Irving M. Lerner
BID Board Member
Member, Security & Sanitation Committee
Born in Miami to parents who both survived the Nazi Holocaust and arrived and settled in Miami in 1950. Father, Morris Lerner, founded Industrial Sewing Machines, Inc. in the Garment District of Miami on N.W. 2nd Avenue where the R- House Restaurant is now situated. Morris Lerner had the foresight to build and develop numerous warehouses in the Garment District which he helped set up and supply for clothing manufacturers new to a growing Miami garment industry. The District has seen many changes including recessions, race riots, and the demise of garment manufacturing in the U.S.
Morris Lerner was a successful and respected blue collar businessman who wanted his children to become educated and lead a different path. His daughter, Esther, became a successful attorney and practices in California and his son, Irving, fulfilled his dream by becoming a veterinarian graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s third graduating class. He has practiced in Miami for 34 years and founded Crossroads Animal Hospital at Kendall in 1985. Irving is currently President of the Miami Veterinary Foundation, a non- profit organization, responsible for promoting the veterinary profession with efforts to educate and serve the low-income community and to also provide scholarships to veterinary students and technicians.
Irving has been married to Cindy for 39 years and they have three adult children, Jill, Robin, and David, and two grandchildren. Cindy Lerner, an attorney, is the past mayor of the Village of Pinecrest serving from 2008-2016 and was a Florida State Representative from 2000-2002.
For the past 20 years Esther and Irving have been managing the family real estate located primarily in Wynwood. The Lerner family has weathered the depression in the area through the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. They have had the foresight to hold on to the family properties in Wynwood and improve the area by investing in the buildings and find tenants who add quality to the area. After the Wynwood Arts District Association(WADA) was formed primarily for the tenants of Wynwood, Irving and others saw the need for the property owners to organize and have their own association. Irving was part of the organizing effort to form the Wynwood Business Improvement District(BID) and is a charter and current member of the BID.