Yummy! What a fabulous event at Q. With 2000 in attendance, there were no lines
and the smokers and grills from across the country were incredible. We could not
resist our very own Michelle Bernstein’s lamb, cumquat and yogurt dish. The
GMBHA looks forward to honoring Michelle in March at the American Red Cross
Spectrum Awards luncheon for the hospitality award. Last year, we honored
Kimberly Wilson, then Area Manager for Marriott Airport Campus.
Many thanks to Bill Talbert, President & CEO of the GMCVB for hosting a
breakfast to thank our Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 18th District of
Florida; Chair – House Committee on Foreign Affairs; for sponsoring H.R. 3855
Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. We must not lose momentum.
We will keep you updated on the progress. Gene Prescott, Past Chairman hosted
the breakfast at the Biltmore Hotel for a group of community leaders.
Rocco M. Angelo, Associate Dean, Florida International University Chaplin School of
Hospitality & Tourism Management; Raj Singh, Chair, GMBHA; Marco Selva, General Manager, St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort & Residences & Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA
White gloves…. Elegance… and Luxury
Congratulations to Marco Selva, General Manager, Bal Harbour Resort & Residences and his team for a much anticipated ribbon cutting at the St. Regis Bal Harbour
Congratulations to Monty Trainer, President of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival
and his team for a hugely successful week-end for all. Many thanks to Jacqueline
Volkart, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove for hosting the
Palette breakfast on Saturday, February 18th.
Besides the beautiful art, Opening Night of Art Wynwood was adorned with beautiful models dressed in recyclable gowns with Swarovski crystals and a wonderful sampling of our very own Wynwood walls, courtesy of Goldman properties.
How lucky are we to live in Miami!
A great day for our immediate Past Chair, Tim Nardi upon receiving a proclamation from City of Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora for his outstanding leadership as Chairman of the GMBHA.
Luxury hotel InterContinental Miami announced that it has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase 15,467,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power in 2012. The purchase is part of a broader corporate-wide sustainability strategy and makes InterContinental Miami the largest green power purchaser in Florida to be named to the most recent 100% Purchaser’s List maintained by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The purchase also earns the luxury hotel membership in the Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Club.
“Our decision to go green was another way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity”, says Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami’s General Manager. “Our Hotel has a reputation as an active member of the community and part of that social responsibility lies in making green and sustainable operating decisions that set an example for others to follow.”
“We commend InterContinental Miami’s environmental leadership,” says Kelly Bennett, CEO of Greenlight Energy. “InterContinental Miami not only has incredible amenities and accommodations, but now they should be known as a hotel of choice in south Florida and in the U.S. for anyone with a focus on sustainability,” adds Bennett. All of the wind supplied by Greenlight Energy is certified by Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy certification program, ensuring that the purchase is sourced from new renewable generators that meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards.