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A Legendary Visionary For the Milton Family, there is no better place to work than in Coral Gables! “We will always call Coral Gables our home, for business and family, as my father moved here in 1962. He raised his family here, built his empire, and changed the lives of many through his generosity and job-creation. Today Milton family members continue to live and work in the City Beautiful,” says Cecil Milton, who, together with his two brothers, Joseph and Frank, own and
The José Milton Foundation invests in South Florida by supporting numerous local non-profits such as Jackson Health Foundation, Alfalit International, University of Miami, Zoo Miami Foundation, United Way, and American Red Cross Miami. The Foundation’s largest gift to-date is to Jackson Health Foundation, to name Jackson Health System’s newest 100-bed hospital in the City of Doral, the José Milton Memorial Hospital at Jackson West.
run José Milton & Associates and United Property Management.
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From real estate visionary to warm-hearted philanthropist, José Milton is known as a legendary architect and developer of high-quality residential design and construction projects throughout South Florida since 1963. The family-owned and operated real estate development company has contributed to the transformation of the South Florida skyline at many economic levels. As a vertically integrated corporation, José Milton & Associates performs its own land acquisitions and architectural planning, construction, financing, sales, and marketing. United Property Management manages the day to day operations of its extensive real estate portfolio, which today includes over 10,000 residential units. The Family strives to provide affordable and luxury housing complemented by exceptional customer service. José Milton, a Cuban immigrant of Lebanese heritage, arrived in Miami with a dream, a brilliant mind for business, and a degree in Architecture from Universidad de La Habana. He leveraged his education and unwavering dedication to become a successful entrepreneur, developer and builder, and inspiring leader who loved South Florida, especially Coral Gables. José Milton understood the value of education and commitment in a society free from government oppression. In addition to the many buildings and communities he developed, he left us with the José Milton Foundation. His wish was that his legacy support programs and organizations in South Florida that improve the quality of living, with a special focus on education, research, and healthcare.
José Milton Memorial Hospital
As part of the family’s commitment to our community, they created the “UPM Cares” program to offer teachers and administration of Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools and military families $0 application fee, $0 administrative fee, and $0 security deposit towards their apartment living plus no credit check. We also support our frontline heroes with other incentives. The Milton’s have been recognized by the City of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, and other local institutions numerous times. The Miami-Dade County Commission named the street 9500 Fontainebleau Blvd. “José Milton Way.” The Coral Gables Community Foundation honored the Milton Family with the Education Award, and the University of Miami recognized Ana VeigaMilton with the Dean’s Innovation Award. The South FL Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named United Property Management as the Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2019. José Milton & Associates’ corporate headquarters has been operating from Coral Gables since 1990 at 3211 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. For more information, call 305-460-6300 or visit www.unitedpropertymgt.com, www.j-milton.com, and www.miltonphilanthropy.org
José Milton & Associates Corporate Headquarters Since 1990
José Milton Park at E. Albert Pallot Greenspace
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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR
Greetings from The City Beautiful T
ogether with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the City of Coral Gables is proud to celebrate our 95th anniversary this year. Since our founding in 1925, we have shared deep bonds and common goals. When George Merrick established the city as one of the first planned communities in the United States, he understood the important role trade and commerce played in the life of a community. So, he not only created the Chamber but developed a business district as part of his master plan. Today, businesses continue to be key to our success. We are proud to be the home of multinational corporations as well as to corporate regional headquarters. We have a strong and growing professional and entrepreneurial class and look forward to continuing to grow this sector. In partnership with the Chamber, the city is committed to assisting companies and entrepreneurs looking to start, relocate or expand their presence. So, if you are looking for an ideal location and a business-friendly environment in South Florida, Coral Gables is the perfect choice. We are located within
15-minutes to both Miami International Airport and PortMiami, our area’s largest economic engines, and are the home to top-ranked University of Miami and Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Business Executive MBA program. With more than 40-miles of waterfront access and parks located within an easy walk of any location in the city, our quality of life is unmatched. We have a plethora of excellent schools, a great inventory of residences and multi-family dwellings, availability of Class A office space, and a vibrant arts and entertainment community. Most importantly, you will have access to a highly skilled workforce. For these and many other reasons, I encourage you to work with the Chamber and our Economic Development Department when considering a new business location. Please know that the City of Coral Gables is committed to working in partnership with you. Sincerely,
Raúl Valdés-Fauli Mayor
Quality For Over Half A Century In Coral Gables
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
Hello, Coral Gables! A
nd so, we begin anew. A new Chamber year, a new Chamber chairman, a new Chamber home, a new Chamber ranking (No. 1 in all of South Florida) and a new Chamber brand. This has been an incredibly challenging year for the businesses in The City Beautiful, as well as for our leaders, residents, coworkers and neighbors. As we embrace the “New Normal” in our community, our downtown is cautiously reopening and businesses are embracing both rapid change and significant trials. A recovering economy is ripe for opportunity, and I am proud of our local businesses for their ability to pivot in the face of an unforgiving pandemic. Through it all, our engaging storefronts continue to compliment the Miracle Mile streetscape, with in-store shopping augmented by beautifully curated online inventory, contactless curbside delivery and free shipping. Social distancing and mask wearing have become the norm, with restaurants and retailers leading the way to a healthier community. And a multitude of new and exciting restaurants and retail shops are scheduled to open as the pandemic eases, continuing to raise our profile in South Florida. With our Chamber’s centennial less than five years away, the time is perfect to think about our future as a Chamber and a city. This latest edition of The City Beautiful contemplates just that, and also features a new publishing partner, Coral Gables Magazine, supported by our City’s Economic Development Department, to help us navigate and amplify doing business here.
Since our founding by the visionary George E. Merrick in 1925, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce has been dedicated to making our community an epicenter for business, including a significant nod to the global marketplace, while diligently serving our residents, employees and visitors. Each fall we publish The City Beautiful and this year our partners at Coral Gables Magazine have pumped up the volume on content, providing a guide to all the business resources the city has to offer. And, of course, if you need the phone numbers or emails for our elected officials, demographic information on the city, or a guide to all the points of interest, it’s here. Most importantly, you will find detailed information on each of our GEM Level Investors, Trustees and Business Members – the companies that have made a significant investment in our great Chamber and amazing city and have led with fearlessness in the face of COVID-19. We hope you will recognize and honor their commitment by supporting their establishments throughout the coming year and trusting them with your business. To businesses seeking a new market to expand into, we say join us as we help you make Coral Gables your new home! No time like the present to invest in a Coral Gables address. And to our business community, we salute your enduring commitment to making Coral Gables the very best neighborhood in all South Florida to shop, dine and invest. Warmly,
Mark A. Trowbridge President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD
A City of Opportunity W
ith its unique architectural beauty, outstanding quality of life and flourishing economy, Coral Gables is not only an exceptional place to live, but also to work. Several corporate businesses such as American Airlines, Bacardi, and Fresh Del Monte Produce have chosen to make Coral Gables home for their corporate headquarters because of the city’s central location and premium office market. As mentioned in the “Coral Gables - Primed for Business” pamphlet, Coral Gables has 10.8 million square-feet of office space and 91.1 percent occupancy rate. Being the No. 1 Chamber in South Florida, we are committed to making our community a focal point for business, while continuing to serve our residents, employees and visitors. As the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Chairman, I have built my business on the excellent opportunities offered by numerous
businesses in Coral Gables, and I firmly believe that a person need not leave the city limits to create a thriving business. During these difficult times, the Chamber has been navigating and adapting to all of the changes brought on by COVID-19, by providing timely programming in a smart and safe way. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is committed to pursuing a diverse and comprehensive board, membership and community, starting from within. Through the Chamber’s policies and implementation, we continue to support these values and hope to further develop diversity and inclusion within the Coral Gables community. The City Beautiful is more beautiful with you in it!
Brian Barakat Chair of the Board Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
The Perfect City to Locate Your Business
he City of Coral Gables, one of the first planned communities in Florida, is known for its extraordinary history which incorporates both the “City Beautiful” and “Garden City” concepts. These concepts which combine urban planning, architectural design and green belts are reflected throughout the city in the lush green avenues, civic landmarks and Mediterranean Revival architecture. Today, in addition to boasting a business-friendly environment, Coral Gables is a sustainable and resilient city with a diverse population of more than 50,000 residents. The growing business community includes multinational corporations, local businesses and a strong professional services sector. Due to the city’s strong financial position, highly skilled workforce, per capita income and central location, Go.Verizon.com recently ranked Coral Gables as one of the top small cities in the country to start a small business. Located within easy access to Miami International Airport and PortMiami, two of the largest passenger and cargo hubs in the nation, the city is also just minutes away from Miami’s Central Business District. Coral Gables has an integrated multimodal transportation system that includes Freebee, a no-charge ride-hailing service in the central business district, and trolley service that connects to Metrorail, the region’s rapid transit system. The city is an ideal place for corporate officers and employees to live, play and work, offering myriad options to entertain clients – including world-class restaurants, first class hotels,
rich cultural offerings and a broad range of retail establishments. And, it is well on its way to fulfilling its promise of having a public park within a 10-minute walking distance from any location in the city. Coral Gables is one of South Florida’s premium office markets with some 11 million squarefeet of prime office space. Over the next several years, the city will add 400,000+ square-feet of new office space. More than 120 multinational companies (and more than 20 consulates and foreign government offices) call the city home. These businesses generate thousands of jobs as well as economic opportunities for the entire region. In 2020, the city was one of only three in Florida with a “AAA” bond rating by Fitch Ratings, Standard and Poor’s, and Moody’s. Its strong financial position means it continues to provide residents and businesses with top-of-the-line services and amenities, while continuing to invest in its infrastructure. This is one many reasons why it is safe to invest and do business in the Coral Gables. If you are interested in establishing a business in South Florida’s premier business destination, please contact the Economic Development Department at 305-460-5310 for additional information. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,
Julian Perez Director Economic Development Department City of Coral Gables
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
ne of the take-aways you have when first visiting Coral Gables is the sense that youâ€™re in the midst of a great global cityâ€”one akin to New York, Boston, or Chicago, just fantastically less dense, crowded and tough to navigate or inhabit. What it has, however, is the same potent energy and resources: large beautiful office buildings, a strong core business district, a collection of domestic as well as international financial institutions, world class healthcare, top-rated educational institutions, a plethora of multinational companies, major law and accounting firms, a sea of restaurants, major hotels--including the most iconic in the state of Florida, The Biltmore. And homes. The Gables has the best collection of high-end single-family homes as well as sophisticated condominiums; even the rental apartments portray upscale living. Incorporate all of that into the most unique architectural design elements in the state thanks to the legacy of founder, George Merrick. So why does it work so well? According to Rosabeth Moss Kanter, noted Harvard Business Professor and well-known author of the book World Class, a global city should incorporate: concepts, competence and connections, and that these are the greatest assets
to any business. Coral Gables meets the criteria for each asset: concept-due to a thriving entrepreneurial environment, competence-due to a strong educational system that encourages business excellence; connections- having the most dynamic domestic and international trade and travel connections in the hemisphere thanks to the unique proximity of Miami International Airport and PortMiami, the two most important economic generators for Florida. The City Beautiful Magazine and Guide to Doing Business in Coral Gables you are holding was created by a unique public/private partnership between the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the City of Coral Gables Economic Development Department and Coral Gables Magazine. In collaboration we have produced the definitive document to guide you through the Gables, introducing you to the important City departments you might need to work with, to the corporations that thrive here along with their top executives, to the best places to locate your business, to the best schools, and to the very people and institutions who can help make your business thrive and succeed. This is your GPS. Use it wisely. Sincerely,
Richard Roffman CEO & Publisher Coral Gables Magazine
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INSIDE THE CITY BEAUTIFUL
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CORAL GABLES MAGAZINE
CORAL GABLES MAGAZINE
A COMPLETE GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS IN CORAL GABLES
GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR
NOTE FROM THE CHAMBER’S CEO
NOTE FROM THE CHAMBER’S CHAIR
INVITE FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER
POINTS OF INTEREST
RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Incubators for startups
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
The top buildings in town Flexible alternatives
MBAs for professionals Schools & hospitals for families
THE BUSINESS LANDSCAPE
PERMITTING & LICENSES
SMART CITY RESOURCES
The mix of local business Global headquarters The leading local banks Promoting global links High-tech help
An overview of the process The community fabric Demographics & other facts
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Suite 115, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 995-0995 CEO & PUBLISHER Richard Roffman EDITOR-IN-CHIEF J.P. Faber EVP/PUBLISHER Gail Scott ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Amy Donner DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Monica Del Carpio-Raucci ART DIRECTOR Jon Braeley PRODUCTION MANAGER Toni Kirkland VP SALES Sherry Adams ASSOCIATE EDITOR Lizzie Wilcox WRITERS Mike Clary Doreen Hemlock PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Fakhoury ILLUSTRATOR Michael Campina CIRCULATION & DISTRIBUTION CircIntel Copyright 2020 by City Regional Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of any text, photograph or illustration without prior written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited.
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The Village of Merrick Park
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The Business Landscape of Coral Gables WHAT DRIVES THE LOCAL ECONOMY?
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES HEALTH CARE SOCIAL SERVICES
20% PROFESSSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE
19% ALL OTHERS: GOVERNMENT MANUFACTURING TRANSPORTATION, ETC.
FINANCE INSURANCE REAL ESTATE
ARTS ENTERTAINMENT RECREATION
Source: US Census 2018 American Community Survey.
In many ways, the corporate culture and employment mix of Coral Gables reflects the post-industrial world where manufacturing and agriculture have taken a back seat to professional services in particular and to the service economy in general, with a strong reliance on white collar workers and a growing high-tech sector. Because it is home to the University of Miami, the largest number of employees (16,000+) in the city are involved
“THIS IS DEFINITELY A TOWN FILLED WITH SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT SMALL BUSINESSES THAT PUNCH ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT. THESE ARE ASPIRATIONAL BUSINESSES, OR DIVISIONS OF LARGER COMPANIES. THIS IS WHERE THE INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT COMES IN.” MARK A. TROWBRIDGE CEO, CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
in education, apropos for a city where two thirds of all adults hold a college degree. As a category, this is followed by another 4,000+ employees in healthcare, most working for Baptist Health South Florida. From these twin peaks, the city’s business landscape devolves in several directions, and mainly into industries where there is a high degree of information processing. First there is the international presence, with somewhere in excess of 120 companies based in Coral Gables to handle global operations, mainly in Latin America, but also in North America, Europe and beyond. Among the corporate giants with headquarters here are Bacardi, Del Monte, Millicom and HBO Latin America, all with between 200 and 300 employees in the city. Following the thousands of employees in the international sector comes hospitality (1,000+ employees), banking (1,000+ employees) and city government (800+ employees). In terms of large, single employers, in these and other categories, the biggest are the Public Schools (600+ employees), the Biltmore Hotel (550+ employees), and Gables Engineering, Inc (300+ employees). Altogether, approximately 50,000 workers enter the city each day, doubling the size of its population. This, of course, is the figure pre-coronavirus, and presumably will be the figure when business life returns to normal in 2021. The interim figures are in a state of
KEY SECTORS TOP LEFT: HOSPITALITY (THE BILTMORE HOTEL) TOP RIGHT: HEALTH CARE (DOCTORS HOSPITAL) BOTTOM LEFT: SMALL BUSINESS (BOOKS & BOOKS) BOTTOM RIGHT: EDUCATION (UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI)
flux, and something of a moving target. Many of the large multinationals report close to full employment, albeit with a preponderance of employees working from home. Despite the cluster of Class A buildings downtown, and what they imply in terms of a corporate presence, more than half of all employees in the 1,380 firms registered to do business in Coral Gables work for companies with 30 or fewer employees. These smaller companies range from professional services such as law firms, accounting firms, real estate and wealth management firms, to retail operations, such as restaurants, cleaning services and shops. “I think there are gradations, but the majority work in small businesses of 30 or under,” says Coral Gables Chamber CEO Mark Trowbridge. “They are the folks that come into the city each day by trolley. They are working for restaurants and retailers.” Add to this the small professional firms, “where their physical presence is a shingle,” he says. “This is definitely a town filled with small businesses, but small
businesses that punch above their weight,” says Trowbridge. “These are aspirational businesses, or divisions of larger companies. This is where the international footprint comes in.” It is also where high-tech comes in, as the Gables is seeing growth in the IT sector, with companies like Cyxtera, AppGate, eMerge Americas and Bauer Financial. In terms of small business growth, the interface between innovation and technology is “behind a lot of our small companies,” says Trowbridge, something that shows up in our profusion of shared workspaces [Coral Gables has more per capita than any other city in Florida]. Here, smaller tech-savvy firms, like app creators, digital marketers, industrial design firms, med-tech companies, engineers and web builders are gaining traction and hoping to attract more like firms. “We are looking to attract businesses such as professional service firms that will establish or relocate their offices in Coral Gables,” says Julian Perez, director of the city’s Economic Development Department. Perez cites the city’s large stock of Class A office space, and the lifestyle it affords executives, including superb housing, excellent restaurants and transportation ease that includes immediate proximity to a first-class international airport (Miami International). “Other areas where we have a focus include information technology, bio-medical and pharmaceutical firms,” he says. On the retail side, in addition to more than 100 restaurants in the city, “we believe in a focused retail strategy, with an emphasis on home furnishings and women’s and men’s wear,” says Perez. The city’s former warehouse area between Bird Road and U.S. 1 has undergone such a transformation into home design and fashion shops that it was recently renamed by the city commission as the Design and Innovation District. ■
Leading Employers in Coral Gables (a sampler) UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
CITY OF CORAL GABLES
THE BILTMORE HOTEL
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“WE ARE LOOKING TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES SUCH AS PROFESSIONAL SERVICE FIRMS THAT WILL ESTABLISH OR RELOCATE THEIR OFFICES IN CORAL GABLES...” JULIAN PEREZ, DIRECTOR OF THE CITY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Source: Coral Gables Economic Development Department; Coral Gables Magazine
Multinationals WITH EASY ACCESS TO MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABUNDANT CLASS A OFFICE SPACE, SOPHISTICATED CULTURE AND A HOUSING STOCK OF ARCHITECTURAL GEMS, CORAL GABLES HAS LONG BEEN A MAGNET FOR MULTINATIONAL FIRMS
More than 120 multinational companies call Coral Gables home, with offices that range from global headquarters to U.S. hubs and regional service providers. The multinationals located here represent a broad range of industries, from hospitality, aviation, communications and engineering to architecture, executive recruitment, produce distribution and entertainment. Among dozens of multinationals in the city are AMC Networks, Bunge, Cargill, Crystal Lagoons, Diageo, Fyffes, HermĂ¨s of Paris, IBM, Lexmark, Mondelez, Perkins + Will, Richemont, Swarovski, and Willis Towers Watson. Among the multinationals with the largest presence are infrastructure builder MasTec, operating a global headquarters with some 300 employees in the city; spirits maker Bacardi, with its North American headquarters and more than 300 employees here; and Fresh Del Monte Produce, with its headquarters for the Americas here and more than 275 employees. These three giants, along with the Euro/Latin headquarters for global jewelry brand Tiffany & Co., are profiled here. Details on another 25 top firms follow. 26
FRESH DEL MONTE PRODUCE
CORAL GABLES IS HOME TO THE NORTH AMERICAN HQ OF THE BACARDI EMPIRE
KEEPING IT FRESH IN THE GABLES
PETE CARR, REGIONAL PRESIDENT NORTH AMERICA 2701 SOUTH LE JEUNE ROAD, SUITE 400, CG 33134
YOUSSEF ZAKHARIA, GLOBAL PRESIDENT AND COO 241 SEVILLA AVE., 12TH FLOOR, CG 33134
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets more than 200 brands and labels, including Bacardí rum, Grey Goose vodka, Patrón tequila, Dewar’s scotch whisky, Bombay Sapphire gin, and Martini vermouth. Founded more than 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba, family-owned Bacardi Limited currently employs more than 7,000 worldwide, operates production facilities in 11 countries, and sells its brands in more than 170 countries. Estimated annual sales: $5 billion. While the global headquarters are located in Bermuda, its North American headquarters are located on Le Jeune Road in Coral Gables, where nearly 300 people are employed, mostly for sales and marketing in the United States and Canada. The Gables headquarters is run by regional president Pete J. Carr, a 25-year veteran in the beverage industry. From here, Carr runs a rum distillery in Puerto Rico and a bottling plant in Jacksonville, along with another 300 employees across North America. The Bacardi headquarters here is also home to the family (and hence corporate) archives, where more than 30,000 items are catalogued and stored, including a wall-sized painting of the Cuban countryside by famed artist Antonio Gattorno, first commissioned for their Empire State Building office in 1938.
Fresh Del Monte Produce employs some 275 people on Sevilla Avenue in a farm-to-table business that mainly grows, transports and sells fresh fruits and vegetables. Coral Gables hosts the U.S. executive office for the brand, whose holding company now ranks among the world’s biggest distributors of bananas, pineapples and other fresh produce. Just in North America, the company distributes about 100 million individual bananas every week. Spun off from Del Monte’s canned food unit in the 1980s, the produce venture has been transforming since the 1990s under the leadership of Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, who took the holding company Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1997. Running day to day operations from Florida is Youssef Zakharia, president and chief operating officer since 2016. The pandemic has taken a toll, but not too deeply. Fresh Del Monte Produce had sales of $2.2 billion for the first half of 2020, compared to $2.35 billion for the same period last year.
TIFFANY & CO.
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CORAL GABLES IS THE JUMPING OFF POINT FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
JOSE R. MAS, CEO 800 SOUTH DOUGLAS ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, CG 33134
VP JONATHAN BRUCKNER 396 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, PH 1
Located in Coral Gables since 2004, MasTec started out as a construction company mainly for landline phone companies. Since then it has expanded into projects for electric companies, wireless telecom, renewable energy, and oil and gas customers. In the last decade it has grown from $1 billion in annual revenues to more than $7 billion last year. Today, about 60 percent of its income derives from energy – including building transmission lines, wind turbines, solar farms and oil pipelines. This year, due largely to the impact of the pandemic, sales are down – falling in the first six months from about $3.4 billion last year to just under $3 billion this year. But the bottom line has still remained in the black, albeit less so than last year – $93 million in net income for the first six months compared to $165 million for the comparable period last year. Leading the company is CEO José R. Mas, son of the hard-scrabble immigrant father who founded the company. In the last decade, Mas has pushed the company into new technologies, landing the company on the prestigious Fortune 500 list of the nation’s largest businesses. The humble leader is now keen on building for 5G wireless systems, battery storage for solar and wind energy, and the deployment of sensors vital for driverless cars and other super-fast, mobile applications.
Luxury brand Tiffany & Co. is known for dazzling diamonds, well-designed silver, a classic movie that bears its name and signature boxes in robin’s egg blue. Less well known is that Coral Gables hosts its headquarters for Latin America, part of a push by the jewelry maker to expand sales beyond its U.S. base. Tiffany’s Latin America division employs some 15 people in Coral Gables and some 170 more regionwide. It oversees 41 stores, mainly in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and on cruise ships. In fiscal 2019, however, Latin America represented less than five percent of sales at Tiffany’s company-operated stores worldwide, compared to 40 percent in the United States, its latest annual report shows. Jonathan Bruckner, who took the helm at the Coral Gables hub in 2018 after 25 years working with Tiffany domestically, aims to change that. As the regional VP, Bruckner is keen on growth in Latin America, partly because Tiffany’s rivals have only small footprints in the region so far. The question now is whether a $16.2 billion offer by Louis Vuitton owner LVMH to buy Tiffany, announced last year, will go through as planned this year – and what that means for company resources.
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Multinationals in Coral Gables: A Sampler AMERICAN AIRLINES
Type of Business: Airline - some LAC functions, ticket sales center Top Executive: Christine Valls, managing director, Florida LAC sales Address: 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 900, CG 33134 Website / Phone: aa.com; 305.992.1669 Employees: 65 APPGATE
Type of Business: Cybersecurity software - Global headquarters Top Executive: Barry Field, CEO Address: 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 900, CG 33134 Website / Phone: appgate.com; 305.537.9500 Employees: 15+ ARTHUR MURRAY INTERNATIONAl
Type of Business: Dance studios - Global headquarters Top Executive: John Kimmins, president Address: 1077 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 2nd floor, CG 33134 Website / Phone: arthurmurray.com; 305.445.9645 Employees: 15
Type of Business: Spirits - North American regional headquarters Top Executive: Pete Carr, regional president North America Address: 2701 South Le Jeune Road, CG 33134 Website / Phone: bacardilimited.com; 305.573.8600 Employees: 300+ BBC STUDIOS
Type of Business: Media-Latin America / U.S. Hispanic headquarters Top Executive: N/A Address: 255 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1000, CG 33134 Website / Phone: bbcstudios.com; 305.461.6999 Employees: 20 CALLISON RTKL
Type of Business: Architecture, interior design - South Florida Top Executive: Dan Freed, vice president Address: 396 Alhambra Plaza, South Tower, Suite 500, CG 33134 Website / Phone: callisonrtkl.com; 786.268.3200 Employees: 50 CHARLES SCHWAB & CO.
Type of Business: Financial services/brokerage - Latin American headquarters Top Executive: Rob Schmidt, vice president and branch manager Address: 110 Merrick Way, Suite 1, CG 33134 Website / Phone: schwab.com; 305.774.4860 Employees: < 10 CHERRY BEKAERT, LLP
Type of Business: Accounting - South Florida office Top Executive: David Appel, Florida regional market leader Address: 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 1040, CG 33134 Website / Phone: cbh.com; 786.693.6300 Employees: 90
Type of Business: Auction house - Southeast regional Top Executive: Jessica Katz, director Address: 550 Biltmore Way, Suite 800, CG 33134 Website / Phone: christies.com; 305.445.1487 Employees: < 10 CITRIX
Type of Business: Software - Latin American headquarters Top Executive: Juan Pablo Jimenez, vice president LAC Address: 1 Alhambra Plaza, PH, CG 33134 Website / Phone: citrix.com; 786.449.3700 Employees: 10 COSENTINO
Type of Business: Stone, countertops - American headquarters Top Executive: Eduardo Cosentino, CEO Address: 355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1000, CG 33134 Website / Phone: cosentino.com; 786.686.5060 Employees: 100 CYXTERA TECHNOLOGIES
Type of Business: Data centers - Global headquarters Top Executive: Nelson Fonseca, CEO Address: 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 900, CG 33134 Website / Phone: cyxtera.com; 305.537.9500 Employees: 70+ FRESH DEL MONTE PRODUCE
Type of Business: Fresh foods - U.S. executive office Top Executive: Youssef Zakharia, global president and COO Address: 241 Sevilla Ave., 12th floor, CG 33134 Website / Phone: freshdelmonte.com; 305.520.8400 Employees: 275 EGON ZEHNDER
Type of Business: Executive search - South Florida office Top Executive: Bernhard Scholl, office leader Address: 121 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 1130, CG 33134 Website / Phone: egonzehnder.com; 305.569.1000 Employees: 20 HBO LATIN AMERICA
Type of Business: TV network - Latin American headquarters Top Executive: Emilio Rubio, CEO HBO Latin America Address: 396 Alhambra Circle, Suite 400, CG 33134 Website / Phone: hbolatam.com; 305.648.8100 Employees: N/A HILL + KNOWLTON STRATEGIES/SAMCOR
Type of Business: Public relations - Handles U.S. and Latin accounts Top Executive: Cori Rice, president Address: 255 Alhambra Circle, Suite 330, CG 33134 Website / Phone: hkstrategies.com; 305.443.5454 Employees: 15
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Type of Business: Hotels - Latin American and Caribbean headquarters Top Executive: Myles McGourty, senior vice president LAC Address: 396 Alhambra Circle, Suite 788, CG 33134 Website / Phone: hyatt.com; 305.777.1234 Employees: 15 Type of Business: Infrastructure construction - Global headquarters Top Executive: Jose R. Mas, CEO Address: 800 South Douglas Road, 10th floor, CG 33134 Website / Phone: mastec.com; 305.599.1800 Employees: 300 Type of Business: Telecommunications Top Executive: EVP Susy Bobenrieth Address: 255 Giralda Ave., Suite 800 Website / Phone: www.millicom.com; 305.445.4100 Employees: 220
Type of Business: Advertising - Latin/U.S. multicultural headquarters Top Executive: Ranjiv Ramgolam, managing partner Address: 800 Douglas Road, Suite 355, CG 33134 Website / Phone: ogilvy.com; 305.448.6002 Employees: 35 Type of Business: Executive recruiters - Miami area office Top Executive: David MacEachern, partner & office manager Address: 355 Alhambra Circle, Suite 1300, CG 33134 Website / Phone: spencerstuart.com; 305.443.9911 Employees: 10 Type of Business: Architecture, design - Local office Top Executive: Ramon Castella, vice president Address: 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 900, CG 33134 Website / Phone: stantec.com; 305.445.2900 Employees: 90
Type of Business: Architecture and planning - U.S. headquarters Top Executive: Doug Kulig, CEO Address: 806 South Douglas Road, Suite 400, CG 33134 Website / Phone: obmi.com; 305.537.7100 Employees: 55
Type of Business: Jewelry Top Executive: VP Jonathan Bruckner Address: 396 Alhambra Circle, PH 1 Website / Phone: tiffany.com; 305.444.7397 Employees: 15
COLDWELL BANKER® AND THE CITY OF CORAL GABLES RICH IN HISTORY
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ColdwellBankerHomes.com *Coldwell Banker Realty f/k/a Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Based on closed sales volume and total number of units closed information from MarketQuest for all counties in all price ranges as reported on Feb. 27, 2020 for the period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Sales volume calculated by multiplying the number of buyer and/or seller sides by sales price. One unit equals one side of a transaction (buyer or seller). Source data is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Affiliated real estate agents are independent contractor sales associates, not employees. ©2020 Coldwell Banker. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logos are trademarks of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. The Coldwell Banker® System is comprised of company owned offices which are owned by a subsidiary of Realogy Brokerage Group LLC and franchised offices which are independently owned and operated. The 202XHJ_FL_8/20 Coldwell Banker System fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.
