City of Miami Beach Named 2019 Healthiest Employer Honoree

April 17, 2019 

City of Miami Beach Named 2019 Healthiest Employer Honoree
Presented by Florida Blue and the South Florida Business Journal

 Miami Beach, FL – For the third year in a row, the City of Miami Beach has been named as one of the 2019 Healthiest Employers in South Florida, presented by Florida Blue. Recognition can be attributed largely to the city’s robust wellness program’s success, which has led to many positive developments in the organization’s culture and the lives employees as many team members exercise together and encourage one another in their efforts.

“We are building a resilient city and part of this effort is developing a healthy workforce, said City Manager Jimmy L. Morales. “Employees are one of our most valuable resources, and their health and wellness has a direct impact upon the continued success of our organization. We remain committed to change unhealthy behaviors through initiatives that educate the cornerstones of wellness: financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing, career wellbeing, social/emotional wellbeing and workplace wellness.”

Other honorees in the Top Ten Large (500+ Employees) Company category include: American Express, Bean Automotive Group, City Furniture, City of Coral Gables, City of North Miami, Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County Humana, Inc., Lynn University and U-Hall.

Rankings will be announced on May 30, 2019 at a celebratory awards luncheon and published in the May 31st edition of the South Florida Business Journal.


TSA at Miami International Airport to Offer Travel Tips You-didn’t-really-think You Could Bring That Will Be the Theme

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Miami International Airport (MIA) on Thursday, April 18th, will provide travel tips as Spring breaks continue and Memorial Day weekend approaches.  You-didn’t-really bring that prohibited items stopped by our officers will be on display as part of our back to basics reminders.

Passengers bringing firearms remain a problem with 529 guns stopped by TSA officers across the state of Florida last year.  Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International with 96 and Orlando International with 123 were in the top 10 across the country for passengers failing to leave their guns at home.  Most of the guns were loaded.  The most recent guns intercepted by TSA officers locally were two guns a week ago stopped on the same day at FLL. The problem is escalating nationally with 4,239 stopped across the country last year.  Thousands of pounds of VAP (Voluntarily abandoned property consisting of other prohibited items such as knives and brass knuckles) and HazMat (hazardous materials such as household chemicals that are corrosive, flammable or explosive) are stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at MIA, FLL and across the state every year as well.  The you-brought-what-to-the-checkpoint items have included stun guns, switch blades, grenades, clubs and martial arts tools.

While making travel less stressful, the travel tips offered on Thursday will help you avoid civil penalties that can reach more than $13,000, which you face for bringing a firearm to a federal checkpoint whether or not you are arrested by our law enforcement partners.  

Also remember to sign up for the TSA Precheck program. The program is now at more than 200 airports including all three area airports.  Additionally, passengers are reminded that the 3-1-1 rule still applies to carry-on bags. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less per container; must be in a 1-quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag is permitted per passenger; and the plastic bag must be taken out of your suitcase and placed into a screening bin.

 Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula/food and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces, and they don’t have to be in the zip-top bag, but they must be declared for inspection at the checkpoint before you send your bag into the x-ray tunnel.  If in doubt, put your liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes in your checked baggage. But make sure they are not HazMat as certain chemicals are not allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.

Be prepared. Each time a TSA officer has to open a carry-on bag due to prohibited items, it slows down the screening process for you and everyone behind you. Practicing the 3-1-1 rule and leaving home without your prohibited items will facilitate the checkpoint experience and reduce your travel stress.

WHO:      Sari Koshetz, Spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration
WHAT:    Sound bites on travel tips and what is not permitted in your carry-on and what is not even permitted in your checked bags.  B-roll and photos of interesting – but prohibited – items intercepted locally.
WHEN:   Thursday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m. Spanish and 10:30 English.
WHERE: Meet at the first checkpoint, Checkpoint D1, Miami International Airport
                        Please RSVP your intent to attend to


Winners of 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards Announced!


 MIAMI (April 4, 2019)  – The Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Miami), Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), and Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations announced the winners of the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards last night during a celebration at the luxurious The Miami Beach EDITION hotel.  

With more than 170 architecture, design, hotel and restaurant professionals in attendance, the awards honored the hoteliers, licensed architects and designers whose creativity and extraordinary venues have elevated Miami’s hospitality industry and consumer experiences.

“This year we had a 25 percent increase in submissions compared to 2017,” said Executive Vice President, AIA Miami, Cheryl Jacobs. “We are so proud of all our deserving winners and the support provided to our architecture and design community.”

