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

14 Jul

The best weddings are a result of teamwork between the couple, the wedding party and the service provider. As the man, you want to choose groomsmen who will be committed and willing to sacrifice their time to help in the wedding planning. On the side of the groomsmen, it takes great sacrifice to always appear in the meetings, chipping in in terms of time, money and ideas. For this great sacrifice, awarding them a small gift basket after the wedding is the least you can do. Here are some creative ideas for gift baskets for the groomsmen

Super Car Vouchers

Almost every man fantasizes of driving a super car, even for an hour. Giving your groomsmen vouchers for rental super cars is the best way to go. This gift will show that you appreciate their effort. They are bound never to forget the feeling. There are many luxury car rental companies who offer these services, as well as racetracks that organize events.

Hunting Gifts

Hunting is a manly affair where men friends get to bond. This gift shows your groomsmen that you would like to stay connected with them. Put some hunting gear in the gift baskets and then plan the trip. You can also include some camping necessities from a site like REI.


Gifting your groomsmen with a box of quality chocolate is very thoughtful . Everyone loves chocolate. They make a perfect gift, especially, on a day when your groomsmen are so exhausted. Help your groomsmen revitalize after the long day. You could even splurge a little and get some fancy chocolate from Mast Brothers.

Cigar Collection

Giving your groomsmen some cigars is a great gift. Make a collection of some of the premium and super premium brands and pack them in humidors. This is one gift that your groomsmen will definitely enjoy. Check out

Game Night Gifts

This is the perfect gift to show your groomsmen that you appreciate them and that you would like to continue hanging out. A few items that you could include: poker cards & chips, chess boards, scrabble etc. The items to include in this gift will depend on what your friends like. They will get to enjoy this gift, and enjoy it with you.

Personalized Liquor Accessories

This will come in handy when they are holding parties or going on road trips. Take time to choose some classy glasses or leather engraved flasks. Have each of them engraved with the name of the groomsman it is meant for. They will feel that you had each of them in mind when planning the perfect gift to award them.


7 Jul

Americans are realizing how unhealthy we have become and we are ready to do something about it. Part of being healthier means eating healthier. Naturally, though, we still love our sweetness. How do we get the good stuff in without sacrificing taste? We Juice! Research firm Mintel notes that the juicing industry has risen 120% from 2010 to 2015. This is a result of needing the quickness of a fast food restaurant but the taste of something much better.

Beyond taste, there are health benefits from juicing. Getting a juice off the shelf might not be the best solution but fresh juices contain all the benefit from the fruits and vegetables that went into the recipe. It even pulls nutrients out that are hard to get to when eating the fruit or vegetable by removing the insoluble fiber allowing for increased absorption of enzymes. The concern maybe all the sugar that juice has in it, yet that depends on what the person is drinking. Going 80% vegetables and 20% fruit will eliminate a lot of the sugar. Where can we find great juicing places around the United States? Here are three great options.

OnJuice Bar in Miami, Florida has a store right in Aventura Mall. Overseen by Jackie Soffer, Aventura Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the United States. Each of their 16.9-ounce bottles contains up to two pounds’ worth of fruits or vegetables. If you live in the Miami area, they also deliver. If you do not, they deliver overnight via Fed Ex. It comes in a thermal tote in order to keep the juice cold and as fresh as possible!

24 Jun

An executive position can’t be vacant for long. The job is simply too important to just wait for the right person to see an ad and apply. Not to mention the fact that many applicants are sometimes inexperienced in the field they are applying for. These are just some of the worries that good staffing firms like Executive Search, Recruiting and Staffing Firms, or DC Recruiters, can take care of.

The following are a few tips that can help companies find the right executive recruitment team.

Tips to Find the Right Executive Recruitment Team

The first thing you should find out is how the recruitment team searches for a candidate. There are two basic ways to conduct a search; one is to simply post a few ads on a job board that is specific to a company’s business and the other is to actively recruit. Obviously, a company will do better with a recruitment team that actively searches for viable candidates.

Gary Burnison for example, as an active recruiter will identify viable candidates by assessing their talents and matching them with a company’s needs. The recruiter will then approach or contact the executive and present them with the offer.

It is important to find a recruitment firm that gives the company direct access to the recruiter that will be handling the case. This is important to ensure that the recruiter understands the needs of the client throughout the entire process. The company should also be able to produce the kind of experience or credentials that makes the recruiter ideal for the company who is hiring the firm. This means that the recruiter should have some link to the company’s specific business.

Another important aspect to consider is how long they take to fill a position. This is something that a recruitment firm should be able to produce since they probably have already filled many positions for other DC companies before. Of course, this does not mean that the recruitment firm will fill the position overnight, but having an estimate should make it easier to compare with other possible recruitment firms. Another important question to consider is the recruitment firm’s retention rate. This rate highlights just how many executives stayed in their positions over a 12-month period versus how many did not work out.

