Above, Alberto "Beto" Perez, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion, at their company’s headquarters at The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach early last year/Photo by Water Michot of The Miami Herald. Below, the three Albertos with some of their colorful Zumba attire/Photo by Michot.
This week, Alberto Perlman, Zumba's CEO, was included in Inc. magazine's "Top 5 CEOs to Watch." Last month, Zumba was honored as Inc.'s Company of the Year. We're not surprised. The Hallandale Beach-based company, now with more than 250 employees, has grown 750 percent in the past three years, according to Inc. Today, more than 14 million people around the world take a Zumba class at least once a week. The world's largest fitness brand also includes clothing and footwear lines, workout DVDs, video games and a lifestyle magazine. Like its brand that is full of energy and passion, so is the South Florida company, founded by three Albertos -- Perlman, Perez and Aghion.
As for this week's honor as a CEO to Watch, Perlman is in very good company. The other four are: Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook); Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Jack Dorsey (Twitter/Square) and Phil Libin (Evernote).
Mark your calendars: Perlman is scheduled to headline The Miami Herald's Small Business Forum on Feb. 21. Along with Perlman's keynote address, the half-day conference will feature panels and workshops. Watch this blog for more information and ticket sales coming soon!