Monthly Archives: November 2015

‘What’s Next for the Dolphins’ hosted by Coconut Grove Bank, Kai at Bay Harbor/ ONE Sotheby’s featuring NFL legend Nat Moore and Dolphins CMO Jeremy Walls

Scoring extra points for networking and business building, the Aventura Marketing Council’s October Chairman’s Roundtable meeting hosted by Coconut Grove Bank , Kai at Bay Harbor, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty featured NFL legend/former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore, who now serves as the team’s Sr. Vice President of Special Projects and Alumni Relations. Dolphins Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Walls teamed up with Moore to share news about fanfare celebrating 50 seasons, the newly- renovated Sun Life Stadium and proactive coaching changes.

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Past AMC Chair Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance welcomed business and community leaders huddled at Turnberry Isle Miami along with Adriana Faerman, Director of Sales for Kai at Bay Harbor/ONE Sotheby’s broker associate; Coconut Grove Bank Sr. Vice President Maira Diaz-Giusti; and Vice President/Aventura Branch Manager Cesar Arguelles.

“Coconut Grove Bank is committed to making your financial success our priority,” Arguelles said. “We strive to offer convenience and personalized services such as account managers who establish and grow relationships. We specialize in real estate commercial lending; business/home equity lines of credit; wealth management and estate planning. The bank’s financial soundness also facilitates very competitive rates. For the last 12 consecutive years, Bauer Financial has given us a five -star recommended rating based on our stability and safety.”

Faerman explained ONE Sotheby’s is providing exclusive sales and marketing for Kai at Bay Harbor – a luxurious boutique condominium with only 57 residences. Developed and designed by internationally renowned 3D Developers and award-winning Arquitectonica, Kai features dazzling views, innovative floor plans, regal amenities, and an enviable location in Bay Harbor – currently experiencing a renaissance rivaling the rise of excellence in the City of Aventura.

During the meeting’s next quarter, Walls spoke about the “Since Moments” marketing campaign focusing on emotional stories from people recalling how they first became Dolphins fans; and the $450 million Steve Ross financed Sun Life Stadium renovations. Improvements include new seats closer to the action, a shade canopy; and 10 new clubs promoting a “high-end, luxury experience.”

Before the mic was passed to Moore, AMC members cheered his NFL career highlights. Moore played in two Super Bowls; was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame; and named the Dolphins most outstanding receiver for six straight years as well as the team’s “NFL Man of the Year” for outstanding community service.

Moore, who now works closely with Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium CEO Tom Garfinkel, addressed the question, “What’s next for the team?” In regards to the departure of Coach Joe Philbin, he explained, “Just like in a business, you have to do what you think is in the best, long-term interest of the organization. Steve Ross decided it was time to go in a different direction. The changes made truly excite me!

“Dan Campbell is getting back to developing talent and practicing hard so that come game time, the players are prepared to play. This move is not sacrificing the season - it’s about trying to save the season. We have the potential to get on a winning streak. It’s the fans that are the greatest motivation. We want you to be a part of helping us turn this around!”

For more information, visit coconutgrovebank.com ; kaibayharbor.com; onesothebys.com miamidolphins.com

By: Bari Auerbach

6th annual Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center electrifying!

“Incredibly professional!”  “A musical stand-out”  “Best show at this Center I’ve seen all year”   “WOW!”...and those were just some of the comments received after the Aventura Marketing Council’s  (AMC)  signature event held recently,  the 6th annual Aventura Mall YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE presented by Mount Sinai Medical Center (YSS).  A full house of over 300 people enjoyed a great evening of family entertainment, and some guests were returning for the sixth consecutive year.

