BASF News Summer 2011
An inside look at the building industry in South Florida.
BASFNews THE MAGAZINE OF THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA www.basfonline.org SPRING 2011 BASF MEMBERS HAVE FUN See page 12 TEEING UP AT THIS YEAR'S TOURNAMENT ADONEL EXPANDS TO HAITI Adonel Concrete has begun providing much needed concrete to earthquake-damaged portions of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas as part of a partnership agreement with Haiti-based concrete company, Betonex. Luis Garcia will serve as CEO of the newly-formed company, Adonel-Betonex. The phone number in Haiti for Adonel-Betonex is 509-2947-5050. Call us and see why we have earned the trust and respect of those within the industry. HEADQUARTERS 2101 N.W. 110 Ave., Miami, Fl 33172 FROM THE TREASURE COAST TO THE KEYS...WE DELIVER Miami-Dade (305) 669.0611 Broward (954) 434.1244 Palm Beach (561) 333.9700 Treasure Coast (772) 595.1020 www.adonelconcrete.com Contents 12 COVER STORY: GOLF TOURNAMENT 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 16 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Real Estate: It's Time to Buy Again Reaching Consumers Directly in a 2.0 World EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Thanks for the Memories Calendar of Events LEGISLATIVE UPDATES Political Changes on the Horizon MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Al Milo & Ben Solomon Promote BASF on Camera Builder Adolph Berger Dies at 81 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Through the Years: A Commitment to Excellence MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES Members Get "REEL" About Saving Money & Going Green MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES JW Marriott Mix-n-Mingle MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES Fall Protection Training Seminar International Builders Show in Orlando Sets Professionals Apart MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES A Jolly, Jolly Jamboree at El Dorado Furniture MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES Industry Leaders Meet & Greet to Discuss Year Ahead Miller Honored by FHBA MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES Grove Isle Hosts February Networking Reception MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES Brad Hunter Returns for 2011 Industry Forecast New Members and Renewals & Spike Club COMMUNITY OUTREACH Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group, LLC President Luis F. Qui�ones Jr. BenTrust Financial First Vice President Ben Solomon Solomon & Furshman, LLP Second Vice President Richard Gomez TGSV Enterprises, Inc. Secretary-Treasurer Shahin Etessam, CD Group LLC. & Greatstone Development, Inc. Assistant Secretary Fernando I. Martinez Caribe Homes Imm. Past President Marianna E. Perez City National Bank of Florida Imm. Past Vice President Lenny Miller Pasadena Homes, Inc. Life Executive Committee Member Ruben Bertran Vitran Homes Corp. Presidential Appointee BASFNews 2011 BASF Executive Committee Alexander Castellanos BB&T Presidential Appointee Jose Gonzalez Flagler Development Group Presidential Appointee Miriam RodriguezAlvarez Bonded Builders Risk Management Ex-Officio JC Calleiro CEMEX Ex-Officio Lani Kahn Drody Lowell International Realty Ex-Officio Carlos Gonzalez Lennar Ex Officio Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jr. BankUnited Ex-Officio Richard M. Horton The Green Companies Ex-Officio Luis P. Rabell LPR Builders Inc. Ex-Officio Toni Pacelli-Hinkley Builders Association of South Florida Executive Vice President 17 18 2011 BASF Board of Directors Fred Abbo Prime Homebuilders Hugo Alvarez Alvarez & Barbara, LLP Ernie Bascuas The Sherwin-Williams Company Ray Castellanos Authentic Construction, LLC Danielle Cardoso Cherry, Bekaert, & Holland, L.L.P Jeff Daley Avatar Properties, Inc Betty De Varona Yachting Experts Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff, P.A Alex Galvez Cogent Consulting Engineering Construction LLC Luis Garcia Adonel Concrete Fernando X. Gomez BankUnited, FSB Carolina Herrera, Esq. Lennar Homes, Inc. Diana Ibarria Standard Pacific Homes John Kiskinis Kiskinis Communications, Inc. Alex Lastra Atlantic & Pacific Development Tom C. Murphy Coastal Construction Group Wendy Murray Alliance C.A.S., LLC Stanley B. Price, Esq. Bilzin, Sumberg, Baena, Price & Axelrod LLP Daniel Rodriguez Christian Saiia Comcast Frank Silva Frank Silva, PA Jim Werle Werle Associates 20 21 22 23 KISKINIS COMMUNICATIONS, INC. advertising MANAGING EDITOR: Toni Pacelli-Hinkley firstname.lastname@example.org John Kiskinis email@example.com marketing public relations CREATIVE DIRECTOR: John Tombley firstname.lastname@example.org PRINTER: GTC Media Aaron Behar, Esq. Aaron Behar, P.A. Noah Breakstone BTI Developers Carlos Castellanos C Squared Construction, Inc EDITOR: Melissa Nobles email@example.com CAPSTONE SPONSORS COBBLESTONE SPONSOR Note: All BASF Life Directors, Past Presidents and Past First Vice Presidents are also members of the Board of Directors. BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA 15225 NW 77th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014 Phone: 305 556-6300 / Fax: 305 556-6304 / Website: www.basfonline.org BASFNews, the quarterly magazine of the Builders Association of South Florida, is published four times per year. For advertising or editorial information, please call 305-556-6300. Send address changes for subscriptions to Builders Association of South Florida: 15225 NW 77th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014. BASFNews is published in the interest of all segments of the home building industry and is distributed to members and others associated with the industry. The Builders Association of South Florida, Inc. does not accept responsibility for, or endorse any statement or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles. Every effort has been made to assure accuracy of information, but authenticity cannot be guaranteed. Advertisers and advertorials in BASFNews do not constitute an offer for sale in states where prohibited by law. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of BASF. Copyright 2011. BASF Staff Toni Pacelli-Hinkley Executive Vice President Janina Goenaga Executive & Legislative Assistant Lilia Morales Junior Accountant/ Bookkeeper Truly Burton Government Affairs Director for Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE REAL ESTATE: IT'S TIME TO BUY AGAIN "Forget stocks. Don't bet on gold. After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing." That was the conclusion by Fortune magazine's senior editor-at-large, Shawn Tully. In a late-March edition he wrote a major story emphasizing that it's a great time to buy a house. He cited recent results from MetroStudy, a company that has more than 30 years of data on America's inventory of new homes. Every quarter the company sends 500 inspectors to 45,000 subdivisions in 19 key states, including Florida, California, Arizona and Nevada. They collect data on the number of vacant homes for sale and how long it takes to sell them. The results are what every builder and bank wants to know � whether a market has a surplus or a shortage of new housing. In the most recent study of 41 cities, they found only 78,000 houses either vacant or under construction. Under normal circumstances, 2011 BASF President Alberto Milo, Jr. they would be gone in three months or less which suggests a shortage of housing has been building up. The story cites the affordability that has resulted from the drop in construction and prices. A Deutsche Bank study reveals that 2011's low home prices make home ownership the most affordable since 1999. In more than half of the 54 markets the bank looked at, it was cheaper to own a house than to rent the same house. The improving economy will boost home prices and homebuilding. Not all markets are the same, of course, but simply stated: housing is making a strong comeback. The magazine piece acknowledges markets like Miami, Phoenix and Las Vegas by stating "people always want to live in those sunny locales and houses there are a screaming deal." Even with foreclosure problems and the investor-bought homes converted to rentals, as times get better those reliable renters become potential homebuyers. The Fortune story is a compelling one for all of us at BASF. You might still be able to link to the full story at http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/28/ real-estate-its-time-to-buy-again/ REACHING CONSUMERS DIRECTLY IN A 2.0 WORLD Are you still picking up the yellow phonebook every time you need to find a service? Most probably the answer is no � and we bet you're not alone. For many consumers, the internet offers a quick answer to questions about where and who to go for any home related job. Luckily for BASF Members, the association's new website www.basfonline.org is fast becoming a valuable resource for anyone looking for assistance on their home related projects. And more and more people are visiting the site every day. Strategically designed to put members directly web-to-face with consumers, the site's new "Find an Expert: Quick Links" directory spotlights members by category and provides valuable communication with potential customers. 4 BASFNews I SPRING Divided into seven categories, the "Find an Expert: Quick Links" menu allows for consumers interested in finding a specific service to readily and conveniently narrow their search to the top three "featured" service providers in each category. A total of 21 BASF members will be featured in the seven categories below: *Featured Home Builders *Featured General Contractors *Featured Real Estate Agents *Featured Engineers and Architects *Featured Law Firms *Featured Financial Firms *Featured Consultants If you're looking for a new way of sharing your company name, logo and contact information AND having consumers link directly to your website � then become a part of the "Find an Expert: Quick Links" area today! Build your business network and get recognized as an expert in your field. Space is limited and is selling fast. Those businesses interested in this marketing opportunity, please call Janina Goenaga at 305-556-6300 for more information. membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org EXECUTIVE VP'S MESSAGE THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES The superb team at Kiskinis Communications who pull the BASFNews together for each edition know that when writing my column, I am usually not at a loss for words. In fact, on more than one occasion, they have had to request that I shorten my column to fit the space available. This column, as my last one, will be one where they will probably have to rein me in. They know how excited I become when directing you to our new and improved website, or guiding you to get the most from your three-in-one BASF, FHBA, NAHB membership by becoming a "smart" member who uses committee participation to network to the fullest; learns how to find new business by attending our seminars and forums, does business with other BASF members, and takes advantage of the discounts designed by FHBA and NAHB to save you and your company money on everything from $500 off of a GM vehicle, to office supplies, to travel accommodations to insurance. My enthusiasm for what the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) stands for and represents knows no bounds, even if the column does. For over 66 years, the BASF has been here to advocate for our industry and we have done so on a local, state and national level. We provide proactive, high-level effective legislative representation while working to resolve industry regulatory concerns on a regular and on-going basis. We are here for you! On a personal note, while I haven't been around BASF for 66 years, I have been involved since the late `80s. For the last 22 years, I have been involved as a member, a committee chair, a board member, an officer and, for the last 8 years, as your Executive Vice President. It is from that seat in the room that I have found the perfect inspiration for this column � you, the BASF member! Your involvement and service to this premier trade association and the community we have helped to build, grow, live, play and work in is inspiring! I have seen you give generously in monetary and in-kind means to the community not only when we've been struck by hurricanes, but when we've been stuck by the need to help those devastated by earthquakes, poverty, homelessness, and drug abuse. You have been there to help us build 4 homes for Habitat for Humanity; renovate the shelter for at-risk kids at The Bridge in Homestead, provide safe space and computer facilities for Women in Distress, create our own extreme makeover of Cottage 23 at His House Children's Home, renovate areas for Here's Help, and the Special Populations Center at Bucky Dent Park in Hialeah, donate funds for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, distribute gifts to the kids in the Pediatric Wards of Jackson over the holidays and contribute your talent and treasure to this year's efforts at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade. You have done all of this and more with grace, humility, fervor, friendship and fun while advancing the housing message of BASF! I thank you for Executive Vice President reflecting the Toni Pacelli-Hinkley values that I hold so dear in all the work you do for the good of our community! As you flip through the pages of the BASFNews and notice all the activities and good works that are illustrated here, I encourage you to reach out and thank the BASF leaders and members, who participate, sponsor, educate, and legislate for the well-being of our industry and our association. Although I wish this column were long enough for me to use it to thank each and everyone of you by name, I thank all of you, especially my BASF staff, for inspiring me to give my best no matter the challenges we, as an industry association, face. I thank you for your friendship and support over the years. I will miss you. It's been an "E" ticket