Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Announces New Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force

Working in close collaboration with the City of Miami Beach, the task force sets to tackle one of the biggest issues facing the community 

Miami Beach, FL. – Miami Beach’s preeminent business organization, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, has long advocated for integrating environmental stewardship into business. With the launch of the 12-member Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force, the Chamber steps up its commitment demonstrating that a healthy environment and strong economy go hand in hand. Led by Chairman Reinaldo Borges, a visionary architect and widely recognized resilience expert, and Vice Chairman Wayne Pathman, a land-use attorney specializing in sea-level rise mitigation and urban resiliency, the council kicked off the new year with its inaugural meeting on January 14.

“For every dollar we invest in resiliency, we get six dollars back,” said Borges who was also appointed to the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Committee. “Through the Chamber’s business leadership network, influence, and advocacy, we are poised to make a big impact in influencing the narrative and motivating the collective into action. Now more than ever, we need to come together to preserve this magnificent, yet fragile, barrier island.”

The council will be devoted to the relationship between sustainability and commerce and will focus on continued dialog between city government, Miami Beach residents, academic professionals, neighborhood associations and local business. A key pillar for the council is education and innovation. It will work to facilitate conversations and learning on risk analysis, economic considerations, insurance risks, new technologies, and infrastructure innovations. The council will also collaborate with the City of Miami Beach in the development of policy recommendations. Lastly, it will craft communication campaigns that keep the public informed and equipped to help maintain a strong and healthy city.

In South Florida, water levels are rising especially quick, projected to be between 6-10 inches more in 2030 than 1992[i]. According to a National Wildlife Federation report[ii], Miami could lose up to $3.5 trillion in assets due to sea level rise by 2070; more than any other city in the country. Rising waters means more extreme flooding which impacts quality of life, drinking water, public infrastructure and, potentially, real estate values. Since South Florida relies almost exclusively on real estate taxes to fund public infrastructure, these values impact the community.

“We are delighted to get to work, and have an important role to play in building a platform whereby innovation and collaboration are fostered and incentivized,” said Pathman who serves as the co-chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is dedicated to this critical issue and excited to develop solutions that can be implemented in our community and beyond.”

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The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1921 to promote the economic well-being of Miami Beach’s citizens, to improve the quality of life for the entire community, and to communicate the view of the business community on major issues of public policy.

[i] Southeast Florida Climate Compact. “Unified Sea Level Rise Projection.” October 2015. Web. 15 January 2018. < >

[ii] National Wildlife Federation. “Changing Tides.” 2016. Web. 27 December 2018. <>

Just listed: trophy home for the contemporary art collector

Top Producing Agent Marjory Dressler lists Chuck Close’s Setai residence for $4.1M 

Miami Beach, FL – Celebrated American contemporary painter Chuck Close is selling his turnkey Miami Beach condo and including three artworks in the sale. Located at The Setai Miami Beach, a luxury hotel residence, the 25th-floor two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit hits the market just before Miami Art Week, an auspicious time to connect with art collectors and the global jet-set. However, the New York-based artist isn’t going anywhere. He owns two other condos at The Setai which currently function as an atelier and guest quarters.

“I am extremely pleased to be working with Chuck Close on this unique listing, which includes some of the artist’s most notable works,” said agent Marjory Dressler about ‘Kara, 2012,’ ‘Phil / Fingerprint’ and ‘Self-Portrait, Woodblock.’ “The Setai provides the ultimate in resort-style living and represents the best of what Miami Beach has to offer. Incorporating Chuck into the mix is upping the ante.”

The Setai, known for its impeccable aesthetics and five-star service, is also a hotspot during Art Basel Miami Beach. An upper-tier crowd from around the world stays at this opulent hotel property, often booking a condo suite, such as Close’s. However, you don’t need to rent his condo to see his artwork. The Setai is hosting three distinctive exhibitions for Miami Art Week, one of which will focus solely on Close and include nine pieces prominently displayed in the lobby and courtyard for public viewing.

Throughout six decades, Close has etched himself into history with his signature portraitures, which have been shown in preeminent museums and institutions like the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Centre George Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern. Recently, Close was commissioned to produce 12 large-scale Subway Portraits for what is the largest permanent public art installation in New York’s history. A Yale graduate and Fulbright fellow, he was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. His accomplishments are many, and when paired with his personal story of adversity and resilience, are quite remarkable.

Recently redecorated, the fully furnished 1,316 square foot residence offers stunning, unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views of the Atlantic, Biscayne Bay, and Downtown Miami. It is beautifully designed with rich wood cabinetry and wood floors, large master bath with a deep soaker tub and a top-of-the-line kitchen with Miele and Subzero appliances. To learn more about the property click here.

“I often feel that I’m my most creative when I’m in a space of calm and tranquility. That is what made this home so fitting for me. It’s an environment where you can’t help but feel relaxed,” exclaimed Chuck Close whose real estate portfolio includes properties in Manhattan, Long Island, and Miami Beach.

About Marjory Dressler

Marjory Dressler has been a top producer Miami realtor, for the past 14 years, at Majestic Properties and Gary Hennes Realtors. Being a South Beach pioneer, she watched the extraordinary evolution of Miami in becoming a world-class domestic and international destination. Before moving here, she had a successful photography and digital design business in New York and would come to Miami to do photo shoots. Her real estate specialties are Miami and Miami Beach waterfront properties. To learn more, visit


Agape Network to construct new $13 million Health Center

Groundbreaking event to honor the organization’s supporters and patients while showcasing the future of the 6-acre campus

Miami, FL – According to the Greeks, the word Agape means God’s unconditional love for mankind. Founded by Dr. Jose Hernandez in 1983, the Agape Network has applied this ancient philosophy into a modern evidence-based practice successfully transforming the lives of a most underserved community in Miami-Dade County – formerly incarcerated, homeless, mentally ill or at-risk women and their children. Now the faith-based organization, which has restored the lives of nearly half a million, will be more than doubling in size and capacity to better meet mounting demands.

“Fundamental to having a strong and healthy society, is ensuring that all its members are stable and productive,” says U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a principal supporter of Agape and featured speaker of the groundbreaking ceremony. “We are thankful to be a part of this invaluable organization with such a notable legacy of restoring families with faith, hope, and love,” added Rubio’s wife Jeanette D. Rubio.

Last year Agape served approximately 1,000 women (and women with children) weekly, through both inpatient and outpatient systems of care. However, CEO Claudio Perez said they still have a waiting list. Part of what makes Agape unique is its whole-person care model that integrates evidence-based physical, behavioral and spiritual treatment and incorporates different programs such as gardening, art, music, culinary arts, dance, theater and equine.

Designed by Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, the idyllic Agape Village Health Center will be a place of refuge and recovery. Expansive at 40,000 square feet and with 10 new buildings, the Bermuda-style architecture of the community is welcoming and presents an ambiance of tranquility. Development completion is loosely slated for spring 2020 and will include a new clinic & wellness medical center, educational & vocational center, supported housing and cottages, preschool and daycare center.

“My firm has been a longtime supporter of Agape’s great work in the community, and we are proud to be donating some of our services to design this new and improved Village that is a national model of integrated care,” noted Architect Willy Bermello who is also Chairman of the Agape Network Foundation Board.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Invitees include city partners like the Department of Children & Families, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice and the School Board, the Agape Board of Directors and sponsors such as City National Bank (CNB) and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay. Bipartisan support for the organization is strong and political leaders from both parties will form the program. Keynoting the ceremony is the honorable U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio and his wife Jeanette D. Rubio have been deeply involved with the organization and have played a critical role in the development of the new Village.

“Agape’s philosophy of transforming lives and building up communities aligns perfectly with ours at City National Bank,” said CNB President and CEO Jorge Gonzalez.  Wife Melinda Brown-Gonzalez, Agape Board Member, added “witnessing the miracles that happen here on a daily basis has had a huge impact on me, and we are committed to helping Agape expand so that it can restore more women and families.”

