The 2018 Miami Haute 100 List

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Miami is home to some of the most influential people in the world. Our annual Haute 100 list celebrates the biggest names in the city, including philanthropists, entrepreneurs, power couples, developers, creatives, athletes, hospitality power players and more. These business titans make Miami one of the greatest cities in the world. 

ATHLETES

David Beckham 

David Beckham-Willy Van De PerrePhoto Credit: Willy Van De Perre

Industry: Sports, Philanthropy

One of the world’s most-recognized sports stars, David Beckham OBE is one of England’s most successful football players. After retiring from playing 20 years with some of the world’s most successful clubs, Beckham established himself as a philanthropist and successful entrepreneur.

In 2015, The David Beckham UNICEF Fund: 7 launched to protect millions of children around the world from danger. In January 2018, Beckham fulfilled a lifelong ambition to be an owner of a football club when his group was awarded the MLS franchise for the city of Miami. In May 2018, Beckham was appointed Ambassadorial President of British Fashion Council. He is married to Victoria Beckham and they have four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

DEREK JETER

Derek Jeter-shutterstock_432779869Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Company: Miami Marlins, Players Tribune

Industry: Sports, Philanthropy, Media 

After retiring from a historic 20-year baseball career, Derek Jeter has remained tied to the game he loves while maintaining his commitment to the community and exploring new business ventures. As part-owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins, he oversees the business and baseball operations for the team, and is the first African-American to serve in this role for any major league baseball team. His Turn 2 Foundation continues to support young people through initiatives that promote academic excellence, leadership and social change, and has awarded more than $27 million in grants. He also has explored his entrepreneurial side, founding The Players’ Tribune, a ground-breaking multimedia company, and partnering with Simon & Schuster to create the Jeter Publishing imprint.

Kenny Stills 

Kenny Stills

Company: Miami Dolphins

Industry: Sports, Activism

Stills is a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, currently entering his sixth year in the NFL. Off the field, Stills is most noted for his tireless philanthropic work within the South Florida community. In 2016 and 2017, he received the Nat Moore Community Service Award for logging in the most community service hours. He works throughout the South Florida community every week focusing on youth mentorship, advancing police and community relations and advocating for social justice and equal rights. He has partnered with Empowered Youth and the OK Program to influence change and help make a greater impact. Stills was also nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2017.

Caroline Wozniacki 

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Industry: Sports

Caroline Wozniacki is the No. 2-ranked female tennis player in the world and a resident of Miami’s Fisher Island, Monaco and NYC. She has 29 WTA titles at the age of 28 and has appeared on the covers of ESPN The Magazine‘s Body Issue and World Fame 100. Caroline is currently engaged to NBA champion David Lee, while being ranked by Forbes among the most influential women in sports and one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world. She is the top-grossing female tennis player on the tour and frequently lands on Sports Illustrated’s “Fashionable 50” list and its Swimsuit issue, plus Maxim’s Hot 100 and People’s Most Beautiful issue. One of Caroline’s biggest off-court accomplishments was completing the 2014 New York City Marathon in support of the children’s charity Team for Kids.

CREATIVES

Entertainment:

Karolina Kurkova & Archie Drury 

Kurkova Drury-Michael StewartPhoto Credit: Michael Stewart

Industry: Modeling
, Film

Karolina Kurkova has graced the prestigious international covers of Vogue and has done campaigns with brands like IWC, Giuseppe Zanotti, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Victoria’s Secret. Kurkova is also an active humanitarian: She was recently the recipient of the fashion philanthropist award at the Mint India Conference. She is involved in Feeding America, amfAR and was the face of the 2012 Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. Kurkova was also a coach on Oxygen’s model-search television series The Face for its inaugural season.  She is co-founder of Gryph & IvyRose, a line of herbal elixirs, probiotic powders and bath and body products for kids.  Kurkova is married to Voices of Iraq film producer and entrepreneur Archie Drury. He is a Marine veteran and a founder of the nonprofit Fisher Island Medical Clinic. They have two children.

Nick Rivera Caminero (Nicky Jam)

Nicky Jam-HublotPhoto Credit: Hublot

Industry: Entertainment

Nicky Jam is an American singer and songwriter, most notably known for his hit reggaeton songs including “Travesuras,” “Te Busco,” “El Perdón” and “El Amante.” The musician has collaborated with Daddy Yankee, Enrique Iglesias, Magnate & Valentino and more. In 2018, he was named luxury Swiss watchmaker Hublot’s first Latin Music Ambassador. He traveled with the brand to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia and performed the official World Cup song, “Live it Up,” with rapper Will Smith and singer Era Istrefi at the closing ceremony.

Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro (Alejandro Sanz)

Alejandro Sanz-shutterstock_341723834Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Industry: Entertainment

Alejandro Sanz is a Spanish singer-songwriter hailing from Madrid. He has won 17 Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards for his work. He’s collaborated with Shakira, Juanes, Alicia Keys and more. His collaboration with Shakira in 2005 in the single “La Tortura” reached the No. 1 song on charts worldwide. He also won Latin Grammy Album of the Year three times, exceeding that of any other artist. He was honored as the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year in November 2017 and is currently working on an upcoming album. On the philanthropic side, Sanz has been recognized for his involvement in nongovernmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and Greenpeace.

Ingrid Casares 

Ingrid Casares

Industry: Entertainment, Hospitality

Ingrid Casares has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade, starting out as a model working with photographers like Bruce Weber and Steven Meisel. She then moved into the music industry to work with Sony Records – Latin division under Emilio and Gloria Estefan, bringing her back to Miami to work with artists including Jon Secada, Albita, Shakira and more. At the same time, she became a partner at Club Liquid. Most recently, Casares has been extremely successful with bringing the star-studded Pegasus World Cup to Miami, producing the world’s richest horse race. The event is owned by the Stronach Group, hailing from Canada.

Pharrell Williams 

Pharrell WilliamsPhoto Credit: Shutterstock

Company: THE NEPTUNES/I AM OTHER

Industry: Music, Fashion

Pharrell Williams is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, performance artist, and fashion designerIn 2014, “Happy” was a No. 1 hit in 75 countries around the world, earned him an Oscar nomination and four Grammy wins. In 2015, the song became a children’s picture book of the same name, a demonstration of how the fashionable artist explores many mediums from art to design, including projects such as his furniture collaboration with Domeau & Peres. He also has his own record label, I Am Other, which has showcased local Miami music sensations Cris Cab and Frank Ocean. In 2013, Williams married model and designer Helen Lasichanh, with whom he has son, Rocket Ayer. This year, he’s partnering with Miami-based hospitality king David Grutman to open Swan/Bar Bevy in the Miami Design District.

 

Art:

Romero Britto

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Company: Romero Britto

Industry: Art

Britto’s work is recognized around the world; more than 20 cities have his sculptures as permanent installations. He was even invited to display his iconic works of art at the Salon Nationale des Beaux-Arts Exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Britto was commissioned to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of the 60th anniversary of her reign. An artistic activist for charitable organizations worldwide, Britto also donates to more than 250 charities a year. In 2014, he was an official FIFA World Cup ambassador for the games in Brazil. In 2016, Romero signed a licensing deal with Grupo Carso of Carlos Slim to sell exclusive Britto products throughout Mexico and Latin America.

Gary Nader 

Gary NaderPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice

Company: Gary Nader Art Centre, Nader Art Museum Latin America (NAMLA)

Industry: Art

For more than 35 years, Gary Nader has been regarded as one of the most successful gallery owners in the U.S. and Latin America, playing an integral role in Miami’s growing presence in the art world. He’s not only established himself as a Latin-American art expert but has successfully disseminated information about Latin-American art, expanding horizons for his artists and collectors. The Gary Nader Art Centre showcases an extensive number of exhibitions with works by well-known modern and contemporary artists. Most recently, he founded the Nader Art Museum Latin America to showcase myriad acclaimed art that fosters knowledge through a continuous process of appreciation and reinterpretation of modern and contemporary art from Latin America and its diaspora.

Rubell Family

Rubell Family

Company: Rubell Hotels/Rubell Family Collection Industry Art

Industry: Hospitality, Art

Donald Rubell and his wife, Mera, led Miami’s art scene by opening the Rubell Family Collection in 1993. Today, it is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art museums, and now their son, Jason, has put the family name on yet another successful enterprise by founding Rubell Hotels, all while operating the nonprofit Contemporary Arts Foundation with his sister, Jennifer. Two noteworthy Miami families became one when he married wife Michelle, part of the Simkins family, in 1999.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin SirmansPhoto Credit: Franklin Sirmans

Company: Pérez Art Museum Miami

Industry: Art

Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) since fall of 2015. This summer he co-curated The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art. Prior to his appointment in Miami, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Toba Khedoori, Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada and Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, among other shows. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Maurizio Cattelan: Is Their Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014. He is also the 2007 David Driskell Prize winner, administered by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

Design:

Barbara Becker

Barbara BeckerPhoto Credit: Instagram: @barbarabecker

Industry: Design, Acting/Modeling, Fitness

Barbara Becker is a German-American actress, model, designer and businesswoman who has made a name for herself in many different industries from fitness training to jewelry, fashion and interior design. Hailing from Heidelberg, Germany, Becker launched her career as a model and actress, but ventured into multiple areas of the design industry after moving to Fisher Island in 2000. She has been designing jewelry for 12 years, with her most recent collection launch in 2012, and has released her first interior-design collection in 2011 with six thematic design creations, including a designer rug collection. Becker is also considered Germany’s “First Fitness Lady” and has released several versions of her DVD, Mein Pilates Training, which sold more than 200,000 copies in 2005.

