Allen Morris serves community through faith, philanthropy

Allen Morris serves community through faith, philanthropy


Allen Morris, chair, president & CEO of the Allen Morris Company, is as successful in business as he is in his philanthropic endeavors. He is passionate about God, his family, his community, and making this world a better place through his volunteer efforts and his generosity.

While a native of Coral Gables, Morris attended high school in Chattanooga, TN; graduated from Georgia Tech, and then went on to Harvard Business School.

Morris is a man whose buildings reflect his love for Coral Gables as well as his appreciation for history and art. His iconic building on Alhambra, the former site of a church, pays a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to the church by saving special pieces from the church such as stained glass and incorporating that into the design of the new building.

A man of great faith, Allen’s giant nativity display erected every year in front of his building is one that reminds us all of the reason for the Christmas season.

It is no wonder that Morris first became involved in community outreach and volunteerism through the Boy Scouts and his church. He credits his parents for being role models in making volunteerism a way of life and receives great joy from making a difference in people’s lives, their families and the community, which is most evident in the many organizations in which he is active.

He is the former chair, National Advisory Board, Executive Ministries; former Ruling Elder, Granada Presbyterian Church, Coral Gables, and recipient of the Arthur S. DeMoss Recognition Award, Executive Ministries.

A man of many talents and interests, Morris is a licensed commercial pilot who flies himself for most of his business travel. Married to June Elizabeth Thomson Morris, he has four children, two stepchildren and two grandchildren. When he has time for just plain fun, Morris enjoys diving reefs as a certified scuba diver and he is even a Tae Kwon Do Master (fourth degree black belt).

If you want something done, ask Morris and he will find a way. He is one of those busy people who make time where none exists. To that point, he currently serves as an Executive Board member, United Way of Miami-Dade County, chairing VeritageMiami 2015 and 2016; is a member of World Presidents’ Organization (WPO); serves on the board of directors, founder, YPO Fellowship Forum Inc.; serves on the board of directors, founder, YPO Fellowship Foundation Inc. (Hickok Award, YPO International; is a lifetime member, Orange Bowl Committee where he has chaired various committees (Advisory Council 1997-99); is on the board at-large and Chairman’s Circle member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and past chair, Opa-Locka Airport Task Force; past chairman, Watson Island Sub Committee; serves on the advisory board, Christian Community Foundation of South Florida; is founding director, Angel Relief Fund, (Hurricane Katrina); is a member, Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami; senior member, Miami Rotary Club, member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a member, Council for National Policy.

Over the years Morris has served as chair, member, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) FL Chapter 1997-98; president and member of the bjoard of drirectors, The Miami Club; division chair, Dade County United Way Campaign; general chair and director, United Protestant Appeal; chair, Major Gifts Committee, Channel 2 Auction (WPBT-TV, Public TV); chair, South Florida Initiative – Economic Missions to Japan & Korea; director, Miami City Club; member of national board of directors Boys’ Clubs of America, New York; Advisory Council, The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute, St. Louis; president, Brickell Area Association; board member, The Dade County Citizens Safety Council; board of managers, Southwest YMCA, finance chair; member, CEO; board of directors, Metropolitan Miami- Dade YMCA, and member, Committee of 100 of Miami Beach.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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