Written by Miami Today on September 7, 2000
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OUT: Miami-based Fiera.com, an e-commerce company for Latin
American, Spanish, Portuguese and US Hispanic communities, has acquired
Argentina-based Marken Commercial — a computer and office supplies
retailer. Fiera.com will transfer Marken’s catalog clientele to
Fiera’s on-line shopping offers, promoters say.
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will present its
new and improved Greater Miami & the Beaches Cultural Guide at 5:30
p.m. Sept. 12 in the newly restored Lyric Theater, 819 NW Second
Ave., Overtown. The guide features maps of historic sites as well
as descriptions of arts and cultural-related venues. Details: (305)
Florida Hotel & Motel Association’s 2000 Paul Brown award for "outstanding
leadership and accomplishments in hospitality education" went
to Stuart Blumberg, president and CEO of the Greater Miami & the
Beaches Hotel Association. Mr. Blumberg has served on the board
for the Academy of Travel & Tourism since 1991 and was chair of
the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce from 1989-91. He also chairs
the Visitor Industry Council and created the Voluntary Educational
Service Training Trust program for area hotel employees.
Memorial College has been awarded national accreditation by the
Association of College Business Schools & Programs — "a
major institutional milestone," says Karl S. Wright, executive
vice president and provost for the school. He said having the college’s
business division accredited "represents the first of what
I expect will be a number of academic programs at the college to
seek and eventually obtain national accreditation."
Aerothrust Corp., 5300 NW 36th St., announced it has been awarded
a jet engine maintenance contract for $110 million by the US military.
IN THE FALL:
Fifty Over Fifty, the nonprofit funding organization, will hold
a fall membership meeting Oct. 4 in Northern Trust Bank, 700 Brickell
Ave. Reservations required. Cost is $20. Details: (305) 858-7298.
Miami Book Fair International officials will unveil the event’s
2000 poster by artist David Lee Csicsko at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in
Poet’s Cafe at Power Studios, 3701 NE Second Ave. Details: (305)
The 2000 Mucio Athayde Cancer Prize founded by Miami Beach developer
Mucio Athayde, president of New Florida, is being given today (9/7)
in Seattle to Dr. Eduardo Caceres, a clinical investigator and surgical
oncologist in Lima, Peru. The award includes a $100,000 gift.
South Miami Hospital seeks volunteers for its gift shop, waiting
rooms, foundation office and information desk. Details: (305) 662-8130.indent
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Thomas University has named John E. Downey, Emmanuel Nawdike and
Gregory T. Swienton to its 35-member board of trustees. Mr. Downey
is a builder and developer in North Carolina while Dr. Nawdike is
president and CEO of Pawa Complex International Inc. Mr. Swienton
is president and CEO for Ryder System Inc. Re-elected as board chairperson
is Ann P. Machado, president of Creative Staffing. James E. McDonald
with the law firm Duane Morris & Heckscher was re-elected vice chair
and Robert J. McKee with the law firm Krupnick Campbell et al. was
Knight Ridder isn’t the only major corporation winging from Miami
to San Jose, CA — so is American Airlines. In American’s case,
however, it’s just to establish a daily nonstop flight linking the
cities. American announced Tuesday that it will begin the flights
Dec. 15, leaving Miami at 1:40 p.m. and San Jose at 7:18 a.m. Between
American and American Eagle, the company now flies to 87 destinations
from Miami — more than 260 flights a day.
A Beacon Council Community Breakfast Sept. 8 in the Biltmore Hotel
in Coral Gables will take a look at workforce development in Miami-Dade
schools. Panelists include representatives from the school board
and area universities. WTJV Channel 6 reporter Ed Odell will moderate.
Cost is $30 or $20 for members. Details: (305) 579-1341.
Women’s Fund of Miami is accepting proposals for innovative programs
serving women and girls in the community for its 2000 grant cycle.
Grants range from $2,000-$5,000. Proposals for computer- or science-related
programs are encouraged since the number of women entering these
fields is decreasing. Deadline is Oct. 16. Details: womensfundmiami.org.
The US Small Business Administration’s South Florida District Office
is accepting nominations for Small Business Person of the Year and
12 other awards. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 13. Details:
Thaddeus Hosley, (305) 536-5521, ext. 167.
BBK Realty paid $812,500 for the YST Building, a 22,719-square-foot
office structure at 17071 W Dixie Hwy. adjacent to railroad tracks
where fiber-optic cable is soon to be laid. The law firm Young Stern
Tannenbaum was the seller. Allen Morris Co. associate Louis J. Gallo
negotiated the deal.
Equity One announced a 55,781-square-foot addition to North Miami
Beach’s Shops at Skylake has been completed. Construction on a 24,000-square-foot
addition to house a 16,000-square-foot Goodwill Industries and a
Washington Mutual Bank branch, is about to begin.
Brand Institute, specializing in brand name development, leased
12,254 square feet, or the entire 12th floor, at 200 SE First St.
Deanna Lobinsky of Abood & Associates represented the landlord,
IEA Property, in the transaction.
Genco Distribution Systems, a clothing liquidator, leased 20,000
square feet of warehouse space from Omni Realty at 167 SE 10th Ave.
Jim Armstrong of Easton & Associates represented the tenant in the
Beta-Epsilon Cadillac bought the Cadillac Hotel, 3925 Collins Ave.,
for an undisclosed price from Promocom of America, under terms approved
by the US Bankruptcy Court. Adam Petrillo and Mark Singer of Aztec
Group, who negotiated the deal, say the new owners plan to reopen
as a Marriott Courtyard Hotel after extensive renovations