21st Annual Twelve Good Men
On Tuesday, April 29, the 21st annual Twelve Good Men luncheon will recognize outstanding men in the community for their philanthropic work with charities and non-profit organizations. The luncheon brings together current and past honorees and many other friends and supporters of Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida.
Meet the 2014 honorees.
For more than 25 years Steven Arch has been using his exceptional communication skills in providing investment advice as the Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Advisors. His charitable contributions, however, began at age 17, volunteering with Amigo de las Americas in Ecuador, followed by serving as a director at FSU’s Center for Participative Education and helping with one of the school’s first Earth day programs. A Miami native, Mr. Arch worked with the Boy Scout program at Pinecrest Elementary School, at the time the largest scout troop in Florida. During his two terms as president of the Coconut Grove Rotary Club, an international service organization, he started the Miami Youth Sports & Education program and helped raise $50,000 to help buy new equipment and provide coaching and tutoring for the young athletes. Mr. Arch was also recently invited to join the Board of MIART, an organization charged with supporting the arts in Miami. Mr. Arch has two children, Theodore James and Natalie, who both share his passion for volunteering and giving back to the community.
Frank Armstrong is the founder and principal of Investor Solutions, Inc., an independent fee-only registered investment advisor with more than $600 million in managed assets for individuals, corporate pensions and non-profit institutions. A Vietnam veteran and former Air Force pilot and instructor with 250 combat missions in Southeast Asia, Mr. Armstrong flew for 19 years with Eastern Airlines after leaving the Air Force before embarking on a career in finance. He is very involved on a personal level with Teach for America where he mentors 19 program teachers, introducing these young teachers to various non-profit organizations so that they might appreciate the importance of volunteering and philanthropy. Mr. Armstrong has been involved with the following organizations: American Red Cross, 100 Black Men, CHARLEE Program, New World Symphony, Fisher House Foundation, Orange Bowl Youth Regatta, Miami Museum of Science, Dade-County Schools, Boy Scouts of America and many others. For several years he has also funded a scholarship for returning combat veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict at the University Of Virginia McIntire Graduate School Of Business. On a personal note, Mr. Armstrong resides in Coconut Grove with his wife Gabriele, who is an avid boater and water enthusiast.
Since 1980 Richard Baron has been the managing principal of the Law Firm of Richard Baron & Associates. His employment history includes being a trial attorney with the Department of the Treasury and tax litigation attorney at Greenberg Traurig in Miami. With nearly 40 years of litigation experience in the Federal and State Courts throughout Florida, Mr. Baron has tried hundreds of cases, ranging from transactional matters to family law, Florida Bar disciplinary and criminal matters. He has been appointed numerous times as a Guardian Ad Litem to assist in difficult cases with alcohol and drug issues and was honored by the Eleventh Judicial Circuit as the “Guardian Ad Litem of the Year” in 2009. He is a frequent lecturer and panel member and has been appointed by the Miami-Dade County Commissions as a member of the Addiction Services Board. As a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1985, Mr. Baron has been a pillar of strength to other addicts and alcoholics since his early recovery; has sponsored hundreds of recovering addicts and alcoholics in the past 20 years; and is responsible for helping countless people stay the path to long term recovery. In 2003 Mr. Baron founded and has served as president of the Friends of the Drug Court, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises and contributes in excess of $400,000 annually to the support of the Miami-Dade County, Florida Drug Court as well as to education and housing grants to the participants of the Drug Court.
Dorsey Goosby, MD, is a board certified physician with the Baptist Health System, the Chief Medical Officer of Homestead South and the Medical Director of PATCHES located in Florida City. PATCHES is a nursing center for children with medically complex problems in poor communities. Given that most of these children need round the clock nursing care, their individual doctors send them to PATCHES for this exact reason since the center offers parents the peace of mind brought about by a program staffed by health care professionals, such as Dr. Goosby, who are expertly trained in the care of children with both sub-acute and chronic conditions. In addition, the center is fully equipped and staffed to accommodate children who require the support of ventilators, tracheotomies, oxygen therapy, as well as supportive therapies, respiratory care, educational programming and door-to-door transportation. Dr. Goosby has been providing his outstanding medical services since 1984.
