GMBHA recognizes South Florida Business Journal 2019 Power Leaders

Congratulations to our members that were featured in this years 2019 Power Leaders 250 by South Florida Business Journal!

Lester Sola, Director/CEO of Miami-Dade Aviation Department

Lee Brian, Director of South Beach Food & Wine Festival

Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University

Mary Rogers, Vice President and General Manager at Fontainebleau

Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College

Kieran Bowers, President of Swire Properties

Tom Gartinkel, President/CEO of Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium

Patrick Goddard. President and COO of Brightline

Brian Keeley, Chairman/CEO of World Fuel Services Corp.

John Kelly, President of FAU

Juan Kuryla, Director/CEO of PortMiami

Juan Carlos Liscano, Vice President of Miami Hub Operations, American Airlines


Miami Beach Adds their Signature Style to Its Lifeguard Towers

Miami Beach Adds their Signature Style to Its Lifeguard Towers

— Officially Branding the Iconic Structures —
Miami Beach, FL – Gracing gift shop postcards and social media profiles, Miami Beach’s lifeguard stands have become a familiar symbol of the City’s status as the fun and sun capital of the world. A natural photo opportunity, each brightly hued tower is now branded with the City’s logo.

“For years, our lifeguard stands have drawn beachgoers with their lively colors and Art Deco-inspired designs that complement our white sandy beaches,” shared Mayor Dan Gelber. “Today, we’ve elevated their appeal by adding our autograph.”

Encouraging beachgoers to further engage with the lifeguard towers, the City partnered with the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival to launch a social media contest for a chance to win tickets to select Festival events. The competition urges residents and visitors to get creative in showcasing the iconic stands by uploading their original photos on social media and tagging the City and #SOBEWFF. Favorite photos will also be reposted on the City’s social media platforms. 

“Now when people share photos of our lifeguard stands with their friends or followers, they’ll help us showcase Miami Beach to the rest of the world,” noted Commissioner John Elizabeth Alemán.

Visit the City’s Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for entry rules.


Valentine’s Day Promo: The Standard Spa, Miami Beach

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Not Your Standard Valentine’s Day at Lido Bayside Grill
Thursday, February
14th , 6PM – Close (
For Reservations please visit or call 786-245-0880

  • Oysters: 1/2 dozen, watermelon agua chile $24
  • Wild Salmon: sweet potato gratin, hard spice, beurre fondue $42
  • Wagyu Filet: 10oz filet, roasted mushrooms, truffle bordelaise $140
  • Chocolate Torte: pomegranate, chantilly creme $14
  • Bottle Specials: Perrier Jouet Brut $100 and Ruinart Rosé $100


The Standard x YachtLife: Love Boat
Monday Feb. 11 – Sunday Feb. 17

We’re setting sail with YachtLife. Get your lovers or friends together and enjoy $250 credit toward any charters booked Valentine’s Day week (Feb 11-17) plus $600 of Standard Spa offerings for $399 including 2 Spa Day Passes, 2 DIY Hammam Bath Bars, and your choice of 2 Massages (The Standard or The Traditionalist) when you book the Valentine’s Day Special. Charter your boat now on the YachtLife app, online using code STANDARDMIA or directly at . (Spa services redeemable to use Monday – Thursday through February 15, 2020. After confirming your charter, contact or 305-704-3945 at least 24-hours in advance for availability and to schedule your services.)


Service Specials All February Long (see below for specials)
Book Online at or call 305-704-3945

This rich sugar scrub will stimulate circulation and polish your skin to perfection, leaving you relaxed, refreshed and kissably soft all over. $100, regularly $115

Keep It Sensual and Satisfying. Begin in the Hammam for some warm-up time. Then, receive a 60 or 90 minute Standard Massage followed by a complete lathering with a Turkish Hammam Rub and Scrub. 90 min. $225 per person, regularly $250 

An acupuncture and astrology session in one—and for two! We start with customized individual acupuncture treatments to get you relaxed and receptive to cosmic information, then reunite you to uncover both of your natal charts and planetary DNA. Let the planets (not each other) identify your crazies, gifts
and karma. Gain a deeper awareness of each other, who you are and who you are meant to be. Don’t you really want to know? $250 per person (90 minutes)

Tuning out lately perhaps? Tune in and harmonize with each other under the calming sounds and gentle vibrations of crystal sound
bowls incorporated with customized massages. Rediscover deep relaxation and your natural states of beauty and well-being together with this transformative experience. $235 per person (90 minutes)

Both still looking for the ride of your life? Ride solo or tandem on Biscayne Bay on our pontooned Schiller water bikes…and doggie makes three! $75 per bike or $50 per person. (doggies ride free)

Now boarding from MIA: facial recognition departures


(MIAMI, February 4, 2019) – Passengers departing from Miami International Airport to Munich on Lufthansa flight 461 can now board with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology last week.

“MIA continues to explore innovative ways of streamlining and expediting the travel experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look forward to seeing biometric exit technology expand throughout MIA and enhance the level of customer service for its passengers.”

Through a partnership between MIA, Lufthansa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and global air transport IT provider SITA, a simple photograph taken at Lufthansa’s boarding gate is used to confirm passengers’ identities and their authorization to travel. The facial recognition verification process takes less than two seconds with a 99-percent matching rate, according to CBP. MIA expects to launch biometric boarding with additional airlines this year.

