For forty years, Tony Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties, has been recognizing the value in depressed, undervalued urban areas, reconstructing and transforming declining historic districts into popular, thriving global destinations. Goldman has been recognized as the driving force behind the transformations of the Upper West Side, the Wall Street Financial District and Soho in New York City, Center City in Philadelphia, and South Beach in Miami Beach. The New York Times dubbed Goldman “the granddaddy of South Beach, who time and again is credited with recognizing the potential in the crumbling pastel treasures of Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue.” His most recent undertaking is the transformation of the warehouse district in Wynwood, Miami’s emerging arts district. Acquiring 25 properties in Wynwood, Goldman is overseeing a master plan to create an artistically driven, tasteful and architecturally exciting pedestrian neighborhood.
Goldman’s uncanny instinct for recognizing urban trends goes hand in hand with a creative approach to revitalizing down trodden neighborhoods. The synergy of this multifaceted approach has become his hallmark. He translates the pioneer’s excitement of discovery into sound financial investments, while respecting, enhancing and embellishing the historic architecture and cultural roots of all the districts he undertakes. Together with daughter Jessica Goldman Srebnick and son Joey, the three Goldmans are the family principals of the innovative company.
Goldman’s many professional associations include serving as founder and chairman of Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive Association. He is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a past two-term chairman of both the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Historic Hotels of America.
Tony Goldman is honored to be this year’s recipient of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s The Leonard A. “Doc” Baker Lifetime Achievement Award which is presented to an individual whose exceptional lifetime contributions of community leadership and philanthropic endeavors have improved the quality of life of Miami Beach citizens.
As Executive Director of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Leonard A. “Doc” Baker’s professional career spanned for more than 35 years. In addition to his years of dedicated service to Miami Beach’s business community, Doc Baker worked tirelessly for the Kiwanis Club of Miami Beach on a local, state and national level.
Doc’s accomplishments embody the criteria and raise the standards used in selecting recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors will not bestow this award annually. It takes decades of tireless dedication and devotion to leave the indelible footprints of a civic legacy. These achievements will be measured forever by the recipient’s vision, leadership and philanthropic commitment on behalf of the citizens of Miami Beach.