POWER COUPLES

Ray & Shannon Allen 

Ray and Shannon AllenPhoto Credit: April Belle Photos

Company: Grown

Industry: Basketball, Food

Ray, retired Miami Heat guard (10-time NBA All-Star, Team USA 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist) starred in He Got Game and played for the Heat, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee Bucks during his 18-year career. Ray helped the Heat win an NBA Championship in 2013, sits on the UConn board, The Ray of Hope Foundation, has a presidential appointment on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum board of directors and is released his memoirs this spring (From the Outside: My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love). His wife, Shannon (The Pre-Game Meal), is the creator of Grown, “real food, cooked slow, for fast people™,” a USDA organic-certified fast-food concept based in Miami that has disrupted the industry and grown exponentially to include five locations in captive-audience spaces in under a year. Grown’s mission is to change the world one organic-certified fast food meal at a time, providing convenience without compromise and inspiring busy people to eat better and live healthier. Shannon and Ray, along with their five children, have raised millions toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes in honor of their son Walker, diagnosed with T1D at 17 months old.

Micky & Madeleine Arison

Micky and Madeline Arison

Company: Carnival Corporation, Miami Heat

Industry: Cruise
 Lines, Sports

Micky Arison weighs in as Florida’s wealthiest resident with an estimated worth of $9.2 billion, according to Forbes (2018). The Carnival Corporation chairman and CEO operates 11 different cruise lines, including luxury lines Seabourn and Holland America. He is also managing general partner of the Miami Heat. In 2014, Arison reached a deal with the city of Miami keeping the Heat in the American Airlines Arena through 2035.

Jeff & Yolanda Berkowitz 

Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz

Company: Berkowitz Development Group

Industry: Retail Development


He is president and founder of Berkowitz Development Group, one of the premier retail development companies in South Florida, lauded for constructing award-winning buildings. He is currently working on SkyRise Miami, an iconic 1,000-foot entertainment/amusement tower that promises to be a Miami landmark. His wife, Yolanda, is known for her community involvement as a board member for organizations including Voices For Children Foundation, United Way of Miami-Dade and Miami Children’s Museum, where Jeff serves as chairman of the museum’s board. Yolanda is founder of Friends of Miami Animals Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on supporting the work of Miami-Dade Animal Services and homeless pets in Miami-Dade County.

Louis & Angela Birdman 

Angela Birdman & Louis Birdman14Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Company: Birdman Real Estate Development

Industry: Philanthropy, Real Estate

Reshaping the community and redefining Miami’s skyline, Angela and Louis Birdman are actively involved in elevating the world around them. Louis is currently co-developing One Thousand Museum, Zaha Hadid’s first and final residential tower in the Western Hemisphere. Set to complete in December, the property is already one of Miami’s most iconic buildings.

In addition to their professional endeavors, the Birdmans have a strong hand in the community as co-chairs of the Humane Society of Greater Miami Brunch and the Special Olympics Athlete Awards. Angela has made waves in Miami as the founder of the annual Walk in Style for the Animals, chair of the Giving Circle at National YoungArts and board member of the Miami Summer Music Festival. Angela has also been a longtime godparent at JAFCO.

Ugo & Sara Colombo 

Sarah and Ugo Colombo

Company: CMC Group/Nest

Industry: Real Estate
/Fashion

Veteran real estate developer Ugo Colombo has played a pioneering role in the transformation of Downtown Miami’s skyline over the last 20 years. Ugo and his firm, CMC Group, have developed some of the most iconic luxury properties in South Florida–including Brickell Flatiron, the firm’s latest condominium tower on the rise in the downtown Brickell Financial District. His wife, Sara’s interior design shop, Nest, specializes in high-style products for the home presented with a European flair that is reflective of her innate sense of style.

Christian De Berdouare & Jennifer Valoppi

Christian and Jennifer Valoppi

Company: Chicken Kitchen, Women of Tomorrow

Industry: Hospitality, Philanthropy

Christian has made the Chop-Chop a cult favorite at the popular chain of Chicken Kitchen restaurants he owns, while Jennifer, a veteran television journalist from Miami, New York and L.A., recently completed her second book, The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra (Hachette Books), which she co-authored with Sinatra’s longtime manager. When she’s not writing or working on TV projects, Jennifer works tirelessly to uplift the lives of at-risk girls through the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program she founded. Together, they built the contemporary mega-mansion on North Bay Road, designed by Christian, complete with a rooftop pool and 9-foot-by-5-foot bathtub carved out of a single block of statuario marble, now on the market for $29.995 million. Christian continues to expand the Chicken Kitchen concept while developing another waterfront property famous for once belonging to drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Edgardo & Ana Cristina Defortuna 

Ana Cristina and Edgardo Defortuna

Company: Fortune International Group

Industry: Real Estate


Fortune International Group founder and president Edgardo Defortuna founded the company in 1983, and in 1998 he and his wife, Ana Cristina, launched their luxury-development arm. Fortune is a leader in high-end luxury real estate in Miami, with global reach through their International broker network and exclusive partnership with Savills. The firm is shaping Miami’s international real estate landscape into what it is today with stellar projects like Jade Signature, The Ritz-Carlton Residences Sunny Isles Beach, Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale and Hyde Resort & Residences.

Gloria & Emilio Estefan 

Gloria and Emilio Estefan (Photo Credit Jesús Carrero)Photo Credit: Jesús Carrero

Company: Estefan Enterprises

Industry: Entertainment & Hospitality

She’s an international superstar, has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and has won 26 Grammy awards together with her husband, Emilio. Inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, they were honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first time in history the honor was bestowed upon a couple. Most recently, Gloria was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors. The duo is also actively involved in the betterment of their community through the Gloria Estefan Foundation. Emilio is a musician and producer credited with skyrocketing the success of many famed music artists. They are also best-selling authors, minority owners of the Miami Dolphins and the subjects and producers of the Tony-nominated musical  On Your Feet!,  based on their life stories. Last year, they opened Estefan Kitchen in the Miami Design District in addition to Larios On The Beach and the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive.

Luis Garcia-Fanjul & Judith Kamps-Garcia

Luis and Judith FanjulPhoto Credit: World Red Eye

Company: Grupo IUSA, S.A.

Industry: Manufacturing


Luis Garcia-Fanjul is the COO of Grupo IUSA, S.A., a worldwide company boasting more than $8 billion dollars in annual revenues and employing over 25,000 people. They specialize in the electrical manufacturing sector, fabricating more than 6,000 different products. The company is also a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of smart/intelligent electrical, water and gas metering systems. His wife, Judith Kamps-Garcia, devotes her time to her family’s foundation, Brot gegen Not, a global foundation in more than 15 countries with a mission to provide a future for children and adolescents everywhere where hunger, destitution and unemployment obstruct their future. This year, she is excited to announce that she is bringing her foundation to the U.S., right here in Miami.

Eddie & Kinga Lampert

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Company: Sears

Industry: Finance, Retail

Eddie Lampert took over as CEO of Sears Holding Corporation in 2013, which includes Sears, Kenmore, Lands’ End and Kmart. The hedge fund manager helped to rebuild Kmart after bankruptcy and is working to restructure Sears to turn it around. Lampert is also the founder, chairman and CEO of ESL Investments, a private investment company that he started at age 25.

Oscar & Ellen Feldenkreis 

Oscar and Ellen Feldenkreis

Company: Perry Ellis International

Industry: Fashion


Oscar is involved in numerous local and national civic causes, including United Way Tocqueville Society, Israel Bonds, Temple Menorah and the YPO/WPO Organization. He currently sits on the board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), president of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Miami chapter, on the advisory board of the Miami Fashion Institute for Miami Dade College, member of the Leadership Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is an advisory member for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business Retail. Oscar is happily married to his wife, Ellen, for 36 years, and the couple currently resides in Miami Beach. They have three beautiful daughters and six grandchildren. Oscar is a tennis enthusiast, takes pleasure in boating, cycling and when not on the road can be found hard at work at the company’s Miami headquarters or home enjoying time with his family and their dog, Sushi.   

Phillip & Patricia Frost 

Philip and Patricia Frost

Company: OPKO Health, Inc., Frost Museum of Science

Industry: Pharmaceuticals, Philanthropy

Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost are generous supporters of education, science and the arts, and are renowned collectors. They endowed the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and were the lead donors for the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. They also serve as the lead donors of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park. As a result of a transformative $100 million gift, the Frost Institute of Chemistry and Molecular Science (FICMS) is the first one within a group of synergistic research institutes to be coordinated under the umbrella of the Frost Institutes for Science and Engineering at the University of Miami.

Lisa and Dr. Leonard Hochstein

Lisa & Lenny HochsteinPhoto Credit: Lisa Hochstein 

Company: Hochstein MedSpa

Industry: Plastic Surgery

Dr. Leonard Hochstein is a world-renowned plastic surgeon in Miami. The luxe Hochstein MedSpa is the premier destination for work on the body, breast and face, offering new and inventive techniques and procedures. The acclaimed surgeon boasts Miami’s most elite clientele. Lisa starred on Bravo’s hit reality-television series The Real Housewives of Miami. Just about three years ago, the pair welcomed their beautiful son named Logan, whom they refer to as their “miracle baby.” The couple is very involved in philanthropic endeavors throughout the city, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they recently hosted the Little Lighthouse Hearts & Stars Gala at their gorgeous private home.

Diane & Alan Lieberman 

Diane and Alan Lieberman

Company: One Sotheby’s, South Beach Group

Industry: Real Estate/Hospitality


Together, Diane and Alan Lieberman form a real estate powerhouse. Diane is currently VP at One Sotheby’s and is behind the sales of some of the biggest profile listings in the region. Alan runs the show at South Beach Group, operating 15 properties, including the Catalina, SBG’s flagship property on Collins Avenue, and the new Riviera. The Lieberman’s’ hotels have been fixtures on South Beach for the past decade thanks to a business model that is based on innovation, outstanding marketing tactics and an innate understanding of the customer.

