Irving M. Lerner. D.V.M.
BID Board Member
Member, Security & Sanitation Committee
Dr. Irving Lerner was born and raised in Miami to parents who were Holocaust survivors that settled in Miami in 1950. Lerner Properties first began when his father, Morris Lerner, founded Industrial Sewing Machines, Inc. in the Garment District of Miami on N.W. 2nd Ave. where the R-House now stands. Morris Lerner had the foresight to build, develop and buy numerous warehouses in the Garment District’s heyday of the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s.
Dr. Irving Lerner has a successful veterinary practice in Kendall, where he has practiced for the past 34 years. Dr. Lerner is currently President of the Miami Veterinary Foundation, a non- profit responsible for promoting the veterinary profession with a mission to educate and serve pet owners in the low-income community and to also provide scholarships to veterinary students and technicians.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Lerner has managed the family real estate business located primarily in Wynwood. The Lerner family had the foresight to hold on to the family properties in Wynwood since the 60s and 70s and improve the area by investing in, updating the buildings and to identify established tenants who add quality to the area. After the Wynwood Arts District Association(WADA) was formed primarily for and by the tenants of Wynwood, Irving and others saw the need for the property owners to organize and create an entity that would provide more resources and improvements to the growing Arts District. He was part of the organizing effort to form the Wynwood Business Improvement District(BID) and is a charter and current member of the BID. Current tenants of Lerner Properties include KYU, Bakan, GoBistro, The Taco Stand, FAVA restaurants, Oliver Cole Art Gallery, Logistics Fine Arts, Wakefield Brewery, a & bé Bridal Shop, Nabati Superfoods, Hybrid Performance Gym, LBK Shoes, and American Mat and Rubber. Dr. Lerner’s aim is to provide continuity with the recent history of the District and the Wynwood BID’s founding mission to create a monumental neighborhood where people want to live, learn, work, eat, and play.
Dr. Lerner has been married to Cindy Lerner for 42 years and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.