ride! I've enjoyed sharing it with you and I will carry you in my heart with love and thanks. I leave you with an expression that has inspired me over the years "Onward ever, backward never, within ourselves our future lies". Here's to the future �may it be filled with peace, prosperity, love, joy, health and happiness! HERE'S TO YOU! CALENDAR OF EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS CALENDAR OF EVENTS May 12 May 19 June 9 June 16 August 6 August 11 August 18 September 8 September 15 Executive Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Executive Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting HAVANA NIGHT � Location TBA Executive Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting Executive Committee Meeting Board of Directors Meeting BASFNews visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information I SPRING 5 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE POLITICAL CHANGES ON THE HORIZON Mayor and Commissioner recalled � Special Election set for May 24, 2011 Charter Changes being contemplated in mid-March, a special election saw the ouster of long time County Commissioner Natacha Seijas and Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the county's first "strong mayor". This started a political chain reaction, with a city mayor and a county commissioner both resigning to run for County mayor, a state legislator resigning to run for a county commission seat, thus creating a vacant state legislative seat too. A special election for Mayor, any vacant county commission and state legislative seat(s) are set for Tuesday, May 24, 2011. While no final charter reform items have been voted upon yet, it is anticipated that some charter reform proposals will be on the May 24 ballot, too. BIPAC scheduled its mayoral candidate screenings on April 14, and will have held County Commission and State House screenings in early May. County Manager Burgess Steps down � Alina Tejeda Hudak steps up � at their April 4, 2011 Meeting, the Miami-Dade County Commission welcomed their newest county manager, Ms. Alina Tejeda Hudak. Hudak, a 28-year County veteran with senior administrative experience, is the first woman county manager for Miami-Dade. She is experienced, and her "tell it like it is" style will help move the county through this transition period of special elections, strong mayor, charter reform and related government structure changes. We wish her the best of luck in her new position! Road Impact fee Delay Ordinance adopted at first reading - at their April 4, 2011 meeting, the Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously adopted a oneyear delay to the County's latest roadway impact fee step increase. The latest road impact fees revised during 2007-08, during a much different economy. Then, BASF's Legislative committee negotiated a five-year phase in of various impact fees. While police and fire saw nominal increases, roadways in particular underwent the biggest increase, due to the cost of road construction. The impact fees had never been raised since their original adoption, 17 years ago, in 1994. At the February 2011 Legislative Committee meeting, BASF members discussed their concerns about the "sticker shock" price of the latest fee increase and took action which resulted in the delay ordinance. A final ordinance should be adopted into law in about two months. Cost Savings: $1,200 per unit; nearly double for commercial and industrial uses. Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) includes recommendations to increase residential land supply � Home builders to see more opportunities in near term BASF Working Group's data won the day at the County Commission's March 23, 2011, EAR hearing, which information proved overwhelmingly that the County has been over-counting the remaining supply of residentially designated land. Over the past six months, BASF's EAR Working Group presented three different sets of comments to County staff that proved there was a five-year deficit in residentially designated land supply. The County Commission adopted many of BASF's recommendations at the March hearing. The recommendations will be implemented through future ordinances to increase the residential land supply. The EAR report, the legally required seven-year Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) update, will help set the table for future residential construction and more business success for our members. Future Opportunities Costs: Priceless! Government Affairs Director for Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties Truly Burton WASD Rules and Regulations finalized Final meetings with BASF members and staff were held with WASD staff which resulted in a final product in the new Rules and Regulations. The document will be presented to the County Commission's Infrastructure and Land Use April 13 Committee meeting. Then, it will likely be hearing at second reading/adoption hearing in May 2011. Highlights include moving up the timing of connection fee payments, a more realistic builder/developer reimbursement fee schedule, and a hearing examiner form of appeals on Rules and Regulations. Probably the most important shift was a provision which would allow the WASD Director or his designee to review and approve "equal alternate" engineering methods to resolve infill infrastructure and development issues. These will be increasingly important for future development, given the County's matured development pattern. Cost Savings to builders and home buyers: $1,400 per unit. 6 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FLAGLER DEVELOPMENT SPONSORS BASF AT DADE DAYS The Builders Association of South Florida (BASF) traveled to Tallahassee on April 6 and 7, 2011, to participate in the annual Miami-Dade County Days event. The BASF would like to thank Jose Gonzalez and Flagler Development Group for making the needed business trip a reality. Truly Burton (BASF) and Jose Gonzalez (Flagler Development) with Rep. Frank Artiles Jose Gonzalez (Flagler Development) and Truly Burton (BASF) with Senator Anitere Flores Jose Gonzalez (Flagler Development) and Truly Burton (BASF) with Mary Ferriero and Bonnie Michaels (Commissioner Sally Heyman's Office) Commissioner Lynda Bell (center) with Truly Burton (BASF) and Jose Gonzalez (Flagler Development) BASF MEMBERS SCREEN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYORAL CANDIDATES In preparing to fill the currently vacant seat of Miami-Dade County Mayor, the BASF hosted two separate screening events, on April 14 and May 5, so that its members could ask candidates the questions that mattered to them. The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24. Al Milo, Jr. (Urban Development Group), Hialeah Mayor and Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Julio Robaina and Truly Burton (BASF) Marianna Perez (City National Bank), Tracy Slavens, Esq. (Holland & Knight) and Silvio Cardoso (EcoSmart) Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Jose "Pepe" Cancio with Luis Garcia (Adonel Concrte) Al