Entrepreneurship

Top 30 Business Leaders to Follow in 2022

As we begin the last quarter of 2022, entrepreneurs are looking for the best strategies to succeed in 2023 and beyond. 

With millions of entrepreneurs across the world, Miami News Network understands the importance of learning from the best business performers.

This year we have selected a group of business owners that have been able to successfully grow their businesses, sustain, and even scale them in 2022. These individuals are perfect examples of what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. 

Here are the top entrepreneurs of 2022: 

Grant Cardone

Instagram: @grantcardone

Grant Cardone is the bestselling author of The 10X Rule and has been buying real estate for over 30 years. Over those three decades, he has bought over two billion dollars worth of real estate in eight states. Grant currently manages 7,068 units with his private equity firm Cardone Capital. He is such a good real estate investor because of his extreme discipline, specific formulas, and good instinct to know when to exit the property. Throughout his career, Grant has been giving small investors a chance to start small and go big.

Christoffer Groves

Instagram: ceogrovescapital

Christoffer Groves is a successful serial entrepreneur, who is leading the way in the lending industry. He is also a motivational speaker, his tour is called try 110% movement helping others achieve their goals through a successful road map and a positive mindset. Always having a passion for entrepreneurship, even starting businesses from the young age of 16, it’s no surprise that Chris started his own business and a successful one. After working as a real estate agent, appraiser, and broker he learned the ins and outs of the industry. There were aspects he didn’t like, but he took the liberty upon himself to make a solution. This is when he and his wife started Groves Capital Inc., a family owned mortgage company, with the lowest rates in the industry. His greatest accomplishments have been growing from 2 people to 575 over 5 billion in loan production in less than 3 years on his own, creating a family feel where everyone works together to help others  become successful, and much more. This year Chris plans to provide the best platform he can for each of his partners to help them grow and thrive, all while keeping his company standards to 5 stars. 

Adam Jablin

Instagram: @adamjablin

Adam Jablin is a #1 bestselling author, certified recovery mentor, life coach and KeyNote speaker. Adam’s mission and purpose is to break people free—to ignite their hero within. He is the creator of the Hero Project, a high-level coaching program that has helped thousands of people break free from addictions, faulty dependencies, fears, doubt, and anxiety. Adam not only created the transformative program; he also went through his own fight with alcoholism. and addictions – and has been clean and sober since July 14th, 2006. Jablin had a spiritual experience that shifted his entire life. From there, Jablin was committed to helping others, starting with those in recovery and then those in business.  Day after day, month after month, year after year Jablin’s enthusiasm for helping people grew, until THE HERO PROJECT was born. Now, Adam uses all his experiences to help others become the hero of their own life. Jablin works with celebrities, professional athletes, influencers, entrepreneurs, entertainers and politicians to Wake Up & recover who they really are. Recently Jablin has been on National Broadcast Television with Fox, CNBC, TNT, BET, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. He also offers a free online program called THE HERO 7.

Robert Syslo

 Instagram: @robertsyslojr

Robert Syslo Jr is the Founder of Syslo Ventures, a full service creative agency that provides advertising on different platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc. From video production, to promotion training, marketing services, documentary film production, website development & design, and much more, Syslo Ventures provides it all. Robert is passionate about design, video production, and communication, and has dedicated his life to creating unique content for his clients that is hard hitting, impactful, and ethical.

An approved Hulu advertiser and social Media platform advertiser, Robert is now focusing on traveling to clients around the world to create 90 Days of Marketing content, in 6 hours and bringing a high cinematic aesthetic to content creation for brands worldwide.

Brandon Ivan Peña

Instagram: @SoyBrandonIvan

Brandon Ivan Peña is an incredible Entrepreneur, Business Consultant and motivational speaker. He believes that work and dedication is the tool to motivation.  Now, Brandon is a well known and influential Business consultant, Founder of 787 Coffee, Hacienda Iluminada and a spanish motivational brand called ‘brandON’. Some of his greatest accomplishments include being one of the first latinos to be invited to a Facebook Conference and to be named a Facebook Star’ , he is growing one of the world’s fastest growing coffees companies, attending and speaking in some of the best conferences in the world:Digital Shanghai, Social Media Week, SXSW, and VIP Mastermind.

