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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2013

FLAGS ON PONCE: LINKING THE WORLD SINCE 1993

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wenty years ago, the Flags on Ponce Program was unfurled by the Chamber to display a “boulevard of flags” along Ponce de Leon in recognition of our City’s growth as a center for international commerce and trade. This tribute to countries doing business in Coral Gables has endured for the past two decades, celebrating the various multi-national companies, trade and consular offices that call the City Beautiful home. Long recognized as the corporate capital of the greater South Florida community, the Gables is home to more than 130+ multinational corporations and 20 consulates. These include renowned corporate leaders like Bacardi, Del Monte, HBO Latin America and IntelSat. We also have a number of partner Sister Cities in countries that have their consular offices in Coral Gables, most notably Cartagena, Colombia; Granada, Spain; and Pisa, Italy. A colorful tradition for the past twenty years in the Gables, the Flags on Ponce fly high along Ponce de Leon Boulevard each year from January until June. The Chamber works closely with the City to maintain the program and to install the flags each year right after the holidays.

Sponsor support allows us to sustain the program each year and provides recognition for our corporate partners, including: Florida Blue – Title Sponsor Artigiano Baptist Health South Florida Barakat Law, PA Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Cherry Bekaert LLP Coral Gables Community Foundation Coral Gables Country Club Eliptek Technology Group EWM Realty International Laura L. Russo, Esq. Montica Jewelry Nero Immigration Law Right Space 2 Meet Smiles & Sonrisas TotalBank University of Miami - School of Business Opportunities remain available to help support the program in its 20th year and to ensure that the flags continue to fly high in our City Beautiful. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Senior Events Manager Erica Dominguez at edominguez@coralgableschamber.org or call 305-4461657.

Flag of Colombia

THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE “The Year of Italian Culture” will be celebrated throughout 2013 and will officially commence in the Gables with our annual Evening on Aragon event on January 23rd at the Societa Dante Alighieri.

As part of the greater nation-wide initiative, Michelangelo’s David-Apollo will be displayed in the National Gallery in Washington, DC, along with many other recognized works from the Italian Renaissance.

An art exhibit entitled “Italian Art in South Florida” will be presented by Head Curator Daniele Ballerini. There will also be live music, lite bites and Italian wine provided by Aragon 101.

The Societa Dante Alighieri is a vibrant cultural and academic institution with ongoing Italian language courses, wine tasting and cooking programs, and a rich cadre of activities that is supported by members and students.

IN THIS ISSUE

Their institutional commitment is to work with and support the Consulate General of Italy, based in Coral Gables, as a principal partner, as well as through collaborations with other Chamber members, such as the University of Miami, Miami Dade College, Florida Grand Opera, and the City of Coral Gables, among others.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH

An Evening on Aragon Prelude: Coral Gables Art Cinema

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Intermezzo: Societa’ Dante Alighieri

• President’s Perspective

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Finale: Coral Gables Museum

• Trustee Talk

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• Chamber Events

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• Chair’s Corner

• Membership Highlights

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• Calendar of Events

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• Sponsor Recognition

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CHAIR’S CORNER Darla Thompson Cherry Bekaert LLP CGCC Chair dthompson@cbh. com

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appy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année! Buon Anno! Frohes Neues Jahr! Feliz Ano Novo! Your Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. Our strength is in our diversity. Perhaps New York or London or Tokyo have larger communities and broader worldly representation, but we have major universities, world class theaters, fine dining, museums, hospitality giants and we get to live in this beautiful, subtropical paradise.

2012-2013 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Beautiful today. He would take delight in welcoming new corporate headquarters, planning new parks and green spaces and joining our residents, business folks, and tourists as they stroll through our community.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair: Darla Thompson (Cherry Bekaert LLP) Chairman-Elect: Perry Adair (Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.) Vice Chairman-Business & Economic Dev: Barbara K. Norland (Junior Orange Bowl) Vice Chairman-Gov’t & Legislative Affairs: Laura Russo (Laura Russo, PA) Vice Chairman-Community Affairs: Amy Donner (Community Newspapers) Vice Chairman-Member Affairs: Marianne Sioli (Filer Insurance, Inc.) Vice Chairman-International Affairs: Marco Ibarra (Eliptek Technology Group) Vice Chairman-Special Events: Gabriel de Armas Jr., Home Instead Senior Care Treasurer: John Allen (Home Financing Center, Inc.) Parliamentarian: Martha de la Pena Rojas (Florida Blue) Trustee Council Chair: J. Dustin Symes (City National Bank of Florida) Past Chairman: Drew Kern, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Chair’s Appointee: Linda Knudsen, Baptist Health South Florida President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge

