Living Legends

ALBERT NAHMAD

CEO, WATSCO, MIAMI

Under Nahmad’s leadership, Watsco has grown revenue from $4.54 billion in 2018 to $4.77 billion in 2019. The company he bought in 1973 is now the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment and related parts and supplies in the U.S.

The company employs some 5,200 and has satellite operations in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Nahmad learned how to buy and manage companies while at W.R. Grace. In 1988, he purchased Genaire, a distribution business that paved the way for the company’s entry into the HVAC distribution industry.

For the past three decades Watsco has been on a buying spree, purchasing some 60 HVAC distributors throughout the U.S., including one of Philadelphia’s largest family-owned businesses in 2019.

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