Ricky Arriola is a Miami native who was raised to believe that every citizen has a responsibility to give back to his or her community. In November 2015, he was elected Miami Beach City Commissioner by 59% of the popular vote. His vision is to see Miami Beach become one of the Top 10 cities to live in America by ensuring a high quality of life for its residents; a welcoming place for its visitors; a good place to start and grow a business; and world class government service.
Ricky is the Founder & CEO of Inktel Holdings Corporation which owns several leading business process outsourcing companies. With over 800 employees throughout South Florida as well as hundreds outside of Florida, Ricky’s businesses rely on his management expertise in the areas of strategy, business development, marketing, finance, human resources, technology and operations. Prior to founding Inktel, Ricky was an attorney with the Miami based law firm Steel Hector & Davis and held various business roles in the music publishing and eCommerce industries.
Ricky has taken an active civic role both locally and nationally. His civic roles have been in the areas of arts and culture; education and youth empowerment; business mentorship; and entrepreneurship. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. During Ricky’s Chairmanship, the Center raised over $40 million in private donations, built a new executive leadership team, increased average attendance 25%, and reversed a $2.5 million annual deficit into operating surpluses in each of the years of his leadership. In his home city of Miami Beach, Ricky has served in leadership roles for over a dozen years, including serving on the Cultural Arts Council; Charter Review Committee; Blue Ribbon Panel for North Beach; and various selection committees.
On a national level, President Barack Obama appointed Ricky to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The Committee focuses on arts and humanities education, cultural diplomacy, economic revitalization through the arts and humanities and special events dedicated to recognizing excellence in these areas.During Ricky’s tenure, the PCAH launched the Turnaround Arts Initiative, a ground breaking public-private program that uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement, and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools.
Ricky is an avid sportsman and athlete. He is a competitive triathlete, ranking in the top 10% of his age group worldwide. He has competed in Iron Man distance competitions throughout the world. He also enjoys competitive running, ranging from 5ks to marathons. His hobbies include: reading, yoga, boxing, SCUBA, spearfishing, shark diving, bungee jumping, skydiving, and playing guitar.
Ricky attended Christopher Columbus High School and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Economics from Boston College, his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from St. John’s University School of Law, and his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Harvard Business School.