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Coral Gables Businesses Shine at the Diamond Awards ADRIANA SERNA Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

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he Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will honor excellence in business at the 2011 Diamond Awards on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Coral Gables Country Club. Shannon Hori, CBS4 anchor, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies at the annual awards luncheon. Each year, the Diamond Awards shine the spotlight of recognition on outstanding local businesses and their achievements. It is the Chamber’s signature awards program, honoring excellence in business achievement, corporate citizenship, customer service and workplace environment.

IN THIS ISSUE • Chairman’s Remarks

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• President’s Perspective

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• Trustee Talk

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• Chamber Events

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• Membership Highlights

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• Calendar of Events

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• Sponsor Recognition

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“The annual Diamond Awards are our Chamber’s way of recognizing outstanding companies that are doing luminous work in our community, as well as a reward for those organizations that are achieving stellar success in the workplace,” said Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The prestigious Diamond Awards will honor businesses in eight different categories this year. The finalists for the 2011 Diamond Awards are:

Restaurant / Retail Award: Misha’s Cupcakes, Morton’s the Steakhouse and Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Hearts on Fire Award (Large Business): Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., Cherry Bekaert & Holland, LLC, and The Palace Group

Carbon Award: Barakat Law, Eliptek Technology Group and IT Support Miami

Princess of Hearts Award (Small Business): ActionCOACH Team Sage, Artigano and Logistical Outsourcing, Inc. Diamond in the Rough Award: Coral Gables Country Club, Samuel A. Rubert, P.A. and Threefold Studios Non-Profit Award: Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, Family Resource Center and YMCA of Greater Miami Minority Owned Award: Chispa Marketing, Touché Beauty and ulltium consulting, Inc.

Ideal Workplace: Baptist Health South Florida, Cherry Bekaert & Holland, LLC and The Palace Group The 2011 Diamond Awards are presented by Montica Jewelry and sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, East Coast Public Adjusters, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and City National Bank. The program sponsor is PhotoOffset. Attendance for Chamber Members is $50 per person, $60 for non-members. Reserved VIP Tables of ten are available for $600. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more about this event, contact Erica Dominguez at at 305-446-1657 or via e-mail at edominguez@coralgableschamber.org

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ARTICLE PENDING Drew Kern Esslinger-WootenMaxwell CGCC Chairman kern.d@ewm.com

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f you were able to join us at our most recent Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast, you heard the President and CEO of the Beacon Council, Frank Nero, give our membership an update on the program known as One Community One Goal (OCOG). First created in 1996 as a way to target specific industries for MiamiDade County to encourage economic growth, OCOG is being updated and is now under the leadership of the Beacon Council. The goal of OCOG is to identify strengths and challenges of Miami Dade County’s economy and refine the targeted industries that will be the focus for future economic development efforts. As the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, we will dig a little deeper and identify industries areas that best fit Coral Gables – health care, technology, service firms - and have a specific plan of our own to open doors

to new business for our community. Frank Nero also shared the results of a county-wide survey with over 4100 responses. The questions ranged from what kind of business respondents are currently engaged to what growth or lack thereof they expect in their industries in the next year. In addition a large part of the survey dealt with what Miami-Dade County does best, and where we can most improve as we identify these new targeted industries. Now, the steering committee is working diligently toward presenting the final report to the business community in March 2012. At that time, along with the final report, we will see the marketing plan and recommendations for implementation. With so many devoted community leaders and organizations behind these efforts, it will certainly be a success and we are a proud partner. Thank you to Frank Nero and the Beacon Council for sharing this vital information with our Chamber first and we look forward to the positive impact it will have on our City Beautiful, as well as Miami-Dade County.

2011-2012 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman: Drew Kern (Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors) Chairman-Elect: Edward Holden (Mercantil Commercebank) Vice Chairman-Business & Economic Dev: Rosemary Guilfoyle (Public Adjusters, Inc.) Vice Chairman-Gov’t & Legislative Affairs: Laura Russo (Laura Russo, PA) Vice Chairman-Community Affairs: Nikki Deas (Vine Communications) Vice Chairman-Member Affairs: Amy Donner (Community Newspapers) Vice Chairman-International Affairs: Marco Ibarra (Eliptek Technology Group) Vice Chairman-Special Events: Barbara Schumann (Touché Beauty) Treasurer: Darla Thompson (Cherry Bekaert & Holland) Parliamentarian: Gabriel Castrillon (Hyatt Regency Coral Gables) Trustee Council Chair: Linda Knudsen (Baptist Health) Past Chairman: John O’Rourke (Montica Jewelry) Chairman’s Appointee: Martha de la Peña (Blue Cross Blue Shield) President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elected-term expires 2012 Hugo Arza (Holland & Knight LLP) Manny Alvarez (International Finance Bank) George Feliciano (Bay Plumbing) Maria Llorca (Village of Merrick Park) Marti Mang (TotalBank) Elected-term expires 2013 Perry Adair (Becker & Poliakoff) Ramon Ferrer (Florida Power & Light) Nelson Lazo (Doctors Hospital) Deirdre Nero (Nero Immigration Law) Dustin Symes (City National Bank)

