On the Scene: Biscayne Beach Grand Opening

Look out Downtown Miami, the beach just got closer! On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, hundreds of Miami's top brokers gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Biscayne Beach, Downtown Miami's newest luxury condominium.  Developed by Two Roads Development and GTIS Partners in Miami's fast-growing East Edgewater neighborhood, the 52-story tower has redefined how Miamians live and play by bringing the beach to the city with resort-style amenities that include the mainland's first bayfront Beach Club overlooking the waters of Biscayne Bay.  Biscayne Beach marks the Miami debut for celebrity designer and former TV star Thom Filicia – famously known for his role on Bravo's Emmy Award-winning show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy – as the brainchild behind the project's sophisticated 'beach chic' designs. At the event, guests were treated to the sounds of DJ YSL and live entertainment by Patrick & The Swayzes, while they mingled throughout the newly-opened building and enjoyed beach-themed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.   

AREAA Global Luxury Summit 2017 Guide for Locals: How to do 3-days worth of Education & Training in 8hrs

The Asian Real Estate Association of America will make Miami history tomorrow when it hosts its Global Luxry Summit 2017: the largest gathering of Asian American Real Estate professionals ever in the city. More than 650 Asian American real estate practitioners and investors are confirmed to attend the three-day, two-night event beginning, Friday, April, 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami and runs through Sunday, April 23.   This historic event, which comes on the heels of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Mar-o-Lago, is yet another sign that Miami is at the dawn of the Asia era. GLS 2017 presents an amazing opportunity for the Magic Cityi, as it helps to create awareness among Asian consumers and professionals of the city's status as a rising global powerhouse. Say goodbye, Miami Vice!    However, it also presents an unprecendented opportunity for Miami's community of real estate professionals looking to network, train or learn from Asian American real estate practitioners and investors. If that sounds like you, but you aren't sure if you can attend all three days, then you're in luck.   AREAA has extended a special offer to Miami locals for a $199 one-day pass - (1/3 third the $599 standard cost of attending the GLS 2017) for the inaugural day of the summit, Friday, April 21. The schedule includes an action packed day of panels, breakout sessions and networking at the Four Seasons Miami Hotel. As a special bonus, the offer includes 2017 membership to AREAA Greater Miami Chapter.   How to Do Three-Days Worth of Education & Networking in 8-Hours Begin your day with the educational, multi-topic international program. Learn the different aspects of lending to luxury and international buyers, how to effectively serve the culturally diverse Asian American market, increase your international and luxury sales, and lead your teams effectively.    The afternoon’s general session includes a variety of discussions led by panels of heavy hitters from all industry sectors. They will cover topics ranging from global capital flows, to international finance and expanding business with technology.  Close your day at the GLS 2017 Welcome Reception for networking with attendees from around the globe.     Scroll down for more information on the program details and scheduling.   This infographic has everything you need to know to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity.   