Tracy & Alonzo Mourning 

Tracy and Alonzo MourningPhoto Credit: Getty Images

Company: Alonzo Mourning Charities

Industry: Philanthropy

Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning was the first player to have his number retired at the American Airlines Arena. He founded the Alonzo Mourning Charities, now called Mourning Family Foundation, more than 20 years ago, which has since raised more than $20 million to benefit children and families, including the Overtown Youth Center. Tracy is a mentor, designer, broadcast journalist and motivational speaker. Her main focus is on the Honey Shine mentoring program. Together, the couple also operates Zo’s Fund for Life, which seeks to raise $2 million for the research and testing of focal glomerulosclerosis, a rare kidney disease Alonzo was diagnosed with in 2001.

Loren & JR Ridinger

Loren & JR Ridinger

Company: Market America, SHOP.COM

Industry: Internet Shopping


Founders JR and Loren Ridinger are currently celebrating their 26th anniversary with Market America|SHOP.COM.  Market America | SHOP.COM, a product brokerage and internet marketing company that specializes in One-to-One Marketing.  Market America’s mission is to provide a robust business system for entrepreneurs while providing consumers a better way to shop and has generated over $8.5 billion in accumulated sales. Market America employs nearly 1,000 people globally with operations in the United States, Canada and 7 other countries. Through the company’s primary shopping website, SHOP.COM, consumers have access to over 60 million products. Market America’s revolutionary Shopping Annuity™ program, which helps smart shoppers convert their existing spending into earning, is an extraordinary and financially meaningful benefit of the business. Internet Retailer has ranked SHOP.COM #65 in the 2018 Internet Retailer Top 1000, the #43 largest global online marketplace, #96 in the Internet Retailer Asia 500 and the 18th fastest growing Internet Mobile Retailer. The company is also a two-time winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. By combining Market America’s entrepreneurial business model with SHOP.COM’s powerful, comparative shopping engine, the company has become the ultimate online shopping destination.

Stephen & Kara Ross

Stephen and Kara Ross

Company: Related, Miami Dolphins

Industry: Real Estate, Football

Stephen Ross’ Related Companies has been a force in the industry since its inception, with trophy developments across the nation. In 2009, Ross became 95-percent owner of the Miami Dolphins and funded a $390 million renovation to revitalize Sun Life Stadium. Ross’ mobile technology company, FanVision, makes handheld devices that stream live stadium feeds for sports fans at games and has inked a five-year deal with NASCAR. Kara launched Diamonds Unleashed, a fine-jewelry collection that focuses on women’s empowerment. The company aims to turn profits into dollars for women and girls around the globe.

Craig Robins & Jackie Soffer 

Jackie Soffer and Craig RobinsPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice

Company: Dacra Development and Turnberry Associates

Industry: Real Estate Development 

With six children between them, a dog, one of the most successful shopping malls in the world, a trailblazing urban center that combines commerce and culture, luxury properties from Nashville to Aventura and a world-renowned design flair, Miami power couple Jackie Soffer and Craig Robins have perfected the art of multitasking. Soffer, the co-chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates, oversaw the recent and successful Aventura Mall expansion, which features a 93-foot-tall art installation and slide structure by Carsten Höller. She is also working to bring SoLē Mia Miami, which will feature 1.4 million square feet of retail, 37 acres of parks and 4,390 residences, to life in North Miami. Robins, the CEO and president of Dacra Development, is the visionary behind the 18-block Miami Design District, with top-tier luxury retail tenants like Cartier, Creed, Fendi, Gucci, Harry Winston, Hermés, Hublot,  Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tom Ford and Valentino. He is also the co-founder and co-owner of Design Miami/, the prestigious design fair during Art Basel in both Miami and Basel, Switzerland. Both are avid art collectors and integrate culture into their projects.

Michael & Nikki Simkins 

Nicole and Michael SimkinsPhoto Credit: Nicole and Michael Simkins

Company: Lion Associates/Leon J. Simkins Charitable Foundation

Industry: Real Estate, Philanthropy


Nicole and her family own Charles Kaufman Enterprises, an 80-year-old diamond company located in Downtown Miami. Michael is president of Lion Associates, a company with interest in paper manufacturing, lending and real estate development. Its signature project, the 7-million-square-foot Miami Innovation District, will transform an underutilized property in Downtown Miami into a 24-hour, thriving, global and connected “live-work-play” ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael is also the president of the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center. Together, they are continuing their families’ philanthropic interests through the Leon J. Simkins Charitable Foundation, as well as with diabetes research, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Women of Tomorrow, Lehrman Community Day School and the Love and Hope Ball.

Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union

DW and GU - Bob MetelusPhoto Credit: Bob Metelus

Industry: Sports, Entertainment, Fashion, Philanthropy

Company: Wade Cellars, 800° Woodfired Kitchen

The Chicago native came to Miami in 2003 and went on to lead the HEAT to its first NBA World Championship in 2006, got crowned MVP, then led Team USA to a gold medal in the Olympics. Wade helped guide the HEAT to win the NBA Championship in 2012 and 2013. Equally impressive off the court, he married actress Gabrielle Union, has earned respect for his community efforts and activism. He also become an Executive Fellow at the prestigious Harvard Business School and his business portfolio includes partnerships with Away, PKWY, Li-Ning Way of Wade, 800° Woodfired Kitchen, Hublot, Gatorade, MISSION, and THE COLLECTION. He also plays an integral role in the design process of his fashion partnerships. He even has Wade Cellars, fine California wine. In 2018, Wade returned to the Miami HEAT during his 15th NBA season. Union published her memoir, We’re Going to Need More Wine, in October 2017 and starred in and produced the thriller, Breaking In in 2018. On the philanthropic side, Union serves as an activist for women’s health and violence against women.

PHILANTHROPISTS

Phil & Orianne Collins

Collins FamilyPhoto Credit: Mitchell Zachs Photography

Company: Little Dreams Foundation/Orianne Collins Jewelry

Industry: Philanthropy, Fashion, Music

Phil and Orianne Collins are the king and queen of philanthropy, having launched the Little Dreams Foundation (LDF) in 2000 to help fulfill the dreams of young talent without the financial means, all the while expanding the global nonprofit organization with a presence in South Florida. The award-winning singer-songwriter even staged a comeback performance last year to raise awareness in support of LDF. Phil and Orianne are enjoying Miami’s culture with a new high-fashion boutique in the Design District, OC Jewellery, which launched in May. The couple is additionally amplifying their son, Nic Collins’ music career with his band, Fifty Eight Hundred, which released its debut album this year.

Paul & Swanee DiMare

Paul & Swanee DimarePhoto Credit: Paul & Swanee Dimare

Company: DiMare Fresh

Industry: Produce

Paul DiMare is the nation’s top tomato grower and packer, owning DiMare Fresh. He is founder and chairman of Florida Farmers Inc. and director of First National Bank of South Florida. He is the president of seven different family foundations and the Paul J. DiMare Foundation, through which the DiMares have contributed $6 million to fund scholarships at the University of Miami and pledged an additional $12 million. Swanee serves on many boards and has made substantial donations to the Fairchild Tropical Garden, the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Women of Tomorrow and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, for which she got the presenting sponsor award. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Recently, the couple was presented with the Centennial Humanitarian Award for their strong commitment to the Red Cross at the American Red Cross Greater Miami & The Keys 100th Anniversary Ball.

Jim Ferraro 

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Company: The Ferraro Law Firm

Industry: Law

Ferraro has focused his national law practice in the areas of mass tort litigation, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and family law. His firm handles over 50,000 cases nationally. He is best known for the verdict worldwide against a chemical company for a birth defect, for which he was national runner-up for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1997. That particular case is chronicled in the 2017 best-selling true story Blindsided. He is known for his donations to dozens of charities, including Make-A-Wish, Children’s Home Society, United Way and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. He received the Ellis Island Medal Honor in 2001 and was inducted to the Order of Saint John Knights of Malta in 1999.

DJ Irie 

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Company: Irie Music, Corp., Irie Foundation

Industry: Entertainment, Philanthropy

Dominating any venue and infusing every party with his seemingly infinite energy, DJ Irie has captivated the entire industry. Miami’s hometown DJ serves as the official DJ of the three-time NBA World Champion Miami Heat, Carnival Cruise Lines and superstar Jamie Foxx. Irie is also the man behind Irie Music, Corp., co-owner of Lou La Vie Exotic Car Rental, SweetKix.com, Pucci’s Pizza and Venture Projects, LLC investment firm. His partnerships feature a “who’s who” of blue-chip companies and brands looking to reach a tastemaker audience, and he’s the No. 1 choice for countless celebrities and high-profile events everywhere from South Beach to Singapore. He has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the American Music Awards, MTV VMAs, FIFA World Cup, International Premier Tennis League, Daytona 500, the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game, as well as corporate events for Louis Vuitton, Google, Red Bull, Hublot and General Motors. Irie’s philanthropic efforts include his Irie Foundation and Irie Weekend, one of South Florida’s most buzzworthy celebrity charity events of the year.  

Al & Nancy Malnik 

Al & Nancy MalnikPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice

Company: The Forge

Industry: Hospitality

Throughout his career, Al Malnik has been called a “visionary” and a “renaissance man” for very good reasons. From humble beginnings, he began his road to success as an attorney and evolved into a creative entrepreneur with success as a developer, financier, investor, restaurateur (founder of The Forge restaurant) and hotelier, just to name a few. As lifetime Benefactors, Al and Nancy Malnik have been involved with Make-A-Wish for 23 years and have made an indelible mark on the Foundation and on the lives of thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses. In addition, their contributions to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston through the Al and Nancy Malnik Family AML Research Fund have made significant breakthroughs possible in reducing acute myelogenous leukemia.

Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard 

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Company: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/The Buoniconti Fund

Industry: Philanthropy


Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard keeps going and going and going! A native of Miami, Steph covers the social, celebrity, sports, fashion and charity scene in South Florida for her “Steph Sez” (@StephSez) column every Sunday in the Miami Herald and writes the Philanthropy Page in Indulge magazine. Steph is passionate for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. Steph produces high-profile fundraisers including the Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York City, created the star-studded fashion and concert event Destination Fashion at Bal Harbour Shops and the Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational with Jack Nicklaus at The Bear’s Club, which brings together icons in the worlds of philanthropy, sports, entertainment and fashion for her cause. She has received numerous awards for her devotion to the South Florida community. Steph is married to her husband, Morten, and is a proud mom to her two amazing sons, Anders and Austin.

