initiatives that will position CNB to address and harness the pace of change around us.

Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO, City National Bank


We are hiring in all areas. Our portfolio is focused on industries disrupted by digitation, including financial services, e-commerce and media technology, and there is strong demand for services in these areas.

Louis Hernandez Jr., CEO, of Black Dragon Capital


Every year, my brother and I look at our various companies in an effort to determine where we’re lacking and/or where are we are carrying excess weight. Typically, we run a lean business, so hiring is only done when and if needed. I don’t see us increasing our overhead at this time. Prudent business practices dictate our decisions in regard to hiring and terminating positions.

James “Jimmy” Tate, co-owner and president

of TKA-Evolution Apparel and of Tate Capital,

and co-founder of Tate Development Corp.


In 2019, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee will increase our workforce by 10 to 15 percent. We must ensure we have staff in place to assist with business connect and community outreach, communications, partnerships and marketing, volunteers and operations.

Rashad D. Thomas, vice president of business connect and community outreach for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee


We plan to hire significantly more employees in 2019, as the completion of projects such as the Residences by Armani/Casa and Paramount Miami World Center this year will lead us to build and customize the interiors of hundreds of residences.

Manny Angelo Varas,

president and CEO of MV Construction Group


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