As we set our goals to try to work more efficiently, spend more time with family and friends and perhaps travel to exotic destinations, don’t forget to reflect on all that we have outside our doors and offices. In this New Year take a minute or two out of your busy days and join me to watch, listen and be a part of our Gables: growing, maturing and flourishing. Darla Thompson, Cherry Bekaert LLP Chair of the Board, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

I drive to work each day along Old Cutler Road, Le Jeune and Ponce. This drive takes me through native hammocks, affords views of the Atlantic as the sun rises and sets, stunning historical architecture, pristine landscaping, new commercial construction, new store fronts and splashes of color and life.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Elected-term expires 2013 Dixie McDaniel de Andrade (Envision Possibilities) George Feliciano Jr. (Bay Plumbing Company) Ramon Ferrer (Florida Power & Light) Nelson Lazo (Doctors Hospital) Deirdre Nero (Nero Immigration Law) Elected-term expires 2014 Thad Adams (Allen Morris Company) Brian Barakat (Barakat Law, P.A.) Wayne Eldred (Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill) Frank Fernandez (US Century Bank) Anabella Smith (Zyscovich Architects)

Imagine the satisfaction Mr. Merrick would experience if he could see his City

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 your 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, City Beautiful magazine, 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 Joshua Jones at jjones@coralgableschamber.org. 2

Elected-term expires 2015 Nikki Deas (Vine Communications) Rosemary Guilfoyle (Planning Consultants Group) John Knowles (Photo Offset, Inc.) Marti Mang (TotalBank) Zachary Sulkes (Bacardi USA) Appointees-term expires 8/31/2013 Sarah Nesbitt Artecona (University of Miami) Dr. Jose Gurevich (Smiles & Sonrisas) Joe Hovancak (Comcast Business Class) Ramon Usategui (Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust) Al Peraza (Mercantil Commercebank) EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Business Improvement District Abe Ng, Sushi Maki/Pao Town City of Coral Gables Commissioner Frank C. Quesada City of Coral Gables Cynthia Birdsill (Economic Sustainability Department) Education Foundation of the Coral Gables Chamber Darla Thompson Coral Gables Community Foundation Andria Hanley Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 305.446.1657

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PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE: O is for Opportunity! Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce mtrowbridge@coralgableschamber.org

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anuary marks an annual “fresh start” for those in business, especially appreciated and anticipated in these heady economic times. For many, this is a milestone achievement, having survived another year in business despite all of the obstacles and challenges. As the New Year begins, a president will be inaugurated and a new Congress will be seated, the calendar/fiscal year dawns, and more importantly, a sigh of relief that this past year did not see any major regression in our economic recovery washes over us.

Commit yourself to strengthening your relationships, deepen their meaning, and working at growing your business at the same time. The results will be tangible and real. Each day brings an unlimited number of opportunities for success. It is just how you respond when you are presented with them head-on that determines the difference between achieving and failing. The Chamber commits to presenting you endless opportunities to achieve success, and to not have to dine alone in your journey. Here’s to a 2013 full of wonderful Chamber mirabilis!

For many, 2012 was not quite what we expected or hoped for and may have created some angst for your business; but thankfully, we did not return to the annus horribilus of the prior several years. There are brighter days ahead. We are seeking annus mirabilis in 2013 – a year of wonders! Of course, we may end up wondering what the fallout from the Fiscal Cliff may bring, what a second-term president and the Congress will be able to accomplish with so many issues to be addressed, and how our own State of Florida will continue to deal with flat-level revenues, modest job growth and the usual political machinations. There is a silver lining embedded in these parting clouds; we just have to be willing to search a little harder to find it. We are eternal optimists and are resilient beyond measure. These are truly American values – ones to be treasured and honored. In fact, I have no doubt that 2013 will be a year to remember, especially for our business community. With new leadership brings great hope, starting from the very top down. And great hope brings even greater optimism. It sounds quite simple, I know, but I am a big believer in that we all create our own destiny. For some, it takes a while longer, and we must be patient, measured, and focused. For others, success can happen quite easily, but it can be quite hard to sustain. It all starts with attitude…and opportunity. For the next month, do your level best to make every opportunity an exercise in business development. Use your valuable meal time at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to really build your business. Endeavor to never eat alone! Invite folks to dine with you that you wish to do business with; attend Chamber networking events over breakfast, lunch or cocktails. Improve your own business networking capacity by expanding your sphere of influence and promise to do one thing during all this - never eat alone. That is time wasted and opportunity lost.

