Frank Nero has had an extensive career in community and business leadership. He has held a variety of elected and appointed positions at the Federal, State, County and Municipal levels; and managed public-private organizations as well as private sector companies. Frank has faced many challenges in his career; from managing Federal departments to teaching inner-city high school students.
From 1996-2013, Frank was President and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership in charge of recruiting new-to-market businesses and helping local businesses expand. Through Frank’s leadership, The Beacon Council was recognized as one of only 24 Accredited Economic Development Organizations by the International Economic Development Association. Frank has been recognized in South Florida CEO magazine as one of the Top 100 Business Leaders and Top 100 International Business Leaders; as well as listed in the United Who’s Who
Executive & Professional Registry.
Between 2013-2014, he also served as the Chairman of DiBari Innovation Design USA, an international company based in Milan, Italy and Miami Beach, Florida. Currently, Frank runs his own economic development consulting company, Beacon Global Advisors, LLC (“BGA”). BGA is a full service economic development consulting firm assisting both the public and private sector.
Before coming to Miami, Frank had a dual role in Jacksonville’s economic development. Frank served concurrently as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development as well as Executive Director for the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority. Frank was Jacksonville’s chief economic development official and served as the chief negotiator in all economic development deals; as well as helping secure a new NFL franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Prior to moving to Florida, Frank was President of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, a private development corporation spearheading the economic and physical redevelopment for the City of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Frank was also Executive Director for the City of New Brunswick’s Office of Policy, Planning and Economic Development. New Jersey’s Governor also appointed Frank Chairman of the New Jersey Building Authority overseeing the restoration of the historic New Jersey State House and construction of state facilities. The Governor also appointed Frank as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Enterprise Zone Authority.
Prior to coming to New Brunswick, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Commerce; at the time, one of the largest departments in New Jersey state government.
At the Federal level during President Jimmy Carter’s administration, Frank was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, as the Regional Representative of the U.S. Department of Labor for Region 10 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Later, President Carter appointed Frank Chairman of the Federal Regional Council, charged with coordinating 18 federal domestic agencies in the same region on behalf of the Administration, reporting directly to the White House Chief of Staff.
He also held a number of political positions, both elected and appointed, including Councilman of the Borough of North Plainfield, New Jersey and subsequently Mayor of that community for three-and-a-half years (one of the youngest Mayors elected in the United States at that time). Frank also served as a County commissioner (Freeholder) in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was also Commissioner for the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on Financing Post-Secondary Education.
Frank Nero was born and raised in North Plainfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Kean College with a bachelor’s degree in History and from Seton Hall University with a master’s degree in History. Frank started his career as a teacher, teaching high school and college level history, economics, and political science. Frank is married and has three grown children.