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES SPONSORSHIP Open Doors to Greater Exposure and Bigger Business! The Coral Gables Chamber has many high profile events that offer outstanding promotional value to you business. Get involved in the community and sponsor one of our upcoming events. For more information contact Erica Dominguez at edominguez@coralgableschamber.org

ADVERTISING What happens if you do not advertise your business? Absolutely nothing. Make your business stand out and take full advantage of your Chamber membership. There are sponsorship opportunities, newsletter advertising, website advertising and much more available to you to help promote your business. Rates are available on the front page of our website, www.coralgableschamber.org or you can contact Adriana Serna at aserna@coralgableschamber.org.

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Elected-term expires 2014 Thad Adams (Allen Morris Companies) Brian Barakat (Barakat Law, P.A.) Wayne Eldred (Tarpon Bend) Frank Fernandez (US Century Bank) Anabella Smith (Zyscovich Architects) Appointees-term expires 8/31/2012 Sarah Nesbitt Artecona (University of Miami) John Knowles (Photo Offset) Dan Odess (East Coast Public Adjusters, Inc.) Marianne Sioli (CompuPay, Inc.) Zachary Sulkes (Bacardi USA) EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS City of Coral Gables Commissioner Frank C. Quesada City of Coral Gables Cynthia Birdsill (Economic Sustainability Department) Education Foundation of the Coral Gables Chamber: Drew Kern Coral Gables Community Foundation: Andria Hanley Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 305.446.1657

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE: WHERE’S THE BEEF? BURGERLISCIOUS! Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Mtrowbridge@coralgableschamber.org

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avor the flavor and take a bite out of the inaugural Burgerliscious festival on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Ponce Circle/Fred B. Hartnett Park. Bonafide burger aficionados will be able to sink their teeth into gourmet slider burgers prepared by more than twenty of Coral Gables’ premier restaurants. The festival will also kickoff Miami Live Music Month (www.livemiamimusic.com) with exciting entertainment presented by The Stage. Our Chamber is partnering with Samuel Adams and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to present this appetizing event to the public. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will also benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation by creating a fund to support local small businesses.

will help to further cement this in the minds of discriminating consumers. Participating Coral Gables restaurants include: 1862 Room at The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables • Anacapri on Ponce • Angelique Euro Café • Crave • Costazul • Courtyard Café • Fritz & Franz Bierhaus • John Martin’s Irish Pub • Morton’s the Steakhouse • Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge • Route 9 • Seasons 52 • Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill • The Bar • The Biltmore Hotel • The Local Craft Food and Drink • Two Sisters Restaurant • Sports Grill South Miami. Ticket packages will be available in general admission and VIP tiers. General Admission is $25 and includes 3 “sliders” and two Samuel Adams Beers. VIP tickets are $50 and include 3 “sliders” and two Samuel Adams Beers, as well as access to the Brown-Forman Beverages VIP Lounge. Tickets are currently available online at the Chamber’s website. On-site registration is $35 per person. Live music by DJ Mayner, Fusik and ArtOfficial will be proudly presented by The Stage to launch Miami Live Music Month, a premier program of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Sam Adams will offer six different beers that will pair with each of the burger offerings, including: Boston Lager, Sam Adams Light, Winter Lager, Cherry Wheat , Cream Stout and Latitude 48.

BURGERLISCIOUS is sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, BrownForman, The Village of Merrick Park, and YOUR Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

Burgerliscious was created to remind everyone that food can be both flavorful and fun – as well as a reason to gather as a community. Our burger festival is designed to position Coral Gables as a foodie mecca, no matter your style, budget or gastronomic cravings. We are recognized as a premier dining destination and Burgerliscious

For updates and more information, please visit Burgerliscious on Facebook (www.facebook.com/burgerliscious) and Twitter (www. twitter.com/Burgerliscious_). GET YOUR BURGER ON!

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TRUSTEE TALK

Linda Knudsen, Baptist Health of South Florida & Trustee Council Chair

You could just hear the “doors opening” as 100+ Trustee members and guests networked their way through our first receptions of the Chamber’s New Year. Thank you Jack Lowell and Flagler, as well as Ramon Usuategui from Gibraltar. Be sure to join us for our next Trustee Reception at Montica Jewelry on Tuesday, November 8th, at 5:30 p.m. at 75 Miracle Mile.

LindaK@baptisthealth.net

Since we all spend time networking, it might be helpful to remind ourselves how to network more effectively. You’ve heard it before: People do business with people they know, like and trust. So, what are you doing hiding out in your office? Get out there! Network! Shake hands, make eye contact, share stories, engage in small talk. That’s what creates rapport and builds relationships –– and eventually leads to business, job opportunities and new friends. While cold calling, online networking and social media have their place, nothing beats face-to-face time to engender trust. And Chamber activities and Trustee events are just

the functions to start or strengthen relationships! Follow these strategies, and you might actually enjoy yourself –– and meet your objectives as well. Strategy #1: Set a goal. Notice we didn’t say, “have an agenda.” Know what you hope to accomplish. Are you looking for business? A job? A new employee? Making contact with others in your industry? Having a plan helps ensure you make the most of your time. But, remember, to share, not sell, your product or service. Effective networking is about giving, not just getting. Strategy #2: Smile. If walking into a room of strangers isn’t high on your list of fun things to do, don’t let your body language give you away. Frowning in the corner with your arms crossed hinders approachability. And remember, a networking event isn’t a forum for griping. If your numbers are down or your boss drives you nuts, keep it to yourself. Put on a happy face, or stay home. Stay tuned for more strategies in next month’s Trustee Talk.

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK FORUM - October 14th, 2011

TOP LEFT PHOTO - From Left to Right: At the podium is moderator Editor and Publisher of Miami Today, Michael Lewis, and our expert panel (from left to right): Jack Levine, Miami Association of Realtors; Mayline Carbajales, Mercantil Commercebank; Patrick O’Connell ,Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell (EWM) Realtors; Lorenzo Perez, Jr., ESOLIST.com. TOP RIGHT PHOTO - From Left to Right: Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber CEO; Michael Lewis, Miami Today; Drew Kern, Chamber Chairman; Patrick O’Connell, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell (EWM) Realtors; Mayline Carbajales, Mercantil Commercebank; Jack Levine, Miami Association of Realtors; Lorenzo Perez, Jr., ESOLIST.com. BOTTOM PHOTO - From Left to Right: Chris Colston, Second Chance Credit LLC; Omar Caraballo, Caraballo Liberty Locksmith; Ana Maria Perez, JGB Bank; Danny Vaisman, Caraballo Liberty Locksmith.

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GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - OCTOBER 20TH, 2011

TOP LEFT PHOTO (From Left to Right): Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber CEO; Frank Nero, Beacon Council; Martha de la Pena Rojas, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Pedro Garcia, Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser; Drew Kern, Chamber Chairman. TOP RIGHT PHOTO: Featured Good Morning Coral Gables Speaker Frank Nero, CEO of the Beacon Council. BOTTOM PHOTO (From Left to Right) : Luis Miguel, Mercantil Commercebank; Pedro Garcia, Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser; Ed Holden, Chamber Chairman-Elect, Mercantil Commercebank.

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SAVE THESE IMPORTANT DATES! NOVEMBER 2nd

NOVEMBER 15th

WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY - 5:30 PM Lizarran, 65 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON - 11:30 AM Hyatt Regency, 50 Alhambra Plaza

NOVEMBER 3rd

NOVEMBER 17TH

BURGERLISCIOUS! - 6:00 PM Ponce Circle/Fred B. Hartnett Park 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables

NOVEMBER 10th

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - 7:30 AM Celebrating Education Biltmore Hotel, Alhambra Ballroom Keynote Speaker: Michael Biamonte “The Voice of the Miami Heat”