Milo, Jr. (Urban Development Group) with Florida House Representative and Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Marcelo Llorente Ben Solomon, Esq. (Solomon & Furshman, LLP) , Wendy Murray (Alliance C.A.S., LLC), Richard Gomez (TGSV Construction) and Luis Rabell (LPR Builders) BASFNews visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information I SPRING 7 MEMBER NEWS AL MILO, JR. AND BEN SOLOMON PROMOTE BASF ON CAMERA You've probably noticed a couple of familiar faces on television this month as BASF President Al Milo, Jr. and Second Vice President Ben Solomon have appeared as guests on Comcast Newsmakers with Spero Canton, the show's anchor. Milo spoke specifically about Comcast Cares Day and how this year's event supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade was especially gratifying to him. Milo, who is a product of the Boys and Girls Clubs, credits the organization with helping him to succeed in life. "I am just one of thousands of youngsters that has benefited from the educational programs offered by this fine organization," said Milo. "The Boys and Girls Clubs helped to build my self esteem and taught me the value of giving back to the community I call home." BASF members, their families and friends gathered at the Boys and Girls Clubs location on SW 32 Avenue on April 30 to help upgrade the facilities and grounds. New landscaping was added and one of the buildings received a make-over, courtesy of the Builders Association of South Florida. COMCAST Newsmakers Host Spero Canton with BASF President Al Milo, Jr. (Urban Development Group) COMCAST Newsmakers Host Spero Canton with Philanthropy Committee Chair Ben Solomon (Solomon & Furshman, LLP) This was BASF's fourth consecutive year as a major supporter of Comcast Cares Day. In his interview with Spero Canton, Ben Solomon emphasized BASF's ongoing mission to support the South Florida community. "We want to help make a difference in people's lives," said Solomon. "Our members have stepped-up time and again when called upon to lend support." Solomon spoke about how the association has provided needed support to His House Children's Home, a private, non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to restoring the joy in the lives of children from newborn to 18 years of age and children who have transitioned out of the foster care system and families. The agency provides residential care for abused, neglected and drug exposed children in a home-like campus setting. BASF remodeled one of the many cottages serving as home to 12 foster children, by adding new appliances, kitchen cabinets, kitchen flooring and new bathroom fixtures. The makeover also included landscaping, painting and electrical, and new windows. BUILDER ADOLPH BERGER DIES AT 81 A Past President of the Builders Association of South Florida (BASF), Hall of Fame member and a longtime NAHB and FHBA member, Adolph J. "Ady" Berger died March 25, 2011 at his home in Coconut Grove. He was 81. Berger teamed up with his brother-in-law and another BASF Past President Lenny Miller to make 8 BASFNews I SPRING Pasadena Homes � one of South Florida's most respected and successful home building and land development firms. Miller and Pasadena were recently honored for being an NAHB member for 50 years. A "gentleman" in the truest sense of the word, Berger won friends everywhere he went with a warm and inviting persona. Behind his low-key demeanor was sheer brilliance, both in business and academics. He graduated with Master's Degrees from the Tuck School of Business and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He leaves behind his wife and loving partner of 55 years, Helene, son Mark and daughter Bonnie (both medical doctors) and four grandchildren. He served on a number of charitable and community organizations, including on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Helene and Adolph Berger Family Foundation at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org Toni Pacelli-Hinkley Leaving BASF As she prepares for the new challenges that lie ahead for her, I want to say thank you on behalf of the Builders Association of South Florida to Toni Pacelli-Hinkley for her many years of dedicated service to our organization. It is only fitting that we say our goodbyes in an issue of BASF News, realizing how much time and energy she spent making this an award winning magazine. But then again, Toni is no stranger to awards. She won over 10 national awards from the NAHB, including its award for the Best Executive Officer. Some of those were for generating financial and other assistance on issues important to our members. Toni also won the FHBA's highest award for one of her most innovative events: She persuaded 127 people to fill a Boeing jet to Tallahassee to rally legislators on property tax reform. Toni helped expand BASF's community outreach and philanthropic efforts. She also improved the use of print and electronic media, BASF's web site and other marketing opportunities to spread important news about BASF. Few industry associations have been hit by the economic collapse as hard as Florida's building industry, and Toni's enthusiasm helped build morale and preserve membership. We are a much better organization today because of her. Toni takes with her many fond memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime. BASF will miss her. � Al Milo, Jr., 2011 BASF President THROUGH THE YEARS � A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE Since 2003 Toni Pacelli-Hinkley has won numerous honors, including the national David G. Lloyd Award for association management excellence and ten National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Executive Officer Council Association Executive Achievement (AEA) Awards for successful programs, projects and community-support activities. Florida Home Builders Association President Al Zichella claims "Toni personifies professionalism," and recognizes her value to the BASF and the industry as a whole. Most recently, the Executive Officers Council of NAHB once again presented a plaque to Pacelli-Hinkley in recognition of her commitment to excellence. This award represented her more than 250 hours dedicated to professional development and education. visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information BASFNews I SPRING 9 MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES MEMBERS GET "REEL" ABOUT SAVING MONEY AND GOING GREEN On Wednesday, March 16, members met at the BASF offices to learn about cash incentive and loan programs available for those planning to renovate businesses, stores and offices for greater energy efficiency. During the free workshop sponsored by Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade REEL (Renovation Energy Efficient Loans program) and Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, remodelers, contractors and business owners were enlightened as to the money and loan programs Marlen Oria (FP&L), Maribel Balbin (Miami-Dade Sustainability Office), Bob that are available when going