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Michael Gongora is a community association attorney and candidate for a seat on the Miami Beach City Commission from Group III in the November 3rd election. He talks about the issues he believes need to be addressed by the City of Miami Beach in the days ahead.
General Manager of the Miami Beach Convention Center since 2008, Robert Balsam, Jr. is a well-known 30-year veteran of the public assembly facility management industry. He is also on the Advisory Board for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the SoBe Institute of the Arts Board of Directors.
Balsam, who previously served Global Spectrum (which manages the MBCC) as Assistant General Manager at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH, brings proven and successful experience in administration, operations and the booking and implementation of events at convention centers throughout the United States, to Miami Beach. He joined Global Spectrum in 2007 in Cincinnati as Director of Sales, working with the Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau in developing and implementing numerous successful sales strategies for long-term convention, corporate and tradeshow business.
Prior to joining Global Spectrum, Balsam was Director of Sales at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, from 2004-2007. He also served as Senior Event Manager and Guest Services Manager for the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, from 2001-2004; Convention Manager at the Freeman Companies/Sullivan Transfer Company in Dallas, TX, from 1992-2001; Assistant Manager of Operations for the Albert Thomas Convention Center in Houston, TX, from 1983-999; and Event Coordinator at the Astrodome in Houston, TX from 1978-1983.
Valerie Rasken:Director of Marketing for Miami Beach Chamber
Marketing/Branding/Incard Director for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Miami Beach INcard program, which offers discounts at local businesses, hotels, restaurants, attractions, professional businesses, and more. Miami Beach residents are eligible to receive a FREE black Miami Beach INcard. Visitors, tourists and non-residents are eligible for a FREE platinum Miami Beach INcard. Beginning as an initiative developed by the City of Miami Beach Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce implemented the Miami Beach INcard as a business stimulus program for the surrounding area. The Chamber’s mission is to connect, enrich, and develop business through various marketing opportunities and the Miami Beach INcard allows for an additional avenue to do so. Sponsored By City National Bank. For more
information please go to www.miamibeachincard.com
If I've learned anything throughout my career, it's the power of relationships. When launching my first company, Sudsies Dry Cleaners, I joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce with the hope that it would help me uncover networking opportunities. However, any member soon finds that an affiliation with this organization is so much more fulfilling than simply advancing a business – it's about the people. Throughout my tenure, I've been able to tap into the minds of the area's greatest industry leaders, whose shared experiences and best practices have marked my life both professionally and personally. My once-small business has now grown into several companies, but most importantly, my networking relationships have grown into friendships.
Sitting on the Board of Governors for 14 years, I'm excited to now lead and advance the Chamber's exceptional culture. I've watched this group evolve into an A-list team of passionate, dynamic people who all understand and are eager to answer the needs of its membership. With their support, I'll be able to drive opportunities and policies that benefit the organization, but also demonstrate our priority to foster a strong community in which businesses, residents and visitors can thrive.
Joining the Chamber has proven to be an invaluable experience and it's my personal mission to ensure the same rewards for our existing and future members. From the seasoned to the promising, each member has the power, through strong relationships, to impact and contribute to the development of this great city. As your leader, fellow member, mentor, learnee and friend, I look forward working with you.
At your service,
Philip Goldfarb, President and Chief Operating Officer of
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
President Jerry Libbin Speaking with Bob Goodman Art Basel
From December 1 through 4, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
To mark its 10th edition, Art Basel Miami Beach will inaugurate a new collaboration with the Bass Museum of Art on the Art Public sector, which will transform Collins Park with unique artworks and performances by renowned artists and emerging talents. For the first time, Art Video will be presented in SoundScape Park on the large-scale outdoor projection wall of the New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry. The free public viewings will be part of a number of special events and performances taking place across Miami Beach for the duration of the show to celebrate the 10th edition.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel Miami Beach - the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.
We look forward to welcoming you at Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.
Dr. Miguel Toro of Toro Family Chiropractic Miami Beach
I guess i can say i'm one of the few miami locals....raised here in Miami. Went to the University of Miami and earned a biology degree with a focus on sports medicine. I then worked in professional and collegiate athletics over the next few years, included a year long internship with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2002 i decided to make a career change..i wanted to be in a professional that served humanity at a larger scale. After some research, visiting offices and being blown away about what i was learning, i knew that i had to be a chiropractor. In 2005 i finished chiro school, and have been practicing here in Miami beach for the last three years.
Toro Family Chiropractic is a family wellness practice located in the heart of Miami Beach. We serve people of all ages, from newborns to their great grandparents. Our Mission at Toro Family Chiropractic is to assist you in achieving extraordinary health. Whether you face physical health challenges, or you wish to take your health to a whole new level, Toro Family Chiropractic is here to serve you.
Mary Spio is the author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success from Penguin Books. Mary is best known for creating and holding patents on the technology used to digitally release feature films over satellite and for demographically targeted distribution of cinema content (alternate endings). The technology was commercialized via Boeing Digital Cinema and Lucas Films. Today the technology is widely used as an accepted, cost saving, modern alternative for scores of major films. Mary has created 3 game changing technologies and worked with companies ranging from Microsoft, Toyota, Coca Cola and Tribune News. Mary is the president of a Miami beach based virtual reality company.
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