Michael Capponi

Michael Capponi

Michael Capponi is known as one of the key pioneer’s instrumental in shaping the image, popularity and growth of Miami Beach. Over the past 20 years, Michael has been a leading force in the hospitality and entertainment industries and one of the most accomplished residential real estate developers in South Florida. Michael brings these skills to his philanthropic work.

As the Founding CEO of Global Empowerment Mission (“GEM”), and under his leadership, the organization has grown into an international organization with the ability to immediately respond around the world to all phases of disasters. By harnessing the power of social media, celebrity influencers, strategic public-private partnerships and a strong, knowledgeable base of experienced volunteers Michael has created a replicable formula to have an efficient and effective response to global disasters.

By leveraging support, streamlining and managing logistics and implementing sustainable construction practices, Michael has guided GEM to yield safe and effective results reaching hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries. GEM has responded to disasters in all 50 states, 16 countries, distributed over 77 Million Dollars in supplies, coordinated over 277 disaster mission trips and built or repaired more than 90 homes, 3 schools and supported children in Haiti with their education for the last decade.

Humanitarian Awards

  • Key to City of Miami, for Efforts during Hurricane Irma and Maria: October 6, 2018
  • Fundraising Trailblazer, American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys: 2002
  • Honored, American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys: 2004
  • Changing Lives Award, Miami Rescue Mission: 2007
  • Building Communities And Rebuilding Lives Award Of Excellence, Developers & Builders Alliance: 2007
  • Community Excellence Hospitality, March Of Dimes: 2008
  • Community Partnership Award, Florida Campus Compact: 2009
  • Power Player, Florida International Magazine: 2009
  • Heart Of Gold Sponsor, The Wellness Community: 2009
  • Honorary Chairman, The Wellness Community: 2010
  • Humanitarian Award, Miami International Fashion Week: 2010
  • Starfish Award, United Way: 2011
  • Miami Magic Honoree, Junior League Of Miami: 2011
  • Humanitarian Of The Year, Sustainatopia: 2011
  • Honored For Work In Haiti, Fashion Miami: 2011
  • Philanthropist Of The Year, Shuzz: 2011
  • Honored, Make-A-Wish Foundation: 2012
  • Honored For Work In Haiti, The Edeyo Foundation: 2012
  • Philanthropist, Women In The Arts: 2016
  • Global Empowerment Mission Dedication Day, City Of Miami Beach: April 8, 2017

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