Broadcasting “business building success,” the Aventura Marketing Council’s September breakfast meeting was co-hosted by Atlantic Broadband and the Showtime Network. Thanks to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship coming to Doral in March, 2016, Butch Buchholz was invited as the guest speaker.
The event starred sports legend Butch Buchholz – a Hall of Fame top professional former tennis player who won the U.S. Open, French Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open in the 1950s. He has also served as the Commissioner of World Team Tennis; and Executive Director of the Association of Tennis Professionals.
AMC Executive Committee member Aletha Player of FPL welcomed guests gathered at Turnberry Isle Miami along with leaders from Atlantic Broadband and Showtime.
“Now the 12th largest cable operator in the U.S., Atlantic Broadband has been successful because we provide the very best services tailored to the unique needs of properties, businesses and residents we serve,” said Account Executive Isaac Sepulveda.
“Last year alone, Atlantic Broadband invested over $5 million in our infrastructure enhancements. Our customers have the world at their fingertips with the latest digital high definition video, ‘crazy fast’ high-speed Internet and crystal clear telephone services. Custom fiber solutions also help support the success of businesses based on the size and scope of network needs.”
Fans of Showtime were thrilled to learn the network can now be instantly streamed over the Internet. Free with subscriptions, “Showtime Anytime” facilitates unlimited access to hit movies, award-winning series, sports and much more on computers, tablets, mobile/TV streaming devices and game consoles.
Volleying to epic Butch Buchholz achievements, AMC members learned he founded the annual Key Biscayne tournament, now known as the Miami Open.
Buchholz sounded the alarm that the Miami Open, one of the top events on the pro tour, may be in jeopardy of leaving if a major tennis center expansion plan financed by tournament operators is not legally allowed to proceed. The annual tournament is one of the country’s highest profile sports events attracting world-class players, over 300,000 fans and generating millions in economic benefits.
If the expansion is blocked, the tournament would be unable to complete upgrades essential to compete with other top-tier tennis venues. Although the expansion was endorsed by County Commissioners; and Miami-Dade voters via a 2012 referendum, law suits opposing the expansion have been led by a Matheson family heir.
The Mathesons deeded land to Miami-Dade County that ultimately became Crandon Park over 70 years ago. Today, a 1993 settlement agreement between the Mathesons and Miami-Dade County is in dispute. The Third District Court of Appeals is currently considering whether the agreement can restrict changes or renovations.
Buchholz went on to share stories about his playing days, as well as anecdotes about golfing with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus; getting help from Charlton Heston to sell tennis tournament tickets in Madrid; and dining at the home of Ava Gardner.
More Buchholz career highlights include teaming up with Arthur Ashe to found The Good Life Mentoring program benefitting Greater Miami students; and helping to create Altenis - a management company overseeing tennis tournaments in Latin America. Today, he is lending his experience and expertise to the world of golf as Chair of the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship (March 3-6, 2016 at the Blue Monster in Doral).
“I was very fortunate that I turned pro in 1961,” he said. “The sport has gotten bigger than anything I ever imagined and I’m happy to be among the pioneers who helped make that happen.”
By Bari Auerbach
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