Brandon always knew he wanted to be a business owner, being able to build his own business, hear customers feedback, and be innovative. In 2022, Brandon wants to continue to impact customers, and switch over his coffee production into the United States. He also wants to keep his purpose the same, focusing on the wellbeing of his team. He knows that if his farmers, baristas, crews, editors, and office staff are well, his customers will be welcomed and appreciated.

787 Coffee surreny has 18 shops in NYC and 3 in Puerto Rico.  It was named one of the fastest growing companies by the Financial Times and Inc. Magazine. Brandon is also one of Forbes Top 100 most successful Entrepreneurs.

Sergio Bruna

Instagram: @thesergiobruna

Sergio Bruna is the most demanded sales coach and speaker in the US Latin market. After deciding to dedicate his life to the art of setting deals, he has consulted more than 30 international enterprises and generated more than 700 million dollars in sales. Now, with more than 25 years of experience in the field, he is the CEO of Bruna Training Technologies Inc, where he trains people to become excellent sellers. This training follows his own Sales Encyclopedia, the most effective and impactful program for sellers in the Hispanic market. It is a practical and experienced based approach to teach everyone how to negotiate and close the deal fast and effectively with a win-win result. He is currently touring the US and Latin America to expand his reach and help even more people.

Nicolas Ecke

Instagram: @nicolas.ecke

Considered one of the Most Wanted Sales Trainer in the US. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nicolás Ecke moved to the US at 22 years old with only 500 dollars in his pocket to pursue the American dream. After working relentlessly in different fields, Nicolás finally found his mission: to help people while contributing to the environment and earning a profit. Now, he runs Power Style Corporation,a solar and energy efficient services company that aims to reduce the electric bill of its clients by providing greener energy services, especially to the Latin community. Between 2020-2022 the Company sold over 100 Millions dollars in Solar Systems. Currently, Nicolás is expanding his company to more than 15 states in the US and to Latin America as well, looking for ways to develop renewable energies affordable for all the Latin community.

Dr. Yamen Chaer

Instagram: @elsultandelabelleza

Yamen Chaer Rafeh, aka The Sultan of Beauty, is a Venezuelan plastic surgeon with Syrian heritage who offers his beauty services as a doctor in Colombia. His degrees are from Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela and Syria and has studies from other countries as well, like Belgium. He speaks four languages: Arabic, Spanish, English and Portuguese, which helps him improve his communication with his patients. At his practice, Yamen strives to give security and safety to his patients traveling from other countries to get surgery. To do this, he stays up to date with daily improvements in technology and best practices.

Sean T. Adams

Instagram: @sean_t_adams

Sean T. Adams runs Adams’ Closing Wolfpack LLC, a coaching and business consulting firm through which he ethically helps his clients reach their sales, marketing and life goals. He believes that with the power of the internet, anyone is able to do what they love and make thousands of dollars a month. In addition, Sean is certain that money is a byproduct of getting his finances, fitness and ethics together and conquering his weaknesses. At Adams’ Closing Wolfpack, Sean is looking for young and ethical people interested in solving major problems in other people’s lives. To do this, Sean first talks over the phone with the potential client to ensure he is able to help them, and then proceeds to share with them resources and skills to improve their lives.

Jaime Lopez

Instagram: @jpl_trans

Jamie Patrick Lopez is a young serial entrepreneur who owns a trucking company called JPL Transport, INC., and a brokerage under JPL Enterprises. He has been in the trucking industry for 8 years now. Some of his greatest success is building a 7 figure business by the age of 25, and overcoming adversity being a young entrepreneur.. Even during the hard times of the pandemic Jamie was able to adjust during that time and still have a successful business, and he prides himself on being able to provide employment opportunities to many people. Jamie is proof that no matter what your age is you can become a successful entrepreneur. Follow him on instagram here.

