MDGLCC’s Orange Gala attracted over 600 guests. Congratulations to Steve Adkins
and his team for once again, an amazing event.
Dean Mike Hampton invited our visitor, Ms. Eileen Almeida Barbosa, Adviser to
the Prime Minister of Cape Verde, and I for a delicious Peruvian lunch at FIU’s
Chaplin School of Hospitality catered by the students. The Miami Council for
Int’l Visitors hosted 6 African professionals. They are participating as part of
the Partnership for Young African Leaders. Ms. Barbosa’s goal was to gain
innovative practices that will increase opportunities for investment and
economic growth in Cape Verde, particularly in the areas of tourism,
entrepreneurship and sustainability.
I had the opportunity to attend the June Luncheon at the Banker’s Club. Hans Graber, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science for the University of Miami was the guest speaker and truly fascinated us with all of the significant work they do with many of our countries represented at the luncheon including Israel, France, Italy and Germany post natural disasters for agencies like Homeland Security. I had the opportunity to share “tourism talk” with Cheryl Gaile Thompson, Deputy Consul General of Barbados and Chanelle P. Brown, Consul General of the Bahamas.
I was privileged again to serve as a judge for Miami Today’s 13th annual Gold Medal Awards. The dinner took place at the JW Marriott Marquis. Congratulations to Senator Bob Graham for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Miami Dade Office of Sustainability won the Silver Medal Award and we are proud to have Maribel serve on our Sustainable Hospitality Council. Individual winners included Patrick Quigley, Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire for the Silver Medal Award, Michelle Bernstein for the Gold Medal Award and Jeffrey Bartel, Benworth Capital Partners for the Bronze Medal Award. The Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, a division of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired received the Bronze Medal for an organization and Miami Children’s Hospital was awarded the Gold Medal Award. Thank you Michael and Carmen Lewis for their leadership!
Congratulations to the honorees of the 90TH Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Gala!
City of Miami Beach Manager Jorge Gonzalez, his lovely wife Leslie and City Attorney Jose Smith and my husband Nick and I had a wonderful time at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Congratulations to Tony Goldman and the Goldman family for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Jose Abreu, Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Dpt. for the Excellence in Tourism Award, Dr. Rosann Sidener, Principal, Miami Beach Senior High School for the Distinguished Service Award, Gary Gerson, Founding Partner, Gerson Preston Robinson and Co. PA for the City National Bank Hi Tides Outstanding Achievement Award, and Steven D. Sonenreich, President & CEO Mount Sinai Medical Center for the Citizen of the Year Award!