The Executive Leadership Forum was created to serve as a venue for sharing practical business knowledge. Select leaders from the business community are invited to engage in a dialogue regarding their perspectives on leadership and the everyday challenges they face.
Our sixth guest to the Executive Leadership Forum is José Abreu, P.E., Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Prior to his July 2005 appointment as Aviation Director, Mr. Abreu served for two and a half years as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under Governor Jeb Bush. As Secretary, he supervised FDOT’s general operations, which included seven districts and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise – encompassing the entire state of Florida, 7,500 employees and an annual budget of $9 billion. Prior to his position as Secretary, Mr. Abreu served 18 years in progressively senior positions at FDOT, including eight years as District Six Secretary for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Previously he served on the board of the University of Miami School of Engineering and in 2008 was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB).
In addition to being a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mr. Abreu has also received numerous awards including: the 2004 Civil Government Award, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Florida Engineering Society (FES) award for outstanding service to the profession in the category of government, the Wright Brothers’ Award in 2009 presented by the greater Miami Aviation Association, the International Achievements Award presented by World Trade Center Miami in 2010, and the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award presented by the American Institute of Architects in 2011, among others.
In 2011, he was named one of “Miami’s 75 most influential people in politics, business sports and arts” by Poder magazine.