May 12, 2017

MBAF's Ileana Salort-Horta is recognized as one of South Florida's most "Influential Business Women" by the South Florida Business Journal.

South Florida’s influential businesswomen reflect and attempt to emulate the achievements of their predecessors. Yet, they’re successfully doing so in a new age.

Whether modeling themselves after local leaders or acclaimed executives from among the world’s blue chip corporations, they are tenacious and innovative pioneers not satisfied with the status quo – even if they’ve made great strides over previous generations.

These leaders are trailblazers who often span the very industries that help define South Florida itself. They’re from professional, personal and financial services; health care; real estate and development; and travel, tourism and attractions that together form the very backbone of the local economy.

Read on to see that their stories are not necessarily unique. But they are indicative of the importance others have played in helping each woman find her own success – and elevate South Florida’s business, cultural, civic and philanthropic communities to greater heights.

Ileana Salort-Horta

3150 S.W. 38th Ave., 11th floor, Miami 33146
(305) 704-8662

Birthplace: Miami

Education: B.A. in accounting and management and M.S. in taxation, Florida International University

Fun fact: This year, Salort-Horta competed in the CrossFit Games Open, placing fifth in Florida, 82nd in the U.S., and 113th in the world for the scaled category in her age group.

Throughout her life, Ileana Salort-Horta has sought challenges and overcome obstacles. She graduated fifth in a high school class of over 1,000 students one month after she turned 17. She earned a bachelor’s degree at age 19, three weeks shy of her 20th birthday.

Yes, she only passed one part of her CPA exam when she sat for it the first time – on her 21st birthday.

“I was devastated,” she says, “but it pushed me to try harder.”

Throughout her career, Salort-Horta has seen herself – and other influential businesswomen – as those who handle demanding jobs while juggling their family roles, are actively involved in the community, serve as great leaders “and inspire others to do the best they can,” she says.

She also credits others who have helped get her where she is today: her husband and children, and “MBAF principals who have guided me throughout my career and believed in me.”

Early in her career as an academic advisor at FIU’s School of Accounting over 20 years ago, working students would tell Salort-Horta how frustrated they were because they felt it was taking them too long to get their bachelor’s degree.

“I would always tell them, ‘It doesn’t matter how long it takes, as long as you get there,'” she says. “Still, to this day, I think about that phrase whenever I feel overwhelmed or frustrated.”

She’s lived that mantra. Last year, she achieved a goal she set for herself many years ago: to be named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the South Florida Business Journal.

“It was important for me to show my children that if you set goals for yourself and you work hard, you will achieve them,” she says.

Click here to read the article on South Florida Business Journal.