Anthony & Alina Shriver 

Anthony & Alina Shriver

Company: Best Buddies International & Shriver Art


Industry: Philanthropy, Art Licensing


Twenty-nine years ago, Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded Best Buddies International, a global nonprofit with the mission of inclusion and employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), which has since grown to more than 2,500 chapters around the world, impacting more than 1.2 million lives annually for persons with and without IDD. Alina M. Shriver is the exclusive worldwide licensing agent for international pop artist Romero Britto, managing strategic licensing programs through the development of Britto’s artistic imagery and creating partnerships with companies such as Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Hublot and Absolut. She supports her husband, and together they have built partnerships that merge art and philanthropy in support of Best Buddies.

ENTREPRENEURS

Marc Bell 

Marc BellPhoto Credit: Marc Bell

Company: Marc Bell Capital

Industry: Finance/Technology/Theater

Marc is the consummate entrepreneur whose career started in the ’90s with his first company, Globix: The Global Internet Exchange, which owned 28,000 miles of fiber globally. Today, his firm has investments in more than 160 companies including fashion-watch sensation KYBOE!, Nano-satellite pioneer Terran Orbital and mortgage powerhouse Armour Residential REIT, which has more than $8 billion in assets. Marc is also one of Broadway’s most successful producers, where he has won two Tony Awards: one for Best Musical, Jersey Boys, and Best Play, August: Osage County. Marc sits on the board of trustees for New York University, Boca Raton Museum of Art and SOS Children’s Villages.

Wayne Boich

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Company: Boich Companies

Industry: Mining

Wayne Michael Boich is the chairman and CEO of Boich Companies. He joined the company in 1999 and has worked in all functions of the company over the past 18 years. He was named chairman and CEO in 2005. Mr. Boich is the founder and managing partner of Montana’s only underground coal mine, Signal Peak Energy, one of the world’s top producing operations. In 2011, he led a one-third sale to an international trading group for $400 million. Mr. Boich developed a robust real estate portfolio throughout the U.S. with actively managed assets in Florida and Texas. Mr. Boich graduated cum laude from the University of Miami in 1999. Mr. Boich and his wife, Cynthia, live in Miami Beach with their two children.

Michael Capponi 

Michael Capponi

Company: Global Empowerment Mission, Luna Group

Industry: Philanthropy, Real Estate, Nightlife, Technology

Michael Capponi is one of Miami’s great humanitarians, businessmen and real estate developers. As a longtime nightlife veteran, Capponi expanded his holdings with luxury real estate development and construction as well as technology with nightlife app InList. Most recently, Capponi is the co-founder of Luna Group, alongside fellow nightlife visionary Eric Milon. Luna Group specializes in creating unique, lifestyle-driven outdoor venues throughout the Caribbean, the U.S. and Central America. The company operates Luna Beach Bimini, a breathtaking beach club and restaurant at Resorts World Bimini, with an emphasis on fine dining, live entertainment and yoga and wellness retreats. He founded Global Empowerment Mission in 2011, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to helping those hard hit by natural disasters, and, in 2017, was instrumental in bringing over 10 million pounds of aid to the hurricane-stricken islands of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Maarten, which was delivered by 55 planes and 106 containers. This was one of the largest humanitarian missions undertaken in U.S. history.

Wayne & Arlene Chaplin 

Chaplin

Company: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of America/YogArt (Darlee Productions)

Industry: Liquor & Wine Distribution


Wayne Chaplin serves as CEO of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of America. Chaplin is also active in the social and philanthropic circuits, volunteering in various leadership activities at his alma mater, the University of Miami. He serves on the university’s board of trustees, as well as chairman of the board of Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach. His wife, Arlene, is also involved in the development of community-bettering initiatives such as YogArt and Buddha’s and Bellini’s. To date, YogArt has grown and is producing monthly events in the newly opened Downtown Miami Design District called “YogArt Rocks.” She also sits on the Pérez Art Museum’s board of trustees.

Sean “Diddy” Combs 

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Company: Bad Boy Entertainment

Industry: Entertainment

The Grammy and Oscar-award winning artist and producer is well-known for his business ventures, especially in the music industry. The Bad Boy Entertainment worldwide umbrella includes Bad Boy Records, Sean John and Sean by Sean Combs clothing line, a movie production company, Cîroc vodka and premium tequila brand DeLeón, which he acquired in 2014. He is currently a judge of FOX’s reality show and singing competition The Four: Battle for Stardom.

Cesar Conde 

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Company: NBC Universal International Group, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Industry: Media, Philanthropy/Education

Cesar Conde serves as the chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. The media executive has been awarded the 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, 2011 Corporate Leader Award from the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, Eugene M. Lang Achievement Award from the “I Have A Dream” Foundation and more recognitions throughout his career. He works tirelessly to bring awareness to the Hispanic community’s access to education through numerous foundations including the Futuro Program in 2005, the “Es El Momento” campaign with Univision and he was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2011. Conde currently resides in Downtown Miami with his wife, Pamela Silva Conde.

Brett David 

Brett DavidPhoto Credit: Mary Beth Koeth

Company: Prestige Imports – Lamborghini Miami

Industry: Automobile


Brett David, CEO of Prestige Imports – Lamborghini Miami, has grown the company to new heights since his father’s passing in 2007, maintaining its annual status as the largest-volume Lamborghini dealer worldwide. Brett acquired the Pagani franchise in 2012 and sold Prestige Audi in 2015 for the largest Audi sale in U.S. history, after years of unprecedented success. In October of 2017, to celebrate Prestige Imports’ 40-year anniversary, David further heightened the business, debuting Prestige Imports 2.0, a 17,000-square- foot supercar showroom.  Prestige Marine includes Midnight Express and VanDutch luxury yachts. Brett is also co-founder of Ride2Revive, a foundation that provides children affected by life-threatening diseases with a memorable, adrenaline-filled driving experience to revitalize their senses and distract them from their health-related struggles.

William Dean

William Dean

Company: M.C. Dean, Inc.

Industry: Tech

He is the CEO of M.C. Dean, Inc., one of the largest private power and technology engineering firms in the nation. With 25 offices worldwide, M.C. Dean, Inc. specializes in infrastructure such as rail, healthcare, utilities and data centers. Projects include Southcom headquarters in Doral, the Miami FBI field office, the Port Miami tunnel, the Pentagon and the Boeing Dreamliner factory. He restored and improved the historic S.S. Kresge estate on Pinetree Drive in Miami Beach. The estate boasts 700 feet of Indian Creek waterfront, and Mr. Dean opens the doors in support of numerous great causes, recently hosting the Mourning Family Foundation, Little Lighthouse Foundation and the Paradise Fund.

Rick De La Croix 

Rick De La Croix

Company: Myconian Luxury Group

Industry: Watches

Rick De La Croix owns the Myconian Luxury Group (MLG), which is an international retail and wholesale group focusing on the distribution of luxury timepieces and jewelry such as Hublot, Zenith, TAG Heuer, Bovet, Gucci, Greubel Forsey, MBF, Djula and L’Epee Clocks as well as the ownership and distribution of its own house brand, Bomberg. MLG has billings in excess of $130 million with offices in Neuchâtel, Switzerland; Miami; Mexico City; and Bogota. De La Croix was one of the original distribution partners of Hublot since 2004, joining chairman Jean-Claude Biver and CEO Ricardo Guadalupe. He has played an active, operational role in the brand’s sports and music sponsorships with the Miami Heat, Dallas Cowboys, Manchester United and Depeche Mode. He is highly involved with Hublot’s entrance to the WBC, bringing the brand together with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, and garnering global exposure to Hublot. A former board member of Tottenham Hotspur football club in London, he is an ardent sports fan and has brought many of his relationships in the world of soccer to Hublot in its domination of this sport. He is married with two children and resides between Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and Coral Gables. He is on the board of Zo’s Fund for Life and also supports Best Buddies and the Lennox Lewis Foundation.  

Mayi & Daniel De La Vega

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Company: ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Industry: Real Estate

This mother-son power duo is dominating the Miami real estate market. Since its inception in 2008, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty has recruited an expansive team of more than 850 agents spanning 16 offices from South Miami to Jupiter. The direct affiliation with Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty has offered the company unparalleled, global reach to a network of more than 22,000 associates in more than 69 countries and territories. In addition to its luxury-brokerage division, the firm also boasts a development sales division representing some of South Florida’s most successful and prestigious condo developments with a total inventory of more than $3.5 billion. Together, Mayi and Daniel have turned the South Florida market into the universal capital it is today. With a strong commitment to the community, they support several local organizations including United Way and the Miami Heat Charitable Fund.

Jill Hertzberg & Jill Eber 

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Company: Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Industry: Real Estate

The celebrity broker team known as “The Jills” of Coldwell Banker, are the leading real estate agents in South Florida and Miami Beach, having sold more than $4 billion in real estate since 2005. Their expertise and knowledge of the luxury market has helped them achieve record-shattering sales, including the sale of the Versace Mansion and the second-highest recorded sale in Miami ever, the $47 million 3 Indian Creek. They have been named Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 sales team worldwide for five consecutive years and Florida’s No. 1 team for 15 consecutive years. Their top location picks include exclusive oceanfront homes and condos on South Beach, Golden Beach, La Gorce, Fisher, Star, Sunset and Indian Creek Islands.

DJ Khaled

DJ KhaledPhoto Credit: Michael Raveney 

Company: We the Best

Industry: Entertainment

A force in the entertainment industry, mogul, music executive, Grammy-nominated mega producer and New York Times best-selling Author DJ Khaled has made dozens of chart-topping hit records featuring JAY-Z, Kanye West, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Future, John Legend, Nicki Minaj and more. Khaled famously captivated millions of fans globally by the use of social media and has been coined the “King of Snapchat” while selling over 18 million singles in his career.

