Salute to Miami's Leaders

The Salute to Miami’s Leaders Awards program was created to recognize and honor Leadership Miami® alumni and inspire future community involvement by showcasing truly outstanding individuals who have been integrally involved and made significant contributions to the community, served the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with distinction and excelled as leaders in their respective business fields or chosen profession.

Also presented is the Bill Colson Leadership Award -- named in honor of the late Bill Colson, a prominent Miami attorney and community activist, who founded the Leadership Miami® program more than three decades ago. This award is presented to an outstanding Leadership Miami® alumnus who has exemplified consistent leadership in creating community understanding and enhancing the quality of life for a broad cross-section of the entire community

In addition, the Power Leader of Year and Visionary Leader of the Year awards recognize community leaders who are committed to making Miami a world class city through innovation, leadership and empowering others to excel.

Recipients

Bill Colson Award
Marlon A. Hill, 2015-2016

Banking/Finance
Dwight Hill, 2016

Entrepreneurial/Professional
Nelly Rubio, 2016

Government
Jeannett Slesnick, 2016

Legal/Law
Daniel “Dan” Jacobson, 2016

Nonprofit/Cultural
Jose Cela, 2016

Visionary Leader of the Year
Dr. Michael Alessandri, 2016

Power Leader of the Year
Alexandra (Alex) Villoch, 2016

Bill Colson Award

  • Marlon A. Hill, 2015-2016
  • Rolando Aedo, 2014-2015
  • Gene Schaefer, 2012-2013
  • Jayne Harris Abess, 2011-2012
  • Dawn B. White, 2010-2011
  • Mark A. Trowbridge, 2009-2010
  • Arthur “Art” Noriega, 2008-2009
  • Michael Lewis, 2007-2008
  • Neisen Kasdin, 2006-2007
  • Sergio M. González, 2005-2006
  • Jack Lowell, 2004-2005
  • Manny Diaz, 2003-2004
  • Ron Book, 2002-2003
  • Peter Roulhac, 2001-2002
  • Johnny Winton, 2000-2001
  • Jimmy Morales, 1999-2000
  • Michael Carricarte, 1998-1999
  • Patrick Morris, 1997-1998
  • Steven Leifman, 1996-1997
  • Phillis Oeters, 1995-1996
  • Rudolph “Rudy” Moise, 1994-1995
  • Lynda Carson, 1993-1994
  • Donald Slesnick, 1992-1993
  • Susan Potter Norton, 1991-1992
  • Luis Ajamil, 1990-1991
  • Dorothy Weaver, 1989-1990
  • Arthur Hill, 1988-1989
  • Newall J. Daughtrey, 1987-1988
  • Sherill Britton, 1986-1987
  • Keith Houck, 1985-1986

Banking/Finance

  • Dwight Hill, 2016
  • Steve Messing, 2015
  • Felipe F. Basulto, 2013
  • Mario Trueba, 2012
  • Erbi Blanco-True, 2011
  • Frank Gonzalez, 2010
  • Obdulio Piedra, 2009
  • Maria C. Alonso, 2008
  • Carlos Fernández-Guzmán, 2007
  • Angel Medina, Jr., 2006
  • Entrepreneurial/Professional
  • Nelly Rubio, 2016
  • Raymundo “Ray” Feito, 2015
  • Wendy Kallergis, 2013
  • Richard A. Berkowitz, 2012
  • Andrew Carricarte, 2011
  • Victoria E. Villalba, 2010
  • Robert “Bob” Berkowitz, 2009
  • Basil M. Bernard, 2008
  • William Holly, 2007
  • Luis Ajamil & Willy Bermello, 2006

Government

  • Jeannett Slesnick, 2016
  • Juan-Carlos “JC” del Valle, 2015
  • Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, 2013
  • Iraida R. Mendez-Cartaya, 2012
  • Alina T. Hudak, 2011
  • Mayor Cindy Lerner, 2010
  • Mayor Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez, 2009
  • George Burgess, 2008
  • Mayor Don Slesnick, 2007
  • Mayor Manny Diaz, 2006

Legal/Law

  • Daniel “Dan” Jacobson, 2016
  • Albert E. Dotson, Jr., 2015
  • Patricia Thompson, 2013
  • Judge Steve Leifman, 2012
  • Lenny Feldman, 2011
  • Benjamine “Ben” Reid, 2010
  • Kathleen Deutsch, 2009
  • Susan Potter Norton, 2008
  • Yolanda Cash Jackson, 2007
  • Mikki Canton, 2006
  • Nonprofit/Cultural
  • Jose Cela, 2016
  • Dr. José A. Vicente, 2015
  • Norie del Valle, 2013
  • Barbara A. “Bobbie” Ibarra, 2012
  • Lydia I. Muñiz, 2011
  • Patrick G. “Pat” Morris, 2010
  • Beatrice Louissaint, 2009
  • Guarioné M. Diaz, 2008
  • Phillis Oeters, 2007
  • Alvin L. West, 2006

Public Relations/Marketing

  • Leslie Pantín, 2012
  • Bernadette A. Morris, 2011
  • Christine M. Barney, 2010
  • Jorge A. Plasencia, 2009
  • Otis Wragg, III, 2008
  • Sandy Gonzalez-Levy, 2007
  • Seth Gordon, 2006
  • Visionary Leader of the Year
  • Dr. Michael Alessandri, 2016
  • Carlos Migoya, 2015
  • Teresa King Kinney, 2013
  • José Abreu, 2012
  • Norman Braman, 2011
  • Alberto M. Carvalho, 2010

Power Leader of the Year

  • Alexandra (Alex) Villoch, 2016
  • Tere Blanca, 2015
  • Ron Shuffield, 2013
  • Mark B. Rosenberg, 2012
  • Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, 2011
  • Frank R. Nero, 2010
  • Mayor Manuel “Manny” A. Diaz, 2009

Top Investors

Baptist Health South Florida
Bank of America
CareerSource South Florida
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
UHealth
Wells Fargo