President and chief executive officer of RCC Associates, Inc., Beverly Raphael is a shining example of entrepreneurial success. Following the unfortunate death of her husband in 1998, Raphael took the helm of their general contracting firm RCC Associates, and grew the business from a respectable $19 million in revenue to more than $105 million in 2007. Today, RCC Associates is one of the nation's premier restaurant, retail, and commercial construction firms, listing companies such as The Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's, Bongo's Cuban Café at Seminole Hardrock, Louis Vuitton, Victoria's Secret, Sun Life Stadium, and the Fisher Island Beach Club among its many clients. Prior to RCC, Raphael owned BRA Inc., an apparel company with showrooms in Miami, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. She also worked in public relations and in the healthcare industry.
Raphael has been awarded many distinctions, including Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, and South Florida Business Journal's Excalibur Award and CEO Businesswoman of the Year Award in 2004 and 2007. In addition, she has given of her time to work for the betterment of the community, serving on the board of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and as a trustee for the Jewish Women's Fund, as well as numerous other charities.