In 2006, he launched innovative label deals and started We the Best Music Group. His 2010 hit song “All I Do is Win” went three times platinum, and his first seven albums from 2006 through 2017 peaked within the Top 5 of Billboard‘s Rap Chart. He’s earned Grammy nominations for his hit single “I’m On One” (2012) and for his Gold-certified album Major Key (2016). Khaled’s latest certified Platinum album, Grateful, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. He won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song for the six-times platinum single “I’m the One” (2017) at the 2017 American Music Awards and Hip Hop Artist of the Year at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Hit singles  “Wild Thoughts” is four-times platinum, “To the Max,” earned a gold certification, along with “Top Off,” which was nominated for “Best Collaboration” at the 2018 BET Awards.

DJ Khaled is also committed to pro-social initiatives and is the first social media ambassador of Bono’s project (RED) and the national spokesperson for Get Schooled, whose “Major Keys” campaign went viral in 2016. Khaled’s business book, The Keys, shared his mastered philosophy to success and broke down his inspirational catchphrases. He’s appeared in fan-favorite movies and TV shows such as Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) and sits as a main judge on Fox’s The Four, which is currently in its second season.

Ken Gorin 

Ken Gorin

Company: The Collection

Industry: Automobile

Gorin, president and CEO of The Collection in Coral Gables, is known as an eminent and respected luxury automobile executive. Under his direction, The Collection has become one of the most distinguished luxury dealerships in the country. Gorin is on the chairman’s committee of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and through The Collection supports countless charities including Jackson Memorial Foundation, Miami Project, Baptist Hospital Foundation, Miami Children’s Museum, Women of Tomorrow, the Boys & Girls Clubs and many more.

Tommy Kato 

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Company: Merchant Hub, Rock 13 Tequila, Kato Reserve

Industry: Tech, Spirits 

Benevolent businessman, developer, International polo player, humble humanitarian: These are just some of the many hats Tommy Kato wears. Fueled by dreams and determination, the Miami Beach resident and Harvard alum is a modern-day Renaissance man. From developing commercial properties for Fortune 100 companies to becoming founder and CEO of global credit card processing company Merchant Hub, to playing worldwide polo and backing various charities, the accomplished entrepreneur and chronic jet setter is constantly rubbing elbows with celebrities and royalty like Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. His latest venture was three years in the making—“Rock 13 Tequila”—which is being launched in the U.S. and Europe initially. He also has his own wine called “Kato Reserve,” which is regarded by some enthusiasts as grown on some of Napa Valleys’ best land under the direction of the best winemaker in Napa Valley. Kato’s philanthropic contributions include Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for children, as well as After-School All-Stars with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Miami Children’s Health Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital; the United Nations; and The Buoniconti Fund. 

Marc Leder

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Company: Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Industry: Finance

Marc Leder is co-founder and co-CEO of Boca Raton-based Sun Capital, a global private investment firm that has invested in more than 335 companies, ranging from fashion retail brands Scotch & Soda and Vince to restaurant brands Bar Louie and Boston Market. A Wharton graduate, Marc is a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and Crystal Palace soccer team. He is also known for his philanthropy, having supported more than 250 nonprofit organizations through the Sun Capital Partners Foundation. Leder is an advocate for the creative arts, hosting events that support artists’ careers. He also serves as a director of the Berggruen Museum in Berlin and as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Huntsman Program advisory board.

Philip Levine 

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Company: Royal Media Partner/Baron Corp.

Industry: Real Estate/Government

Philip Levine is the former two-term mayor of Miami Beach, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A native of South Florida since the age of 10, Philip has spent most of his career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, building successful businesses in his community.

As mayor, Levine spearheaded an ambitious series of solutions to combat sea-level rise––installing pumps and raising roads––which are now a model for cities around the world. He helped reform a broken police department, developed new public transportation options, helped to pass the first living minimum wage in the state of Florida in Miami Beach and oversaw a city that was one of only a handful in the country to win consecutive perfect scores for LGBTQ+ inclusiveness during his tenure. Philip Levine is now running for governor this year, hoping to bring a progressive vision and the same get-it-done attitude to Florida.

Howard M. Lorber

Howard Lorber

Company: Douglas Elliman

Industry: Real Estate

In addition to being the chairman and a principal owner of real estate powerhouse Douglas Elliman (with offices in New York, South Florida, Los Angeles, Aspen, Colorado and Greenwich, Conn.), he is the executive chairman of Nathan’s Famous, Inc. Lorber is also president and CEO of the Miami-based Vector Group Ltd., a publicly held company listed on the New York Stock Exchange that is in the manufacturing and real estate investment business.

Jay Phillip Parker 

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Company: Douglas Elliman

Industry: Law, Real Estate

Since 2013, Jay Parker has been a core member of Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage where he has capitalized on his extensive brokerage relationships and realtor contacts to grow Elliman’s presence from Coral Gables to Jupiter with a total of 18 offices and over 1,000 agents. The Florida brokerage marked a banner year in 2017 with $3.6 billion in closed transactions, up 34% from 2016. In June 2018, Jay Parker was accepted into the Forbes Real Estate Council, an invitation-only community, where he shares his expert insights of the growing Florida real estate market with readers of the nationally recognized publication Forbes. Parker is also the managing partner of Titan Capital, a member of the Florida Bar Association, serves on the board of governors for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, president of the executive board of Mt. Sinai Medical Center Foundation and sits on the Miami Association of Realtors Leadership Board.

Sergey Petrossov

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Company: JetSmarter

Industry: Private Aviation

Awarded Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Consumer Technology and South Florida’s Top Working Professional by the Sun Sentinel, Sergey is always seeking out ways to innovate industries. He has traveled privately with friends and family, and prior to JetSmarter, hated the brick-and-mortar approach to booking charter. He started noticing mobile marketplaces were becoming popular and decided private aircraft should be booked that way, too.  Through this, the idea for JetSmarter was born. The first beta version of the JetSmarter app was built in August 2012, which was used by a closed group of people, making Sergey the founder and CEO of one of the world’s most innovative technologies to date.

Dora Puig 

Dora Puig

Company: Luxe Living Realty

Industry: Real Estate

Dora Puig began her high-end real estate career over 26 years ago in Beverly Hills before returning to South Florida and is responsible for over $2.5 billion in career sales. In 2018, Puig was ranked by The Wall Street Journal Real Trends Report No. 1 in Miami, No. 3 in Florida and No. 19 in the USA for Individual Transaction Sales Volume with a Total Dollar Volume of $246 million. In 2017, she was ranked No. 1 in Miami, No. 1 in Florida and No. 6 in the USA with a Total Dollar Volume of $364 million.

Dora is broker/owner of Luxe Living Realty, a real estate boutique brokerage and serves as the director of sales and marketing for the $1 billion sellouts of Palazzo Del Sol and the newly launched Palazzo Della Luna, Fisher Island.

Drew Rosenhaus

Drew RosenhausPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice  Company: Rosenhaus Sports

Industry: Sports

Drew Rosenhaus is the sports industry’s highest-grossing agent, running his Miami-based sports agency, Rosenhaus Sports. Rosenhaus has negotiated over $7 billion of NFL contracts from the start of his career at 22 years old to the present day. He was the first sports agent to grace the cover of the iconic Sports Illustrated Magazine at the start of his career, becoming the youngest registered agent in the industry—and one of the most powerful. His character was depicted by Tom Cruise in the famous Jerry Maguire film—and he even made a cameo in the movie. Currently, Rosenhaus resides in Miami Beach with his wife and daughter. He spearheads multiple philanthropic endeavors throughout South Florida with his Drew Rosenhaus Youth Football and Fitness Camp.

Marc Roberts 

Marc Roberts

Company: Worldwide Entertainment and Sports Corporation

Industry: Real Estate, Sports

Marc Roberts began his sports and entertainment career at age 19 as the youngest person to promote a professional boxing match ―a distinction he still holds. By 21, he had his first Heavyweight world champion, Donald Curry; he went on to manage Ray Mercer, Shannon Briggs and other Heavyweight world champions.  Between his late 20s and early 30s, Marc became the first person to ever take a sports management company public on the national NASDAQ with Triple Threat Enterprises. He took a second sports management company, Worldwide Entertainment and Sports, public a few years later. The combined raise was over $100 million.    

Next, Roberts turned his focus to real estate.  In just a few years, he completed over $1 billion in condominium conversions and was a partner in one of the top three condominium-conversion companies in the U.S.  He then focused on assembling prime commercial properties in Miami and co-founded Miami Worldcenter, the second-largest mixed-use development planned in the U.S.

Today, the Roberts’ family portfolio includes a 10+ acre assemblage adjacent to Miami Worldcenter, and he is the co-founder of club E11EVEN. In true entrepreneurial style, Mr. Roberts is involved in a range of projects, including: managing 16-year-old YouTube sensation Justin Roberts and writing the acclaimed 1998 book Roberts Rules!: Success Secrets from America’s Most Trusted Sports Agent. Roberts is also noted for his charitable work: In Alabama, June 5, 2003 was “Marc Roberts Day” in recognition of largest single donation to Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults; Mr. Roberts was named 2005 Man of the Year by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (Florida Chapter); in 2006, he sponsored the Maccabi Youth Games for MetroWest New Jersey; and in 2007 he was admitted into the New Jersey Jewish Hall of Fame.

Mr. Roberts currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife, Marci, and two sons, Ryan and Justin.

