For Rodney Barreto, leadership is familiar role
Friday, December 03, 2010
Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
The fact that his fellow commissioners elected Rodney Barreto as
chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) for an unprecedented seventh time should not be considered a
great surprise. Leadership seems to come naturally for the Miami
Barreto joined the Commission in 2001, when
then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to a five-year term. In 2006, Gov.
Charlie Crist reappointed him to a second five-year term.
Barreto's fellow commissioners have high praise for
his leadership style.
"I was pleased to nominate Rodney Barreto to
continue his service as Commission chairman," noted Commissioner
Ken Wright. "He provides exceptional leadership that ensures all
Commission members are engaged and have an effective and collegial
voice in matters of importance for fish and wildlife conservation.
He encourages public involvement in our deliberations as a
Commission and shows respect for diverse points of view. He brings
continuity in leadership for our Commission that will be of great
benefit during this time of transition."
Barreto is president and CEO of Barreto Group,
Inc., a diversified company specializing in corporate and public
affairs consulting and real estate investment. He is the founding
partner of Floridian Partners, LLC, a strategy-management firm that
develops and manages effective corporate and public affairs
strategies. He also serves as a board member for U.S. Century
Barreto is widely known for his involvement in the
community in which he grew up. His long list of accomplishments
includes serving as chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Host
Committee for 2007 and 2010, as well as the Miami-Dade County
chairman for the 1999 game. He was chairman of the 1999 Breeder's
Cup Championship, held in South Florida, and the 1999 Sister Cities
International Convention in Miami. Barreto created the Big Orange
New Year's Eve celebration in Downtown Miami that still takes place
each Dec. 31.
The Miami native also finds time to enjoy wildlife
in the Sunshine State. As a youngster in the 1960s, Barreto fished
Biscayne Bay and hunted the Everglades, activities he now shares
with his wife and two children.
"I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity
to continue serving this great agency as Chairman," Barreto said.
"I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners, Florida's
residents, our elected officials and FWC staff to continue bringing
our best efforts forward in the stewardship of our treasured fish
and wildlife resources."