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Why work in South Florida? CEOs pitch advice

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The question: If you had three sentences to pitch a potential recruit on starting a career in South Florida, what would you say?

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Everyone wants to eventually end up in Florida. Now you have a great job and potential career, why not live tomorrow’s dream today?

Daniel Ades, managing partner, Kawa Capital Management

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If you dream big, South Florida is the best place to lay your head. You can achieve amazing things in work and at play while you live in paradise.

Christine Barney, CEO, RBB Communications

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If I had three sentences to pitch a potential recruit on starting a career in South Florida they would be: South Florida is a wonderful place to start a career. It is a very multicultural with a very international character and many opportunities for advancement. Enjoy a great lifestyle with beautiful beaches, excellent weather and nightlife.

Richard Behar, founder and president, Capital Clothing Corp.

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Choose a company and job with great potential, such as IT, engineering or any others of the so-called “jobs of the future.” South Florida is becoming a small Silicon Valley. More large organizations are opening facilities in South Florida to service their Central and South America operations and clients. Look at the potential, not the pay or benefits.

Carmen Castillo, president and CEO, SDI International

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As the world becomes more global, access is important. South Florida has several international airports and is strategically located to provide easy access to much of the world.

Alice Cervera Lamadrid, managing partner, Cervera Real Estate

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You won’t find a warmer welcome for your career and family. Our business environment offers all you’ll need for success — diverse marketing opportunities across all industries, an ambitious workforce, a multicultural consumer base and easy access to the international marketplace. All of it set in a thriving climate inspiring to your work, your play, your business and your family.

Jonathan Chariff, CEO, South Motors

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Major opportunities exist in green jobs, technology and technical trades. Miami is the playground for the innovative — you can create any reality you want if you work hard. If you love the ocean, nature, diversity, opportunity, wealth and innovation — come to Miami.

Pandwe Gibson, executive director, EcoTech Visions

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South Florida is an emerging global community; get in on the ground floor and be part of making it happen. Connect to the world here, and set your sights high. No better place to live, work, play.

Julie Grimes, managing partner, Hilton Bentley Hotel

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1. Unlike other metropolitan cities, Miami allows those who are driven to be a big fish in a small pond and really make an impact; 2. Miami has the tendency to think the grass is greener outside South Florida, so it may be wise to build your brand, business and skills outside of Miami, then come back; 3. Be patient with Miami; you may not see the fruits of your labor right away, but the city is changing every day, inch by inch; don’t leave too soon.

Felecia Hatcher, co-founder of Feverish Gourmet Pops

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I wouldn’t even need three sentences. I would simply say: South Florida provides a wonderful lifestyle with interesting people, excitement, growth and tremendous diversity. If that’s not enough, I’ve got the wrong recruit.

Victor Mendelson, co-president, HEICO

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Three words: weather, taxes, lifestyle. It’s that simple.

Nitin Motwani, managing principal, Miami Worldcenter Associates

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In South Florida, it’s not so much about what school you went to or your family background; if you’re committed to working hard and delivering on your word, you will make a name for yourself here. If a multicultural, world-class city with diverse cultures, a happening food scene, varying languages (plus accented English) excites you, South Florida is as thrilling a place to live and work as there is on the planet. Traffic is a bear. ... To the extent possible, live, work and play in a part of the city that minimizes the amount of time where you will need to drive and park!

Abe Ng, founder and CEO of Sushi Maki

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South Florida is big enough to have everything you need at your disposal and small enough where you can make a significant impact in business. We are at the beginning of a major economic and social shift to become a globally recognized and truly international city.

Todd Oretsky, co-founder, Pipeline Brickell

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You will excel in South Florida’s thriving business climate. You will have access to top quality training and professional development opportunities for your workforce. You will have tons of fun given the region’s diverse arts and culture scene.

Eduardo Padrón, president, Miami Dade College

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Our community offers an unprecedented combination of lifestyle and business opportunity in one of the most unique cultural environments in the United States. You can’t discount the weather and its impact on quality of life; when you live and work in a place this beautiful, every weekend is a vacation — not just two weeks of the year. The entrepreneurial spirit and rapid pace of change in Miami also make this a great environment to make a major impact in a short period of time.

Joanna Schwartz, CEO and co-founder, EarlyShares

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I would stress three things. First, South Florida lifestyle is second to none. Second, the weather allows you to be active year around. Third, I would stress the long-term economic outlook for S. Florida and stress the growth opportunities.

Dave Seleski, president and CEO, Stonegate Bank

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Where else are you going to go to realize your professional and social goals ... all while enjoying a lower tax burden? We’re more than tourism. Miami has one of the most diverse economies in the nation and great quality of life.

Darryl K. Sharpton, president and CEO, The Sharpton Group

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South Florida is an international business center, filled with serial entrepreneurs, urban pioneers and creatives. Lawyers who are a part of this entrepreneurial movement and carry substantial credentials in the real estate and financial services communities will find the most success. These are some of the qualities we look for at Akerman: We hire highly accomplished lawyers who know the market and are part of the culture, who mirror our core strengths and will add the most value to our clients.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO, Akerman LLP

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This is a great place for new projects, new ideas. It’s an amazing mix of people, so very open to newcomers. If you like to work hard, use your imagination, learn new things, try something different, explore varied avenues which could open up to you — this is the place to be.

Gillian Thomas, president and CEO, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

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First and foremost, South Florida is a very diverse community, not only of international culture, but diverse in terms of thinking and acting, and getting involved, so being flexible and open-minded is key. Secondly, South Florida is investing in itself, looking to be the hub for a lot of industries such as banking, agriculture and hospitality so the more effort you invest in building your company, the more impact you will have on the community at large.

Paco Velez, CEO, Feeding South Florida

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Rather than tell them three things, I’d show them three places. One: our headquarters. I started each of my businesses across the street from each other. Two: the AmericanAirlines Arena. This is a place where a lot of Miami’s team and city spirit culminates, a place that represents the beginning of our NBA license, a game changer for our business. Three: my home. I love to welcome friends and family there, and it represents what you can earn in this city with hard work.

Alina Villasante, founder, Peace Love World clothing

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a.) Since South Florida’s tech market is heating up, it’s a great opportunity to make an impact here when compared to more tech-established cities; b.) lots of diversity in possible solutions to solve with tech; c.) great place to live and raise a family.

Marlon Williams, founder and CEO, Fenero

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1. South Florida provides access to some of the brightest and most insightful entrepreneurial minds in the world; 2. In this region, there is always a new mentor to be found, partner to be made, and ambitious understudy who wants to learn to be your successor; 3. Creativity, risk-taking and hard work are rewarded here. Think of all of the self-made business leaders in Miami.

John Wood, president, Amicon Construction

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