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BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES
BANKS BY LOCAL BRANCH DEPOSIT (Total in Coral Gables Q2 2020: $18.7 billion)
The Gables Financial Services Community As a highly affluent community, Coral Gables has dozens of bank branches, as well as numerous offices for firms that provide wealth management services. It is also the home base for the headquarters of a half dozen commercial banks and four wealth management companies. All of these are profiled in the following pages, with information on assets, key personnel and locations. On this page we also list the full panoply of branches for both these and other banks (based elsewhere) that serve the Gables community. To give you an idea of their local presence by proxy, we list the deposits at their local branches in Coral Gables.
220 Alhambra Circle
ATHEM BANK & TRUST/LOUISIANA
1 Alhambra Plaza
1826 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$3 million $43 million
2109 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK/OHIO
355 Alhambra Circle 1300 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$566 million $244 million $88 million
NEW YORK COMMUNITY BANK/NEW YORK
2701 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
BAC FLORIDA BANK/CORAL GABLES
169 Miracle Mile
BANESCO USA/CORAL GABLES
150 Alhambra Circle
BANK OF AMERICA/N. CAROLINA
2308 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 2600 S. Douglas Rd. BANK OZK/ARKANSAS
1220 Ponce de Leon Blvd. BEAL BANK/NEVADA
2610 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
PACIFIC NATIONAL BANK/MIAMI
$886 million $191 million
POPULAR BANK/NEW YORK
$60 million $23 million
2655 Le Jeune Rd.
255 Aragon Ave.
2317 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$75 million $118 million
PROFESSIONAL BANK/CORAL GABLES
396 Alhambra Circle 355 Alhambra Circle
$226 million $411 million
2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
BRANCH BANKING & TRUST/N. CAROLINA
2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
121 Alhambra Plaza
SEASIDE NATIONAL BANK & TRUST/ORLANDO
2222 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
2901 Le Jeune Rd.
CENTERSTATE BANK/WINTER HAVEN
2 Alhambra Plaza
396 Alhambra Circle
$2 million $589 million
100 Miracle Mile 201 Alhambra Circle
SYNOVUS BANK/GEORGIA CITY NATIONAL BANK/MIAMI
2855 S. Le Jeune Rd.
2020 Ponce de Leon Blvd. TD BANK/DELAWARE
EASTERN NATIONAL BANK/MIAMI
270 Alhambra Circle
FIRST AMERICAN BANK/ILLINOIS
2295 Galiano St.
FIRST HORIZON BANK/TENNESSEE
121 Alhambra Plaza
$38 million $106 million $37 million
2401 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 255 Alhambra Circle
$322 million $162 million $235 million $235 million $229 million
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH MIAMI
3399 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
THE NORTHERN TRUST COMPANY/ILLINOIS
595 Biltmore Way
FIRST-CITIZENS BANK & TRUST/N. CAROLINA
FIRSTBANK PUERTO RICO/PUERTO RICO
US CENTURY BANK/DORAL
GROVE BANK & TRUST/MIAMI
VALLEY NATIONAL BANK/NEW JERSEY
250 Palermo Ave.
2990 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 2151 S. Le Jeune Rd. HSBC BANK USA
222 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$62 million $192 million $58 million $1.6 billion
20 Giralda Ave.
396 Alhambra Circle
2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$393 million $122 million $82 million
WELLS FARGO NATIONAL BANK/CALIFORNIA
2100 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
$181 million $700 million
AMERANT BANK What a journey it’s been for Amerant, the Coral Gables-based bank that now holds $8 billion in assets, more than any other bank headquartered in the City Beautiful. Amerant began in 1979 as Gold Coast National Bank, then became Commercebank, and was later acquired by Venezuela’s Mercantil group. Ultimately it was spun off from Mercantil group, and now functions on its own. Since August 2018, its stock trades on the Nasdaq exchange. Amerant today has 27 branches: 19 in South Florida, including three opened since last year in Miami Lakes, Boca Raton and Delray Beach, as well as eight more in the Houston area of Texas. It also has offices handling commercial real estate loans in New York and Dallas. Roughly 42 percent of the bank’s deposits come from Venezuelans, many who have been loyal customers for decades, says Millar Wilson, the president and CEO who grew up in the oil-producing South American nation. Growth in recent years has come from U.S. domestic clientele. Amerant entered Texas in the early 2000s, partly to follow the oil industry, and has expanded there mainly in the last five years. “We saw an opportunity, especially because Houston is very open and welcoming to newcomers,” says Wilson. Longer term, the bank may consider Texas expansion to the Austin or San Antonio areas. Amerant reported $51.3 million in net income in 2019, up 12 percent from the previous year. Domestic deposits rose $120.5 million, with much of that growth in funds handled online.
FOUNDED: 1979, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MERCANTIL BANK LOCATION: 220 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE ASSETS: $8 BILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 KEY PERSONNEL: MILLAR WILSON, VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
BAC FLORIDA BANK What started as Popular Bank of Hialeah nearly half a century ago is now BAC Florida Bank, a unique institution that holds $2.3 billion in assets and employs 175 people – all from one branch on Miracle Mile. It’s known for serving Latin American customers, including many who bank online from overseas. BAC is owned by Central America’s Grupo Pellas, a regional powerhouse started in 1877 in Nicaragua that has operations in agribusiness, health, trade and finance. But a Brazilian banking giant is in the process of buying BAC in a roughly $500 million deal expected to close this year. Brazil’s Bradesco – with more than $320 billion in assets hopes the BAC purchase can expand U.S. access for its Brazilian clients, helping them hold deposits in dollars and get loans for U.S. real estate, among other activities. Already, Brazilians account for some 20 percent of BAC’s residential real estate loans, says BAC president and CEO Julio Rojas. Rojas says BAC takes pride in its diversity: More than 60 percent of officers are women and staff come from more than 22 nations. There’s a culture of caring and teamwork: More than 35 percent of staff has been with the bank 10 years or more. Results are strong: After-tax net profit hit a record $31.4 million in 2019. After the purchase, Rojas expects BAC to keep its current team and approach: Small, service-oriented and tech-focused. But BAC’s location is set to change in roughly two years to The Plaza Coral Gables on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. The biggest challenge longer-term: Non-bank companies dubbed “fintechs” expanding in mortgage lending and other activities. Says Rojas, “Banks have to be innovative.”
FOUNDED: 1973 ASSETS: $2.3 BILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 LOCATION: 169 MIRACLE MILE KEY PERSONNEL: JULIO ROJAS, PRESIDENT AND CEO
BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES BANESCO USA Banesco USA is part of the Banesco international finance group based in Venezuela and active in some 15 countries, mostly in the Americas. The group was founded in 1977 as the Venezuelan Agroindustrial Bank. Its biggest bank asset nowadays is Spain-based Abanca, with nearly $64 billion in assets. The U.S. bank serves many Venezuelan and Latin American clients, safeguarding their deposits and also lending cash for commercial real estate and other activities in the United States. Last year, Banesco USA expanded into two new lending areas: Trade finance and loans to foreign nationals for U.S. residential real estate, when it bought Brickell Bank in downtown Miami. Brickell Bank had one branch, roughly $400 million in assets and also served many Latin American clients. Today, Banesco USA operates five branches in South Florida: Coral Gables, Doral, Hialeah, Brickell and Aventura, plus one branch in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Mario Oliva took over as CEO in January, replacing Jorge Salas, who helmed the bank for six years. Salas oversaw strong growth and record returns in 2019: $14.2 million in earnings, plus a 28 percent gain in deposits to $1.4 billion and a 40 percent jump in gross loans to $1.34 billion, both compared with the previous year. Like other bankers, Oliva now faces challenges because of the U.S. recession. In an April report, Fitch Ratings mentioned concerns over Banesco USA’s “elevated exposure to commercial real estate and the travel and leisure segments,” areas hit hard by the ongoing pandemic.
FOUNDED: 2006 ASSETS: $1.8 BILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 LOCATION: 150 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE KEY PERSONNEL: MARIO OLIVA, PRESIDENT AND CEO
CITY NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA Imagine growing a Miami bank from $3 billion to over $16 billion in assets in a single decade – and right after the Great Recession. Jorge Gonzalez has done just that, heading up City National Bank of Florida since 2009, as it changed hands, made acquisitions and expanded across the state. Today, City National ranks as the second largest bank based in Florida, employing some 900 people and operating 31 branches, mainly in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but also in the Sarasota, Naples, Tampa and Orlando areas. It’s among the country’s 100 largest banks. Growth has come partly through acquisitions. In 2015, Chile’s Banco de Credito and Inversiones (Bci) bought City National for $882 million, marking the largest single investment by a Chilean company in the U.S. With that backing, City National in 2018 bought Miami-based TotalBank for roughly $529 million, adding some 17 branches and assets near $3 billon. And last year, the bank announced plans to buy Miami’s Executive National Bank, a deal set to add almost $500 million more in assets. City National is known for deep community roots. It ranks high for lending through the Community Reinvestment Act and works with many nonprofits. Gonzalez says he’s expanding Florida’s iconic bank as “the Big Bank Alternative, able to provide the same products and solutions as the biggest banks, but still small enough to deliver a client experience based on personal relationships and local decision making.” Last year, City National moved its executive offices from Miami to the Gables.
FOUNDED: 1946, AS NORTH SHORE BANK ASSETS: $16.2 BILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 LOCATION: 2855 S. LE JEUNE RD. KEY PERSONNEL: JORGE GONZALEZ, VICE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
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BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL BANK Coral Gables-based Professional Bank has been busy this year. In February, it sold nearly $60 million in stock on Wall Street, listing its shares on the Nasdaq exchange. This spring, it completed its merger with its neighbor across the street, Marquis Bank. And since coronavirus hit, it’s signed up hundreds of customers for government loans, approving more than $215 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans to date, says Abel Iglesias, president and COO. A group of investors led by local physician Lawrence Schimmel started the bank 12 years ago, aiming to offer fellow professionals the quality customer service typical in private banking and sometimes hard to find in large commercial banks. Today, Professional has seven branches: Coral Gables, Aventura, Boca Raton, South Miami, Dadeland, Palm Beach Gardens and Fort Lauderdale, plus two loan production offices in Doral and Wellington. It plans to close Marquis Bank’s Gables office, as the neighbors further integrate. Staff now nears 185 people, serving a broad range of clients from professionals to small business, corporations and retirees. Iglesias sees banking becoming more digital as a result of coronavirus, yet it remains a people business. “The client wants to know they can interact with the bank digitally and remotely,” he says. “But they also want to know that if they have a problem, they can pick up the phone and get one of us on the line and get a human being to take care of their problems or to listen to whatever their needs are.”
FOUNDED: 2008 ASSETS: $1.7 BILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 LOCATION: 396 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE KEY PERSONNEL: ABEL IGLESIAS, PRESIDENT AND COO
SUNSTATE BANK Banks in South Florida increasingly need scale to defray the costs of complying with new regulations and deploying new technologies, and Sunstate Bank is embracing the challenge. The small bank began a generation ago as Sofisa Bank of Florida, owned by a family in Brazil that got its start in the shoe business. In 2007, it changed its name to Sunstate to reflect its priority to serve Florida and make clear it had no ties with Brazil’s Sofisa Bank. It also added the tagline “State of the Art” banking to underscore its widening digital reach. Two years ago, Sunstate grew by purchasing the one-branch Intercontinental Bank, headquartered in West Miami, for $28.5 million. Today, the community bank has three branches: Its Palmetto Bay headquarters, Coral Gables and West Miami. It serves a mix of both international and domestic customers, and like many small banks in South Florida, lends mainly for U.S. real estate transactions, says Lloyd DeVaux, president and CEO. “About half of our business is overseas clients, who are coming to Miami to invest in real estate, buying second homes and buying incomeproducing properties, and are looking for a place they can keep their money,” says DeVaux. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Sunstate was negotiating to buy a second bank in greater Miami. That deal has been put on hold. “I hope to do another acquisition next year. The next one probably will put us over $1 billion in assets,” says DeVaux. Meanwhile, Sunstate continues to upgrade technology to become even more digital.
FOUNDED: 1999 ASSETS: $448 MILLION AS OF MARCH 31, 2020 LOCATION: 2901 S. LE JEUNE RD. KEY PERSONNEL: LLOYD DEVAUX, PRESIDENT AND CEO
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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROFILE CORAL GABLES TRUST COMPANY Coral Gables Trust Company offers something extra that distinguishes it from many wealth management companies: trust and estate services. The firm advises clients on setting up Trusts – separate entities that hold client assets to minimize taxes and ease transfer of wealth to heirs when the client dies. The firm typically administers and handles most trust activities for the client and later for the beneficiaries. “We’re the largest independent, privately-held trust company headquartered in South Florida,” says Jim Davidson, CEO and founding chairman. Coral Gables Trust generally serves clients with assets from $500,000 to $50 million – smaller amounts than many national firms with trust services will accept, says Davidson. Most of the firm’s accounts top $1 million. Clients include high net worth individuals, owners of small and mid-size businesses, executives at large companies, retirees, foundations, nonprofits, pension funds and endowment funds. The firm operates from four offices: Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Like many wealth management firms, Coral Gables Trust also offers financial planning and investment management services. It provides fee-based advice, sells no proprietary products and works with outside investment managers, choosing ones who perform better than most during a downturn. “We focus on capital preservation,” says Davidson, “by limiting risks rather than attempting to achieve the highest return.” The firm takes pride in personalized service – “we’re on call 24/7” – and in community involvement. Executives are active with nonprofit groups including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Chapman Partnership and the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
FOUNDED: 2004 ASSETS: MORE THAN $1.5 BILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT LOCATION: 255 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE KEY PERSONNEL: JAMES “JIM” DAVIDSON, CHAIRMAN AND CEO (ABOVE); JOHN HARRIS, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF WEALTH OFFICER
EVENSKY & KATZ/FOLDES FINANCIAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT When it comes to wealth management – that unique blend of financial planning and specialized services to sustain and grow wealth long-term – Harold R. Evensky literally wrote the book, back in the 1990s. He’s also been teaching the practice for years, moving to Texas more than a decade ago to help develop the Personal Financial Planning Program at Texas Tech University. Evensky began his firm in Coral Gables like most others, accepting commissions on sales. But in 1993, he and his partners switched to a different model, only taking fees for advice and never commissions on sales. Today, the firm employs some 30 people at its two Florida and Texas offices, including 20 certified financial planners. It helps executives, professionals, retirees, entrepreneurs, institutional clients and others keep and expand their wealth for future generations, philanthropy and other goals. Many clients have been working with the firm so long that their children and even grandchildren have become clients, too, says David Evensky, chief marketing officer. “When you have clients for decades, you become like a family,” he says. “So, you really want to look out for them long-term.” Evensky does not sell proprietary products. It manages client assets through third-party custodians and works under a fiduciary standard that puts client interests first. That differs from work by broker-dealers, says CMO Evensky. The 35-year-old firm also assists clients by developing a written financial plan, stating long-term goals. That helps clients “tune out the noise” in tumultuous times, says Evensky, “to stay the course.”
FOUNDED: 1985 ASSETS: APPROXIMATELY $2 BILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT LOCATION: 4000 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. KEY PERSONNEL: (STANDING) BRETT MCGRATH, CMO DAVID EVENSKY, CHAIRMAN HAROLD R. EVENSKY, LANE JONES. (SITTING) MATT MCGRATH, LANE JONES, PRINCIPALS.
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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROFILE FIRESTONE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT When coronavirus pummeled stock values earlier this year, the team at Firestone Capital Management reached out to clients. They wanted to make sure investors had enough cash in reserve and to review their plans to sustain wealth. Few clients made major portfolio changes – a testament to the firm’s planning-based, long-term approach, says planner Jerad Waggy. Firestone Capital focuses on “multi-generation family planning,” aiming to preserve, enhance and transfer wealth to heirs, to charitable causes and to others that investors hold dear. The boutique firm has one office and a staff of eight, mainly certified financial planners. It works on a fee-only model for advice, and emphasizes personalized service. Clients can start accounts with $500,000, a smaller amount than many larger national firms accept. Clients also seek advice in times of transition: When selling a business, getting married, divorcing, facing sudden widowhood or preparing to retire. The Coral Gables-based firm takes pride in community roots and relationships. “Three out of five partners were born or raised here in Miami-Dade, so we’re locals serving locals,” says Waggy. Advisors are active with nonprofit groups including the Woody Foundation, Miami Music Project and Lotus House. The firm also personalizes portfolios for clients who want investments to reflect their social values. That might mean putting money into mutual funds that don’t invest in the fossil fuel, tobacco, gun, or for-profit prison industries. Or it may mean investing in funds keen on renewable energy. Says Waggy, “We try to accommodate clients depending on what their interests are.”
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KAUFMAN ROSSIN WEALTH When TotalBank was sold a couple years ago, outgoing president Jay Pelham looked around for a new venture to apply his skills as a certified financial planner and long-time private banker. Pelham already had a solid relationship with Blain Heckaman, CEO at accounting firm Kaufman Rossin, working together even on nonprofits. The two saw an opportunity to expand the accounting firm’s services to include financial planning and wealth management. In 2019, Kaufman Rossin Wealth was born. The new wealth-management firm operates like many in South Florida: Planning-based, fee-only, with a fiduciary standard that puts client needs first. What makes it different are three main things: Its ties to 58-year-old Kaufman Rossin, which also offers tax consulting, insurance and other services; Pelham’s decades-long roots in local banking; plus its association with the Buckingham alliance, a decades-old group that advises investment management firms handling more than $36 billion in assets. Buckingham provides associates with investment research, a bond desk, access to mutual funds and other support services, says Pelham, “so we can stay focused on the client relationships.” Kaufman Rossin Wealth now operates with five employees at its Coconut Grove base. It plans to add staff at some of Kaufman Rossin’s accounting offices in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and the Naples area, says Pelham. He sees a growing need for professional planning and wealth management services these days, since coronavirus has jolted business and markets. “When we get into volatile markets like now, it tends to expose bad planning or lack of planning,” says Pelham, a Coral Gables resident for more than 20 years. “I think of us as a financial doctor.” ■
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MAYOR RAÚL VALDÉS-FAULI WELCOMES THE NEW HUNGARIAN CONSUL PETRA KATALIN SCHMITT AT THE OPENING OF THE HUNGARIAN CONSULATE IN CORAL GABLES LAST YEAR
Consular & Trade Offices Coral Gables hosts two dozen consular and trade offices that provide services that can range from visas and passports to tourism, trade, and educational/cultural exchanges. Some of the offices are full-scale consulates, with diplomats sent to Florida from their respective homelands. Others feature honorary or volunteer consuls, including some local attorneys. Steven J. Green, for example, the former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, serves as honorary consul for Singapore from his real estate company office in Coral Gables. Even the U.S. government has a consular-type office in the city: An Office of Foreign Missions, which, among other things, serves foreign diplomats in the U.S. southeast region and ensures that diplomatic benefits are properly exercised. In addition to their offices located here, Coral Gables is also the home to numerous consular officials who choose to live here because of the city’s cultural diversity and the old-world Latin/European elegance of its architecture, cuisine and streetscapes. 44
COLOMBIA Colombia is one of South Florida’s largest trading partners. In the first half of 2020, Colombia ranked second only to Brazil in trade through Miami International Airport and came in at No. 8 for all trade passing through the PortMiami. Top imports include oil, coffee, gold and flowers; top exports include gasoline, corn, aircraft parts and cellphones. Established in 1981, the Colombian consulate is located in the heart of downtown Coral Gables, across the street from Books & Books and adjacent to the Coral Gables Art Cinema. It plays an active part in the city’s cultural life, for years offering a venue for artists as part of the Gables Gallery Night program. The jurisdiction for the Colombian consulate covers all of South Florida, from Key West to Port St. Lucie. Its mission is to protect the interests of Colombian citizens here, but also to enhance two-way trade and travel between the U.S. and Colombia. LOCATION: 280 ARAGON AVE., CORAL GABLES, FL 33134 PHONE: 305-448-4179/5558 EMAIL: CMIAMI@CANCILLERIA.GOV.CO WEBSITE: MIAMI.CONSULADO.GOV.CO TOP OFFICIAL: PEDRO A. VALENCIA LASERNA, CONSUL GENERAL TRADE FIGURES (FIRST HALF OF 2020) PORTMIAMI: $312 MILLION, RANKED #8 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: $2.39 BILLION, RANKED #2
SPAIN Spain has one of the most extensive presences of any foreign country in Coral Gables. Its consulate, education office, tourist office, cultural center and trade commission all co-located in a mid-rise at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Valencia Avenue. Due to the cultural affinity between Coral Gables and Spain (two of the Gables’ sister cities, Sevilla and Granada, are located in Spain), Spanish companies comprise more than one third of all multinational firms with offices in the city. Spain’s consular and trade officials oversee activities across all of Florida, as well as those in Georgia and South Carolina. Its mission is not only to help Spanish citizens here, but to foster bilateral trade and investment, along with educational projects and cultural exchanges. Last year they assisted in the establishment of offices for the University of Salamanca in the Gables. Imports from Spain far outnumber exports, including more than a half-billon dollars in medical products annually. LOCATION: 2655 SOUTH LEJEUNE RD., SUITE 605 PHONE: 305-446-5511 (CONSULATE GENERAL) 305-446-4387 (TRADE COMMISSION) EMAIL: COG.MIAMI@MAEC.ES (CONSULATE) MIAMI@COMERCIO.MINECO.ES (TRADE) WEBSITE: EXTERIORES.GOB.ES/CONSULADOS/MIAMI/ES SPAINBUSINESS.COM TOP OFFICIAL: FRANCISCO GARZON, TRADE COMMISSIONER TRADE FIGURES PORTMIAMI: $414.67 MILLION (FOR 2018, A 40% INCREASE OVER 2017) MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: $873.29 MILLION (2018)
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ITALY Italy is the fourth largest trading partner at the PortMiami, with more than half a billion dollars in imports and exports for the first six months of 2020. They do another half billion in trade through Miami International Airport. Their consular office is located in the Collection building on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Bird Road. The top imports from Italy include medicines, passenger vehicles, wine, and designer goods such as handbags, jewelry, wallets and leather shoes. In Coral Gables, Italian companies include retail fashion outlets such as Italian Eyewear on Aragon Avenue and Artigiano on Laguna Street, where clients can have their tailored suits and shoes manufactured in Italy and shipped here. Much of the high-end kitchen and bathroom cabinetry used in Gables homes comes from Italy, via such shops as Snaidero and Scavolini, both on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Italian food is the number one restaurant category in the city. LOCATION: 4000 PONCE DE LEON BLVD., SUITE 590, CORAL GABLES, FL 33146 PHONE: 305-374-6322 EMAIL: MIAMI.URP@ESTERI.IT WEBSITE: CONSMIAMI.ESTERI.IT TOP OFFICIAL: CRISTIANO MUSILLO, CONSUL GENERAL TRADE FIGURES (FIRST HALF OF 2020) PORTMIAMI: $507 MILLION, RANKED #4 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:$555 MILLION, RANKED #12
PERU Peru maintains its consulate for Florida in Coral Gables, on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, across Salamanca Avenue from Tinta y Cafe. It not only serves the interests of Peruvian citizens in Florida, but also acts as the connecting point for information about the Peruvian economy and trade opportunities. Peru is the sixth largest trading partner at the PortMiami and the ninth largest trading partner at Miami International Airport, with more than a billion dollars in goods moved between the U.S. and Peru through South Florida in the first six months of 2020. The PortMiami and MIA represent two of the three largest entry/exit points for Peruvian goods (Houston is the other). Principle imports from Peru include agricultural goods, gold, clothing and tin; exports to Peru include fuels, plastics, computers, and cellphones. Coral Gables is also a culinary outpost for Peru, with exceptional and authentic Peruvian cuisine. LOCATION: 1401 PONCE DE LEON BLVD., THIRD FLOOR, CORAL GABLES, FL 33134 PHONE: 786-713-2400 EMAIL: SECRETARIA@CONSULADO-PERU.COM WEBSITE: CONSULADO.PE/MIAMI/PAGINAS/INCIO.ASPX TOP OFFICIAL: MARTHA LIZARRAGA PICCIOTTI, CONSUL GENERAL TRADE FIGURES (FIRST HALF OF 2020) PORTMIAMI: $460 MILLION, RANKED #6 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: $635 MILLION, RANKED #9
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Other Consular & Trade Offices AUSTRALIA CONSULATE, HONORARY
PORTUGAL CONSULATE, HONORARY
BARBADOS CONSULATE GENERAL
SAINT LUCIA CONSULATE GENERAL
Location: 2701 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 200, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 786-505-6802 Email: email@example.com Website: usa.embassy.gov.au Top Official: Donald Slesnick, honorary consul Location: 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 1300, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 305-442-1994 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: N/A Top Official: Neval Greenidge, consul general BELIZE CONSULATE
Location: 1600 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 904, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 305-755-0276 Email: email@example.com Website: belizeconsulatefla.com Top Official: Janine Sylvestre, honorary consul CATALONIA TRADE & INVESTMENT OFFICE
Location: 2655 South LeJeune Rd., Suite 810, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 305-442-4018 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: catalonia.com Top Official: Conxita Muñoz, director HUNGARY VICE CONSULATE
Location: 2121Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 732 Phone: 305-586-9524 Email: email@example.com Website: miami.mfa.gov.hu Top Official: Petra Katalin Schmitt, consul IRELAND CONSULATE, HONORARY
Location: 255 Giralda Ave., Suite 500 Phone: 305-204-0104 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: dfa.ie/irish-consulate/atlanta Top Official: Ian O’Flaherty, honorary consul MONACO CONSULATE, HONORARY
Location: 1600 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 1019 Phone: 786-369-0484 Email: email@example.com Website: monaco-miami.org Top Official: Tomas Abreu, honorary consul NORWAY CONSULATE GENERAL, HONORARY
Location: 800 Douglas Road, Suite 315, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 305-358-4386 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: N/A Top Official: Trond Jensen, honorary consul general
Location: 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 600, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 786-441-5182 Email: email@example.com Website: consuladodeportugalpalmcoast.org Top Official: Carolina Rendeiro, honorary consul Location: 2 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 850, Coral Gables, FL 33134 Phone: 786-502-3351 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: N/A Top Official: Tassa Jean, consul general SINGAPORE CONSULATE, HONORARY
Location: 1515 Sunset Drive, Suite 44 Phone: 305-858-4225 Email: SGreen@sg-miami-consulate.org Website: mfa.gov/sg/overseas-mission/miami Top Official: Steven J. Green, honorary consul general THAILAND CONSULATE, HONORARY
Location: 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 300 Phone: 305-445-7577 Email: email@example.com Website: thaiconsulatemiami.com Top Official: Maria D. Sariol, honorary consul general TAIWAN/TAIPEI ECONOMIC & CULTURAL OFFICE
Location: 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 610 Phone: 305-443-8917 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: taiwanembassy.org/usmia Top Official: David K.C. Chien, director general U.S. OFFICE OF FOREIGN MISSIONS
Location: 95 Merrick Way, Suite 505 Phone: 305-442-4943 Email: OFMMICustomerService@state.gov Website: state.gov/contact-us-office-of-foreign-missions/ Top Official: Frances Crespo, regional director
Gables Adjacent BRAZIL CONSULATE GENERAL
Location: 3150 SW 38th Ave. Phone: 305.285.6200 Email: email@example.com Comercial.firstname.lastname@example.org Website: miami.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/ Top Official: João Mendes Pereira, consul general URUGUAY CONSULATE GENERAL
Location: 2103 Coral Way, Suite 600 Phone: 305-443-7253/7453 Email: email@example.com Website: uruguaymiami.org Top Official: Eduardo Bouzout, consul general
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A Guide to “Smart City” Resources T
hrough its website and apps, Coral Gables makes a wealth of information available to businesses, all at the touch of a finger. The Information Technology Department (CGIT) works with city leaders and various municipal departments to promote efficiency, innovation and real-time data through advancing technology. With its easy-to-use Smart City Hub, the city offers a variety of free information that businesses can use to formulate sales strategy, attract customers or plan expansion. Here are brief descriptions of Smart City Hub sections: TRANSPARENCY PORTALS
Via these financial and public information dashboards and graphs, businesses can request and search for public records such as contracts, agreements and other documents; schedule and check the status of permits and inspections; and see Capital Improvement Plans (CIPs). CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT
The city website is designed to facilitate communication between businesses and the municipal government. Citizens can: Request services or report issues; locate information, events and resources in the economic development department pages; access social media sites such as LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook; sign up for webinars and connect with the city’s IT department for technology resources and training. APP STORE
The Coral Gables App Store is a useful tool for businesses and customers. In addition to easing payment of licenses and fees, for example, its apps link businesses to information from the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District.
eGOV CITY SERVICES
Here businesses can apply for and pay for licenses, certificates of use, invoices, permits and leases; pay a stormwater bill or special assessment; register as a city vendor; or pay for a parking permit renewal.
The city offers dozens of free open data sources that provide GIS (geographic information system) maps, economic development datasets and useful information for developers and contractors on everything from real estate to zoning. INTERNET OF THINGS
Sensors in downtown Coral Gables that track pedestrian and vehicle traffic provide retailers and marketing analysts with real-time information. For example, block-by-block foot traffic on Giralda Plaza, and vehicle and foot traffic on Miracle Mile can be invaluable in planning retail strategies for businesses and new business locations. GIS (GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE)
The science of “where” integrates data and maps to provide businesses with an array of information, including development projects, street lights, transportation options, the location of e-vehicle charging stations, storm surge planning zones, and the type and location of the city’s tens of thousands of trees.
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Businesses are invited to join residents on this platform, designed in part for community initiatives and collaborations – for example, in Smart City competitions seeking solutions to transportation and traffic challenges. ■
TOP: RAIMUNDO RODULFO, THE CITY’S DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, OVERSEES THE SMART CITY ONLINE DATA HUB. BOTTOM: REAL-TIME DATA SUCH AS THE MONITORING OF THE FLOW OF PEDESTRIANS IS AVAILABLE ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.
For more information, visit: www.coralgables.com or www.cg-hubdev-cggis.opendata.arcgis.com
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Entrepreneurs GABLES-BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP GET BUSINESSES OFF THE GROUND
In 2019, Coral Gables was ranked the third best small city in the U.S. for small businesses by Verizon’s partner company, Go.Verizon.com. They took cities with populations of between 50,000 and 75,000 people and looked at factors like higher education, income per capita and loans per business. What they didn’t take into account, however, were programs within those cities designed to support entrepreneurs.
RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS MANNY MEDINA (RIGHT) FOUNDED EMERGE AMERICAS TO TRANSFORM MIAMI INTO THE HEART OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION IN THE AMERICAS.
ENDEAVOR MIAMI Endeavor is a nonprofit that helps startups grow in emerging markets. It started in Latin America over two decades ago and Endeavor Miami, the first U.S. affiliate, came to the Gables in 2013. “You’re not going to find us in Austin or New York or San Francisco Valley,” says Andrea Torres, head of strategic partnerships and marketing for Endeavor Miami. “We’re in the markets where we’re going to make the most impact.” By focusing on emerging markets, the idea is to create a community of entrepreneurs so that others will want to start their own businesses in the same area. “Eighty percent of entrepreneurs [in Argentina] can be linked back to Endeavor … that’s exactly what we want to curate in Miami,” says Torres. Endeavor also looks for high-impact companies, where founders can become future mentors and future funders. Another criterion is scalability; they want to support ongoing startups that can create the most jobs and generate the most revenue. Their ScaleUp Program is a four-month acceleration program for companies with at least two full-time employees (not including the founders) that make between $1 million and $3 million. Currently, Endeavor Miami has a portfolio of 21 companies led by 37 high-impact entrepreneurs. According to Torres, those 21 companies have created 3,000 jobs and $250 million in revenue in South Florida. “For us, entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of economic development,” she says. ENDEAVOR MIAMI ENDEAVORMIAMI.ORG 786.953.7541 MIAMI@ENDEAVOR.ORG
EMERGE AMERICAS Founded by Manny Medina, eMerge Americas is focused on transforming Miami into the heart of technology and innovation in the Americas. “eMerge Americas is a platform that connects the dots between startups, investors, government officials, higher education institutions and corporate enterprises all for one objective: To spur investment in South Florida and Latin America and to help create a sustainable and thriving tech hub of the Americas in South Florida,” says eMerge Americas’ COO Diane Vidoni. They work with companies like Google, CNBC, Magic Leap and the Knight Foundation. Coral Gables-based eMerge Americas hosts an annual tech conference in Miami Beach, which gathers over 16,000 attendees from over 40 different countries. Startups that are selected to compete at the showcase get to pitch their ideas in front of investors and corporate partners. There are three different categories to enter the competition: The university track, the early stage track and the later stage track. Key components that judges look for are if a clear problem/need is being served; if the team has the knowledge, skills and passion to implement their solution; and if financials are solid
and show a strong return – except for the university track where they expect little or no revenue. “Coral Gables was an easy choice [to locate eMerge], as it offers easy access to all of the Miami and South Florida market, in addition to great office space options, exceptional restaurants and an overall community feeling,” says Vidoni. EMERGE AMERICAS EMERGEAMERICAS.COM 305.407.8568 INFO@EMERGEAMERICAS.COM
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI The University of Miami has a number of resources for entrepreneurs within the UM community. The Wallace H. Coulter Center for Translational Research supports transforming biomedical science and engineering research into products. A committee of executives, investors and entrepreneurs looks at the most promising projects and selects a few each year to receive funding and development support. “There’s been $4.6 million in project expenditures and those technologies have gotten over
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Launch Pad is a free, on-campus service for students, alumni and faculty who want to start businesses. Since its inception in 2008, over 500 companies have been created through Launch Pad. “Sixty five percent of them that are still going made it past the five-year mark,” says Dr. Kenyon. Two of those companies are The Salty Donut, which has locations in Wynwood and South Miami, and House of Per’La, a coffee processor with a shop on Almeria Avenue. The only criteria for entrepreneurs is that they have to be affiliated with UM. “We get everything from people working with an idea on a napkin … to people who have 15 employees and are looking for advice on how to grow,” says Launch Pad Director Brian Breslin. LAUNCH PAD THELAUNCHPAD.ORG 305.284.2789 HELLO@THELAUNCHPAD.ORG
Another free service is Startup Practicum, which was started in 2016 by Dan Ravicher, a current law school professor. Each semester, Ravicher works with about a dozen law students who help startups with their legal needs. “They’re the only student-run organiza-
tion in the country certified to present in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Organization,” says Dr. Kenyon. They work with around 50 clients a year, most of which are sourced through the students. However, Ravicher gets an additional 100 applicants every month. “In essence, we’re like a boutique law firm that represents entrepreneurs,” says Ravicher. “Entrepreneurs have lots of transactional corporate securities and intellectual property needs and we will do all of those.” STARTUP PRACTICUM UMSTARTUP.COM 305.284.8486 DRAVICHER@LAW.MIAMI.EDU
The ’Cane Angel Network was just launched in mid-March 2020. A team of graduate business, law and medical students work with a managing director to start initial reviews of company submissions. The due diligence reports of vetted companies will then be posted for angels (investors) to make their decisions. The ’Cane Angel Network extends farther than just UM students, alumni and faculty; it also includes direct family members of students and alumni. “It’s really meant to capture the broad UM community,” Dr. Kenyon says. “So if you are a member of that community, your startup can apply to the network for funding. If you are a member of that community and you qualify as an investor by IRS regulations, you can be an angel.” ’CANE ANGEL NETWORK CANEANGELNETWORK.MIAMI.EDU 305.284.2211 CANEANGELINFO@MIAMI.EDU
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Commercial Real Estate CORAL GABLES REMAINS A PRIME LOCATION FOR CLASS A PROPERTIES
COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE: COMPARING THE MARKETS CATEGORY
TOTAL SQ. FT.
OCCUPANCY 90.51% 90.83% 92.61%
SQ. FT. UNDER CONSTRUCTION
*Blended rate for Class A&B combined Source: Avison Young, for 2nd Quarter 2020
ne of the leading attractions for businesses to locate to Coral Gables is the city’s array of well-designed, handsome Class A office buildings, most of them clustered in the highly walkable downtown. Many of the 50,000 workers who commute daily into the Gables – or did so pre-pandemic – populate these mid-rise buildings, which are capped at 16 stories high. Coral Gables’ office space is compelling for multiple reasons. First, those who commute (as opposed to local residents, who can practically walk) to work, do so with remarkably less traffic congestion than other Miami submarkets. Second, the array of fine dining in downtown Coral Gables is unmatched elsewhere. Finally, the pricing for space is significantly less – nearly 17 percent less – than either downtown Miami or Brickell. “When it comes to occupancy, Coral Gables holds its own,” says Rolando Alvarez, a senior agent with the commercial division of Coldwell Banker. “When a multinational is looking to relocate to Miami, they look at Brickell, Downtown [Miami] and the Gables. Brickell is considered Wall Street south, second only to New York, with the highest concentration of international banks. [But downtown] Coral Gables is the sexy, great living location in the City Beautiful, with a great business sector that is well regarded.” While occupancy is still officially at over 90 percent, that may shrink due to the pandemic. “You don’t see the vacancies yet,” says
Alvarez. “It will take six months to figure that out. [But] we are going to see quite a bit of vacancies that we haven’t seen yet… If you are a landlord, you are not sleeping well these days.” Just how much the commercial space footprint diminishes is a matter of debate, however, and the reduction may not be as severe as first predicted. “There will be some companies that want to downsize postcoronavirus, after having so many employees working at home,” says Donna Abood, a principal and managing director for Avison Young. “But the human factor in business is the number one factor that makes a business successful and profitable.” Abood notes that depression and loneliness, especially among younger workers, is at an all time high. “There is no substitute for human contact, for collaboration and interaction.” With workers already returning to offices downtown, Abood predicts the net pandemic fallout “will probably be about 10 percent, meaning that about 10 percent would be the staff permanently at home and 10 percent the amount to downsize.” Another change she foresees is shorter leases, three to five years long as compared to seven to 10 years. What she does not see is a steep fall-off in pricing. In addition to professional firms, such as accounting, legal and architectural, “we are still highly coveted by Latin American companies. They love their Coral Gables headquarters.”
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Shared Workspaces A BREAKDOWN OF COWORKING AND FLEX SPACES OFFERED IN THE GABLES
hey are known as flex spaces or shared office spaces or coworking spaces, but regardless of the name the concept is the same: An office complex configured into a variety of smaller spaces, with short term leases and shared facilities, such as kitchens, conference rooms and office support equipment. They can accommodate anything from a tiny startup to a division of a major corporation. They offer low costs and flexibility. It started in Coral Gables in 2000 with Darby Technology Centers – the first shared-workspace environment in the city. In the two decades since then, a slew of coworking companies have sprouted in the Gables. “It’s a really good incubator for new companies coming to market that are still under the radar,” says Carolina Rendeiro, who launched the Darby center at 2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd. “They take an office for a short-term agreement and then they’re able to test the market out very quietly.” Popularized by WeWork, which has two offices on Giralda Avenue, coworking spaces are becoming the norm for many companies, from start-ups to multinationals. “It’s really about flexibility, and about reducing your footprint,” says Rishi Kapoor, whose firm Location Ventures this year launched Forum on Alhambra Circle. “Companies just don’t want to commit to long-term leases if they don’t have to.” Besides the standard amenities, Kapoor’s Forum provides businesses services such as marketing and accounting. Shared workspaces also benefit the growth of the business community by offering low-cost entry points for startups that want to be based in the Gables. “I love that we have these spaces here because Coral Gables does not allow home-based businesses,” says Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. “If you’re not ready to go from the germination of an idea to a fully fleshed-out business, this gives you a runway to do that. I think people will always value a Coral Gables business address.” Besides providing a local address, coworking spaces have other benefits that businesses can’t get from traditional office space. “It’s the state-of-the-art technology that most of the time, within your own small business, you can’t afford to have,” said Rendeiro, who is now the chief marketing/development officer of Connect2Global, which helps organizations expand their global brands. Since there are so many coworking spaces to choose from in the Gables, it comes down to which is best for your business model. Some, like Office Edge, cater to small businesses that are already established; some, like Pipeline, are entrepreneurial-focused; others are a hybrid. WeWork, for example, provides everything from simple access to shared, open workspaces to several floors; it currently rents a 220-person division to telecom giant Millicom. “We have some creative and some tech [firms], but our soft spot is professional firms in law and finance,” says Laura Kozelouzek, CEO and founder of Quest Workspaces. Taking that specialization one step further is ESQ. suites, which focuses entirely on lawyers. The move away from traditional office space to flex space has, of course, been accelerated by the coronavirus. With many companies realizing that working remotely is possible, some are looking to downsize offices and move into shared workspaces. “Companies with long term agreements are much more desirable to get into short term situations, say six months instead of three years, to be able to scale up or scale down at a later time,” says Phillipe Houdard, founder and CEO of Pipeline. “This flexibility is very important and is at the core of our business.”
QUEST WORKSPACES 2525 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. SUITE 300. 305.615.2182 2000 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. SUITE 600. 305.363.1809
With two locations in downtown Coral Gables, Quest offers turnkey private offices that come with a number of amenities, such as garage parking, administrative support, unlimited coffee, access to a gym, and networking and wellness events. All you have to do is focus on growing your business. And when you need more space than a private office, you can purchase a monthly meeting room package, priced at $149 for five hours, $249 for 10 hours and $449 for 20 hours. While some of its clients are small tech and design firms, most provide professional services. For this reason, their individual offices are walled and private, with little “open architecture” or glass walls. If you don’t want a physical office in one of their Gables locations, Quest offers virtual services. For that desired Gables business address, a mailbox costs $99 per month and includes administrative assistance, discounts on meeting rooms and day offices, and, most importantly, complimentary café use. For another $50, entrepreneurs can add a phone plan that includes a local phone number, calls answered in the company’s name, and call forwarding.
PIPELINE 95 MERRICK WAY, 3RD FLOOR. 786.477.6440
Pipeline is a flexible workspace designed to attract small, creative companies, from startups to more established businesses. It has an edgy
SHARED WORKSPACE vibe, with everything from shared “flex space” (open your laptop and start working in any open space); to “dedicated desks,” which means a tiny, one-person room; to private office suites for up to six people. Most of the space is separated by glass walls, for a modern, futuristic feel. More than 200 small companies call it home, 50 of them in private suites. The $199 monthly flex space membership is optimal for individuals or teams who don’t need to leave items overnight. The smallest monthly lockable space – the “dedicated desk” – goes for $449 monthly. Pricing for private suites starts at $649 per month. Private offices vary in size and can accommodate up to six people. Pipeline also offers virtual offices for $99/month, for that coveted Gables address, local phone number and access to conference rooms and receptionist services. The office space is open 24/7, so tenants, both virtual and physical, can work whenever. And if you’re working 24/7, at least there’s gourmet coffee.
FORUM 275 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE. 305.203.5443
One of the more recent additions to the Coral Gables coworking scene, Forum is a collaborative environment with a kitchen, lounge, and conference rooms of varying sizes. It is located on the first floor of Alhambra Circle, so feels grounded. Their conference rooms include “Parley,” their smallest for four people, “Roundtable” with 50 additional square feet, and “Council,” a large space that sits eight to 10 people. The Forum space is rented as memberships, starting at $350/ month for the “nomads” who just need a space to work. This includes meeting room credits, printing room credits, amenities like networkAT FORUM, BUSINESS OWNERS ing events and seminars, and services like high speed internet and CAN HAVE A PRIVATE SUITE FOR consulting services. For $500 a month, “reserved desks” provide a ONE, TWO OR MORE WORKERS small, lockable space to work. And starting at $800 monthly, business owners can have a private suite for one, two or more workers. Forum is also located in the office building/headquarters of owner Venture Locations, which houses numerous business support services, such as marketing, accounting, graphics, legal, web design, shared, lockable offices ($520 vs. $680); and private offices ($1200 etc. These are available to clients on an a la carte basis. vs. $1,380 for two persons). WeWork prides itself on its mix of larger, established firms (Kayak, Millicom) that want a shared, interactive environment with WEWORK smaller entrepreneurs and startups. 2222 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. 305.363.4997 255 GIRALDA AVE., 5TH FLOOR. 305.250.2832
One of the best-known workspaces is WeWork, with two locations in the downtown: One on Giralda Avenue and the other next door on the corner of Giralda and Ponce de Leon. Both locations have common areas, meeting rooms, lecture events, Wi-Fi, phone booths for a quiet place to take a call, and kitchens stocked with cutlery, cups and condiments. 255 Giralda has additional amenities like a wellness room, a bike storage rack, and an outdoor balcony and rooftop space where you can have coffee or lunch – or even squeeze in a quick yoga practice. The main difference between the two locations is pricing, with the newer and more expansive 255 Giralda location slightly more expensive. There are three different types of workspaces in both locations: “Hot Desks” for the solo entrepreneur, with access to vacant desks in common areas ($340 vs. $425); Dedicated Desks in
ESQ.SUITES 121 ALHAMBRA PLAZA, SUITE 1500. 844.377.1234
“With the doubtful return to water cooler gatherings or office life in general, what will law firms look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond?” That is the question posed – and answered – by ESQ. suites, a shared workspace for lawyers and legal professionals only. Located on the 15th floor of what is arguably the most prestigious office building in the city – Alhambra Towers – ESQ.suites has a litigation war room, multiple conference rooms and a parking garage for tenants and visitors. It also has 23 suites with stunning views, which they offer starting at $1,250 per month. If you are looking for something less permanent, the workspace has day offices for rent for $50 per hour. Virtual office members who don’t need a physical office space, but want a Gables work address,
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REGUS 2332 GALIANO ST., 2ND FLOOR. 305.728.7000 1 ALHAMBRA PLAZA (COLUMBUS CENTER). 786.749.2200
Regus is one of the oldest and best-known brands in coworking spaces, founded in Belgium in 1989 to provide “serviced offices,” business lounges and conferencing facilities. It has two locations in downtown Gables: One in the Colonnade building and the other in the penthouse of Columbus Center off Alhambra. Both locations have office spaces for teams, coworking spaces for individuals and virtual office memberships. Combined, Regus has 148 private offices, 18 coworking desks and six meeting rooms. Private office space starts at $270 per person per month, and a virtual office is $56 per month. There is also the “office membership” option starting at $207 per month, which provides offices for a specific number of days each month. The bang here is that clients have access to Regus offices for the day anywhere in their extensive international network.
OFFICE EDGE 4000 PONCE DE LEON BLVD., SUITE 470. 305.777.0200
In the Gables since 2002, Office Edge is located in The Collection building at the intersection of Bird Road and Ponce de Leon, walkable to the Shops at Merrick Park. It offers both turn-key executive suites and virtual offices in a traditional office environment. Suites vary in size and include a desk, chair, high-speed internet and side chairs for meetings. Designed for the business owners who want to keep their overhead low and have a professional space to conduct meetings, Office Edge offers a virtual assistant package with live receptionist, bookkeeping, data entry, and “follow me communications” that keep clients in touch with messaging, appointments, etc. Conference rooms are available to book for meetings and can accommodate up to 16 people. Ample garage and street parking available. All pricing is based on customizable packages.
PLATINUM BUSINESS CENTER 1600 PONCE DE LEON BLVD., 10TH FLOOR. 786.350.1200
Founded in 2010, Platinum Business Center is located in the North Gables business corridor in a modern, state-of-the-art office tower. The workspace is home to a wide range of businesses, from entrepreneurs to established corporations, in a traditional office environment. Clients share a reception area where calls are answered in the company name, with a coffee/tea break room and conference rooms of various size. All private suites come fully furnished with Herman Miller furniture, and range from $800 to $2,500 monthly depending on size. Platinum Business Center also has three virtual office plans: The mail plan, which includes address, mailbox and access to business center services ($75 monthly); the gold plan, which adds a
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business line and call answering ($175 monthly); and the platinum plan, which adds break room access, meeting room hours, docking station hours and private office hours ($275 monthly).
GABLES EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2655 LE JEUNE RD., 5TH FLOOR. 305.441.9548
Gables Executive Offices is another of the old-school executive shared-space offices, located in the Ocean Bank building on Le Jeune at Valencia Avenue. With some 150 tenants occupying four floors of suites, Gables Executive Offices has been located in its well-maintained building since the mid 1980s – still owned by the family of the original builder, Stanley Davidson. Standard services include reception, answering service, mail and package handling, conference room and furnished offices for between one and four people. Among its amenities is access to a wide balcony with seating overlooking the city, dry cleaning services and freshly brewed coffee and tea. Prices and flexible packages are available upon request. Easy parking for tenants and guests is available in the building, which is walking distance of Publix (across the street) and Miracle Mile shops and restaurants (two blocks). ■
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The decision to go back to school may be a difficult one. But for many in the business community, it provides a path to career advancement – and a sharper business brain. Fortunately for Gables residents and workers, you don’t have to uproot your life to pursue a post-graduate business degree. sional MBA. Classes are taught on weekends and Monday evenings with working professionals in mind. While most programs have one intake that starts in August or September, the professional MBA has two: One in July and one in the January. The school has two executive programs: The Miami Global The Miami Herbert Business School has several MBA programs. The full-time MBA program, which has been in existence for over 70 Executive MBA and the Executive MBA for Health Management years, is a two-year (21-month) program. There is also a seven-month and Policy. The former is tailored to established professionals, small accelerated program and an 18-month accelerated MBA in real estate. business owners and family business executives. The latter is tailored to fully employed healthcare professionals who are seeking leaderThe full-time program currently has the largest cohort of students since 2014, with over 90 students; it had 50 during the pre- ship positions in the industry. The Miami Herbert Business School also offers specialized vious academic year. “MBA programs are a little bit countercyclical, master’s programs where you can earn your degree in less than a meaning when there is a downturn in the economy, people go back year. These master’s are offered in accountancy, taxation, business to school,” says Dr. Henrik Cronqvist, vice dean of graduate programs for the Herbert Business School. Another reason he thinks the analytics, finance, health administration, international business, leadership and, most recently, sustainable business. “These are for program is growing is the brand recognition. “Our full-time MBA students who do not have a whole lot of experience after undergrad, program is ranked #49 in the U.S. by Financial Times,” he says. but want to go for their master’s degree to specialize in one particuFor those who can’t go to school full-time, there is the profes-
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Though not in the Gables, the FIU Business program is worth the drive beyond our city limits. They offer full-time, part-time and online programs, as well as healthcare and executive MBAs. “We’re the largest producer of graduate degrees in business in the state of Florida,” says Dr. William Hardin, associate dean of the Chapman Graduate School of Business.
Northwestern University has a satellite campus in downtown Coral Gables that offers an executive MBA degree. According to their website, the Chicago-based university chose a campus in Coral Gables because “the city is bustling with global commerce, attracting corporations from around the world and serving as a bridge between the United States and Latin America.”
The full-time international MBA is a 12-month program with classes Monday through Friday. According to Dr. Hardin, 30 to 50 percent of the students in this program are international, and the demographic skews younger than other MBA programs. “The median experience level [of our MBA students] is about eight years,” he said. “If I were to look at our [full-time] MBA, it might be four or five years.” The executive MBA, also called the professional MBA for executives, is 16 months long and geared toward those with 12 to 15 years of experience in the workforce. “They may be a division manThe Miami EMBA offers the same rigorous curriculum as the ager, they may be a senior executive. They’re someone with manageChicago program, with high quality faculty and the same access to their global campus network. Designed so that non-Miami residents rial responsibility,” says Dr. Hardin. “They may be doing well, but to really get to the next level, they need kind of a broader perspective.” can earn a degree through the program, classes meet only once a The trend lately, however, is the specialized master’s programs. month from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. With its “campus” just They’re popular because they are shorter, less expensive and more four miles from Miami International Airport at 95 Merrick Way, focused on one specific area. They have nine different specialized traveling business students are put up in the Hyatt Regency Coral master’s degrees, including ones in health information and analytics, Gables. The program also allows students to travel to the Evanston campus in Chicago – or any other campus – to take elective courses finance, and accounting. “It allows someone to get a quick, cutting edge exposure to what’s going on in those industries,” says Dr. Harnot offered in the Gables. Classrooms are equipped with the latest din. Among the strongest is the master’s in real estate. technology and the campus has private study rooms, conference The school is recognized both nationally and internationally areas and lounges. The Miami EMBA program has two start dates: In September for its graduate programs. The online MBA program was No. 3 in and January. The annual tuition cost is currently $108,918, bringing the U.S. in 2020 and the master’s in marketing program was No. 6 in the U.S. in 2019, according to QS World University Rankings. In the two-year total to $217,836. This includes courses, books and 2020, the international MBA program was ranked eighth and the supplies, meals, accommodation at the Hyatt, career services and online master’s in business program was ranked 22nd by U.S. News a lifelong access to elective courses on an auditing basis. The only & World Report. thing not included in tuition is airfare for traveling students. Tuition varies per program and ranges from $14,315 to To contact the Kellogg Coral Gables campus, email $52,000 for Florida residents. For more information or to apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.442.7780. any of FIU’s business graduate programs, visit business.fiu.edu. ■ Visit kellogg.northwestern.edu for more information or to apply.
A Relocation Guide for Family Education & Health IF YOU’RE MOVING TO CORAL GABLES, YOU’RE IN LUCK There’s a lot to think about when you’re moving: Where you’ll live, where you’ll send your children to school, proximity to public transportation, etc. Two of the most important resources to consider when moving to a new city are the schools and hospitals in the area.
If Coral Gables is the next destination for your business, and you are concerned about family issues for yourself or your employees, take heart. You’ll be surrounded by an array of prestigious private and public schools and some of the top hospitals in the state.
