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‘2020: The New Miami’ hosted by International Sales Group and Property Markets Group

‘2020: The New Miami’ hosted by International Sales Group and Property Markets Group

ISG Miami 2020

By Bari Auerbach

“Miami is entering a new golden age of growth!” Aventura Marketing Council business and community leaders learned why the future looks so bright for South Florida’s new condominium market when International Sales Group (ISG) and Property Markets Group (PMG) hosted a smash hit success meeting at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

Taking center stage, AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman expressed appreciation to ISG principals Craig Studnicky and Phil Spiegelman; and Property Markets Group founder Kevin Maloney.  For serving “best of show” luncheon specialties, applause also rang out for favorite Aventura restaurants including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, The Cheese Course, Paladar Latin Grill, Luca Bella, Novecento, and Mo’s Bagels & Deli.

After a stellar performance by talented  AT&T YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE  vocalist, 14 year-old Lannie Rubio, the meeting’s next act featured rave reviews for ISG’s  “2020: The New Miami” report featuring a highly relied upon, in-depth analysis of South Florida’s residential and commercial market.

Compiled by ISG for the fifth year, the report includes factual data on the current market and takes a forward look at plans and activities that will shape and define South Florida’s future position as a center for international commerce. Studnicky and Spiegelman concurred, “Miami is no longer just a great resort destination, but is evolving into a city of significant world stature.

“With the Panama Canal expansion, retrofitting of Port of Miami, high- speed rail service, a tunnel to speed commerce and ease traffic, road and airport expansions, South Florida is preparing to address our region’s growth. How these factors impact the real estate industry is the subject of our report, which can be used to succeed in today’s competitive environment.”

ISG’s report highlights the following great news:

*Wealthy & Wise: The 2013 Knight Frank Wealth Report global survey shows Miami ranks among the world’s top 10 cities considered “Most Important Now” by high net- worth individuals.

*Cultural Explosion: Miami’s growth in the world of arts, dining, high-end retail and overall neighborhood transformations places the city within the ranks of the most culturally rich locales in the world.

*Sold! Sixty percent of developer condo units in Aventura and surrounding areas have been sold since January of 2012.

The “New Miami” report also includes a 10-year annual absorption analysis, a spotlight on renowned “Starchitects,” MLS re-sale inventory analysis, and a South American market report.

Before the final curtain call, everyone celebrated Miami’s 21st century mission “taking a holistic approach to land use and urban planning so that future generations can reap the benefits of well-balanced neighborhoods and a rich quality of life.”

ISG is a fully-integrated outsource organization specializing in sales and marketing for the real estate development industry. PMG is a New York City-based real estate acquisition and development firm with real estate assets spread throughout the U.S. and abroad. In Aventura,  PMG is currently developing Echo, for which ISG serves as the exclusive sales and marketing firm.

“For the first time, world-renowned architect Carlos Ott and interior designer Yabu Pushelberg have untied to design Echo,” Studnicky said. “Rising on the final waterfront parcel in the area. Echo will be the epitome of Aventura luxury living.”

For more information about ISG or PMG, phone 305-931-6511; visit intlsalesgroup.com/or propertymg.com

Aventura Marketing Council Real Estate Committee hosts another successful seminar

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Phil Rosen, Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, P.A.; Real Estate Chair Patricia Rotsztain, Decorus Realty; Scott Sander of Sander & Associates, P.A.

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“What all realtors need to know about protecting themselves and keeping more of what they earn” was the topic for the recent Real Estate seminar chaired by Patricia Rotsztain of Decorus Realty Group.   Guest speakers were attorney Phil Rosen of Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen and Scott Sander of Sander & Associates CPA, who shared valuable information with  the real estate industry professionals, including topics such as business entities, LLCs, tax advantages and disadvantages, legal issues and deductions.

For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com or call 305.932.5334.

City of Sunny Isles Beach hosts Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO

City of Sunny Isles Beach hosts Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO

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By Bari Auerbach

“The Future of Travel and Tourism in Greater Miami” was the bright theme when the City of Sunny Isles Beach hosted an Aventura Marketing Council breakfast meeting featuring Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman extended an hospitable welcome to hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort along with Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, who shared progressive news about “Florida’s Riviera.”

“So much has happened since Sunny Isles Beach incorporated in 1997,” Edelcup said. “All of our Commissioners, past and present, have worked hard to help transform our city from the old ‘motel row’ era to the luxurious, wonderful community we’ve created here today with more than 20,000 residents, award-winning hotels and visitors topping one million.

“Sunny Isles Beach now has ten parks providing green, open space including the Intracoastal Park system at the south end of the city and the four-acre Gateway Park on Sunny Isles  Beach Boulevard with a garage providing parking for beachgoers slated to open next year. We also have a very diverse calendar of ongoing cultural and recreational programs; and we’re very proud of our great K-8 school, expanding yet again to provide state-of-the-art education to over 2,000 students.”