green. Cambric and Sheryl Cook (SF Regional Planning Council) and Anthony Britto (Miami FHA Field Office, HUD) The workshop also Marlen Oria, Florida Power and Light and highlighted the State and Federal Energy Anthony Brito, FHA Miami Office, FHA Conservation Remodeling and Renovation Power Source Program. Incentive Loan Programs. Guest speakers included Maribel Balbin, Office of Sustainability, Miami-Dade County; Bob Cambric and Cheryl Cook, South Florida Regional Planning Council; Ken Dombrosky (Light Bulbs Unlimited), Isabel Abreu (Authentic Construction) and Marlen Oria (Florida Power and Light) Alex Morales (Towne Construction), Ray Burke (Burcorp, LLC), Wendy Murray (Alliance CAS, LLC) and Dennis Cardoso (EcoSmart) Maribel Balbin (Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability) with Dennis Cardoso (EcoSmart) Lani Kahn-Drody (Lowell International Realty) and Tom M. David, Esq. (Thomas M. David Law Offices) Sheryl Cook and Bob Cambric (SF Regional Planning Council) Jonathan Finch (Alliance C.A.S., LLC) and Ken Dombrosky (Light Bulbs Unlimited) Alex Mantecon (Aurora Construction) and Raul Rodriguez (Fuentes Group) 10 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES JW MARRIOTT MIX-N-MINGLE BASF got a head start on this year's St. Patrick's Day celebrations as the organization hosted one of the merriest mix-n-mingles on March 16. With Guinness on tap, members, leaders and guests gathered inside Drakes Bar at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami. Reminiscent of a classic Irish pub, this Brickell location offered members specialty drinks and appetizers and served as the perfect toast to the end of a business day. BASF would like to thank the JW Marriott Miami for hosting this Ken Dombrosky (Light Bulbs Unlimited) with Tina Herald & Christian beautiful event. Saiia (COMCAST) John Peters (Bonded Builders), Ken Dombrosky (Light Bulbs Unlimited) and John Bennett (Coastal Construction Group) Luis Rabell (LPR Builders), Richard Horton (The Green Companies) and Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jr. (BankUnited) Dan Rodriguez, Sean Rezai, (Quantum AV Solutions), Dayana Leme (Arkin Construction) and Lindsay Scherr (Specialty Engineering Consultants, Inc.) Henry Sanchez & Dal Tile (Gables Pool) & Dan Rodriguez Tina Herald (COMCAST) and Denise Echezarreta, Esq. (The Barthet Firm) Gary Eggers (Sherwin-Williams), Evita Francuz (Bank of America) and Rick Horton (The Green Companies) Truly Burton (BASF), John Bennett (Coastal Construction) and Lindsay Scherr (Specialty Engineering Consultants) Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial) with Gary Eggers (Sherwin-Williams) Daniel Rodriguez withToni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information BASFNews I SPRING 11 COVER STORY Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial), sizes up the competition BASF MEMBERS GET IN THE SWING A beautifully breezy South Florida afternoon proved to be the perfect enticement for the over 80 members and friends who attended BASF's annual golf outing at the treacherous par 72 Senator Golf Course at Shula's Golf Club. The course, one of South Florida's most popular, was kind to BASF this year with top scores coming in at 14-under par. It was a far cry from last year's tourney where golfers had to fight off strong winds and heavy rains. "What a difference a year can make," said Rob Duffy, tournament chairman and president of Foundation Insurance Group LLC. "It was a perfect day to be out of the office and hitting a golf ball with friends. And the spirits on most of the 18 holes just added to the festivities." Following the round, the golfers gathered for a delicious buffet dinner and to share stories of the shots that got away. Prizes were awarded to those who recorded the lowest scores. And a host of great gifts were raffled off so that everyone could leave a winner. Plans for the 2012 BASF golf tournament are already underway. Jaclyn Bentley (Aaron Behar, P.A.), Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF), Aaron Behar, Esq, (Aaron Behar, P.A.) John McCarthy (Superior Landscaping), Daniel Rodriguez, Bobby Suarez (Unity Real Estate Group), Gabriel Albelo (Notary Delivery) Rey Veloso, Juan Grandes, Jorge Fernandez, Felipe Espinosa, Mario Gonzalez (Miami-Dade Fire Fighters) George Skrbin (Association Services of Florida), Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial), Apolo Lagarde (Southern Waste Systems, LLC), Daniel Rodriguez, Sean Rezai (Quantum AV Solutions) and Ian Koven (Aaron Behar, P.A.) 12 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org Jose Gonzalez (Flagler Development), follows his drive down the fairway Carolina Pelleya, Isabel Diaz & Barbara Ferrer, Esq. (Broad & Cassel) Frank Carreras (BenTrust Financial) attempts to cut the corner on the par 5 dogleg right Mike Kuehn (Keen Investigations) addresses the ball with his 5-iron BASF members line up a downhill putt which appears to break hard to the left Fernando Gomez (BankUnited) watches as his tee shot lands safely in the fairway MAJOR SPONSORS Whirlpool Corporation Arazoza Brothers Corp. Janina Goenaga (BASF) with Golf Tournament Sponsor Loretta Saulsberry (Whirlpool Corporation) Association Services of Florida Broad and Cassel Cherry, Bekaert, & Holland, L.L.P. Daniel Rodriguez, Odalys Saenz (BASF) and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Ed Swakon, Jr. & Ed Swakon (EAS Engineering) and Manny Gutierrez (Prospect Mortgage) Roberto Ayala Jerry Alicea, Katie Corteau, Benjamin Caban, Christopher Cramer (Sonesta Bayfront Hotel) Robert Ayala (Arazoza Brothers) Sean Rezai (Quantum AV Solutions) Audley Bosch (Cushman & Wakefield of FL.), George Gonzalez (Merrill Lynch) BASFNews visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information I SPRING 13 Brian Latta, Jose Gonzalez, Manny Arencibia and Alex Gonzalez (Flagler Development) Aaron Behar, Esq. & Jaclyn Bentley (Aaron Behar, P.A.) John Joffre D.D.S., Mike Kuehn (Keen Investigations), John Kiskinis (Kiskinis Communications) and Andy Korge (Korge & Company) Fernando Gomez (BankUnited), Audley Bosch (Cushman & Wakefield of FL), George Gonzalez (Merrill Lynch) and Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. (BankUnited) Fernando Gomez (BankUnited) and George Gonzalez (Merrill Lynch) Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial) with Aaron Behar,Esq. (Aaron Behar, P.A.) Robert Yount (TGSV) and Brandon Tierney (Mount Sinai Hospital) Isabel Diaz, Carolina Pelleya, Barbara Ferrer, Esq., Mark Raymond and Robert Barkin (Broad & Cassel) Michele Fernandez (Law Offices of Steven A Greenspan) with Jorge Fernandez (Miami-Dade Fire Fighters) Sandra Lozano, Aileen Estopinan and Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial) John McCarthy (Superior Landscaping) scans the fairway for a safe landing spot Richard Gomez (TGSV) smiles after another birdie putt John Kiskinis (Kiskinis Communications) chooses to go with his trustie 5 wood 14 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org Ralph Puig (CEMEX) and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Eric Suarez and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Michele Fernandez (Law Offices of Steven A Greenspan) and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Alex Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Manny Arencibia and Brian Latta (Flagler Development Group) Gus Gil (Gil Enterprises) with Ray Martinez (RM Architects) Daniel Rodriguez with Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Mario Gonzalez (Miami-Dade Fire Fighters), Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial), Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Mark Raymond (Broad & Cassel), Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group), Ashley Bosch (Blok Urban Development) Frank Carreras (BenTrust Financial) and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) A nice follow through on display by Ben Solomon, Esq. (Solomon & Furshman, LLP) Norbert Nu�ez, Ralph Puig, J.C.Calleiro, (CEMEX) and Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group) Steven Martin (Alliance CAS, LLC) admires his 8-iron shot on the par three BASFNews visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information I SPRING 15 NAHB FALL PROTECTION TRAINING SEMINAR The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in conjunction with the NAHB Research Center (NAHBRC) has trained 180 participants in four states across the country to conduct Fall Protection Training Seminars at its affiliate associations. This past march, BASF invited Matt Murphy to host the workshop at its Miami Lakes office. Conducting in-person training on fall protection in the residential construction industry, builders, trade contractors, supervisors and workers were invited to the training program which focused on identifying fall hazards, as well as, providing attendees an understanding of the OSHA fall protection regulations and safe work practices to prevent fall-related injuries and deaths. Special emphasis was placed on how to develop a written fall protection plan, how to protect stairways, leading edges, window/wall openings and floor holes, how to use a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS), how to safely construct rafters and install roof trusses and sheeting, and other safe work practices when working at heights. Each participant received a NAHB-OSHA Fall Protection Handbook, NAHB Fall Protection Video, NAHB-OSHA Scaffold Safety Handbook, NAHB Scaffold Safety Video, and other valuable safety and health materials. Luis Gomez (Association Services of Florida), Wendy Murray (Alliance C.A.S., LLC), Matt Murphy (NAHB) and Stephanie Cheeke (Association Services of Florida) A group of more than 35 members and non-members attended the training seminar to learn about the industry's safety regulations. INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW IN ORLANDO SETS PROFESSIONALS APART At the International Builders Show (IBS) this past January in Orlando, more than 50,000 of the industry's top professionals � builders, remodelers, architects and suppliers � attended the event. In addition to reviewing a variety of products displayed across approximately 500,000 net square feet of exhibit space, many residential construction industry professionals kept abreast of new rules, product advancements and changes in technology by attending the 200 plus educational seminars covering everything from housing trends to the latest installation techniques. BASF is proud to announce that Cobblestone sponsor Sherwin-Williams was one of those above mentioned in attendance advancing their commitment to customer quality. Photo courtesy of the NAHB: � Oscar Einzig Photography. Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) with Owens Corning's insulation icon Pink Panther at IBS BASF Cobblestone Sponsor Sherwin-Williams' Halo Fernandez, Jay Caravia and Tom Little at their booth at IBS Exhibitors showcase their latest products to commercial buyers and consumers at one of the biggest home shows in the country. 16 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES GROVE ISLE HOSTS FEBRUARY NETWORKING RECEPTION The Grove Isle Hotel & Spa hosted a BASF networker on February 17, treating members and potential members to the perfect afternoon getaway. BASF Leaders invited membership to meet and discuss with them their plans for 2011 at the beautiful, private island resort located right on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. BASF would like to thank Grove Isle Hotel & Spa for its continuous, award-winning hospitality and its gracious sponsoring of such events. Marianna E. Perez (City National Bank) and Alberto Milo Jr. (The Urban Development Group, LLC) Gary Eggers (Sherwin-Williams) Denisse Echezarreta (The Barthet Firm) and Halo Fernandez (Sherwin-Williams) Ben Solomon (Solomon & Furshman, LLP), Jeanie L. Hernandez (COMCAST), Alberto Milo Jr. (The Urban Development Group, LLC) and John Kiskinis (Kiskinis Communications) Aaron Behar, Esq. (Aaron Behar, P.A.), Dan Rodriguez and Paul Brancaleone (Richard & Rice Construction Co.) Christian Saiia (COMCAST), Ben Solomon (Solomon & Furshman, LLP) and Al Milo, Jr. (Urban Development Group) Denisse Echezarreta (The Barthet Firm) and Jenna Sowers (Reprograhic Services, Inc.) Aaron Behar, Esq. (Aaron Behar, P.A.), Luis F. Qui�ones, Jr. (BenTrust Financial), Truly Burton (BASF), Harry Sonenblum (Riemer Insurance) Dan Rodriguez, Rob Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group), Fernando Gomez (BankUnited) and Marianna Perez (City National Bank) Luis F. Qui�ones (BenTrust Financial) and Marianna E. Perez (City National Bank) Jenna Sowers (Reprograhic Services, Inc.) and Yalennie Vinas (GMG Advertising) Aaron Behar, Esq. (Aaron Behar, P.A.), Tamara Ellis (Randstad) BASFNews visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information I SPRING 17 MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES INDUSTRY LEADERS MEET AND GREET TO DISCUSS YEAR AHEAD At an intimate reception held in February at the home of Larry and Susan Kahn, BASF's Hall of Fame Board of Governors hosted former BASF Presidents and Vice-Presidents, the current Executive Committee and FHBA President Al Zichella for an unofficial brainstorming session meant to introduce leadership on a much more informal level. Serving as mentors for the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors offered experienced advice and strategies for the future of the organization. BASF would like to thank Larry and Susan Kahn for so graciously hosting this very special night. Jon Fels (Brookman-Fels), Deborah Reyes (Capital American Mortgage), Miriam Alvarez (Bonded Builders) and David Adler (Adler Companies) Lani Kahn Drody (Lowell International Realty) and Al Milo, Jr. (Urban Development Group) with Hall of Fame members and evening hosts Larry & Susan Kahn (Lowell Homes) Joe Goldstein, Esq. (Holland & Knight), and Cynthia and Ben Solomon, Esq. (Solomon & Furshman, LLP) Lourdes & Rick Horton (The Green Companies), Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) and John McQueston (Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate) Lenny Miller, Larry Kahn (Lowell Homes) and Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) John McQueston (Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate), Deborah & Art Reyes (Capital American Mortgage) Jon Fels (Brookman-Fels) and Larry Kahn (Lowell Homes) LENNY MILLER HONORED BY FHBA FHBA President Al Zichella, left, honors BASF Past President and Florida House Hall of Fame member Lenny Miller during the BASF Hall of Fame Leadership Reception for his 50 years of service as a member of the National Association of Home Builders. 