It is clear to see just how important it is to ask the right questions when hiring a recruitment firm to ensure that the position is filled quickly and by the right person.

16 Jun

Miami, the bustling hot city of Florida is a mecca of culture for those who know where to look. Some of the biggest art collectors like Lindemann reside there and thankfully put their prizes on display for the pleasure of the viewing public.

The De la Cruz Contemporary Art Space
Carlos and Rosa De la Cruz host their completely free contemporary art display in the De la Cruz Contemporary art space, which houses a vast collection of works by artists such as Aaron Curry, Kathryn Andrews and Jim Hodges. The De la Cruzes have also opened their home to the public by appointment, where patrons can see their behind-the-scenes private collection.

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
The CIFO is a non-profit organization started by Ella Cisneros-Fontanals, which helps fledgling artists pursue their careers in the contemporary arts. They make grants and financing available to those who apply and the space also holds the Cisneros-Fontanals private collection of modern art, available to the public.

The Craig Robins Collection at Dacra
An office building in the design district is home to this famous collection that permanently features artists like Richard Tuttle and John Baldessari. Over 200 works of art are on display, mostly built around Mexican, German, Chinese and American contributing artists. This collection is a real treat that shouldn’t be missed.

The Rubell Family
Much like CIFO, the Rubell Family has provided a double whammy of an art collection in combination with a school of sorts that helps young artists. The private collection includes works by the artists Taft Green, Patrick Hill, Evan Holloway, David Ireland, Alice Könitz, Lisa Lapinski, Charles Long, Jason Meadows, Jeff Ono, Robert Overby, Torbjörn Vejvi, Nicolau Vergueiro, and John Williams, among others. The foundation has recently received a large influx of art from Boston as well.

The Marguiles Collection
Martin Marguiles has amassed a large collection in the Wynwood art district. His large display space, called “The Warehouse”, contains videos, photography and sculpture, collected since the 1990’s. His permanent installations are guaranteed to awe and inspire any art lover.

These are just a few of the more well-known art collectors of Miami, and only in the contemporary art scene. There are hundreds of other collectors that specialize in different time periods and movements. All in all, Miami is an art lover’s dream.

10 Jun

The Perez Art Museum of Miami’s art collection has just increased in size thanks to generous donations. The PAMM recently received 100 works of art donated by Jorge Perez, the namesake for this contemporary art museum. Perez is a Miami resident with roots in Latin America, and his collection and home express his cultured tastes.

The PAMM has a new head of operations, Franklin Sirmans, and the patrons of PAMM are very excited, and the collection shows it with the addition of donated works by Perez and others.

An additional 100 pieces were recently given to the PAMM by real estate power couple, Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer (wsj.com). Robins like many in the Miami art community is very excited to have Sirmans taking over the helm at PAMM. Sirmans seems to be at home in this exciting city that represents the best of the Americas.

Miami has been in need of an exciting contemporary art museum to rival galleries and art museum like the Hirshorn in Washington; D.C. Miami is a new city with a strong cultural background when compared to art centers of the world; Paris, Rome, London. Moscow, and New York. But with the energies of Miami, it could rapidly become on par and surpass the other art capitals. The city of Miami has done everything right in situating the PAMM in a prominent location and should help the city to elevate its position as a tourist destination for art lovers as well as beach lovers.

Miami has become an international destination. Long regarded as a tourist destination known for great beaches and warm ocean surf. It is regarded as a perfect place to live, work and enjoy everything that a great city can offer: professional baseball and football, an annual world-class tennis tournament, off-shore fishing, and skin diving. Florida has a history of not being affected by drastic economic slumps. Residents enjoy a nearly perfect climate and a thriving entertainment community with fine restaurants, even public transportation for tourists. Miami citizens and guests have all the requisite items necessary for a Shangri-La with the possible exception of tropical storms, hurricanes, and a rising sea level.

Perez and Robins have made great contributions to the culture of Miami, and now it is up to Sirmans to continue the PAMM on its way to becoming the central point in the Miami cultural world.

10 Jun

Utility stocks, best-known as safe havens for dividend-conscious retirees, have been on a tear. In the year’s first three months, the Dow Jones utility average returned 16.7% (including dividends), making it the quarter’s third-best performing asset category, behind only lean hogs (35.2%) and gold (16.5%).

But the surge in utility shares means many of the stocks are now richly valued and vulnerable to a broad market correction or to a rise in interest rates. The average utility in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index trades at 18 times estimated 2016 earnings, compared with an average price-earnings ratio of 16 over the past two years and with 17 for the S&P 500 itself, according to FactSet Research Systems. “Dividends are secure and should grow, but prices could rise and fall sharply in this environment” of ultra-low interest rates and elevated valuations, says Morningstar analyst Travis Miller.

