Founded in 1948, Kane’s now has 18 stores throughout Central and Southwest Florida and employs about 750. The company’s Kane’s Care program supports several non-profits in local communities, including Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association-Heart Walk and Junior Achievement. Novack started his career as a CPA. “When I started in the furniture business,” Novak says, “I literally did not know a sofa from a dresser.”

EDUCATION University of Massachusetts (BA),
University of Hartford (MBA)
FLORIDA ISSUE Climate control and the environment.
ALTERNATE CAREER? I started my graduate studies in law school. Due to the death of my father, I had to abandon that course and head out into the real world. So, I imagine I’d be a lawyer.
RESOLUTION KEPT Watching my diet — at least on a temporary basis
STAYING FIT I work out with a trainer a couple of times a week. I also try to get out on the golf course whenever possible.

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh

Fresh Del Monte Produce

Lewis Bear Jr.

Lewis Bear Co.

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Rob Burnette

Badcock Furniture

J. Bryan Cooksey III

McCall Service

Thomas Corr

George E. Warren Corp.

Dan Doyle Jr.

DEX Imaging

Lee Evans

Bristol-Myers Squibb

James L. Ferman Jr.

Ferman Automotive

Daniel Gold

Future Energy Solutions

Robert Gordon


David Gott

Sawgrass Mills

Debbie Harvey

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Agustin Herrán

Sedano’s Supermarket

Oscar Horton

Sun State International

Anthony Hucker

Southeastern Grocers

Rich Hume


Todd Jones

Publix Super Markets

Michael Kasbar

World Fuel Services

Keith Koenig

City Furniture

Jeff Levitetz

Purity Wholesale Grocers

Dave Long

OrangeTheory Fitness

Harvey L. Massey

Massey Services

Brett McGill


Larry Morgan

Morgan Auto Group

Irwin Novack

Kane's Furniture

John Peyton

Gate Petroleum

Kim Rivers

Trulieve Cannabis

Byron Russell

Cheney Bros.

Jeffrey Seaman

Rooms to Go

Gerry Smith

Office Depot

Troy Taylor

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

Terry Taylor

Automotive Management Services