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PRIVATE SCHOOLS CORAL GABLES PRESCHOOL PRESCHOOL
320 GIRALDA AVE. 786.332.3610
Coral Gables Preschool provides an early learning experience for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. Curriculum includes reading/ writing, language and art/music, and promotes social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Full-time or part-time, with after-school care. TUITION: $720 - $1,100
GRANADA DAY SCHOOL INFANT DAYCARE – KINDERGARTEN
900 UNIVERSITY DR.
Established in 1954, Granada Day School is a “Christ-centered” school with infant daycare, preschool and kindergarten programs. Accredited by the Christian Schools of Florida; activities include library time, computer center, music and movement, and gardening. TUITION: $695 - $1,025
BANYAN DAY SCHOOL PRESCHOOL – KINDERGARTEN
340 PALERMO AVE. 305.447.1233
Located in the heart of Coral Gables, Banyan Day School accepts children from ages 1 to 6-years-old. Class time includes blocks, legos, hand-eye coordination/puzzles and reading. Music and stories facilitate learning and retention; Spanish classes are offered to children ages 3+. TUITION: $805 - $915
FIRST UNITED METHODIST: THE GROWING PLACE PRESCHOOL – KINDERGARTEN
536 CORAL WAY 305.446.0846
The Growing Place is a Christian early childhood center focused on high quality education in a nurturing environment. Small class sizes, with low teacher-student ratio. Early morning care starting at 7:30 a.m., after school enrichment until 3:30 p.m. and extended care until 5:30 p.m. TUITION: $6,550 - $8,100
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S SCHOOL PRESCHOOL – KINDERGARTEN
3930 S. LE JEUNE RD. 305.445.8918
International Children’s School is a private day care, preschool and school for children from ages 3 months to kindergarten. A broadbased language education with cultural differences is an integral part of the school; kindergarten includes instruction in English, Spanish and German. TUITION: $9,800
ST. PHILIP’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL PRESCHOOL – ELEMENTARY
1121 ANDALUSIA AVE. 305.444.6366
GULLIVER PREP (In and near Coral Gables) PRESCHOOL – HIGH SCHOOL
12595 RED RD. (MARIAN C. KRUTULIS PK – 8 CAMPUS) 305.665.3593 7500 SW 120TH ST. (MIDDLE SCHOOL MONTGOMERY CAMPUS) 305.238.3424 6575 N. KENDALL DR. (UPPER SCHOOL CAMPUS) 305.666.7937 8000 SW 56TH ST. (UPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS) 305.274.9535
The Marian C. Krutulis PK – 8 campus is in Coral Gables while the other campuses are in Pinecrest and surrounding neighborhoods. Signature academic programs in architecture, engineering, international diplomacy and legal studies. They also offer over 70 clubs, organizations and honor societies, as well as sports like bowling, golf and water polo. TUITION: $18,360 - $38,220
RIVIERA SCHOOLS PRESCHOOL – HIGH SCHOOL
6800 NERVIA ST. (DAY SCHOOL) 305.666.1856 9775 SW 87TH AVE. (PREPARATORY SCHOOL) 786.300.0300
Riviera is a co-educational, independent college preparatory school for students from preschool through 12th grade. Wide-ranging curriculum, including STEM preschool through 12th grade with specialized coursework in biomedical sciences, engineer, computer sciences and architecture. TUITION: $10,850 - $28,000
Founded in 1953, St. Philip’s mission is to educate each child intellectually, physically and spiritually. Open to students from preschool through 5th grade, the curriculum includes science and technology, sacred studies and mindfulness. Small classes; student body capped at 180. TUITION: $22,155 - $25,250
THE BILTMORE SCHOOL PRESCHOOL – MIDDLE SCHOOL
1600 SOUTH. RED RD. 305.266.4666
The first IB (International Baccalaureate) school in South Florida (founded in 1926), the Biltmore School focuses on an international education. The school guides students to be independent, productive and accomplished. The arts program includes drama, modern dance and music. TUITION: $9,800 - $15,800
CARROLLTON SCHOOL OF THE SACRED HEART (Near Coral Gables)
PRESCHOOL – HIGH SCHOOL
3747 MAIN HWY. 305.446.5673
Located just outside of Coral Gables in Coconut Grove, Carrollton is considered to be one of the top all-girls schools in Florida. The curriculum includes religious studies, world languages and science. Athletics include soccer, volleyball, and swimming and diving. TUITION: $25,740 - $38,556
PUBLIC SCHOOLS GEORGE W. CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRE-KINDERGARTEN – ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
238 GRAND AVE. 305.443.5286
G.W. Carver Elementary is an “A” rated international magnet school with programs in Spanish and Italian for a multilingual environment. Small class sizes for grades kindergarten through 2nd and small group instruction for math and reading. They offer book, drama, science and art clubs.
CORAL GABLES PREPARATORY ACADEMY KINDERGARTEN – MIDDLE SCHOOL
105 MINORCA AVE. 305.448.1731
Formerly Coral Gables Elementary School, Coral Gables Preparatory Academy is a nationally recognized School of Excellence and an “A” rated school since 2000. Kindergarten to 4th graders are in the Lower Academy, 5th to 8th graders in the Upper Academy, both historic landmarks.
HENRY S. WEST LABORATORY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN – MIDDLE SCHOOL
5300 CARILLO ST. 305.661.7661
Henry S. West Laboratory School is a professional development school in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Education. An “A” rated school, it collaborates with UM on various projects, such as science programs, with UM faculty and students both teaching here.
GEORGE W. CARVER MIDDLE SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL
4901 LINCOLN DR. 305.444.7388
With an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education, George W. Carver Middle School is considered to be one of the top public schools in the state. A magnet school for international studies and education, it offers Spanish, French, German and Italian language classes.
PONCE DE LEON MIDDLE SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL
5801 AUGUSTO ST. 305.661.1611
Ponce de Leon Middle School is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) that provides a broad education for students. Rated one of the Top 9 Magnet Schools in the U.S. by Magnet Schools of America with a Silver STEM Designation from the county.
CORAL GABLES HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL
450 BIRD RD. 305.443.4871
With over 3,000 students, Gables High School has an IB program and an Academy of Finance, ranked among the best in the nation. The school has dual enrollment options with Miami-Dade College and Florida International University. Recently underwent a $26 million renovation.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PREPARATORY ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
1570 MADRUGA AVE. 305.663.7200
ISPA is a small magnet high school where the focus is an international education and the study of modern languages (Spanish, French, Italian). ISPA is the first school in the Americas to receive the “LabelFrancÉducation” seal of quality for French dual language education.
HOSPITALS DOCTORS HOSPITAL 5000 UNIVERSITY DR. 786.308.3000
Located adjacent to the University of Miami, Doctors Hospital has provided high-quality care to the Coral Gables community since
1949. As part of the Baptist Health South Florida system, it is recognized for its services in orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, geriatrics, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, intensive care and its emergency department. It was ranked #4 in South Florida and #11 in the state of Florida by U.S. News & World Report. It also achieved Magnet recognition, which is the highest national honor for nursing excellence. “We can be the community hospital taking care of our neighbors in the community, but we are also nationally and internationally renowned,” says Doctors Hospital CEO Javier Hernandez-Lichtl.
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM LENNAR FOUNDATION MEDICAL CENTER: 5555 PONCE DE LEON BLVD. TEL: 305.689.5555 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HOSPITAL AND CLINICS: 1400 NW 12TH AVE. TEL: 305.325.5511 SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER: 1475 NW 12TH AVE. TEL: 844.324.4673
UHealth includes the Lennar Foundation Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The Lennar Foundation Medical Center is a 200,000-square-foot outpatient center on UM’s campus that provides access to leading physicians for students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of surrounding communities. The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, also known as the UHealth Tower, is a 560-bed facility and the region’s first university-owned, multi-specialty, acute care hospital. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in South Florida. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – located on the third floor of the Lennar Foundation Medical Center – has been ranked No. 1 in opthamology in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report 19 times.
NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL 3100 SW 62ND AVE. 305.666.6511
Located just outside of Coral Gables, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is the only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children in South Florida. The hospital has nearly 800 attending physicians and over 475 pediatric subspecialists. Their specialties include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, cancer and blood disorders treatment, and orthopedic surgery. “Generations of families have looked to us for clinical excellence and support for children with complex care needs or routine care,” said Matthew A. Love, president and CEO of Nicklaus Children’s Health System.
CORAL GABLES HOSPITAL 3100 DOUGLAS RD. 305.445.8461
Coral Gables Hospital offers a wide range of services, including cardiovascular and orthopedics, general and bariatric surgery, and physical and speech therapy. It was the first in Miami-Dade to be certified by The Joint Commission in total hip and total knee replacement and recently earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. It was also awarded the Tenet Healthcare “Circle of Excellence” for clinical and operational excellence in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
PERMITTING & BUSINESS LICENSING
Permitting & Business Licensing IN CORAL GABLES, THE PROCESS FOR NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW CONSTRUCTION PERMITS CAN BE COMPLEX, BUT IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY TRANSPARENT AND EASIER TO TRACK
s with any city or unincorporated area in the State of Florida, new businesses must apply for permits in order to operate This applies to any company, from a professional moving into a high-rise office space to a retailer opening a shop on Miracle Mile. The simplest thing to acquire is a business permit for a company moving into an office and making no changes, either in the type of business being practiced or in the physical location. From there it becomes more complex, with added requirements for change of use and/or for modifications to the physical site, especially exterior changes. The most complex process is for a business that requires a new building; the larger the project, the more hurdles it has to clear. Sometimes the process of acquiring permits needed to conduct business are straight forward. Other times the flow can move in different directions. The process, notes the city’s Ombudsman Tony Silió, “is more like a lake than a river. In other words, it is not
PERMITTING PROCESS FOR NEW BUSINESSES “AS IS”
The simplest permits to acquire are for businesses that require no changes to their space, either office-based businesses that provide professional or administrative services, or retail businesses that find the suitable space, as is, for a similar usage. For both, a Certificate of Use and a Business Tax License is required, the first from the Zoning Administrator in the Zoning & Planning Department, the second from the Finance Department. With rare exceptions (the need for a new fire inspection, for example, or to re-certify the plumbing work), that’s it. When the business moving in is different from the previous tenant, however, applicants should first check with the Zoning Administrator, or what is known as the Concurrency group in the Development Services Department (Zoning is part of both) to make sure the new use is permissible in that space. PROCESS FOR NEW BUSINESSES WITH CONSTRUCTION NEEDS (INCLUDING ADDITIONS AND REPAIRS)
Building of any kind must be reviewed and approved by the Building Division of the Development Services Department, which issues a Building Permit. The City of Coral Gables, like other municipalities in the State of Florida, requires that all provisions of the Florida Building Code be met prior to issuing that permit. Unlike other Florida cities, however, any new buildings and/ or exterior changes to existing buildings must be approved by the Board of Architects, which reviews the plans to make sure they comply with the aesthetic standards of the city. Also, unlike most Florida cities, Coral Gables is increasingly transparent in the process, with full online access to the status of any plan reviews and/or inspections available beginning by Q2 2021. Go to coralgables.com for information on how to access records in process. Once construction is complete and passes inspection, the business receives a Certificate of Occupancy. The business can then get its Certificate of Use and Business Tax License and start to operate.
linear. It goes into the system, after which it moves along in whatever direction is convenient at the time; it leaves one discipline and moves to another.” In the end, the art of getting permits for new businesses comes down to two things: Understanding the requirements and following those rules; and allocating sufficient time in your business planning cycle to accommodate the process. “As a professional planner, I can tell you that Coral Gables is no different than other communities you go to,” says Julian Perez, director of the Economic Development Department. “There are certain processes that you have to follow.” Coral Gables does have stricter codes than most cities, however; one reason it remains the City Beautiful. “The most important thing for [new businesses] is to have a consulting team that is familiar with the city’s development regulations, or to contact the Planning Department staff to guide them through the process,” says Perez.
HOW THE PROCESS IS ORGANIZED
The Development Services Department is the city’s umbrella organization for all business permits and licenses. It is broken down into three parts: PLANNING & ZONING THE BUILDING DIVISION CODE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
THE PLANNING & ZONING DIVISION
Planning & Zoning is responsible for initial permitting of businesses, as well as making sure that all businesses are in compliance with the city’s zoning regulations. In addition to staff who receive applications for business permits – aka certificates of use – as well as organize inspections of the premises, the Planning & Zoning Division is comprised of a number of important boards that review plans for new use and construction. PLANNING & ZONING BOARD
A seven-member quasi-judicial board (advisory to the City Commission) that meets the second Wednesday of each month to review development applications as required for zoning regulations, particularly for larger projects that affect things like density, height, contentious uses, land use amendments and right-of-way. DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE
An administrative and technical committee composed of representatives from Planning and Zoning, Building, Fire, Police, Public Services, Historical Resources, Parking, Public Works and other departments. The DRC is intended to streamline and coordinate the review of the development process. Meets second to last Friday monthly. BOARD OF ARCHITECTS
A board of seven local architects that meets every Thursday morning
FOR LARGE PROJECTS THAT IMPACT ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOODS, PERMITTING MAY TAKE MANY MONTHS TO COMPLETE.
to “preserve the traditional aesthetic character of the community” by reviewing applications for construction of new residences and new commercial structures, or exterior changes to these. BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
A seven-member quasi-judicial board that meets on the first Monday of each month. It hears variances and appeals from staff decisions other than the City Architect. THE BUILDING DIVISION
The Building Division is in charge of the permitting process for any construction, to make sure it is compliant with the Florida Building Code. The Building Division ensures that the construction plans are within code for structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements, as well as in compliance with zoning, fire, historical, public works and other departments as needed. If all passes, then a Building Permit is issued. THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF APPLICATIONS FOR BUILDING PERMITS:
For Interior Changes, the application goes directly to the Building Division for code compliance review. It may need a review for fire, plumbing, electrical, zoning, etc. For Exterior Changes and/or Additions, the city requires review and approval by the Board of Architects, to make sure that the proposed changes meet the city’s aesthetic standards. Then the plans are reviewed for zoning compliance, followed by review by the Building Division. Other departments are brought in as needed – historical, landscape services, and public works, for example. For New Buildings and/or Projects, the city requires the most comprehensive reviews, encompassing not only aesthetic standards, but those of zoning, building, environmental impact and public services, such as sewage treatment. The largest projects require approval
not only from numerous boards and divisions, but also from the city commission. When all changes/construction has been completed, the Building Division provides inspectors for structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing approvals prior to being granted a Certificate of Occupancy for the structure. The Building Division is also home to the Construction Regulation Board, a five-member board that enforces construction laws, including licensing, building codes and land development regulations. This board keeps contractors from violating the Florida building code. TIMELINE
For minor repairs and upgrades to the electrical, mechanical or plumbing within a building, the permits are normally reviewed in one to two business days. For new construction projects, additions or exterior alterations, the process can take between two weeks and a month for plans to be reviewed. It can then take as much as another month for the county agencies DERM (Department of Environmental Resource Management) and WASD (Water and Sewer Department) to review plans. For large projects that impact entire neighborhoods, or ones that require significant variations from the zoning code and therefore need to be reviewed by the city commission, permitting may take many months to complete. DEMOLISHING BUILDINGS
Coral Gables places a high priority on preserving historic buildings. Hence, the demolition of any building requires a review by the Historical Resources and Cultural Arts Department. If considered of historic importance, the demolition must be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Board, a nine-member board that meets on the second Monday of each month. It has the power to designate a building as historic, preventing it from being demolished.
THE CITY MANAGER PETER IGLESIAS, IS IN CHARGE OF THE THE CITY’S MUNICIPAL BUILDING PROJECTS
PERMITTING PROCESSES FOR A NEW BUSINESS 4. Once approved, submit plans to the Building Division for FOR A NEW, MOVE-IN BUSINESS WITH NO MODIFICATION OF SPACE review for Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, etc. 1. Apply for a Certificate of Use from the Zoning Department 2. Apply for a Business Tax License from the Finance Department 5. If the plans are extensive, they may go to the DRC 3. Check with the Concurrency Administrator prior to signing (Development Review Committee) as well as to Public a lease to make sure there are no problems with the building Works & Landscape, Historic, and the county (DERM) for or zoning. A different use of the space – say, changing it from approval 6. Perform the work and apply for a Certificate of Occupancy a bookstore to a dance studio – may not be permitted. 4. A new Certificate of Use application, especially for a new 7. Apply for Certificate of Use and Business Tax License 8. Move in and open doors for business type of use, may trigger inspections from building and fire officials, as well as county inspectors from DERM (The Department of Environmental Resources Management) FOR NEW SMALL BUSINESSES, BUILDING FROM SCRATCH A pre-application meeting with Concurrency Staff is recommended to make sure the business will be allowed in that location, then to: FOR A NEW, MOVE-IN BUSINESS WITH INTERIOR REMODELING 1. The Development Review Committee (DRC), then to: 1. Present plans to the Development Services Department 2. If the plans are simple, they will go to the Building Division for 2. Board of Architects, then to: Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire, etc. review and 3. Historic, if needed, then to: 4. Building Division, then to: approval. 3. If the plans are extensive, and involve a significant change of 5. If needed, Public Works, Landscape and Zoning, then to: use, they may go to the DRC (Development Review Com- 6. County for DERM, DOH (Department of Health), WASD (Waste and Sewage Disposal) if no sewer available mittee) as well as Zoning and DERM for approval 7. Then to Building for C of O, Zoning for C of U, and Finance 4. Perform the work and apply for a Certificate of Occupancy for Business Tax License 5. Apply for Certificate of Use and Business Tax License 6. Move in and open doors for business FOR MAJOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
FOR A NEW, MOVE-IN BUSINESS WITH EXTERIOR REMODELING/ADDITIONS
1. A pre-meeting with Concurrency Staff is always advised 2. If there is a new use for the space, check with Zoning first 3. Present plans to the Board of Architects
The same as above, except that additional approvals are needed from: 1. Planning & Zoning, and 2. The city commission, and 3. County departments (DERM, DOH, WASD, etc.)
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NGOS IN THE GABLES
NGOs in the Gables THE ESSENTIAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
When it comes to business and networking in the City Beautiful, institutions in the private sector are an essential part of the commercial fabric. Beyond the business assistance provided by the city’s departments of Economic Development, Development Services and Information Technology, several key institutions in the private sector provide critical connectivity for the overall community, and for the influential citizens who provide leadership in business and society. While there are numerous smaller organizations, such as neighborhood associations, social clubs (the Garden Club,
the Women’s Club) and networking groups (the Rotary, the VFW, Knights of Columbus), these three NGOs are the largest and most powerful within the city at large and within the business community in particular: The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the downtown Business Improvement District and the Coral Gables Community Foundation. Here we look at these three most important NGOs in Coral Gables: What their missions are, a summary of their agendas and activities, and a look at who the board members are and the companies they represent.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (BID) LOCATION: 220 MIRACLE MILE, SUITE 234 PHONE: 305.569.0311 WEBSITE: SHOPCORALGABLES.COM DIRECTOR: AURA REINHARDT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MISSION
The mission of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables is to promote the commercial vitality of Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through the implementation of marketing and advocacy programs. This collective organization of property owners and merchants position the downtown as the center of culture and commerce in Coral Gables. SUMMARY
The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables was founded in 1997 as a special taxing district bound by Le Jeune Road on the west, Douglas Road on the east, Aragon Avenue on the north and Andalusia Avenue on the south. Using funds from the special taxes paid by property owners in this area (typically passed on to the merchant tenants), the BID markets the downtown as a destination for shopping, dining and experiencing the unique small-town feel of an area comprising mostly owner-occupied shops, with a limited number of national chains. The BID also advocates with local and state government for the needs of their member merchants. Among their various programs are events that bring people into the downtown area. While many of these have been curtailed by the pandemic, all are expected to return in the coming year. PROGRAMS/SERVICES
Aura Reinhardt, BID Executive Director
The BID sends out a weekly newsletter to residents alerting them to special deals and promotions offered by shops and restaurateurs in the district. GIRALDA UNDER THE STARS
WEBSITE FOR MERCHANTS
The BID maintains a comprehensive website with a directory of merchants by categories such as Arts & Culture, Beauty, Bridal, etc., including more than 80 restaurants and coffee shops. The site also features events and resources for small businesses.
During the cooler winter months, the BID hosts a monthly Giralda Under the Stars event on Giralda Plaza, consisting of a band performing at the east end of the plaza, and sponsors who disburse free samples of drinks in several locations on the Plaza.
The BID offers a variety of services and resources for its merchant members, including an e-marketing program and a complete best-practices marketing guide online. ADVOCACY
The BID works on behalf of property owners and merchants to create a favorable environment for parking, planning issues, police safety and much more FAMILY EVENTS
The BID organizes family-oriented events on Miracle Mile (usually at McBride Plaza) and on Giralda Plaza, encouraging families to bring kids downtown for outdoor movies and play events. HALLOWEEN
The BID hosts a downtown Halloween event, so kids in costume can trick-or-treat in the shops, attend spooky museum events and story time at Books & Books. The BID supplies the candy and the decor. RESTAURANT WEEK
Usually scheduled for June, this event showcases local restaurants with promotional and culinary events. Special deals and discounts on menus are offered for diners who participate. WINDOW IMAGES
The BID dresses up vacant storefronts with either photo montages of shoppers that are applied to the windows, or actual window displays inside, which reflect the current season. CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
In partnership with the city, the BID dresses up Miracle Mile and Giralda Plaza during the Christmas season with bulbs, lights, wreaths, etc.
CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LOCATION: 201 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, SUITE 100 PHONE: 305.446.1657 WEBSITE: CORALGABLESCHAMBER.ORG DIRECTOR: MARK A. TROWBRIDGE, PRESIDENT AND CEO MISSION
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is an organization comprised of businesses and leading professionals whose goal is to expand the local economy, to encourage and increase commerce within the city and among its members, and to advocate and work toward a robust local business climate. OVERVIEW
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1925 by George Merrick, the visionary city planner and developer who also founded the city itself. Merrick served as the first chairman of the Chamber, 95 years ago. Today, with 1,600 members, the Coral Gables Chamber is ranked as the No. 1 chamber of commerce in South Florida, based on membership size, annual budget and the assets of the organization. With strong support from a collection of leading local businesses, including The Biltmore Hotel, Bacardí, The Allen Morris Company, Florida Blue, UHealth, and Amerant Bank, the Gables Chamber offers a comprehensive series of programs to encourage networking among its members, to educate the area’s businesses on best-practices, and to engage the local business community through mixers, educational presentations, breakfast & lunch meetings, leadership interviews, roundtable discussions, annual events, etc. The chamber also supports an annual trip by members, along with city political leaders, to Tallahassee and D.C. to present its legislative priorities.
ART ON THE MILE
Beginning this year, the BID is launching a program to offer space for working artists on Miracle Mile, to fill empty stores with activity that will attract visitors for interactive programs and personal engagement. BOARD MEMBERS
President: Venny Torre, Torre Companies Vice President: Jill Hornik, Jae’s Jewelers Secretary/Treasurer: Nick Sharp, Threefold Cafe Member at Large: Ricardo Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman Ozzie Dominguez, Terranova Corp. Burton Hersh, Burton Hersh P.A. Jorge Kuperman, JSK Architectural Group Pat McBride, McBride Properties Alberto Perez, AJP Ventures Catalina Perez, Inkberries Michael Steffens, Neville Steffens Architects, LLP Barbara Tria, Coral Pine Real Estate Judy Weissel, Property Owner Chamber Liaison: Steve Bradley, Clutch Burger City Liaison: Vice Mayor Vince Lago, BDI Construction & Design Resident Advisor: Marc Schwarzberg, Maven Realty
Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO
NGOS IN THE GABLES
MONTHLY EVENTS NETWORKING MIXERS
BUSINESSWOMEN OF THE YEAR
An annual awards program honoring women in categories such small business, corporate, entrepreneurial, women-owned, real estate, etc.
Monthly events, such as “Wind Down Wednesday,” for like-minded business professionals participants to expand their networks and BURGERLISCIOUS foster meaningful connections. Started during the great recession, this fundraiser for the Chamber Foundation’s Small Business Enhancement Fund attracts hunTROW KNOWS CEOS dreds of participants who sample the best burgers from over two A popular monthly breakfast series, in which Chamber CEO Mark dozen local restaurants. Trowbridge employs his best Actor’s Studio interview techniques to encourage guest CEOs to share the secrets of their successes. BOARD MEMBERS BUSINESS BOOK CLUB
Oprah Winfrey move over. The Chamber has its own Business Book Club, in which participants discuss timely tomes, often with visits by the author. GOOD MORNING CORAL GABLES
A monthly breakfast for members, with a presentation by business leaders, consultants, pundits, etc. on a topic of relevance to the business community and chamber members. WOMEN’S BUSINESS NETWORK LUNCHEON
A monthly gathering of women in business, to discuss opportunities and challenges. EXCLUSIVE TRUSTEE AND GEM INVESTOR EVENTS
These include luncheons and receptions exclusively for Trustees and GEM Investors. SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS A monthly “Impact” series geared toward small businesses. Subjects include best HR practices, techniques to motivate your sales team, franchising, marketing, growth opportunities, social media, etc. ANNUAL EVENTS DIAMOND AWARDS
The Diamond Awards for “businesses that sparkle” is the Chamber’s most prestigious awards program in all categories, including large, small, nonprofit, retail, sustainable, high-tech, etc. ANNUAL MEETING
Held each summer, a gathering of the Chamber membership to discuss its business agenda, goals, etc. for the coming year, and to recognize incoming leaders and members. BUSINESS EXPO
A tabletop showcase representing the products and services of small businesses. Nonprofits and local restaurants also participate. SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT
Usually held in May, this annual networking and seminar gathering for National Small Business Week will be held in the fall as a virtual event. RISING STAR AWARDS
An annual awards program for young professionals who are showing vast promise.
President & CEO: Mark A. Trowbridge Chairman: Brian Barakat, Barakat + Bossa, PLLC Chair-Elect: Ana Chaoui, Grove Bank & Trust First Vice Chair: Thad Adams, The Allen Morris Company Treasurer: Sara Hernandez, First Citizens Bank Parliamentarian: Addys Kurlya, Florida Power & Light Immediate Past Chair: Patrick O’Connell, BHHS/ EWM Realty Vice Chair, Global Affairs: Deirdre Nero, NERO Immigration Law, P.L. Vice Chair, Community Affairs: Michael Ybarra, Northwestern Mutual Vice Chair, Business & Economic: Carolina Rendeiro, Connect2Global, LLC Vice Chair, Member Affairs: Lauren Dowlen, Lowell International Realty, LLC Vice Chair, Special Events: Darryl Rosenbaum, Bigfoot Construction Inc Vice Chair, Government Affairs and Legislation: Maria Garcia, Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A. Trustee Council: Eric Gros-Dubois, EPGD Business Law Chairman’s Appointee: Martha de la Peña Rojas, Florida Blue
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ricardo Alberty, Well Groomed Gentleman Steven Bradley, Clutch Burger Chris Colston, Second Chance Credit LLC Amy Donner, Coral Gables Magazine Frank Fernandez, Center State Bank, N.A. Alex Fonseca, Apollo Bank Matthias Kammerer, The Biltmore Hotel Alina Menendez, American Airlines Cristina Miller, Intermedia Touch, Inc. Rene Negron, Equitable Advisors Elsa Powers, Doctors Hospital, Baptist Health South Florida Melanie Sanchez, Fifth Third Bank Monique Selman, Albany Homes Construction Lillian Ser, Ser & Associates, PLLC Anabella Smith, Zyscovich Architects Efrain Sora, Sora Global Insurance & Consulting Cinthya Urena, City National Bank of Florida Myrna Vaca, UHealth Jessica Wilcox, J. Wilcox Consulting EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Commissioner Patricia Keon, City of Coral Gables James C. Kohnstamm, The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Julian Perez, City of Coral Gables Mary Snow, Coral Gables Community Foundation
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CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION LOCATION: 220 ALHAMBRA CIRCLE, SUITE 320 PHONE: 305.446.9670 WEBSITE: GABLESFOUNDATION.ORG DIRECTOR: MARY SNOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MISSION
The Coral Gables Community Foundation works to foster initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people who live, work, learn and play in Coral Gables. The Foundation is at the forefront of Coral Gables’ evolving needs by bringing together benefactors and beneficiaries to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to the City Beautiful. SUMMARY
Founded in 1991, The Coral Gables Community Foundation is the city’s principle platform for channeling charitable donations to worthy causes in the arts, education and social services. Since its inception, it has donated more than $8 million to worthy causes throughout the community – as well as bringing the Umbrella Sky art installation to Coral Gables in the summer of 2018, and thereby creating a sensation on the recently completed Giralda Plaza, doubling the amount of foot traffic for restaurants there. Most recently, the Foundation provided free meals to home-bound seniors and out-of-work individuals daily for eight weeks as the pandemic forced many out of their jobs, in addition to donating computers to those who needed them for home schooling and working from home. The Foundation is also known for hosting two signature fund raising events each year. The Tour of Kitchens and The Biltmore Ball to benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation. PROGRAMS DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
The Foundation sets up charitable funds for donors, then manages the investment and distribution of the funds. The donors request disbursements to their favorite charities, while the Foundation manages the back end. They have 80 funds under management. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation manages 12 different scholarship programs. Eight are managed for third parties (local families and organizations), while the remaining four are used to distribute funds raised by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and through its annual events. COMMUNITY GIVING
Twice each year, in the fall and in the spring, the Foundation awards cash grants to local nonprofits that serve Coral Gables directly or indirectly. These range from the Lighthouse for the Blind to local schools in need of laptops for underprivileged students. THE TOUR OF KITCHENS
Each winter, the Foundation organizes a full-day tour of kitchens in local homes. Funds from the Tour of Kitchens benefit the Foundation’s education programs, including the Culinary Arts program at Gables High School, THE BILTMORE BALL
Each fall, the Foundation organizes a grand black-tie ball with a
Mary Snow, Executive Director, Coral Gables Community Foundation
theme (one year it was The Beatles invasion, another it was a Venetian Fantasy theme). In addition to raising funds, it allows the Foundation to honor individuals who have positively impacted Coral Gables. BOARD MEMBERS BOARD CHAIRS
Current Chair: Laura Russo, Attorney Immediate Past Chair: Jack Lowell, Colliers International Chair Elect: Venny Torre, Torre Development Group Treasurer: Michael Walsh, Evensky & Katz/Folds Financial Secretary: Aura Reinhardt, BID Executive Director Scholarship Committee Chair: Matthew Meehan, Philanthropist Giving Committee Chair: David Olazabal, Morgan Stanley REGULAR BOARD MEMBERS
Kaiser Ahmed, Wells Fargo John Allen, Coral Gables Museum DeDe C. Austin, Doctors Hospital Vivian De Las Cuevas-Diaz, Holland & Knight Sissy DeMaria-Koehne, Kreps DeMaria PR Wayne Eldred (ex-officio), Brown Label Erica English, Katz Barron Gina Guilford, Writer, Community Activist John Harris, Coral Gables Trust Company Susan Elizabeth Klock, Rasco Klock Perez Nieto Paul Lowenthal, Southern Audio Visual Michael McCarthy, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Commissioner Mike Mena (city liaison, ex-officio), MSP Recovery Law John O’Rourke, First American Bank Lee Osiason, Lee J. Osiason, P.A. Liz Parnes, Illustrious Marketing Expert Pedro Parra, Amerant Bank Alberto José Pérez, AJP Ventures Corp. Scott Richey, Northern Trust
A GUIDE TO COSMETIC
FACIAL SURGERY As the years go by, along with the stresses of life, we can’t help but notice the not-so-welcome signs of aging. For many, this begins with looking a little less fresh or a bit more tired than we actually feel. Early on, various non-surgical therapies such as Botox, fillers, peels, light, and mild laser treatments can help. In time though, we simply develop slack and sagging skin, first in the upper eyelids, then in the neck and jowls. If you’ve looked at yourself in the mirror recently and pulled on different areas of your face or seen some not-so-great selfie or other photo of yourself, you know what I’m talking about. It happens to everyone, sooner or later. We age, and most of us don’t like it (“hate it”) and we want to put up a fight. Well, beyond the simple (or not), but important things, like getting more sleep, eating smarter, avoiding/reducing ‘vices’, exercising more/again and reducing your stress (never easy, especially this year), what else can you do? The three, and most impactful, surgical things to do are: trimming away excess upper eyelid skin, ‘getting rid’ of sagging jowls and ‘cleaning up’ the neck. This ‘opens’ the eyes, restores a refreshed appearance to the mid-face (cheeks) and re-defines the all-important youthful neck and jawline. Think of it as age-related ‘maintenance work’ - all accomplished in one outpatient procedure with a Lower Face/Neck Lift and Upper Eyelid Surgery, along with a 1 to 2-week downtime. Not everyone needs to have lower eyelids ‘done’ or their brows lifted, only those with significant ‘bags’ under their eyes or noticeably droopy brows, especially on the sides. If the outer brows do deserve to be lifted, then this is accomplished with a ‘Lateral Brow Lift’, a much easier procedure and more natural looking than the full brow lift of the past. Less is more in facial cosmetic surgery today, and doing too much, takes you away from your natural looking self, which, to me at least, is not desirable. You want to continue to look like yourself- but a fresher version! Trying to look 25 again, sadly, is a fantasy and only makes you look, let’s just say, ‘desperate’.
