Rana Florida is the CEO of the Creative Class Group, managing new business development, marketing, consulting, research, and global operations. CCG is a boutique advisory services firm composed of leading next-generation researchers, academics, and strategists. Its clients include BMW, Starwood, IBM, Philips, Pinewood Studios, Zappos, and Johnson & Johnson, to name just a few.
Rana has more than two decades of experience in corporate strategy, communications, marketing, and branding. She previously directed global strategic communications for HMSHost, one of the world's largest airport developers, where she led all marketing, advertising, and communication efforts.
Rana is a business advice columnist for the Huffington Post and an editor on design and lifestyle for HGTV and Food TV. Rana was an internationally syndicated advice columnist in major daily newspapers for almost a decade and a regular Fox News (WJBK) contributor. Her platform as a smart and trusted interviewer led to multiple conversations with celebrities, businesspeople, and all-around creatives such as Andre Agassi, Nelly Furtado, Tony Hsieh, Tory Burch, Mark Cuban, Sir Ken Robinson, Mario Batali, Dan Pink, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, among others. Upgrade springs from these interviews and the breadth of Rana's business experience.
She recently wrote for and was featured in the business section of the New York Times and has appeared as a business advice contributor on the Today Show.
Rana holds a bachelor of arts in communications and an MBA in marketing and management. When she's not stuck at an airport, she lives with her husband in Toronto, Miami, and New York City.