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Written by on September 7, 2000

FYI

Miami is a weekly feature of Miami Today, keeping readers ahead

of the news. Here are highlights from the most current edition.

BUY

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.

CULTURE

DEBUT:

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)

539-3000.

SOUTHERN

HOSPITALITY: The

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

ACHIEVEMENT: Florida

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."

MILITARY

CONTRACT:

Aerothrust Corp., 5300 NW 36th St., announced it has been awarded

a jet engine maintenance contract for $110 million by the US military.

FIFTY

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.

POSTER

PARTY:

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)

237-3258.

CANCER

RESEARCH AWARD:

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.

VOLUNTEER

CALL:

South Miami Hospital seeks volunteers for its gift shop, waiting

rooms, foundation office and information desk. Details: (305) 662-8130.indent

from left ST.

THOMAS

TRUSTEES: St.

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

re-elected secretary.

SAN

JOSE BOUND:

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.

BREAKFAST

MENU:

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.

HIGH-TECH

WOMEN: The

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.

SMALL

TIME:

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.

DIXIE

OFFICE SALE:

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.

SKYLAKE

ENLARGEMENT:

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.

NAME

BRAND TENANT:

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.

CLOTHING

LEASE:

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

transaction.

CADILLAC

SALE:

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

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