Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
My proudest moments are creating projects that impact the community and benefit worthy causes. Programs like Galleria Fort Lauderdale’s Ford Men of Style are a thrill to produce knowing that 12 charities benefit, and 12 leading men get the applause they deserve for making a difference. As we say at GPR, we like to share the good!
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
Without a doubt, I love bringing people together for common interests. I am a connector—connecting news to journalists, connecting messages with targeted audiences and connecting people who want to give with people in need.
Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
I have some peers and friends who I trust implicitly to give me straight forward and honest feedback. I also have the best team at GPR and we communicate well to create impactful programs that position our clients well while benefiting the community.
You are out in the public arena quite often; who is the most interesting person you have ever met?
I am fortunate to meet and work with an array of amazing business and community leaders. It would be unfair to limit it to one person, but I will say that I have much respect for a handful of local leaders who give of themselves so freely. They are deeply committed to the work that they do.
What program with your organization do you get the most excited about?
All the projects we do at GPR are tied to a sense of community and have a purpose to educate or raise funds for causes that matter. We are fortunate to have a client base that is always willing to try innovative programs and values creativity.
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
My greatest strength is my vision to see a project through from start to finish. I can envision it before it happens which helps to bring a project to life that has great appeal and a positive impact.
What is your greatest challenge at this time?
My greatest challenge is time. There are so many wonderful things to do, and I find myself always wanting more time. I think this is why I find it hard to sleep.
What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
An important life lesson for me is always being grateful. I am fortunate to enjoy the life I do, and I know that it could change on the drop of a dime. I am grateful every day for the people around me, the comforts I enjoy and the ability to fulfill my passion every day.
How do you relax?
Relaxing is not something I do well, but when I am in the desert, I am able to slow down. I am grateful for my second home in Palm Springs, California. The mountains and desert ground me.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I have enjoyed traveling all over the world, but one of my all-time favorite spots is Mykonos, Greece. The fresh air, beautiful views, delicious food, welcoming people and more make it a special destination.
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
I value my time and the time of others. There is never enough time to do everything that I want.
Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
I still haven’t found what I am looking for is how I feel. I know there is more for me to accomplish, more people to help, more causes to support and more experiences to enjoy especially traveling to a few more spots on my bucket list.
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
I am honored to be the three-year term board chair of the Florida Theatrical Association, an executive committee/board member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and an honorary board member for Neighbors 4 Neighbors and Art and Culture Center Hollywood. There are several other arts and LGBT+ organizations that I professionally support, too.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
The first thing that comes to mind is the joy of Christmas. My mother made this holiday incredibly special with friends and family all together, an abundance of delicious Italian food and of course the gifts.
If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title of it be?
The title would be You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet. Of course, it has to be a Cher song, lol. I have a successful professional career as the founder of Goodman Public Relations and have created a name for myself as Michael Dean as Cher—I feel there is more to come.