27 Mar

IGY Marinas (Island Global Yachting Marinas) has broadened its Florida marina holdings with the opening of One Island Park – Miami Beach. The super yacht locale on Miami Beach’s Terminal Island is a sign of the company’s intended growth strategy in Florida.

Tom Mukamal, IGY Marinas chief executive officer, commented in a statement that One Island Park – Miami Beach will not only enable the company to draw attention to its services but will also appeal to even larger vessels.

The marina has the capacity for private vessels up to 222 meters or 730 feet in length and a depth of 12 meters or 40 feet as well as dockside electricity. In addition, the marina is exempt from Captain of the Port (COTP) zone regulations, which means vessels can arrive and depart without advance notice. It is situated nearby the U.S. Coast Guard Station. The marina is also located close to Miami’s trendy shops as well as dining, restaurants and leisure activities.

Located on site, concierge BWA Yachting provides the vessels with support services that range from last minute specialized concierge requests to the handling of a single port call. Furthermore, the company announced Gili Wojnowich would take on the position of general manger of One Island Park – Miami Beach.

Wojnowich handled the responsibility of making direct support available to the company’s decision makers as well as presenting detailed examination and underwriting assistance in his most recent position as operations manager for IGY Marinas corporate. He had previously worked as general manager for several IGY marina locations including Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina in New York and Marina at Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas.

One Island Park – Miami Beach will also take part in IGY Marinas global community outreach program, Inspire Giving Through You. The philanthropy program brings volunteers together to give back to the local communities and non-profit organizations that surround the marinas where the company operates.

IGY Marinas, which was launched in 2005 and founded by Andrew Farkas, specializes in servicing and managing luxury-yacht marinas worldwide. The company carries its business out in Colombia, Mexico, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Panama and Turks & Caicos as well as in the US.

16 Feb

The 2011 Ideas Festival was hosted by United Emirates Ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba and his wife Abeer at Nobu Matsuhisa. The Festival was held in honor of Walter Isaacson who was the CEO President of Aspen Institute. It was a private business dinner by invitation only. The event attracted numerous guests in an array of fields from factory work to media. The chef of the hour was Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. The event was sponsored by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

The event was held to discuss an array of topics from 9/11 to green technology to the meaning of happiness. Many significant leaders included Alan Greenspan, Sandra Day O’Connor and Robert Putnam. Among the topics address included the rise of the Tea Party in the 2011 elections and other imminent changes that could affect the future of American Policy.

The AIF (Aspen Ideas Festival) Blog that year was titled How Refugee Children Envision the Future. In it, Lina Sergie Attar spoke about life in Syria. Attar’s family moved to Syria from upstate New York when Attar was just 12 years old. She described Syria being so war-torn that families make refugee camps their home and the children there cannot imagine their futures without it. In Syria, compared to the U.S., citizens are expected to submit to authority down to the letter. Attar has since founded the Karam Foundation, which is designed to provide aide to Syrian refugees.

Some other ideas discussed during the festival were preventing gun tragedy in schools, educating students more holistically for success, bridging the gap between the working wealthy and machines that can “craft smarter”.

In the prevention of gun tragedies, Perri Peltz, Maria Cuomo Cole and Nicole Hockley stated that, on average, 95 people are killed due to gun violence and six of those are in their teens or younger. Nicole Hockley’s six-year-old son was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, which motivated her to found the Sandy Hook Promise. Maria Cuomo Cole is a film producer whose documentaries have focused on social issues such as PTSD and gun violence. If that’s not an idea worth promoting, then one has to wonder what is.

In Beyond Test Scores, Shirley Brandman, Tom Shriver, Pamela Cantor and Jim Shelton discuss the fact that too many schools are missing the true point of educating children. This is due to the fact that schools still emphasize only the academics and this is not working anymore. As a result, social and emotional competencies need to be emphasized as well.

13 Feb

Becoming a private art collector in Miami is quite an important investment strategy for anyone who has quite a lot of money. Someone who is collecting art in the city will find it possible to use a new artist who makes the style of art they love. The love of art is a fine reason to collect, and someone who is learning how to collect art will pick up information they need in this article. The artists who populate Miami are collected by amazing people who include celebrities who are coming to the city for their vacations.

