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GET TO KNOW Barreto CEO OF THE BARRETO GROUP, INC & 2 0 1 2 MICHAEF SHORES CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARE RECIPIENT How did you develop the The Barreto Group? The Barreto Group has evolved over the years, grow- ing out of my business experiences from public affairs to political consulting to real estate development. It has adapted with me and with the times. What inspired you to get involved in the community? I come from a large family with six brothers and four sisters, and our parents instilled in all of us the impor¬ tance of community pride and involvement. My father led by example. He was extremely involved in various committees and boards. Community involvement was and is a duty for us. What motivates you to advocate for so many organizations? I am passionate about many things and have been for¬ tunate enough to work with some wonderful organiza¬ tions whose goals mirror my beliefs. Whether it was working with the NFL on Super Bowls, Sister Cities Who has inspired you in your life and why? International, the United States Conference of Mayors, My parents. They showed me the importance of com¬ or Florida Fish and Wildlife, I have always tried to do munity, family and love. my best and give 100% of my time and effort. I hope that through my involvement I have made a positive What is your greatest accomplishment? impact. Standing on the sidelines just isn't enough. I have been fortunate and have accomplished many things in my life which I am proud, such as being the Why is community outreach such an important only person to have chaired two Super Bowl Host action for you? Committees. However, my greatest accomplishments It is one of the many things that make this country are personal: they are my family, my wife and my kids. great. We have the choice to get involved, just like we have the choice to be apathetic. I choose to be Anything else you'd like to share? involved so I can better the place where I live for my Sometimes things do not go as planned. It is important family and others. to be able to look at where you are and adjust. How does it feel to be named the 2012 Citizen of the Year by Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club? BARRETO TO BE HONORED I am humbled. Some past recipients have been incred¬ ible members of our community and I am honored to be recognized. The Kiwanis Club is a great organiza¬ Rodney Barreto has been selected as the recipient of tion that does so much for our community. The role the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club's 2012 Michael Shores they play in the lives of children is vital, and I am proud Citizen of the Year Award and will honored at the 33rd to be associated with such an amazing group. Biscayne Bay Gala. The event will benefit underprivi- leged youth of South Florida and will feature enter- tainment from the South Florida Youth Symphony and What would you say to encourage others to get Sons of Mystro. involved? There are plenty of organizations that need people with passion to help them make a difference. When you get When: October 27, 2012 6:00 p.m. involved in something you care about, you will meet Where: Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom great people. You will usually share similar interests Tickets: $125 each and you will develop camaraderie. Sometimes this will For tickets, information or sponsorship packages, lead to business relationships, but more often, you will contact Will Reich at 305.733.0062 or Gala@biscayne- develop long-lasting friendships. baykiwanisclub.org. 40 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2012 S O U T H F L O R I D A L U X U R Y G U I D E . C O M


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