‘Quotes of the year’

As we all look forward to 2012, it’s time to take a look back at some of 2011’s most memorable quotes from Aventura Marketing Council meetings featuring business and community leaders as well as special guest speakers who were fascinating, motivating and inspirational.

“I’m fully committed to getting county government back on track…Restoring trust in Miami-Dade government can’t be done simply by words – we’re going to do it by deeds proving ‘they do what they say they’re going to do.’” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez hosted by City of Sunny Isles Beach.

“AT&T has launched a program with Junior Achievement called ‘Aspire’ offering job-shadowing events for students who can still be convinced to stay in school and finish with at least a high school degree. It was once said, ‘Young people are only 25 percent of the population but they’re 100 percent of your future.’” Marshall M. Criser, III, President, AT&T Florida

“You have a right to trial by jury, to confront your accusers in open court and to see the evidence against you. In this country, our courts are the great leveler where all men are created equal.” Marcia Cooke, U.S. District Court Judge at North Dade Justice Center’s Law Day event.

“‘Kudos’ to Aventura’s forward-thinking City Manager and City Commission for having the vision to create the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center as a catalyst for growth.” Sonia Green, Broward Center Vice President.

“You’ve taken a dream from words to actions with this wonderful Anchors Away Foundation…In the process of participating, we glorify and honor the defenseless and invisible in our communities… Because of programs like this, literally and figuratively. they get to be ‘in the sun’” Alberto Carvalho, M-DCPS Superintendent at 5th Anchors Away launch.

“As leaders, it starts with you – so don’t lead a debriefing with ‘we.’ It begins with ‘I’ – I made this mistake during an execution and I can get better.” Author Matthew ‘Whiz’ Buckley hosted by Nutriway.

“When you hire a Guard and Reserve person, you’re getting somebody who has been tested under stressful conditions; shows initiative; is dependable and disciplined; has an innate sense of responsibility; will be drug-free, physically fit and willing to work.”

James G. Rebholz, National Committee for Department and Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve hosted by Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group.

“International business – we only see it growing and South Florida is a fine example of that…Today, the trend is all about ‘going global.’” Ian McCluskey, CEO Thought Leadership International hosted by The McKafka Group.

“A lot of good partnerships and effective strategies have brought violent crime down and our public corruption unit is one of the most aggressive in the state…We want to stand proud and be a wonderful beacon for the rest of the world to see called: Miami-Dade County.” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted by Bnai Zion Foundation and Holistic Health Care Miami.

“Ten years ago we were attacked and some of our buildings may have crumbled – but our foundation, our very core as Americans will continue to survive.” Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb at 9/11 Remembrance.

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