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DECEMBER 2018 Lakshmi Sinclair Exclusive Interview & More Luxury Gift Guide 2018 Art Basel Mona Bentz Aviation Law Velocity Contemporary Grand Opening Reception Luxury Chamber Expands Ferrari Berluti Brand Merger Dr. Khalilah Ali Luxury Chamber Naples Old Timey Cocktail Affair Temper - Boca Raton Boat Show 2018

Lana Bernstein Gracing the Cover   Informa Exhibitions, the global trade and consumer exhibitions leader and world's premier yacht show organizer, is pleased to announce  the appointment of Lana F. Bernstein as vice president of marketing for the company's U.S. Boat Shows. Bernstein will lead global marketing initiatives for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show and Palm Beach International Boat Show -- three of the world's largest in-water boat shows -- as well as the St. Petersburg Boat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

With more than 20 years of experience in the luxury lifestyle and celebrity public relations and integrated marketing fields, Bernstein has earned a reputation for creating ROI-driven marketing initiatives and fostering dynamic relationships between consumers and premier brands. At Informa, she will work across multi-media platforms to broaden interest among new audiences, create innovative guest journeys, deepen the exhibitor experience and develop partnerships among like-minded enterprises.

"As the global leader in world-class exhibitions, Informa has blazed a trail with its five mustattend boat and yacht shows by focusing on deepening its connectivity with marine manufacturers, exhibitors, seafaring enthusiasts and guests, and enhancing their passion for the events," said Bernstein. "The brand represents the ultimate experience for nautical aficionados and is the leading marketplace for the industry's most coveted products. I am thrilled to be joining this extraordinary company at such a pivotal time, as Informa continues to shape the future of immersive content and live event experiences."

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Fashion Editor | Juliana LaBonte

Travel Editor | Frankie Blankenship

Business Editor | Cindy Ragan

Real Estate Editor | Venus Proffer


Allen Kopelman, Frank LoRe Jr., Venus Proffer,  Eirini Kalaitzopoulou, Suze Francois, Kris Victoria


Rutz Roberts Productions, Mark Thompson, Dawn V. Gilmore, Karel Grimberg & Ilmar Saar


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Velocity Contemporary Opening Night - Palm Beach Art & Antique Showroom  500 attendees visited the Palm Beach Design Showroom during opening night!

A festive champagne reception encouraged guests to browse the dazzling spaces of our national and international galleries while welcoming hundreds of Palm Beach's most prominent collectors.Â

Contrasting Elements: OPA LOCKA Miami's New Concours Club to Offer Membership at $350K

Concours Club Artists Rendition

Miami, a city famous for its mind-numbing traffic and slow-cruise culture, is lately looking like the best city for cars in America. Soon after Formula One won its bid to hold a race there next year and Grand Basel announced it’ll have an automotive event there in February, two developers have solidified plans to build a $220 million racetrack and private members club just 11 miles from Miami’s artsy Wynwood district. Set to open at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in May 2019, The Concours Club will offer more than 2 miles of racetrack designed by Alan Wilson, plus an infinity pool and jacuzzi, full spa and a hammam, wine and cigar storage, restaurant and bar, and full concierge services. “The amenities are what set us apart,” said co-founder Neil Gehani. “We want to be sure we bring in the right people, and then we want to keep everyone here once they get here.” Gehani and co-owner Jay Pollak will offer 40 founding memberships costing $350,000, with no annual dues. Founding members will then invite friends and colleagues to buy “legacy memberships” capped at 150 people. Those will cost $125,000 plus annual dues. Corporate memberships may be offered shortly after the initial opening. If that all sounds like a steep ante, it is. But it’s consistent with the pricing of other private tracks around the world such as the Thermal Club outside Palm Springs, Calif., and the Monticello Motor Club, set in the lush Hudson Valley of upstate New York. And, to put it in perspective, it’s less than the cost of even one of the cars—a Pagani Zonda costs $1.4 million, for instance, and a Koenigsegg Agera costs $2.1 million—owned by the prospective members, who will be a mix of wealthy international collectors and local, well-connected driving enthusiasts.

Laurence Gartel's trailblazing Digital Art was unthinkable when he started his career in 1975. He was working at Media Study/Buffalo on analog system computers when he met video guru Nam June Paik. Gartel's vision was to create electronic images, capture them with a still camera off a monitor as there were no saving devices or software to store the created picture. He saw these images as works of Art that would eventually replace painting.