“CBP is leading the transformation of the travel experience, but we could never do this alone,” said CBP Miami Port Director Christopher Maston. “Our collaboration with our partners at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Lufthansa and SITA has resulted in real momentum toward enhancing both traveler safety and convenience at MIA. Collectively, we are making history and delivering clear and undeniable benefits to travelers.”

“Lufthansa prides itself as being an industry leader and trendsetter in digitalization and innovation, and biometric boarding is a large part of this category,” said Dr. Bjoern Becker, Lufthansa Group Senior Director Product Management Ground & Digital Services. “Biometric boarding is an efficient and hassle-free form of travel that helps speed up the boarding process while also increasing security. We are thrilled to be the launch airline that introduces this technological advancement at MIA.”

The launch of biometric exit at MIA follows the airport’s February 2018 opening of America’s first all-biometric entry facility at Concourse E, which screens all international arrivals via facial recognition. The facility, which has decreased processing times by as much as 80 percent for participating airlines, was chosen from among 80 nominations worldwide as the 2018 International Airport Review Award winner in the Passenger Experience and Seamless Travel category.

“We are proud to partner with CBP and SITA to provide this cutting-edge technology for Lufthansa passengers at MIA,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “Biometrics is one of the many approaches we are taking to modernize our airport infrastructure, to make the travel experience as seamless as possible.”

SITA and MIA have already partnered on a number of innovative travel experience solutions, including Mobile Passport Control and MIA Airport Official, the airport’s mobile app.

“This is another great success at MIA where we have teamed up to improve the passenger experience through innovation,” said Diana Einterz, SITA President, Americas. “We have worked closely with the US CBP, airlines and airports to design a seamless biometric exit solution that meets the needs of all parties. SITA Smart Path™ is based on industry-standard common-use gates so it can be used by any other airline at MIA.”

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MIA surpassed 45 million passengers in 2018 for first time


MIAMI, January 24, 2019) – Miami International Airport passed the 45-million-passenger milestone for the first time ever in 2018, serving nearly one million more travelers than the previous year. The busiest U.S. airport for international freight also set a new record of 2.3 million tons of freight, adding 60,000 tons to the 2017 total. MIA served nearly 21.9 million international passengers for the year – up 403,380 from 2017 – and more than 23.1 million domestic travelers in 2018, compared to 22.6 million the previous year. The airport’s audited 2018 traffic statistics were finalized this week.

“Congratulations to the MIA team for completing another successful year and for reaching the historic milestone of 45 million passengers,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “As our County’s largest economic engine, MIA’s growth has the largest impact on business revenue and job creation in our community.”

Hub carrier American Airlines launched new international routes to Bonaire, Netherland Antilles on June 20, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on December 15, Pereira, Colombia and Georgetown, Guyana on December 20, as well as new and increased service to 11 domestic destinations.

MIA also added four new passenger airlines to its roster: Air Italylaunched four weekly flights to Milan in June; Brazilian low-cost carrier GOL began daily flights to Brasilia and Fortaleza in November; Sunwing Airlines began 10 weekly flights to Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Ottawa on December 1; and Flair began weekly service to Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto on December 15. Existing carriers Viva Air began three weekly flights to Santa Marta, Colombia on December 18, and United Airlines began daily Washington Dulles service on December 19.

Three new cargo carriers launched MIA in 2018 as well: Southern Air began weekly all-cargo service to Hong Kong in April; Ethiopian Airlines launched two weekly freighter flights to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in August, creating the first-ever cargo-only route between the African continent and MIA; and Amazon Air launched double-daily freighter service in October to destinations across the U.S.

“We are extremely encouraged by the substantial gains made at MIA last year, from both our passenger and cargo operations,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “With more new international service launches coming soon, we are expecting another strong year of growth.”

Four international carriers have scheduled entries into the Miami market in 2019: Low-cost carrier Norwegian will begin first-ever service at MIA on March 31 to London Gatwick Airport; Moroccan national carrier and four-star airline Royal Air Maroc will launch the first-ever Miami-Casablanca route on April 3 – MIA’s first passenger flights to Africa since the year 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent; LOT Polish Airlines will begin four weekly flights to Warsaw on June 1 – MIA’s first service to Poland and the only nonstop route between Florida and Eastern Europe; and French airline Corsair will launch service to Paris Orly Airport on June 10, with four weekly flights.

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Miami Beach Takes a Stand Against Airbnb and Alongside Israel

January 16, 2019

Miami Beach Takes Stand Against Airbnb and Alongside Israel
— Following the Company’s Refusal to List Homes in the West Bank—

Miami Beach, FL – As a leader amongst local government in fostering equality, the City of Miami Beach has a long history of condemning discrimination and anti-Semitism. In response to Airbnb’s recent decision to remove all rental listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the City of Miami Beach has joined the Village of Bal Harbour, the Town of Surfside and the City of Miami in urging the online platform to rescind its discriminatory action.

“We know that anti-Semitism can be nuanced and subtle, and in fact, find root in mainstream institutions,” expressed Mayor Dan Gelber in a letter sent to Airbnb Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky. “Removing listings of all homes in the Israeli settlements in the Judea and Samaria region is unfairly biased against Israel and deeply offends many in our diverse City, including myself.”

As a municipality with a strong-rooted friendship with the state of Israel, the public decision comes in support of its democratic neighbor overseas. 

“I’m proud of my colleagues’ unanimous support of the resolution to condemn Airbnb’s discriminatory policies in Israel,” shared Commissioner Micky Steinberg who sponsored today’s item. “There is no room for hate or discrimination.”