Finance & Insurance

MIGUEL “MIKE” B. FERNANDEZ

CHAIRMAN, MBF HEALTHCARE PARTNERS, CORAL GABLES

Fernandez’s investment firm focuses on managing the assets it controls — a group of health care services companies based in Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Alabama and Georgia that employ more than 3,000. A Cuban immigrant, Fernandez served in the U.S. Army, then moved to Miami. He has led the startup of 22 companies and the acquisition of 11 others.

He founded and is the principal supporter of IMPAC Fund, a non-profit working toward helping immigrants. “Immigrants are a plus and not a minus to our country,” he says.

EDUCATION I did not have the good fortune to attend college as I needed to contribute to my family and was unable to afford it.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I could not have succeeded without the contribution of others. I — with the support of management — have distributed in excess of $200 million to all the employees of our companies after the sale of each.
FLORIDA ISSUE Florida is largely dependent on immigrants for its robust economy. Immigrants represent over 20% of our residents, have started over 500,000 new businesses and make tax contributions into the billions to state coffers.
RESOLUTION KEPT I have reduced my use of e-mail and social media by more than 50%. Guess what? Nothing bad happened, and I choose to speak to individuals versus electronic means.
STAYING FIT I dream

Fabiola Brumley

Bank of America

Trevor Burgess

Neptune Flood

Kevin Burgoyne

Florida Venture Forum

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

Timothy Cartwright

Fifth Avenue Family Office

David Chitester

Seedfunders

Scott M. Coble

Wells Fargo

John Corbett

Centerstate Bank

KERRY DUSTIN

FALLS RIVER GROUP

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Ray Ferrara

ProVise Management Group

John Forney

UPC Insurance

John Fumagalli

Northern Trust

Pat Geraghty

Guidewell and Florida Blue

Barry Gilway

Citizens Property Insurance

Jorge J. Gonzalez

City National Bank

Drew Graham

Ballast Point Ventures

Keith Hoskins

Navy FCU

Dennis S. Hudson III

Seacoast Banking

KEVIN JOHNSON

SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION

Guy King III

M.E. Wilson

Rodger Krouse

Sun Capital Partners

Marc Leder

Sun Capital Partners

INEZ LONG

BLACK BUSINESS INVESTMENT FUND FLORIDA

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Harold Mills

VMD Ventures

Michael Myhre

Florida SBDC Network

Gary Norcross

Fidelity National Information Services

Brian Philpot

AgAmerica Lending

Joy Randels

New Market Partners

Paul Reilly

Raymond James Financial

Garrett Richter

First Florida Integrity Bank

Robert Ritchie

American Integrity Insurance

Gene Schaefer

Bank of America

Bruce Sherman

Miami Marlins

Rajinder Singh

BankUnited

THOMAS SITTEMA

CONVERSUS

BILL SMITH

CAPITAL CITY BANK GROUP

James Tate

Tate Capital

Gary Tice

First Florida Integrity Bank

Mario Trueba

First Horizon

Jeff Vinik

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tom Wallace

Florida Funders

Will Weatherford

Weatherford Capital

Bill West

Bank of Tampa