Barry Skolnick 

Barry Skolnick

Company: BLS Asset Management Corp., BLS Realty

Industry: Real Estate

As president of BLS Asset Management Corp. and managing member of BLS Realty, Barry is involved in investing, acquiring and developing residential, commercial and industrial real estate. Barry is the trustee of the Skolnick Family Charitable Trust, the foundation that supports many endeavors, educational, scientific, healthcare and literary goals. He serves on the board of trustees for Mount Sinai Medical Center (Miami) and the board of trustees of the Make-A-Wish Foundation (South Florida Chapter). He is a founding member and co-chairman of the Greater Miami/Miami Beach Police Foundation and New York City’s Police Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta. He is engaged and has two grown sons. Barry is an avid collector of fine art and cars. He enjoys racing and is a founding member of the Monticello Motor Club. He enjoys all sports and exercise. 

Jean-Francois Sberro

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Company: Hublot

Industry: Watches

Jean-Francois Sberro is the current president of Hublot North America, playing a large role in positioning Hublot as part of the 10 biggest luxury watches in North America. The watch executive was born in France and received a master’s of science in management from EM Lyon and has since spent his whole career in the watch industry. He first joined the LVMH Group with TAG Heuer in 2004 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and then joined the Hublot team in 2009, working closely with mentors Jean-Claude Biver and Ricardo Guadalupe since then. He currently resides in Miami with his wife and 3-year-old son. In his free time, he runs marathons (Miami, New York, Chicago, Toronto and Martha’s Vineyard) and even achieved a full-Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico. He is also passionate about culture, particularly literature and cinema, but also street art, for which Miami (and the U.S. overall) is a fantastic platform for the medium.

Riccardo Silva

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Company: Silva International Investments, The Miami FC

Industry: Sports/Modeling/Hospitality

Entrepreneur Riccardo Silva is the owner of Silva International Investments, an investment company that manages and invests in assets across multiple sectors including media, technology, entertainment, sports, real estate and the arts. The portfolio includes Miami FC, MP & Silva, MP Management, Mast Capital, Muzik, SportBusiness Group, Globe Soccer and The Silva Family Collection of Art. He has previously owned and founded successful businesses within the media sector, most notably MP & Silva, which distributes sports television rights to international channels. Riccardo is a committed philanthropist and has made significant donations to projects in Europe, Africa and the U.S. including Play for Change, the Bass Museum of Art, amfAR, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the New World Symphony.

Sean Wolfington 

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Company: The Wolfington Companies

Industry: Technology, Real Estate, Film

Chairman and CEO of The Wolfington Companies, Sean Wolfington is a serial entrepreneur in technology, auto, marketing and film. He built and sold five digital platform companies for nearly a half-billion dollars. Wolfington was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young and HL, received the Legacy Award from the National Council for Adoption in 2007, the President’s Service Award in 2008 and the Tony Bennett Exploring the Arts Award in 2012. In addition, The Wolfington Charitable Foundation enables bright futures for at-risk children through sports and the arts.

Robert Zarco

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Company: Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A.


Industry: Law

Robert Zarco and his firm, Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A., are recognized as experts and among one of the top franchise/licensing and hospitality law firms in the United States. The firm also handles all aspects of distributorship, distribution and manufacturer/dealer law, as well as complex commercial litigation disputes in real estate and other complex business disputes. Although based in Miami, the firm has achieved national and international recognition by representing clients throughout the world, including Mexico, Europe, Latin and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Robert has also been recognized through earning many awards for being a Top Lawyer, a Super Lawyer, a Preeminent Lawyer, a Legal Eagle and among The Best Lawyers of America for several years.

David A. Tepper

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Industry: Finance

Company: Appaloosa Management

David Tepper has the distinction of being one of the most successful hedge fund managers in history. Tepper moved to Miami Beach from New Jersey and brought Appaloosa Management, his $18 billion hedge fund, with him. The fund did especially well in the wake of the financial crisis, making him an investing legend. Tepper has made very generous philanthropic gifts to Carnegie Mellon University, including a $55 million gift for the David A. Tepper School of Business in 2003, and a $67 million gift in 2013 to sponsor the David Tepper Quadrangle, a building that aimed to create a collaborative learning environment. He started a PAC with educational aims called Better Education For Kids, and helped victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Alan & Ruth Zelcer

Alan and Ruth Zelcer

Industry: Apparel

Company: Isaco International Corp.

Alan is president and COO of Isaco International Corp, a leading designer, distributor and licensee of a broad line of high-quality men’s underwear and ties, while Ruth serves as vice president of merchandising. The company manufactures for major retailers and branded labels, such as Perry Ellis, in addition to its own brands, papi and Rico. Alan and Ruth are extremely involved in the community, offering support to numerous charitable foundations such as the Miami Jewish Federation, Mount Sinai Hospital Founders, MTV Staying Alive, Broward House and Style Saves.

DEVELOPERS

The Ardid Family 

Ardid FamilyPhoto Credit: Key International Group

Company: Key International

Industry: Real Estate

The Ardid family owns Key International, a world-class real estate investment and development company with a four-decade track record. The company is helmed by co-presidents Diego and Inigo Ardid and CEO/founder Jose Ardid. Key International has purchased over $4 billion of real estate across a variety of asset classes including residential, hotel and commercial property, and has developed over 10 million square feet, including over 2,600 luxury residential units. Key International’s high-profile projects include the development of such sought-after addresses as 400 Sunny Isles, 1010 Brickell and the expansion and rebranding of the world-famous Eden Roc Miami Beach/Nobu Hotel.

Michael Comras 

Michael Comras

Company: The Comras Company of Florida, Inc.

Industry: Retail Development and Leasing

Michael Comras is president and CEO of The Comras Company, which has seen continued success over the years that includes the $370 million sale of an entire block on Lincoln Road (Apple, Nike, Gap) and the $200 million purchase of CocoWalk and Sunset Place, the two marquee retail developments in Coconut Grove and South Miami.  His latest venture, BLVD at Lenox, a 67,000-square-foot, multi-story retail project featuring Target’s long-awaited debut on South Beach. The company’s brokerage division represents cutting-edge retailers and developers throughout South Florida’s hottest neighborhoods, including the Design District, Wynwood, Brickell, Coconut Grove, Aventura, Miami Beach, Los Olas Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Delray.

Gil Dezer 

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Company: Dezer Development

Industry: Real Estate

Dezer Development encompasses unique and strategic holdings in New York, Las Vegas and Florida, and is the largest owner of oceanfront property in Sunny Isles Beach with just over 27 acres. Credited as major players in the rebirth of Sunny Isles Beach, the Dezers have developed nine luxury high-rise residential and condo-hotel developments through unique partnerships with some of the world’s leading marquee lifestyle brands, including six Trump-branded towers, the newly opened Porsche Design Tower and Residences by Armani/Casa.

Donahue & Katrina Peebles 

Don Peebles

Company: The Peebles Corporation

Industry: Real Estate

Don Peebles is the founder and CEO of the New York City-based The Peebles Corporation (TPC), which specializes in public-private developments and is one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development companies. It is currently in planning to develop the tallest building in the Western United States in downtown Los Angeles His wife, Katrina, serves on the board of directors of the Peebles Corporation, The New York City Mission Society and CARE Elementary School in Miami, and brings more than 20 years of experience as creative director for TPC. Mr. Peebles, providing advice to several U.S. presidents, is a national political and business powerhouse and a frequent commentator and guest host on national cable news channels, served on the National Finance Committee of former President Barack Obama. He is former chair of The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and former chair of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. Considered a potential candidate for NYC mayor in 2021, Mr. Peebles is a champion of economic empowerment for minority and women entrepreneurs. The company is currently developing major projects in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.,  Charlotte, NC, Miami and Los Angeles.

David Edelstein 

David Edelstein

Company: TriStar Capital

Industry: Real Estate

David Edelstein began his real estate career in the 1980s as a real estate broker. His extensive and deeply rooted relationships within the real estate and banking communities are key to the strength and success of TriStar Capital. His hands-on construction expertise comes from ground-up, high-rise developments in New York and Miami. Edelstein has been the driving force behind numerous high-profile ventures including numerous Lincoln Road redevelopment projects. He spearheaded his ground-up development of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences in a joint venture with RFR Holding LLC and opened the property in July 2009. The property quickly seized the attention of domestic and international media and became the most successful hotel in the W chain, gaining global recognition as one of the most sought-after and exclusive travel destinations in the world. The “buzz” surrounding W South Beach has also helped catapult residential sales, which have been extremely robust in Miami Beach and along the coastline.

Russell Galbut 

B&W Russell GalbutPhoto Credit: Crescent Heights

Company: Crescent Heights

Industry: Real Estate

Russell Galbut is the managing principal of Crescent Heights, a company heralded as the leader in high-rise residential development as well as chairman of the board of Norwegian Cruise Lines. Crescent Heights is among the nation’s largest residential companies with properties around the country with an emphasis in L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Boston currently. It has over 2 billion in ground-up construction projects in various stages of development. Crescent Heights’ Santa Monica project in Los Angeles changed high-rise living with over 67,000 square feet of pure amenities coupled with outstanding architecture and bespoke art. The Crescent Heights NEMA brand is changing lifestyles in the residential world across the nation. As chairman of NCL, Russell Galbut spends his time leading the third largest cruise company in the world and an S&P 500 company. His first love has always been the hospitality industry, and cruising is certainly part of that. He and his family reside in South Florida, where Crescent Heights and NCL headquarters are located. Galbut serves on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and is a firm believer in giving back to the community.

Joey Goldman & Jessica Goldman Srebnick

Goldman

Company: Goldman Properties

Industry: Real Estate

Goldman Properties, founded by visionary Tony Goldman is responsible for transforming SoHo in New York, the Art Deco District in Miami Beach and now Wynwood in Miami from overlooked and lifeless areas into vital, thriving global destinations. Jessica Goldman Srebnick is carrying on the family business as CEO and continues to drive the company’s innovative developments, growth trajectory and artistic collaborations. Early on, Joey Goldman, along with his father, Tony, recognized Wynwood’s potential as Miami’s next new neighborhood and began purchasing properties, helping kick-start the Wynwood renaissance and opening Joey’s Italian Cafe, the first restaurant in what has become one of Miami’s most important culinary destinations.