And that means you have to take a careful look at your mission when you invest in this sector, says Katrina Lamb, head of investment strategy and research at MV Financial, a money-management firm in Bethesda, Md. If your primary goal is to generate income, these stocks can still play a role in your portfolio. With yields ranging from 3% to 4%, utility stocks pay about one to two percentage points more than 10-year Treasury bonds.

But if your primary goal is safety, you should approach this sector with caution. Because the stocks owe at least part of their popularity to a dearth of other income options, they could be more vulnerable than normal to a jump in interest rates–or even the threat of rising rates. If the stocks do sell off because of rate fears, says Miller, it could be an opportunity to snap up shares at better prices. Here are seven utility stocks worth considering.

Check out the list here.

Source: yahoo.com

10 Jun

You’ve probably heard of oil diffusers and are wondering if they really live up to the hype. Hailed as having multiple health and aromatherapy benefits, diffusing essential oils truly is an efficient way to enhance your home’s atmosphere and ward off certain illnesses. Here are 10 reasons why you should have a diffuser in your home.

  1. Your home can become a healthier environment if you diffuse essential oils. Eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint are especially helpful at helping you breathe easier and they’re popular during cold and flu season.
  2. It’s a great way to help you sleep, especially if you’re looking to avoid prescription and over the counter sleep aids. Placing essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, or clary sage into a diffuser can coax you to sleep at bedtime, relieve stress, and fill your space with a soothing scent.
  3. Essential oils, such as vanilla, rose, and jasmine, can help change the mood of your space. If you’ve had a hard day, put a relaxing scent into your oil diffuser. Feeling lethargic? Choose something energizing, such as grapefruit essential oil.
  4. Diffusers can add a touch of decor to your home. Companies such as Mannatech (Faceboook.com) sell oil diffusers that are attractive enough to match any decor.
  5. Better productivity is possible through aromatherapy. Essential oils including peppermint and eucalyptus have been proven to sharpen focus and boost concentration, making diffusers perfect for home offices or anywhere that you’d like to work or study.
  6. It’s cost effective to own an oil diffuser, and they use a very small amount of energy.
  7. Because they require no heat or flame, oil diffusers are safer than candles and incense. Diffusers also work well in homes with children or pets.
  8. Diffusers provide a versatile way to experience aromatherapy benefits. You can switch up the style of your oil diffusers and change the types of scents that you use to suit your mood or the occasion.
  9. Essential oils can discourage insects from hanging around. Moths, mosquitoes, and house flies don’t like essential oils, including lemongrass, rosemary, and cedarwood.
  10. It’s a healthy home fragrance option. Candles and aerosol sprays aren’t great for the environment or your lungs, but diffusing natural essential oils is a wonderful way to give your home a nice scent. You can even create a signature scent for your house by mixing your favorite oils.
31 May

The Miami Retail Renaissance of 2016 was an event held in the sunny city of Miami for everyone working in the retail trade. Retail businesses in the Miami area are attempting to expand to as many places as possible, and members of the industry attended to learn as much about the current retail market as possible. This article explains why the Miami Retail Renaissance was such an important event for the denizens of Miami.

#1: Who Spoke?
The Retail Renaissance was attended by everyone who is someone in the Miami retail industry, and the event hosted several speakers who cover many industries. The keynote speakers of the event included Terranova Corporation’s Stephen Bittel, Turnberry Associates’ Jackie Soffer (miaminewtimes.com), Steven Gretenstein of DACRA, and more. Each speaker shared their knowledge of the retail industry, and the talks from the speakers offered a wide swath of information from real estate, retail selling, retail construction and retail advertising.

#2: Why Is Retail Exploding In Miami?
Miami is one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the world. There are hundreds of celebrities in the city at any one time, and there are hundreds more who make their homes in the area. The celebrity buying power brings with it other wealthy people who wish to hob-knob with the most important and influential people in the world. Miami attracts everyone of importance in the world, and the city must have enough retail shopping opportunities for celebrities, their wealthy friends and the tourists who trail behind them.

#3: Why Is Construction Or Expansion Important?
Real estate and construction was discussed at the event because retail buildings must be developed or built from scratch. A company that wishes to expand must have the information needed to create a proper construction project. Everyone who spoke at the event has been involved in the development and opening of retail spaces, and their talks enlightened guests about the process of opening a new space.

The Retail Renaissance Miami Summit of 2016 brought together the most progressive minds in retail with their development, real estate and construction partners. Every speaker brought information to the table that helped Miami residents make better construction or development choices, and the industry will continue to expand as Miami remains the most popular destination for the trendsetters of the day. There is not a single wealthy person in the world who has not passed through the city, and their buying power makes Miami a much stronger presence in the retail industry in 2016 and beyond.