Gaston Cantens is a Vice President of Florida Crystals Corporation, a vertically integrated sugar company with headquarters in Palm Beach County, Florida, where his responsibilities include corporate relations and government affairs.
In 1998, Mr. Cantens was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and served through 2004. During his tenure, he served in various leadership positions, including Majority Whip, and was consistently ranked as one of the most effective legislators in the Florida House. His work in the Florida Legislature on domestic violence, criminal justice, child custody, administrative procedures and real estate related issues made him a well-rounded and effective public servant. He was a finalist under consideration by Governor Jeb Bush to succeed retiring Lt. Governor Frank Brogan in 2003.
Mr. Cantens has served as an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, St. Thomas University School of Law, and Florida State University College of Law, teaching courses in business law, real estate practices, real estate transactions and legal research and writing. Mr. Cantens has also served as an Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Chief of the County Court Division in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He began his professional career as a school teacher and coached basketball at the high school and college levels.
Mr. Cantens holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a juris doctor degree from St. Thomas University.