Spotlight On: September 2021

Spotlight On: September 2021

2021-10-01T16:37:07-04:00September 30th, 2021|Spotlight On|

Every year Capital Analytics has the chance to interview 1000s of the nation’s top level executives and leaders. Our Spotlight On series is an exclusive opportunity for readers to receive these leaders’ thoughtful insights and perspectives that ultimately help to inform the editorial in our publications. The following are all of the Spotlight On‘s released in September 2021.

Atlanta Hugh Scott III, CEO, SK Commercial Realty

2 min read September 2021 — Atlanta’s real estate market has yet to tap into the vast potential of the areas surrounding the world’s busiest airport to develop class-A office space, said Hugh Scott III, CEO of SK Commercial Realty. In an interview with Invest:, Scott shared his perspective on the state of the city’s real estate market and why he is bullish on its future. Read more

Chris Draughon

Jacksonville Chris Draughon, Director of Financial Planning, First Coast Wealth Advisors

2 min read September 2021 — First Coast Wealth Advisors is a fiduciary financial planner serving Jacksonville and Saint Augustine. In an interview with Invest:, Director of Financial Planning Chris Draughon discussed what makes the Jacksonville metropolitan area a special business ecosystem, the current state of the financial markets and things to consider… Read more

Maggie Titterington

San Antonio Maggie Titterington, President & CEO, The Chamber (Schertz-Cibolo-Selma Area)

2 min read September 2021 — Communication, collaboration, and partnerships that continue to grow, build and thicken. This is the core that Maggie Titterington, president and CEO of The Chamber (Schertz-Cibolo-Selma) believes will ensure sustained growth in the region. In an interview with Invest:, she also discussed The Chamber’s value as an economic driver. Read more

Pittsburgh Leon Hoffman, Office Managing Partner – Pittsburgh, EY

2 min read September 2021 — The people of Pittsburgh have a lot of character and we have a hard-working nature that’s embedded in most everybody’s DNA,” Leon Hoffman, Pittsburgh’s office managing partner for EY, told Invest: when describing what makes Pittsburgh a great market for his organization. He also discussed current fundamentals that are driving the M&A market, as well as his general outlook for the next few years. Read more

Kate Reschenberg

Minneapolis Kate Reschenberg, Executive Director, Economic Club of Minnesota

2 min read September 2021 — As difficult as the pandemic has been during the last year, some of the lessons learned have the potential to have positive long-term effects on the business community, especially in the Minnesota region. In her interview with Invest: Kate Reschenberg, executive director of the Economic Club of Minnesota, noted that some of these positive changes have been in key areas like diversity and inclusion. Read more

Miami Aurelio Garcia-Miro, Senior Managing Director, Riveron

2 min read September 2021 — Riveron recently acquired a majority equity stake in Conway MacKenzie, with the two companies unifying under the Riveron brand effective Sept. 1, 2021. In an interview with Invest:, Aurelio Garcia-Miro, senior managing director of Conway MacKenzie, discusses the impact of this acquisition and the dynamics underlying Latin America’s economies. Read more

Jerry Libbin

Miami Jerry Libbin, President & CEO, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 

2 min read September 2021 — The past year has been a unique and challenging time for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, says Jerry Libbin, the chamber’s president and CEO. In an interview with Invest:, Libbin detailed the chamber’s contributions to the community during the most pressing moments of the pandemic. He also addressed relevant topics related to the local economy, ranging from sustainability to diversity and inclusion. Read more

Janet Smith

Nashville Janet Smith, President, Columbia State Community College

2 min read September 2021 — Columbia State Community College was the first community college established in the state of Tennessee. In an interview with Invest:, President Janet Smith discussed the college’s partnerships with private industries to foster workforce development as well as the importance of, and the need for, the Regional Technology Center. Read more

Rand Meyer

Atlanta Rand Meyer, Office Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG)

2 min read September 2021 — Rand Meyer, managing partner at professional services firm DHG, spoke to Invest: about the continued need for accountants in an increasingly complex world. DHG experienced growth in spite of the pandemic, Meyer said. The industry has been improved, as well, by the technological evolution the crisis of 2020 prompted. Read more