Harry Horgan was recruited by Dr. Barth Green, Chief of Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital and a co-founder of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, to start a year-round program in South Florida. The nonprofit organization called Shake-A-Leg was created in 1990 with the hope that it would help challenged persons maximize their Independence. Ever since Mr. Horgan has created and overseen an array of rehabilitation, recreation and educational programs that have served to improve the lives of literally thousands of people. Since its inception he has participated in the design and development of a universally-accessible sailboat called the Freedom Independence, along with the creation of the Shake-A-Leg Miami Community Water Sports Center, a public/private partnership with the City of Miami and a host of community-based organizations. Mr. Horgan resides in Miami with his wife, Susie, and son, Eli.
Emmy Award-winning newscaster Calvin Hughes co-anchors Local 10’s evening news broadcasts. He has worked as an anchor/reporter in three of the nation’s top ten media markets, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas since he launched his career on the radio at the age of 19. In 2008, after reporting on a story about Haitian refugees who risked and, in some cases, lost their lives in a deadly voyage set for Miami, Mr. Hughes persistently and successfully pursued an opportunity to report comprehensively on Haiti. Nearly two years later when the disastrous 7.0 earthquake struck the country, Hughes was well suited to be one of the first journalists in Port-au-Prince to cover the devastation. His passion for the people of Haiti and their indomitable spirits has led him to return to Haiti many times, most recently with freshman Florida Senator Marco Rubio on his first trip to the island nation. In 2011, the Miami New Times voted Calvin Hughes Miami’s Best TV News Anchor. In March, Mr. Hughes joined five other members of the Local 10 News team in Cuba to cover Pope Benedict XVI’s historic trip, the only South Florida news team permitted to visit and report from Cuba. The news special produced from this trip has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Active in the community, Mr. Hughes serves as vice-chair of the Pembroke Pines Board of the YMCA; he and his wife host an annual children’s holiday party at the Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Center; and he serves food at the Mary Kendrick Thanksgiving Feed The Needy Feast in West Park. Mr. Hughes volunteers his time and talents as a keynote speaker or emcee nearly every week at various schools, churches, civic events or charitable fundraisers. He’s also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. In 2011, Calvin and his wife Bacardi L. Jackson, Esq., were two of six inaugural recipients of the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Young Leader Award. They reside in Miramar with their two sons, Solomon and Roman, and their daughter, Sakala Danielle.
A native of Chicago, Dr. James C. Jackson III graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Florida Memorial University, received a Master of Arts in Religion from Trinity International University, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University and is currently a PhD candidate for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University’s School of Humanity and Social Sciences. He currently holds the position of Assistant Director for Enrollment Management, Program Development and Recruitment at Nova Southeastern University and has also been the Senior Pastor at the Upward Way Cathedral of Praise International for the past 14 years. He is a constant advocate for non-violence and self-empowerment while delivering life-changing sermons to the least, the last and the lost. He currently resides in the Cutler Bay area of Miami-Dade with his wife, Tracy Jackson, who is a Miami-Dade County public school teacher, their two daughters, Jasmine and Stacy, who study at FIU and Purdue University respectively, and their son, James IV, who is a student at Ransom Everglades School.
Alicio Piña has been a prominent real estate investor and developer for over 25 years in South Florida. His experience as a developer spans the gamut from affordable housing to luxury estate homes, from shopping centers to mixed-use projects. Moreover, as a real estate professional, Mr. Pina, has been a member of various public-private partnerships and has served as a leader in the community. He served five years on the Board of Trustees at St. Thomas University; on the Board of Directors of Pace High School; and has donated his time to many Catholic Church organizations. He served on the Boy Scouts of South Florida Council Board and launched its Hispanic Heritage Luncheon Award, now in its 14th year. He has also volunteered his time to many public sector government entities, such as, the Dade County Planning Advisory Board and Miami Lakes Charter Committee on incorporation. He presently manages Florida Value Partners, a real estate investment group that to date, has acquired in excess of $600 million of commercial, residential and industrial real estate. Prior to his real estate investment career, Mr. Piña served as Chief Deputy to the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts where he oversaw an annual budget of $55 million and over 1,300 employees.
John Squitero is a founding member of Katz Barron Squitero Faust Friedberg English & Allen, P.A., a law firm with offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He heads the firm’s litigation group and is an accomplished courtroom attorney with more than 40 years’ experience in a broad range of complex commercial matters. He is a respected member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association’s Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section, the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Managing Partners, the Federal Bar Association and the Construction Association of South Florida. He has been recognized as a “Florida Super Lawyer” for the past seven years and has also been voted by his peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and named among “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine. He also has served on the Securities Committee of the Florida Bar. Mr. Squitero is actively involved in the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC), having served as a Board of Directors member, a goodwill ambassador, an animal welfare advocate and a legal advisor. He is a founding member of the HSBC’s Diamond Collar Society, which recognizes the agency’s most prestigious donors. He is vice president of The Vizcayans, having served on its Board of Directors for the past seven years, and he is also a member of the Citizens Board of the University of Miami and a trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife of 45 years, Linda, reside in Coconut Grove. They have two children, Tracey and Tim, and four grandchildren, Grady, Haley, Charlotte and Davis.
Jay A. Steinman
Jay A. Steinman is a Shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt and heads the Miami real estate and finance department for the firm. He practices in the areas of commercial real estate, commercial lending business litigation and trade regulation, finance and business law. Mr. Steinman is an active member of many community and business organizations. He has served as a member of the YMCA of South Dade’s Executive Board of Directors; the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Board of Directors; the University of Miami Citizens Board; the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle; The Beacon Council; and the Baptist Hospital Founders Society. In addition, he is an active member of the Florida Bar’s Real Estate and Probate Section and a founding board member of the Miami Beach Community Health Foundation. He also served on the Village of Pinecrest Long Range Planning Committee and Zoning Appeals Board as well as the inaugural Educational Excellence School Advisory Council for Howard Drive Elementary School. Mr. Steinman has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers’ “Top 100;” Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite;” and The Legal “500.” He has also been the recipient of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Real Estate Top Lawyer” award; the South Florida Business Journal’s “Real Estate Heavy Hitters” award; the Daily Business Review’s “Top Dealmaker” award; the First Annual Chamber South’s Volunteer Appreciation award; the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Chairman’s Roundtable award; and the South Dade Family Center Board Service awards. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Dickinson College. He was an Academic All American Football player and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Nick Studds is an Associate Designer with Macdonald Design Associates in Miami. He received undergraduate degrees and a Master’s degree from the University of Miami, Barry University, and MIU. His love of architecture and design led him into his current profession after owning and operating several successful businesses in South Florida. Mr. Studds’ involvement with community began in his youth in Northern Virginia and continues today through participation with many charities and arts organizations, both in New York and Miami. He credits his family with instilling in him at an early age the importance of getting involved and in giving back. His leadership skills and “get involved in any way you can” approach proved instrumental in the origination of several highly successful fundraisers that continue to be held today. Often bringing together the worlds of sports, music, art, and fashion, his events not only raised much needed funds, but brought about huge exposure and awareness for causes that needed it the most. He is most proud of his time as a Chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and as a current officer for the Children’s Resource Fund and School for children with developmental disabilities. He served many years as a founding member of Kidzcare and as a board member for the Log Cabin Education Center. He is a current board member of the Animal Welfare Society; an organization close to his heart that helps to provide veterinary care to animal owners in need. He was honored in 2014 by the Humane Society and recently received accolades for his work with the John W. Nick Foundation aimed at raising cancer awareness for men. Mr. Studds resides in Miami Beach with his five year old daughter and their rescued dog.
Eric J. Vainder joined Northern Trust in 1998 and has spent his entire career in the Miami market. He’s a Managing Director currently responsible for Northern Trust’s Aventura office and Key Biscayne offices, as well as a team of 19 professionals at the Brickell Avenue office. Mr. Vainder is a Certified Financial Planner™ profesional and a Certified Investment Management Analyst® professional. He uses his knowledge and experience to help his clients accomplish their family, financial, and philanthropic goals. Always looking to give back to his community, Mr. Vainder is a graduate of Leadership Miami, spent many years working with Hands on Miami as a site manager on their annual day of service, is a board member and on the programs committee of Easter Seals of South Florida (providing exceptional service to ensure that all children and adults with disabilities and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities) and is the current president of the board for Neat Stuff, Inc. (a non-profit providing free new clothing and gifts to meet some of the basic needs of abused, neglected and other children in distress. He is most proud of being a dad to a wonderful 8 year old boy named Ryan.