2018 Sand In My Shoes Award Breaks All Records

2018 Sand In My Shoes Award Breaks All Records

This year’s Sand In My Shoes Award set a new attendance record as over 800 guests turned out to honor Mr. Brian Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. Mr. Keeley’s career at Baptist spans over 40 years and he has been the driving force behind the phenomenal growth of the Baptist network of hospitals. Chamber Chairman Gene Schaefer and Incoming Chair Carlos Orta presented the award alongside Ms. Penny Shaffer from the evenings presenting sponsor, Florida Blue. The gala marked the grand re-opening of Jungle Island which had sustained damages from Hurricane Irma and received a major renovation just in time to host the night. “To honor Brian is to honor everyone at Baptist” said Chamber President, Alfred Sanchez, “he gives all the credit to his team and he accepted it on their behalf”





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Presenting Sponsor:

Florida blue

Florida Blue (www.FloridaBlue.com) Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan, is a leader in Florida’s health care industry. Its mission is to help people and communities achieve better health. Florida Blue serves more than 5 million health care members. An additional 18 million people in 12 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia are served through its affiliated companies. Founded nearly 70 years ago on the need for affordable health care in Florida, the company has a portfolio of innovative products and solutions for individuals, families and companies and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies.

Honorary Host Committee:
American Airlines (https://www.aa.com/)
CC Homes a Codina-Carr Company(
Codina Partners (
Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.(
www.csklegal.com )
Crescent Heights (
EWM Realty International (
Florida Power & Light (
Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust(
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau(
Greenberg Traurig, P.A (
León Medical Center (
Lynx Companies (
MasTec (
Medina Family Foundation
NV2A Group(
Republica, LLC (
Trish & Dan Bell
United Way of Miami-Dade (
Urgent Care Physicians of South Florida, LLC
Wells Fargo

Platinum Sponsor:
Bank of America

Carnival Corporation

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (www.rclcorporate.com) (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. We are a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises, a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and a minority shareholder in the Chinese brand SkySea Cruises. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 49 ships with an additional thirteen on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 535 destinations on all seven continents.

Gold Sponsor:

Baptist Health South Florida

Florida International University (www.fiu.edu)
Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a "R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity" and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 57,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, [email protected], the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China.

John S. & James L. Knight Foundation(https://knightfoundation.org/communications/logos/)
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Navigant’s Healthcare segment is composed of consultants, former provider administrators, clinicians, and other experts with decades of strategy, operational/clinical consulting, managed services, revenue cycle management, and outsourcing experience. Professionals collaborate with hospitals and health systems, physician enterprises, payers, government, and life sciences entities, providing strategic, performance improvement, and business process management solutions that help them meet quality and financial goals.

TD Bank(www.tdbank.com) TD Bank is dedicated to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the communities where we do business and TD recognizes the impact volunteering, donations and sponsorships can have. Our goal is to build successful partnerships that benefit our Customers and their communities.

Silver Sponsor:
Akerman, LLP (https://www.akerman.com/en/)
Berkowitz Pollack Brant (
CareerSource South Florida(
City National Bank (
Deloitte (
FirstBank of Florida (

FIU College of Business(https://business.fiu.edu/)

FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (https://medicine.fiu.edu/)

FIU Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences(http://cnhs.fiu.edu)
FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (https://stempel.fiu.edu)
Greenspoon Marder(
Holland & Knight, LLP(
Jackson Health System (
Kaufman Rossin(
Lowell Homes, Inc (
MBAF CPAs and Advisors (
Med-Lab Supply Co (
Miami Dolphins(
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises (
Nicklaus Children’s Health System (
Northern Trust (
Ocean Bank (

Ruwitch Family Foundation
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. (https://www.strtrade.com/)
The Conroy Martinez Group (
University of Miami Health Systems (
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman P.L.(
Williamson Cadillac Buick GMC (



Top Investors

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