#1: What Is The Purpose Of Collecting Art?

Collecting art is a way for people like George Lindemann to invest money, and the money is quite safe as art will increase in value over the years. The art that has been collected may be displayed or sold at any time. Someone who has quite a lot of time to hold their art will make money, or they may sell at auction for a short-term profit.

#2: Who Is Collecting Art In Miami?

Alicia Keys and other stars have come to Miami to collect art. Leonardo DiCaprio comes to the city for his trips away from the set, and he often purchases art because he wishes to fill his homes with some beautiful. He may pass his art on to his children, or he may sell his art at any time for a profit. The investment is far more stable than using the stock market, and there are many other actors and wealthy business people who do the same.

#3: What Sort Of Art Is Made?

There are quite a few people who are searching for art that is made in a particular style, and those who are searching for certain types of art will find it with people who create sculpture or paintings. The paintings are most-common, and sculpture is something that may be interesting to those who have quite a lot of space to display. There is a place where the buyer may come to find the best art, and they will buy reliably on every trip.

The finest art in Miami is made by people who are created many different people who are committed to their craft. The craft of building art for sale is interesting as it is a business for the artist, and it is a form of investment for someone with money to spend.

10 Jan

Recently, National Harbor Marina has been acquired by IGY Marinas. The acquisition of this marina allows IGY to offer its services to the Washington D.C. area for the first time, making the deal of great consequence for the company.

IGY has a targeted expansion strategy in place, and has had its eye on National Harbor. The marina has become a significant tourism terminus and source for new development projects, making it an ideal target for expansion opportunities. Alongside Chairman Andrew Farkas, IGY CEO Tom Mukamal claims that National Harbor has been a top priority because of the high success of the development in the area. The marina can also provide significant potential as destination for yachting. Mukamal is excited to work with the area’s stake holders and their partners to make National Harbor a yachting top location for the nation’s capital.

IGY will immediately begin implementing its services and operations within National Harbor Marina. They will also use their existing relationships in hopes of raising the profile of the marina through special events and philanthropic initiatives.

National Harbor offers special feature and is known in the area for their excellent customer service. It has over 70 floating dock slips that can quarter yachts over 150 feet long, and up to a draft of 9-feet. The marina also has amenities that include water and refuse bins, Wi-Fi and cable, private showers, laundry facilities, and a security gate to name a few.

IGY was founded in 2005 and the company has the focus of acquiring, managing and servicing marinas and the real estate properties that surround them. IGY is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but also has offices in St. Thomas and New York City. Their network of properties has set new standards in nautical tourism all over the globe. The have an unrivaled collection of marinas that cater to a plethora of vessel types like cruisers, sailing, motor yachts, and sport fishers.

IGY is a participant in 10 of the world’s biggest fishing tournaments, making some of their marina locations highly desired. Their locations are renowned for their levels of service. IGY’s service division has a wide variety portfolio that provides solutions for each and every owner including accounting, insurance, development, branding and marketing, and design and engineering. The company even has in-house staff members with the expertise to help their clients.

They approach every situation as if they are owners themselves. IGY has a complete understanding in managing local relationships and logistics. IGY is an affiliate of Island Capital Group, LLC.

6 Dec

Trans fats are something we’ve heard about for years and it’s been surrounded by much controversy. The good news is; the government is stepping in to relieve the public of the harmful effects of trans fats in the food. According to a story covered by NBC news the goal is to remove nearly all trans fats out of the public food arena and, reduce coronary heart disease. This means less fatal heart attacks every year. This is big news for the US. The US is one of the largest consumers of trans fats in the world and, most people are unaware of how much they consume per year.

What are trans fats?

For those who are a bit confused about what trans fats are we’ll give you the explanation used in the NBC story. Trans fats are turned into solids from liquid oils when they are hydrogenated. The issue is, people mistake this as a healthy substitute for butter or lard when in fact it’s just as harmful if not worse. So, the positive point is, we now know better and someone is out there working for the public in this arena.

According to the FDA’s Dr. Susan Mayne, ”what is good for extending shelf-life is not what’s good for extending human life.” That is a great way of putting it, right to the point and, very true.
So what’s the change?