Turning to the growth and expansion of tourism, Talbert reported, “Great things are happening in Greater Miami! For the past four years, we’ve had record-setting international and domestic tourism. Miami International Airport was the only one of the top five airports in the country to grow by double digits last year; and we’re the ‘cruise capital’ of the world. In 2013, for the first time in Miami’s history, we had more international visitors than domestic. Our top feeder markets contributing billions to our community include Brazil, Canada, Argentina and Colombia.”

Sharing more good news about the future of tourism, Talbert noted beyond all the new development cranes on the horizon, “There have been massive updates and reforms to our ground transportation system; it has become a priority to update the Convention Center so we can be more competitive; and we’re very excited that International Pow Wow, the number one travel show in the U.S., will be returning to Greater Miami in May of 2016.”

Before it was time to pack up, Talbert revealed the key to ensuring the brightest future. “It’s all about partnerships exemplified by the ones we have with Sunny Isles Beach, Aventura and surrounding cities. All of us working together is the secret to success!”

For more information about Sunny Isles Beach, visit the city’s website sibfl.net or contact the Visitor Center: 305-792-1952.  To sightsee Greater Miami & Convention Center travel guides, special offers and updates about special attractions and events, visit gmcvb.com

Duffys Sports Grill hosts Mike Dee, Miami Dolphins

Aventura Marketing Council members recently huddled with Mike Dee, CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium when the new Duffy’s Sports Grill in North Miami Beach hosted the AMC’s July Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon.
Kicking off the event, AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman along with Duffy’s leadership team of Jay and Jason Emmett welcomed business and community leaders to Duffy’s – the official sports grill of favorite teams including the Miami Dolphins.
Recently celebrating the grand opening of its first Miami-Dade location at the Intracoastal Mall, Duffy’s spans over 25,000 square feet with 700 seats, 200 plasma TVs and 500 feet of dockage. Named “Best Sports Bar” by Channel 10 News, Duffy’s is renowned for the $6.99 weekday lunch; $7.95 weekend brunch; 2-4-1 daily Happy Hours; six styles of chicken wings; express takeout; plus party menus perfect for social and corporate events.
When the microphone was passed to Mike Dee, he spoke about his long-time friendship with the Emmet family and emphasized Duffy’s is “a great corporate citizen,” partnering in worthy causes including youth sports programs and the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge benefiting the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center. “This year our goal is to double the number of riders to 600 and raise over one million dollars,” Dee said.
Turning to football news, Dee predicted, “Hopefully we can expect football to be back ‘fast and furious’ and the momentum behind those at the negotiation table will carry us across the goal line. If that happens, football fans will see off-season activity condensed into five to seven days before training camp would open the weekend of July 29.”
Tackling the prospect of bringing Super Bowls back to Sun Life Stadium, Dee explained, “The next Super Bowl up for bid is the 50th anniversary game that will be played in February of 2016. What better place to have it than here in South Florida - host of more Super Bowls than any other community. It also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the Dolphins - so wouldn’t it be great to win it on our home field!”
Before the meeting’s two-minute warning, Dee encouraged everyone to take advantage of great season ticket packages. “The season starts Monday night September 12 with the Dolphins first game of the year against the New England Patriots. We hope to see you at Sun Life Stadium and here at Duffy’s. If you’re a football junkie and Dolphins fan, stay tuned to MiamiDolphins.com for all your news and information.”
For more information about Duffy’s Sports Grill, phone 305-760-2124 or visit duffysmvp.com. To support the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, visit www.ridedcc.com

Florida Advocates hosts Dr. Bernd A. Wollschlaeger

Florida Advocates hosts Dr. Bernd A. Wollschlaeger, author of ‘A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible’

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Aura Brooks, Florida Advocates; Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger; J.D. Underwood and Russel Lazega, Florida Advocates

 

Florida Advocates hosts Dr. Bernd A. Wollschlaeger, author of ‘A German Life: Against All Odds, Change is Possible’

Dr. Bernd A. Wollschlaeger, the son of a German Nazi tank commander, shared the remarkable story of how he rebelled against his family, converted to Judaism and emigrated to Israel during an inspiring Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon hosted by Florida Advocates, a Private Law Firm.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort along with attorneys J.D. Underwood, Aura Brooks and Jacky Marti, representing Russel Lazega, principal partner of Florida Advocates. Appreciation was also expressed to Dr. Amir Baron of Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center for arranging Wollschlaeger’s appearance.

The book, “A German Life,” chronicles Wollschlaeger’s struggles while growing up in Germany during the 1950’s in the shadow of his father, a Nazi officer, eventually converting to Judaism and becoming a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He subsequently completed his residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital, going on to serve as Past President of the Dade County Medical Association and be honored as “Florida Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor of the Year” in 2012. Today, Dr. Wollschlaeger continues to help patients at the Aventura Family Health Practice – but perhaps his greatest reward is inspiring others to believe “against all odds, change is possible.”