DECEMBER 8th

Developing Business Building Community

DIAMOND AWARDS PRESENTED BY MONTICA JEWELRY - 11:30 AM Coral Gables Country Club

HOLIDAY PARTY - 5:30 PM The Biltmore Hotel A Magical Holiday

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS! 120% Lino AJP Ventures Corp. Benefit Life Corpora on BNI Miami-Dade Inc. Business Projects LLC Campbell Law Firm, PLLC Capital Bank Capitol Office Furniture Caraballo Liberty Locksmith CHARLEE Homes for Children Charlo e Cibo Wine Bar Coldwell Banker Command Consul ng Group Coral Gables Counseling Center Dome Restaurant, Bar & Lounge Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear Evo Air Florida Grand Opera Gables Interna onal Plaza Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Habify HBO La n America Holland & Knight LLP Home Instead Senior Care Hotwire Business Solu ons IVAN Records Jackson Health System Jose A. Unzalu, P.A., C.P.A. JustAskBoo, LLC Law Office of Ma hew E. Ladd Coral Gables March of Dimes Marquis Bank Master Restaurant Developers Merrill Lynch Miami Bach Society Miami Dade College MoneyClip Direct New Theatre, Inc. Office Xpress Orange Bowl Commi ee Orkin Commercial Pest Control Pan American Marble and Stone, Inc. Paolo Barone - Custom Clothier Park One Planning Consultants Group Pro Fill, LLC Quest Workspaces Real Estate Sales Force RTKL Associates, Inc. Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe Steelcase & Empire Office Target Appraisel Group, Inc. The Palace Coral Gables Treehouse Nutri on University of Miami University of Miami - Office of Alumni Rela ons & Development Voice and Network Solu on Weber Law Firm

SPONSORSHIP/INVESTOR HALL OF FAME September 2011 through November 2011 $5,000 AND ABOVE

$2,500 - $4,999

AXA Advisors, LLC Baptist Health South Florida BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. City of Coral Gables Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. Montica Jewelry The Allen Morris Company The Biltmore Hotel TotalBank University of Miami

AT&T Bay Plumbing Company Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Dade Medical College East Coast Public Adjusters, Inc. Elipteck Technology Group Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Florida Power & Light Gulliver Schools Home Financing Center, Inc. Port of Miami Right Space Management

VISION INVESTORS Baptist Health South Florida Bay Plumbing Company Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. The Biltmore Hotel Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, L.L.P. Coconut Grove Bank Eliptek Technology Group Express Travel Gulliver Schools Hyatt Regency Coral Gables International Finance Bank Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables Montica Jewelry

Photo Offset Right Space Management Sabadell United Bank, N.A. Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz & Jackson Transatlantic Bank The University of Miami Victoria & Associates Career Services Waste Management The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables Hotel Williamson Cadillac - HUMMER

* BOLD denotes new Trustee member

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Rockefeller Group Business Centers Inc. The Miami Herald Touché Beauty LLC Turner Construction Company U.S. Century Bank USAA Realty Company

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EVENTS CALENDAR

NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2011 Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday 8:00 AM International Affairs Committee Meeting

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14

21

28

5

12

19

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8

5:30 PM Trustee Reception

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11:30 AM Women’s Business Network Luncheon

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8:00AM Go Green 12:15 PM RE-Connect Luncheon 5:30PM Wind Down Wednesday

8:00 AM International Affairs Meeting 8:00 AM Small Business Committee Meeting

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13

11:30 AM Women’s Business Network Luncheon

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8:00 AM Chairman’s Ambassador Committee 9:00 AM WBN Steering Committee 6:00 PM BURGERLISCIOUS!

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16

8:00 AM Business & Education Committee Meeting 8:00 AM Small Business Committee Meeting

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7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables 9:00 AM 20/30 Group Meeting

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8:00 AM Go Green Meeting 12:15 PM RE-Connect 5:30PM Wind Down Wednesday

DAY Chamber Office Closed

DAY AFTER Chamber Office Closed

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9:00 AM Cultural Affairs Meeting

20

21

8:00 AM M-Team Committee Meeting 5:30 PM HOLIDAY PARTY!

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12/13

18

19/20

25

26/27

2

3/4

9

10/11

16

17/18

23

24/25

8:00 AM Business and Government Affairs Meeting

THANKSGIVING

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5/6

Chamber Office Closed

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30

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VETERANS DAY

THANKSGIVING

11:45 AM Trustee Luncheon

Saturday / Sunday

8:00 AM The Trow Knows... CEOs featuring Robert M. Heuer from the Florida Grand Opera

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9:00 AM 8:00 AM Cultural Affairs Committee M-Team Committee Meeting Meeting 9:00 AM 11:30 AM Holiday Party Committee 2011 DIAMOND AWARDS Meeting Presented by Montica Jewelery

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Friday

Thursday

8:00 AM The Trow Knows... CEOs featuring Jorge Gonzalez from City National Bank

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15

7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables 9:00 AM 20/30 Group Meeting

8:00 AM Business and Government Affairs Meeting

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CHRISTMAS EVE

HANUKKAH

Chamber Office Closed

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27

28

29

30

31/1

CHRISTMAS Day Observed Chamber Office Closed

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SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY

September

October

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES

September

October

Chamber’s Board of Directors

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON

September

October

THEATER NIGHT featuring Hairspray!

Laura L. Russo, Esq. LLC

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RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE FORUM

TRUSTEE LUNCHEON

September

October

TRUSTEE RECEPTION

September

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