Stephan Baker MD After surgery, you maintain the result with the occasional Botox treatment (always helpful around the eyes and forehead) plus targeted and conservative use of fillers for cheek volume and lines around the mouth, as well as other cosmetic treatments. Of course, dermatological skin care is important with at least a good cleanser and a daily sunblock. Naturally, aging is highly variable, and to decide what to do for the individual patient, requires a careful discussion and physical assessment. Patients in their forties typically don’t need facial surgery except for possibly their upper eyelids. But in their fifties, and beyond, facial cosmetic surgery becomes increasingly pertinent and certainly helpful. Thresholds for undergoing facial cosmetic surgery differ with the sexes. However, both have in common that they want to ‘look good and like themselves’ and not like they had ‘something’ done. That natural look is the ‘art’ part of cosmetic facial surgery which requires an aesthetic eye and much experience. So, as always, research and reflect carefully before proceeding.
STEPHAN BAKER, MD, FACS Plastic Surgery of the Face Breast and Body Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery 3850 Bird Road Suite 702, Miami, FL 33146 305.381.8837 www.drbaker.com
Useful Information DEMOGRAPHICS
VICE MAYOR Vince C. Lago. (305) 569-1817 email@example.com COMMISSIONERS Jorge L. Fors, Jr. (305) 569-1817 firstname.lastname@example.org Patricia Keon (305) 569-1817 email@example.com Michael Mena (305) 569-1833 firstname.lastname@example.org
Median Income Male and Female
MAYOR Raúl Valdés-Fauli (305) 460-5220 email@example.com
Median Household Income
CITY OF CORAL GABLES CITY HALL 405 Biltmore Way Coral Gables, FL 33134
ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICIALS
HS degree or higher 96.1% College degree or higher 65.5% Post-graduate degree 34.4%
Persons in Poverty
CITY MANAGER Peter Iglesias (305) 460-5202 firstname.lastname@example.org CITY ATTORNEY Miriam Soler Ramos (305) 460-5218 email@example.com CITY CLERK Billy Y. Urquia (305) 460-5210 firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of Companies
Median Housing Value
Persons without Health Insurance
MAYOR CARLOS A. GIMENEZ – Until 11/20 (305) 375-5071 email@example.com PROPERTY APPRAISER Pedro J. Garcia (305) 375-4712 COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR CORAL GABLES
Households with Broadband Internet
Total Housing Units
Source: Census.gov (2019 Figures), Zillow (2020 figure)
REBECA SOSA (305) 375-5696 miamidade.gov/district06 XAVIER L. SUAREZ – Until 11/20 (305) 375-5680 miamidade.gov/district07 DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA – Until 11/20 (305) 375-5218 miamidade.gov/district08
STATE OF FLORIDA www.flgov.com
GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS
Office of Governor Ron DeSantis State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 (850) 717-9337 FLORIDA STATE SENATE MEMBER FROM CORAL GABLES DISTRICTS District 37: Senator José Javier Rodriguez 2100 Coral Way, Suite 505 Miami, FL 33145 (305) 854-0365 FLORIDA HOUSE MEMBERS FROM CORAL GABLES DISTRICTS District 112: Rep. Nicholas X. Duran (305) 860-7119
Katherine Fernandez-Rundle (305) 547-0100 www.miamisao.com
FEDERAL OFFICIALS UNITED STATES SENATE
Senator Rick Scott Washington, D.C. 716 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 (202) 224-5274 Senator Marco Rubio 284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 (202) 224-3041 UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Representative Donna Shalala 1320 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-3931
COMMUNITY RECREATION DEPARTMENT 405 University Drive Phone: (305) 460-5620 Fax: (305) 460-5639 PUBLIC SERVICE DIVISION 2800 SW 72nd Ave. Miami, FL 33155 Phone: (305) 460-5131 Fax: (305) 460-5133 ADULT ACTIVITY CENTER 2 Andalusia Ave. Phone: (305) 460-5609 DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT BUILDING DIVISION 405 Biltmore Way, 3rd Fl. Phone: (305) 460-5235 Fax: (305) 460-5348 DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT PLANNING AND ZONING DIVISION 427 Biltmore Way Phone: (305) 460-5211 Fax: (305) 460-5327 DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT CODE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION 427 Biltmore Way, 1st Fl. (305) 441-5777 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 720 Phone: (305) 460-5311 FINANCE DEPARTMENT 405 Biltmore Way, 1st Floor Phone: (305) 460-5276 Fax: (305) 460-5371 FIRE DEPARTMENT Station No. 1, 2815 Salzedo St. Phone: (305) 442-1600 Fax: (305) 460-5596
OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER 405 Biltmore Way, 1st Floor Phone: (305) 460-5202 Fax: (305) 460-5350
HISTORICAL RESOURCES & CULTURAL ARTS DEPARTMENT 2327 Salzedo St. Phone: (305) 460-5093 Fax: (305) 460-5097
OFFICE OF THE CITY ATTORNEY 405 Biltmore Way, 2nd Floor Phone: (305) 460-5218 Fax: (305) 460-5264
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT 2801 Salzedo St., 2nd Floor Phone: (305) 460-5523 Fax: (305) 460-5518
OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK 405 Biltmore Way, 1st Floor Phone: (305) 460-5210 Fax: (305) 460-5309
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT 2801 Salzedo St. Phone: (305) 569-CGIT (2448) Fax: (305) 441-5752
CABLE TV DIVISION–CGTV 2801 Salzedo St., Basement Phone: (305) 460-5521 Fax: (305) 460-5489 COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT PARKING DIVISION 2801 Salzedo St., 2nd Floor Phone: (305) 460-5540 Fax: (305) 460-5595
MAYOR’S OFFICE 405 Biltmore Way, 2nd Floor Phone: (305) 460-5220 Fax: (305) 460-5247 PASSPORT ACCEPTANCE FACILITY 4520 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Phone: (305) 460-5351
POLICE DEPARTMENT 2801 Salzedo St. Phone: (305) 442-1600 Fax: (305) 460-5499 PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE 405 Biltmore Way, Phone: (305) 460-5205 Fax: (305) 460-5350 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 2800 SW 72nd Ave Phone: (305) 460-5000 Fax: (305) 460-5080 For more information please visit: www.coralgables.com
FLAGS ON PONCE
Flown high annually by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the City of Coral Gables, the Flags on Ponce program is a stunning display of the rich diversity found in the City Beautiful highlighting our growing international business community. Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, the flags of our Sister Cities, consulate offices, multinational businesses and citizens have waved brilliantly above Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Created by our Chamber, Flags on Ponce is a visual reminder of our city’s rich international roots. This exhibit can be seen from Decem-
ber through June every year along Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
2020 PROGRAM SPONSORS ARE: Berkshire Hathaway HomeSerivces EWM Realty Brian Barakat City of Coral Gables International Affairs Coordinating Council/Sis ter Cities Connect2Global, LLC Consul General of Australia in Miami Consul General of Canada in Miami Consul General of Guatemala in Miami Consul General of Turkey in Miami Consul General of Uruguay in Miami EPGD Business Law Eric Gros-Dubois James C. Cason Mark A. Trowbridge Marti Mang Monique Selman NERO Immigration Law. P.A. Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L. René Negrón Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami
CORAL GABLES MEMBER DIRECTORY
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY BY CATEGORY ACCOUNTING & CONSULTING Appelrouth Farah & Co. P.A. Mr. Nicholas Landera (305) 444‑0999 appelrouth.com DCC Accounting Ms. Vanessa Duran (305) 705‑7922 dccaccounting.com Financial Forensic Group P.A. Ms. Maite Martinez (305) 200‑8785 financialforensicgroup.com H&CO, LLP Mr. Jose F. Padro, CPA (305) 444‑8800 hcoadvisors.com Hancock Askew & Co., LLP Ms. Christine G. Cox (305) 928‑6822 hancockaskew.com/
H&CO, LLP Mr. Jose F. Padro, CPA (305) 444‑8800 hcoadvisors.com MBAF, LLC ‑ Frank Gonzalez Mr. Frank Gonzalez 305‑377‑9203 mbafcpa.com/ Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz, Jackson, & Diaz, P.A. E Mr. Luis E. Diaz (305) 666‑7229 swkj‑cpa.com ADJUSTERS‑PUBLIC/INSURANCE PrimeState Public Adjusters, Inc. Mr. Carlos A. Jimenez (305) 595‑9595 primestateadjusters.com
ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICES Accounting to Scale Mr. Daniel Gonzalez (305) 503‑2814 accountingtoscale.com
ADVERTISING / MARKETING / GRAPHIC DESIGN Clear Channel Outdoor Miguel Larrea 305‑592‑6250 clearchanneloutdoor.com
Byrd Martinez CPA LLC Ms. Maria Byrd 786‑429‑0993 byrdmartinez.com
H&L Partners Mr. Mike Castillo (305) 724‑7203 handlpartners.com
Cherry Bekaert LLP Ms. Alejandra Prieto (786) 693‑6300 cbh.com
Resorcity Mr. Tony Newell (305) 781‑8551 resorcity.com
H&CO, LLP Mr. Jose F. Padro, CPA (305) 444‑8800 hcoadvisors.com
t/hawk digital Mr. Tim Hawkes (917) 414‑9189 thawkdigital.com/
Perez‑Abreu, Aguerrebere, Sueiro & Torres P.L. Mr. Carlos Perez‑Abreu CPA (305) 567‑0150 paast.com
ADVERTISING HOSPITALITY Welcome Channel TV Mr. Matt Hege (305) 441‑1231 welcomechannel.tv
Scheckner & Hetenyi, PL E Mr. Marcell Hetenyi, CPA (305) 379‑0603 cpa‑sh.com/
ADVERTISING SPECIALTIES / PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS Coral Gables Graphics Mr. Martin Morcillo 305‑351‑3210 coralgablesgraphics.com
The Accountant, LLC Mr. Jose Diaz (305) 224‑2280 theaccountantfirm.com ZOMMA Group, LLP Raymond Zomerfeld 305-448-8288 zommagroup.com ACCOUNTING SERVICES Castillo & Company, CPA, P.A. Ms. Martha Castillo CPA (305) 446‑4670 castilloandcompany.com
AIRLINES American Airlines E Mrs. Alina Menendez 1‑800‑433‑7300 aa.com AIRPORTS Miami‑Dade County Aviation Department E Mr. Robert Warren (305) 869‑1670 miami‑airport.com
APARTMENT RENTALS Gables Columbus Center E Ms. Diana Gallego 786‑559‑7838 gables.com/columbuscenter
ART & CUSTOM FRAMING Frames USA + Art Gallery Mr. Adam Brand (305) 666‑3355 framesusamiami.com
Gables Ponce E Mr. William Fisher 305‑667‑5700 gables.com
FrameWorks Ms. Claire Lardner (305) 443‑4581 frameworksmiami.com
The Residences at Merrick Park Ms. Jasmina Almanza 305‑448‑0098 residencesatmerrickpark.com
ARTISTS & GALLERIES Don Queralto Photography Ms. Berenice Rodriguez (305) 807‑3019 artecolombianobyberenice
Sofia Coral Gables, a Luxury Rental Community Ms. Jocelyne Sori (305) 569‑1669 sofiacoralgables.com
H Benitez Fine Art Gallery, Inc. Ms. Lissette Benitez (786) 877‑1045 pintorcubano.com
The Aura Coral Gables Ms. Jennifer Diaz 786‑655‑9807 auracoralgables.com
ATTORNEYS ‑ ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LAW Spiritus Law Ms. Marbet Lewis (305) 224‑1003 spirituslaw.com
ARCHITECTURE / ENGINEERING/PLANNING / INTERIOR DESIGN AECOM Technical Services, Inc. Mr. Juan Alfonso (305) 716‑5229 aecom.com Architectural Design Collaborative, Inc. Mr. Raymundo Feito (305) 442‑1188 adcinternational.net BIRKA LLC E Mr. Claudio Kaczka (305) 501‑4853 birkaonline.com Debowsky Design Group Mr. Stuart Debowsky (305) 495‑2751 debowsky.com G Alvarez Studio, Inc. Ms. Gigi Alvarez 305‑371‑8400 galvarezstudio.com R.E. Chisholm Architects, Inc. Mr. Antonio Prado (305) 661‑2070 chisholmarchitects.com SB Architects Ms. Jorey Friedman (305) 856‑2021 sb‑architects.com/ Zyscovich Architects E Ms. Anabella Smith (305) 372‑5222 zyscovich.com
ATTORNEYS ‑ BANKRUPTCY & RESTRUCTURING Bast Amron LLP Ms. Alejandra M. Iglesia 305‑379‑7904 bastamron.com/contact‑us/ ATTORNEYS ‑ BUSINESS LAW/ LITIGATION Ayala Law PA Mr. Eduardo Ayala Maura (305) 570‑2208 lawayala.com ATTORNEYS ‑ BUSINESS/ COMMERCIAL LAW EPGD Business Law F Mr. Eric P. Gros‑Dubois Esq. (786) 837‑6787 epgdlaw.com Ser & Associates, PLLC F Ms. Lillian A. Ser, Esq. 305‑222‑7282 ser‑associates.com ATTORNEYS ‑ CIVIL LITIGATION Barakat + Bossa, PLLC E Mr. Brian Barakat, Esq. (305) 444‑3114 b2b.legal Fridman Fels & Soto, PLLC Mr. Alejandro Soto (305) 569‑7701 ffslawfirm.com/ Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt Ms. Helena Tetzeli (305) 444‑0060 kktplaw.com/
KEY: E TRUSTEE MEMBERS F GEM INVESTORS
ATTORNEYS ‑ COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Kozyak Tropin & Throck‑ morton, P.A. Mrs. Maria Dolores Garcia, (305) 372‑1800 kttlaw.com Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt Ms. Helena Tetzeli (305) 444‑0060 kktplaw.com/ ATTORNEYS ‑ COMMERCIAL/ FINANCE/REAL ESTATE Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP E Ms. Elizabeth S. Baker (305) 358‑7747 hinshawlaw.com ATTORNEYS ‑ CORPORATE/ REAL ESTATE Ser & Associates, PLLC F Ms. Lillian A. Ser, Esq. 305‑222‑7282 ser‑associates.com ATTORNEYS ‑ CRIMINAL DEFENSE Barakat + Bossa, PLLC E Mr. Brian Barakat, Esq. (305) 444‑3114 b2b.legal Law Office of Francisco A. Marty Mr. Francisco Marty (305) 545‑5282 criminaldefenseattorneys.miami Lewin Law Mr. Jordan M. Lewin (305) 577‑8525 jordanlewinlaw.com/ ATTORNEYS ‑ ESTATE PLANNING, TRUSTS & PROBATE Donlevy‑Rosen & Rosen P.A. Ms. Patricia A. Donlevy‑Rosen (305) 459‑3283 protectyou.com EPGD Business Law F Mr. Eric P. Gros‑Dubois Esq. (786) 837‑6787 www.epgdlaw.com Lavender Greenberg PLLC Ms. Monique Lavender Greenberg (786) 832‑4694 lglawmiami.com Martinez Gil Dominguez PLLC Mr. Ernesto Martinez, Jr. 305‑446‑0702 mgdfirm.com
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Morgan Horton Law Ms. Laura Morgan Horton 305‑624‑0011 cmorganlaw.net ATTORNEYS ‑ GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS CONSULTANTS Ivette O’Doski Consulting Ms. Ivette Arango O’Doski 305‑632‑6452 ATTORNEYS ‑ IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY LAW Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt Ms. Helena Tetzeli (305) 444‑0060 kktplaw.com NERO Immigration Law, P.L. Ms. Deirdre D. Nero, Esq. (305) 351‑1079 neroimmigration.com ATTORNEYS ‑ LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt Ms. Helena Tetzeli (305) 444‑0060 kktplaw.com Law Offices of Ena T. Diaz, P.A. Ms. Ena T. Diaz 305‑377‑8828 enadiazlaw.com
Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt Ms. Helena Tetzeli (305) 444‑0060 kktplaw.com/ Pita Weber Del Prado Ms. Rosanna Molinari Weber (305) 670‑2889 pwdlawfirm.com
Gaebe, Mullen, Antonelli & DiMatteo Mr. Joseph M. Winsby (305) 667‑0223 gaebemullen.com
ATTORNEYS ‑ REAL ESTATE Global Legal LLC Mr. Miguel “Mike” Mirabal (305) 773‑1010 globallegalmiami.com
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP E Ms. Elizabeth S. Baker (305) 358‑7747 hinshawlaw.com
Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC E Mr. Avi S. Tryson, Esq. (786) 725‑4923 gadclaw.com ATTORNEYS ‑ REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS & LITIGATION Ser & Associates, PLLC F Ms. Lillian A. Ser, Esq. 305‑222‑7282 ser‑associates.com The Flanagan Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Jeffrey Flanagan (305) 444‑1500 Title Answers, A Law Firm Mr. Jonathan J. Alfonso, Esq. (305) 982‑7857 titleanswers.com
ATTORNEYS ‑ LANDLORD/ TENANT Barakat + Bossa, PLLC E Mr. Brian Barakat, Esq. (305) 444‑3114 b2b.legal
ATTORNEYS ‑ TAX EPGD Business Law F Mr. Eric P. Gros‑Dubois Esq. (786) 837‑6787 epgdlaw.com
ATTORNEYS ‑ LITIGATION Rhonda A. Anderson ‑ P.A. Ms. Rhonda Anderson (305) 567‑3004 The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com ATTORNEYS ‑ PATENT, TRADEMARK & COPYRIGHT LAW The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com ATTORNEYS ‑ PERSONAL INJURY George A. David, P.A. Mr. George A. David 305‑569‑9980
Casal & Moreno, PA Ms. Alejandra S. Moreno 305‑476‑5080 casalmoreno.com
The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com
The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com
The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com
Bounds Law Offices E Mr. Bruce M. Bounds Esq. (305) 728‑1350 bounds.law
Law Services, P.A. Mr. Javier Baños, Esq. (305) 519‑5581 banoslawfirm.com Martinez Gil Dominguez PLLC Mr. Ernesto Martinez, Jr. 305‑446‑0702 mgdfirm.com ATTORNEYS & LAW FIRMS Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP Mr. Manuel M. Rodriguez (305) 779‑3560 arhmf.com Barakat + Bossa, PLLC E Mr. Brian Barakat, Esq. (305) 444‑3114 b2b.legal Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP Ms. Karyl Argamasilla (305) 374‑7580 bilzin.com
Katz Barron E Ms. Erica L. English 305‑856‑2444 katzbarron.com Laura L. Russo, Esq. LLC Ms. Laura Russo Esq. (305) 476‑8300 Moises|Gross E Mr. Daniel R. Gross, Esq. 305‑306‑3055 moisesgross.com Pena Garcia & Diz, PLLC Mr. Fernando Garcia 786 361‑4950 pgdlegal.com Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L. Mr. Benjamin L. Reiss Esq. (305) 370‑3274 pbyalaw.com Roy B. Gonas, Attorney Mr. Roy Gonas Esq. (786) 420‑5598 rgonasarbitration.com Ser & Associates, PLLC F Ms. Lillian A. Ser, Esq. 305‑222‑7282 ser‑associates.com SMGQ Law E Mr. Mitchell Mandler 305‑377‑1000 smgqlaw.com Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Ms. Maria Gralia 305‑789‑3301 stearnsweaver.com The Morgan Law Group Ms. Kaitlyn Jacklin 305‑569‑9900 policyadvocate.com The Saade Law Firm, P.A. Mr. Gabriel Saade (786) 633‑1114 saadelaw.com
Tolley & Tolley, P.A. Ms. Rachel L. Tolley 305‑444‑6116 ATTRACTIONS Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Mr. Carl E. Lewis (305) 667‑1651 fairchildgarden.org Miami Seaquarium Mr. Eric Eimstad (305) 365‑2533 miamiseaquarium.com AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ‑ SALES, SERVICE & PARTS Bean Automotive Group Lex‑ us of Kendall/Kendall Toyota Mr. Joaquin T. Azar (786) 345‑2612 beanauto.com Mercedes‑Benz of Coral Gables F Mr. Peter Warwar (305) 445‑8593 mbcoralgables.com South Motors Mr. Don Moss (305) 321‑5665 southbmw.com The Collection E Mr. Kenneth Gorin (305) 444‑5555 thecollection.com
Centennial Bank Mr. J.C. de Ona (786) 413‑1264 my100bank.com CenterState Bank E Mr. David Pruna 305‑247‑5332 centerstatebank.com City National Bank of Florida Ms. Cinthya Urena (305) 445‑1941 citynational.com Fifth Third Bank Ms. Melanie Sanchez 786‑342‑4875 53.com First American Bank E Mr. John O’Rourke (305) 500‑9501 firstambank.com First Citizens Bank E Ms. Sara Hernandez 305‑639‑7200 firstcitizens.com First Horizon Bank E Mr. Roberto Munoz (305) 444‑1660 firsthorizon.com/
Vintage Cars of Florida, LLC Mr. William A. Bonn (305) 648‑2328
FirstBank Florida E Ms. Carla Largaespada (305) 442‑1220 firstbankfla.com
Williamson Automotive Group Mr. G. Ed Williamson II (305) 670‑7100
Grove Bank & Trust F Ms. Ana Chaoui (305) 444‑6665 grovebankandtrust.com
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES Amerant Bank F Mr. Julio Naranjo (305) 460‑4024 merantbank.com
iBERIABANK E Mr. Idalberto de Armas (305) 442‑9991 iberiabank.com
Apollo Bank E Mr. Alejandro Fonseca 305‑398‑9044 apollobank.com BAC Florida Bank E Mr. William Castaño (305) 789‑7000 bacflorida.com Bank of America Ms. Meagan Amaral (508) 816‑9241 bankofamerica.com
JP Morgan Chase & Co. Mrs. Melissa Egusquiza (305) 579‑9695 chase.com Marquis Bank Mr. JanCarlos Llach 305‑443‑2922 marquisbank.com Northern Trust E Mr. Scott Richey (305) 529‑7702 ntrs.com
Bank OZK E Ms. Audrey Otero (305) 507‑1743 ozk.com
Ocean Bank E Mr. Luis Miguel (305) 569‑8069 oceanbank.com
BBVA E Mr. Jorge A. Llaguno 786‑351‑4770 bbva.com
Pacific National Bank Ms. Tanya Rivera 305‑539‑7570 pnb.com
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Popular Mr. Carlos H. Hernandez (786) 953‑1325 popularbank.com Regions Bank E Mr. Eddie Lopez (305) 774‑5219 regions.com
(305) 442‑8136 avantgardesalonandspa.com
(954) 299‑6387 pollotropical.com
La Bella Salon Ms. Chelsea La Bella (305) 444‑1412 labellasalons.com
CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS / ADVISORS GEMRT & Co., LLP E Mr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez (305) 529‑5440 gemrtcpa.com
TD Bank E Mr. Alvaro Niebles (305) 441‑5630 tdbank.com
BOOK DEALERS, STORES & DEPOSITORIES Books & Books, Inc. Mr. Mitchell Kaplan (305) 442‑4408 booksandbooks.com
TIAA Bank E Ms. Amy Betancur (305) 448‑8568 tiaabank.com
BUSINESS ADVISORY The Common Area Factor Ms. Maureen Mascaro (305) 878‑6868
U.S. Century Bank Ms. Olga Portugues (305) 448‑5557 uscentury.com Valley Bank E Mr. Ash Ramkhalawan (305) 810‑1293 valley.com BANQUET/EVENT LOCATION La Jolla Ballroom Ms. Rosario Sanchez 305‑460‑0047 lajollaballroom.com BEAUTY SALON & SPA Avant‑Garde Salon & Spa Ms. Christine Martinez
CATERERS & EVENTS Catering by Les Mr. Les Oppenheim 305‑669‑5221 cateringbyles.com Catering by Lovables E Ms. Elizabeth Silverman (305) 751‑1101 cateringbylovables.com Corporate Caterers E Mr. Greg Halton (305) 223‑1230 corpcaterers.com Pollo Tropical E Ms. Aileen Calero
CHURCHES Coral Gables Congregational Church Mr. Dennis G. Rodrigues CPA (305) 448‑7421 gablesucc.org First UMC Coral Gables Church Hedy Collver (305) 445‑2578 welovecoralgables.org St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & School Ms. Judy Andrews (305) 444‑6366 saintphilips.net CIGAR LOUNGE & CIGAR PRODUCTS Galiano Cigar Room Mr. Ozzie Gomez (305) 753‑8888 facebook.com/galianocigarroom
CLUBS‑COUNTRY & TENNIS Coral Gables Country Club E Mr. Anthony Di Donato (305) 392‑0819 coralgablescountryclub.com Riviera Country Club of Coral Gables Ms. Elisa Swaebe (305) 661‑5331 rivieracc.org
SalesPartners Florida E Mr. Will Dukes 305‑421‑6331 salespartnersflorida.com/ Sandler Training, Miami E Mr. Carlos Garrido (305) 631‑2205 absolute.sandler.com
COACHES & TRAINERS / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP 2 Steps Forward LLC Mr. Kevin Huntting 202‑361‑6247 2stepsforwardcoaching.com
Simple Results Ms. Anne Louise “Missy” Carricarte (786) 223‑2005 simpleresults.net COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION ‑ COOLERS & FREEZERS Amerikooler, LLC Mr. Renato M. Alonso (305) 978‑3097 amerikooler.com
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FocalPoint Business Coaching Ms. Tanya Reid (301) 518‑1916 tanyareid.focalpointcoaching.com
Amerikooler, LLC Mr. Rich Lopez (305) 978‑3097 amerikooler.com CONSTRUCTION ‑ RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL Bigfoot Construction Inc E Mr. Darryl Rosenbaum (305) 790‑1722 bfcmiami.com
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Shorecrest Construction E Mr. Patrick Lee (305) 347‑5409 shorecrestgc.com CONSTRUCTION/DEVELOPMENT NRI – Nolan Reynolds Inter‑ national E Mr. Brent Reynolds (786) 420‑5818 nrinternational.com/ CONSULATES Consulate of Australia ‑ Miami Hon. Don Slesnick 786‑505‑6802 CONSULTANTS ‑ BUSINESS / PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Amicorp Services Ltd. Mr. Marcel Imery (305) 416‑4730 amicorp.com Robison Consulting, Inc. Mr. Ron Robison (305) 667‑2232 CONSULTANTS ‑ INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS & COMMUNICATIONS Alcat Communications International LLC Dr. Alma Kadragic 407‑921‑6148 Connect2Global, LLC E Ms. Carolina Rendeiro 305‑542‑0299 conncect2.global
