OUR HONOREES

Fran and Mel Harris

Fran and Mel Harris have been long-standing supporters of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, where Mel has served on the Board for many years.

They have been married for 43 years, and are long-time residents of Miami Beach, Florida, where they raised their three daughters, Ginger, Nicole and Jamie Jo.

Mel serves as CEO of International Insurance Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage company since 1985, with offices in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.  He is Chairman and CEO of Preferred Employers Holdings, formerly (NASDAQ: PEGI). Preferred Employers was a multi-service-oriented provider engaged in workers’ compensation and business insurance products primarily to franchised companies throughout the United States. They also were a provider of temporary registered nurses and other professional medical personnel to client hospitals.

He has also held executive positions with several other insurance brokerage and marketing companies including Alexander & Alexander, Jardine Insurance Brokers of New York, and Marketing Corporation International.

As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Harris continues to pursue his involvement in many ventures, both as a real estate investor and developer, and a venture capitalist.

Fran and Mel have been long-time supporters of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation since its inception, with Fran active on the Executive Committee of the DRI.  Fran is a former member of the Board of Trustees and former Chairman of the Development Committee of Miami Country Day School, and was very influential in building the Arts and Science School.   Fran and Mel are Founding Sponsors of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., Founders, National Parkinson Foundation; Ambassadors, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach and “Women of Tomorrow”.

Mr. Harris also serves on the Board of Yeshiva University – Sy Syms School of Business and is a Grand Founder of The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  In 1994, Mr. Harris was the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award.