FirstBank Florida held its annual Gathering of Friends event at the Perez Art Museum Miami to celebrate its year of growth, including the opening of its Brickell branch. More than 500 business, civic, and community representatives were in attendance. Pictured: Aurelio Aleman, President and CEO, FirstBank; Tomás Pedro Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami; Ana Cristina Carrodeguas (wife of Mayor Regalado); Calixto Garcia-Velez, Regional Executive and Executive VP, FirstBank Florida.
As Maison&Objet Americas arrived in town for its second year, The Related Group’s Jorge M. Pérez and Dezer Development’s Gil Dezer kicked off Miami’s most prominent week in design with an intimate, oceanfront dinner at the Residences by Armani/Casa design center in Sunny Isles Beach. World-renowned Argentinean-born architect César Pelli, who designed the contemporary glass 60-story tower, joined the developers to celebrate the landmark first foray of the Armani brand into the U.S. real estate market. Guests had the opportunity to experience the modern aesthetic and luxurious comfort carefully curated by Giorgio Armani. Once the tour of the design center was completed, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner under the stars on its elegant, oceanfront terrace. Pictured: Eric Fordin, Carlos Rosso, Cesar Pelli, Sebastian Tettamanti, Jorge Perez and Gil Dezer.
Pipeline Doral hosted Miami business and community leaders at a festive grand opening reception. The evening offered cocktails and networking as guests mingled and took behind-the-scenes tours of Pipeline’s third high-design shared workspace to open in Miami. Pipeline Doral, located at 8400 N.W. 36th Street, offers private offices, dedicated desks, flexible work and meeting space and virtual offices. Pictured: Pipeline co-founders, Todd Oretsky and Philippe Houdard.
Tibor Hollo, Chairman & President of Florida East Coast Realty, LLC was honored at the 14th Annual Beacon Awards with this year’s Jay Malina Award. The highest award bestowed annually by the Beacon Council, it is presented to a business executive whose leadership has contributed to the prosperity of his or her industry. Nearly 500 business, government, and community leaders attended the event where the Beacon Council honored corporate citizens and organizations that have strengthened Miami-Dade County’s economy. Picured: Jonathan & Ana Carini Politano, Austin Hollo, Tibor Hollo, Bettina Hollo and Sheila Hollo.
The Board of Trustees of the National YoungArts Foundation have appointed Carolina García Jayaram as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael Kaiser, Interim CEO. Ms. García Jayaram comes to YoungArts from United States Artists, one of the nation’s largest grantmaking and advocacy organizations supporting performing, visual, media and literary artists, where she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Among her other achievements at USA, she oversaw the formation of a new Fellows Alumni Advisory Council, the establishment of new partnerships with leading national organizations and festivals and the production of USA’s annual two-day convening, the Artists Assembly. Prior to USA, Ms. García Jayaram served as Executive Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, revitalizing the 40-year-old organization into a vital resource for entrepreneurial artists. She also served on the Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In recognition of her achievements, the Chicago Tribune named her “Chicagoan of the Year in Arts” in 2013.
Fashion/personal stylist and shopper Elysze Held
has been in the fashion industry for decades as fashion/visual/stylist director for national chains. Today she styles editorial layouts, produces fashion/trunk shows, style/shopping clinics and weddings. She has a celebrity clientele and is the stylist for WSWVN7’s Deco Drive’s Lynn Martinez
and Chris Van Vleit
. She is featured in the movie, “Iris,” shopping with style icon Iris Apfel
. Her gifts to the community include styling and directing young models, each a patient at the Sylvester Cancer Center Pediatric Unit
, for the “Fashion for a Cause”
runway show, organized by Juwan & Jenine Howard
for The Juice Foundation
; and she is on the Board at DASH, Design & Architecture High School
. Visit Elysze’s website – www.StyleOutoftheCity.com
Tennessee Williams' award-winning Broadway play, The Two-Character Play, opened at Miami Theater Center with a post-performance reception where opening night guests got the chance to meet the show’s cast and creative team. Directed by Miami native and MTC Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin (pictured with Spencer Stewart), MTC’s production of The Two-Character Play tells the story of brother and sister actors, who abandoned by their theater troupe, are forced to wrestle personal demons and professional challenges as sanity slips through their fingers. Faced with an audience expecting a performance, the siblings cling to their art, hoping it will shield them from total destruction.
Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio was crowned the Prince of Porc at Cochon U.S. Tour held at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Chef Diego will go on to represent Miami against the other nine cities’ winners in Grand Cochon at Snowmass / Aspen for the title of 2016 King or Queen of Porc and the grand prize, a four-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. This year’s Miami event benefitted the Piggy Bank, a farm devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms.
John Varvatos hosted a special shopping evening at the John Varvatos Bal Harbour store to benefit The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). A committee of celebrated local personalities co-hosted the event: Daniel W. Schwartz, Alex Kshner, Emmett Moore, David Herzberg and Jack Benmeleh (pictured). Emmett Moore created a special work of art entitled “Atlas Table,” on display at the event. Ellen Salpeter, Director of ICA, Miami, noted, “We’re pleased to partner with John Varvatos to honor Emmett Moore, a member of the ICA Next committee, who reflects the growing community of local creatives who are coming together in support of the museum. As a pioneering brand and a strong supporter of the arts, John Varvatos is a natural alignment with ICA Miami’s mission to present the most innovative art of our time.”
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the South Florida R.E.A.L. Awards (Real Estate Achievers and Leaders) in conjunction with its annual South Florida Real Estate Summit at Jungle Island. The awards recognize those in the Real Estate sector who have achieved notable success during the previous year while also being leaders in the community. Pictured: Arthur “AJ” Meyer, REAL Awards Task Force Chair; Donald Soffer and Jeffrey Soffer of Turnberry Associates; and Manuel M. del Cañal, EVP and Head of Wealth Management, Ocean Bank.
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