Donald Slesnick II
Donald Slesnick II - Coral Gables, Florida
Donald Slesnick served in the United States Army for over 20 years and retired as a Lt. Colonel after serving in Vietnam and Europe. He commanded our local Army Reserve Civil Affairs unit and after retirement, he became an Army Reserve Ambassador. He continues to serve with Army Reserve Ambassador Emeritus status. Mr. Slesnick had a stellar career as an attorney and as an elected official including serving as Mayor of the City of Coral Gables.
Mr. Slesnick was instrumental in lobbying to bring SOUTHCOM to South Florida. He worked tirelessly to generate both political and community support to bring that geographic combatant command to our community. Several years ago, SOUTHCOM commander General Doug Fraser recognized him for his great work in support of SOUTHCOM by presenting him with the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award.
Included among his community awards he has received: the 1993 Bill Colson Community Leadership Award from Leadership Miami; the 1998 Miami-Dade County Medal of Merit for Leadership, in 2007 was included in the SunPost's list of the "50 Most Influential Persons in South Florida", was chosen in 2004 by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the "Top 101 Global Leaders of South Florida", was the first Floridian awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was named the 2011 "Citizen of the Year" by the Kiwanis Clubs of South Florida. In both 2014 and 2015 he was named as a "Distinguished Honoree" for the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 he received the Miami Today "Gold Medal Award" and in 2018 he was presented the "Distinguished Member Award" by Leadership Florida.