The Forum’s Annual Installation Dinner of its 2009 Board of Directors was held on January 22nd at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa. This was our biggest Event ever -we had close to 175 guests who attended the event. As Charles Felix & Noel Pace (new and immediate Past President) said, “many new faces and many longtime friends”.
We would like to thank our sponsors and especially thank our guest speaker: The Honorable Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County judge., and all those who helped make the event a success. We are off to a great start!
SFHEF Presents Highlights of 2008, Priorities for 2009 at Annual Installation Dinner
by Louise Petraitis
The South Florida Healthcare Executive Forum, Inc. (SFHEF) held its annual installation dinner at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa on January 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Close to 175 guests attended the event.
Noel Christian Pace, FACHE, outgoing president, opened the program with a recap of the highlights of 2008. During the year, membership rose to nearly 500, thanks to the addition of 70 new members. The organization hosted 14 education and networking activities, which drew over 1,000 attendees, and modernized the website, making it more informative and more visual. SFHEF was also named one of the top ten chapters in the United States, garnering, for the second year in a row, a ”Chapter of Distinction” award.
The evening included the presentation of ACHE awards, as well as SFHEF’s community service recognition. The Honorable Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County judge, won the latter honor for his extraordinary efforts ”to move the mentally ill away from incarceration and into appropriate care.” Leifman is special advisor on criminal justice and mental health for the Supreme Court of Florida, and chair of the court’s mental health subcommittee.
Seated (l-r): Ruth Hernandez, Eleace Sawyers, Barbara Perez-Deppman, Coralia Jennings, Michelle Marsh, Nancy Borkowski
Standing (l-r): Sandra Vazquez, Marco Carrasco, Jeff Herschler, Michael J. Casanova, Noel Christian Pace, J. Larry Tyler, Charles Felix, Stuart Podolnick, Kevin Fine, Jeff Kramer, Paul Venette.
Photo courtesy of Elite Photography.
Keynote speaker for the evening was J. Larry Tyler, founder of Tyler & Company, one of the largest executive search firms in the country, and one of the top ten companies serving the healthcare industry (Modern Healthcare magazine).
Tyler addressed the topic, ”Leadership for Tomorrow.” In defining leadership, Tyler quoted Peter Drucker: ”Leadership is evidenced by the presence of willing followers.” Tyler touched on eight styles of leadership, from ”autocratic” and ”cascading,” to ”narcissistic” and ”situational. He then took a look at seven traits outstanding leaders share in common: they are results-oriented, adaptable, good communicators, fiscally astute, adept at top-line growth, quality driven, and honest and trustworthy. All told, the #1 criterion for leadership competency, Tyler concluded, is ”excellent communication skills.”
Following the installation of SFHEF’s new board of directors, Charles Felix, incoming president, commented on the year ahead. ”2009 will bring great challenges to all of us,” he said, ”but it will also give us opportunities to make returns on our investment in membership.”
The 2009 SFHEF, Inc. Board of Directors
- President: Charles Felix, CPA
- President-Elect: Nancy Borkowski, CPA, DBA, FACHE
- Immediate Past President: Noel Christian Pace, FACHE
- Treasurer: Eleace Sawyers
- Treasurer Elect: Michael J. Casanova
- Membership Chair: M. Alexandra Johnson, FACHE
- Membership Chair-Elect: Maria Corzo, FACHE
- Education Program Chair: Paul Venette
- Education Program Chair-Elect: Sandra Vazquez
- Networking Chair: Jeff Herschler
- Networking Chair-Elect: Barbara Perez-Deppman, FACHE
- Communications Chair: Jeff Kramer, CPA
- Communications Chair-Elect: Coralia Jennings
- Member at Large: Stuart Podolnick, FACHE
- Member at Large: Michelle Marsh
- Member at Large: Ruth Hernandez
- Member at Large: Kevin Fine
- Member at Large: Marco Carrasco
- Ex-Officio Eastern Florida ACHE Regent: Kevin DiLallo, FACHE
Felix, who is often referred to as the ”poster boy” for networking, asserted that maintaining relationships is essential for success, especially today. ”When pennies are pinched,” he noted, ”we give financial capital to someone we know rather than a voice on the telephone.”
Establishing an outplacement committee to help ”members in employment distress” will be a priority in the coming year, said Felix. The committee will be charged with getting the word out about employees looking for jobs, and also let members know of positions that are available.
Other priorities will be to make educational events more meaningful—”members must be able to use what they’ve learned right away,” said Felix—and more active student participation in the organization. He asked members to not only mentor students, but to learn from them as well.
Felix closed his remarks with the acknowledgement that ”difficult times call for practical measures. Speaking to his new board, committees, and SFHEF members-at-large, he observed, ”What we can expect in 2009 is a lot of hard work.”