Note: The award program is no longer active. 

The International Business Leadership Awards recognize and honor businesses and individuals engaged in international activities, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, that significantly impact Miami's economy.

To qualify the nominee/applicant must be engaged in international business or in activities that promote international business development; and be able to establish that its activities provide beneficial impact on the South Florida economy either by being based in Florida or by conducting significant business within or through the state.

Award Categories

BEST NEW BUSINESS recognizes start-up businesses or newly established divisions of existing business (operating less than five years) that have jumped onto the scene with a new product or service offering.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY honors businesses committed to philanthropic giving, community involvement and community outreach in a discipline outside the organization's normal business functions and has successfully implemented corporate social responsibility standards and best practices.

INNOVATIVE PRACTICES recognizes companies making substantial and impactful changes in thinking, products or processes that directly impact international operations.

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTICES honors a Florida law firm for outstanding achievements within the field of international law.

INTERNATIONAL CEO honors an outstanding chief executive whose accomplishments and professional contributions to the international business community are recognized as motivational, inspirational, and transformational.

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE PRACTICES recognizes South Florida finance firms, wealth management firms and forensic accounting firms that have achieved international recognition within the profession.



Best New Business

Innovative Practices
MIAMI Association of REALTORS®

International CEO
Martin Méndez, NEORIS

International Government Affairs Individual
Jose Fuentes, Becker & Poliakoff

International Accounting Professional
Barry Brant, Berkowitz Pollack Brant

International Attorney
Pedro Freyre, Akerman

Up and Comer
Cristina Suarez, Astigarraga Davis


Best New Business
Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp.

Innovative Practices
BMG Money

Corporate Social Responsibility
Whole Foods Market

International Individual
Enrique R. Martinez, Discovery Networks Latin America

Ponce de Leon Global Pioneer Award
Teresa King Kinney, MIAMI Association of Realtors


Business Expansion
Biotest Pharmaceuticals (large business)
MIAMI Association of REALTORS (small business)

Best New Company
Nueterra Global Alliance

Innovative Practices
Beckman Coulter (large business)
Activ Doctors Online (small business)

Corporate Social Responsibility
MAT Concessionaire, LLC (Miami Access Tunnel)

Business Excellence
FedEx Express Latin American & Caribbean Division (large business)
Diaz Reus & Targ, LLP (small business)

Lifetime Achievement
Manuel D. Medina, Medina Capital

Ponce de Leon Global Pioneer Award
Art Torno, American Airlines


Business Retention & Expansion
IATA (large business)
Novartis (Florida) (small business)

Dolce Vita Gelato (large business)
RTF International Business Development, Inc. (small business)

Innovation & Innovative Practices
Miami Association of REALTORS (large business)
KUEPA (small business)

Philanthropic & Community Leadership
Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic

Business Excellence (non-U.S. based)
Nectar Sarl (Mirazur)

Corporate Social Responsibility (non-U.S. based)
Cerro Matoso, S.A.

Lifetime Achievement
Frank Ryll, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Ponce de Leon Pioneering Spirit Award
G. Lee Sandler, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.


Business Retention & Expansion
Banco Sabadell/Sabadell United Bank (large business)
Transnational Foods, Inc. (small business)

.CO Internet SAS

Innovation & Innovative Practices
Intelsat (large business)
Advantix Systems (small business)

Philanthropic & Community Leadership
Medtronic Latin American Operations
Research In Motion Corporation

Business Excellence (non-U.S. based)
Universidad del Norte-Business School

Renewable Excellence (non-U.S. based)
Bioceres S.A.

Service Award
Pat Roth, Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA)

Special Individual Recognition
Gilberto Neves, Odebrecht USA


Business Retention & Expansion
Caja Mediterráneo

Globalvia Infrastructures (large company)
NIDA-CORE Corporation (small company)

Innovation & Innovative Practices
Odebrecht USA (large company)
SafetyPay, Inc. (small company)

Job Creation
Eulen America (large company)

Joint Ventures
Port of Miami (large company)
Royal Shipping Lines, Corp. (small company)

Philanthropic & Community Leadership
Burger King Corporation

Special Individual Recognition Award
Eduardo J. Padrón, Miami Dade College


Business Retention and Expansion
Seaboard Marine (large company)
Haper Meyer Perez Hagen O’Connor & Albert (small company)

Education and Training
Medtronic, Inc. (large company)
Readix, Inc. (small company)

Jackson Memorial Foundation (large company)
Miami Fashion Week (small company)

Innovations/Innovative Practices
Brightstar Corp (large company)
Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (small company)

Joint Ventures
Port Everglades

Philanthropic and Community Leadership
Baptist Health International Center of Miami

Special Individual Recognition
J. Antonio “Tony” Villamil, The Washington Economics Group


Innovation & Innovative Practices
Western Union (large company)
NovoPayment Inc. (small company)

Long-term Success
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. (large company)
MD International Inc. (small company)

Near-term Achievement
Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. (large company)
Business Centers International LLC (small company)

Special Regional Recognition
Brightstar Corp (large company)
Basic Food International (small company)

Community Involvement
Bupa Insurance Company (large company)
Express Travel (small company)

International Medicine Institute - University of Miami (large company)
The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) (small company)

International Corporate Ambassador
Peter Dolara, American Airlines

International Humanitarian Ambassador
Romero Britto


Economic/Financial Growth
Brightstar Corp (U.S. Business Category)
LAN Airlines S.A. (International Business Category)

Hewlett-Packard (U.S. Business Category)
DHL (International Business Category)

Workforce Development
UPS (U.S. Business Category)
Amedex Insurance Company (International Business Category)

Innovation in the Marketplace
Celtrek, Global Roaming, Inc (U.S. Business Category)
Telefonica (International Business Category)

Not-for-Profit Commitment to International Business
Baptist Health International Center of Miami
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Individual Commitment to International Business
Burton Landy, Akerman

Staff Contact

Liane Ventura

Top Investors

Baptist Health South Florida
bank of america
CareerSource South Florida
Carnival Corporation & PLC
Florida International University
Florida Power & Light
td bank
Wells Fargo