Charles Lattuca

Raleigh Charles Lattuca, President & CEO, GoTriangle

2 min read September 2021 — The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle is anticipating strong and constant population growth over the next two decades, and its transit infrastructure will have to accommodate it accordingly. Charles Lattuca, CEO of GoTriangle, spoke with Invest: and shared the details of the region’s multilayered approach. Read more

Mike Ellis

Jacksonville Mike Ellis, President & Owner, Madden Advisory Services

2 min read September 2021 — During the last year, the democratization of investing jumped ahead a few years, which is one reason Mike Ellis, president and owner of Madden Advisory Services, thinks his business is set to explode as more people are retiring and the need for financial planning and advisory is rapidly increasing. “A lot of the old rules remain true regardless of the scenario that is playing out, like making sure you have a well-diversified portfolio,” he told Invest:.  Read more

Calixto Mateos

San Antonio Calixto Mateos-Hanel, Managing Director, North American Development Bank

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Calixto Mateos-Hanel, managing director for North American Development Bank, talked about the unique opportunities available in San Antonio and along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as how his bank has managed the pandemic. Read more

Jim Kirkos

North Jersey Jim Kirkos, President & CEO, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce

2 min read September 2021 — The Meadowlands Regional Chamber has been helping businesses grow and succeed in the Meadowlands for the past 40 years. In an interview with Invest:, Jim Kirkos, the Chamber’s president and CEO, recapped his experience of the pandemic, why businesses should relocate to or expand within North Jersey… Read more

J. Michael Prince

Palm Beach J. Michael Prince, President & CEO, USPA Global Licensing Inc.

2 min read September 2021 — Innovation and omnichannel strategy are the drivers to success for USPA Global Licensing Inc., the subsidiary of the United States Polo Association (USPA), and the worldwide licensor of the U.S. Polo Assn. brand, according to J. Michael Prince, its president and CEO. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President

Pittsburgh Michael Driscoll, President, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Michael Driscoll, president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), explained what separates IUP from other universities and the steps it is taking to plan for the future of education. He discussed sustainability, giving back to the region and keeping up with the rapid change in response to COVID-19. Read more

Rusty Brockman

San Antonio Rusty Brockman, Mayor, City of New Braunfels

2 min read September 2021 — Founded in 1845, New Braunfels is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. In an interview with Invest:, Mayor Rusty Brockman discussed key takeaways from the pandemic, specific industries where the city would like to see greater expansion and how the city is managing its immense growth. Read more

Gil Langley

Jacksonville Gil Langley, President & CEO, Amelia Island Tourist Development Council

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest: Gil Langley, president and CEO of Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, talked about the impact the pandemic has had on the economy of the island and the unique circumstances that the local hospitality industry finds itself in. He also talked about what the council has done to support small businesses throughout the pandemic. Read more

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nashville Yuri Cunza, President & CEO, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2 min read September 2021 — Minority-led businesses are still reeling from the ripple effects of the pandemic and will require all the opportunities and assistance available to build up their long-term resilience. Yuri Cunza, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, spoke with Invest: and shared his vision for the area’s Latino community. “The Hispanic community is quite determined to succeed, be it in business or the workplace,” he said. Read more

William Hanson

North Jersey William Hanson, President, NAI James E. Hanson

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest: William Hanson, SIOR, president of NAI James E. Hanson, the largest New Jersey-based full-service independent commercial real estate firm, talked about current trends he is seeing in a growing post-pandemic economy and how the workplace is changing. He also talked about trends in regard to sustainability and his priorities for the future of the company. Read more

Rich Guertin

Miami Rich Guertin, Regional Vice President, PS Business Parks

2 min read September 2021 — PS Business Parks is a real estate investment trust that acquires, develops, owns, and operates commercial properties, predominantly multi-tenant industrial, industrial flex and low-rise suburban office. In an interview with Invest:, Rich Guertin, regional vice president, discusses the challenges of land scarcity, the need for innovative solutions for industrial parks, factors to fix the supply chain, price sustainability and the perks of the city of Doral. Read more

