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The 2019 Business of the Year honorees were celebrated at a dinner program on April 18 at Jungle Island in Miami.
By Jeff Zbar – Correspondent, South Florida Business Journal
Apr 19, 2019
Successful businesses are driven by more than strong performance and bottom-line results. If this year’s Business of the Year honorees are any indication, “family” plays a significant role in organizational success.
It’s not surprising. Researchers note people spend as much – or more – time at work than at any other single activity, other than sleeping.
Many of the 2019 honorees spoke to the importance of having a collegial, family-like bond across the C-Suite. They work, strategize paths and celebrate wins together. Many break bread, travel or just spend time together, whether as a regular occurrence or as a bonding event across the organization.
This bond builds trust, which permeates the organization. In the end, companies become stronger performers, a true sign of a Business of the Year. The 2019 Business of the Year honorees were celebrated at a dinner program on April 18 at Jungle Island in Miami. The event was presented by Coastal Wealth, with corporate sponsors BankUnited, the Florida International University College of Business, and the Miami Marlins.
Manuel D. “Manny” Medina says a single, simple thread runs through each of the businesses he’s created. From building the NAP of the Americas, to launching the eMerge Americas tech conference, to his latest venture – cybersecurity provider Cyxtera Technologies – Medina loves what he does. “I love to think about what’s next and to put things together,” he says. “What I do is very difficult, but at the same time, it’s something that I love. Other people play golf; I love creating businesses. “Don’t get me wrong,” he adds, “I also love the success.”
With Miami’s popularity growing and its real estate market heating up, Medina formed real estate development firm Terremark Worldwide. In time, another trend caught Medina’s attention: technology. Tech was evolving, and Miami’s prominence on the global stage was becoming clear, says Medina, who begins each day with a “voracious” reading of together private and government technology executives and pioneers – there were some 15,000 at last year’s event – to explore tech trends, digital innovation and entrepreneurship across the Americas and around the world.
Though he’d sold Terremark and the NAP years prior, data centers and cybersecurity were never far from Medina’s mind. In 2017, he founded Cyxtera. The cybersecurity provider’s data center platform secures and supports systems and apps on a global scale. The company serves hundreds of clients worldwide.
With each organization he creates, Medina sees a chance to leave his mark on people, an industry or the community. He long ago realized his success has been a shared outcome. The executives, employees or partners he surrounds himself with have each nurtured his success, Medina says.
At 66, Medina has no plans of slowing down. Yet, he can’t help but consider his legacy. Beyond his children – daughter Melissa and son Manny Jr., a bassist in a touring country band – Medina’s mark will be his role in placing Miami and South Florida’s entrepreneurial technology corridor on the world map.
Thinking back to that 13-year-old Cuban émigré who arrived with little to his name, Medina is proud of what he’s accomplished for himself, his family and his city.
“I want my legacy to be that I helped this community to become the tech capital that it wasn’t before,” he says. “Sometimes it’s been a bumpy ride. But if people say, ‘He had a little bit to do with that,’ then that would be a nice legacy.”
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