Jillian moved from Boston to Miami 5 years ago where she worked as an insurance-defense paralegal. She was always involved with charitable organizations however she found it quite a challenge to be active and support events during the blizzardous Boston winters. Since she’s thawed out down in sunny Florida, she has been giving back to the community. As a member of one of South Florida’s high-profile and affluent families, she uses her influence in the community for a good cause such as the Diabetes Research Institute and the Adrienne Arsht Center, of which she both chairs events for. In addition to all this, Jillian still finds time to make the scene in Miami.
I wear many hats (literally & figuratively.) I’m an insurance-defense paralegal, Chairman of the Board of the Green Room Society for the Adrienne Arsht Center, and hold a leadership position with the Young Society of Love & Hope, which benefits the Diabetes Research Institute.
This depends on the time of day. For day, Fresco Beach Bar & Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. For evening, The Forge.
Best Sunday brunch:
Best place for a power business meeting:
St. Regis Bal Harbour.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
Sitting in the President’s Box at a sold-out show at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
It depends on their needs. For relaxation, the St. Regis Bal Harbour. For SoBe craziness, maybe the SLS Hotel.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I like to buy jewelry on vacation, and for watches I like Rolex, a timeless classic.
Resnik Skin Institute in Aventura. From facials to Botox, Dr. Resnik does everything. If I have an unsightly blemish before an important event, I’ll go in for a quick cortisone injection.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Yoga Svana in Sunny Isles and weekly stand-up paddleboarding with my girls and Mike Hirooka.
Reflexology Pedicure at The Spa at ONE Bal Harbour Resort.
What is your formula for keeping your high-end and/or high profile clients happy?
I tell them to relax and that I’ll take care of everything... I have a mellow personality that could calm a storm.
In your opinion, what are the best, most exclusive neighborhoods in your market?
Aventura, of course!
Van Michael Salon in South Beach.
What makes your market special?
It is endless summer. As a former New Englander, we’d wait all year for the summer which was so short. No season evokes more happiness than the hottest one!
If money was no concern, what is your favorite property for sale today?
It’s a toss-up between the Versace Mansion and Al Capone’s estate on Palm Island. I love a place with a history.