Manuel Grosskopf 

Manuel GrosskopfPhoto Credit: Château Group

Company: Château Group

Industry: Real Estate

Manuel Grosskopf is chairman and CEO of Château Group, an international organization that specializes in the development of ultra-high-end projects in Florida as well as South America. He established the Château Group brand in South Florida, making it one of the most prestigious real estate development companies in the region. Mr. Grosskopf’s greatest undertakings include the co-development of Quantum on the Bay and 900 Biscayne Bay residences in Downtown Miami, with the acquisition of the adjacent prime land for additional development. His portfolio also includes forming alliances with renowned brands and the development of ultra-luxurious, high-rise residences on the beach, such as Château Beach Residences and FENDI Château Residences—the first real estate development branded by FENDI worldwide. His latest project is the development of The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Sunny Isles Beach that is currently under construction, with more to come.

Avra Jain 

Avra JainPhoto Credit: Pepe

Company: The Vagabond Group

Industry: Real Estate Development

With a career that began on Wall Street to developing properties along Miami’s trendiest streets, Avra has a reputation for identifying the next it neighborhood. The recipient of three Sundance Film Awards, the Purdue industrial engineer graduate develops projects around her favorite pursuits: art and architecture. The vision has resulted in boutique projects that range from converting a warehouse to luxury loft condominiums in Manhattan to the remake of The Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard.

Daniel Kodsi

Daniel KodsiPhoto Credit: Paramount Ventures 

Company: Paramount Ventures

Industry: Real Estate

As the developer behind one of Miami’s most anticipated and high-profile luxury residential projects, Paramount Miami Worldcenter―a soaring 60-story tower in the heart of Downtown set to offer the most amenities anywhere in the world―Daniel Kodsi has been at the forefront of shaping South Florida’s skylines for more than 27 years. With a proven track record of developing over $2 billion, he is known for defining new neighborhoods and changing city landscapes with his gleaming glass high-rise towers. Kodsi’s projects have been lauded for their progressive designs that focus on the future of how people live and seamlessly intertwine into the fabric of communities. Attracting buyers from more than 50 different countries throughout the world, some of Kodsi’s most notable developments include West Palm Beach’s Esplanade Grande; the luxurious Paramount Bay in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood; and his most recent completed project, the sophisticated, oceanfront Paramount Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Kevin Maloney 

Kevin MaloneyPhoto Credit: PMG

Company: Property Markets Group

Industry: Real Estate

As the founder of Property Markets Group (PMG), Kevin Maloney has hands-on experience in the acquisition, renovation, financing, operation and marketing of residential and commercial real estate. He is responsible for all of PMG’s 150-plus property acquisitions, projects and capital sources. With offices in New York, Chicago and South Florida, PMG is currently developing over 5 million square feet of residential property—including: 10 Sullivan, Queens Plaza South, Muse Residences, 111 Leroy Street, 548 West 22nd St and numerous other projects across the country. PMG recently launched a new division—X Social Communities (XSC). XSC offers social-living rental communities for those seeking a convenient lifestyle at an attainable price point—with properties currently located in Chicago, Miami and Denver.

David & Christy Martin

David & Christy MartinPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice 

Company: Terra Group

Industry: Real Estate

Christina and David Martin’s passion for making a difference in their native South Florida has delivered an impact in both the corporate and philanthropic sectors. As president of Terra Group, one of South Florida’s leading real estate development companies, David and his firm are known for reshaping neighborhoods from Coconut Grove and Miami Beach along the coast, to Weston and Doral in the suburbs―all while enlisting some of the world’s top architects to design his projects, including Bjarke Ingels (Grove at Grand Bay), Rem Koolhaas/OMA (Park Grove), Renzo Piano (Eighty Seven Park) and Chad Oppenheim (Botaniko), among others. Christina and David’s strong commitment to South Florida is underscored by the couple’s active role in the community. With a unique interest in education, the arts and health foundations, they support several organizations with philanthropic contributions.

Camilo Miguel Jr. 

Camilo Miguel JrPhoto Credit: Alisa Ferris

Company: Mast Capital

Industry: Real Estate Development

Camilo Miguel Jr. founded Mast Capital in 2006 and serves as its CEO. He has ultimate responsibility for Mast Capital’s investment strategy, risk management and operations. Under Miguel’s leadership, Mast Capital has become a leading investor and developer of high-end residential, hospitality, office and retail projects, with a focus in high barriers-to-entry markets. Since 2010, the firm has acquired 16 properties with total capitalization of over $1 billion. Recently, Mast Capital acquired the Conrad Brickell, an underperforming trophy asset below replacement cost being repositioned into one of Miami’s leading hotels. The firm is also currently developing 688 Class A multifamily units on 6.31 acres directly on the Miami River, and 255 Class A apartments near Merrick Park.

Stuart Miller

Stuart MillerPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice

Company: Lennar

Industry: Construction

Using his years of experience and entrepreneurial wisdom, Stuart Miller’s company, Lennar, the third-largest homebuilder in the nation, has been able to beat Wall Street’s estimates of its growth. Miller predicted that his company would make profit even if the economy did not strengthen. His confidence is due to careful planning and strategic building, which means knowing where to build and for whom. Thanks to Miller’s business sense, the shares of his rivals have also increased in value, which in turn helps the economy grow.

Jorge Pérez 

Jorge PerezPhoto Credit: Andrew Milner

Company: Related Group

Industry: Real Estate, Philanthropy 

Jorge Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, has been at the forefront of South Florida’s complex urban evolution for over 35 years. A commitment to building better cities, and a natural ability to identify emerging trends has made him one of the most trusted and influential names in real estate. Armed with a dynamic selection of land parcels, new financing techniques, the collective strength of Related’s management team and a pipeline of more than 90,000 residential units, Pérez is set to answer the demands and desires of a new generation.

Pérez started out in the 1970’s, making a name for himself in the public housing market of neighborhoods like Miami’s Little Havana and Homestead. More than three decades later, his continued passion for vibrant urban communities has made him a trendsetter, often the first developer to enter emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods.

Through the years, Pérez and the Related Group have partnered with world-class names in architecture and interior design to produce neighborhood-defining projects and establish Related’s developments as integral components of Miami’s evolving cityscape.  

A lover of art and an avid collector, Pérez infuses each development with carefully selected pieces from master artists including Fernando Botero, Jaume Plensa, Julio Le Parc and Fabian Burgos. Their works are proudly displayed at Related developments, complementing each building’s unique character and often serving as public fixtures of the community landscape.

Mr. Pérez is deeply involved in supporting Miami’s ongoing cultural renaissance, sponsoring organizations such as the Miami Film Festival, The National YoungArts Foundation and, most notably, the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). He is also a member of the University of Miami’s board of trustees, chairs the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council and is a director of the Miami International Film Festival.

Mr. Pérez has received numerous awards for his professional and philanthropic achievements, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the Hispanic Achievement & Business Entrepreneurship Award from Hispanic magazine, The Developers and Builders Alliance’s Community Advancement Award and The Beacon Council’s 2015 Jay Malina Award. Mr. Pérez is also committed to The Giving Pledge, a campaign founded by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates that states he will donate 50 percent of his wealth to philanthropy. In 2005, TIME Magazine named Pérez one of the top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and he has appeared on the cover of Forbes twice.

Carlos Rosso

Carlos RossoPhoto Credit: Related Group

Company: Related Group

Industry: Real Estate Development

Since joining the Related Group in 2002, Carlos Rosso has been responsible for a broad range of activities, building unmatched experience across construction, project financing, land acquisition and sales, and project marketing. Currently the president of the firm’s Condominium Development Division, Rosso directs all aspects of condo development throughout South Florida as well as internationally in countries including Mexico and Argentina. Throughout his career, Mr. Rosso has developed more than 20,000 units, with the most recent being marquee properties such as SLS Brickell Suites & Residences, SLS LUX Brickell Suites & Residences and Hyde Suites & Residences Midtown. He is currently preparing to deliver the largest project of his career: the four-tower Paraiso District in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Prior to joining Related, Mr. Rosso served as vice president of Real Estate Development for Investment Properties in Boston and 10 years as project director for Besix International, overseeing the development and construction of over 10 million square feet of multifamily, hotel and office buildings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mr. Rosso graduated summa cum laude from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with a master’s degree in architecture. He also earned a master’s degree in real estate development and finance, with the highest honors, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Jeff Soffer 

Jeff SofferPhoto Credit: Gio Almas

Company: Turnberry Associates

Industry: Real Estate

Jeff Soffer, co-chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates, runs the company alongside his sister, Jackie Soffer, and is one of the country’s most prominent real estate developers. Turnberry Associates is a multi-generational real estate institution that has built enduring communities. Jeff’s vision and influence can be seen in the development of numerous award-winning projects in South Florida including the $1 billion renovation of the landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the current renovation of the Turnberry Isle Miami and new ventures―Turnberry Ocean Club Residences in Sunny Isles Beach and Solē Mia Miami in North Miami. Turnberry also saw the opening of its 533-room JW Marriott Nashville in July. Turnberry Associates is known for consistent quality, innovation and luxury.

Jules Trump 

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Company: The Trump Group

Industry: Real Estate

Jules Trump, along with his brother Eddie Trump, is co-chairman of several companies collectively known as The Trump Group, which covers a broad spectrum of industries. The Trump brothers are best known for their development of Williams Island, Acqualina Resort, The Mansions at Acqualina and the upcoming The Estates at Acqualina. Jules’ and Eddie’s philanthropic endeavors and those of The Trump Group include the founding and operation of the I Have a Dream Foundation chapter in Miami and the founding and operation of the Beit Issie Shapiro home for children with disabilities in Israel. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and with no relation to Donald Trump, Jules currently resides in Sunny Isles with his wife, Stephanie.