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The Aventura Marketing Council, serving as the community’s Chamber of Commerce for over 27 years, created this event six years ago ,  and  produces it  in lieu of an annual  installation dinner.  Proceeds from the show benefit the AMC Education Foundation which supports all their educational outreach programs. “We wanted to showcase our City and its beautiful Aventura Arts & Cultural Center while  featuring some amazing young singers from throughout South Florida,” said Cliff Schulman, Chairman of the AMC and the YSS.   Now in its sixth year of  partnering  with Creative Director Ran Oz, CooLAM Productions, and the superb team at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, the theme for this year’s show was “Las Vegas”, and yes—there was glitz and glamor, feathers  and showgirls—swirling around the amazingly talented Young Stars:   Francesca Alfano, 15,  “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”; Lucia Fernandez De Los Muros, 10, “L-O-V-E”; 9 year-old Brandon Goldberg, our little piano prodigy who entertained with a Sinatra/Billy Joel medley as well as playing for the entering crowd; Laura Granello, 14,  Cher medley; Camryn Handler, 15,  Marilyn Monroe medley; Preston Howell, 11,  Elvis medley; Emily Kaufman, 11,  “Wind Beneath my Wings”; Dominique Nino, 14,  ABBA medley; and  Zineb Phillips, 15,  “Proud Mary”.

Dancers from Natalie Dance Academy came in full costume and Enrico Carducci, Circo Massimo Events, had his entire crew videotaping backstage as well as the entire show and interviews conducted by Oscar Llorente from Mount Sinai Medical Center.    The 2015 Emcee was international opera singer Rachal Solomon, who opened the show with “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.   Rachal recorded her first crossover pop album, Volatile, with management company Bon Jovi Studios, and she also runs a vocal studio for future stars.

Title sponsor again this year was the Aventura Mall, and Yamila Garayzar,  Vice President of Sales & Marketing  for Turnberry Associates, said, “Each year we are extremely proud to sponsor this outstanding community event that brings out  entire families."

Kathy San Pedro, Regional Director for AT&T Florida, another major sponsor, said “ This was a true delight. The talent and dedication to craft these young adults demonstrate is remarkable. AT&T continues to be a proud sponsor and commends the Aventura Marketing Council for creating such a great evening of entertainment from our local youth.  Bravo! “

Charlene Welker, Senior Vice President of Mount Sinai Medical Center, noted, “We were thrilled again to be a part of such a wonderful event for our community.  The show was yet another amazing production with exceptional performers, and you keep “raising the bar each year!”

Fidelity Investments was another returning sponsor, and Brian Loria, Vice President and Senior Account Executive, commented, “We’re always so proud to invite our clients to this event—the talent, the staging, the lighting...everything is very professional.”

Fourteen “Friends of the Young Stars” helped support the event:  Lauren and Cliff Schulman; Aventura Mayor Enid and Steve Weisman; The Hon. Billy and Sandra Joel; Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Shelley; The Hon. Bob and Arlene Diamond; Stephanie, Jules and Eddie Trump; Gary Pyott; Fernando Levy Hara and Stephan Gietl; The Hon. Elaine Bloom; Ron Book; Ken Bernstein; Lee Mandel and Jeff Marano; Jim Larschan; and Elaine and Howard Adler.

Gloria and Herb Barker, Barker Animation Art Galleries, gave all the Young Stars an  original Warner Brothers etching  as well as  a gift bag of holiday tree ornaments  for all 300 guests.

The complimentary dessert reception following the show featured tantalizing desserts from BRIO Tuscan Grille, Captain Jim’s Seafood Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Limoncello Italian Restaurant, Mo’s Bagels & Deli and Novecento 900. The Young Stars circulated amidst the crowd, happily receiving ‘high fives’ and compliments for their wonderful performances, and even signing autographs for fans!   There’s no doubt that these Young Stars will be famous one day, and we can say, “We knew them when.....”

Ran Oz and the Aventura Marketing Council are already working on plans for the 2016 YSS scheduled for Sunday, November 6 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.  Highlights of the show will soon be up on YouTube.

For more information, visit www.theyss.org or www.aventuramarketingcouncil.com.