There will be a lot more changes on the horizon but, one of the most important changes is, the food producers will have to ask the FDA for permission to use trans fats. Margaret Hamburg, former FDA Commissioner played an integral role in the initiative.

Who’s responsible for starting this long awaited action?

The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest is the organization that sued and forced the FDA to move on this issue. This is a victory for the public who are consuming foods each day especially is the underprivileged sector. Cheaper foods are typically riddled with trans fats because they keep food longer.

28 Nov

Miami is well known for its beaches,clubs, George Lindemann, and music. Unless one lives there or is a frequent visitor,they do not know about the popular art scene. While there are currently no publicly owned art collections, there are private collectors who choose to share their collections with the public. These collectors have brought attention to appreciation for modern day art. Contemporary artists also receive more recognition this way. The most successful of collectors showcase their pieces during the Miami’s annual Art Basel. Art brings many different people together and celebrities that have been seen at the event include everyone from Rose McGowan to Sylvester Stallone and Kanye West.

The showcases would not be possible without the private collectors. One of the most successful of collectors is billionaire Martin Margulies. His warehouse contains such pieces as sculptures and installation work. He has made a living from being a property developer and doesn’t feel the desire to sell any of the artwork he has accumulated over the last thirty years.

The Rubell Family have been in business since 1964 but did not open their Miami warehouse until 1994. Their collection today features pieces by such artists as Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Norman and Irma Braman are known for their collection of classic American artwork. The couple recently decided to fully fund the construction of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami. The Braman’s have invested much of their fortune in art.

Those are just a few of the art collectors known for bringing attention to the art scene in Miami. When residents are not at the beach or partying, they should visit one of the privately owned collections opened to the public. They never know what they may discover when admiring. Art should be an essential to anyone’s home, whether classic or contemporary. There is always a place for art.

22 Nov

A commencement speech affirms your graduation into the new world. Attending college is a thirst for knowledge and each year, a commencement speaker reminds you that your thirst for knowledge doesn’t have to stop with your graduation. Your hard work and dedication should guide you to help reach your dreams and goals. Speakers encourage graduates to take their commencement into the future and never stop learning. You’ll new embark a journey into a world outside of college that thrives on your ability to keep learning and be willing to grow. Some of the most prominent graduation speakers this year include:

President Barack Obama
The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave a historical commencement speech at Howard University this year. As the leader of this country, he went on to encourage the future leaders of tomorrow. He was very personal with the audience ensuring them that he knew it took a long hard road to get there. He affirmed how college has allowed some to gain lifelong friends and others to discover what they are truly made of. As a strong believer in the progress of humankind he encouraged the new graduates to do the same. In addition, President Obama encouraged them to embark on their special responsibilities and to seek the spirit of achievement. He received a well-deserved standing ovation for his commencement speech.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba gave a heartfelt speech at the New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Stressing the importance of uniting the United States and the UAE his speech further reinforced his efforts to improve the bond between the two countries. The ambassador was selected to his stance on the value of openness. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s speech encouraged graduates to embark on the new world with peace, diversity, and tolerance for all people.

Larry Ellison
Founder of the Oracle, Larry Ellison, gave a moving commencement speech at the University of Southern California. In his speech, he advised the 2016 graduates to pursue their dreams. He offered up advice that he learned from Steve Jobs who was a good friend of his for over 30 years. Larry Ellison also encouraged the graduates to be committed to the improvement of the lives of others throughout their work after graduating. He noted achievements throughout life are as valuable as academic success.

28 Sep

Most people are fully aware of that the FDA started trying to eliminate potentially harmful trans fats from foods many years ago. The idea was to eventually eliminate them entirely, but that is something that is taking much longer than anticipated to achieve. In fact, for a very long while it seemed as though nothing more was going to be done with it and that the individual foods that had previously had trans fats removed would be the only ones that would undergo those changes. However, the FDA is now moving to completely banish all trans fats from food sold in the United States.

Why is this important? Essentially, there has been a lot of research done over the past several years that suggests that trans fats are more harmful to an individual’s physical well-being than other ingredients. The problem is, trans fats were initially in just about everything that was purchased from a store that was not homemade. As a result, everything from potato chips to cinnamon rolls to butter and even vegetable oil contained trans fats. This meant that wide sweeping changes had to occur and in turn, this meant that a lot of money was likely to be spent in an attempt to rid products of trans fats.

