FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. –February 18, 2014-
Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship has announced the names of three South Florida business leaders, who will be inducted into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 30.
Joining the distinguished ranks of Hall of Fame members are Manuel D. Medina, founding and managing partner, Medina Capital; James Donnelly, founder and chief executive officer, Castle Group; and Guy Harvey, Ph.D., artist, scientist, cinematographer, Guy Harvey, Inc., and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1990 and represents the Huizenga Business School’s highest honor. This premier business event honors an esteemed class of inductees who have contributed not only to the growth of a phenomenal entrepreneurial business, but have also demonstrated a willingness to contribute time, effort and financial resources to programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we live.
“We are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of our newest inductees into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame,” said J. Preston Jones, dean of the Huizenga Business School. “The achievements of this select group of entrepreneurs have made an indelible mark on our community, and we are honored to recognize them for their success.”
The invitation-only event will take place at the Signature Grand in Davie, Fla. For more information on the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, visit: http://www.huizenga.nova.edu/EHoF/HOF.htm
ABOUT THE 2014 ENTREPRENEUR HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Manuel D. Medina is the founding and managing partner of Medina Capital, a high-growth private equity firm focused on the IT infrastructure and cybersecurity markets. He is also thefounder and chairman of the board of the Technology Foundation of the Americas, a non-profit organization focused on advancing the technology ecosystem in Miami and the host of eMerge Americas – an annual event that aims to serve as the preeminent innovative thought exchange and to transform Miami into the technological hub of the Americas.
Prior to the formation of Medina Capital and the Technology Foundation of the Americas, Medina was the founder, chairman of the board and CEO of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ exchange. Medina spearheaded complex infrastructure projects throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Established in 1980, Medina successfully led the company from its beginnings in real estate development, to its emergence as a global leader in the IT infrastructure sector, providing services for Fortune 500 enterprises and federal government agencies.
His track record of successfully raising funds across the entire capital structure during periods of rapid change in the macroeconomic environment was vital to Terremark’s successful growth. Medina raised over $1 billion for Terremark, expanded its industry leading services globally, and stewarded it through very difficult financial environments in 2000 and 2008 and to an ultimate sale to Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion.
Medina was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1952 and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1965. After graduating from Miami Beach Senior High School, he enrolled in Miami-Dade College and then Florida Atlantic University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Medina became a Certified Public Accountant, working in the Miami audit office of Price Waterhouse, LLP traveling extensively throughout South America. In 1980, he founded Terremark and successfully led the company from its beginnings in real estate development to its emergence as a global leader in the IT infrastructure sector.
James Donnelly is the founder and chief executive officer of one of the most successful Property Services firms in the Community Association industry, Castle Group. He is an energetic, effective and amiable leader with over 25 years of experience serving Community Associations. Donnelly is a CPA and a product of Big Eight accounting training. He is also a licensed Community Association Manager, a licensed General Contractor and a sought-after speaker and moderator in the Community Association industry.
Born in Ottawa, Canada, Donnelly worked for Arthur Andersen before co-founding one of Canada’s fastest growing investment companies. He moved his family to Florida in 1996.
A recipient of numerous awards, Donnelly was also recognized in September 2011 by the South Florida Business Journal as one of Broward County’s Ultimate CEOs. Donnelly currently sits on the Executive Board of Directors of Broward Workshop, the Board of Directors of the World Presidents Organization – Southern US Region, and the Board of the LeMieux Center of Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He and wife Cathy are active members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County Legacy Society, the United Way Tocqueville Society, and the Youth and Education Committee of the Broward Workshop. In 2010 they established CastleCares℠ as the philanthropic arm of the Castle Group. CastleCares℠ mission is to serve children and families in need throughout the state of Florida.
Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, and Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife, Cathy, and they have three adult sons.
Guy Harvey, Ph.D., is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer. A self-taught artist, Harvey’s artistic roots can be traced back to his childhood on the Caribbean isle of Jamaica, where he spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the island’s south coast. His obsession with the creatures of the sea inspired early drawings of the many different fish he observed. While attending a boarding school in England at an early age, Harvey became entranced by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” — and began developing a series of sketches that years later would prove instrumental in helping launch his career as an artist.
Harvey’s childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984.
Along the way, Guy was able to supplement his income by selling his art, and a loyal following led to his first exhibition in 1985 — a one-man art show at a Kingston gallery of his 44 pen-and-ink drawings inspired by “The Old Man and the Sea.” The success of the exhibition encouraged Guy to spend more time painting, and by 1986 his work had spread to Florida through a series of showings at boat shows and fishing tournaments. By 1988, Guy Harvey had become identified as one of the world’s top saltwater game-fish artists.
Widely recognized today as the world’s finest marine wildlife artist, Harvey combines his unique artistic talents with his background as a marine biologist, diver, photographer and angler, to create marine wildlife art with an unmatched authenticity and visual appeal. Locally, Harvey’s floor-to-ceiling murals can be found at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Nova Southeastern University’s University Center.
Guy maintains his art studio in Grand Cayman, where he lives with wife Gillian and their two children, Jessica and Alex.
About the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship: Serving more than 5,000 students, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in areas such as accounting, finance, human resource management, public administration, sales and more. The school is housed in the five-story state-of-the-art Carl DeSantis Building on Nova Southeastern University’s main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. Programs are also available at multiple locations and online. For more information, visit http://www.huizenga.nova.edu/
About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 314 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels. NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence!
Felecia Henderson, Ed.D | Office of Public Affairs