Alvaro Martinez-Fonts is the CEO of J.P. Morgan Florida, Private Banking. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s wealth management business in the state. Morgan Private Banking management is a leader in the high net worth and ultra high net worth market, managing more than $500 billion in client assets. Alvaro is based in South Florida, sits on several boards including Florida Grand Opera, and is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Where were you born ?
How long in Miami:
Nine months. Grew up in Manhasset, Long Island, and moved here from Manhattan.
South Beach, Fla.
CEO, Florida J.P. Morgan Private Bank
World Resources Cafe on Lincoln Road
Best Ethnic Food:
Best place for late night dining:
8 oz. Burger on Alton Rd.
The chocolate chip cookies at Epicure Market. I believe I may be addicted to them, which, frankly, has me a little worried.
Best place for a romantic date:
The outdoors area at The Standard Hotel
Best Sunday brunch:
Oliver’s Bistro on West Avenue
B-Bar at the Betsy Hotel
Best place for a power business meeting:
In Miami, Il Gabianno; in Miami Beach, Joe’s Stone Crab
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The Boardwalk South of Fifth Street in South Beach – breathtaking views.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Fontainebleau Resort. It’s over the top, Miami Beach. If your guests stay there they know they’ve been to Miami.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Epicure Market. I spend way too much money there.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Teno on Lincoln Road
9 a.m. every Sunday morning at my church. Total renewal and recharging of batteries. They chant in Latin.
Favorite Charity Event:
Anything that supports the New World School of the Arts
Favorite Cultural Event:
Opening night of any opera, but love opening night of the Season. They play the National Anthem. Got to love it.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Florida Grand Opera
Best Aspect of Miami:
It’s so close to the United States! I love every minute of living here.
Gotham Steak at the Fontainebleau Resort
Fratelli Le Bufala
Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Gold’s Gym South Beach for weights and machines. No crowds, no B.S.
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is stunning.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Ocean Drive between Sixth Street and 15th Street. Take a walking tour one day and be amazed.