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TRUSTEE TALK

J. Dustin Symes, City National Bank & Trustee Council Chair dustin.symes@citynational.com

Greetings, fellow Trustees!

all in attendance with a guest or two.

Say it, Believe it and Receive it!

Please join me in welcoming our newest Trustees: LB Carpenter P.A.; Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. and Workscapes. Finally, we are pleased to share that Trustee renewals remain above 80%, which means that our Trustee members are finding great value and true benefits through their Chamber membership. Help us grow our Council of Trustees to new heights by making direct referrals of prospects to one of our Diplomats or a member of the Chamber leadership team.

Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more.

Our last luncheon of the year was right on target with many of us about to begin our journey to travel and spend time with our families. Our keynote speaker was Arthur J. Torno, a broadly– experienced executive with American Airlines. As Vice President of Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America, which is the largest international operation in American’s route system, Torno shared with us the many amazing projects American Airlines is working on to make Miami an even hotter international hub than it is today.

We know our Chamber provides an incredible opportunity to network with and meet great people, build long lasting relationships, promote your business and establish remarkable friendships. The Chamber staff is committed to excellence and provides the highest level of service to its members. Membership in the Chamber is powerful and opens a door to some of the greatest opportunities. I challenge all members to recruit at least one new Trustee member and get involved. Come to the meetings, get to know the other members, contribute and share something special. The more you put in, the more you will get out.

This month, we will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for a Trustee Reception on January 8th! Let’s all do our best to reach out to everyone we know and invite them to attend this special event at an amazing venue. I look forward to seeing you

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES FEATURING CARLOS MIGOYA

ALBERTO ROMEU | ALBERTO ROMEU PHOTOGRAPHY Top Left: The Coral Gables High School choir harmonizes to get the audience into the holiday spirit. Top Right: Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk, City of Coral Gables; Festival of Lights Award Winner for Best Restaurant & Owner of Sushi Maki, Abe Ng and former Mayor Don Slesnick. Bottom Left: Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya delivers his speech during the breakfast. Bottom Right: J. Dustin Symes, City National Bank; Karen Pascual, City National Bank; Jackson Health System CEO Carlos Migoya and Chamber President & CEO Mark A. Trowbridge.

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UPCOMING WINTER FESTIVITIES January 15th Women’s Business Network Luncheon

January 17th Good Morning Coral Gables

January 23th An Evening On Aragon January 25th Realtor Showcase Brunch & Learn

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SAVE THESE IMPORTANT DATES! JANUARY 17th

JANUARY 8th

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES - 7:30 AM Bitlmore Hotel 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables Speaker: Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., University of Miami Sponsor: University of Miami

TRUSTEE RECEPTION - 5:30 PM - Trustees Only Sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables 300 Almeria Avenue, Coral Gables

JANUARY 9th

JANUARY 23th

RE-CONNECT LUNCHEON - 12:15 PM Anacapri on Ponce 2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables Speaker: Nelson Penalver, Logistical Outsourcing Sponsors: Credomatic Merchant Services, Global Risk Insurance Solutions and Right Space 2 Meet

AN EVENING ON ARAGON - 5:30 PM Prelude: Coral Gables Art Cinema Intermezzo: Societa Dante Alighieri Finale: Coral Gables Museum Sponsor: Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust

JANUARY 25th

JANUARY 9th

REALTOR SHOWCASE BRUNCH & LEARN - 10:00 AM Miami Association of Realtors 245 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables in partnership with the City of Coral Gables Sponsor: Home Financing Center Supporting Sponsors: US Century Bank, Miami Association of Realtors, Strock & Tanner Mortgage Corp. and Second Chamce Credit

THE CORAL GABLES BAR ASSOCIATION HAPPY HOUR - 5:30 PM hosted by the Coral Gables Bar Association, in partnership with the Chamber’s 20/30 Group Vivaldino (inside Hotel St. Michel) 162 Alcazar Avenue, Coral Gables

JANUARY 15th

JANUARY 30th

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON - 11:30 AM Speaker: Josette Puig, Author Sponsor: ROSCH Insurance Group, Inc. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables

TRUSTEE LUNCHEON - 11:45 AM Hyatt Regency Coral Gables 50 Alhambra, Coral Gables Sponsor: City National Bank

MEMBERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAMBER MEMBERS! A Galvez Construction + Consulting Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Aragon 101 Astor Companies Ben & Jerry’s Care Affirm Hospital Patient Advocates Casa Maria Christ Fellowship Coral Gables Dominican Health Care Association of Florida Dade County Federal Credit Union Douglas Barnes, Resident Fine Line Furniture & Accessories Gables Ponce

SPONSORSHIP/INVESTOR HALL OF FAME Through December 2012

$5,000 AND ABOVE The Allen Morris Company AXA Advisors, LLC Baptist Health South Florida The Biltmore Hotel Cherry Bekaert LLP City of Coral Gables City National Bank Credomatic Merchant Services Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors Florida Blue Florida Power & Light Home Financing Center, Inc. Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. Miami’s Community Newspapers Montica Jewelry TotalBank University of Miami

$2,500 - $4,999 AT&T Bay Plumbing Company Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Coastal Construction Group Comcast Business Class Doctors Hospital East Coast Public Adjusters, Inc. Gulliver Schools Gibralter Private Bank

George Washington Carver Middle School Green Gables Cafe’ Keller Williams Realty

L.B. Carpenter, CPA, P.A. Leica Store Miami Monica Burguera Foundation Otis Elevator Company Prieto’s Restaurant

Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. Sariol Wealth Management & Counsel Urban4M Valente Brothers Jiu-Jitsu

Workscapes * BOLD denotes new Trustee member

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Hines Logistical Outsourcing, Inc. Photo Offset South Motors U.S. Century Bank USAA Realty Company/CBRE Wal-Mart Stores


EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2013 Monday

Wednesday

Tuesday

1

7

8

5:30 PM Trustee Reception *Trustees Only* @ Mercedes-Benz Coral Gables

Friday

Thursday

2

8:00 AM

9

Business & Gov’t Affairs Meeting 9: 00 AM Cultural Affairs Committee

3

Saturday / Sunday

4

5/6

10

11

12/13

17

18

19/20

25

26/27

1

2/3

8

9/10

15

16/17

22

23/24

8:00 AM Chairman’s Ambassador Meeting

8:30 AM Trow Knows...CEOs featuring Patrick Dupre Quigley, Founder & Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire & Firebired Chamber Orchestra

8:00 AM M-Team Committee Meeting

12:15 PM RE-Connect Luncheon

5:30 PM CG Bar Association Happy Hour

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15

8:00 AM E.V.E.R. Green Committee Meeting 11:30 AM Women’s Business Network Luncheon @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

21

9:30 AM Golf Classic Committee Meeting

22

Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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8:00 AM Small Business Committee Meeting

7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables

9:00 AM 20/30 Group Meeting @ Biltmore Hotel

23

5:30 PM An Evening On Aragon 1st Stop: Coral Gables Art

24

8:00 AM Business & Education Meeting

Cinema 2nd Stop: Societa Dante

10:30 AM Realtor Showcase Brunch & Learn @ Miami Association of Realtors

Alighieri 3rd Stop: Coral Gables Museum

28

4

29

8:00 AM International Affairs Committee Meeting

5

30

11:45 AM Trustee Luncheon @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

12:15 PM RE-Connect @ Anacapri on Ponce

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31

5:30 PM New Member Reception @ AmTrust Bank

8:30 AM Trow Knows...CEOs

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8:00 AM Chairman’s Ambassador Meeting

5:30 PM Wind Down Wednesday @ Montica Jewelry

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5:30 PM Trustee Reception *Trustees Only*

12

Ash Wednesday 8:00 AM

13

IMPACT Series Seminar 8:00 AM Business & Govt Affairs Meeting

14

8:00 AM M-Team Committee Meeting

Save The Date! International Business Forum

9:00 AM Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

18 Office Closed in Observance of President’s Day

8:00 AM

19

E.V.E.R. Green Committee Meeting 11:30 AM Women’s Business

20

8:00 AM Small Business Committee Meeting

Network Luncheon

9:00 AM 20/30 Group Meeting

@ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

25

26

21

7:30 AM Good Morning Coral Gables

27

11:45 AM Trustee Luncheon @ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables

28

8: 00 AM Business & Education Committee Meeting

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SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION WIND DOWN WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER DECEMBER

GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES NOVEMBER DECEMBER

WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON NOVEMBER

TRUSTEE RECEPTION NOVEMBER

TRUSTEE LUNCHEON NOVEMBER

HOLIDAY PARTY

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