Legacy 2017 Miami: 40 Under 40 Issue - Page 2

2BB AN INDEPENDENT SUPPLEMENT BY MIA MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS GROUP TO THE MIAMI HERALD Editor's Note Ah, to be young, influen�al and Black. It’s a powerful combina�on. This issue of Legacy magazine celebrates a talented group of professionals who are leading the way in Miami-Dade. They are poli�cians, entertainers, designers, chefs, journalists, entrepreneurs and tech experts, to name a few—all of them 40 or younger. Each of them has a remarkable story of challenges, personal growth, triumph, success. Take Richard Way III, 28, a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. As a kid, he thought football would be his meal �cket. A few sports-related injuries while playing at Miami Carol City Senior High School, however, nixed that plan. Enter the Black Male College Explorers program for high schoolers at Florida Memorial University (FMU). It showed him what his future, through academics and hard work, would look like. A�er gradua�ng from FMU with a business degree, Way said something resonated with him MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017 while a�ending the MBA program at Florida A&M University. He described it as a movement of young, hungry Black business students who opened his eyes to a mul�tude of op�ons and possibili�es. “Not only is it possible, but it’s possible at a young age,” said Way, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., which he credits for helping reach manhood. As a millennial, Way is taking charge. He’s founder of Urban Miami, an online directory connec�ng Black professionals with local cultural and entertainment events. If that’s not enough, Way is now forming a music produc�on company, Wisemen Music Group, to discover diverse new talent in South Florida. Now he’s proudly one of Legacy’s 2017 “40 Under 40.” “If you’re not in the right circle, you’re not in the circle of progression,” said Way. This is the spirit we hope to evoke with this pres�gious award. The spirit of innova�on. Empowerment. Entrepreneurism. As the parable goes, “To whom much is given, much will be required.” We have high expecta�ons for this year’s honorees. And we’re certain this won’t be the last �me you hear about them. Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Legacy Magazine SUPPORT THE ADVERTISERS THAT SUPPORT US: Baptist Hospital of Miami www.baptisthealth.net i2 Labs www. i2labs.co BB&T Bank www.bbt.com Jackson Memorial Hospital www.jacksonhealth.org Chen Senior Medical Center www.chenmedicalcenters.com Jessie Trice Community Health Center www.jtchc.org City of Miami Gardens www.miamigardens-fl.gov Knight Foundation www.knightfoundation.org Francis Suarez for Mayor campaign www.francisformiami.com Miami Book Fair www.miamibookfair.com Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.miamiandbeaches.com Miramar Cultural Center www.miramarculturalcenter.org Guardian ad Litem www.guardianadlitem.org Rubenstein Law www.rubensteinlaw.com Wells Fargo www.wellsfargo.com On the cover and centerfold: This property is located on 7311 Meade Island Dr., Miami. New construction on Biscayne Bay with views of Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The property is 7,171 square feet, featuring seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. For more info, contact Chad Carroll, Executive Director of Luxury Sales of the Carroll Group, 305-400-9507. Subscribe to and view the digital version of Legacy Magazine Facebook: Facebook.com/TheMIAMagazine Twitter and Instagram: @TheMIAMagazine #BeInformed #BeInfluential #Educa�onIssue CREDO OF THE BLACK PRESS "The Black Press believes that America can best lead the world away from racial and na�onal antagonisms when it accords to every person, regardless of race, color or creed, full human and legal rights. Ha�ng no person, fearing no person, the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief that all hurt as long as anyone is held back." Member of the Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) Dexter A. Bridgeman CEO & Founder Russell Motley Editor-in-Chief Zachary Rinkins Editor-at-Large Yanela G. McLeod Copy Editor Shannel Escoffery Associate Editor Md Shahidullah Art Director