South Florida Business Journal: 2023 Power Leaders

South Florida Business Journal’s 2023 Power Leaders reveals how executives from South Florida’s top public and private companies continue to drive growth in their organizations and the region. This year’s Power Leaders 250 includes executives from across the region, including 84 who are new to the list this year, and expands across banking, finance, real estate, business industries — Read on to learn about several Schwartz Media Strategies clients who are fueling Florida.


Managing Partner, Miami Worldcenter Associates

Motwani has served as the managing principal of Miami Worldcenter since 2006, overseeing the continued development of the $4 billion, 27-acre mixed-use real estate project that will deliver 5,000 apartments and condos, 600 hotel rooms and 300,000 square feet of retail space.


Vice chairman and CEO, City National Bank

Gonzalez leads one of Florida’s largest and the nation’s fastest-growing banks. Since joining CNB in 2009, he has diversified and grown it from $3 billion to more than $24 billion in assets. CNB is rated five stars “superior” by BauerFinancial and has earned an “outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act rating.


CEO, Terra Group

Martin’s integrated real estate development firm has a portfolio valued at more than $10 billion. Among its latest projects is Upland Park, a mixed-use, public-private partnership on 45 acres near Dolphin Station in western Miami-Dade County. It will include 900 apartments, along with retail and parking.


Founder and CEO, Mast Capital

Mast Capital is an active real estate development and investment firm, with acquisitions since December 2020 representing over $3.5 billion in total project capitalization. These investments include new-build development of 2,300 residential units across South Florida and the Tampa metro area.


Managing Principal, 13th Floor Investments

Since its inception, Karsenti’s real estate investment and development firm has acquired, developed and managed nearly $3.5 billion in real estate assets across the southeastern U.S. Projects include luxury condominiums, home communities, industrial and major mixed-use transit-oriented developments.


CEO, ZOM Living

West oversees one of the 10 largest multifamily development companies in the country, with over 8,600 units in the development pipeline. ZOM Living is also expanding its business into senior housing, with three projects underway in Florida.


President and CEO, Merrimac Ventures

Motwani leads Merrimac, which completed projects including the Gale Boutique Hotel, Broadstone Oceanside and the Flagler Village Hotel. Last fall, the company broke ground on Merrimac Plantation, a 293,945-square-foot multifamily development.


Florida Region Market Director, JLL

JLL continues to play a key role in South Florida’s commercial real estate industry. Over the past year, Barnes’ team has worked with companies relocating offices and headquarters here, new retailers and restaurants opening new concepts, and driven robust industrial development and leasing activity.