Stephen Bittel is a successful real estate developer and political activist based in Miami, Florida. He is the founder and chairman of Terranova Corporation, a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in the development, leasing, and management of retail properties.
Bittel began his career in real estate in the early 1980s, working for his family’s real estate business. He founded Terranova in 1980, and the company has since grown to become one of the largest and most successful real estate firms in South Florida. Terranova’s portfolio includes more than 5 million square feet of retail space, and the company has been involved in the development of several prominent properties, including the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami and the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach.
In addition to his work in real estate, Bittel is also a prominent political activist and fundraiser. He has been a major donor to the Democratic Party and has served as the Florida finance chair for several Democratic presidential campaigns, including those of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was also a delegate to the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions.
Bittel is known for his commitment to social and environmental causes, and has been involved in several charitable and community organizations over the years. He is a board member of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Frost Science Museum, and has also supported organizations such as the Humane Society and the Nature Conservancy.
Despite his success in business and politics, Stephen Bittel has also faced controversy in his career. In 2018, he resigned as the chairman of the Florida Democratic Party following allegations of inappropriate behavior towards female employees. Bittel has since apologized for his actions and has focused on rebuilding his reputation and working to promote diversity and inclusion in the political and business communities.
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