Rudy Moise

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Rudy Moise
Born Rudolph Moise[1]
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Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nationality Haitian-American
Alma mater University of Illinois (B.A.)
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
University of Miami (M.B.A., J.D.)
Occupation Businessman, politician, physician, lawyer, actor, producer
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mirjam Moise
Children Rudy Jr. Moise
Maya Moise
Military person

Rudolph "Rudy" Moise (born September 22, 1954[1]) is a businessman, osteopathic physician, former American colonel of the United States Air Force, politician, lawyer, actor, and producer.[2][3] He serves as trustee and a member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and was a trustee of University of Miami, where he is currently serving as Secretary.[4]

Moise served twenty-one years as a flight surgeon for the Homestead Air Reserve Station where he rose to the rank of colonel, the highest position awarded to an American of Haitian descent.[4] He ran an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for Florida's 17th congressional district in 2010 and its 24th district in 2012, losing in both primary elections to Frederica Wilson.[5]

In April 2014, Moise was appointed Ambassador-at-Large by Haitian president Michel Martelly[6] to promote investments in Haiti. Moise later unveiled alternatives to promote tourism, revitalize agricultural production, create jobs, inject foreign capital into the national economy, and rehabilitate the environment.[7]

Early life and education

Moise was born into a middle-class family in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His mother Josette was a teacher and his father Ossini was a bookkeeper.[8]

In the 1960s, his parents left with his two sisters and immigrated to Chicago and left Rudy and his brother to complete Catholic school in Haiti. At, seventeen, he was reunited with his parents in Chicago and learned English after studying at an American school for a year. Moise went on to study at University of Illinois at Chicago after scoring high marks on his exams, and received his undergraduate degree before earning his professional doctoral degree for physicians and surgeons at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.[8]

Moise relocated to Miami sometime during the 1980s, and had earned a federal grant for his medical studies where he devoted several years of practice to a community that saw a large influx of Haitian refugees, that had been underserved and lacked enough doctors who spoke Creole.[8]

Career

Medicine

After four years at a clinic, Moise started his own practice by purchasing an 800 square-foot storefront in North Miami, whose Comprehensive Health Center has since expanded to several locations amassing to 10,000 square-footage.[8]

Soon after opening his own practice, Moise enrolled at the University of Miami where he earned an MBA, and then studied law and obtained his JD.[8]

In the 1980s, Moise worked as the on-call surgeon for Miami Vice.[8]

Military

Upon completion of his JD at UM, Moise enlisted in the Air Force Reserve, where served for twenty-one years and rose to the rank of colonel and was the flight surgeon, the highest ranking American of Haitian descent to hold such a position.[8][9][10]

Business ventures

Moise ran the University of Miami Alumni Association, and served on a score of various boards. He has used his profits to invest in more than twenty businesses that includes an ambulance company, several diagnostic centers, and a movie production firm.[8]

In 2001, Moise established Miami's first full-time Creole-language radio station, Radio Carnivale, leasing airtime from 1020 AM.[11][12] The station went defunct in 2004.[8]

Politics

In the 2010 election, among a stacked Haitian-American ballot,[13] Moise essentially split the vote. In 2012, Moise fell short again at a one-on-one chance against Federica Wilson, which became especially difficult when President Obama officially endorsed her candidacy.[14] Moise put $1 million of his own funds into his campaign.[8][15]

Electoral history

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Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Wind of Desire[16] Richard Lazard executive producer
2004 Prince of Haiti : King of Paris[17] as himself special appearance
2006 Cousines[18][19] Charles
2009 Life Outside of Pearl[20] Father Jack
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights[21] Richard Lazard executive producer[22]
2010 Pastor Jones: The Complete First Season[23] Father Renaud video; executive producer
2013 Dolls of Voodoo[18] Richard Lazard executive producer
2015 If I Tell You I Have to Kill You executive producer

Philanthropy

Moise contributed $120,000 to complete a monument in Savannah, Georgia of a Haitian regiment known as the Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue that served as a reserve unit to the American and French forces against the British at the Siege of Savannah.[24]

In 2007, Moise wrote a check for $25,000 to launch a cleaning plan in the Haiti National Penitentiary's worst cell block, known as "the Titanic."[25]

Other ventures

In 1988, Moise was among the bachelors featured by Ebony magazine.[26]

Honors

In October 1991, Moise was honored among "Dade County's Top 10 Black Businesses" by the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce. In 1994, he won the Up and Comers Award by Price Waterhouse, and "Man of the Year" by the New Miami Group Inc. in May. In 1997, he was awarded "Black Business of the Year" by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and was the winner of the "Entrepreneurial Excellence Award" by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in 1998.[2][27] Moise was awarded the "Bill Colson Award" in 1994–1995[28] and the "Black Business of the Year Award" by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the "Community Leadership Award" in 2004. In 2005, he was among the five finalists for “Best Physician of the Year Award” in South Florida by The Business Journal.[29]

Moise has won the Pinnacle Award by ICABA for achievement and excellence.[30] He is the past recipient of the Silver Medallion MCCJ Humanitarian of the Year Award, the American Diabetes’ Father of the Year Award and the 2012 Dorothy Shula Outstanding Volunteerism Award from the United Way of Miami Dade County.[31] In 2017, he was honored the Humanitarian Award by Catwalk for Charity.[32][33][34]

Criticism

Moise was criticized in 2009 for his likeness being used for the historical Haitian monument at Franklin Square in Savannah, Georgia.[35][36] Other Haitian community leaders have voiced their displeasure, such as Phillip Brutus calling it "sacrilege" and "corrupting history". He went on to say, "Haitians hold this very dear to their hearts. They take it very seriously, and when someone tampers with this, it unleashes all sorts of anger and anguish." The opposition vowed to get the statues replaced with more accurate facial depictions.[35]

Moise said he was approached by organizers about completing Savannah's Haitian memorial after a campaign to collect small donations for it had stalled. Moise, eager to promote Haitian culture, agreed to the request for funds and mentioned that sculptor James Mastin had asked him to sit for the piece because of his past experience as a magazine model.[35]

Personal life

Moise is married to his wife Mirjam, who is of German-Caymanian descent[37][38] and they have two children, Rudy Jr. and Maya.[29] He is fluent in English, French, Creole, and Spanish.[38]

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