Matthew Whitman Lazenby 

Matthew Whitman LazenbyPhoto Credit: Romain Maurice

Company: Whitman Family Development

Industry: Real Estate

As the president and CEO of Whitman Family Development, Matthew Whitman Lazenby is the third generation to operate Bal Harbour Shops, which were created by his grandfather, Stanley Whitman, in 1965. He is also the fourth generation involved in local commercial real estate, as his great-grandfather, William Whitman, developed Española Way on Miami Beach and owned stores on Lincoln Road in the 1920s. This innovation in retail continues with Brickell City Centre, a $1 billion-plus mixed-use property in the heart of Miami. The Whitman family is in charge of the retail component, with tenants like Saks Fifth Avenue, Vilebrequin, Apple, Richard Mille, Sephora and Giuseppe Zanotti. They’re also in the process of expanding 450,000-square-foot Bal Harbour Shops, with an additional 340,000 square feet of space.

HOSPITALITY POWER PLAYERS

Alan Faena

Alan Faena

Company: Faena Group

Industry: Hospitality

Alan Faena is the visionary behind Faena Group, specializing in the creation of remarkable holistic environments that integrate residences and hotels with art and cultural experiences. Faena Group debuted Faena Hotel Miami Beach in December 2015, the first element of the highly anticipated Faena District Miami Beach, a new neighborhood with art and culture at its core. Recently, the completed Faena Forum debuted in Miami Beach, and the next phase in the development is the launch of Faena Bazaar, a groundbreaking retail and experiential space that will debut this December. Envisioned by Alan, Faena District features one-of-a-kind cultural, residential, hotel, retail, restaurant and public environments that have been conceived as dynamic expressions of art, design, nature, technology and service.

Philip Goldfarb

Philip Goldfarb

Company: Fontainebleau

Industry: Hospitality

In eight years as president and COO of Fontainebleau, Goldfarb has taken the iconic resort to the next level with creative ideas like BleauLive, the resort’s one-of-a-kind entertainment platform, as well as new successful restaurant concepts. In addition to the Fontainebleau resort, Goldfarb also oversees the company’s assets in Nashville, Tenn., the Downtown Hilton and the development of a new JW Marriott hotel. The prior eight years he was president and COO of Turnberry Associates, Fontainebleau’s parent company, and 14 years as DoubleTree’s S.E. director of operations, which prepared him to run the ultimate Miami Beach resort property. He is the past chairman of the dean’s board at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and remains on its board. He has been awarded FIU’s Hospitality School “Torchbearer Award” and the university’s prestigious “FIU Medallion.”

David & Isabela Grutman 

David GrutmanPhoto Credit: Kristin Bjornsen

Company: Groot Hospitality

Industry: Hospitality

Armed with an enviable Rolodex and a knack for wrangling the right crowd, David Grutman is an operating partner of Miami’s top nightclub venues and restaurants. LIV at the Fontainebleau, LIV at Sun Life Stadium and STORY are known worldwide for their epic parties and chart-topping musical acts. In 2015, Grutman opened Komodo, a three-level, Asian-inspired restaurant in Downtown Miami. Since its huge success, Grutman launched Komodo Lounge, the intimate venue situated on the top floor of the restaurant. He also opened OTL in the Design District, a hip coffee shop and community hangout in the heart of the posh shopping area. Most recently, he opened a 100-percent plant-based restaurant, Planta South Beach, in the South of Fifth neighborhood that is a huge success. Isabela Grutman is a Brazilian model and philanthropist who sits on the board of local nonprofit, Style Saves. 

KNR Hospitality: Nicola Siervo and Navin Chatani 

KNR TeamPhoto Credit: KNR Hospitality

Company: KNR Hospitality Group

Industry: Restaurants & Nightlife

Since it formed in 2006, KNR Hospitality Group has been one of the region’s preeminent restaurant and nightlife companies. Led by founder Nicola Siervo, they operate the food, beverage and nightlife establishments at the W South Beach: Living Room, The Dutch, Wet, Irma’s Bar and Wall, which just celebrated its nine-year anniversary. Nightlife partner Navin Chatani brings more than 20 years of experience, a positive attitude, loyalty and fairness into the mix. Together, they look forward to blazing paths and introducing new concepts.

Diego & Gisela Lowenstein 

Lowenstein

Company: Lionstone Development and The Glow System


Industry: Hospitality

Diego and Gisela Lowenstein’s mission is to enrich the lives of Miami residents while helping to make South Florida a sought-after travel destination. The Lowensteins have left their mark in hospitality with their family company, Lionstone Development, best known for The Ritz-Carlton South Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, as well as signature developments including EPIC Hotel & Residences. Additionally, Diego teamed up with Virgin Group to create Virgin Hotels and bring this exciting venture to cities across North America and beyond. The couple’s philanthropic endeavors also extend to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Breakthrough Miami. In their free time, Diego and Gisela enjoy traveling the world with their children. Diego (aka Divídalo, his alter ego) recently launched his first Latin rock album with 12 of his compositions.

Shareef Malnik & Gabrielle Anwar 

Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, & Lenny Kravitz1Photo Credit: World Red Eye

Company: The Forge, Nextwave Funding

Industry: Hospitality, Finance

As owner of The Forge Restaurant/Steakhouse, Shareef Malnik has kept the 50-year-old restaurant at the top of everyone’s list with the finest wines, steaks, service and ambiance, making it better than ever. He is chairman of the board of Nextwave Funding, a finance company funding small and mid-size businesses across the country. He is also the chairman of the board of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and chairman of the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball for 13 years running. He is a longtime board member of lauded programs including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Police Foundation for Greater Miami and Miami Beach.

Malnik hosts the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball with his wife, actress, director and writer Gabrielle Anwar. Starring in dozens of films including her breakout role opposite Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, Anwar has also appeared in numerous TV shows playing female leads on Burn Notice, The Tudors, Once Upon a Time and more. Anwar has directed her first documentary, Sexology, which Shareef executive-produced. In mid-2019, Anwar will star alongside Riverdale’s KJ Apa in the movie The Last Summer. In addition to acting and directing, Gabrielle has written her first novel, co-writing a series of books and is developing screenplays and pilots she has penned. Gabrielle sits on the boards of the Pikler Foundation and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Mathieu Massa 

Mathieu MassaPhoto Credit: MR Hospitality

Company: Massa Investment Group

Industry: Hospitality

Born on the glittering shores of the French Riviera, Mathieu Massa studied at the prestigious school HEC in Paris and received his MBA from Babson College in Boston. In 2009, Massa founded the Massa Investment Group in Miami, a fully integrated private equity firm specializing in real estate development, real estate construction and hospitality. Under the umbrella of the parent company, Massa Construction Group is a high-end construction firm that provides clients with design, construction and management services. Finally, Massa founded Mr. Hospitality in 2010, along with partner Michael Ridard, a hospitality group that conceptualizes, owns and operates restaurants and nightlife destinations in Miami and Miami Beach.

Keith Menin 

Keith Menin SelectPhoto Credit: Menin Hospitality

Company: Menin Hospitality

Industry: Hospitality

Principal of Menin Hospitality, Keith Menin, is recognized as a leader in the new generation of hoteliers. Menin’s expanding portfolio of hotels, restaurants and nightlife destinations pioneers the modern-day preservation of historic properties providing travelers with new, distinctive experiences. With roots in Florida’s hotel industry, Miami-born Keith began to learn the fundamentals of a hotelier in his teens tending the front desk of Shelborne South Beach then owned by his uncle and mentor, Russell Galbut. Following graduation from Cornell University, he joined forces with his cousin, Jared Galbut, to form Menin Hospitality, which quickly grew as they redeveloped Mondrian South Beach and Shelborne South Beach. Menin Hospitality’s portfolio of 15 brands spans throughout South Florida and Chicago, offering upscale lodging, lifestyle restaurants and nightlife venues including Gale South Beach, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila and Mondrian South Beach.

Tunu & Yona Puri 

Tuna and Yona Puri

Company: La Petite Maison, Zuma Miami, Coya, Les Ayades

Industry: Hospitality, Fashion

After dipping his toe in the restaurant world by investing in Zuma Miami with his good friend Arjun Waney, Tunu entered the realm full throttle with Coya London and La Petite Maison in Brickell. La Petite Maison has opened to rave reviews and has become the go-to spot in Miami. From hospitality to fashion, his wife, Yona, is creating a fashion clothing line using her Indian culture mixed with a French colonial education: Her label, Les Ayades, is edgy, clever, unconventional and wild like she is.

Lee Brian Schrager 

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Company: Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, LLC.

Industry: Beverage

Lee Brian Schrager is the senior vice president, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, LLC. He is widely recognized for his creation of both the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals, which together have raised more than $39 million to date for charity. He is the author of three cookbooks, the most recent of which, America’s Best Breakfasts (Clarkson Potter), was released in April 2016. He is a regular contributor for Ocean Drive magazine and serves on the board of trustees for the Pérez Art Museum Miami and board of directors for Food Bank For New York City.  

Sam Nazarian 

Sam NazarianPhoto Credit: sbe

Company: sbe

Industry: Hospitality

Sam Nazarian has been revolutionizing lifestyle hospitality since founding sbe in 2002. His award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and lounges represent some of the most sought-after lifestyle brands including SLS Hotels and Residences, The Redbury Hotel, Katsuya and Hyde Hotels, Resorts & Residences, to mention a few. In 2016, Nazarian led the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique-lifestyle hotels, resulting in sbe having an unparalleled global portfolio of proprietary brands including 28 international hotels and residences and over 170 world-renowned culinary and entertainment venues, as well as iconic hotel brands Delano and Mondrian. His career began when he co-founded a wireless company, which he later sold after leading its rapid growth and record sales.

Romain Zago 

Romain Zago

Company: Mynt

Industry: Nightlife

Romain Zago is one of the most noteworthy names in the nightlife industry in Miami as the owner of Mynt Lounge, a hot South Beach nightclub with amazing longevity. The nightclub owner and businessman has put Mynt on the map over the years as the popular venue has drawn in the likes of countless celebrities including Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Dwyane Wade and more.

 

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