From the start – and every year since – it’s grown increasingly challenging to keep the list of executives to 100, especially given the breadth and scope of our dynamic region.
So, over the years, we’ve introduced the Power Leaders in Banking & Finance, Law & Accounting, Health Care, Real Estate and our most recent arrival,
Power Leaders in Human Resources. We plan to add two more – Power Leaders in Marketing and Power Leaders in Hospitality – before year-end.
Even with these new categories, it was a good time to refresh our approach as we marked the five-year anniversary our hallmark list – South Florida Power Leaders.
This year, we’ve made significant changes to both how the list is organized and how the honorees are selected.
First, and most importantly, you’ll notice that the list has 50 percent more honorees than in years past.
And to make the package more useful to our readers, we are also highlighting these honorees in a variety of categories, including naming nine icons — the true pillars of our thriving community.
In addition, you’ll note that 83 Power Leaders were not on last year’s list, reflecting our region’s dynamic nature.
We’ve also updated our criteria. Whether from our own reporting or on-the- ground realities of the impact leaders have had in their industries, the regional economy and our community’s character, this criteria better reflects the powerful role a successful and involved executive plays across the tri- county region.
South Florida truly is a dynamic and growing business and cultural community. We’re pleased to bring you this year’s installment of the South Florida Power Leaders. Hopefully you’ll find this a valuable resource, as it reflects where we’ve come from – and where we’re headed.
President and Publisher South Florida Business Journal
James S. Cassel
Chairman, co-founder and CEO,
Cassel Salpeter & Co. LLC
801 Brickell Ave., Suite 1900, Miami 33131
Birthplace: Miami Beach
Education: B.S. in political science and economics, American University; J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Greatest professional achievement: Transitioning from a successful legal career to building a successful investment banking career. He first formed Capitalink LLC, which was sold to Ladenburg Thalmann and Co. After serving as vice chairman and head of investment banking at Ladenburg, he and his partner, Scott Salpeter, built Cassel Salpeter & Co.
Personal note: In junior high school, Cassel produced rock concerts for groups like Fleetwood Mac. He also worked on dozens of political campaigns.