YPN Spotlight: Cedric McMinn of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.

Posted:  January 2nd, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

Cedric McMinn is a Government Relations Consultant in the Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Since August 2006, he has advocated for public and private sector clients during Florida ‘s Legislative Sessions with a focus on issues relating to local government, education, and health care. He has also held numerous political and governmental positions serving as the Political/Faith Deputy Director for the 2008 Barack Obama/Joe Biden Presidential Campaign, as a volunteer coordinator for the John Kerry Presidential Campaign and Jim Davis/Daryl Jones Gubernatorial Campaign, as a Miami-Dade County Elections poll worker, and as Legislative Assistant to State Representative Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall in the Florida House of Representatives.

Cedric has also held numerous leadership positions. He served as President of the Miami-Dade Young Democrats where he hosted and planned political forums and fundraisers to help elect young leaders. Because of his achievements, he was selected as a Page to attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention and was named the 2009 Young Democrat of the Year. Cedric is accustomed to working with elected officials in both parties coordinating Legislative Town Hall Meetings, educational workshops, and press conferences to address a myriad of issues that affect their diverse communities.

As a 2001 graduate from Florida International University, he served as Lower Division Representative for Student Government Association, President of the Interfraternity Council, Vice-President of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, an Orientation Leader, and Resident Assistant, to name a few. Because of his extensive involvement, he earned the distinguished title of “Mr. FIU” and continues to contribute his time at numerous events such as host of FIU ‘s Freshman Convocation, judge at FIU Homecoming events, and alumni volunteer for FIU ‘s Dance Marathon.

 

1)  How long have you been in your field and to what do you attribute your success?

I have been employed as a government consultant for almost 5 years.  In addition, I have been very involved in politics and public service for over 20 years.  I humbly attribute my accomplishments to my Almighty Father.  Without Him, I would not be where I am.  I have been blessed in being mentored by my former employer, Former State Representative and School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.  Through her and many others, I have become empowered to make a difference in my community.  My dad has also inspired me to be a role model and true servant to others.

2) What role, if any, do you think networking and navigating the South Florida business environment has played in your success?

Developing and maintaining good relationships with others is key to achieving any amount of success.  Because of the rich diversity of South Florida, it is important to become involved in broad opportunities that enhances one’s skills. Through networking, I have learned the art of being an effective communicator and leader when it comes to collaborating with others within and outside of my field.  Since I’ve been involved in politics, it has become second nature for me to positively interact with others.

3) As a young professional, how do you think you could benefit most from an organization such as YPN Miami and the Miami-Dade Chamber?

The Miami-Dade Chamber is like no other organization in South Florida.  It has provided young leaders the opportunity to associate with other young professionals and minority businesses.  There is a wealth of knowledge and talent among young professionals that has made a huge impact in South Florida.  As a young professional, I HOPE to empower others to become more active in civic engagement.  If we as young leaders show the true meaning of giving back to our community, we can undoubtedly make Miami-Dade a better place to live and work. I truly believe, as President Barack Obama proclaims, that “We are the CHANGE that WE SEEK”!

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