On the Scene: Cervera 2016 Top Producer Club Induction

High-above the majestic tree canopy streets and greenery that complement the lush lawns of Coconut Grove’s stately homes, Cervera Real Estate’s top brass came together at Paolo Bacchi's Artefacto-designed Penthouse atop Grove at Grand Bay for the 2016 Top Producer Club Induction ceremony.  Alicia Cervera Lamadrid, Managing Partner led the ceremonies alongside members of Cervera’s executive team, including: Javier Cervera, Principal; Jesse Ottley, President of Development Division; Anuca Valverde, President of Marketing and Ana Lopez de Quintana, Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations.  Only 51 individuals met the strict criteria to qualify for admission into this elite group, which is comprised of the best of the best, the top of the top, from the firm’s General Real Estate and Development Divisions. They represent the most talented professionals within the most competitive market of one of the most sought after destinations in the world: Miami.   2016 TOP PRODUCER CLUB CEVERA ELITE General Real Estate Perla Machaen   PLATINUM CIRCLE Development Division 1.       Ana Maria Goicoechea – The Ocean Resort Residences Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach 2.       Jacqueline Regnault – Le Parc At Brickell 3.       Jennifer Cervera – Biscayne Beach 4.       Yanet De Castro – Biscayne Beach 5.       Jennifer Cervera – Elysee Miami 6.       Yanet De Castro – Elysee Miami 7.       Jessica Juliao – The Bond On Brickell 8.       Lyda Juliao – The Bond On Brickell 9.       Jessica Juliao & Lyda Juliao – Brickell Flatiron 10.   Jessica Juliao – Peloro Miami Beach 11.   Lyda Juliao – Peloro Miami Beach 12.   John Parsiani – Aria On The Bay 13.   Nelson Rios - Centro 14.   Sandra Masis – Grove At Grand Bay 15.   Chris Suarez – Brickell Flatiron   CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE General Real Estate 1. Carlo Dipasquale 2. Juliana Tobon 3. Patricio Orloff 4. Roberto Malca                             GOLD CIRCLE Development Division 1.       Claudia Canellas – Le Parc at Brickell  2.       Dolores Delgado – Grove at Grand Bay  3.       Juan Carlos Tobon – Aria on the Bay 4.      Miguelina Ramirez – Centro 5.       Roberto Malca – Biscayne Beach   PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE General Real Estate 1.       Ada Sasson 2.       Anthony Flexas 3.       Blanquita Rivero 4.       Claudia Del Toro 5.       Karen Elmir 6.       Mitzi Mitchell 7.       Yovani Garcia   CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE General Real Estate 1.       Aldo Briolo 2.       Angelica Fajardo 3.       Beatriz Carmona 4.       Cristina Falla Trelles 5.       Debi Quade 6.       Helena Fordin 7.       Jose Hurtado Cipriani 8.       Karen McCarthy 9.       Marie Bellitto 10.   Marioly Saldana 11.   Nelson Rios 12.   Nestor Ponce De Leon 13.   Noe Machado 14.   Philip Freedman 15.   Sandra Masis 16.   Seikiti Shinmon 17.   Sildy Cervera   SILVER CIRCLE Development Division 1.       Christopher Adeleke – Le Parc At Brickell 2.       Elena Campos – The Bond On Brickell 3.       Emily Gimblett – Biscayne Beach 4.       Gloria Behar – Le Parc At Brickell 5.       Jessica Juliao - Centro 6.       Karen Elmir – Grove At Grand Bay 7.       Karen Elmir – Brickell Flatiron 8.       Karine Carvalho – Aria On The Bay 9.       Kinga Konsorska –Biscayne Beach 10.   Kinga Konsorska – Elysee Miami 11.   Luis Garino - Aria On The Bay 12.   Lyda Juliao - Centro 13.   Nicolas Barbara - Aria On The Bay 14.   Philip Freedman – Grove At Grand Bay 15.   Sandra Stendel – Peloro Miami Beach 16.   Susette Prada - Aria On The Bay 17.   Yanet De Castro - Aria On The Bay Congratulations to you all!   On behalf of the Cervera Family and Management Team, we'd like to extend a special thanks to Special thanks to Paolo Bacchi, CEO of Artefacto; Thomas Pla, Vice President of Private Client Services for Bank United, Ben Solomon of Title Company of Florida and Cervera Real Estate's Sandra Masis. Take a look at the event gallery below for highlights from the evening. To Download Photos from the evening. CLICK HERE.

On the Scene: Cervera Christmas Party & 2016 Awards Ceremony

Last Friday, Cervera’s best of the best gathered under the stars in beautiful Coral Gables for a holiday soiree that combined Great Gatsby-style revelry with the sophistication and charm of Habana circa 1957. More than 300 Cervera agents, executives and staff came together for the celebration, which took place at a private residence overlooking the manicured lawns of the famous Biltmore Hotel and Golf Course. Among the highlights: a seven-piece band, copious amounts of champagne, dinner, dancing, and laughs had by all. It was an evening to remember. Every year, Cervera’s top brass hosts the awards ceremony to honor those whose individual and team efforts make Cervera a leader year-after-year. Here’s a look at the 2016 Award Winners for Outstanding Achievement, Special Recognition and Top Producer – and other memorable moments captured from the night.  OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT    Outstanding Allegiance Award 2016 Maria Martin   Outstanding Administrative Assistant 2016 Tatiana Ruiz    Outstanding Dedication Award 2016 Aisa Lopez   Outstanding Marketing Leadership 2016 Alexandra Elfmont     Outstanding Development Teamwork 2016  Cari Cascio; Ana Maria Goicoechea; Krista Richman; Jeannette Facio Lince; Joyce Larkin (The Ocean Conrad Resort Residences Ft. Lauderdale)   Developmenmt Division Rookie of the Year 2016   Mariana Lima   Outstanding New Leadership 2016  Nicolas Barbara   Outstanding General Real Estate Leadership 2016 Marie Bellitto    Outstanding Development Sales Leadership 2016  Nelson Rios       Top Number of Sales Listings 2016 Orloff International Group      Top Number of Rental Listings 2016  Yovani Garcia      Biggest Sales 2016 Nickel Goeseke Jr.     Highest Priced Sold Listing 2016 Tina Falla Trelles      Outstanding International Reach 2016   Jerry Sanchez    Outstanding Marketing 2016   Karen Elmir (The Elmir Group)   Chairman Award 2016   Jennifer Behar Cervera    SPECIAL RECOGNITION Julie Alvarez Our Friend & Esteemed Colleague, For outstanding service and leadership that defined an impeccable career which transcends three decades.   TOP PRODUCER CIRCLE  Commercial Sales:   1st Place Nickel Goeseke Jr.   Development Sales:   3rd Place Karen Elmir (The Elmir Group)   2nd Place Jessica Juliao       1st Place Sandra Masis      Residential Sales: 3 rd Place Orloff International Group    2nd Place Roberto Malca   1st Place Perla Machaen    Congratulations to all of our 2016 winners!  ### To see more pictures from the evening, check out our gallery below or click here to download high-resolution images.   