Alejandra Ghersi

Instagram: @alejandraghersi

From top model to celebrity manager, CEO and mentor, Alejandra Ghersi began her modeling career in Venezuela in 2009. Five years later she became an international model with a Mexican agency, growing her career exponentially. She walked Miami, New York Fashion Week, and made star appearances in recognized artists’ musical videos. At the same time, she was working as content creator for brands like Dior, Lancome, and many others. She later noticed her strengths in building relationships and connecting people, which marked the beginning of her managing career. In 2020, Alejandra opened Ghersi Management, where she now helps more than 30 celebrities, influencers and brands to create national and international campaigns, their personal brands and quality content. Since the creation of her management company, Alejandra has worked with over 200 campaigns all across the globe.

Paul Getter

Instagram: @paul

Paul Getter is a self-proclaimed digital marketing nerd, and it’s safe to say that the title fits him perfectly. He is one of the entrepreneurs that overcame a lot of challenges growing up to prove that he could build a good life for himself. Paul ventured into the marketing world after losing his job and without any prior knowledge on the subject. His dedication and passion are what drove him to learn digital marketing, and within a few years, he has become one of the most reputable entrepreneurs in the industry. His level of expertise in digital marketing and his passion for helping others is what makes Paul Getter one of the top 20 entrepreneurs to look out for in 2022. He has built a strong network with most people still seeking his assistance with digital marketing. He has already helped many people take their businesses to the next level. His agency is among the top internet marketing agencies in the world , spending an average of over $250 million a year on paid traffic for his clients. He’s known as the marketer behind many of the biggest names online. Some call him “Kingmaker” because the brands he touches turn to gold.

Daniel Gomez

Instagram: @cheatersdetective

From the streets in law enforcement, to a real world private detective, to lead detective for a television show, Daniel Gomez has been focused on public service.  Detective Gomez majored in Criminal Justice and soon added a master’s degree in Psychology to his resume.  He quickly opened his own private detective agency in Dallas, Texas.  His experience in the field and practiced investigative skills soon led to his accepting the position of chief detective on the world acclaimed television show specializing in the tracking and exposure of cheating partners. Recently, Detective Gomez has completed one of the highlights of his career, the publishing of his MasterClass in Infidelity, written to assist anyone, anywhere with an internet access, to be able to catch a cheater.  His goal is to help as many people as possible work their way through one of the most difficult relationship issues at hand today.  You can also hear him speak on his podcast Beyond Cheaters, “The Detective Gomez Files’ ‘ where the detective recounts real life cases of deception and infidelity and other great topics.

But what brought this seasoned detective to his breaking point was the infidelity he experienced in his own relationship.  This tragic event inspired Detective Gomez to open his own detective agency specializing in infidelity cases, located in the DFW metroplex,Texas.  With years of training and experience, The Gomez Detective Agency is able to help others that may find themselves in a similar situation of emotional turmoil and distrust with a loved one.  Not everyone has the technology and the know how to find out the truth about someone they care for, Detective Daniel Gomez is here to assist in finding out the truth in a professional and confidential manner.  Trust The Gomez Detective Agency to take care of your individual case, every step of the way.

Carlos Jacobino 

Instagram: @carlos.jacobino

Founder and CEO of Inkluziva. Founder and Shareholder of Intelit Smart Group Participations (ISG). Master in Information Science from UnB. Specialist in Project Management with an MBA in Information Technology Management in the Public Service from Faculdade Omni. Certificatied: (i) Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), granted by the Project Management Institute (PMI), (ii) IPMA-C, granted by the International Project Management Association (IPMA), (iii) Certified Scrum Master (CSM), granted by the Scrum Alliance, (iv) Certificate in Information Technology Service Management, granted by the ITILF Foundation and (vi) Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), granted by Microsoft. Professor of project management and one of the oldest members of PMI in Brasilia. In 2015, he received an international award for excellence in the training of project managers in East Timor.