Tim Welsh

Minneapolis  Tim Welsh, Vice Chair, U.S. Bank

2 min read September 2021 — As Minnesota becomes the new tech hub in the nation, Vice Chair Tim Welsh of U.S. Bank spoke with Invest: about how technology has impacted the company and others in the banking and financial sector. He expanded on how banks are a part of the solution to the pandemic and how U.S. Bank is working with the community to address social justice issues. Read more

Raphael Clemente

Palm Beach  Raphael Clemente, Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

2 min read September 2021 — The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is in charge of improving and maintaining the appeal and quality of life and business in Downtown West Palm Beach. Executive Director Raphael Clemente spoke with Invest: about the DDA’s strategies to position Downtown for growth and addressed the trends impacting the area. Read more

Randy Koporc

Atlanta  Randy Koporc, Regional President Georgia, Fifth Third Bank 

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Focus: Atlanta Randy Koporc, regional president of Fifth Third Bank in Georgia, explained how the bank has been supporting clients through the pandemic and the growing usage of digital banking. Additionally, he discussed the bank’s future plans for growth and the market in the South. Read more

Jan Brimmeier

Pittsburgh  Jan Brimmeier, President & Owner, Architectural Innovations, LLC

2 min read September 2021 — Founded in 2004, Architectural Innovations is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) focused on providing architectural and consulting services through a multidisciplinary approach. Founder and President Jan Brimmeier spoke with Invest: about the firm’s differentiators and its projects in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Read more

Miami  Carlos Duart, President, CDR Maguire

2 min read September 2021 — Technology is poised to continue to play a fundamental role in the development of efficient and effective solutions to address varied and complex problems within different spaces, including healthcare, transportation, government services and emergency response planning. Carlos Duart, president of emergency management and engineering company CDR Maguire, spoke with Invest: and shared how tech is disrupting these different niches in Miami-Dade. Read more

Allegheny Health Network

Pittsburgh  Cynthia Hundorfean, President & CEO, Allegheny Health Network

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Allegheny Health Network President and CEO Cynthia Hundorfean talked about the ways in which healthcare systems around the nation have been impacted by the pandemic and how Allegheny has been managing these unprecedented times. She also talked about the valuable teamwork found within the local community and the future of virtual healthcare. Read more

Franklin Street

Jacksonville  Laura Gonzales, Regional Managing Director – Jacksonville, Franklin Street

2 min read September 2021 — In an interview with Invest:, Laura Gonzales, regional managing director of full-service commercial real estate firm Franklin Street in Jacksonville, talked about the rapid growth visible throughout the state and the opportunities arising in response to new residents and businesses coming to the area. She also discussed her outlook for her industry in a post-pandemic economy. Read more


San Antonio  Scott Kopecky, Managing Partner, ADKF, P.C.

2 min read September 2021 — Scott Kopecky, managing partner at accounting and advisory firm ADKF, spoke to Invest: about the challenges inherent to facing the pandemic and how they were overcome. The firm was prepared, as it had already invested in digital integration. Kopecky also discussed the benefits and optimism surrounding the San Antonio market. Read more

Fox Rothschild managing partner

Raleigh-Durham  Matt Leerberg, Office Managing Partner – Raleigh, Fox Rothschild

2 min read September 2021 — Raleigh-Durham is consolidating its standing as a highly attractive legal market. Matt Leerberg, office managing partner of Fox Rothschild’s Raleigh location, shares his expert insights on what the future holds for the Triangle’s legal landscape. Read more

Atlanta  Shannon James, President & CEO, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance

2 min read September 2021 — The pandemic highlighted the need for greater community outreach to address primary shortcomings. Shannon James, president and CEO of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, spoke with Focus: Atlanta and shared his blueprint for doing just that, focusing on affordable housing developments and a bolstered bio life sciences industry for the area. Read more