Alicia Cervera Honored by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado – 10.18.16

Cervera Real Estate founder and chairman Alicia Cervera was honored by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who proclaimed October 18, “Alicia Cervera Day” in the City of Miami. The milestone achievement caps an illustrious 47-year for Cervera, who has been called the “Queen of Brickell,” and is credited for pioneering the modern-day, full-service real estate model for development sales. This article originally appeared in Miami Agent Magazine

Cervera's Phillip Freedman and Sandra Masis Broker Grove at Grand Bay

A Miami-based hotel developer closed on a unit at the newly completed Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove. Bernard and Jessie Wolfson paid $6.55 million for unit 1603N at the twisting, twin-tower development, Miami-Dade County records show. Bernard Wolfson heads Hospitality Operations Inc., a hotel owner and developer active in South Florida, and practiced real estate law from the early 1960s to 2000, according to published reports. They paid about $1,153 a foot for their 5,683-square-foot unit. The Wolfsons, who are also active in South Florida’s arts, theater, hospital, and religious nonprofit worlds, own a 5,660-square-foot condo at the nearby Cloisters on the Bay complex. Cervera Real Estate’s Phillip Freedman and Sandra Masis brokered the sale of their Grove at Grand Bay unit. Terra Group delivered Grove at Grand Bay earlier this month. The 98-unit, twin 20-story development was designed by starchitect Bjarke Ingels along with architect John Nichols of Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates. Cervera handled sales for the project, which launched in 2012. Units range from 1,300 square feet to the 10,000-square-foot, full-floor penthouse. Prices ranged from about $1 million to $14 million, excluding the penthouse that’s on the market for $28 million. Other buyers so far include Joseph Padovano, founder of the valet company US Parking; family wealth manager Didier Doucet; and a handful of prominent South American buyers. Raymond Jungles handled the landscaping, which includes roughly 500 trees and more than 15,000 plants. Amenities will include rooftop pools, a spa and gym, a pet spa and a bicycle space for every resident. The project is aiming for LEED Gold certification, developer David Martin previously told The Real Deal. Terra could not immediately be reached for more information on the Wolfsons’ unit. This article originally appeared in The Real Deal.  

People On The Move: Cervera's Omar De Windt Appointed Vice President of Corporate Communications

