Stories that Shaped 2023 + What’s Next in 2024


As Florida turns the page on the new year, reasons for optimism are everywhere.

Our state’s economy is proving to be one of the most resilient in the nation. Companies and families are moving here at a blistering pace. Tourism numbers continue to set records as visitors from around the world set their sights on the Sunshine State.

And yet, in many ways, Florida is a victim of its own success as the state wrestles with the challenges of rapid growth.

Earlier this year, Schwartz Media Strategies president Tadd Schwartz penned a Miami Herald column that covered this dynamic in depth:

“Our region’s brand has never been more visible or valuable, our economy has never been more robust, and yet the stakes for our community have never been greater. For all our strengths, near-term challenges and long-term threats abound. Too many people are struggling with affordability. Traffic and congestion have become unsustainable. Soaring insurance rates are putting home ownership out of reach for most. A chronic teacher shortage is taking a toll on public school students.”

As public relations counselors serving businesses and organizations that are driving our state – from real estate developers and banks, to law firms and nonprofits – we have an inside track into understanding Florida’s greatest opportunities, as well as its most serious threats.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of talented companies and individuals tackling these challenges and driving our state forward.

Nineteen years after our firm’s founding, our clients continue to encourage and inspire us, and we’re eager to dive into 2024 —

13 Floor Investments — Florida-based investment and development firm. In 2023, the firm launched a $300 million real estate fund targeting opportunistic investments in growing markets across Florida and nationwide.

Achieve Miami — Education nonprofit, leveraging the private sector support to bridge divides, close learning gaps, and create the next generation of teachers in Miami schools through the Teacher Accelerator Program.

Banesco USA — Leading regional bank in South Florida and Puerto Rico focused on providing sound financing solutions and building relationships with the region’s business community.

Bilzin Sumberg — Florida’s preeminent commercial law firm is facilitating inbound investment, navigating today’s complex real estate market, and scoring major litigation wins.

City National Bank of Florida — With $26 billion in assets, CNB has been a dependable source of capital for Florida businesses dating back more than 75 years.

CMC Group — Three decades since its founding, Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group continues to deliver real estate developments that define markets and withstand the test of time.

Cymbal DLT — An integrated real estate development firm on a mission to create communities that connect people, places and nature through sustainable design and social quality.

Gencom — One of the world’s most prolific developers, owners, and managers of premium hospitality and residential properties with a track record that spans three decades.

ICA Miami — Provides a platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time.

JLL — One of the most dominant commercial real estate firms in Florida, fueling economic and business growth through its work with clients in all facets of real estate.

Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine P.L. — South Florida’s top litigation boutique is expanding its Alternative Dispute Resolution practice as clients look to resolve matters outside of court.

Lotus House — The nation’s largest shelter for women and children is making progress on The Children’s Village, a state-of-the-art facility centered on the health, education, and societal needs of youth.

Mast Capital — One of Florida’s most active real estate development and investment firms with a portfolio of residential and commercial properties that are building better communities.

Miami Worldcenter — Miami’s $6 billion, 27-acre city within a city is reshaping the heart of Downtown with shops, restaurants, entertainment, residences, hotels, and more.

NSI Insurance Group — One of Florida’s largest independent insurance brokerages is expanding its reach across the state – and beyond – through a series of strategic acquisitions and the addition of new services.

OKO Group — As an international real estate development firm, Vlad Doronin’s big bet on South Florida is paying off as the firm’s residential assets are sold out and its signature office tower, 830 Brickell, is 100% leased up.

Podhurst Orseck — With deep South Florida roots and a global reach, this esteemed law firm is strengthening its reputation for taking on high-stakes litigation, including aviation matters, class actions, mass tort and product liability cases, and multidistrict litigation.

Ratzan Weissman & Boldt — The national trial law firm is handling some of the most complex legal matters in the country from its home base in Miami, with a focus on building a safer society that holds negligent companies accountable when they cause harm.

Skanska USA — One of the world’s largest development and construction companies with an established presence as an industry leader building transformative projects across Florida.

Terra — Transforming neighborhoods and the way we live through considered, intelligent, and unexpected design and development across a range of asset classes.

Two Roads — South Florida-based real estate development firm with a focus on luxury residential properties across the country and in the Bahamas.

Walmart — The country’s largest retailer is helping South Floridians save money so they can live better, rolling out new innovations that make shopping easier and enhancing existing stores.

Watson Island — BH3 Management and Merrimac Ventures are teaming up to reimagine the future of Miami’s Watson Island as a mixed-use destination for locals and visitors, complete with new public space along the Biscayne Bay waterfront.

ZOM Living — One of the top multifamily development firms in the country building market-leading residential rental communities, including senior housing projects, in major US cities.