Chris Edwards Somerset County Business Partnership

North Jersey  Chris Edwards, President & CEO, Somerset County Business Partnership

2 min read September 2021 — As a neighbor to New York City, Somerset County is an attractive area to relocate to and expand businesses. President and CEO Chris Edwards of the Somerset County Business Partnership spoke with Invest: about the emerging film industry in the county, the growth in life sciences and the various projects underway that are being managed by a growing… Read more

Erik Moses Nashville Superspeedway

Nashville  Erik Moses, President, Nashville Superspeedway

2 min read September 2021 —NASCAR has made its return to Nashville but Erik Moses, president of Nashville Superspeedway, has made it clear that motorsports won’t be the only events being hosted at the track. Moses spoke with Invest: about the track’s future and the importance of Nashville Superspeedway to Middle Tennessee’s business ecosystem. Read more

Laurie Hamen College of Saint Benedict

Minneapolis  Laurie Hamen, Transitional President, College of Saint Benedict

2 min read September 2021 — Laurie Hamen spoke to Invest: about how the College of Saint Benedict made it through the pandemic year by deploying a hybrid model of education. She also discussed the unique offerings in nursing and global business and how the school seeks to address the needs of the broader community. Read more

Jeffrey Pfeifer LexisNexis North America

Raleigh  Jeffrey Pfeifer, Chief Product Officer, LexisNexis North America

2 min read September 2021 — In a wide-ranging conversation with Invest:, Chief Product Officer of LexisNexis North America Jeffrey Pfeifer discussed the evolution of law consultancy during the pandemic. He also spoke about exciting opportunities on the horizon and of the benefits of being located in the Triangle market and its access to excellent talent. Read more

Nick Falcone NDM Hospitality and Rentyl Resorts

Palm Beach  Nick Falcone, Managing Principal, NDM Hospitality and Rentyl Resorts

2 min read September 2021 — Nick Falcone, managing principal of NDM Hospitality and Rentyl Resorts, talked to Invest: about the unique value of his product which is accommodation that blends the comfort of home with the convenience of resorts. The sheer growth of the company proves the demand this product is enjoying, he noted. Read more

Jane Allen

Nashville  Jane Allen, CEO, Nashville Entrepreneur Center

2 min read September 2021 — The Nashville Entrepreneur Center connects entrepreneurs with critical resources to create, launch and grow businesses. In an interview with Invest:, CEO Jane Allen discussed why Nashville has attracted so much attention as a site for relocations and expansions, the role of the Entrepreneur Center in this activity and her outlook for the area. Read more

Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce president

North Jersey  Hal English, President & CEO, Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce

2 min read September 2021 — The Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber was established in 1959 to engage businesses and communities in the Princeton area. President and CEO Hal English spoke with Invest: about the growth of the local business community, mitigating pandemic related issues and his outlook on the future. Read more

David Mortenson

Minneapolis  David Mortenson, Chairman, Mortenson Construction 

2 min read September 2021 — Technology, adaptability and strong community involvement: David Mortenson, chairman of Mortenson Construction, spoke with Invest: and shared how these three aspects will be key for the sustainable growth of the Twin Cities’ construction industry. Read more

Karen Sedatole Emory University Goizueta Business School

Atlanta  Karen Sedatole, Interim John H. Harland Dean, Emory University Goizueta Business School

2 min read September 2021 — Karen Sedatole, interim John H. Harland dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, spoke to Invest: about the challenges the school faced as it confronted the pandemic. With investment and critical thought, they were able to move the entire campus online, which Sedatole called a resounding success. Looking to the future, remote learning is here to stay but, at Emory, not in the way you might think. Read more

Jesus Saenz San Antonio Airport System

San Antonio  Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports, San Antonio International Airport

2 min read September 2021 — Jesus Saenz, Director of Airports at the San Antonio Airport System, spoke to Invest: about how the entity has continued to thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic. That includes building a vaccination center at the airport to better equip the community and move past the current hindrances to plane travel. Read more