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Miami’s Entrepreneurial Leaders: 5 To Watch in 2023

As we step into the final quarter of 2023, it’s time to spotlight Miami’s entrepreneurial heavy-hitters who are redefining the way we think about business, innovation, and impact. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill CEOs; these are game-changers in sectors as diverse as beverages, real estate, and personal development. They’re setting trends, breaking molds, and driving conversations—both in Miami and across the globe. Get ready to meet five entrepreneurial leaders you need to watch right now.

Jack Owoc

Miami's Entrepreneurial Leaders: Top 5 To Watch in 2023
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Jack Owoc isn’t just another CEO; he’s a blend of scientist, entrepreneur, and visionary. As the Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of Bang Energy, he’s at the helm of a sports nutrition and performance beverage company that’s been disrupting the market for over 25 years. Bang Energy is more than a flashy label; it’s a research-backed titan in the industry, with 27 double-blind placebo-controlled Gold Standard University studies to prove it. The company’s collaboration with educational institutions has elevated its brand, making it the go-to energy drink for fitness and sports enthusiasts. It’s no surprise then that media giants like Forbes and Wells Fargo have featured the company’s marketing and distribution strategies.

Before becoming a cornerstone in the beverage sector, Owoc wore different hats—he was a high school science teacher and part of the Internal Suspension Program. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Owoc transitioned from the classroom to the boardroom, yet his scientific background still influences his approach to business. His prowess in negotiation and execution has propelled Bang Energy to be America’s third best-selling energy drink, trailing just behind giants Monster and Red Bull.

Yet, Owoc’s impact goes beyond balance sheets. Known for his philanthropic initiatives and motivational speaking, he’s equally committed to giving back to the community and inspiring future leaders. His reputation as one of the country’s top business minds hasn’t clouded his purpose to uplift others and make a lasting impact.

To learn more about Bang Energy, click here.

Grant Cardone

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Grant Cardone is a juggernaut in the realm of business and personal development, epitomizing his ethos that “Success is your duty, obligation, responsibility.” As the CEO of Cardone Enterprises and Cardone Capital, he oversees a financial empire that includes seven privately held companies and a $4 billion real estate portfolio. Recognized by Forbes as the #1 marketer, he’s more than a businessman—he’s a paradigm shifter in sales and marketing, having consulted with industry leaders like Google, Sprint, and Toyota.

Grant doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk, generating nearly $100 million in annual sales across his companies. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author and an international speaker, making waves with his unfiltered takes on leadership, the economy, and success. Breaking free from conventional wisdom, Grant preaches the mantra of making success an obligation, not just an aspiration.

His no-holds-barred philosophy encourages people to shatter middle-class myths and limitations, providing them with the tools to achieve true financial freedom. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints have made him a media darling, consistently sought after for unvarnished insights that resonate in today’s fast-paced world.

Ready to 10X your life and business? Dive deeper into Grant’s world by visiting his website and following him on Instagram.

Eric Spofford

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Eric Spofford is more than just the CEO of Spofford Enterprises; he’s a serial entrepreneur and recovered addict with a passion for turning life’s obstacles into stepping stones. At the age of 23, inspired by his own tumultuous journey through addiction, he founded one of New England’s largest addiction treatment organizations, which he sold in 2021 for a staggering nine figures. His business acumen extends into the realms of real estate, media, and healthcare, with Spofford Enterprises overseeing a diverse portfolio of investments.

What truly sets Eric apart, though, are his unyielding drive to learn and his innate ability to pivot. He’s a “student of the game,” dedicated to self-improvement and enabling others to achieve their full potential. He’s testified before the U.S. Senate, been named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and authored publications, affirming his status as a thought leader and innovator.

Despite his professional milestones, Eric sees his true success in the lives he’s managed to touch and transform. Whether through his enterprises, speaking engagements, or coaching sessions, he remains committed to impacting positive change on both a personal and community level.

For an inside look at his ever-evolving journey and a well of invaluable resources, don’t miss visiting EricSpofford.com. 

Mariana Lima

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Mariana Lima, with over two decades of experience in international sales and marketing, has distinguished herself as a master of high-end branding and product placement. She has propelled her career from international trade procurement and logistics to being one of the top producers at Cervera Real Estate, South Florida’s prestigious family-owned real estate firm. Her vast network and customer base in the U.S. stems from an unwavering commitment to providing trustworthy real estate services.

As a pillar of the real estate community, Mariana currently represents the award-winning project, Aston Martin Residences Miami. She also co-hosts The Miami Real Estate Podcast and uses her influential Instagram platform to mentor brokers in Brazil, bridging gaps and fostering international relationships. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Mariana’s influence transcends borders, testament to her relentless drive and passion for the industry.

Cervera Real Estate, under Mariana’s skilled stewardship, has dramatically transformed South Florida’s landscape. The firm is responsible for exclusively selling over 115 of the region’s most prestigious condominiums, totaling a staggering US$ 22 billion in sales. Mariana leverages her firm’s sterling reputation to ensure the satisfaction of her diverse and prestigious clientele, which includes high-net-worth individuals and large family offices.

Looking ahead, Mariana aspires to evolve her brand into an influential platform, empowering others to attract more clients and achieve unprecedented sales success. With her recent accomplishments as stepping stones, Mariana’s future plans are as ambitious as they are inspiring. Follow Mariana’s extraordinary journey and learn more about high-end real estate by connecting with her on Instagram: @marianalimabroker. She is not just shaping the present of real estate; she’s shaping its future.

Evan Kluge

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Evan Kluge’s journey is one that’s intricately woven with diverse professional experiences and a strong personal mission. An ex-professional soccer player with eight years in the finance sector, Evan’s life took a new direction following a serious injury. His subsequent quest for natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals led to the creation of SÜRENITEA, a one-of-a-kind retail experience offering high-end drinks that aid with pain, anxiety, sleep, mood enhancement, and energy.

The unique aspect of SÜRENITEA is its complete control over its value chain, right from the farms and manufacturing facilities to the final retail experience. Each drink is based on proprietary formulas, sourcing natural ingredients from all over the world, thus standing out through a clean, high-end feel. In addition to the retail experience, SÜRENITEA is set to launch multiple product variants in bottled form, making these wellness beverages accessible to the masses.

Evan’s approach to entrepreneurship centers around the three P’s: People, Processes, and Patience. He believes that understanding and building trust with people, creating effective processes, and demonstrating patience are fundamental to success. His commitment to consumer safety is evident in the rigorous lab testing all SÜRENITEA products undergo.

One of Evan’s notable accomplishments was running one of the most successful prop trading firms in the IPO and secondary market. His expertise also includes helping brands and companies raise capital to build their brands successfully. 

Evan envisions SÜRENITEA gracing the shelves of every high-end hotel to every convenience store in between, making it accessible for everyone. He even sees it becoming an alternative sponsor for professional sports in the next 2-5 years. To learn more about Evan’s remarkable journey, follow him on his personal Instagram @ek_2189 and the business Instagram @surenitea_official. As he pioneers a path combining wellness, high-end retail, and a dedication to natural remedies, Evan Kluge is undoubtedly a name to watch in the world of alternative medicines.

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