18 BASFNews I SPRING Miriam Alvarez (Bonded Builders), Lani Kahn Drody & Gene Drody (Lowell International Realty) membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES A JOLLY, JOLLY JAMBOREE AT EL DORADO FURNITURE The Holidays bring lots of cheer. Among them is an association favorite � the annual BASF Holiday Party, sponsored by El Dorado Furniture. Last December, plenty of members were happy to be a part of it. More than 75 BASF members and guests gathered at El Dorado Furniture in Miami Gardens for the annual one-week-early "Noche Buena" celebration. Attendants were greeted with drinks and a variety of dishes from the delicious kitchens of Miami Lakes-based Italy Today and Cancun Grill. Spirits were high as some members toured the beautiful showroom, complete with seasonal decorations and a 10-foot Christmas tree. BASF would like to thank El Dorado Furniture and the Cap� family for hosting the always wonderful holiday event, as well as their continual support of toy drives for the Pediatric Wards at Jackson Hospital, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Amigos for Kids. Alex Castellanos (BB&T), Shahin Etessam (CD Group, LLC), Carolina Herrera (Lennar Homes) Loretta L. Saulsberry (Whirlpool Corp.) and Wendy Murray (Alliance C.A.S., LLC) Dan Rodriguez, Marci Friedman (Yachting Experts), Luis Garcia (Adonel Concrete) Henry Sanchez (Gables Pool), Janina Goenaga (BASF) and Dan Rodriguez Carolina Herrera (Lennar Homes) and Shahin Etessam (CD Group, LLC) Alex Castellanos (BB&T), Richard Gomez (TGSV Enterprises, Inc.) and Alex Galvez (Cogent Consulting Engineering) Daniel Marrero (American Fasteners Corp.), Jerry Leguillow (Mayfair Hotel & Spa), Dony Ponce, Angel Morales, Claudia Pino and Noel Guerrero (American Fasteners Corp.) Sonia McQueston (HOST Interiors), Richard Horton (The Green Companies), Harry Sonenblum (Riemer Insurance), Ben Solomon, Esq. (Solomon & Furshman LLP), John McQueston (Campbell & Rosemurgy Real Estate) Christian Saiia (COMCAST), Marci Friedman (Yachting Experts), Alberto Milo Jr. (The Urban Development Group, LLC), Dan Rodriguez and Luis Garcia (Adonel Concrete) 20 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org MEMBER OPPORTUNITIES BRAD HUNTER RETURNS FOR 2011 INDUSTRY FORECAST BASF hosted a presentation titled "New Year's Revelations not Resolutions" featuring Brad Hunter, Chief Economist and National Director of Consulting for MetroStudy, on Thursday, January 27 at Shula's Hotel and Golf Club (6842 Main Street) in Miami Lakes. "Members were anxious to hear Brad's forecast for the South Florida market in 2011 and 2012," said BASF President Alberto Milo, Jr. "He thoroughly described exactly what challenges and opportunities lay in our industry." Hunter's program touched on such subjects as local positioning and strategies and he also presented hard numbers on home sales and distressed properties in many South Florida cities. The program was generously sponsored by Whirlpool. Alberto Milo Jr. (The Urban Development Group, LLC), Loretta L. Saulsberry (Whirlpool Corp.) and Brad Hunter (MetroStudy) Betty De Varona (Yachting Experts), Ben Solomon, Esq. (Solomon & Furshman, LLP), Miriam Alvarez (Bonded Builders Warranty Group) George Skrbin (Association Services of Florida), Wendy Murray (Alliance C.A.S., LLC), Loretta L. Saulsberry (Whirlpool Corp.) and Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) Miriam Alvarez (Bonded Builders), Luis Garcia (Adonel Concrete) and Lani Kahn Drody (Lowell International Realty) Henry Sanchez (Gables Pool), Aaron Behar, Esq. (Aaron Behar, PA) and Luis F. Qui�ones Jr., (BenTrust Financial) Victor F. Rosado (RC Aluminum), Gary Eggers and Halo Fernandez (Sherwin-Williams) Denisse Echezarreta (The Barthet Firm), Manuel Echezarreta (The Ford Companies) and Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) John Kiskinis (Kiskinis Communications), Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF), Alberto Milo, Jr. (The Urban Development Group) Penny Wools (BB&T), Brad Hunter (MetroStudy) and Wendy Murray (Alliance C.A.S., LLC) Luis F. Qui�ones Jr., (BenTrust Financial) and Sean Rezai (Quantum AV Solutions) visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information BASFNews I SPRING 21 MEMBERS DOING BUSINESS WITH MEMBERS NEW MEMBERS Accolade Construction Company, LLC Henrique Chor (305) 705-0001 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Andelson Construction Elizabeth Delgado (305) 592-0605 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Aurora Construction and Restoration Alex Mantecon (305) 233-1539 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Borano Inc. Sam Hanna (561) 939-3368 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Quantum AV Solutions Sean Rezai (305) 458-7945 Sponsored by: Fernando X. Gomez BankUnited Avatar Properties Jeff Daley (305) 442-7000 Sponsored by: Gregg Truxton Bainbridge Development Richard Schechter (561) 333-3669 Sponsored by: Oscar Barbara Quantum Hollub Homes Harry Hollub (305) 665-4275 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group KPMG, LLP Lori Fields (954) 462-4703 Sponsored by: Freddie Finkelstein Zone Advisors, Inc Lennar Homes Carlos Gonzalez (305) 559-1951 M2E Consulting Engineers Misrolav Mladenovic 305-665-1700 Sponsored by: Rey Melendi Lennar Homes Minto Communities, Inc. Dirk Neumann (954) 973-4490 Sponsored by: Fernando Martinez Caribe Homes Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Vickie Bartholomew (561) 394-8609 Sponsored by: Silvio Cardoso EcoSmart US, LLC Native Construction Contracting, Inc. Brett Ekblom (305) 852-3116 Sponsored by: Rey Melendi Lennar Homes Regency Pools and Spa of Florida, Inc. Rafael Imbert (954) 583-7373 Sponsored by: Noah Breakstone BTI Developers Robinette Homes Signature Series, Inc. Ford Robinette (954) 370-7172 Sponsored by: Noah Breakstone BTI Developers R&S General Contractors Salvatorre Guariniello (954) 583-1857 Sponsored by: Fernando Martinez Caribe Homes RW Baker Construction, Inc. Robert W. Baker (305) 665-7654 Sponsored by: Silvio Cardoso EcoSmart US, LLC SD Construction, LLC Domingo Cortinez (786) 371-7969 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development Schachne Architects & Builders, Inc. Stan Schachne (954) 236-9660 Sponsored by: Robert Duffy Foundation Insurance Schooley Construction, Inc. Ra Schooley (305) 238-5674 Sponsored by: Lani Kahn Drody Lowell Homes Randstad Tamara Elis (305) 