Retail/Wholesale

Irwin Novack

President & CEO, Kane’s Furniture, Pinellas Park

Kane opened its first store in downtown St. Petersburg in 1948. Today, the furniture retailer has 18 stores statewide and employs 750. Novack, who has been with the company for 40 years, started his career as a CPA. “Once you know how to count the beans and where to put the beans, everything finds its way,” he says. The company’s Kane’s Cares supports several non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association and the Pinellas Education Foundation, among others.

EDUCATION University of Massachusetts (BA), University of Hartford (MBA)
SOMETHING SURPRISING I was a political science major in under graduate school and never took a business class.
NEW HOBBY I began walking a minimum of six miles every day and changed my eating habits, too. Today, I am much healthier and slimmer.
SABBATICAL TOPIC I have always been intrigued by the financial markets. I would probably take some classes and focus in on this area.
READING A Promised Land, by Barack Obama

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh

Fresh Del Monte Produce

MATT BEALL

BEALL’S INC.

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Dan Doyle Jr.

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James L. Ferman Jr.

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Daniel Gold

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Robert Gordon

FreshPoint

David Gott

Sawgrass Mills

Debbie Harvey

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Agustin Herrán

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Oscar Horton

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Anthony Hucker

Southeastern Grocers

Rich Hume

TECH DATA

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Michael Kasbar

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Keith Koenig

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DAVID J. LONG

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MIKE MAROONE

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MarineMax

Irwin Novack

Kane's Furniture

John Peyton

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Kim Rivers

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RONALD WANEK

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