“Through our support and that of AIA Miami, GMBHA, and Hospitality Design magazine, the awards continue to recognize the world-class hospitality venues that are entering our vibrant market,” said President, Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, Josh Oberhausen. “We had a great turnout and look forward to welcoming more new and exciting venues.”

During the event, the Miami Beach Convention Center was presented a Special Recognition Award for an incredible project that will boost Miami’s hospitality and tourism community. The City of Miami Beach, Arquitectonica and Fentress Architects were all recognized.

“The completion of the Miami Beach Convention Center’s renovation will be a tremendous economic driver for our area. It was an honor to recognize the team’s work, as well as our winners during a sold-out event,” said President and CEO, GMBHA, Wendy Kallergis. 

Sponsors for the event included IIDA South Florida Chapter, Coverings, and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Winners of the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards:

Overall Hotel

Merit Award of Excellence: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Honor Award of Excellence: Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Bill Rooney Studio

 Hotel Guest Suite

Merit Award of Excellence: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Hotel Guestroom

Merit Award of Excellence: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Honor Award of Excellence: Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Nicole Hollis Interior Design Studio, Ave Bradley

 Hotel Lobby/Reception

Merit Award of Excellence: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Honor Award of Excellence: Life House Little Havana, 7 Ave Design Studio, Giller & Giller Inc., Life House Hotels

Hotel Nightclub, Bar, Lounge

Merit Award of Excellence: Champagne Bar at Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Hotel Outdoor Divine Detail

Merit Award of Excellence: SLS Lux Brickell, Arquitectonica, Yabu Pushelberg

Honor Award of Excellence: Sugar at EAST, Miami, Arquitectonica, Studio Collective

Hotel Restaurant

Merit Award of Excellence: Le Sirenuse at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Joseph Dirand Architecture

Honor Award of Excellence: Deck Sixteen at Centric Miami Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design

Merit Award of Excellence: Habitat at 1 Hotel South Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Meyer Davis

Honor Award of Excellence: Bird & Bone at The Confidante Miami Beach, EoA Group

Non-Hotel Nightclub, Bar, Lounge

Merit Award of Excellence: Los Altos, Saladino Design Studios

Honor Award of Excellence: Kaido and Ama, M.A.D. Design Group, Co.

 Non-Hotel Restaurant Upscale

Merit Award of Excellence: Chotto Matte, Andy Martin Architecture, Charles H. Benson & Associates

Honor Award of Excellence: Forte Dei Marmi, Oppenheim Architecture & Design

Non-Hotel Restaurant and Food Hall Fast Casual

Merit Award of Excellence: Apizza Brooklyn, KoDA Architecture & Interior Design

Honor Award of Excellence: Bakan Wynwood, Burton Hersh, P.A.

People’s Choice Best Overall Non-Hotel Nightclub, Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, Food Hall

-Veza Sur Brewing Co, Alejandro Barrios, Omar J. Moreno

People’s Choice Best Overall Hotel

-Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, Kobi Karp Architecture, Bill Rooney Studio

The Miami Hospitality Design Awards showcases the unprecedented growth in Miami’s hospitality sector and the partnership between leading organizations that support the hospitality and architecture + design industries: The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, the American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter, and Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations.

The awards will recognize the wonderful diversity and excellence of these industries and the ideals and prosperity our community is experiencing, like no other place in the world. For more information, visit and follow us @miadesignawards.

Located at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design, AIA Miami has over 850 members and offers professional development and support for member architecture professionals in South Florida.  Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation
and world. For more information about AIA Miami, visit

The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association is a membership organization comprised of hoteliers and allied members across Miami-Dade County. The association’s goal is to promote the interest of its members through advocacy, education
and partnerships and advance Miami as the visitor’s destination of choice. The GMBHA’s calendar of events includes monthly hotelier’s breakfast series, awards events, networkers as well as luncheons featuring top leaders and educators in the hospitality industry. For more information, visit or call (305) 531-3553.

Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is a full-service communications and brand development firm comprised of senior-level experts with a proven approach to doing business. The agency focuses on the architecture and design, real estate, construction, hospitality, healthcare
and lifestyle industries. Oberhausen’s mission is to create connection, engagement, and transaction between its clients and their key audiences through the deployment of customized, strategic marketing and public relations programs. For more information, visit




Miami Beach Appoints New Economic Development Director

Miami Beach Appoints New Economic Development Director
— Leading Business Development Executive Bo Martinez —

Miami Beach, FL – Charged with rolling out the red carpet for the business community and cutting out the red tape, the City Commission unanimously appointed Bo Martinez to serve as the new Economic Development Director.

“I’m excited to bring Mr. Martinez on board given his decorated history in economic development and significant success in business retention and expansion in the communities he’s served,” shared City Manager Jimmy L. Morales.

Working with various government across the United States, including the City of Phoenix and City and County of Broomfield, Colorado, Martinez has over 20 years of experience in economic development. In his most recent role at the City and County of Broomfield, Martinez was responsible for enhancing the city’s revenue base, pursuing investments in transportation and development, connecting people and jobs and ultimately facilitating community revitalization.

Prior to Broomfield, Martinez worked for the City and County of Denver’s Office of Economic Development where he directed the city’s Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative, Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction programs. At the City of Phoenix, he developed and managed the Metro Light Rail Transit Oriented Development program and downtown development projects. 

Martinez received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado and is the past chair of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Professionals Group.

“I’m thrilled to join the dynamic team in place at the City of Miami Beach,” said Martinez. “I look forward to working with leaders in the public and private sectors and the community to enhance the local economy and build on the vibrancy of this world-class city.”


Congratulations to Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Award Winners!


Please join us in congratulating our 2019 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners. How fortunate are we to have so many luxury hotels in Greater Miami & the Beaches!

Click here to view full list of Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Award Winners

These are outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities

Acqualina Resort & Spa
Acqualina Spa by ESPA
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Mandarin Oriental, Miami
Remede Spa Bal Harbour
The Setai Miami Beach
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

These are exceptional properties, offering high levels of service and quality of facility to match.

1 Hotel South Beach
Aquanox Spa
The Betsy-South Beach
The Biltmore
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Lapis The Spa at Fontainebleau
Le Sirenuse Miami
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann
The Miami Beach EDITION
Palme d’Or
Pao by Paul Qui
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach
The Spa at Carillon Miami Beach
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION
The Spa at The Setai
Tierra Santa Healing House
Trump International Beach Resort Miami
Trump National Doral Miami1 Hotel South Beach

These are excellent properties with consistently good service and facilities

Bourbon Steak, Miami by Michael Mina
COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Il Mulino New York
Hakkasan Miami
Matador Room
Scarpetta Miami Beach


City of Miami Beach Wins 2019 PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Miami Beach, FL – Today, the City of Miami Beach was honored with a 2019 PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Award for the their “Don’t Become/Cause a Chalk Line” bike safety campaign in the Cause Branding Campaign category. The announcement was made this afternoon in Washington D.C. at the organization’s annual awards luncheon.

“I’m excited to congratulate our Marketing & Communications and Transportation departments for their hard work and this prestigious recognition,” said City Manager Jimmy L. Morales.

There was only one other municipality nominated nationwide, and fellow nominees included leading institutions such as Alflac, Blue Cross, Awww, Girl Scouts of the USA, 21st Century Fox, Hilton, T-Mobile, Delta Airlines and the Children’s Miracle Network.

The city also received five honorable mentions for campaigns in Environmental Stewardship, Social Good, Green PR (two nominations) and Social Media.

PR News Group at Access Intelligence, LLC is the nationwide go-to source that serves the communications and public relations community at corporations, agencies and nonprofits. The PR News Group focuses on honing and growing PR and marketing professionals’ skills in social media, crisis management, digital PR, measurement, employee relations, media training, corporate social responsibility and writing. 

Photographer Nancy Ney’s Exploring Humanity opens at MIA


One of New York’s most sought-after fashion and lifestyle photographers now travels the world to capture images from unique cultures


(MIAMI, March 14, 2019)Exploring Humanity, an exhibition of stunning portraits created by former New York lifestyle photographer and current Miami resident Nancy Ney, is now on display through September at Miami International Airport’s Camera Works Gallery, located post-security between gates D22 and D25.

The images in Exploring Humanity are the culmination of Ney’s lifetime of photographing people. After decades of honing her craft as one of New York’s most sought-after advertising and fashion photographers, Ney’s artistic focus shifted in 2013 to traveling the world and capturing portraits from unique cultures.

“Exploring Humanity is an impressive collection of portraits from around the world, which makes it a perfect fit for our community’s global gateway,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO. “We are also proud to feature the work of an established artist like Nancy Ney, who now calls Miami-Dade County home.”

Ney is known for her humanity portraits set in exotic geographical regions, as well as natural landscapes that possess a singular sense of beauty. India, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Ecuador, Iceland, Costa Rica, Kenya and Nepal are just some of the countries she has explored, capturing the essence of its people and their natural surroundings through photography.

Ney’s images have won numerous awards, including first prize in the International Photography Award (ipa’s Family of Man) in 2016 and a Clio Award in 2013.   Her work has been exhibited at museums and art fairs across the U.S. She lives and works in Miami.

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