“When my young son first asked me about his grandfather, I didn’t know how to explain that while his own father was Jewish, and an Israeli citizen who served in the army – on the other hand, his grandfather was a highly decorated World War II Nazi tank commander. So then, ‘the secret’ came out and I started sharing my story.”

Wolleschaeger explained that despite initial denials from his family, he eventually learned the shocking truth about German history, his father and the Holocaust. As a teenager, he was introduced to a group of Israelis visiting Germany and was invited to travel to Israel, where he learned more about Judaism and began pursuing his goal to convert.

“By sharing my story, the shame and guilt was lifted off my shoulders,” Wollschlaeger said. “You have to step out of the shadows by recognizing mistakes, learning from the past and moving forward with lessons learned to change the world in a positive way. The actions of hatred can be countered by speaking up and making decisions based on conviction. Then, against all odds, change is possible – in a person, in a group, or even in a country – but it starts with individuals.”

By Bari Auerbach

Florida Advocates is a statewide litigation boutique with over 15 attorneys representing hundreds of medical providers and consumers with issues involving insurance and injuries. The firm’s team of specialists includes authors of the leading textbooks on Florida Workers’ Compensation law; Florida insurance law; and general insurance law. For more information, phone: 855-FL-Advocates or visit fladvocates.com. To learn more about Dr. Bernd A. Wollschlaeger and his books including “A German Life,” visit bwollschlaeger.com

Genesis Media and DS Xpress host Unlocking Potential of Emerging Technology

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Mark Yackanich, Genesis Media

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Americans now spend nearly as much time using the Internet as they do watching TV.  The Aventura Marketing Council’s first Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon of 2013 focused on the emergence of startup technology companies as powerful economic forces and how local businesses can best harness innovation for their benefit.  The meeting was hosted by two “technologically advanced” startup companies: Genesis Media – a pioneering video advertising company focused on reinventing how consumers pay for content online; and DS Xpress - providing comprehensive computer services and helping entrepreneurs build business by establishing and optimizing an online presence.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders to Turnberry Isle Miami, along with Genesis Media CEO Mark Yackanich, Genesis co-founder, Chairman Andrew Reis and partners Yoav Cohen and Josh Feuer, DS Xpress President Dimitry Shaposhnikov and partner Todd Lynn, who also operate 24/7 Online Printing - Aventura’s “one stop shop for all your design and printing needs.”

Based in New York, Genesis Media is an early stage advertising technology darling.  Since October of 2011, they have quietly amassed an incredible roster of client partners across Fortune 500 brands such as Ford, Chevy, Chrysler and Walmart.   Their proprietary video advertising platform delivers high quality, guaranteed video advertising experiences.

Clicking on success, Yackanich explained how businesses can benefit from Genesis Media’s full-spectrum online video distribution reaching 150 million viewers per month across thousands of premium publishing partners.

“People are now spending at least half of their media consumption time on the Internet and online video advertising is one of the most effective tools for brand re-call – beating nearly every other media forum from an efficiency perspective, when it comes to reaching market segments.”

“Genesis enables advertisers to directly target desired consumers based on their interests and online habits and reach them on a grand scale. By matching consumers and brands, we can also deliver stronger ROI, create new revenue streams for publishers and substantially improve brand awareness.”

“True technology innovation and disruption, the kind that creates value for companies like yours and ours, only happens through partnership.  We at Genesis Media are looking forward to working with the members of the Aventura Marketing Council and the greater Miami business community to build a whole new generation of business opportunities for all of us.” 

In keeping with the “start of something big” theme, AMC members learned Genesis Media’s affiliate TravelBIG.com is the largest online travel resource for travel news, vacation deals, and timely jetsetter advice.

Close to home, DS Xpress, based in Aventura for over 13 years, now has four locations with  departments including web development,  search engine optimization, graphic design, promotional strategies plus comprehensive 24/7 Online Printing services ranging from banners, posters and trade show exhibits – to  business cards, letterheads, envelopes, custom printing,  laminating and more, with fast turnaround times, discounted prices and the convenience of being able to order online. 

 For more information, visit genesismedia.com; travelbig.com; dsxpress.com; 247onlineprinting.com

Gulftream Park Tower hosts Miami-Dade State Attorney

Gulftream Park Tower hosts Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney

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By Bari Auerbach

Law and order was the theme when Gulfstream Park Tower, heralded as “A Victory for Living,” hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon featuring Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

Ruling “networking in session,” AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders to Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park.

Presenting evidence as to why Gulfstream Park Tower is on a winning streak, Sales Manager Eduardo Pruno explained the luxury highrise by Pegasus Developers and the Stronach Group is being exclusively sold by Cervera Realty.

