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Zumba's Perlman named an Inc. "CEO to Watch," will headline Herald's Small Business Forum

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. 

Zumba3SILO.jpg_2_1_7P4AJA85This 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!

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Zumba fans dance to music in a special class for charity at Metropolis Fitness in Coral Gables early last year/Photo by Marice Cohn Band of The Miami Herald.