SOCIALEYES: Young Business Leader Awards

Johnnie Walker, Brett Graff and SocialMiami Honor Miami’s Rising Stars

René van Weenen receives his engraved Johnnie Walker Blue Label from Marcy Rudershausen

Miami businesses have a close eye on the current state of affairs – the city does after all have a great view of several continents. But for a glimpse of the future, Johnnie Walker, Brett Graff and set out to find the young leaders destined to shape our community in the decades to come.

We selected just five professionals: Cuban youth advocate Felice Gorordo, medical technology wiz René van Weenen, environmental engineer Michael Laas, executive search consultant Juan Luis Betancourt, city beautifier Christian Infante, and honored each of them with the most esteemed of business gifts: a personally engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

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KaufmanFranco at Saks

Isaac Franco, Tara Solomon and Ken Kaufman

Famed designers Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco, the talented duo behind the exclusive KAUFMANFRANCO label, made a special appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour to unveil their newest collection. Dubbed The New Sensualists of fashion, their designs are red carpet staples for celebrities, including Halle Berry, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, and Taylor Swift.

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Philanthropy Is Beautiful

So, it was natural for former Wall Street guru turned jewelry designer, Joan Hornig, to lead by example when it came to the profits earned from her collection. A former fundraiser from Harvard who spent two decades in the financial world, Hornig, 55, has designed stunning pieces in 18-karat gold, sterling silver and various precious stones, under the trademark Philanthropy Is Beautiful, since 2003. Prices range from $500 to $16,600, and 100 percent of her profits go to various charities.

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SocialMiami Holiday Gift Guide

The gift giving season is here and SocialMiami has assembled a fantastic gift guide with fabulous luxury gifts. Don’t wait ’til the last minute, order online right now. And from all of us at, thank you for your support. Happy holidays!

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