Haute 100 Miami Update: Craig Robins Speaks At MAM Corporate Luncheon

2. Director Thom Collins, Jorge Perez, Craig Robins - Photo Juan Cabrera

On Friday Miami Art Museum hosted their Sixth Annual Corporate Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental. A packed house looked on while MAM presented their 2013 Corporate Honors to awardees who are committed to South Florida’s cultural community and MAM. Guests included Haute 100-lister and museum benefactor Jorge Perez, Walid Wahab, and mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Honorary Chair Craig Robins, a developer known for infusing his projects with high quality art and culture, was the guest speaker. Robins told interesting stories about his history in transforming South Beach with the late Tony Goldman and revolutionary projects like AQUA. He also explained that why after successfully bringing design stores back to the Design District, they are now adding fashion and dining into the mix. Said Robins, “We became one of the most successful furniture neighborhoods in the country. But, the problem with a great furniture neighborhood is that you don’t attract a lot of people. How often do you buy a couch?”

Co-Chairs of this year’s luncheon were Daniel Novela, Pedro Fernandez, Alex Espenkotter, Sarah Johnson and David Parkus, Jeffrey Gutchess and Jack Chadham were on the planning committee.