Mr. Fernandez is the Executive Chairman and CEO of NextPlat Corp (NASDAQ: NXPL) and has over 30 years’ experience in identifying profitable start-up and dislocation opportunities, building significant value, and executing exit strategies as an entrepreneur and global investor. In 2008, Charles M. Fernandez joined Fairholme Capital Management. As President, he co-managed all three Fairholme funds, and was commended for bringing in a $2billion gain for shareholders. Throughout his impressive career in Media, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Finance and Technology, he has participated in more than 100 significant mergers, acquisitions, and product development projects. Mr. Fernandez was the founder, Chairman, and CEO of eApeiron Solutions, LLC, a brand protection and e-commerce company in partnership with Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and Eastman Kodak (NYSE: KODK) which was successfully sold to Smartrac, leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of RFID and Internet of Things (“IoT”) solutions, a unit of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY).
Mr. Barreto's business career spans over 35 years including his role at the Barreto Group and earlier, as the founding partner of Floridian Partners, LLC, a corporate and public affairs consulting firm recognized by policy makers as one of the top in its industry in Florida. He has chaired the Super Bowl Host Committee in 2007, 2010 and 2020, helping to raise more than$100 million dollars for the success of Miami Super Bowls. As a philanthropist and conservationist, Mr. Barreto is also a three-time appointee to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission after having been appointed first by Governor Jeb Bush, the Governor Charlie Crist, and most recently by Governor Ron DeSantis where he has served for over 10 years including holding the title of Chairman eight times. He has twice chaired the Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors, was Chairman of the 1999 Breeder's Cup Championship held in South Florida and was the Chairman of the 1999 Sister Cities International Convention in Miami. Currently, Mr. Barreto is the Membership Chairman of the Florida Council of 100, and a member of the Boards of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the Baptist Health South Florida Giving Society, the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and a member of Miami Dade County Schools Superintendent Carvalho's Business Advisory Council. Prior to his career in public affairs and real estate, Mr. Barreto was a City of Miami police officer and is a member of the Florida Highway Patrol Advisory Council.
Dr. Rodriguez is a medical professional with over 40 years of experience in the psychiatry field. Currently, Dr. Rodriguez is the Chairman and Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Previously, Dr. Rodriguez was the Chairman and Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Cedar’s Medical Center in Miami, FL from 1993-2003. Dr. Rodriguez is a Diplomat in the Specialty of Psychiatry in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the State of Florida Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognized in the Miami community as one of the Community’s most eminent physicians. Dr. Rodriguez received his doctorate degree from the University of Salamanca School of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Miami Herbert Business School.
Mr. Hough has served as a Director of Progressive Care since August 2017. Mr. Hough has worked in the capital markets and financial services industry in various compliance and management capacities. His regulatory background provides valuable perspective when assisting firms in the development and implementation of managerial plans and developing business. Mr. Hough currently serves at the nation’s oldest African-American Investment Banking Firm Blaylock Van, LLC as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Blaylock, Mr. Hough served as Chief Compliance Officer for IFS Securities, Inc from 2014 to 2018. Prior to 2014, Mr. Hough has also served in several executive positions at various companies including: President at Fund America Securities; CEO and COO at J&C Global Securities; and CEO and President at Capital & Credit International Inc. Having begun his career with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Mr. Hough has gone on to amass experience is various sectors of the industry including corporate investment and public finance. Mr. Hough holds a B.S. Degree in Economics and an M.S. Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Clemson University. He has earned the Certified Securities Compliance Professional Certification from the National Society of Compliance Professionals. Mr. Hough holds the Series 7, 24, 53, 63, 79, and 99 licenses from FINRA (Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority). Mr. Hough is a Founding Board Member of the Georgia Crowdfunding Association and Past Board Member of the U.S.A. Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
Joseph Ziegler is currently the CEO of JZ Advisory Group, a consulting firm that is focused on driving value to customers by providing fractional CFO and outsourced accounting services to private equity and entrepreneur owned businesses. Prior to that, Mr. Ziegler was the Chief Financial Officer of DAS Health, a private equity backed IT services company largely focused on healthcare customers. Mr. Ziegler previously served as CFO for Encompass Onsite, where he led a team through a period of rapid growth driven by acquisitions and new customer onboarding, while improving the financial infrastructure of the business. Prior to Encompass, he held multiple roles as a CFO in the healthcare industry, including Private Equity backed specialty pharmacy BioMatrix, successfully driving top line growth from $60 mill to $500 mill during his tenure with the company, leading an exit to private equity investors. And prior to BioMatrix, Mr. Ziegler served as a CFO of Novis Pharmaceuticals, driving company’s growth from $60 million to $200 million during his tenure and led the company’s sales process to strategic acquirer Cardinal Health. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an MBA following a BS in finance.
Mr. Armas combines over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry following seven years of healthcare administration and management. Mr. Armas is currently the Chief Executive Officer of One Innovation Labs, a dietary ingredient manufacturer and delivery technology company, and served as Executive Vice President from 2019 to 2021. Mr. Armas also currently serves as a member of the board of The Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco Church. He has an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Florida International University. Mr. Armas will be a beneficial addition to the Board because of his vast experience in the healthcare industry
Ms. Alcaine combines over 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector. She currently serves as president of the Coral Coast HOABoard. In 2017, Ms. Alcaine became a co-founder of AskVetMD, a platform that makes veterinarians easily accessible, and remained until 2022. During 2023, she became a consultant for AskVetMD. From 2009 through 2018, Ms. Alcaine was an Advisory Committee member for the Miami Childrens Hospital Foundation. She has an undergraduate degree from Miami Dade College. Ms. Alcaine’s extensive experience in the healthcare sector will make her a valuable addition to the Board
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