Living Legends

MIKE ADAMS

PRESIDENT, ADAMS RANCH, FORT PIERCE

The Adams Ranch operation encompasses some 40,000 acres in four counties: St. Lucie, Madison, Okeechobee and Osceola. One of the top 20 cow-calf ranches in the country, the ranch developed the Braford breed known for its heat tolerance and weight. There are some 14,000 head of cattle on the ranch. While most of the stock is shipped out of state for processing, the ranch has been working to develop more local processing and distribution in Florida. The ranch, founded in 1937 by the late Alto “Bud” Adams, is known as a leader in land and wildlife management and maintains about 3,000 acres in permanent land trust.

Bud Adams’ three sons now run the ranch: Mike serves as president, Lee as vice president and Robbie as director. LeeAnn Simmons, Lee’s daughter, is corporate secretary. The family would like to acquire permanent land conservation easements so that their acreage remains in agriculture. The ranch also generates income from hunting leases, land leases and commercial property. It also has entered into a restaurant partnership, in part to promote its Adams Ranch Natural Beef program. Cattle breed and graze on open pastures, and their diet is antibiotic- and hormone-free.

Mike Adams

Adams Ranch

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Joel Altman

Altman Cos.

Alcides Avila

Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri

Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Robert Behr

Citrus World

James Berger

Berger Singerman

Mitchell Berger

Berger Singerman

Ron Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Peter Bos

Legendary

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Bowman Brown

Shutts & Bowen

Robert Buker

U.S. Sugar

Locke Burt

Security First Insurance

AL CARDENAS

SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS

Kendall Coffey

Coffey Burlington

DICK CORBETT

Philanthropist

CORNELIA CORBETT

Philanthropist

MAYANNE DOWNS

GRAYROBINSON

Oscar Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

George Feldenkreis

Perry Ellis International

Mike Fernandez

MBF Healthcare Partners

Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Matthew Gorson

Greenberg Traurig

Gerald Greenspoon

Greenspoon Marder

Lynetta Usher Griner

Usher Land & Timber

Kenneth Kahn

LRP Media Group

Rhea Law

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

David Lawrence Jr.

THE CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT OF FLORIDA

Jeff Levitetz

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Scott Lutgert

Lutgert Cos.

Ian Mackechnie

Amscot Financial

Michael Marder

Greenspoon Marder

Harvey Massey

Massey Services

JUDITH MITCHELL

RAYMOND F. KRAVIS CENTER

Larry Morgan

Morgan Auto Group

John Morgan

Morgan & Morgan

Harold Mullis

Trenam Law

Pam Muma

Philanthropist

Les Muma

Philanthropist

Thomas Peterffy

Interactive Brokers

Aaron Podhurst

Podhurst Orseck

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Beverly Raphael

RCC Associates

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Thad Seymour Jr.

University of Central Florida

Sandy Shugart

Valencia College

Martin “Hap” Stein

Regency Centers

Jim Strickland

Strickland Ranch

John C. Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg

John Thrasher

Florida State University

Ronald Vaughn

University of Tampa

Gary Wishnatzki

Wish Farms

Bernard Zyscovich

Zyscovich Architects