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How transformative businesses made it from good to great

June 22, 2015

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By Carla Vianna

The 11th annual South Florida Good to Great Awards Luncheon honored four South Florida-based businesses that have transitioned from good to great and out performed others in their field. The award ceremony took place during the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s goal setting conference Friday at the Hilton Downtown Miami. Featured speakers included new chamber Chairman Christine Barney, who is CEO of rbb Public Relations; event chairman Jeff Bartel, who is the managing director of Hamptons Group LLC; chairman of the business excellence committee Danette Gossett, president and CEO of Gossett Marketing; and Gladys Reed, executive VP of Private Client Services at Bank United.

“Every single one of these finalists are transformative,” Mr. Bartel said. “It’s a testament to what’s happening in South Florida.”

Jim Collins, author of business book “Good to Great,” addressed the audience via video. Mr. Collins said the city must confront the ugly facts.

“If we don’t confront them, they will confront us,” Mr. Collins said. “Confronting them will get us from good to great.”

The judges, who were from five local higher education institutions, met with each finalist prior to making a decision.

Four companies were recognized for their performance:

Metro I, a full-service urban real estate organization, was honored within the one to 50 employees category. Metro 1 focuses on Miami’s urban core and aims to sustainably revitalize Miami’ s communities through brokerage, management, development and community engagement. The company pioneered a global design competition, which attracted designers worldwide, to create the Wynwood Greenhouse.

The other finalists were Ascendo Resources and California Closets.

Modernizing Medicine, which aims to increase physician efficiency through the cloud-based Electronic Medical Assistant, was honored within the 51 to 249 employees category. EMA is a specialty-specific electronic medical record system that adapts to doctors’ preferences. The organization was named one of America’s Most Promising Companies in 2015, by Forbes.

Finalists included CareCloud and MobileHelp.

The Related Group, a real estate firm that has built, rehabilitated and managed more than 90,000 condominium and apartment residences, was honored within the 250 to 999 employees category. The firm is noted for expansion to countries like Brazil and Mexico and for its sponsorship of public art installations in the city. Chief Operating Officer Matthew J. Allen said Miami is “bringing sexy back. We’ve come back a long way.”

Finalists included CP+B and KW Property Management & Consulting.

ScribeAmerica, the nation’s most frequently used medical scribe, company, was honored in the 1,000-plus employees category. The company has 7,300 employees in 46 states, and aims to help physicians increase their reimbursements and leave work on time.

Walgreens was the other finalist.

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