Some South Florida CEOs say they’re still hiring

Emilee Geist

My company will not be hiring any new employees until our country can make some definitive decisions regarding the pandemic. If a vaccine is developed and our economy resorts back to a normal state of business I can say unequivocally that we would hire new employees by the first quarter […]

My company will not be hiring any new employees until our country can make some definitive decisions regarding the pandemic. If a vaccine is developed and our economy resorts back to a normal state of business I can say unequivocally that we would hire new employees by the first quarter of 2021.

Dexter Bridgeman, CEO, founder, M•I•A Media Group


We have been committed to our bank team members from the onset of this horrible pandemic. In spite of lower levels of activity in some areas, we did not reduce any staffing levels. The last thing that we wanted to do was add to despair by laying anyone off, nor to put anyone on furlough. Our team members have been there for us and our clients and we are committed to being there for them. Last month we hired two new professionals and we are actively searching for two new people at this time.

Veronica Flores, executive vice president, First National Bank of South Miami


At the moment, we are not looking to expand our team beyond current levels. As things open up, hopefully in the new year, more opportunities may arise to increase our overall staff numbers. In regards to bringing workers back into the office, we currently have some staff members working out of our warehouse every day in order to fulfill our online orders. The rest of our office and retail staff in Davie will return, when it is safe to do so. Of course, we will follow guidelines and protocols set by the CDC, Department of Health and local and state government officials.

Guy Harvey, founder, Guy Harvey Enterprises


The market is rapidly recovering and listings in the under $500,000 price point are selling in record time. We’re bullish on South Florida real estate, for sure. We are always identifying residential real estate sales associates looking for a company with a well-known brand and a marketing platform that enables them to effectively compete.

Mike Pappas, president, CEO, The Keyes Company/Illustrated Properties


Our company’s hiring policies have not been affected by COVID. Our construction teams were in place before COVID and have remained in place to complete construction of River Landing Shops and Residences. As we have geared up for the opening of our retailers and operations of the project, we have expanded our team. As essential workers, we were lucky enough to retain all our employees and team members and did not furlough or dismiss anyone from our company. We are grateful to each and every one of our team members for their dedication and commitment each day during COVID to complete River Landing and welcome our tenants to the project.

Coralee Penabad, principal, Urban-X


We at Power Financial Credit Union didn’t cease making new hires. Optimistic we will emerge stronger from the pandemic, and also acknowledging we needed additional talent to compete in an increasingly remote infrastructure world, we have taken the opportunity to leverage the crisis by bringing on-board the expertise we need to do so. In particular, we focused on attracting best in class knowledge to our team in the areas of marketing technology (“martech”), commercial lending operations, and delivering in-person and remote service journey experiences to our members that consistently exceed expectations. Year-to-date, we have on-boarded approximately fifteen new FTE’s.

Allan Prindle, president, CEO, Power Financial Credit Union


Because YWCA South Florida’s services are essential in allowing the families and women we serve to work, we’re thankful that many of our employees have been able to maintain their positions through this unprecedented time. Our facilities have been offering child care at a reduced capacity all summer, so various front line and administrative teams have remained steadfast in their services. As soon as schools open full-time following CDC’s guidelines, we plan to have more staff return in phases until we are at full capacity. Simultaneously during this time, we’ll begin to fill new positions to further support our ongoing programs, including staff accountant, lead teachers, mental health specialists, kitchen aids, family support workers and more.

Kerry-Ann Royes, CEO, YWCA South Florida


We are actually picking up another part time employee for a pop up exhibition planned for the Design District the month of October. We remain optimistic for the balance of 2020.

Mindy Solomon, owner, director, Mindy Solomon Gallery


The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is now operating with a reduced workforce and we do not anticipate making new hires and increasing our workforce until mid-2021, given the current business climate. A large part of any future decisions on an increased workforce will be based on the outcome of the fall/winter season and the receipt of any additional government support.

Frank Steslow, president, CEO, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science



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