CONSULTANTS ‑ STRATEGIC PLANNING/NON‑PROFIT DEV. South Florida Philanthropic Consulting Services, LLC Ms. Deborah “Debbie” Korge 305‑282‑8889 CONVENTION BUREAUS Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau E Mr. William Talbert (305) 539‑3000 miamiandbeaches.com COPIERS/PRINTERS Barlop Business Systems Ms. Michele Lopez 305‑965‑7445 barlop.com DEX Imaging E Mr. Ricky Bolanos 305‑788‑1464 deximaging.com COPY & FAX MACHINES DEX Imaging E Mr. Ricky Bolanos 305‑788‑1464 deximaging.com CORPORATE HOUSING First Choice Corp Housing Ms. Janine Pringle (954) 241‑0324 firstchoicecorphousing.com
COURIER/DELIVERY SERVICES Airport One Express, LLC Ms. Ella Miletic (305) 266‑1250 airportone.net COWORKING / MOBILE WORKSPACES / EXECUTIVE OFFICE SUITES FORUM Miami Mr. Rishi Kapoor (786) 522‑4466 forum.miami Gables Executive Offices Mr. Luis Moran (305) 414‑3730 gablesexecutiveoffices.com Jelly Places Mr. Rudford Hamon (305) 450‑7418 jellyplaces.com Office Edge Coral Gables Ms. Kelly Ramsden (305) 777‑0200 officeedgecoralgables.com Quest Workspaces Ms. Maria Zamora 305‑200‑8700 questworkspaces.com WeWork Ms. Dominique Klynott 305‑282‑1216 wework.com
CPA FIRM Barrett Tax & Accounting Services CPA LLC Mr. Fred Barrett, CPA (305) 728‑7146 fbarrettcpa.com/
CREDIT UNIONS Dade County Federal Credit Union Mr. Marvin Aguiriano (786) 845‑3211 dcfcu.org
Hoyos & Aguilar, P.A. Mr. Alexander Telena (305) 444‑2500 hacpas.net
DANCE INSTRUCTION Fred Astaire Dance Studios ‑ Coral Gables Ms. Vera Kosarev 305‑443‑0085 fredastaire.com/coral‑gables
Martinez Gil Dominguez PLLC Mr. Ernesto Martinez, Jr. 305‑446‑0702 mgdfirm.com Zafar Francuz & Company LLC Mr. Greg Francuz, CPA, MBA (305) 281‑3954 zafarcpas.com CPA/ACCOUNTANT Colbert Boué and Associates, LLP Mr. Daniel E. Galdona, CPA (305) 448‑8700 colbertboue.com Scheckner & Hetenyi, PL E Mr. Marcell Hetenyi, CPA (305) 379‑0603 cpa‑sh.com/
DATA RECOVERY MSP Recovery LLC E Ms. Sandra Rodriguez 305‑614‑2222 msprecovery.com DEBT ELIMINATION Debt Free Angel Mr. Angel Gonzalez (305) 804‑8664 debtfreeangel.com DENTIST Dentists of Coral Gables Ms. Hash Turner 305‑239‑8806 dentistsofcoralgables.com Smiles & Sonrisas E Dr. Jose Gurevich, DDS (305) 665‑5525 smilesinmiami.com
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MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY South Gables Dental, PA Dr. Lawrence Lesperance, DDS 305‑665‑1263 southgablesdental.com
DRY CLEANERS LaSalle Dry Cleaners Mr. Joseph Lancaster (305) 446‑6458 lasalledrycleaners.com
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES I Am Kids Academy Ms. Ivis Mateos (786) 608‑1882 iamkidsacademy.com
Kimley‑Horn and Associates, Inc. Mr. Jorge Fernandez (305) 673‑2025 kimley‑horn.com
DENTIST ‑ ORTHODONTIST Drs. Lastra & Alfonso Orthodontics Ms. Melissa Alfonso Sedeño 305‑856‑7180 miamiorthodontics.com
Rey’s Cleaners Ms. Viviana Suarez (786) 246‑3580 reyscleaners.com
ELDERCARE SERVICES Granny Nannies Ms. Meghan Goicouria 305‑591‑1818 grannynannies.com/miami
ENTERTAINMENT, EVENTS & PERFORMING ARTS Miami Heat/AA Arena F Mr. Mark Brown (786) 777‑1000 heat.com
Home Instead Senior Care Mr. Gabriel De Armas Jr. (786) 845‑0888 homeinstead.com/364
Seraphic Fire Mr. Rhett Del Campo 305‑285‑9060 seraphicfire.org
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Orion Electric, Inc. Mr. Orlando Sanchez 786‑201‑6863
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION Clear Solution Mr. Scott Rosenbaum (305) 321‑1700 Clear‑Team.com
DENTISTS/DENTAL LABS/DENTAL CARE Drs. Lastra & Raffel Dr. John Raffel DDS (305) 856‑5141 Miami Implant Perio ‑ Dr. Beatriz E. Terry Dr. Beatriz Terry (305) 275‑1212 miamiimplantperio.com
EDUCATION Florida National University Ms. Rachel Tourgeman 305‑821‑3333 fnu.edu Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Miami Dade College Mr. Maurice Gray 305‑237‑7824 mdc.edu/10ksb
DISTRIBUTORS ‑ SEAFOOD Bioseafood, LLC Mr. Plutarco Cohen (305) 444‑6226 bioseafoodllc.com
Humboldt International University Mr. Carlos Montes de Oca (305) 448‑7454 hiuniversity.com
EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES Victoria & Associates Career Services, Inc. Ms. Victoria Villalba (305) 477‑2233 victoriaassociates.com
DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT DEX Imaging E Mr. Ricky Bolanos 305‑788‑1464 deximaging.com
EDUCATION/MENTAL HEALTH Triumph Steps, Inc. Ms. Beatriz Martinez‑Peñalver 305‑646‑0112 triumphsteps.com
ENGINEERING & CONSULTING Engipartners Mr. Rafael Gonzalez 786‑393‑4740 engipartners.com
Whowtech by Guest Interna‑ tional, Inc. Mr. Calogero Lumia 305‑744‑4116 whowtec.com EVENT PLANNERS & MANAGEMENT Brown Label Mr. Wayne C. Eldred 786‑255‑9144 brownlabel.org
Home Show Management Mr. Steven Plotkin (305) 667‑9299 homeshows.net EVENT RENTALS Student Center Complex at the University of Miami Ms. Tracy Pottker‑Fishel 305‑284‑5911 miami.edu/scc EXECUTIVE SEARCH & CAREER CONSULTANTS Resume‑Success Mr. Douglas Barnes (305) 934‑7521 resume‑success.com FERTILITY AND REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES Fertility & IVF Center of Miami E Ms. Maria Alejandra Gil 305‑596‑4013 miami‑ivf.com FINANCIAL ADVISORS Edward Jones Mr. Nicolas Eterovic (305) 460‑9594 edwardjones.com/nicolas‑eterovic FINANCIAL ADVISORS/INTERNATIONAL Premia Global Advisors Mr. Miguel Sosa
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(786) 646‑9140 premiaglobaladvisors.com FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL ‑ WEALTH MANAGEMENT Integrity Wealth Manage‑ ment of Raymond James E Ms. Susan Rutrough (305) 460‑2732 raymondjames.com/susanrutrough FINANCIAL SERVICES Capital One Mr. Bernard Vieira 305‑240‑3565 capitalone.com Coral Wealth Management Mr. Dennis Coral (305) 671‑3914 coralwm.com Mutual of Omaha Advisors Mr. Jaime Estrada (786) 655‑0163 mutualofomaha.com/ Northwestern Mutual ‑ Coral Gables E Mr. Mike Ybarra (305) 448‑5666 coralgables.nm.com Second Chance Credit LLC E Mr. Chris Colston 305‑951‑8381 2ndchancecredit.net
FINANCIAL SERVICES & ADVISORS Equitable Advisors F Mr. Luis Chiappy (305) 670‑4400 southflorida.equitableadvisors. com/ First Horizon Bank E Mr. Roberto Munoz (305) 444‑1660 firsthorizon.com/ McCombie Group Mr. Carlos Alayon (786) 473‑8685 mccombiegroup.com Northwestern Mutual ‑ Coral Gables Mr. Mike Ybarra (305) 448‑5666 coralgables.nm.com
My Impact Philanthropic Investing Ms. Scarlett Lanzas (305) 431‑5292 myimpactinvest.com FITNESS CENTERS & PERSONAL TRAINERS Brooklyn Fitboxing Coral Gables Mr. Luis Martinez (786) 354‑4608 brooklynfitboxing.com Equinox Mr. Noah Pantaleon (786) 497‑8200 www.equinox.com GYMGUYZ Coral Gables Mr. Andres Gonzalez (305) 720‑2501 gymguyz.com
FINANCIAL/INVESTMENTS Hamptons Group, LLC Mr. Jeff Bartel 305‑310‑9000 hamptonsgroup.com
FOUNDATIONS Coral Gables Community Foundation Ms. Mary Snow (305) 446‑9670 gablesfoundation.org
The Maulini Group at Mor‑ gan Stanley Mr. Al Maulini (305) 460‑7819 MorganStanley.com
Dr. John T. Macdonald Foun‑ dation, Inc. Mr. John Edward Smith (305) 667‑6017 jtmacdonaldfdn.org
FRANCHISE CONSULTING The Franchise Consulting Company Mr. Eddie Rodriguez (305) 460‑9925 thefranchisetailor.com FRANCHISOR OF DANCE STUDIOS Arthur Murray International, Inc. Mr. Rodney Rett 305‑445‑9645 arthurmurray.com FUNERAL HOMES & MEMORIAL PARKS Van Orsdel Coral Gables Family Funeral Chapel Mr. Donald Van Orsdel (305) 446‑4412 vanorsdelfuneralchapels.com GARBAGE COLLECTION Waste Management E Mr. Jason Neal (305) 986‑6107 wm.com GEORGE E. MERRICK (GEM) LEVEL MEMBERSHIP Amerant Bank F Mr. Julio Naranjo (305) 460‑4024 amerantbank.com
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty F Mr. Ron Shuffield (305) 960‑2500 ewm.com City National Bank of Florida F Ms. Cinthya Urena (305) 445‑1941 citynational.com Compass F Dr. Audrey Ross (305) 330‑5684 compass.com Doctors Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida F Ms. Elsa Powers (786) 308‑3410 baptisthealth.net East Ridge at Cutler Bay F Mr. Ken Cormier 786‑732‑8505 eastridgeatcutlerbay.com EPGD Business Law F Mr. Eric P. Gros‑Dubois Esq. (786) 837‑6787 epgdlaw.com Equitable Advisors F Mr. Luis Chiappy (305) 670‑4400 southflorida.equitableadvisors. com/
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Florida Blue F Ms. Martha de la Peña Rojas (305) 921‑7400 floridablue.com
Coastal Construction Group Mr. Tom C. Murphy (305) 559‑4900 coastalconstruction.com
Florida Blue F Ms. Martha de la Peña Rojas (305) 921‑7400 floridablue.com
Florida Power & Light F Ms. Addys Kuryla (305) 442‑5922 fpl.com
Rothstar Construction, Inc. Mr. Larry Starr (305) 442‑4462
HEALTH/ANTI AGING Powering Elite Performers LLC Mr. Ken Smith 305‑801‑6876 poweringeliteperformers.com
Grove Bank & Trust F Ms. Ana Chaoui (305) 444‑6665 grovebankandtrust.com Mercedes‑Benz of Coral Gables F Mr. Peter Warwar (305) 445‑8593 mbcoralgables.com Miami Heat/AA ArenaF Mr. Mark Brown (786) 777‑1000 heat.com Miami-Dade County F Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (305) 375‑5071 miamidade.gov Ser & Associates, PLLC F Ms. Lillian A. Ser, Esq. 305‑222‑7282 ser‑associates.com Sora Global Insurance & Consulting, LLC F Mr. Efrain E. Sora 305‑728‑7061 soraglobal.com The Allen Morris Company F Mr. W. Allen Morris (305) 443‑1000 allenmorris.com The Biltmore Hotel F Mr. Matthias Kammerer (855) 421‑4192 biltmorehotel.com Total Health Restoration/Dr. Michael Forman F Dr. Michael Forman 305‑741‑2102 soundacupuncturemiami.com UHealth F Ms. Myrna Y. Vaca M.B.A. (305) 243‑3453 uhealthsystem.com University of Miami F Ms. Alicia Rodriguez (305) 284‑5490 miami.edu GENERAL CONTRACTORS / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AMERICARIBE Ms. Jami Reyes (305) 374‑5383 americaribe.us Bomi Construction Services Mr. Brad Minkovitz 781.953.7739 bomiconstruction.com
GOVERNMENT CONSULTING Eclipse Consulting Group Ms. Tania Cruz 786‑325‑5956 McGuire Woods Mr. Rhett O’Doski 850‑322‑8786 mcguirewoods.com GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS & ASSOCIATIONS City of Coral Gables E Mr. Peter Iglesias (305) 446‑6800 coralgables.com Miami‑Dade County F Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (305) 375‑5071 miamidade.gov Miami‑Dade County | Trans‑ portation Trust F Mr. Javier Betancourt (305) 375‑1357 miamidade.gov/citt GOVERNMENT RELATIONS/MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS ADG Strategy Group Ms. Shira Kastan Goldstein (305) 781‑7310 adgstrategy.group GROCERY STORES Publix Super Markets, Inc. ‑ Stores #51, 84 & 94 Mr. Yurel Perez (305) 445‑2641 publix.com Wild Fork Foods Mr. Allan Alvarado 786-390-5304 wildforkfoods.com HAIR STYLIST/HAIR SALON Fonkk Global Ltd Ms. Mfon Abia (786) 372‑1893 HEALTH CARE/PRIMARY CARE MEDICINE Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers Ms. Vanina Hochman (855) 859‑8810 retreataddictioncenters.com
HOSPITALS/HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS Coral Gables Hospital E Ms. Cristina Jimenez (305) 445‑8461 coralgableshospital.com
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Ms. Marlen Castellanos (305) 870‑8104 sheraton.com/miamiairport
Doctors Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida F Ms. Elsa Powers (786) 308‑3410 baptisthealth.net
Staybridge Suites Miami International Airport Mr. Joe Thomas 786‑629‑1413 staybridgesuites.com
Jackson Health System E Mr. Matthew I. Pinzur 305‑585‑1111 jhsmiami.org
iV Bars Ms. Yanelis Rosa (786) 542‑5134 ivbars.com
The Biltmore Hotel F Mr. Matthias Kammerer (855) 421‑4192 biltmorehotel.com
Mount Sinai Medical Center Mr. Oscar Llorente 305‑674‑2121 msmc.com
Ïyasa Acupuncture Ms. Emmanuelle Sardou (786) 246‑1146 iyasaacupuncture.com
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital E Ms. Lani Ferro (305) 663‑8435 nicklauschildrens.org
The Ritz Carlton of Coconut Grove, Miami Ms. Veronica Majano (305) 644‑4680 ritzcarlton/coconutgrove.com
Jackson Health System E Mr. Matthew I. Pinzur 305‑585‑1111 jhsmiami.org
UHealth F Ms. Myrna Y. Vaca M.B.A. (305) 243‑3453 uhealthsystem.com
OsteoStrong Ms. Marisol Sarmiento 305‑250‑2452 centers.osteostrong.me/osteostrong‑coral‑gables‑north/
HOTELS & RESORTS Aloft Coral Gables Mr. Juan Marin (305) 442‑0372 aloftcoralgables.com
HISTORICAL SITES City of Coral Gables E Mr. Peter Iglesias (305) 446‑6800 coralgables.com
Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo Ms. Ines Vrielynck (305) 602‑7985 bakerscay.com
HEALTH/WELLNESS Arbonne International Ms. Margaret Romero (305) 726‑8842 margaretromero.arbonne.com
Coral Gables Congregational Church Mr. Dennis G. Rodrigues CPA (305) 448‑7421 gablesucc.org The Biltmore HotelF Mr. Matthias Kammerer (855) 421‑4192 biltmorehotel.com HOME HEALTH CARE 24/7 Nursing Care, Inc. Mr. Luis Mejer, Jr. (786) 518‑3622 24‑7nursingcare.com Visiting Angels Mr. Anthony Acevedo 305‑728‑3153 visitingangels.com
HEALTH INFORMATION PROVIDER ChoiceMD Ms. Vanessa Liebl 786‑567‑2712 choicemd.com
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Florida Restaurant & Lodg‑ ing Association Ms. Lynne M. Hernandez (305) 598‑3752 frla.org
HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN AvMed Health Plan E Mr. Jeffrey Kalish (305) 671‑5437 avmed.org
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Ms. Wendy Kallergis (305) 531‑3553 gmbha.com
Courtyard Marriott Miami Coral Gables Ms. Aida Martinez (305) 443‑2301 marriott.com/hotels/travel/ miagb‑courtyard‑miami‑coral‑gables Hilton Miami Dadeland Mr. Christian Jaramillo (305) 929‑0124 miamidadeland.hilton.com Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables Mr. Jay L. DeJesus (305) 441‑2600 hotelcolonnade.com Hyatt Regency Coral Gables E Mr. Mario J. Terran (305) 441‑1234 coralgables.hyatt.com Marriott Connection at Miami Airport E Mr. Kevin Walsh (305) 644‑5749 marriott.com/miaap Miami Marriott Dadeland Ms. Marielle Bernhardt (305) 670‑1035 marriott.com/miadd
THesis Hotel Miami E Ms. Anamaria Tolci Soare 305‑667‑5611 thesishotelmiami.com Trump National Doral Golf Club Ms. Carolina Villar (305) 591‑6621 trumphotelcollection.com/ miami HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING Dojnia HR & Staffing Ms. April Dojnia (305) 962‑7313 dojnia.com HUMAN RESOURCES/PAYROLL ttg Talent Solutions Mr. Leo Guevara (786) 796‑2795 usattg.com HUMAN RESOURCES/RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT The OIS Group Mr. Hugh Quinn (786) 385‑5076 theoisgroup.com INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTER SUPPORT CompassMSP, LLC. E Mr. Gonzalo Gonzalez 305‑444‑0109 compassmsp.com Eliptek Technology Group E Mr. Marco Ibarra (305) 887‑8200 eliptek.com Grove Networks, Inc. Mr. Andrew Judge (305) 448‑6126 grovenetworks.com J Alvarado IT Services LLC Mr. Juan Alvarado 786‑558‑0048 teamlogicit.com/miamifl930
NetVoiX, Inc. Mr. Jesus Crespo (305) 574‑1586 netvoix.com Ulltium Consulting, Inc. E Mr. Humberto Comellas (305) 823‑2200 ulltium.com INSURANCE AAA Mr. Juan Villasmil (305) 661‑6131 x2233 autoclubsouth.aaa.com/juan. villasmil Benefit Life Corporation Ms. Marianne Sioli 305‑777‑9888 benefitlife.com Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc. ‑ Miami Division Ms. Isis Garcia (305) 714‑4400 bbinsurance.com Complete Insurance Agency Ms. Gisela Castro (305) 667‑7717 completeinsagency.net Equitable Advisors F Mr. Luis Chiappy (305) 670‑4400 southflorida.equitableadvisors. com/ Global Risk LLC Ms. Gayle Bainbridge (305) 455‑7254 globalriskllc.com John Galt Insurance Ms. Elena Bustamante 305‑582‑1861 insurancehubenterprise.com Keen Battle Mead & Company Mr. Michael W. Battle (305) 820‑6703 kbmco.com INSURANCE ‑ LIFE Artisan Wealth Solutions Ms. Stephanie Serrano (305) 788‑0332 artisanwealthsolutions.com INSURANCE ‑ PROPERTY & CASUALTY Butler Buckley & Deets, Inc. Mr. Laurence Deets CFO (305) 262‑0086 butlerbuckleydeets.com JAG Insurance Group Mr. Kevin Gazitua 305‑842‑3600 jaginsgroup.com NEA Insurance Group Mr. Will Beckham (305) 221‑2400 jmprivateinsurance.com/
INSURANCE ‑ PROPERTY/CASUALTY/HEALTH Sora Global Insurance & Consulting, LLC F Mr. Efrain E. Sora 305‑728‑7061 soraglobal.com INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES Armando Fernandez Mr. Armando Fernandez (305) 972‑7134 advisors.massmutual.com/ armando‑fernandez New York Life Ms. Rosemary Guilfoyle 786‑298‑0312 INSURANCE AGENCY We Insure Inc. Mr. Michael Martin (786) 614‑9205 weinsuremiami.com INSURANCE BROKERAGE FIRM USI Insurance Services E Mr. Francisco Saldaña (305) 669‑6000 usi.com INSURANCE‑EMPLOYEE BENEFITS One Digital Mr. Robert Shafer (305) 757‑9801 digitalbenefitadvisors.com INTERIOR DESIGNERS Ivette Arango Interiors Ms. Ivette Arango 305‑576‑6243 ivettearango.com Victor A Diaz Interior Mr. Victor Diaz (305) 632‑6984 curated.art INTERIOR LANDSCAPING & DESIGN Greensleeves, Inc. E Ms. Debra Smeltzer (305) 596‑7120 www.greensleevesinc.com JANITORIAL COMMERCIAL SERVICES Montecarlo Services, Inc. Ms. Leticia Rodriguez 786‑970‑4535 montecarlocleaningservices. com Office Pride of Miami – Cor‑ al Gables Mr. Andrea Monti (786) 558‑4878 officepride.com/florida/miami‑coral‑gables/ YML Cleaning and Event Services Mr. Yoan Lorenzo (305) 207‑2881 ymlservices.com
YML Cleaning and Event Services Mr. Robert Herrera (305) 207‑2881 ymlservices.com LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE & INSTALLATION Greensleeves, Inc. E Ms. Debra Smeltzer (305) 596‑7120 greensleevesinc.com LEGAL SERVICES DLE Legal (Process Servers and Court Reporters) Ms. Nguyen Cabanilla (786) 220‑9705 dlelegal.com LIFETIME MEMBER Hank Langston Mr. Hank Langston (305) 632‑3856 Joan Reitsma Ms. Joan Reitsma 305‑527‑3204 Charlotte Lorber Powell Ms. Charlotte Lorber (305) 444‑6000 Carlos Planas Mr. Carlos Planas (305) 266‑5500 Frank Rolfes Mr. Frank Rolfes (305) 448‑5990 Roy B. Gonas, Attorney Mr. Roy Gonas Esq. (786) 420‑5598 rgonasarbitration.com LIQUORS‑WHOLESALE Bacardi USA Mr. Eddie Cutillas (305) 573‑8600 bacardi.com Brown‑Forman Beverages Mr. Robinson Brown IV (954) 218‑5040 b‑f.com LITIGATION SUPPORT DLE Legal (Process Servers and Court Reporters) Mr. Roy De La Espriella (786) 220‑9705 dlelegal.com LUXURY CONDO RESIDENCES Merrick Manor E Mr. Henry Torres 305‑779‑6870 astorcompanies.com MARKETING / ADVERTISING / BRANDING Becker Public Relations Ms. Jeanne Becker 305‑215‑0220 beckerpublicrelations.com effectv Mr. Michael Rodriguez 305‑978‑8893 www.effectv.com
HCP Media Ms. Marisa Beazel 305‑376‑2686 hcpmedia.com J. Wilcox Consulting Ms. Jessica Wilcox (305) 962‑9313 jwilcoxconsulting.com PINTA Mr. Mike Valdes‑Fauli (305) 588‑2216 pintausa.com Relebrand Mr. Roberto S. Schaps 305‑476‑3536 relebrand.com RP Branding Studio Ms. Rosella Papale 305‑450‑6116 rosellapapale.com Skala Connections, LLC Ms. Stephanie Kontzamanys 305‑202‑0490 skalaconnections.com
MEN’S BARBERSHOP/SPA Razzledazzle Barbershop Ms. Elena Linares (305) 508‑8081 razzledazzlebarbershop.com Well Groomed Gentleman E Mr. Ricardo Alberty 786‑362‑6360 wellgroomedgentleman.com MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS The Therapy Labs Ms. Rosa Barroso (305) 530‑8119 thetherapylabs.com/ MENTAL HEALTH CARE / PSYCHOLOGISTS & PSYCHIATRISTS Rogers Behavioral Health E Mr. Jonathan Closner 305‑929‑0600 rogersbh.org/miami MERCHANT SERVICES ‑ CREDIT CARDS Evolution Payment Systems E Mr. Karl Diaz 305‑671‑3178 evolutionpayments.com
WOW MKTG Mr. Jose Dans (305) 273‑8373 wowmktg.com
MORTGAGE BANKER Home Financing Center, Inc. E Ms. Claudine Claus (305) 777‑1100 homefinancingcenter.com
MEDIA ADVERTISING Snyder Media Mr. J. Nikolas Snyder (305) 965‑8404 snydermediagroup.com
MORTGAGE BROKERS McGrover Funding Corporation E Mr. Sean McGrover (407) 765‑0341 mcgroverfunding.com
MEDICAL ‑ HEALTH SUPPLIES/ EQUIPMENT BeSafe Industries, LLC Mr. Jonathan Leyva (305) 392‑2200 besafeindustries.com MEDICAL CANNABIS PRODUCTS Curaleaf Florida, LLC 877‑303‑0741 curaleaf.com/ MEDICAL/HEALTH Gentera Center for Regener‑ ative Medicine E Ms. Leana Loh 305‑424‑5775 genteramed.com InnerConnections Develop‑ mental Specialists Ms. Christian Mendez (786) 457‑5665 Total Health Restoration/Dr. Michael Forman F Dr. Michael Forman 305‑741‑2102 soundacupuncturemiami.com WeTherapy, an Acorn Health Company Ms. Susan Ricotti 305‑846‑9807 we‑therapy.com
MORTGAGE LENDER Home Financing Center, Inc. E Ms. Claudine Claus (305) 777‑1100 homefinancingcenter.com MORTGAGE LOANS & BANKERS Home Financing Center, Inc. E Ms. Claudine Claus (305) 777‑1100 homefinancingcenter.com PS Mortgage Lending E Mr. Phil Stevenson, CRMP 786‑586‑3336 pslending.com Wells Fargo, Private Mort‑ gage Banking Mr. Ingo P. Kemper (305) 606‑3770 wellsfargo.com MOVIE THEATER The Landmark at Merrick Park Mr. Kevin Ward (786) 574‑4116 landmarktheatres.com/miami/ the‑landmark‑at‑merrick‑park MOVING & STORAGE Bekins of South Florida Mr. Mars Hernandez (954) 776‑2226 bekinssf.com/commercial‑movers/office‑moving/
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY Suddath Relocation Systems Mr. George Camacho 305‑213‑7677 mymiamimover.com MULTINATIONALS Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.E Mr. Youssef Zakharia (305) 520‑8400 freshdelmonte.com MUSEUMS HistoryMiami Museum Ms. Leana Cianfoni (305) 375‑1615 www.historymiami.org Lowe Art Museum Dr. Jill Deupi JD, PHD (305) 284‑3535 lowemuseum.org NONPROFIT BUSINESS ORGANIZATION Better Business Bureau Serving SE Florida & the Caribbean Ms. Adriana Serna (561) 842‑9278 bbb.org Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce E Mr. Alfred Sanchez (305) 350‑7700 miamichamber.com Miami‑Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. E Mr. Eduardo F. Cora (305) 223‑7060 fairexpo.com Miami‑Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Mr. Steve Adkins (305) 673‑4440 gogaymiami.com Non Profit Organiza‑ tion‑Arts Comic Kids Ms. Kat Barrow‑Horth (305) 300‑2213 robinrile.com Coral Gables Art Cinema E Mr. Steven Krams 786‑472‑2249 gablescinema.com Sanctuary of the Arts Ms. Olga Granda (305) 859‑4010 sanctuaryofthearts.org The Murray Dranoff Foundation Ms. Carlene M. Sawyer (305) 572‑9900 dranoff2piano.org NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Arts & Business Council of Miami Ms. Laura Bruney (305) 326‑1011 artsbizmiami.org
