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Richard P. Tonkinson

Rick Tonkinson, MBA, MPA, CFP®, CLU, AIF®, has been passionately committed to the Diabetes Research Institute for more than 10 years. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in December 2006 and has been a patient at the DRI's Eleanor and Joseph Kosow Diabetes Treatment Center since then. Rick has been a member of the Florida Board for six years. He and his wife, Margarita, as donors are Distinguished Humanitarians and members of the DRI Heritage Society.

In June 2017, they donated $50,000 to support the #MultiplyCellSupply Match Challenge campaign in support of the stem cell research conducted by Dr. Juan Dominguez-Bendala. Rick and Margarita, through The Tonkinson Foundation, have just made a five-year pledge of $250,000 and are now at the Governors Society donor level.

Rick and Margarita currently financially support 46 charities and they believe in tithing.

Rick is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Florida International University (FIU) College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) and a board member of the University of Miami (UM) School of Business Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. For five years, he was a board member of the Miami Music Association (MMA) which financially supported the Cleveland Orchestra residency in Miami.

Rick is the founder and President of Tonkinson Financial that has provided money management services for 25 years.

Rick has a master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a master’s in Public Health (MPA) with a focus on budgets and cash flow.



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