The inaugural class of the 2018 “Business of Pride” awards will be recognized June 28 in Miami.

The event will honor 15 “Outstanding Voices” from the community who represent LGBT business leaders, individuals, allies and advocates in the South Florida area. Organizers tout the honorees as ones who are “making a difference in advancing equality in the business world.”

The event is a partnership between the South Florida Business Journal, the GFLGLCC - Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber and the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Celebrity Cruises, headquartered in Miami, is the presenting sponsor.

The South Florida Business Journal took online nominations until April 9 and will profile the honorees in a special publication that will be available at the event. In order to be eligible, companies and individuals had to be located in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties.

The honorees are Kerensa Butler-Gile, partner and managing director, RSM US LLP; Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Florida; Richard Gray, vice president, LGBTQ
Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Yosbel Ibarra, shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Michael Kennis, vice president, Bank of America; Michael "Miik" Martorell, CEO, Planet Printer and president of Pride Fort Lauderdale; Andy McNeill, founder and CEO, American Meetings; Hector Ponte, regional bank president, Wells Fargo; Gary Resnick, mayor, city of Wilton Manors and shareholder, Gray Robinson; Lee Rubin, director of global reference programs and customer engagement, Citrix; Mark Scott, partner, Kaufman Rossin; Cristina Serralta, print and graphic innovator, Amazon Services; Rick Siclari, CEO, Care Resource; Kim Stone, executive vice president, Miami Heat and general manager, American Airlines Arena; and Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, located at 270 Biscayne Blvd Way in Miami. There will be cocktails and food prior to the awards presentation.

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