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Huizenga Business School Honors Three Outstanding Entrepreneurs

2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honorees - James Donnelly, Guy Harvey, Ph.D., Manuel D. Medina.

2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honorees – James Donnelly, Guy Harvey, Ph.D., Manuel D. Medina.

NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship inducted three South Florida business leaders into its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame on April 30, 2014 at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL.  The recognition is the Huizenga Business School’s highest honor.

Joining the distinguished ranks of Hall of Fame members are James Donnelly, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Castle Group; Guy Harvey, Ph.D., Artist, Scientist, Cinematographer, Guy Harvey, Inc., and Guy Harvey Foundation; and Manuel D. Medina, Founding and Managing Partner, Medina Capital.

More than 500 guests attended the “by invitation only,” program.  The event not only recognized the three honorees but also celebrated its 25th anniversary.  The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor the lifetime achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs who 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.

Each of the honorees gave inspirational speeches.  Donnelly thanked Hall of Fame members, Charles L. Palmer and Thomas J. Miller for their nomination.  He said two things are true of entrepreneurship, “It is a journey with lots of ups and downs, and you don’t do it alone.”  He also stated that knowledge alone was no longer power but that, “Understanding, innovation, and application is the difference today.”   Having just returned from the Cayman Islands on a six day shark tagging trip, Harvey said, “This relationship with NSU is really blossoming,” and thanked President George L. Hanbury II, Chancellor Ray Ferrero Jr., and Dean Richard Dodge.  He also encouraged students to pursue studies at NSU and make their parents proud.  Sent to this country by boat as a young boy, Medina spoke about the “incredible society,” in which we live.  His family left long line, seven generations of Cubans to come to a country where they did not speak the language.  “This country welcomed us, helped educate us, opened doors and helped make us what we are today. I am very proud to be an American,” said Medina.

For more information on the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, visit: http://www.huizenga.nova.edu/EHoF/HOF.htm

2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Honorees:

James Donnelly is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Group, one of the most successful Property Services firms in the Community Association industry.  The Castle Group specializes in serving condominium and homeowners associations throughout Florida. A full-service company providing customized property-related solutions including property and rental management, financial and accounting systems, and a broad spectrum of offerings from developer and web services to lifestyles and concierge services.  Donnelly is a licensed Community Association Manager and a licensed General Contractor with more than 25 years of experience serving community associations.

Guy Harvey, Ph.D., is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer.  His first autobiography was Portraits From The Deep. In 2004, he debuted, Portraits From The Deep, a made-for-television fishing series. The documentary “This is Your Ocean: Sharks”, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2011.  Harvey’s murals grace locations such as the Don Taft University Center at Nova Southeastern University, the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman, and the Surf Style parking garage and swim shop in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  The Guy Harvey Research Institute was established in 1999 with a mission to provide the scientific information necessary to understand, conserve and effectively manage the world’s marine fishes and their ecosystems.  In 2008, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation was established to fund leading scientists.

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. Prior to founding 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 until April of 2011 when Terremark was acquired by Verizon Communications, Inc.  Medina founded Terremark in 1980 and successfully led the company from its beginnings in real estate development to its emergence as a global leader in the IT infrastructure sector.