Excalibur Awards honor South Florida business leaders

Victoria Ballard, South Florida Sun Sentinel

The South Florida Sun Sentinel is honoring six business leaders with its annual Excalibur Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities.

Two years ago, the Next Excalibur Awards were introduced to recognize leaders under the age of 40 for their business and community service achievements.

The awards, which have recognized business achievement and civic contributions annually since 1978, were presented in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 19.

To see previous winners of the Excalibur and Next Excalibur awards, click here.

Next Excalibur Award, Broward: Alan Goldsmith

Alan Goldsmith never imagined he’d be in the healthcare industry. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in hospitality management, he found himself waiting tables at a local restaurant. Then came the day that changed his life. Goldsmith serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Broward Health, where he’s recognized as a strategic decision-maker and visionary leader. 5/8 Read more.

Next Excalibur Award, Palm Beach County: Lisa Collum

When Lisa Collum was growing up in Jupiter Farms in northern Palm Beach County, there was never any doubt she would be a teacher someday. At age five, she used to hone her skills by setting up a chalkboard and playing teacher to her stuffed animals. Today, Collum teaches for real. And the affinity for animals is still there. 5/8 Read more.

Large Business Leader of the Year in Broward: Aurelio Fernandez

Aurelio Fernandez has been a healthcare professional in South Florida for over 40 years. In March 2016, Fernandez was appointed president and chief executive officer of Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the United States. The key to his success: putting other people first. 5/8 Read more.

Large Business Leader of the Year in Palm Beach County: John Kelly

John Kelly owes his success to plants. In fact, you might even say he’s had a plant-based career. Now president of Florida Atlantic University — he was named the seventh president in January 2014 — Kelly arrived with plans to transform the institution from a commuter school to a world-class university. 5/8 Read more.

Small Business Leader of the Year in Broward: Maureen Shea

From the time she was a fifth-grader growing up in New Jersey, Maureen Shea knew she wanted to work with children with disabilities. Inspired by a neighbor who had Down’s syndrome, she earned a degree in special education and became a teacher. Little did Shea know that her passion for teaching and the skillset she developed would contribute to her success in a corporate career years later. 5/8 Read more.

Small Business Leader of the Year in Palm Beach County: Eric Kelly

Ask Eric Kelly about the key to his success, and he’ll respond with one word: Faith. As a young child growing up in economic poverty in Palatka, Kelly learned to care about others in Sunday school. But he also learned the importance of fighting for people and teaching them how they can live a quality life. 5/8 Read more.

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