Perhaps that is one reason why the initial efforts took so long to occur. However, as more research has been developed and that initial wave of foods was produced without trans fats, it became more obvious that individuals would continue to buy products even when trans fats were no longer included. The initiative was pushed along by former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Initially, there was some pushback on the part of consumers because the absence of trans fat sometimes changed the texture or the appearance of foods, ever so slightly. What consumers were really afraid of was that it was going to change the taste or make the product more expensive. However, that has really not been the case so there is not near as much push back as there once was. In fact, consumers are now far more interested in consuming healthier products than they are with appearance or texture.

All of this makes it easier to get rid of trans fats in their entirety. Therefore, consumers can expect this particular item on the ingredients list to go away completely in the relatively near future. Like anything else, it takes a certain amount of time for the changes to be complete. With that being said, the FDA is already well on its way to making this a reality.

6 Sep

Following a substantial donation, the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) recently honored the Soffer Family. The charitable gift, given to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami make research, education, and clinical care possible. To honor the Soffer Family, the Clinical Research Center has been renamed the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. Don Soffer was joined by his children, Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer at the ground breaking. This name change marks the possibilities that are now possible through the gift, and recognize the incredible community that has formed around the Miller School of Medicine.

Founded six years ago, the Miller School of Medicine is just one part of the UHealth System, but the ability to educate is vital to the University. Present at the celebration were current and past students, faculty, and community leaders, all there to support the university and the new goals it has set with the funds that were made.

In addition to supporting new research happening at the research center, the money donated will also go to building a new center of education that will complete the campus’ medical center. This medical education building broke ground on the same day as the renaming celebration and puts the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine at the forefront of medical education.

School leaders noted that having access to, and being able to provide students, doctors, and patients with access to, education resources, research facilities, and areas to practice care make for a fully sustainable health center. It also makes the university a healthy competitor among health centers and educational institutions.

Drawings of the new building to come were part of the unveiling, and on hand for guests to view. New technology, access to more medical resources, and a new auditorium are the most prominent features to be added to campus within this new space. The Soffer family gave $25M to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute earlier this year, in what is the largest donation the Institute has received. The majority of the funds will go to continuing stem cell research already being conducted, as well as funding new research. Stem cell research is important to creating therapies in the fields of aging, sports injuries, and cardiology, which doctors at UHealth specialize in.

28 Jul

Miami is one of the most notable destinations for its sparkling waterfront real estate, star studded beaches, fine dining, luxury shopping, flourishing nightlife, and world renowned private art collections thanks to famed Miami art collectors like Martin Z. Marquiles of the Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse, Donald and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection and Rosa and George Lindemann, which serves as an extension of their home and proudly features a budding collection of international contemporary art.

To become an art collector in Miami requires just a few good skills like an innate ability to discern whether to purchase a work of art as well as the ability to purchase individual pieces in such a way that they create a meaningful grouping, and of course, the knowledge of where to purchase art.

Miami is home to a number of esteemed art fairs, galleries and exhibitions where collectors can purchase the art of their choice including contemporary works, traditional fine art, sculptures, glass art, paintings, fine art photography, prints and more. Some of the most notable places in Miami to buy art include:

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami’s annual, week-long international art fair, brings together top gallerists, dealers, collectors, curators, art lovers and artists from all over, transforming Miami into the largest art market in North America. The fair features modern and contemporary art in 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, showcasing more than 250 galleries from 31 countries inside the Miami Beach Convention Center and takes place each early December.

Miami Design District

Miami Design District is home to some of the finest museums, showrooms and galleries including The Haitian Heritage Museum, Opera Gallery, Markowicz Fine Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space and more. Check back often for current exhibits, artists and features on display.

Art Miami

Art Miami, notable for its superior quality, remarkable variety and modish gallery-like furnishings, begins the opening day of Art Week. During this time, thousands of curators, artists, dealers and collectors flood the Miami scene. Art Miami features the best in contemporary and modern art from more than 125 art galleries and is considered the “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, museum directors and curators.

FAAM-Fine Art Auctions Miami

FAAM, located in the Miami Design District, is the leading fine art auction house in Miami. Established by a team of globally trained experts and auctioneer Art