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|