556-9060 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Bennett & Bennett CPA's, PA Greatstone Development Sandra H. Bennett (954) 452-5155 Riemer Insurance Group Sponsored by: Carolina Herrera Henry Sonenblum Lennar Homes (954) 454-3145 Sainz Homes, LLC Juan C. Sainz (305) 303-5442 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development Solid Builders Construction Christopher Louis (954) 433-7990 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Bobby The Builder Robert Stoky (305) 451-4502 Sponsored by: Richard Horton The Green Companies Brookman-Fels Jon Fels (305) 932-4800 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo. Jr. The Urban Development Group D & S Construction Services Donald Vander Linde (954) 562-7701 Sponsored by: Jon Remes CEMEX EAS Engineering, Inc. Ed Swakon (305) 445-5553 Sponsored by: Ron Schwartz Gloron & Associates, Inc. Florida Silica & Company Ray Rodriguez (954) 923-8280 Sponsored by: Luis Qui�ones, Jr. BenTrust Financial Gomez Quality Insulation, Inc. Nestor Gomez (305) 477-5776 Sponsored by: Jon Remes CEMEX Greatstone Development, Inc/CD Group LLC Shahin Etessam (305) 364-8505 Sponsored by: Silvio Cardoso EcoSmart US, LLC Floor & Decor Karen Guerrero The Barthet Firm (305) 796-3816 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Dennisse Ehezarreta (305) 347-5290 Greatstone Development Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development Floors by Design, Inc Alfred Menendez The Lasarte Firm (305) 986-8850 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Felix Lasarte (305) 594-2877 Greatstone Development Sponsored by: Truly Burton Law Offices of Steven A Greenspan Steven A. Greenspan (305) 270-0363 Sponsored by: Silvio Cardoso EcoSmart US, LLC Lowes Home Center Paul Laurent (954) 680-8667 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Lowes Home Improvement Inc #1841 Keith B. Marsh (305) 817-6570 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo, Jr. The Urban Development Group Palm Corp Development Group Gus Deribeaux (305) 446-7990 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS Arazoza Brothers Corp. Alberto Arazoza (305) 246-3223 Sponsored by: Lani Kahn Drody Lowell Homes Archie Construction Incorporated Rommy A. Silva (305) 596-2324 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development Association Services of Florida George Skribin (954) 922-3514 Sponsored by: Fernando Martinez FM Realty Paramount Depot Rafael Dominguez (786) 275-0111 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development, Swezy Realty, Inc. Inc/CD Group LLC Lewis Swezy (305) 821-0330 Persant Construction Sponsored by: Company, Inc. Charles E. Rogers Jorge A. Pernas (786) 299-3246 The Law Offices of Sponsored by: Ruben Bertran Paul Savage, P.A. Vitran Homes Paul Savage, Esq. (305) 444-7188 Rammar Construction Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Companies Greatstone Development Tirso P. Martinez (305) 558-5689 Sponsored by: Bill Dowd Roemer Insurance Agency 22 BASFNews I SPRING membership benefits available at www.basfonline.org The Florida Marlins Anthony Jabara (305) 626-7247 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo The Urban Development Group United Iron Works. Inc Fernando Coloma 305-663-2801 Sponsored by: Ray Castellanos Authentic Construction Vitran Homes Luis Villar (305) 233-4460 Sponsored by: Shahin Etessam Greatstone Development Yachting Experts Betty De Varona (786) 228-8928 Sponsored by: Alberto Milo The Urban Development Group Zone Advisors Feddie Finkelstein (561) 883-8100 Sponsored by: Lani Kahn Drody Lowell Homes, Inc. SPIKE CLUB UPDATE Statesman Spike (500 Credits & Above) Bill Dowd 765.5 Jon Fels 509.5 Super Spike (250-499 Credits) Jean Frandsen Lani Kahn Drody Oscar Barbara Sandy Miot Luis Rabell Rick Horton Lew Lautin Bernie Offenberg Silvio Cardoso Jeff Spear Royal Spike (150-249 Credits) Omer Gaudette Lenny Miller John Arbib George Berlin Ron Schwartz Adolph Berger David Adler Susan Highsmith Rey Melendi Robert Duffy Mark Levy Red Spike (100-149 Credits) Eduardo Camet Irv Adler Marc Dunn Harold Eisenacher Noah Breakstone 456 Lonnie Raulerson 419.75 Jon Remes 409.5 Frank Robles 392 Oscar DiVeroli 333 325.5 Green Spike 282.5 (50-99 Credits) 274.5 Bill Graham 265 Randy Schwartz 262 Jim Carr Barry Pollock Deborah A. Reyes Miriam R. Alvarez 236 Larry Kahn 225.5 Todd Stephens 217.5 Thomas P. Murphy, Jr. 209.5 Stan Krieger 206.5 Robert Bonnet 198.5 Mike Cannon 166.5 Jeff Gillispie 157.5 Milton Bloom 156 Carlos E. Gonzalez, Jr. 156.5 Andrew Witkin 154.5 Charles E. Rogers Frank Palen Patricia Mendoza 148.5 146.5 143 139.5 139 138 131 129.5 126 Life Spike - Navy (25-49 Credits) Leo Schwartzberg E.E. Hubshman Dennis Kleinman John McQueston Bob Legg Javier Fernandez Robert Green Thomas Williams Albert Cohen Ileana Marquez Shahin Etessam Hank Green Guillermina Ojeda Jim Shafer Harry Sonenblum Robert Dady Jose Fernandez Ashley Bosch Stephen Reimer Charlotte Floyd Keith Hurand 51.5 51 Luis Quinones Fernando Martinez Tony Palumbo Joe Crider Steve Solomon Fred Sanchez Julian David Gonzalez Blas E. Garcia John Kiskinis Carolina Herrera Ray Castellanos Diana Ibarria Raymond Butler Margaret Diaz Don McCartney Orlando Diaz Stanley Price Armando Goenaga Jessica Gonzalez Tacks (0.5 -5 Credits) Carey Keyes Guelcys Perez Joe Avetrani Ben Solomon Manny Fernandez Juan C. Enriquez Daniel Follese Joseph H. Roth III Andrew Fields Tyler Chappell 18.5 15 15 14 13.5 12.5 12.5 10 10 10 9 9 8.5 8 7 7 7 6 6 Lori Fields Luis Garcia Frank Mackle Alberto Miranda Thomas C. Murphy Bernie Navarro Guido Perou Hiram Rodriguez Raul Sotolongo Jason T. Quimby Carlos Castella�os Betty De Varona Javier Estrada Alex Fernandez Marcia Friedman Fransisco Garcia Bernando Kopel Jami Reyes Kimberly Prat Miguel A. Ruiz Kirk Yourmans Ernesto Castillo Jay Caravia Jose Fernandez Harry Hollub Harris Millman Scott J. Topolski 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 91 90.5 89 85 83.5 82.5 80 78 77.5 74 66.5 66.5 65.5 59.5 55.5 53.5 53 49.5 49 48.5 47.5 46.5 46.5 44 39.5 39 38 35 36.5 36.5 36.5 37.5 35.5 33 29 26.5 25.5 25 Spike (6-24 Credits) J.C. Calleiro 22 Al Milo, Jr. 20.5 Elizabeth Freeman 18.5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 2.5 2.5 2 BASF DELIVERS GIFTS TO JACKSON'S PEDIATRIC WARD BASF leaders, members and staff, as well as Representative Cynthia Stafford-District 8 (D), made children's dreams come true this past winter, as the group played Santa to the Pediatric Ward of Jackson Hospital in downtown Miami. Thanks to the generous donations from the membership, BASF was able to donate toys to nearly 50 children the week before Christmas and more than $300 to Broward Partneship for the Homeless. Luis F. Qui�ones Jr., (BenTrust Financial), Truly Burton (BASF), Dan Rodriguez and Alyce Rodriguez, Robert Duffy (Foundation Insurance Group), Al Milo Jr. (The Urban Development Group, LLC) and Odalys G. Saenz (BASF) Odalys G. Saenz and Toni Pacelli-Hinkley (BASF) visit www.basfonline.org for up to date industry information BASFNews I SPRING 23