While the groundbreaking marks a major milestone, it also serves to launch phase two of the capital campaign formally. The first phase concluded with $1.5 in financial and in kind donations. Fundraising remains a priority and contributions are still needed to complete this big project. Commemorative naming opportunities are available at varying prices. For more information or to receive a sponsorship brief visit or contact CEO Claudio M. Perez at / 305 694-4040.


Serving Miami-Dade County and located at 22790 SW 112th Avenue, Agape Network is a nationally accredited, integrated, community health center that has provided effective behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, recovery services, and family reunification for more than 30 years. The non-denominational faith-based organization’s 501(c)(3) mission is to “Restore individuals and families to psychological, social, physical, and spiritual health.” To learn more about Agape Network visit:



Protejamos Nuestros Hijos del Matoneo y Amenazas Cibernéticas

El mes de octubre se dedica a nivel nacional a observar la Prevención Contra el Bullying (o Matoneo). Kristi House, organización sin finess de lucro, anuncia una campaña para proteger a nuestros hijos – enfocada en darle apoyo y recursos a la comunidad Latina

Miami, Fla. – Cualquier persona que utilice formas de comunicación electrónicas para acosar o amenazar a otra persona está cometiendo un crimen en la Florida (cyberbullying). En el Condado de Miami-Dade, el sistema de escuelas públicas ha definido claramente las reglas y políticas para prevenir el acoso cibernético. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Salud de la Florida indica que uno de cada 7 estudiantes de Bachillerato reportó ser objetos de acoso cibernético en el 2017[i]. En su Reporte Anual, The Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report – la encuesta confidencial que se realiza en todas las escuelas públicas del Estado de la Florida – reveló que el bullying aumentó durante los últimos ocho años de 13.4 a 14.3 por ciento.

El bullying puede ocasionar muchos problemas, entre los cuales se incluyen la depresión, bajo autoestima, desorden psiquiátrico, y suicidio. Existe la esperanza de resolver este problema – ya que los expertos afirman que el matoneo se puede prevenir a través de la educación.

Con la atención que brinda el mes de octubre sobre el problema del bullying, Kristi House presenta su programa de Defensores de la Seguridad Infantil: una iniciativa a largo plazo para proteger a los niños del Condado de Miami-Dade contra varios tipos de abuso, incluyendo abuso físico y sexual, matoneo y amenazas cibernéticas. Fundamentado en investigaciones y creado por la Monique Burr Foundation, el programa de Defensores de la Seguridad Infantil cuenta con el apoyo del Defensor General del Estado de Florida y el Departamento de Educación del Estado de la Florida. Kristi House, designada como la autoridad estatal para abogar por los niños, ofrece programas educativos para las familias mas al riesgo. Según la organización, esa audiencia incluye familias y niños Latinos con bajos recursos y familias y niños inmigrantes.

Ningún niño es inmune a el matoneo, pero los estudios demuestran que las condiciones sociales, económicas y culturales son factores importantes. Como ejemplo, un estudio sobre el odio y matoneo en escuelas K-12 publicado por Education Week y ProPublica, informa que la mayoría de los incidentes que ocurrieron entre enero 2015 y diciembre 2017 en escuelas involucró estudiantes negros y latinos – así como aquellos de religión judía o musulmána. El clima político actual es un factor; y las palabras más frecuentes para infligir daños incluyen insultos racistas y varias versiones de frases discriminatorias como “construye el muro” y “regrésate a tu país.[ii]

Ya hay mucha actividad en marcha para la campaña de Defensores de la Seguridad Infantil. Las actividades incluyen programas educativos sobre el matoneo escolar y el acoso cibernético en las escuelas públicas y con profesionales que atienden a los niños, talleres y presentaciones en la comunidad y con organizaciones afiliadas, como los departamentos de policía. Además, se está desarrollando un nuevo sitio web en Español con recursos e información para el público. La expansión de la huella física de Kristi House para mejor alcanzar a las poblaciones del sur del Condado de Miami-Dade se está realizando actualmente.

Kristi House invita a todos los miembros de la comunidad a que juntos tomemos la oportunidad de educarnos y actuar de manera responsable para proteger a nuestros niños. Estas son las cinco reglas que debemos considerar:

  1. Saber que esta pasando: Habla con tus niños. Escúchalos. Pregúntales que hacen cuando no están contigo. Conoce bien con quien están y que actividades realizan. Ayúdalos a saber reconocer situaciones peligrosas y evitarlas.
  2. Busca señales de alerta: Enseña a tus niños a manejar conceptos tales como: el espacio personal, establecer límites, respetarse a sí mismos y a otros, reconocer situaciones seguras y de peligro, qué hacer cuando les piden guardar un secreto, y como estar a salvo al navegar el internet.
  3. Toma acción: Si sospechas que un niño está siendo lastimado, confía tu instinto y Toma Acción para protegerlo. Si un niño te cuenta algo acerca de un abuso o intimidación que le ha ocurrido, apláudelos por hacerlo y toma acción inmediata. Reporta los acosos y amenazas a la escuela u organización donde sucedieron.
  4. Háblalo: Habla con otros adultos acerca de lo que has aprendido, para que ellos también estén al tanto y tengan herramientas para tomar acción. Habla con tus niños usando ejemplos a diario para que entiendan la importancia de la seguridad y puedan distinguir entre situaciones normales y las de peligro
  5. Sin vergüenza o culpa: Comunícale a tus niños que sin importar lo sucedido – nunca deben sentir culpa porque los adultos son los responsables de protegerlos. Déjales saber que no importa lo que escuchen, nunca deben sentirse avergonzados de informarte a ti o a otros adultos acerca de las señales de alerta o cualquier cosa que necesiten contarte para su seguridad y la de otros niños. Déjales saber que tienen tu apoyo.

El Programa de Defensores de la Seguridad Infantil es posible gracias a Florida Blue. Para mayor información visitar:

Sobre Kristi House

Kristi House, Inc., el Centro para Abogacía Infantil para el Condado de Miami-Dade, está dedicada a construir y promover un ambiente de bienestar y apoyo para las víctimas de abuso sexual y sus familias. Sus métodos incluyen coordinar las necesidades de las familias con diversos recursos legales, médicos y de salud mental, limitando el número de entrevistas para reducir el trauma asociado con revivir el siniestro, y asegurandose que todos los niños reciban el apoyo que necesitan. Kristi House provee directamente una amplia gama de servicios completos para el cuidado de las víctimas y sus familias – sin costo alguno – incluyendo sesiones de terapia, las cuales son fundamentales para poder enfrentar y recuperarse del trauma generado por incidentes de abuso sexual para la mayoría de las víctimas.

Kristi House esta ubicada en un punto central en el “Distrito de Salud”, vecindario de Miami en el 1265 NW 12 Avenida. Cuenta con tres oficinas satélites en otras partes del Condado de Miami-Dade desde sirven directamente a las comunidades. Fundada en 1995, Kristi House ha brindado servicios a más de 14,750 víctimas de abuso sexual infantil y explotación. Sus servicios incluyen coordinación de casos, terapia, referidos, transporte, abogacía, asistencia de emergencia, así como la educación y entrenamiento preventivo. Para más información visite


[i] Florida Department of Health. Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Duval County 2017. 2017. Web. 24 September 2018.


[ii] Education Week. Hate in Schools: an in-depth look. 6 August 2018. Web. 25 September 2018. <>

The Bodyshop Experience Bringing an Edgy Spectacular Journey to Wynwood

Miami, FL-The Bodyshop Experience (TBE) is an adventure that turns street dance, busking and graf-art into high art. It’s a dinner show that captures the soul of Miami and the absurdity of the city’s iconic superficiality. TBE will be opening its doors for the first time to press and VIPs at an exclusive sneak preview at 9 p.m. on March 23, 2018 at its new venue, 318 NW 23 Street, Miami, FL 33127, in the Mana Wynwood Complex. Doors will be open officially to the public on March 24, with the show scheduled to run for four consecutive months before the show’s creator scraps it to bring his next artistic vision to the stage.  For tickets to TBE and more information go to

Sover Altan, the visionary mastermind behind the Broadway-styled extravaganza hopes that his latest creation will elevate the city’s cultural performing arts scene. He is credited with creating over 35 musical and big stage productions in his native Israel as well as choreographing and directing iconic shows like Peter Pan and Peter Pan as well as “Dancing With the Stars (Israel)” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Over the years Altan has worked with some of the world’s most renowned choreographers.

It is this long list of accomplishments that impressed developer Moishe Mana prompting him to bring Altan to Miami, adding him to the impressive roster of reputable artists curated by Mana over the years as part of his ongoing effort to put Wynwood on the international map of art and culture.

Atlan, now a resident fixture in Miami’s elite lifestyle arena has once again pulled together an outstanding international team of world renowned choreographers, production specialists and nightclub gurus including, COO Zvika Schwartz, a known nightlife figure in Tel Aviv,  who has owned of the several of the city’s hippest nightclubs and Julia Tassy, a well known production specialist, to help him realize this extraordinary production.

The Bodyshop Experience, which has chosen as its venue a converted industrial car garage in the heart of Mana Wynwood, combines dinner with some of the best performance artists in the world taking to one stage. The mix of talents includes dancers, musicians, animators, sound engineers, graffiti artists, acrobats and more, who will take the guest through a raw and rhythmic explosion of movement and pulsating beats that promises to captivate, provoke and engage the audience like no other show.  It is a  truly unique and interactive show that spotlights the universal grit of everyday urban life turning it into a glimmering production about harmony and dissonance of the the streets of the Americas: their sound, their rhythm, their art and their soul. Add to this the hottest after party in town, what’s not to be liked? TBE is headed for a most successful run. Don’t miss the opportunity to see it first!


An informed boater is a smart boater, and a smart boater sports boatrax


In the age of smart intelligent mobile applications, Boatrax is registering with boat owners and investors alike

Miami, FL (February 1, 2018) Boatrax and its frontline investors are expecting to be big market players in the rapidly expanding world of smart boat technology.  Anyone who has followed recreational boating industry trends will confirm that, along with the recent bull market driving industry sales upwards of over $120 billion dollars (according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association), tech-savvy consumers are forcing the recreational boating industry to respond to an equally, yet still underserviced industry demand – smart boat technology.

The demand for supportive boating technology has grown at warp speed over the past two to three years as both the landscape of boat ownership changes, and informed consumers accustomed to tech solutions that make life easier, more efficient and enjoyable at the office, in the home and car, and even in the air, demand the same experience at sea.

Enter Boatrax, named by The New Tropic as one of the ‘Top five most promising Miami Startups at eMerge 2017’. New Tropic Reporter Bob Wile writes, “There are plenty of apps out there that allow you to buy, sell, lease or rent your boat. But Boatrax is the only one that allows boat owners to manage the boat itself so that they can properly manage its use. With Boats Group, the largest owner of boating marketplaces, moving to Miami, Boatrax seems well positioned to capitalize on South Florida’s growing boat tech community.”

The company co-founders FIU grads Arturo Malave and David Villegas, are more than mere business partners. They’re family and as far as Malave and Villegas are concerned, the number 1 fun-filled family activity, particularly here in South Florida, is boating. According to Malave industry tracking records show that there are approximately 87 million people in the US participating in some form of boating experience annually. That’s a lot of people and a lot of potential boat owners who could have more fun on their boats if alleviated from the tedious task of maintaining manual boat log records, Malave and Villegas explain.

Beyond their mutual desire to help the boat owner maximize fun time with the use of the Boatrax system, there is another mission: to help protect boat owners from abuse of their property. With the emergence of boat-share technologies, there is an increased need for boat owners to know where their boats have been and who’s driving at the helm. The transparency that the Boatrax logging system ensures, will help boat owners engaging in boat-sharing protect their investments. According to the Boatrax team, boat owners could realize up to a 10 percent increase in the resale value of their boats, simply by installing the Boatrax system.

“Our Cloud Platform doesn’t only work as a safe lock for the boat’s data, it also creates the perfect environment to analyze that data and make it available for failure prevention,” explains Malave. Boat Captain Matthew Neber is a very strong advocate for the Boatrax smart technology system. “As an industry professional, boat captain and pro-fisherman, I really see the value of this technology and can say that this is something that the industry has been waiting for,” Neber says.

The Boatrax solution makes logging a breeze for the experienced and inexperienced alike. Among its featured technologies are the: Maintenance Log, Trip Log, Crew & Expense Log and Crew Share. With Boatrax there is no guesswork, paperwork or untraceable data that could cost the boat owner in unforeseen repairs, undocumented problems or undetected property abuse.  As Malave and Villegas see it, with the Boatrax Box on board, nothing should ever go wrong because the Boatrax Box automatic log tells all.

Our goal is to set the gold standard for smart boat technology, says Malave. And there’s a very good chance that they will. Boatrax is leading the charge to introduce the “Black Box” to the marine industry. A move that will revolutionize maintenance and tracking forever. This might have been what Microsoft had seen in the company when the two co-founders applied for a grant from the software giant in 2015. The very competitive processes yielded a $150,000 prize which the principles have applied to their hosting services requirement, says Malave.

In 2015, they launched the first leg of the fundraising campaign, raising over $250,000 from private investors and partnership support. This in addition to the Microsoft support brings the Miami-based start-up to $350,000 in its initial start-up capital.  In February, the company plans to launch a new Kickstarter Campaign at the 78th Annual Miami International Boat Show. The round-two funding cycle will be earmarked for updated improvements to the technology, already enjoyed by over 14,000 users and catapult one of Miami’s hottest new technology companies into the next phase of its business cycle.

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A Masterpiece Fit For a Picasso, Literally!


Iconic Properties closes record-breaking deal

Miami, FL –The South of Fifth neighborhood is known as the luxury enclave of Miami Beach and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in Florida. One of its most prestigious and well-appointed condominiums, aptly named the Icon, has just closed a record deal.

Perched up high, on the 37th floor of the 41-story tower, a custom 3-bedroom, 2,145 square foot residence, with stunning views of Downtown Miami, Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean has caught the eye of a very prominent Frenchman. The highly captivating custom-built residence was designed by the celebrated homegrown architect Rene Gonzalez and uses an abundance of glass, geometric forms and high-end materials.  The result is an artful, press-worthy design – featured in The Wall Street Journal and WallPaper magazine – and one that captured the heart of Olivier Widmaier-Ruiz Picasso, grandson of Pablo Picasso who considered this unique creation reminiscent of his ancestor’s cubism works.

“Because the property was so uniquely and meticulously designed, we knew it would be perfect for an art and design enthusiast” said Arshan Borhan, who along with his partner Brian Kulju co-own the brokerage Iconic Properties and represented both seller and buyer. “Early on we had interest from a famous European guitarist,” added Kulju.

Picasso, a well-known author, music and television producer and recipient of the Officier des Arts et des Lettres medal by the French government, purchased the property for $3,618,000.  This marks a record high for a non-combined residence in the Icon and a per square foot record high for a non-penthouse unit for the Icon ($1,686 per square foot).

Iconic Properties is managing a few other significant deals as well.  Borhan and Kulju represented a buyer on Palm Island that closed for the least expensive waterfront home since 2013, a testament to their expert negotiation skills.  Iconic Properties is currently offering the best-priced deals at the St. Regis Bal Harbor, Turnberry Ocean and Icon South Beach.

About Iconic Properties

Iconic Properties, established in 2010, is a renowned boutique brokerage specializing in the sales and marketing of premier residential properties from Palm Beach to South Beach.  Founders Brian Kulju and Arshan Borhan have handled millions of dollars of transactions and have represented Fortune 500 CEOs, developers, professional athletes, print and film stars and private equity clients.  The duo has been featured in the Robb Report, Unique Homes, Haute Living and The Real Deal.


Supporting the People of the Americas Through Art and Design

Supporting the People of the Americas Through Art and Design:
Vitri | Living with Art

Design-Build Vitri Corporation launches foundation with an art exhibition featuring internationally acclaimed artists

Miami, FL – ‘Tis the season for giving, and art, in Miami. With a thriving design-build business that integrates design, architecture, development and art for clients such as the premier riverside dining experience  Seaspice among others, Vitri Corporation Founder José Arenas finds this an auspicious time to launch his foundation. He does so with a museum-worthy art exhibition and private opening reception. The exhibition, titled Vitri | Living with Art, opens November 30th and concludes on December 15th.

Vitri Foundation for the Americas aims to improve conditions for the disadvantaged and indigenous throughout the Americas with social and cultural programs and development.  It will be permanently integrated into Arenas’ corporation with a percentage of all proceeds continuously benefitting the foundation. Playing to the charity’s global reach, the pre-Miami Art Week opening reception and exhibition showcases international artists. Works from sculptor Jorge Blanco, abstract photographer Hester, mixed-media artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and UK-based sculptor Kate Matthews will be on display in the 5,000 square feet state-of-the-art Vitri Corporation showroom. The showroom, and headquarters, is located at 1720 NW 23rd Street, Miami.

“This is an opportunity to give back; to give back to Miami, a city of diversity and inclusion where immigrants from everywhere are welcome; to give back to the Americas, as a whole, and my native Peru. I am immensely grateful to my partners and the generosity they have displayed in helping launch Vitri Foundation for the Americas,” said Arenas, CEO and Founder of Vitri Corporation.

José Arenas, like many other “Millennial Entrepreneurs,” has conviction for paying it forward and positively affecting communities through visionary social impact initiatives. His track record of philanthropic activity speaks for itself. It includes volunteerism and monetary support for organizations like K1 Britannia Foundation and Unicef.

Other exhibition partners and sponsors include O. Ascanio Gallery, Petal Production, NET Neighborhood enhancement, Mckenzie and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Headquartered in Miami, Vitri Corporation offers architectural interior design services for commercial and residential projects. From the ground up, provides a turnkey, seamless and top quality experience. The firm’s network of furniture stores, fabric manufacturers, millwork and fixtures is comprehensive. Services provided include General Contracting, Design Consulting, Furniture Selection, Architectural Drawings, 3D renderings and remodeling services.  Vitri was founded and is managed by CEO José Arenas.


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Miami Beach, FL – (December 5, 2016) After a long and successful career in trading derivatives for leading global financial institutions, as an entrepreneur, and with senior executive roles in public and private companies, Rajan Chopra has transitioned into coaching, advising and mentoring CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and investment professionals.

Chopra’s coaching philosophy and style is distinctive from other coaches.  He’s a practitioner, not a preacher. There’s a difference. As a strategic thinker, with deep and broad business experience, he combines his natural curiosity and real-world business experience with powerful inquiry, keen intellect, thoughtful insights, an inspirational style and a foundation of integrity in helping clients move forward from where they are to where they want to be.

Although recently launched, Rajan and his coaching practice are already generating buzz. He’s coaching and advising the CEO, and the entire senior management team of a Fortune 500 company amongst others.  “Rajan Chopra is an incredibly thoughtful and insightful coach. He truly listens and is a wonderful mentor, advocate and guide. He is an asset to someone looking to be professionally empowered,” according to one client.

Chopra grew up in India, got his MBA degree at Stockholm University, Sweden and subsequently moved to New York where he spent 30+ years trading interest rate derivatives at some of the leading global financial such as JP Morgan Chase and Cantor Fitzgerald.  In between stints on Wall Street he’s had senior executive roles with public and private companies, has founded and co-founded a few start-ups, and has served as advisor to CEOs and senior executives.  In Chopra’s words, “I’ve worked with C- suite executives, traders, brokers, bankers hedge fund managers and financial advisors.  I know the challenges they face. I understand how they think. I was one of them – I get it.”

“Behind every successful person there’s great coaching and mentoring. Most of my clients are already very successful.  I help them grow from good to great,” concludes Chopra.

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