Business Improvement Dis‑ trict of Coral Gables, Inc. Ms. Aurelia Reinhardt (305) 569‑0311 shopcoralgables.com C. Gables Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 Mr. Javier Bruzos (305) 446‑6703 coralgablesfop.com/ Camillus House Ms. Christine Perez (305) 533‑0192 camillus.org Center for Social Change Inc. Ms. Tarshea Sanderson (786) 235‑8030 4socialchange.org Chapman Partnership Ms. Wendy Viciana 305‑329‑3003 chapmanpartnership.org Coral Gables Community Foundation Ms. Mary Snow (305) 446‑9670 gablesfoundation.org Coral Gables Garden Club Ms. Judy Mangasarian .coralgablesgardenclub.org Coral Gables Woman’s Club Ms. Arely Ruiz (305) 448‑5401 coralgableswomansclub.org Early Learning Coalition of Miami‑Dade/Monroe E Mr. Evelio Torres (305) 646‑7220 elcmdm.org The Everglades Foundation Mr. Eric Eikenberg 305‑251‑0001 evergladesfoundation.org Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc. Ms. Melissa Vera (305) 960‑2408 frcflorida.org
The Junior League of Miami Ms. Jennifer Williams (305) 443‑0160 jlmiami.org/ Junior Orange Bowl Ms. Cecilia Zamora‑Stevenson (305) 662‑1210 jrorangebowl.org Kiwanis Club of Little Ha‑ vana, Inc. Ms. Mayte Jacome (305) 644‑8888 carnavalmiami.com Kristi House Ms. Amanda G. Altman (305) 547‑6800 kristihouse.org Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc Ms. Dorcas Wilcox (305) 635‑8953 miamibridge.org Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Ms. Virginia A. Jacko (305) 856‑4176 miamilighthouse.org Orange Bowl Committee Mr. Eric Poms (305) 341‑4700 orangebowl.org Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida Ms. Soraya Rivera‑Moya 786‑476‑2176 rmhcsouthflorida.org South Florida After‑School All‑Stars Ms. Julie Todaro (954) 892‑8920 sfasas.org/ Suited for Success Ms. Sonia Jacobson (305) 444‑1944 suitedforsuccess.org
Gables Good Government Committee Hon. Thomas W. Snook (Ret.) (305) 773‑1065 ggg‑news.wix.com/ggg‑news#
The Women’s Fund of Miami Dade E Ms. Marya Meyer (305) 441‑0506 womensfundmiami.org
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Mr. Alex Trueba (305) 634‑3628 miamihabitat.org
United Community Options of South Florida Mr. David Perez, MBA 305‑325‑9018 unitedcommunityoptionssfl.org
Humane Society of Greater Miami Ms. Toni Diaz (305) 749‑1816 humanesocietymiami.org
Venezuelan‑American Chamber of Commerce Mr. Wilbert Moreno (786) 667‑8750
Jose Milton Foundation Ms. Ana VeigaMilton (305) 450‑8222 unitedpropertymgt.com/ jose‑milton‑foundation/
Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA Ms. Lindamaria Ortega (202) 798‑5269 vffusa.org
World Trade Center Miami, Inc. Mr. Ivan Barrios (305) 579‑7910 wtcmiami.org Zoo Miami Foundation Ms. Edie Pearson (305) 328‑8836 zoomiami.org NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ‑ HEALTH Alpha‑1 Foundation Ms. Miriam O’Day 305‑567‑9888 alpha1.org Jackson Health Foundation E Ms. Catherine Garrido 305‑588‑4588 jacksonhealthfoundation.org/ Jackson Health Foundation E Ms. Maylen Montoto 786‑238‑2297 jacksonhealthfoundation.org Jackson Health Foundation E Ms. Flavia Llizo (305) 585‑4483 Jewish Community Services of South Florida Ms. Miriam Singer (305) 899‑1587 jcsfl.org Sunrise Community, Inc. Ms. Margaret Feldman (786) 314‑6097 sunrisegroup.org United Way of Miami‑Dade Ms. Norie Del Valle (305) 860–3000 unitedwaymiami.org NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ‑ PARENTS ASSOCIATION Somerset Academy Ms. Suzette Ruiz (305) 442‑8626 somersetgables.com NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ‑ SPECIAL NEEDS Miami Learning Experience School Mr. Kevin Grace (305) 275‑5900 mleschool.org
Branches Ms. Isabelle Pike (305) 442‑8306 branchesfl.org City Year Miami Dr. Anay Abraham (786) 406‑7900 cityyear.org/miami Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Ms. Haley Karl (305) 253‑4841 girlscoutsfl.org The Education Fund Ms. Stacey De La Grana (305) 558‑4544 educationfund.org OFFICE EQUIPMENT DEX Imaging E Mr. Ricky Bolanos 305‑788‑1464 deximaging.com OFFICE FURNITURE & DESIGN B.House Ms. Mercedes Fernandez‑Edge (305) 644‑8464 bhouse.design Compass Office Solutions Mr. Daniel Zavala (954) 430‑4590 compass‑office.com WRK LAB Mr. Danny Garcia (305) 801‑2356 wrklab.com ONLINE / DIGITAL MARKETING IBIS Studio L.C. Mr. Jorge Benito 305‑454‑8469 ibisstudio.com OptFirst Inc. E Mr. Adam Lakowitz 786‑546‑8965 optfirst.com Socially Intuit Ms. Katrina Vargas Vila 786‑439‑8835 sociallyintuit.com OPTICAL Coral Gables Eyecare Mr. Oscar Zelaya (305) 444‑8331 coralgableseyecare.com
NONPROFIT‑HISTORIC STATE PARK Deering Estate Foundation Ms. Rebecca Matkov (305) 235‑1668 deeringestate.org
ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS The Beacon Council Mr. Michael Finney (305) 579‑1300 beaconcouncil.com
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION‑ EDUCATION Be Strong International Ms. Marilyn Cosner 305‑969‑7829 bestrongintl.org
ORGANIZING AND STAGING Clear the Clutter Ms. Olga Hasbun 786‑488‑1255 facebook.com/cleartheclutterexpert
PARKING FACILITY MANAGEMENT Park One E Mr. Fred Bredemeyer 305 891‑0060 park1.com World Class Parking, LLC Mr. Ray Lainez (786) 452‑7153 worldclassparking.net/ PAYROLL AND HUMAN RESOURCES Paychex Mr. Collin Chapin (203) 807‑3003 paychex.com PEST & MOSQUITO CONTROL / LAWN SPRAYING Greensleeves, Inc. E Ms. Debra Smeltzer (305) 596‑7120 greensleevesinc.com Mosquito Joe of South Miami Mr. Yoel Gutierrez 786‑516‑2488 southmiami.mosquitojoe.com/ PET CARE Equipaws Pet Services Ms. Flavia Berti 305‑794‑3733 equipawspetservices.com PHONE/DATA SERVICE nQuery Phones & Internet Mr. Emilio Diaz 305‑760‑8491 nquerysolutions.com PHOTOGRAPHY/STUDIO Nicole Marino Photography Ms. Nicole Marino (917) 806‑5880 nicolemarino.com Smash Pixel Studio E Mr. Martin Morcillo 786‑873‑0114 smashpixelstudio.com Upwork Jessie Fadayel 650‑898‑9411 upwork.com/l/us/photographers‑in‑miami‑fl/ PHYSICIANS ‑ PEDIATRIC SERVICES Kidz Medical Services Mr. Wayne Brackin (305) 661‑1515 kidzmedical.com PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS Kendall Medical Lab, Inc. Dr. Robert Kendall (305) 442‑0800 kendallmedicallab.com PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS‑ OPHTHALMOLOGY The Laser Center of Coral Gables Ms. Gloria Ayan (305) 491‑3747 tlccoralgables.com
PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS‑ PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY Careaga Plastic Surgery Dr. Daniel Careaga 305‑960‑7511 careagaplasticsurgery.com PILATES STUDIO Club Pilates Coral Gables Ms. Maria Isabel Gutierrez (305) 209‑5679 clubpilates.com/location/ coralgables PLUMBING SERVICES & PLUMBING SUPPLIES Bay Plumbing Company E Mr. Robert Beans (305) 446‑8141 bayplumbingco.com/ Mokher Plumbing Mr. Greg Reuter (305) 446‑8266 mokherplumbing.com PLUMBING/SEPTIC TANKS Bay Plumbing Company E Mr. Robert Beans (305) 446‑8141 bayplumbingco.com/ PRINTERS, TYPESETTERS & GRAPHICS Eugenio “Eugene” Diaz Mr. Eugenio Diaz 305‑401‑3724 eugene‑diaz.com Photo Offset, Inc. E Mr. Johnny A. Knowles (305) 666‑1067 photooffset.com Postal Center International (PCI) E Mr. Dennis Garcia (800) 430‑7241 pcibrands.com Sir Speedy Mr. Raul Ley (305) 446‑7628 Sykes Printing Mr. Brian Piper (305) 444‑6505 sykesprinting.com PROFESSIONAL SEARCH SERVICES Egon Zehnder E Mr. Bernhard Scholl 305‑569‑1000 egonzehnder.com PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Business & Leisure Inc. Dr. Mariano Fernandez (305) 677‑3352 kansai.com.ar CADISA, Inc. Mr. Carlos Diaz‑Sampol (305) 860‑2935 cadisainc.com
Gables Columbus Center E Ms. Diana Gallego 786‑559‑7838 gables.com/columbuscenter
Brown Harris Stevens E Mrs. Michelle Rojas (305) 662‑9975 bhsusa.com/
PUBLIC ADJUSTING FIRM Gables Insurance Recovery, Inc. Mr. Carlos A. Plana 305‑273‑5566 gablesinsrec.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate E Mr. Jon Gilman 786‑486‑9560 jongilmanpa.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING BodenPR Ms. Natalie Boden (305) 639‑6770 bodenpr.com Kreps DeMaria Mr. Israel Kreps 305 663‑3543 krepspr.com The Conroy Martinez Group Mr. Jorge Martinez (305) 445‑7550 conroymartinez.com
David Schulwitz @ Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty Mr. David Schulwitz 305‑333‑8663 ewm.com Floridian First Realty Mrs. Michelle Gonzalez (305) 667‑5235 floridianfirstrealty.com Giralda Place E Mr. Christopher Brown 305‑442‑6472 giraldaplace.com
Vine Communications, Inc. E Mrs. Nikki Deas (305) 447‑8678 vinecommunicationsinc.com
Lowell International Realty, LLC Ms. Lauren Dowlen (305) 520‑5420 lowellinternationalrealty.com
Wragg & Casas Strategic Communications Ms. Jeanmarie Ferrara (305) 372‑1234 wraggcasas.com
Real Estate Babes Miami / Empowered Babes Miami Ms. Katrina Breault 305‑335‑6100
zubizarretA Group Ms. Aymee Zubizarreta 1‑866‑600‑9548 zubizarretAgroup.com PUBLISHERS & MEDIA Be Local Magazine Mr. Michael Travin 212‑933‑0700 kb‑living.com Coral Gables Magazine E Mr. Richard Roffman (305) 995‑0995 coralgablesmagazine.com Gables Living Ms. Raquel R. Hickey 305‑978‑4696 Miami’s Community Newspapers E Mr. Grant Miller (305) 669‑7355 communitynewspapers.com R Media Publishing, Inc. Ms. Elizabeth Rivas 786‑346‑3048 privateschoolsguidefl.com REAL ESTATE Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty F Ms. Ilaria Belloni Barreto (305) 607‑5556 .ilariabelloni.com
The Monica Betancourt Group @ Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty Monica S. Betancourt (305) 632‑7248 monicabetancourt.com REAL ESTATE ‑ COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Agave Ponce, LLC Mr. Jose Antonio Perez (305) 858‑1890 agaveholdingsllc.com/ REAL ESTATE ‑ CONSULTANTS Eduardo Pruna PA Mr. Eduardo Pruna (305) 775‑3154 Macdonald West Mr. Macdonald West (305) 667‑2100 REAL ESTATE ‑ EXCLUSIVE RESIDENTIAL Coldwell Banker Realty Ms. Patricia K. Parker (305) 773‑6343 klockparkergroup.com REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE & DEVELOPMENT FECR/Villa Majorca/2020 Ponce Phil Dahan (305) 358-7710 www.fecr.com
REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE FIRM Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty F Mr. Ron Shuffield (305) 960‑2500 ewm.com Compass F Dr. Audrey Ross (305) 330‑5684 www.compass.com Gisela Cacciamani @ Berk‑ shire Hathaway HomeSer‑ vices EWM Realty Ms. Gisela Cacciamani 305‑733‑0795 giselacacciamani.com Lowell International Realty, LLC Ms. Lani Kahn Drody (305) 520‑5420 lowellinternationalrealty.com Palmare Private Brokerage E Ms. Ana Collongette (305) 447‑7401 palmarepb.com REAL ESTATE BROKERS 93MM Mr. Seth Gadinsky (305) 776‑0132 gadinsky.com Brown Harris Stevens E Ms. Arline Silver (305) 662‑9975 bhsmiami.com/arline Mazzei Realty Services, Inc. Mr. Edmund Mazzei Sr. (305) 446‑5348 mazzeirealty.com Miami Association of Realtors E Ms. Teresa King Kinney (305) 468‑7000 miamire.com REAL ESTATE CONSULTANTS & BUYER/LESSEE REPRESENTATION Mazzei Realty Services, Inc. Mr. Edmund Mazzei Sr. (305) 446‑5348 mazzeirealty.com REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS & INVESTORS Albany Homes International, Inc. Ms. Monique Selman (786) 271‑7192 albanyuk.com Codina Partners Ms. Lilyvania Mikulski 305‑529‑1300 codina.com Forte Properties Mr. John Forte (305) 445‑5511 forteproperties.com/
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY International Sunshine Company, Inc. Mr. Wilson Alayo (305) 445‑9001 Sands Investments Mr. Charles Sands (305) 661‑7972 REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT & LEASING Mazzei Realty Services, Inc. Mr. Edmund Mazzei Sr. (305) 446‑5348 mazzeirealty.com
Guilford Property Group, Inc. Mr. Gregg Guilford 786.567.8474 Mazzei Realty Services, Inc. Mr. Edmund Mazzei Sr. (305) 446‑5348 mazzeirealty.com Patton Real Estate/4000 Ponce E Mr. William H. Holly 305‑503‑5066 pattonre.com
REAL ESTATE PRIVATE EQUITY CGI Merchant Group E Mr. Raoul Thomas 786‑581‑4800 cgimg.com
Ponce Circle Tower E Ms. Donna Abood 305‑446‑0011 spark.adobe.com/video/fVDeTRw30H0Pm
REAL ESTATE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Robert J. Fewell Company Ms. Carole Fewell (305) 445‑7755
The Allen Morris Company F Mr. W. Allen Morris (305) 443‑1000 allenmorris.com
USAA Realty Company E Ms. Adrienne Sladek (305) 443‑2956 REAL ESTATE SALE & LEASING The Nicolas Group / Com‑ pass Mr. Angel Nicolas (305) 336‑0916 compass.com/agents/miami/ angel‑nicolas/ REAL ESTATE SERVICES 2600 Douglas E Ms. Lori Koogler (407) 647‑9800 demetreerealestate.com Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty F Mr. Jon Gerald Sullenberger 305‑588‑1800 jonsullenberger.ewm.com REAL ESTATE‑COMMERCIAL AJP Ventures Corp. Mr. Alberto J. Perez 305‑448‑2330 ajpventures.com
REAL ESTATE‑RESIDENTIAL Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty F Mr. Luis Ricardo Fernandez 786‑376‑3161 lrfgroupmiami.com Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. E Ms. Ana Maria Jimenez 954‑292‑2973 floridamoves.com Douglas Elliman E Ms. Martha Pomares 305‑695‑6060 www.elliman.com Douglas Elliman | The Campbell Salazar Team Mr. Kent Campbell (305) 989‑7119 thecampbellsalazarteam.com REAL ESTATE‑RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty F Mr. Ron Shuffield (305) 960‑2500 ewm.com
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Mr. Ryan Holtzman 305‑371‑4411 cushmanwakefield.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. E Ms. Charlette S. Seidel (305) 667‑4815 floridamoves.com
Fairchild Partners, Inc. Mr. Tony Puente 305‑668‑0620 fairchildpartners.com
Maria Murdock @ Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty Ms. Maria Murdock (305) 815‑9425
Gables Miracle Mile, LLC (Terranova Corp) Ms. Mindy McIlroy (305) 695‑8700 terranovacorp.com
Podium Realty Group Mr. Mauricio Toro (305) 859‑3824 podiumrealtygroup.com
Teresa Safie Real Estate Solutions Ms. Teresa Safie 305‑310‑0616 teresasafierealestate.com REAL ESTATE‑TITLE INSURANCE AGENCY Best Practices Title, LLC Ms. Giselle Breto 305‑662‑1600 bestpracticestitle.com RECYCLING Waste Management E Mr. Jason Neal (305) 986‑6107 wm.com REHABILITATION HOSPITAL Encompass Health Mr. Luis Aguiar 305‑259‑6494 healthsouthmiami.com RESIDENT MEMBER Carolina Rearte Ms. Carolina Rearte (786) 343‑9057 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate E Ms. Ines Garcia‑Arcaya (954) 588‑7260 Denise Minakowski Ms. Denise Minakowski (305) 609‑5670 RESTAURANTS Bachour Restaurant and Bakery Mr. Miguel Alfaro (305) 203‑0552 antoniobachour.com Beat Culture Brewery Mr. Alan Espino (305) 773‑2760 beatculture.com Benihana (305) 567‑2000 benihana.com Bulla Gastrobar Ms. Anastasia Saint‑Eloi (786) 810‑6215 bullagastrobar.com/locations/ coral‑gables/ Café Demetrio Mr. Demetrio Pina (305) 448‑4949 cafedemetrio.com Café Grumpy Ms. Caroline Bell (305) 364‑5012 cafegrumpy.com The Cheesecake Factory Mr. Ken Contner 305‑529‑0703 thecheesecakefactory.com
Chocolate Fashion Ms. Persy Berger 305‑461‑3200 chocolatefashiononline.com
Green Gables Cafe Ms. Ana M. Rabel (305) 445‑7015 greengablescafe.com
Cibo Wine Bar Ms. Paulina Arango 305‑442‑4925 cibowinebar.com
Hillstone Ms. Nicole Hurst 305‑529‑0141 hillstonerestaurant.com
Clutch Burger Mr. Steven Bradley (305) 400‑8242 clutchburgers.com
Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden Ms. Nicole Frankel (305) 644‑4680 isabellescoconutgrove.com/
Copper 29 Mr. Yiannis Sotiropoulos 786‑296‑5729 copper29bar.com Coyo Taco Ms. Alicia Smith (786) 629‑7929 coyo‑taco.com/coral‑gables/ Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar Mr. Efthymios Paliouras 786‑360‑4026 cremagourmet.com Dora’s Bakery and Bistro Ms. Ana Crolla 305‑665‑7818 doraglutenfree.com Dr Smood Mr. James Lohan 786‑334‑4420 drsmood.com Fiola Miami Mr. John Hart (703) 868‑6463 fiolamiami.com Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Ms. Melody Ramos (305) 569‑7995 flemingssteakhouse.com Fontana Ristorante Mr. Pred Starcevic (305) 913‑3200 biltmorehotel.com/dining/ fontana.php Giardino Gourmet Salads Mr. Kenny Lugo (305) 460‑6010 giardinosalads.com Graziano’s Gourmet Mr. Mario L. Graziano 305‑460‑0001 grazianosgroup.com Graziano’s In the Gables Mr. Leo Graziano (305) 774‑3599 grazianosgroup.com/Group/ index.php
La Sandwicherie Mr. Rachid Zerouki (786) 615‑2724 lasandwicherie.com La Taberna Giralda Ms. Karen Pino 786‑362‑5677 facebook.com/LaTabernaGiralda/ Liberty Caffé Mr. Vicente Raymond (305) 392‑0819 libertycaffe.com Morton’s The Steakhouse E Ms. Elizabeth Nourse (305) 442‑1662 mortons.com/coralgables/ P.Pole Pizza Mr. Stefano Carniato (786) 618‑5287 ppolepizza.com Palme d’Or Mr. Patrick Calvarese 305‑445‑8066 biltmorehotel.com/dining/ palme.php Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Ms. Ana Carolina Fernandes 786‑703‑9094 perryssteakhouse.com Pollo Tropical E Ms. Aileen Calero (954) 299‑6387 pollotropical.com Portosole Italian Restaurant Mr. Lucio Zanon (786) 359‑4275 portosolemiami.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ms. Carla Orantes (305) 461‑8360 ruthschris.com SAWA Restaurant & Lounge Mr. Ramzi Zahr (305) 447‑6555 sawarestaurant.com
Seasons 52 Mr. Fernando Orms (305) 442‑8552 seasons52.com
Seasons 52 Mr. Fernando Orms (305) 442‑8552 seasons52.com
Sergio’s Restaurant #2 Mr. John Gazitua (305) 529‑0047 sergios.com
The Bar Mr. Christopher Gerdon (305) 442‑2730 gablesthebar.com/main.html
Someone’s Son Ms. Vanessa Centeno (917) 371‑4454 someonesson.com
Yard House Coral Gables Mr. Bryce M. Quinn (305) 447‑9273 yardhouse.com
Sushi Maki E Mr. Franco Perrone (305) 443‑1884 sushimaki.com
RESTAURANTS ‑ ARGENTINIAN Graziano’s Gourmet Mr. Mario L. Graziano 305‑460‑0001 grazianosgroup.com
Terre del Sapore Mr. Stefano Cavinato (786) 870‑5955 terredelsapore.com The Bar Mr. Christopher Gerdon (305) 442‑2730 gablesthebar.com/main.html Threefold Cafe Mr. Nick Sharp 305‑704‑8007 threefoldcafe.com Two Sisters Restaurant Mr. Joseph Bidwell (305) 447‑6030 .hyatt.com Vicky Bakery Mr. Michael Belaustegui 305‑441‑0611 vickybakery.com
Graziano’s In the Gables Mr. Leo Graziano (305) 774‑3599 grazianosgroup.com/Group/ index.php RESTAURANTS ‑ AUSTRALIAN Someone’s Son Ms. Vanessa Centeno (917) 371‑4454 someonesson.com RESTAURANTS ‑ BAKERY Bachour Restaurant and Bakery Mr. Miguel Alfaro (305) 203‑0552 antoniobachour.com Dora’s Bakery and Bistro Ms. Ana Crolla 305‑665‑7818 doraglutenfree.com
Yard House Coral Gables Mr. Bryce M. Quinn (305) 447‑9273 yardhouse.com
RESTAURANTS ‑ BAKERY‑CAFE Chocolate Fashion Ms. Persy Berger 305‑461‑3200 chocolatefashiononline.com
Zucca Ms. Lorena Manrique (786) 580‑3731 zuccamiami.com
Vicky Bakery Mr. Michael Belaustegui 305‑441‑0611 vickybakery.com
RESTAURANTS ‑ AMERICAN Bachour Restaurant and Bakery Mr. Miguel Alfaro (305) 203‑0552 antoniobachour.com
RESTAURANTS ‑ BAR Copper 29 Mr. Yiannis Sotiropoulos 786‑296‑5729 copper29bar.com
The Cheesecake Factory Mr. Ken Contner 305‑529‑0703 thecheesecakefactory.com Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden Ms. Nicole Frankel (305) 644‑4680 isabellescoconutgrove.com/
RESTAURANTS ‑ BREWERY Beat Culture Brewery Mr. Alan Espino (305) 773‑2760 beatculture.com RESTAURANTS ‑ BURGERS Clutch Burger Mr. Steven Bradley (305) 400‑8242 clutchburgers.com
RESTAURANTS ‑ CAFE Threefold Cafe Mr. Nick Sharp 305‑704‑8007 threefoldcafe.com RESTAURANTS ‑ COFFEE HOUSE Café Demetrio Mr. Demetrio Pina (305) 448‑4949 cafedemetrio.com RESTAURANTS ‑ COFFEE SHOP Café Grumpy Ms. Caroline Bell (305) 364‑5012 cafegrumpy.com Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar Mr. Efthymios Paliouras 786‑360‑4026 cremagourmet.com RESTAURANTS ‑ CUBAN Sergio’s Restaurant #2 Mr. John Gazitua (305) 529‑0047 sergios.com RESTAURANTS ‑ FINE DINING Two Sisters Restaurant Mr. Joseph Bidwell (305) 447‑6030 hyatt.com RESTAURANTS ‑ FRENCH La Sandwicherie Mr. Rachid Zerouki (786) 615‑2724 lasandwicherie.com Palme d’Or Mr. Patrick Calvarese 305‑445‑8066 biltmorehotel.com/dining/ palme.php RESTAURANTS ‑ ITALIAN Cibo Wine Bar Ms. Paulina Arango 305‑442‑4925 cibowinebar.com Fiola Miami Mr. John Hart (703) 868‑6463 fiolamiami.com Fontana Ristorante Mr. Pred Starcevic (305) 913‑3200 biltmorehotel.com/dining/ fontana.php Liberty Caffé Mr. Vicente Raymond (305) 392‑0819 libertycaffe.com Portosole Italian Restaurant Mr. Lucio Zanon (786) 359‑4275 portosolemiami.com
Terre del Sapore Mr. Stefano Cavinato (786) 870‑5955 terredelsapore.com ZUCCA Ms. Lorena Manrique (786) 580‑3731 zuccamiami.com RESTAURANTS ‑ JAPANESE Benihana (305) 567‑2000 benihana.com Sushi Maki E Mr. Franco Perrone (305) 443‑1884 sushimaki.com RESTAURANTS ‑ MEDITERRANEAN SAWA Restaurant & Lounge Mr. Ramzi Zahr (305) 447‑6555 sawarestaurant.com RESTAURANTS ‑ MEXICAN Coyo Taco Ms. Alicia Smith (786) 629‑7929 coyo‑taco.com/coral‑gables/ RESTAURANTS ‑ ORGANIC FOODS Dr Smood Mr. James Lohan 786‑334‑4420 drsmood.com Green Gables Cafe Ms. Ana M. Rabel (305) 445‑7015 greengablescafe.com RESTAURANTS ‑ PIZZA P.Pole Pizza Mr. Stefano Carniato (786) 618‑5287 ppolepizza.com RESTAURANTS ‑ SALADS/ GOURMET Giardino Gourmet Salads Mr. Kenny Lugo (305) 460‑6010 giardinosalads.com RESTAURANTS ‑ SPANISH CUISINE & TAPAS Bulla Gastrobar Ms. Anastasia Saint‑Eloi (786) 810‑6215 bullagastrobar.com/locations/ coral‑gables/ La Taberna Giralda Ms. Karen Pino 786‑362‑5677 facebook.com/LaTabernaGiralda/
RESTAURANTS ‑ STEAKHOUSE Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Ms. Melody Ramos (305) 569‑7995 flemingssteakhouse.com Hillstone Ms. Nicole Hurst 305‑529‑0141 hillstonerestaurant.com Morton’s The Steakhouse E Ms. Elizabeth Nourse (305) 442‑1662 mortons.com/coralgables/ Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille Ms. Ana Carolina Fernandes 786‑703‑9094 perryssteakhouse.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House Ms. Carla Orantes (305) 461‑8360 ruthschris.com RETAIL Artigiano, Inc. Mr. Alex Odio (305) 569‑9970 artigianomens.com Avant‑Garde Salon & Spa Ms. Christine Martinez (305) 442‑8136 avantgardesalonandspa.com/ Books & Books, Inc. Mr. Mitchell Kaplan (305) 442‑4408 booksandbooks.com CanesWear Ken Graff (305) 632-1429 caneswear.com Coral Gables Eyecare Mr. Oscar Zelaya (305) 444‑8331 coralgableseyecare.com Dr. Brandt Skincare LLC Mr. Stephane Colleu 305‑406‑0411 drbrandtskincare.com/ Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear Ms. Daniela Zanzuri 305‑461‑1808 edwardbeiner.com Flower Fanatic Ms. Maria Alejandra Peralta 786‑530‑6326 flowerfanaticmiami.com Frames USA + Art Gallery Mr. Adam Brand (305) 666‑3355 framesusamiami.com
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY FrameWorks Ms. Claire Lardner (305) 443‑4581 frameworksmiami.com
