Bud was born in New Jersey and has resided in South Florida since moving here with his family at the age of five in 1964. Bud grew up in the Norwood neighborhood in north Miami-Dade County where he attended public schools from first grade through graduation from Miami Norland Senior High in 1977. He then attended the University of Florida where he received an Engineering Degree in Computer Science. He is married to Dione Del Monico, a former tax attorney with KPMG and lifelong South Floridian. They have three children Sarah, a graduate of the University of Colorado; Sebastian, a graduate of Boston University; and Stedmen, a student at the University of Florida. Bud and his family have lived in the only historic home, Water Court Villa, in Sunny Isles Beach for over 20 years. Bud enjoys skiing with his children, boating, restoring old games, and playing guitar.
He has been an entrepreneur for most of his professional life. He has primarily focused on purchasing and working out distressed assets across a variety of industries and asset types. He has developed and invested in financial, real estate, service and technology companies.
Bud served on the board of the Community Blood Centers of Florida since 2000. He became Chairman and then CEO of the organization and subsequently organized a merger of the three largest blood centers in the southeastern United States. The result was the formation of OneBlood in 2012. OneBlood is second largest not-for-profit independent blood center in the country. Bud currently serves on the Board of Directors and as the Executive Vice President of OneBlood.
Bud was elected City Commissioner in November 2007, reelected in November 2012, and successfully ran for Mayor in 2014. Since the incorporation of the City of Sunny Isles Beach in 1997 and before being elected to the City Commission, he held various volunteer positions within the city including Chairman of the Charter Revision Commission, Chairman of the Historic Preservation Board, served on the City Manager’s Financial Advisory Committee, served as Chairman of the Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs Board, served on search committees for the City Manager and City Attorney.