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For Rodney Barreto, leadership is familiar role

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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 businessman.

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 Bank.

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."



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