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Don & Jeff Soffer

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Don opened his first shopping mall with his father when he was 24 years old. He then came down to South Florida and purchased almost 1,000 acres of marshland in northern Dade County in 1967, filled the area, and created what is today Aventura. His son Jeff followed in his footsteps into real estate and hospitality with the $500 million makeover of his world-renowned Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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Keith Menin

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The descendent of a long-time Miami Beach family, Menin is well entrenched in the scene. He’s a member of the Galbut family, which provided him with both the means and the know-how to open his first hotel when he was just 24. But his heritage didn’t guarantee success; that was Menin’s doing. He parlayed that venture into additional hotel projects, including the Raffaello Hotel in Chicago and the Mondrian South Beach, where he partnered with the established Morgans Hotel Group (the brand behind the Delano and Shore Club) for the company’s first residential project. Menin’s newest projects, the newly-remodeled Shelborne hotel and its American Brasserie, Vesper, have earned due acclaim.

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Diego And Gisela Lowenstein

Friday, April 13th, 2012

He comes from a family of generational successful entrepreneurs and is the CEO of Lionstone Development, which began acquiring an impressive portfolio of properties in South Florida about five decades ago. The group is behind signature developments in Miami like the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, and the EPIC Hotel and Residences, plus a slew of international resort properties. Diego recently partnered with Sir Richard Branson in his newest venture to bring Virgin Hotels to a global audience, beginning in cities across North America and London. She, a hospitality guru in her own right, launched a home improvement system aptly named The Glow System to aid the masses in living an organized life. Together they run a “glowing” household.

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Michelle Bernstein

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This Miami-born James Beard Foundation Award winner is known for her Latin-inspired cooking and dedication to community outreach. A graduate of Johnson &Wales University, she garnered widespread acclaim for her work at Tantra and Azul at Mandarin Oriental, which was deemed the “Best New Restaurant in America” its opening year. Bernstein owns and operates a trio of restaurants with her husband/partner David Martinez, including Michy’s, Sra. Martinez and Crumb on Parchment, a quaint café in the Miami Design District. Bernstein regularly appears on a slew of national TV shows, from The Today Show to Top Chef and is currently enjoying her new role as mother to a beautiful baby boy.

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The Lowenstein Family

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The Lowenstein family of successful entrepreneurs—father Alfredo, mother Diana, and children Diego, Paula, Flavia, and Carla—founded Lionstone Development, which began acquiring an impressive portfolio of properties on Miami Beach five decades ago. The hospitality division is behind the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and a slew of international properties, while the development arm is responsible for the […]

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