Industrial Terrance E. Linne has been appointed president of Lank Oil Co. to oversee the Miami fueling business' marine, construction and retail fuel distribution in Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.Linne joined Lank Oil in 1997 and has worked as a fuel distributor, warehouse manager, general manager and executive vice president. Linne is active with community and industry-related organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Florida Petroleum Marketers' Association and The Boy Scouts of America. Education Oxbridge Academy has appointed Kerry Kruckel as director of development, and Judie Gibson has joined as business and donor development officer in West Palm Beach. Before joining Oxbridge, Kruckel was executive director of the Els for Autism Foundation.Before moving to Florida in 2014, Kruckel lived and worked in New York City, most recently as the chief development officer at The New School. She also was chief development officer at WNET New York Public Media and managing director at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Gibson has worked as a consulting development specialist and officer for the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Life's Top 10 Leadership Program, Stand Strong USA and Life Without Limbs. She also was vice president of marketing for the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Gibson is currently an investing partner and investment relations coordinator for the fast casual restaurant PDQ. Community YMCA of South Palm Beach County's board of trustees named Tim Devlin as chief volunteer officer, taking over from Charles Deyo. Devlin is a partner and tax services leader for Daszkal Bolton. Chambers Allison Turner, CEO and owner of Business Consultants of South Florida, has become the 2016 Chair of the Delray Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors. Ambassadors serve as the greeting arm of the chamber to promote new-member participation and retention.   The Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation has announced the finalists for its 5th Annual Women of Worth Award Luncheon, which will be Feb. 4 at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, featuring guest speaker Rachel Docekal, managing partner for the Lyrae Group LLC and former CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation. The finalists in the Corporate category are Hallie Agostinelli, BNI- Palm Beach; Natalia Alvaraz, Sabadell Bank & Trust; Jennifer Berthiaume, Lion Country Safari; Ileana Carlisle, Biotest Pharmaceuticals; Robbin Lee, Wellington Regional Medical Center; and Liz Quirantes, WPEC CBS12. In the Education category, finalists are Marcia Andrews, School Board of Palm Beach County, District 6; Enid Cochran, Pahokee High School; Diane Howard, Crossroads Academy; and Candace Tamposi, Sacred Heart School. Finalists in the Entrepreneur category are Claudia Bartra, La Granja Restaurants; Annie Davis, Palm Beach Travel; Cynthia Heathcoe, Contemporary Living; Kimberly Leland, Print It Plus; and Shanon Lynn Materio, McMow Art Glass. Non-Profit finalists are Claudia Barto, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast; Tami Donnally, EBC Ministries; Carolee Ellison, South Tech Vet Assistant Academy; Anne Gannon, constitutional tax collector of Palm Beach County; Dr. LaurieGeorge, United Way; Kim Kerr, Women in the Window International; Amy Mauser, American Red Cross-South Florida Region; Jaene Miranda, Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County; Deborah Morgan, Palm Beach Harvest Inc.; Tina Phillips, Palm Beach Habilitation Center; and Penny Pompei, Palm Beach SCORE. In the volunteer category: Maria Becker, Palm Beach Urology Associates PA; Samantha Conde, WXEL-TV; Donia Roberts, Donia A. Roberts PA; Meredith Rollo, Florida Power & Light; Virginia Savietto, VS Development Solutions; and Selena Smith, Quad S Solutions. Young Professional category: Kelly Boudreau, Schumacher Family of Dealerships; Loverly Sheridan, Learning Excelling Applying Perserving (L.E.A.P.); and Sarah Shullman, Office of the Attorney General-West Palm Beach. Continuing care Robert Vital has been appointed health care administrator at Covenant Village of Florida, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities in Plantation. Before joining Covenant Village, Vital was nursing home administrator at Hollywood Hills Rehab Center, Hollywood. He also was a licensed health risk manager at Signature HealthCare Center of Waterford, Hialeah Gardens. Construction The National Association of Women In Construction elected a new board for 2016: President Christina L. Feyen, The Soto Law Group, P.A.; Vice President Judi Sweet, Fire and Mold Restoration; Treasurer Golden Johansson, vice president, Legacy Bank of Florida; and Secretary Jennifer Lee McCloskey, senior account executive, AppleOne Fort Lauderdale. Aviation Missy Roberto joined Banyan Air Service as the manager of the Banyan Pilot Shop. She is responsible for the growth, leadership, organization and management of Banyan's retail store.Roberto started working in retail in 1987 for a family-owned men's clothing store and later worked for The Limited Inc., Gap, Bath & Body Works and Cache.She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Environmental   The Institute for Regional Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biodiversity, announced that Kingsley Dixon has joined its board of directors in Delray Beach. Dixon is a professor at Curtin University's Department of Environment and Agriculture, a visiting professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, a visiting professor at the University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and a research associate at the Missouri Botanic Garden in the U.S. Law Scott Knapp, a partner in Broad and Cassel's Fort Lauderdale office, has received the 2016 Sigmund Steinberg Award for Alumni Service from Alpha Epsilon Pi. Sachs Sax Caplan P.L. has added four attorneys to its Boca Raton office: Gabriel Itskovich, Jay S. Levin, Rand S. Lieber and Bradley F. Rothenberg. Miami-based Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A. announced that attorney Jesus M. Suarez has been named a partner. Suarez joined the firm in 2008 as an associate. He concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, governmental law, creditors' rights, bankruptcy litigation and real estate transactions. Florida community association law firm Kaye Bender Rembaum announced that Lisa Magill, formerly a Becker & Poliakoff shareholder, has joined the firm as of counsel. Jeffrey A. Weissman, principal of the marital and family law firm Gladstone & Weissman P.A., was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Katz Barron Squitero Faust announced that Elizabeth Mabry has rejoined the firm as an associate. Mabry previously held the position of associate with Katz Barron fromSeptember 2012 through July 2015. Public relations Camila Moller of Miami and Michelle Spriegel of Weston have joined (add)ventures, a multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm. Moller has been hired as director of strategy/marketing and Spriegel as specialist of pr/social media. Real estate Cervera Real Estate appointed Omar De Windt as vice president of corporate communications. Before joining Cervera Real Estate, De Windt was director of public relations-North America, Caribbean and Latin America for 3AWorldwide, an international marketing communications agency headquartered in Miami. This article originally appeared in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel