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Headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, the corporate capital of the Americas, The Holtzman Group represents a broad range of national and international clients in the public and governmental sectors. Specializing in the areas of transportation, environment and health care, the group has proven effective in meeting clients' needs throughout the years.

Sonny Holtzman

Sonny Holtzman specializes in providing strategic advice to transportation, environmental, health care, and debt collection clients. His client list over the years includes some of the world's largest companies including CCR (Companhia de Concessoes Rodoviarias), Baptist Health Systems, Bureau Veritas, Cintra, Ansaldo Breda, and T.Y. Lin International. He serves as Florida counsel and as the national toll consultant for Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLC, one of the largest law firms in the U.S. devoted to the collection of government debt.

Holtzman is the Founding Chairman of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) where he managed and directed its initial $2.5-billion work plan.

Mr. Holtzman was appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for a two-year term on the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Program Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Secretary of Transportation on all matters relating to the study, development and implementation of intelligent transportation systems.

He has also been appointed to the board of directors of CUTR, the Center for Urban Transportation Research, based at the University of South Florida. The Florida Transportation Commission confirmed his appointment to the group, which is a nationally, known statewide resource providing research and solutions to transportation challenges.

He served as Chairman of the Transportation and Expressway Membership of Florida (TEAMFL), and is on its board of directors representing the corporate and private sector members of the organization. He has frequently spoken on innovations in violation enforcement before the IBTTA (International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association), where he was a longtime sustaining member.

Mr. Holtzman served as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Panama, having assisted in restoring democracy to the Republic, receiving as recognition for his services the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, the highest honor awarded a Panamanian non-citizen. His leadership role in local, state, nation, and international affairs earned him Miami Today's Gold Medal Award for professional achievement in 2001.

Mr. Holtzman was a close friend and advisor to the late U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, and for over 26 years helped guide his political campaigns, earning victories in every campaign. He was chairman of the governor's initial governance transition team, co-chaired his second term Inaugural Committee, and was appointed as Chairman of the State of Florida Pari-Mutuel Commission.

Mr. Holtzman, a recipient of the Korean War service medal, earned a degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree from the University of Miami, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Miami Law Review.

Max Holtzman

Max Holtzman, a Holtzman Group partner, is on leave from the Holtzman Group to serve as Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture. In that capacity, Mr. Holtzman advises the Secretary in a number of areas including trade, biotechnology, international food security and aquaculture. Mr. Holtzman also served as the Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, overseeing the departmentís entire international operations.

Mr. Holtzman is the United States Chairman of the North American Biotechnology Initiative, which includes the United States, Canada and Mexico; he has represented the United States in its negotiations with the Peoples Republic of China through the Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade and is regularly involved with a multitude of international trade issues.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Holtzman, an attorney for 15 years, provided strategic consulting to multinational companies doing business in the United States. He also served as an assistant city attorney for the City of North Miami and North Miami Beach. In addition, he has represented a variety of companies and individuals in transportation, health care and real estate.

Mr. Holtzman is the Founding Chairman of Adopt-A-Classroom, a 13-year not-for-profit that supports teachers and students in all 50 states. He served on President Obamaís National Finance Committee and was a senior member of the Florida Obama team. Mr. Holtzman obtained his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Miami. He began his career with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

Married with three children, Mr. Holtzman and his family live in Washington, D.C.

 

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