Rising this fall amidst the Villlage at Gulfstream Park’s vibrant restaurants, shops and entertainment attractions, the 27-story tower will feature best- of- show amenities including two private pools, a fitness center and 24-hour security. Spacious studio, one, two and three- bedroom residences are available with oversized terraces overlooking sweeping city, racetrack or ocean views.

From “A Victory for Living,” the topic turned to Rundle’s victorious 20-year tenure as Miami-Dade’s State Attorney. Recognized nationally as a leader in crime prevention and juvenile justice, Rundle is a key advocate for Miami’s children.

“I wouldn’t be empowered to fight crime in our community without your support,” Rundle said. “Your State Attorney’s office is the fourth largest in the U.S. We have a quarter million cases including 100,000 child support cases. We’re also the leaders in fighting corruption and we now have the lowest crime rate in 40 years.”

Rundle noted that while violent crime is down, cyber crimes such as identity theft and human trafficking are escalating. “On any given day, there are two and a half million victims of ‘modern day slavery’ worldwide.”

Since the formation of her office’s Human Trafficking Task Force as well as progressive legislation leading to tougher laws, Rundle reported, “Incredible advancements have been made. We’ve filed 250 criminal cases and 100 are pending. Last year, we sent the first ‘John’ to prison for 10 years. There are stricter prohibitions for adult entertainment clubs to ensure no minors are working there. We have increased penalties for repeat offenders. Non-victim dependent prosecution  is possible with the use of cell phone and text messaging evidence; and The Safe Harbor bill was also strengthened so minors can immediately find a place to stay in the Children and Family Services system.”

In summation, Rundle announced, “I’ve helped organize a hotline campaign to create awareness in our community of what sex trafficking is and how to spot it. Concerned citizens can report suspicions to the Switchboard of Miami Hotline number: 305-350-5567.

“A million eyes can see when something is wrong and help law enforcement and prosecutors save targeted children. I know we can bring this crime into the bright light of awareness where it will wither under the heat of public scrutiny. All it takes to make a difference is a concerned resident and a telephone call.”

The Gulfstream Park Tower sales center is now open at 901 S. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. For more information, visit gulfstreamparktower.com or phone 305-270-7100.

Hotwire Communications Hosted Speaker

Hotwire Communications Hosted Speaker, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins University Lecturer, James Van de Velde, Ph.D., Counter Terrorism Consultant to US Intelligence Community

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Jihad on the Web” was the topic of a recent Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon hosted by Hotwire Communications. The discussion was led by James Van de Velde, Ph.D., a Lecturer of National Security Affairs at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins University and a consultant to the U.S. Intelligence Community, currently consulting with U.S. Cyber Command.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, along with Hotwire Communications executives Carl Lender, Marty Mohr, Steve Schmitz and Mark Hansen, welcomed guests at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort for Van de Velde’s presentation.

Lender invited and introduced the speaker, a longtime friend, who graduated high school with Van de Velde in Connecticut, along with Aventura Commissioner Howard Weinberg. Van de Velde went on to attend Yale University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he completed a Ph.D. in National Security Affairs. He first joined the State Department and later became a U.S. Naval Intelligence Officer, before becoming an academic and a consultant.

“James Van de Velde has served our country with distinction for more than 25 years,” Lender said. “He started his career as a nuclear weapons analyst and arms control negotiator and is now a consultant to the U.S. Intelligence Community, where he has worked with the National Counter Terrorism Center, the Department of Treasury, the FBI, the National Counterproliferation Center and now U.S. Cyber Command.”

“I’m here to discuss how all of our lives are affected by our communications infrastructure,” Van de Velde said. “I currently work for U.S. Cyber Command, which fights your computer warfare and defends the U.S. government’s communications’ network, and if necessary, attacks adversaries in cyberspace.”

Van de Velde argued that our lives live and die through cyberspace, now considered the ‘fifth domain of warfare,’ according to the U.S. Department of Defense. As both government systems and private individuals are increasingly linked by and dependent on the Internet, the risk that terrorists and adversaries will use the Internet against us as a means to unfairly brand us or worse attack us, for example, by turning off electrical grids or crashing crucial infrastructure systems, becomes increasingly real. Van de Velde explained, “Although al-Qaida today uses the internet as a means to advance its Information Operations – propaganda, recruitment, information sharing – it someday could create or be given more sophisticated cyber weapons from U.S. adversaries who wish to create ambiguous and asymmetrical warfare against the United States, perhaps to confuse or distract U.S. efforts worldwide.”

Further, Van de Velde claimed, terrorist groups have learned to exploit the Internet as a marketing tool to promote their worldwide messages and gain followers. According to Van de Velde, Jihadist websites are particularly effective at using the Internet for branding and marketing. “Al-Qaida maintains an enormous web presence, conducting information warfare every day by posting Jihadist videos and al-Qaida publications designed to inspire violence, recruit terrorists, plan and organize operations.”

To help defeat al-Qaida, Van de Velde said, industry, which largely owns the internet – a domain created by man -- can play a crucial role by taking the lead to police the web from terrorist ‘pornography’ and repeated calls for violence. “Al-Qaida inspires violence, images of which it posts on the web as a form of ‘performance art,’ designed to intimidate and incite more violence,” Van de Velde claims. “But such imagery can be defeated by using the web to ‘counter-brand’ al-Qaida by, for instance, showing how many Muslims al-Qaida has killed and how the West has saved countless individuals from violence, famine, natural disasters and diseases around the world.”

Van de Velde’s own life was unfairly and devastatingly attacked when he returned from serving overseas with the State Department to teach at Yale. His life changed in December 1998 when one of his students was tragically and brutally murdered and found at a street corner a half-mile from Van de Velde’s New Haven apartment.

Within a few days of the investigation into the murder, the local New Haven newspaper, quoting city and university sources, claimed Van de Velde was a suspect in the crime. The paper cited no evidence to support the claim, other than the unnamed sources.

Van de Velde lost his teaching position at Yale, eventually leaving New Haven and rebuilding his career over the next fifteen years as a career Foreign Service Officer and then consultant to the U.S. Intelligence Community. Concurrently, he brought four lawsuits against the media, the City of New Haven and Yale University to combat the media innuendo that dogged him in subsequent reports on the investigation. In June 2013, the City and Yale University settled the lawsuits against them out of court and the Connecticut State’s Attorney admitted to the New York Times that Van de Velde was not a suspect in the crime.

Van de Velde’s professional and personal experience illustrates the perilous ways the Internet can be manipulated to threaten lives and personal reputations everywhere. While Van de Velde was able to rebuild his life and career, he noted, “The web can consume us all if we’re not aware of and appreciate its power to influence and destroy.”

This was the first time that Van de Velde has spoken publicly about his 15-year personal and professional ordeal.

Judges meeting hosted by Association Law Group and Hotwire Communications/Hotwire Business Solutions

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Emcee Judge Stan Blake, Circuit Court (standing) and Panel: Judge Rudy Ruiz, Miami Beach Courthouse; Judge Caryn Schwartz, North Dade Justice Center; Judge Myriam Lehr, North Dade Justice Center; Assoc. Administrative Judge Linda Singer Stein, North Dade Justice Center; Judge Lisa Walsh, Circuit Court; Judge Charles Johnson, North Dade Justice Center; Judge Carlos Guzman, North Dade Justice Center

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Justice for all interested in “building business” prevailed at a recent Aventura Marketing Council breakfast meeting co-hosted by Association Law Group and Hotwire Communications/Hotwire Business Solutions. The event featured County Court judges from the North Dade Justice Center including Associate Administrative Judge Linda Singer Stein, Judge Myriam Lehr, Judge Carlos Guzman, Judge Charles Johnson and Judge Caryn Schwartz. Circuit Court Judge Lisa Walsh of the Dade County Courthouse and County Court Judge Rudy Ruiz of the Miami Beach Courthouse also presided along with Circuit Court Judge Stan Blake, who served as  the emcee—sure to be voted the best comedian Emcee in town!  His years of friendship with the panel of judges and knowledge about the judicial system gave him great material for his very funny, rapid-fire comments that left the audience holding their sides in laughter.

Legal leader/AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman greeted guests gathered at Florida International University’s Kovens Conference Center and welcomed Association Law Group senior partners Ben Solomon, Michael Furshman and Business Development Director Howard Weinberg who is also an Aventura Commissioner, as well as Carl Lender, Vice President of Sales for Hotwire Communications/Hotwire Business Solutions and Marketing Specialist Evie Hernandez.

Presenting evidence of partnerships benefitting the community, special appreciation was expressed to the AMC for supporting the North Dade Justice Center’s annual Law Day event. Judge Lehr and Judge Singer noted, “At the North Dade Justice Center, we have the best camaraderie and pride ourselves on being an open courthouse for you.”

When the gavel passed to Judge Schwartz, she warned the community to beware of nefarious companies acquiring condos from owners behind on payments or facing foreclosure. “They try to collect from new tenants without any intention of paying outstanding debts.  But now, a new law permits condo associations to send a statutory notice informing them that payments must be made directly to the association if owners are in arrears.”

Judge Johnson, Judge Guzman, Judge Walsh and Judge Ruiz ruled it’s challenging to deal with cases involving criminal law, domestic violence and condo disputes. They concurred, “Everyone will receive our full attention and best efforts. We try to ensure the court process is easier for all concerned.”

Testifying to the success of Hotwire Communications/Hotwire Business Solutions, Lender explained, “We’re now the largest privately-owned cable company in Florida providing to the home services to over 100,000 customers in 17 states ranging from IPTV and high-speed Internet - to phone service and home security.  Our local office alone serves 220 residential properties with our own fiber-delivered services including Uptown Marina Lofts, Turnberry Village, Artech and all of the Trump Towers.  Marketing “expert witness” Evie Hernandez added, “Our Hotwire Business Solutions division is dedicated to creating partnerships that can especially help small and mid-size businesses grow.”

