John M. Lie-Nielsen and Drew Kern Appointed to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Board

Published on: 01/16/2018
Mr. John M. Lie-Nielsen and Mr. Drew Kern have been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, providing guidance to the 289-bed nonprofit pediatric specialty hospital and its network of outpatient centers. Both will provide leadership on the board’s Marketing and Hospitality Committee, with Mr. Lie-Nielsen serving as committee chair. 

Mr. Lie-Nielsen is an entrepreneur specializing in launching and developing financial services firms. In 1999, he founded ACA Financial LLC, offering a variety of consumer finance products, which grew over 10 years to approximately 275 locations across 11 states. He later founded One Park Financial LLC in 2010, which uses algorithmic underwriting to identify good credit opportunities for small businesses. Mr. Lie-Nielsen has also been a member of the Young Presidents Organization, a global group of leading CEOs, since 2008 and serves on its Miami Executive Committee.

Mr. Kern is Senior Vice President of EWM Realty International, a regional real estate leader. Mr. Kern is a top-producer for EWM’s chairman’s club with sales that place him in the top one-half percent of agent’s nationwide. Mr. Kern’s civic leadership includes serving as chair of the board of Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation President’s Cabinet, as a trustee of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and as a founding member of Miami-Dade Region of Business Network International, a global networking group.

Michael Harrington, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, said, “We are delighted to welcome these two exceptional leaders to our board. Their expertise will be invaluable to us as we continue to enhance our pediatric care leadership in the region and beyond.”

About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Where Children Matter Most (2024)

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

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