Sonny Maken serves as the CEO of First Serve USA and leads all aspects of the organization. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC with a degree in International Economics and a concentration in International Finance and Commerce. In 2020, he received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he also served as his class ambassador and was awarded the Kellogg Social Impact Scholarship..
A former board member, Sonny became CEO in 2015. Under Sonny’s leadership, First Serve has experienced significant growth and has greatly increased its impact and presence since it’s founding in 1993. Sonny is passionate about changing the lives of the children we serve.
Prior to joining First Serve, Sonny founded a commercial real estate company, The Maken Group, Inc. Sonny is also the Past President of the Commercial Alliance and the former member of the board of directors of Florida Association of Realtors and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Association.
Sonny is also a CCIM. The CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation is considered the most prestigious of all Real Estate designations. Often referred to as the PhD of Commercial Real Estate, a practitioner must not only demonstrate educational mastery but also a depth of real world commercial real estate experience and expertise. Only 6% of all Commercial Real Estate practitioners in the US are CCIM's.
A member of the Georgetown Club of Palm Beach, he also serves on the Georgetown Alumni Interview Panel.
Sonny has made frequent appearances in the South Florida Business Journal, Daily Business Review, City and Shore Magazine, Palm Beach Post and the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspapers. He was also featured in the Powers for Good issue of City & Shore magazine, highlighting CEO’s with deep non-profit experience and involvement.
An effective communicator, Sonny has been the featured keynote speaker at conferences and business events and has participated in numerous panel discussions with political and business leaders.
Sonny is also the past winner of the 40 under 40 award from South Florida Business Journal and the 40 under 40 award from Real Estate Forum Magazine.