In 1985 he delivered the keynote speech at the First Pan Pacific Computer Conference in Melbourne, Australia predicting the future of the world which landed him on the front page of The Australian Newspaper. This was the same year he taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer to create the album cover for Debbie Harry (Blondie). It was a moment when "Pop Art met Digital Art." In 1989, the book Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance was published, and he created the first Digital Art cover for Forbes Magazine. In 1991, produced his famous ABSOLUT GARTEL ad for Absolut Vodka,  Gartel had a featured exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art, and in 2009 he received the Photo Centre's prestigious FOTOmentor Award. In his 40-year career, he created artwork for 57th Grammy Awards, Newport Jazz Festival, NASA, Monaco International Film Festival, Feature of the 113th New York International Auto Show, Oslo Motor Show Norway and much more...

Gartel's exhibition at the Photo Center will feature large scale unique works both old and new.

Old Timey Cocktail Affair 2018 Dec 17 Function Raises Thousands for UCF

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South Florida Magazine attended the Luxury Chamber of Commerce event titled: Old Timey Cocktail Affair 2018 along with the charity benefactor Unicorn Children's Foundation which helps kids with developmental learning disorders. The event was held on December 17th 2018 from 6-9 pm at Temper Grille in Boca Raton, FL. Guests enjoyed Lamborghini brand champagne, door prizes, cocktails and a buffet.  Celebrities at the event included: Rich Graff and Arthur Williams Jr. Local notables and supporters included: Yaacov and Sue Heller, Mr. & Mrs Jack Doyle, Todd L. Frank, Tobi Rose Smith, Faby Napoleon, Sharon Alexander, Roger Plevin, Olena Bibi, Diana Stauer, Mr and Mrs Craig Pierson, Amir Preissler, William Gerstein and Mrs Gerstein, Charlotte Beasley, Marjorie Bernstein, Michelle Yellin and Jay Shapiro.

We would like to thank Mr. Arthur J. Williams for donating a very coveted Marilyn Monroe painting to the charity as well as Mr. Amir Preissler who has donated or has plans to donate!

Dr. Khalilah Camacho-Ali Visits Luxury Chamber Naples

New Members - Luxury Chamber Naples December 2018

Chambers USA - Patricia Sampson

Barry Hoey eXp Realty

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Faby Napoleon - Proud Member of Luxury Chamber of Commerce I'm Faby, a thirty-five-year-old fashion and style enthusiast who believes we were all born to be a Fabulous 1. My style is a mix of designer accessories and affordable fashions. I'm originally from Haiti and raised in South Florida where I also call home. I have a medical background but my passion is fashion and empowering women of all ethnicities and races. So put on your best outfit and rock your inner fabulous. Thank you for dropping by!

Man & Woman of the Month

Joe D'Amico & Irene Yovu Joe D'Amico is a car industry veteran who owned and partnered

Irene Yovu’s busy schedule keeps her in perpetual motion, but she

with several car dealerships and automotive industry companies

always finds time to support those in need. When she was introduced

and professionals over the years including Reynolds & Reynolds,

to Glam-A-THON™, she knew immediately that working with

Massey Yardley, Don Kott, Dan Agan and many others.

powerful women who are making a difference in the community, and doing it in high heels and lots of bling, resonated with her spirit of

Joe is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and comes from an Italian-


American background. He worked in Finance in London England and he is also a Purple Heart Honored Veteran who

Irene earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in

served his country proudly in the Vietnam war and comes from a

Brooklyn New York, and an  Associate Degree in Hotel and Food

strong military family.

Management from Paul Smith’s Jr. College, Paul Smiths, New York.

Joe works together with Irene who is his soulmate. He brought her to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota out of the desire for

She consciously strives to treat others with kindness and grace, and

"NOTHING BUT THE BEST" and she means the world to him.

spreads the gift of friendship easily and often. She relishes her involvement in Temple Adath Or in Davie, theater arts, spiritual

Together they work hand in hand to make the world a better place


and they dedicate most of their free time to Glam-A-THON™

After a successful 25 year career in sales & marketing in the grocery

which is a breast cancer non-profit that donates funds directly to

industry, Irene is enjoying her ultra-active retirement filled with

the victims. Irene's Birthday is in August and there is nothing Joe

friends, travel, philanthropy and her glamorous 7.5 lb Persian cat,

would like for you to do more than to make a direct contribution

Maggie. Irene celebrates four blinged out years on the Glam Board.

in her name:

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Luxury Chamber of Commerce Receives Award from Unicorn Children's Foundation  

South Florida Magazine attended the Luxury Chamber of Commerce event titled: Old Timey Cocktail Affair 2018 along with the charity benefacto...

Luxury Chamber of Commerce Receives Award from Unicorn Children's Foundation  

South Florida Magazine attended the Luxury Chamber of Commerce event titled: Old Timey Cocktail Affair 2018 along with the charity benefacto...