Comm. Weinberg introduced senior partners Solomon and Furshman, renowned for innovative legal solutions earning Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers” ranking.  “We’re a full-service law firm representing hundreds of HOAs and condos throughout Florida, primarily as their general counsel. Our services include contract preparation, interpretation of statutes, litigation and a focus on collection of past due assessments.  ALG can also help address illegal tenant situations and other non-compliance issues relating to an association’s governing documents. Just some of the firm’s “famous name” Aventura clients include Eldorado, Parc Central and Aventura Marina.

For more information, visit algpl.com; and hotwirecommunications.com

 

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez hosted by Greenberg Traurig

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When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez was first sworn in two years ago, one of his first public appearances was at an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable meeting hosted by the powerhouse law firm Greenberg Traurig (GT). Recently returning for an encore appearance, Mayor Alvarez focused on “What Lies on the Horizon” for Miami-Dade – and once again, Greenberg Traurig raised the bar for hosting AMC meetings with the most illustrious guest speakers.

Mayors, commissioners and police chiefs from neighboring municipalities were invited to join AMC business and community leaders at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort for the October networking luncheon. GT principal shareholder Cliff Schulman who serves as AMC Chairman of the Board recognized GT president/CEO Cesar Alvarez and introduced GT attorneys contributing to the firm’s phenomenal success.

“Greenberg Traurig was founded in 1967 by Larry Hoffman, Bob Traurig and Mel Greenberg,” Schulman explained. “We’re now the seventh largest law firm in the country with over 1,500 lawyers – many of whom are featured in Best Lawyers in America.”

Schulman went on to celebrate cultural diversity, noting, “GT is ranked the number one law firm in the U.S. for having the most minority partners and the most Hispanic attorneys...We have professional offices throughout the United States and key markets around the world including Tokyo, Brussels, London, Rome, Zurich and Amsterdam...If you have a legal problem – GT has a legal solution for you.”

Taking the podium, Mayor Alvarez expounded on his dedication to serving the community. Born in Cuba, Alvarez has resided in Miami-Dade for over 40 years. After graduating from FIU, he joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1976 - starting out as a police officer on the midnight shift and working his way up the ranks until being appointed Director of the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1997.

During his mayoral campaign, one of Alvarez’s strongest messages was about “reform and accountability” in county government. “I believe the mayor should have certain authorities and responsibilities,” he said. “The mayor gets to appoint the county manager - but he doesn’t get to deal with department directors...Within the next 90 days [from Oct. 25] voters will have the opportunity to change the system of government in Miami-Dade County.”

If passed, the “strong mayor” plan would dramatically expand the county mayor’s authority by giving him the power to hire and fire department heads and the county manager. It also would give the mayor more control over contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Even though some commissioners oppose what I’m proposing, they felt very strongly that it had gotten to the point where it should be up to the voters to decide,” Alvarez said. “My philosophical view is shared by at least 124,000 people who signed a petition...I believe a mayor who has to run county-wide should be able to get involved with the day-to-day operations of county government without having to go through the county manager.

“Stay informed and exercise your right to vote...This is not about ‘personalities’ - this is about an issue...Major cities around the world have a strong mayor. I believe it will cut through the beaurocrocy and make Miami-Dade more efficient.”

For more information about Greenberg Traurig Attorneys at Law, phone: (305) 579-0613 or visit the website www.gtlaw.com

Military Recognition Day'features Judge Greg Holder, Florida ESGR

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Vice Provost Dr. Steven Moll, FIU (R) introduces guest speaker Judge Greg Holder, Chair of Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

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“Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve works tirelessly to make sure our returning heroes have the ability to earn a living – giving them their livelihoods and lives back after they’ve defended ours.”

The Aventura Marketing Council’s November breakfast meeting hosted by Memorial Regional Hospital South, Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus, Kovens Conference Center and the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management featured a tribute to members of the military and a presentation by Judge Greg Holder, Chair of the Florida Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Department of Defense.

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed members of the military, as well as business and community leaders gathered at FIU’s Kovens Conference Center. Following the presentation of colors by the U.S. Southern Command Color Guard and the National Anthem sung by Claudia Sanchez of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High, AMC members learned about the many benefits associated with hiring Guard and Reserve veterans returning home from tours of duty.
Holder expressed appreciation to the Aventura Marketing Council, presented with an ESGR Seven Seals Award, for outstanding work supporting service members, and emphasized, “Today, we’re paying tribute to great men and women who continue to serve this nation, our way of life and our freedom.”

Business leaders can register on the website floridaesgr.com and pledge to give preferential hiring to returning National Guard and Reserve veterans. Employers especially appreciate economic and reliability benefits associated with hiring disciplined, motivated, highly-trained military men and women.

During the meeting, AMC members also learned Memorial Regional Hospital South in Hollywood, part of the Memorial Healthcare System, supports the Wounded Warrior Project, dedicated to providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members; and Achilles International – giving people with disabilities opportunities to participate in mainstream distance running. On Feb. 24, the Tour de Broward at Miramar Regional Park will benefit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which recently performed its seventh pediatric heart transplant. This year’s Tour de Broward will feature events for physically challenged Wounded Warrior and Achilles International athletes; a 100k & 50k ride, 5k timed run and 3k family walk the whole community is invited to participate in; a Play Kid Zone, entertainment, food, raffles and more. 

Memorial Regional Hospital South CEO Doug Zaren explained, “We offer a boutique environment enhancing the hospital experience and promoting healing for our patients in an attractive, nurturing and homelike setting.”  Beyond providing 24-hour emergency care ranging from minor illnesses to chronic medical conditions, the hospital is also facilitating “miraculous” recoveries at the Rehabilitation Institute of South Florida.  Many other special services include Spine, Joint, Stroke and Trauma Centers; a Geriatric Care Program; Women’s Institute; a Sleep Study program; plus outpatient services, including a variety of medical/surgical procedures and diagnostic testing.

Steven Moll, FIU Vice Provost and faculty member in the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, noted, “FIU is now the second largest university in Florida. At our Biscayne Bay Campus, we have dozens of different majors and the only foreign-educated Physician Program for nursing in the U.S., as well as FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, soon celebrating its first graduation.”

Kovens Conference Center Director Jean Harris encouraged everyone to reserve space for corporate functions or customized teambuilding programs, saluting FIU’s team of professionals for “providing exceptional service and personal attention, ensuring successful events every time!”

For more information, visit floridaesgr.com; memorialregionalsouth.com; fiu.edu, kovens.fiu.edu.

 

Salute to Emergency Medical Services hosted by Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

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Heather Rohan, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (center) with Hallandale Beach, Hollywood Beach and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

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Today we are honoring and recognizing men and women out there saving our lives on a daily basis, began Heather J. Rohan, former CEO at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center as she expressed appreciation to Emergency Medical Services during the hospital-sponsored October Breakfast Meeting for the Aventura Marketing Council. The event honored teams from the City of Hallandale Beach, the City of Hollywood and Miami-Dade County.

Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at Turnberry Isle Resort for the event.   Special thanks went out to Kojo Maison of Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar at The Village of Gulfstream Park for generously donating gift certificates to all three fire rescue departments.

 “While a gentleman on vacation was enjoying Gulfstream Park, he went into cardiac arrest,” Rohan said. “Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue rushed him to Aventura Hospital’s ER where our team helped repair the damage to his heart. We thank Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue for working with Aventura Hospital to provide the very best care and implement leading-edge technology to save lives.”

“Another man having chest pains was brought to Aventura Hospital by Hollywood Fire Rescue and survived an acute heart attack because of the team’s quick action in notifying our ER before they arrived. Activating our ER early enabled us to rush the gentleman to our Cath Lab and quickly insert a balloon to open the man’s arteries within minutes, facilitating positive outcomes. Teams like the City of Hollywood help make it possible to provide this type of excellent care consistently by working fast to alert our ER team.”

“When Aventura Hospital held a Heart Month event, fire rescue teams from Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Miami-Dade attended to help educate the community about the symptoms of a heart attack. In the middle of the festivities, Miami-Dade Rescue left to help a man having chest pains. He went into full cardiac arrest and the team brought him to our ER for care. They returned to the Heart Month event and told the story to help reinforce the message to know heart attack symptoms. We thank them for their willingness to teach our community.”

During the meeting, coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rohan noted early detection – for any disease – can save lives. “Much like heart care, there is progress towards beating breast cancer, but there were still over 2.6 million women diagnosed last year. We still have to fight for life by urging women to get a mammogram. We will help: just call us or schedule online.”
 
For more information, visit aventurahospital.com, phone the  Aventura Breast Diagnostic Center: 305-792-5828 or Aventura Hospital and Medical Center: 305-682-7000

 

The Cheese Course expands in Aventura, bringing signature artisan cheese, fine wine and unsurpassed catering services

Photography by Jorge Lozada

On December 6th, The Cheese Course celebrated the opening of the new cheese shop and quick service bistro in Aventura Mall, with a fun networking and ribbon cutting event co-organized by the Aventura Marketing Council. Among the distinguished guests attending were Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Enbar Cohen, as well as Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Alex Lewy and President of Aventura Marketing Council Elaine Adler. Miguel Contreras, Franchise Operator said “we moved The Cheese Course from its Gulfstream location to Aventura Mall, making it more convenient for all of our loyal customers.”

The Cheese Course is a European-style cheese shop with over 150 artisanal cheeses imported from dairy farms all over the world. Neighbors in Aventura will enjoy a cheese course specially prepared for their taste and appetite for adventure. The Cheese Course offers an extensive selection of fine wines, craft beers and gourmet products. “The shop is conveniently open 7 days a week” says Contreras “making it the perfect place to enjoy a quick lunch, a savory dinner or a little break with friends and family.”

The Cheese Course friendly shop Operators, Karina and Cesar explained “Our shop in Aventura also provides an unsurpassed catering service for any special event. Clients may choose from made to order platters, which include the finest ingredients such as cheese, cured meats, antipasto, salads, sandwiches and desserts.”
After ten years in the market, The Cheese Course has mastered the artistry of cheese and influenced others to grasp a culturally rich understanding of this classic artisan product. The Cheese Course has locations in Weston, Midtown Miami, Boca Raton, Plantation, Coral Springs, Pinecrest and continues to expand in the South Florida market. Visit them at the Aventura Mall located at: 19575 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 383, Aventura 33180. 

For information, call (305) 466.2223 or visit them at www.thecheesecourse.com/
Follow them at: https://www.facebook.com/thecheesecourse and https://twitter.com/thecheesecourse.

 

The Crimson by mckafka Development Group hosts ‘Construction Boom’ update

Vision, style and desire shared the spotlight when mckafka Development Group, now launching The Crimson: Residences on Biscayne Bay, “Miami’s hottest new waterfront condominiums,” hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon. The event featured a “construction boom” update presented by Peter Zalewski, founder of Condo Vultures - the market intelligence company providing assistance in evaluating the state of residential and real estate markets in the tri-county South Florida region.

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AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman helped welcome business and community leaders gathered at Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park along with mckafka partners Stephan Gietl and Fernando Levy Hara, who serves as AMC Vice Chair; architect Stephane L'Écuyer of IDEA, (International Design, Engineering and Architecture); and team members from Baker / CVR Real Estate, helping to fulfill The Crimson promise to“Ignite Your Life!”

Hara and Gietl explained that in 2009, they co-founded Aventura-based mckafka Development Group, and in less than two years, the visionary firm bought more than 400 condominium units in South Florida and sold them to international investors. Today, mckafka has various projects in phases of planning or under construction including The Crimson – their first development high-style project during South Florida’s booming new condo construction cycle.

Ideally located in Miami’s most desirable midtown Edgewater district right next to Biscayne Bay, near shops, restaurants, cafes and clubs, Crimson’s unique 90 units are already 20 percent reserved. Spacious one, two and three-bedroom condos with large terraces or balconies will have spectacular water views and “Class A” amenities including a panoramic boardwalk, cybercafé, and the private, exclusive C Club featuring a promenade sundeck, tropical pool and hot tub.

Providing insight into record sales anticipated for The Crimson and many other new developments on the rise, Zalewski, named “Market Advisor of the Year” by the Miami Association of Realtors, noted, “South Florida is in the early stages of the region's latest construction boom. Developers are proposing at least 138 condo towers with more than 18,500 units for the tri-county region of coastal Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. Fueled by investors primarily from overseas, about 2,450 new condo units remain unsold from a supply of nearly 49,000 units created since 2003 in South Florida’s largest coastal markets.”

According to Zalewski, winners in the new construction cycle share successful strategies such as building waterfront communities; marketing “niche-oriented” products that are either investor-grade or extremely luxurious; collaborating with superior property management companies; and keeping prices competitive despite escalating land costs. He went on to point out that condo development is also being driven by former homeowners seeking to downsize and rent from both foreign and domestic investors.

Reiterating really good news about South Florida real estate, Hara and Gietl left AMC members with winning mckafka words of wisdom: “We’re very optimistic about the future. This is still the land of opportunity and the strongest economy in the world!”

The Crimson sales center is located at 1444 Biscayne Boulevard. For more information, phone:  305-377-3337 or visit crimsonmiami.com.

Written by: Bari Auerbach

Photography by: Andrew Goldstein

Jaqui Levy Hara and Stephan Gietl, mckafka Development Group; Peter Zalewski, Condo Vultures and Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group

Wings over Homestead flies high

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Aventura Vice Mayor Luz Weinberg

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Aventura Marketing Council members who have hired members of the military recently had the honor of being invited by Peter Caspari, Florida Outreach Director for the ESGR (Employer Support of  the Guard & Reserve /Dept. of Defense ) to be VIP guests of  Base Commander, Col. Donald Lindberg for “Wings Over Homestead”.  

Held at the Homestead Air Force Base, VIP guests circulated amongst  a variety of airplanes and met with high-ranking members of the military.   Everyone was thrilled by the acrobatic performances of the US Air Force Thunderbirds, who filled the skies with the roar of their engines and filled the hearts of everyone there with pride.

For more information on the ESGR, contact Peter Caspari at peter@ireachamerica.com