Kevin Escobar

Instagram: @kevinshark777

Kevin Escobar is an MLM marketing leader and business coach. He has been in the world of entrepreneurship since 2014 and is a young expert in everything related to business and digital investments. He has given more than 200 conferences on digital business and investments in seven countries and impacted the lives of more than 10,000 people. Kevin’s goal for the next five years is to create a community of more than one million people who have access to their knowledge and resources in order to succeed. Kevin is currently the Executive Vice President of TMC (The Members Club) due to his impressive results and leadership skills.

Daymond John

Instagram: @thesharkdaymond

Daymond John, founder and CEO of clothing label FUBU, was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Caribbean parents. Growing up in Queens, New York, John’s entrepreneurial talents were exhibited at an early age; he sold everything from pencils to reconditioned cars.Upon graduating from high school, John worked as a waiter at Red Lobster before getting his start in the clothing industry. In 1992, from his mother’s basement in Queens, John began making hats to sell at concerts and neighborhood festivals. Encouraged by his early success, John recruited his childhood friends, Alexander Martin, Carl Brown, and Keith Perrin, to work with him; they began sewing tie-top hats. John set up shop at his mother’s house, taking out a $100,000 mortgage. This was the beginning of FUBU, an acronym for For Us, By Us. FUBU’s collection later expanded to include hockey jerseys, t-shirts, and baseball caps, all embroidered with the FUBU label.

Barbara Corcoran

Instagram: @barbaracorcoran

Barbara Corcoran, Founder of The Corcoran Group & Shark and Executive Producer on ABC’s “Shark Tank”Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. The Corcoran Group, the largest and best-known brand in the brokerage business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business.

Carl Wu

A Blackstone managing director turned entrepreneur, Carl Wu has staked his ambitions on the future of China’s fledgling private health care industry. As CEO and founder of New Frontier Group, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and president of New Frontier Health, an NYSE-traded company, he led the $1.44 billion acquisition of United Family, China’s largest private hospital group, through a SPAC in 2019. New Frontier’s growing portfolio of hospitals are located in China’s largest cities and are known for their premium service. In all, the company, which also runs rehabilitation centers, home health and telemedicine services, and a health insurance brokerage, reaches several million people a year. Wu is betting that China’s growing affluence and aging population will fuel demand for high-quality health care for decades to come.

Chris Bell

Chris Bell is leading one of the fastest-growing unicorns in one of the hottest areas of e-commerce right now: rolling up all the burgeoning online retailers that sell on Amazon, Mercado Libre, and other marketplaces and giving them the firepower to get much bigger. Bell’s Boston-based Perch, which is only 22 months old, has quickly grown its portfolio to include more than 75 brands—from athleisure to teeth whiteners—and recently landed $775 million in funding led by SoftBank to help finance its next phase of development. Bell, a veteran of Bain & Co. and online furniture company Wayfair, says that Perch’s business model is predicated on offering these up-by-your-bootstraps brands the technology and global operations expertise that will vastly improve marketing, manufacturing, and order fulfillment.

Evan Sharp

Evan Sharp is the co-founder of Pinterest, where he leads all design efforts. A former architect, Evan finds inspiration from pinning interesting maps, science facts, architecture, vacation plans, and fonts for his design projects. Before Pinterest,Evan worked at Facebook as a product designer. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from theUniversity of Chicago and studied architecture at Columbia University.

Sara Blakely

Instagram: @sarablakely

Sara Blakely is an American inventor and entrepreneur who created Spanx, a brand of body-slimming women’s undergarments, and in 2012 became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire.he ultimately found a hosiery factory willing to produce her footless hose, wrote her own patent application, and chose a playfully endearing product name, “Spanx,” and logo, a young blonde woman modeled on herself. Rather than invest in advertising, Blakely traveled across the United States, meeting and modeling for the boards of stores such as Neiman Marcus.

Garret Camp

Camp  is a native Canadian entrepreneur who is famous for his ground-breaking technology ventures. His best-known companies include Uber and StumbleUpon (now Mix), both of which he co-founded. Camp is currently chairman of Mix and a founding partner of business incubator Expa, through which he funds start-ups. One of his latest projects is Eco, originally intended to be a cryptocurrency but now a personal finance/investment app. He has launched several companies, but he’s best-known as the co-founder of Uber. In 2008, he and friend Travis Kalanick were attending a conference in Paris and trying, one winter night, to find a taxi. “What if you could request a ride from your phone?” the two chilled entrepreneurs asked each other. From there, the pair developed a smartphone app that let people tap a button and get a ride from a fleet of circulating cars. The first Uber ride took place in San Francisco in 2010.