Mizzen+Main Mr. Jarek Clary (786) 665‑8106 mizzenandmain.com
Galiano Cigar Room Mr. Ozzie Gomez (305) 753‑8888 facebook.com/galianocigarroom/
Montica Jewelry E Ms. Marichi O’Rourke (305) 446‑2957 montica.com
H Benitez Fine Art Gallery, Inc. Ms. Lissette Benitez (786) 877‑1045 pintorcubano.com IMAGO ART Ms. Trina Oropeza (786) 857‑6967 imagoartinaction.com/
Mystic Wine & Spirits Mr. Manny Santana (305) 799‑3511 mysticwinespirits.com Publix Super Markets, Inc. ‑ Stores #51, 84 & 94 Mr. Yurel Perez (305) 445‑2641 publix.com
Jae’s Jewelers Ms. Jill Hornik (305) 443‑7724 jaesjewelers.com
Roxana Zubia ‑ From Canvas to Collection Mrs. Roxana Sora 305‑396‑9068 roxanazubia.com/
Jaxson Maximus Mr. Christian Boehm (305) 262‑5747 jaxsonmaximus.com
Shops at Merrick Park E Mr. Andrew Peach (305) 529‑1215 shopsatmerrickpark.com/
Misha’s Cupcakes Ms. Misha Kuryla‑Gomez 786‑200‑6153 mishascupcakes.com
Snow’s Jewelers, Inc. Mr. Edward Snow Jr. (305) 443‑7448 snowsjewelers.com
Sykes Printing Mr. Brian Piper (305) 444‑6505 sykesprinting.com
RETAIL ‑ ACCESSORIES La Bella Salon Ms. Chelsea La Bella (305) 444‑1412 labellasalons.com
Thirty and Chic LLC Ms. Yanetsy Iturralde (786) 342‑4875 thirtyandchic.com
RETAIL ‑ ART BOUTIQUE IMAGO ART Ms. Trina Oropeza (786) 857‑6967 imagoartinaction.com/
Tresor Collection Inc Ms. Puja Bordia (305) 375‑0935 tresorcollection.com
RETAIL ‑ BAKERY Misha’s Cupcakes Ms. Misha Kuryla‑Gomez 786‑200‑6153 mishascupcakes.com
Violetas Ms. Patricia Anton Himmel 305‑381‑0711 violetashomedesign.com
RETAIL ‑ BEAUTY/SKIN CARE Dr. Brandt Skincare LLC Mr. Stephane Colleu 305‑406‑0411 drbrandtskincare.com/
Well Groomed Gentleman E Mr. Ricardo Alberty 786‑362‑6360 wellgroomedgentleman.com
RETAIL ‑ FLORIST Flower Fanatic Ms. Maria Alejandra Peralta 786‑530‑6326 flowerfanaticmiami.com
Wild Fork Foods Mr. Allan Alvarado 786-390-5304 wildforkfoods.com
RETAIL ‑ GIFT SHOP Violetas Ms. Patricia Anton Himmel 305‑381‑0711 violetashomedesign.com
Celebrating 70 Years of Arts & Culture
RETAIL ‑ JEWELERS Jae’s Jewelers Ms. Jill Hornik (305) 443‑7724 jaesjewelers.com Montica Jewelry Ms. Marichi O’Rourke (305) 446‑2957 montica.com Snow’s Jewelers, Inc. Mr. Edward Snow Jr. (305) 443‑7448 snowsjewelers.com Tresor Collection Inc Ms. Puja Bordia (305) 375‑0935 tresorcollection.com RETAIL ‑ MEN’S APPAREL Artigiano, Inc. Mr. Alex Odio (305) 569‑9970 artigianomens.com Jaxson Maximus Mr. Christian Boehm (305) 262‑5747 jaxsonmaximus.com Jaxson Maximus Ms. Madison Boehm (305) 262‑5747 jaxsonmaximus.com
305.284.3535 • lowe.miami.edu • @loweartmuseum
Mizzen+Main Mr. Jarek Clary (786) 665‑8106 mizzenandmain.com
RETAIL ‑ PRESCRIPTION EYEWEAR/SUNGLASSES Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear Ms. Daniela Zanzuri 305‑461‑1808 edwardbeiner.com RETAIL ‑ WINES & SPIRITS Mystic Wine & Spirits Mr. Manny Santana (305) 799‑3511 mysticwinespirits.com RETAIL ‑ WOMEN’S APPAREL Roxana Zubia ‑ From Canvas to Collection Mrs. Roxana Sora 305‑396‑9068 roxanazubia.com/ Thirty and Chic LLC Ms. Yanetsy Iturralde (786) 342‑4875 thirtyandchic.com SCHOOLS‑EDUCATION Coral Gables Adult Educa‑ tion Center Ms. Tracie McCullough (305) 443‑4871 gablesadult.dadeschools.net Coral Gables Senior High PTSA Ms. Jacqueline Kellog 305‑302‑3781 gablesptsa.org/ Crystal Academy Therapy Center & School ‑ Autism & Developmental Delays Mrs. Mary Palacio‑Pike (305) 567‑5881 crystalacademycg.org G.W. Carver Elementary School Ms. Patricia Fairclough (305) 443‑5286 gwces.com Henry S. West Laboratory School Ms. Rossana Corniel (305) 661‑7661 St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & School Ms. Judy Andrews (305) 444‑6366 saintphilips.net The Biltmore School Ms. Paulina Munoz 305‑266‑4666 biltmoreschool.com SCHOOLS‑GRADUATE BUSINESS Kellogg School of Man‑ agement, Northwestern University E Mr. Steve Thompson (305) 442‑7780 kellogg.northwestern.edu
SCHOOLS‑HIGHER EDUCATION Florida International University E Ms. Sandra Gonzalez‑Levy (305) 348‑6298 fiu.edu SCHOOLS‑PRESCHOOL Coral Gables Preschool Ms. Marisa Pluchino 786‑616‑5367 preschoolingables.com St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & School Ms. Judy Andrews (305) 444‑6366 saintphilips.net SCHOOLS‑PRIVATE Gulliver Schools E Mr. Jay Goulart (305) 666‑6333 www.gulliverschools.org Riviera Day School‑Riviera Preparatory School Dr. Ana Rodriguez (305) 666‑1856 rivieraschools.com St. Philip’s Episcopal Church & School Ms. Judy Andrews (305) 444‑6366 saintphilips.net
SCHOOLS‑UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE CBT College Ms. Monica Llerena (786) 693‑8801 cbt.edu
SENIOR LIVING Allegro Senior Living E Ms. Linda Price 786‑500‑5500 allegrodadeland.com
Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg (305) 284‑2241 music.miami.edu
Belmont Village Senior Living E Mr. David Lederman (713) 463‑1730 belmontvillage.com
Miami Dade College ‑ Eduardo J. Padron Campus Dr. Malou C. Harrison (305) 237‑1152 mdc.edu/padron/ Nova Southeastern University Ms. Gisela Blanco (305) 274‑2601 Ext. 5‑2648 nova.edu
The Palace Coral Gables E Mr. Adam Rosenblum (305) 445‑7444 palacecoralgables.com
St. Thomas University Ms. Gigi Laudisio (305) 628‑6796 stu.edu
SEPTIC TANKS/ GREASE TRAP SERVICES Bay Plumbing Company E Mr. Robert Beans (305) 446‑8141 bayplumbingco.com/
UF Coral Gables E Ms. Alexa Butler (786) 482‑6350 ufcoralgables.com University of Miami Ms. Alicia Rodriguez (305) 284‑5490 miami.edu
The Roig Academy Ms. Jennifer Roig 305‑253‑1313 roigacademy.com
University of Miami Athletics Ms. Kayla Blake (305) 284‑8751 hurricanesports.com
SCHOOLS‑PUBLIC Coral Gables High School Mr. Adolfo Costa (305) 443‑4871 cghs.dade.k12.fl.us
University of Salamanca Ms. Hilda Maria Aguado de la Vega (786) 785‑1725 universityofsalamancasp.com
Coral Gables Preparatory Academy Ms. Jeanette Sierra‑Funcia (305) 448‑1731 gablese.dadeschools.net George Washington Carver Middle School Ms. Cristina Basso (305) 444‑7388 gwcm.dadeschools.net/ MDCPS Office of Commu‑ nity Engagement Ms. Alina Llevat (305) 995‑2594 engagemiamidade.net Ponce de Leon Middle School Mr. Herbert A. Penton (305) 661‑1611 ponce.dadeschools.net
East Ridge at Cutler Bay Mr. Ken Cormier 786‑732‑8505 eastridgeatcutlerbay.com
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Ms. Vivian Sanchez 786‑725‑4010 usa.edu SECURITY SERVICES / PRE‑EMPLOYMENT SCREENING Inquesta Corporation Mr. Jacques Island (305) 779‑3069 kycsolutions.com Jurney & Associates, Inc. Mr. Ryan Jurney (305) 446‑3433 teamjai.com SENIOR CARE SERVICES The Palace Coral Gables E Mr. Adam Rosenblum (305) 445‑7444 palacecoralgables.com
SHOPPING CENTERS Business Improvement Dis‑ trict of Coral Gables, Inc. Ms. Aurelia Reinhardt (305) 569‑0311 shopcoralgables.com SHOPPING MALLS Shops at Merrick Park E Mr. Andrew Peach (305) 529‑1215 shopsatmerrickpark.com/ SKILLED NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER Riviera Health Resort E Mr. Richard Stacey 786‑517‑6999 rivierahealthresort.com
SOFTWARE & TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT Big Duck Games Ms. Sharon Newman 301‑602‑5792 bigduckgames.com
TELECOM SERVICES/VOIP PHONE SOLUTIONS Atlantic Broadband Business Mr. Miguel Perez 305‑861‑8069 atlanticbb.com/business
Kiss Consulting LLC Mr. Stephen Kiss (860) 508‑0309 kissconsultingllc.com
TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION/ EQUIPMENT/CONSULTANTS AT&T E Ms. Thais Asper Keane (305) 347‑5454 www.att.com
SPAS The Biltmore Hotel F Mr. Matthias Kammerer (855) 421‑4192 biltmorehotel.com SPORTING EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT Hard Rock Stadium Ms. Leslie Nixon (305) 623‑6100 hardrockstadium.com/ Miami Marlins, L.P. E Mr. Alfredo Mesa (305) 480‑1450 marlins.com Orange Bowl Committee E Mr. Eric Poms (305) 341‑4700 www.orangebowl.org TECHNOLOGY gA ‑ Grupo ASSA Ms. Nancy Anderson Bolton (305) 793‑3909 grupoassa.com Intermedia Touch, Inc. E Ms. Cristina Miller 305‑517‑3894 intermediatouch.com Robert Half Technology Mr. Robert Telleria (305) 775‑9413 roberthalf.com
TELEPHONE ON HOLD & VOICE MAIL MESSAGES Please Hold Advertising Mr. Carlos Garcia (305) 388‑3088 pleasehold.com THEATRES Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre E Ms. Barbara Stein (305) 444‑9293 actorsplayhouse.org Area Stage Company Ms. Maria Rodaz (305) 666‑2078 areastage.org GableStage Ms. Isabel D. Almaraz (305) 446‑1116 gablestage.org TITLE COMPANY Coral Gables Title + Escrow, LLC. Mr. Richard L. Barbara (305) 400‑8802 cgtitle.com TRADE ASSOCIATION Florida Retail Federation Mr. Jon Stolp 850.222.4082 frf.org
The Murray Law Firm, P.A. John P. Murray - Attorney Litigation - Disability - Life Employee Benefits, ERISA 2655 LeJeune Rd, Suite 700 Coral Gables, FL 33134 Tel: (305)779-4818 Fax: (305)779-4819 John@JohnpMurray.com WWW.johnpmurray.com
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY TRADE SERVICES PROMEXICO / Mexico’s Trade & Investment Com‑ m.‑Miami Ms. Lucia Aguilar (305) 415‑9360 promexico.gob.mx Thailand Trade Office Miami Kanya Amorntheerakul (786) 388‑7888 thaitrade.com TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Brightline/Virgin Trains USA E Mr. Chris Maragno 305.521.4851 gobrightline.com CJR Miami Inc. Mr. Cesar Ravelo 786‑453‑5264 cjrenterprisesinc.com Falcon Charter Bus Miami Ms. Adela Esquivel 305‑359‑3962 falconcharterbus.com/miami‑charter‑bus Freebee E Mr. John Janusz (305) 330‑9450 ridefreebee.com
TRASH HAULING/RECYCLING Waste Management E Mr. Jason Neal (305) 986‑6107 wm.com
UTILITIES AT&T E Ms. Thais Asper Keane (305) 347‑5454 att.com
TRAVEL AGENCIES Express Travel Ms. Olga Ramudo (305) 341‑1200 expresstravelus.com
Florida Power & Light F Ms. Addys Kuryla (305) 442‑5922 fpl.com
Toselli Tours Corp. Mr. Juan R. Toselli (786) 431‑1455 tosellitours.com
VETERINARIANS Country Club Animal Hospital Dr. Luis E Augsten, DVM (305) 663‑3300 ccahweb.com/
Travel by Design, Inc. Ms. Lee Lennon (305) 812‑1575 travelsbydesign.net TREE TRIMMING/PEST MANAGEMENT & FERTILIZATION One Two Tree, Inc. Mr. Richard “Rick” Valdes 305‑267‑1426 onetwotree.com TROPHIES & PLAQUES L & M Engraving & Trophy Company Mr. Sandy Liebowitz (305) 273‑7607 Michelson’s Trophies Mr. Efraim Lapscher (305) 687‑9898 goawards.com
VIDEO PRODUCTION TB Media Group Ms. Tamika Bickham (786) 350‑8395 tbmediagroup.com
WEALTH MANAGEMENT Coral Gables Trust Company E Mr. John W. Harris (786) 497‑1212 cgtrust.com Evensky & Katz / Foldes Fi‑ nancial Wealth Management Mr. David Evensky (305) 448‑8882 evenskykatz.com Kirtland Financial Management Mr. Brett C. Hixon CFP (305) 648‑0006 kirtlandfinancial.com Primerica Ms. Milady Irizarry (407) 913‑1350
WEB DESIGN/ONLINE MARKETING Pierson Media Mr. Ricky Pierson (305) 614‑4311 piersonmedia.com WEBSITE DEVELOPERS AND DESIGNERS OptFirst Inc. E Mr. Adam Lakowitz 786‑546‑8965 optfirst.com WEBSITE PROGRAMMING/ DESIGN OptFirst Inc. E Mr. Adam Lakowitz 786‑546‑8965 optfirst.com
Videoworks LLC Mr. Neto Almanza (956) 639‑2910 videoworks.miami
UBS Financial Services Inc. Mr. Patric Mesot 212‑821‑7131 ubs.com/team/parkavepartners
WELLBEING EVENT The World Happiness Sum‑ mit (WOHASU) Ms. Karen Guggenheim 305‑804‑9693 happinesssummit.world
WATER/FIRE/MOLD RESTORATION & CLEANUP ServPro of South Miami & Cutler Bay Ms. Nohelia Bruges (305) 269‑8900 servprosouthmiami.com
WEALTH MANAGEMENT/ ESTATE PLANNING V&T Wealth Strategies E Mr. Vonnell Martinez 305‑728‑7171 vtwealthstrategies.com
ZOO ATTRACTION Zoological Wildlife Foundation Ms. Maria Tabraue 305‑969‑3696 zwfmiami.com
CORAL GABLES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STAFF (L TO R): Erica Simons, Director of Events & Programs; Marco Ibarra, Eliptek Technology Group/IT Specialist; Morgan Mongelia, Communications Manager; Ileana Delgado, Member Relations Manager; Mark A. Trowbridge, President & CEO; Ivette Acosta, Director of Finance & Operations; Leo Fernandez, Member Sales Representative (not pictured: Christine Siervo, Social Media Specialist)
TRUSTEES AND GEM INVESTORS
TRUSTEE MEMBERS 2 2600 Douglas Ms. Lori Koogler (407) 647‑9800 demetreerealestate.com
A Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Ms. Barbara Stein (305) 444‑9293 actorsplayhouse.org Allegro Senior Living Ms. Linda Price 786‑500‑5500 allegrodadeland.com American Airlines Mrs. Alina Menendez 1‑800‑433‑7300 www.aa.com Apollo Bank Mr. Alejandro Fonseca 305‑398‑9044 apollobank.com AT&T Ms. Thais Asper Keane (305) 347‑5454 att.com AvMed Health Plan Mr. Jeffrey Kalish (305) 671‑5437 avmed.org
B BAC Florida Bank Mr. William Castaño (305) 789‑7000 bacflorida.com Bacardi USA Mr. Eddie Cutillas (305) 573‑8600 bacardi.com
Belmont Village Senior Living Mr. David Lederman (713) 463‑1730 belmontvillage.com
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc. Ms. Charlette S. Seidel (305) 667‑4815 floridamoves.com
Best Practices Title, LLC Ms. Giselle Breto 305‑662‑1600 bestpracticestitle.com
CompassMSP, LLC. Mr. Gonzalo Gonzalez 305‑444‑0109 compassmsp.com
Bigfoot Construction Inc Mr. Darryl Rosenbaum (305) 790‑1722 bfcmiami.com
Connect2Global, LLC Ms. Carolina Rendeiro 305‑542‑0299 conncect2.global
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP Ms. Karyl Argamasilla (305) 374‑7580 bilzin.com
Coral Gables Art Cinema Mr. Steven Krams 786‑472‑2249 gablescinema.com
BIRKA LLC Mr. Claudio Kaczka (305) 501‑4853 birkaonline.com Bounds Law Offices Mr. Bruce M. Bounds Esq. (305) 728‑1350 bounds.law Brightline/Virgin Trains USA Mr. Chris Maragno 305.521.4851 gobrightline.com Brown Harris Stevens Mrs. Michelle Rojas (305) 662‑9975 bhsusa.com/
C Capital One Mr. Bernard Vieira 305‑240‑3565 capitalone.com
Bank OZK Ms. Audrey Otero (305) 507‑1743 ozk.com
Catering by Lovables Ms. Elizabeth Silverman (305) 751‑1101 cateringbylovables.com
Barakat + Bossa, PLLC E Mr. Brian Barakat, Esq. (305) 444‑3114 b2b.legal
CenterState Bank Mr. David Pruna 305‑247‑5332 centerstatebank.com
Bay Plumbing Company Mr. Robert Beans (305) 446‑8141 bayplumbingco.com/ BBVA Mr. Jorge A. Llaguno 786‑351‑4770 bbva.com
CGI Merchant Group Mr. Raoul Thomas 786‑581‑4800 cgimg.com City of Coral Gables Mr. Peter Iglesias (305) 446‑6800 coralgables.com
Coral Gables Country Club Mr. Anthony Di Donato (305) 392‑0819 coralgablescountryclub.com Coral Gables Hospital Ms. Cristina Jimenez (305) 445‑8461 coralgableshospital.com Coral Gables Magazine Mr. Richard Roffman (305) 995‑0995 coralgablesmagazine.com Coral Gables Trust Company Mr. John W. Harris (786) 497‑1212 cgtrust.com Corporate Caterers Mr. Greg Halton (305) 223‑1230 corpcaterers.com
D Dale Carnegie Training of South Florida Mr. Scott Garvis (954) 961‑2209 southflorida.dalecarnegie.com DEX Imaging Mr. Ricky Bolanos 305‑788‑1464 deximaging.com Douglas Elliman Ms. Martha Pomares 305‑695‑6060 elliman.com
E Early Learning Coalition of Miami‑Dade/Monroe Mr. Evelio Torres (305) 646‑7220 elcmdm.org
Egon Zehnder Mr. Bernhard Scholl 305‑569‑1000 egonzehnder.com
GEMRT & Co., LLP Mr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez (305) 529‑5440 gemrtcpa.com
Eliptek Technology Group Mr. Marco Ibarra (305) 887‑8200 eliptek.com
Gentera Center for Regener‑ ative Medicine Ms. Leana Loh 305‑424‑5775 GenteraMed.com
Evolution Payment Systems Mr. Karl Diaz 305‑671‑3178 evolutionpayments.com
F Fertility & IVF Center of Miami Ms. Maria Alejandra Gil 305‑596‑4013 miami‑ivf.com First American Bank Mr. John O’Rourke (305) 500‑9501 firstambank.com First Citizens Bank Ms. Sara Hernandez 305‑639‑7200 firstcitizens.com First Horizon Bank Mr. Roberto Munoz (305) 444‑1660 firsthorizon.com/ FirstBank Florida Ms. Carla Largaespada (305) 442‑1220 firstbankfla.com Florida International Uni‑ versity Ms. Sandra Gonzalez‑Levy (305) 348‑6298 fiu.edu Freebee Mr. John Janusz (305) 330‑9450 ridefreebee.com Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. Mr. Youssef Zakharia (305) 520‑8400 freshdelmonte.com
G Gables Columbus Center Ms. Diana Gallego 786‑559‑7838 gables.com/columbuscenter Gables Ponce Mr. William Fisher 305‑667‑5700 gables.com
Giralda Place Mr. Christopher Brown 305‑442‑6472 giraldaplace.com Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross, PLLC Mr. Avi S. Tryson, Esq. (786) 725‑4923 gadclaw.com Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Mr. Alfred Sanchez (305) 350‑7700 miamichamber.com Greensleeves, Inc. Ms. Debra Smeltzer (305) 596‑7120 greensleevesinc.com Gulliver Schools Mr. Jay Goulart (305) 666‑6333 gulliverschools.org
H Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP Ms. Elizabeth S. Baker (305) 358‑7747 hinshawlaw.com Home Financing Center, Inc. Ms. Claudine Claus (305) 777‑1100 homefinancingcenter.com Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables Mr. Jay L. DeJesus (305) 441‑2600 hotelcolonnade.com/ Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Mr. Mario J. Terran (305) 441‑1234 coralgables.hyatt.com
I iBERIABANK Mr. Idalberto de Armas (305) 442‑9991 iberiabank.com
Integrity Wealth Manage‑ ment of Raymond James Ms. Susan Rutrough (305) 460‑2732 raymondjames.com/susanrutrough Intermedia Touch, Inc. Ms. Cristina Miller 305‑517‑3894 intermediatouch.com
J Jackson Health System Mr. Matthew I. Pinzur 305‑585‑1111 jhsmiami.org
K Katz Barron Ms. Erica L. English 305‑856‑2444 katzbarron.com Kellogg School of Man‑ agement, Northwestern University Mr. Steve Thompson (305) 442‑7780 kellogg.northwestern.edu Kozyak Tropin & Throck‑ morton, P.A. Mrs. Maria Dolores Garcia (305) 372‑1800 kttlaw.com
M Marriott Connection at Miami Airport Mr. Kevin Walsh (305) 644‑5749 marriott.com/MIAAP McGrover Funding Corporation Mr. Sean McGrover (407) 765‑0341 mcgroverfunding.com Merrick Manor Mr. Henry Torres 305‑779‑6870 astorcompanies.com Miami Association of Realtors Ms. Teresa King Kinney (305) 468‑7000 miamire.com Miami Marlins, L.P. Mr. Alfredo Mesa (305) 480‑1450 marlins.com Miami‑Dade County Avia‑ tion Department Mr. Robert Warren (305) 869‑1670 miami‑airport.com
Miami‑Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. Mr. Eduardo F. Cora (305) 223‑7060 fairexpo.com
Miami’s Community Newspapers Mr. Grant Miller (305) 669‑7355 communitynewspapers.com
Park One Mr. Fred Bredemeyer 305 891‑0060 park1.com
Moises|Gross Mr. Daniel R. Gross, Esq. 305‑306‑3055 moisesgross.com/ Montica Jewelry Ms. Marichi O’Rourke (305) 446‑2957 montica.com Morton’s The Steakhouse Ms. Elizabeth Nourse (305) 442‑1662 mortons.com/coralgables MSP Recovery LLC Ms. Sandra Rodriguez 305‑614‑2222 msprecovery.com
N Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ms. Lani Ferro (305) 663‑8435 nicklauschildrens.org Northern Trust Mr. Scott Richey (305) 529‑7702 ntrs.com Northwestern Mutual ‑ Cor‑ al Gables Mr. Mike Ybarra (305) 448‑5666 coralgables.nm.com NRI – Nolan Reynolds International Mr. Brent Reynolds (786) 420‑5818 nrinternational.com/
O Ocean Bank Mr. Luis Miguel (305) 569‑8069 oceanbank.com OptFirst Inc. Mr. Adam Lakowitz 786‑546‑8965 optfirst.com Orange Bowl Committee Mr. Eric Poms (305) 341‑4700 orangebowl.org
Palmare Private Brokerage Ms. Ana Collongette (305) 447‑7401 palmarepb.com
Patton Real Estate/4000 Ponce Mr. William H. Holly 305‑503‑5066 pattonre.com Photo Offset, Inc. Mr. Johnny A. Knowles (305) 666‑1067 photooffset.com Pollo Tropical Ms. Aileen Calero (954) 299‑6387 pollotropical.com Ponce Circle Tower Ms. Donna Abood 305‑446‑0011 spark.adobe.com/video/fvdetrw30h0pm Postal Center International (PCI) Mr. Dennis Garcia (800) 430‑7241 pcibrands.com
Sandler Training, Miami Mr. Carlos Garrido (305) 631‑2205 absolute.sandler.com
Thesis Hotel Miami Ms. Anamaria Tolci Soare 305‑667‑5611 thesishotelmiami.com
Scheckner & Hetenyi, PL Mr. Marcell Hetenyi, CPA (305) 379‑0603 cpa‑sh.com/
TIAA Bank Ms. Amy Betancur (305) 448‑8568 tiaabank.com
Second Chance Credit LLC Mr. Chris Colston 305‑951‑8381 2ndchancecredit.net Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz, Jackson, & Diaz, P.A. Mr. Luis E. Diaz (305) 666‑7229 swkj‑cpa.com Shops at Merrick Park Mr. Andrew Peach (305) 529‑1215 shopsatmerrickpark.com/ Shorecrest Construction Mr. Patrick Lee (305) 347‑5409 shorecrestgc.com Smash Pixel Studio Mr. Martin Morcillo 786‑873‑0114 smashpixelstudio.com SMGQ Law Mr. Mitchell Mandler 305‑377‑1000 smgqlaw.com
PS Mortgage Lending Mr. Phil Stevenson, CRMP 786‑586‑3336 pslending.com
Smiles & Sonrisas Dr. Jose Gurevich, DDS (305) 665‑5525 smilesinmiami.com
Sushi Maki Mr. Franco Perrone (305) 443‑1884 sushimaki.com
Regions Bank Mr. Eddie Lopez (305) 774‑5219 regions.com Riviera Health Resort Mr. Richard Stacey 786‑517‑6999 rivierahealthresort.com
T TD Bank Mr. Alvaro Niebles (305) 441‑5630 tdbank.com
Robison Consulting, Inc. Mr. Ron Robison (305) 667‑2232
The Collection Mr. Kenneth Gorin (305) 444‑5555 thecollection.com
Rogers Behavioral Health Mr. Jonathan Closner 305‑929‑0600 rogersbh.org/miami
The Palace Coral Gables Mr. Adam Rosenblum (305) 445‑7444 palacecoralgables.com
S SalesPartners Florida Mr. Will Dukes 305‑421‑6331 salespartnersflorida.com/
The Women’s Fund of Miami Dade Ms. Marya Meyer (305) 441‑0506 womensfundmiami.org
U UF Coral Gables Ms. Alexa Butler (786) 482‑6350 ufcoralgables.com Ulltium consulting, Inc. Mr. Humberto Comellas (305) 823‑2200 ulltium.com USAA Realty Company Ms. Adrienne Sladek (305) 443‑2956 USI Insurance Services Mr. Francisco Saldaña (305) 669‑6000 usi.com
V V&T Wealth Strategies Mr. Vonnell Martinez 305‑728‑7171 vtwealthstrategies.com Valley Bank Mr. Ash Ramkhalawan (305) 810‑1293 valley.com Vine Communications, Inc. Mrs. Nikki Deas (305) 447‑8678 vinecommunicationsinc.com
W Waste Management Mr. Jason Neal (305) 986‑6107 wm.com Well Groomed Gentleman Mr. Ricardo Alberty 786‑362‑6360 wellgroomedgentleman.com WeWork Ms. Dominique Klynott 305‑282‑1216 wework.com
Z Zyscovich Architects Ms. Anabella Smith (305) 372‑5222 zyscovich.com
GEORGE E. MERRICK (GEM) LEVEL MEMBERSHIP The 21 companies at the GEM investor membership level are among the most engaged institutions with the highest profiles in our community. Launched in 2017, this premier membership tier – an acronym for George E. Merrick – was created to provide exclusive access and extended benefits as recognition for the contributions these organizations make. AMERANT BANK BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES EWM REALTY CITY NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA COMPASS DOCTORS HOSPITAL, PART OF BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA EAST RIDGE AT CUTLER BAY EPGD BUSINESS LAW EQUITABLE ADVISORS FLORIDA BLUE
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