Nick Molnar

Instagram: @molnarnick

Afterpay Co-Founder and CEO Nick Molnar has raised the profile of ‘FinTech’ immensely over the last 12 months and at the tender age of only 27, he is one to watch for years to come. With his retail experience and out of the box thinking, Nick brings a refreshing addition to the retail space; an industry that is still tied to traditional financial models and practices.

Rohan Seth

Rohan Seth is a Stanford graduate who helped create Google’s user location platform before founding early tech start-up Memry Labs. After Memry Labs was acquired by Opendoor, Rohan stayed on and led product growth from April 2017 to December 2019. Rohan is also the Co-Founder of Lydian Accelerator, a passionate project he co-founded with his wife after their newborn daughter Lydia Niru Seth was born in December 2018 with a genetic mutation that can cause severe lifelong disabilities. In order to save Lydia and millions of others who suffer from such a disease, the proud parents of Lydia have decided to open-source their baby – seeking donations as the treatment is most effective in the early stages and the research is expensive.

Robert Pera

Instagram: @_rjp_

Pera is the founder of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. a global communications technology company that Pera took public in 2011. In October 2012, Pera also became the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He founded Ubiquiti Networks in March 2005 using $30,000 of personal savings and credit card debt. Ubiquiti’s early products utilized existing Wi-Fi technology to wirelessly deliver the Internet to underserved areas (e.g., rural areas and emerging markets) lacking the infrastructure to access the Internet through traditional avenues such as phone lines and cable lines. The company has since successfully branched out into other product lines such as wireless access points, security cameras and traditional networking equipment.

Robert Herjavec

Robert Herjavec is a Croatian-Canadian businessman, investor, and television personality. Herjavec founded BRAK Systems, a Canadian integrator of Internet security software, and sold it to AT&T Canada in 2000 for $30.2 million. In 2003, he founded The Herjavec Group, now one of the largest information technology and computer security companies in Canada, with over $200 million in annual revenue. He has been featured on the CBC Television series Dragons’ Den and ABC’s version of the series Shark Tank, where he is an investor. He has also written books on advancing in business. His net worth is estimated to be $200 million.

Keller Rinaudo

Keller Rinaudo is CEO and co-founder of Zipline, the world’s first drone delivery service whose focus is delivering life saving medicine even to the most difficult to reach places on earth. Prior to Zipline, he was a software engineer and a professional rock climber. A graduate of Harvard University, he built computers out of RNA and DNA that can operate in human cells as molecular doctors. Mr. Rinaudo published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in the publication’s history.

Arianna Simpson

Arianna Simpson is a San Francisco-based investor with a focus on cryptocurrencies. She holds a bachelor’s in International Politics and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania Schreyer Honors College. She worked as an advisor and board member and became a partner at Andreessen Horowitz in 2020. Prior to joining Andreessen Horowitz, Arianna founded Autonomous Partners, an investment fund focused on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. She also helped launch Crystal Towers Capital, an early-stage fund investing primarily in YC companies, in 2015. Arianna previously spent time working in sales and product roles at Facebook and BitGo, an enterprise security company for bitcoin and other digital currencies. She grew up in Milan, Italy.

Nicola Kilner

Nicola Kilner is the co-founder and CEO of Deciem, “the abnormal beauty company” known for flouting beauty-industry conventions and creating cult favorites in the process. Earlier this year, the brand launched something fans have long been asking for: the calming signature scent of Deciem brick-and-mortars bottled. 

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel is a self-made businesswoman, TV producer, multiple New York Times bestselling author, and mother. She is the Founder & CEO of Skinnygirl, a lifestyle brand offering practical solutions to women, including the launch of the Skinnygirl Jeanswear Collection, which sold out on HSN within its first few hours.