Written by Miami Today on April 26, 2001
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BBC MIAMI: A BBC crew is scheduled to be in Miami starting April 28 to shoot four segments of "Holiday In Style," a travel show popular in the UK. Producer Lee Emery said the point is to give the British ideas for a vacation. BBC’s Rhodri Owen is the show’s host, she said, and has plans to take lessons and join a salsa dance class at the Performances Arts Network on Miami Beach. "We then highlight the important role movies, music and the model industries play in Miami," Ms. Emery said. She said plans also call for visits to Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Norman’s Restaurant in Coral Gables and "of course, Ocean Drive." But that’s not all, Ms. Emery said from London. "We also show the diversity of Miami by taking a visit to Little Havana" where, among other things, Mr. Owen plans to try to roll a cigar.
MARRIOTT MANAGER: Ten-year company veteran Gonzalo Aguilar is new general manager of the 300-room JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1111 Brickell Ave., which opened in September. Mr. Aguilar was named to the post in November, succeeding former general manager Bob Fabiano, who left the organization. Prior to coming to Miami where he accepted his first general manager position, Mr. Aguilar said he worked for JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador, and Silicon Valley in California.
ARCHITECTURAL MOVE: David Jay Feinberg, who has a 30-year career as principal and CEO of his own practice, has joined Zyscovich Inc. to oversee all of the firm’s K-12 school projects. Mr. Feinberg in the past has served as an education facilities compliance officer for the Miami-Dade County School District overseeing code compliance and management of a team of uniform building code inspectors for occupancy certification. He also has been architect-of-record for 10 schools in Miami-Dade ranging from elementary to senior high.
BRAZIL TIES: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and the UM North-South Center are sponsoring a presentation called "Toward a New US-Brazil Partnership: Task Force Recommendations, Reactions & Prospects for Implementation," at 8 a.m. April 27 in the University of Miami Faculty Club, 1550 Brescia Ave. Kenneth Maxwell, who holds the Rockefeller chair in InterAmerican Studies with the Council on Foreign Relations, is scheduled to speak. Cost is $15. RSVP. Details: (305) 284-6868.
ISRAEL BRIEFING: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is presenting a breakfast talk, "Israel 2001: Economic & Political Outlook," at 8 a.m. April 30 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. Miki Arbel, consul general of Israel to Florida & Puerto Rico, and Ron Chaimovski, Israel’s economic minister to North America, are scheduled speakers. Cost is $25. Details: (305) 577-5471.
OFFSHORE TOURNEY: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is presenting its 9th annual offshore fishing tournament May 5 at Sealine Marina & Biscayne Bay Marriott, 1633 N Bayshore Road. Cost is $250-$1,500; add $50 for additional anglers. It’s only $15 for the Saturday barbecue. Details: Cornelia Pereira, (305) 577-5432.
PR HUB?: Women in International Trade Miami is presenting a panel discussion by public relations professionals, "Miami at the Center of the Americas: the agency and corporate perspectives." from 6-8 p.m. May 9 in the City Club, 55th floor, First Union Financial Center, 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Scheduled speakers and their PR firms are Anne Werner, Fleishman-Hillard; David Pearson, Pearson Group, and Georgina Scott-Orr, Akerman Senterfitt. Cost is $25; $20 for members. Details: (305) 447-9300.
PROGRAM & EXPO: The National Association of Women Business Owners of Miami is holding a talk, "Tech-Knowledge-ease," by Stu Needel of the firm Technology Teddy Bear from 7-8:30 p.m. May 10 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 950 LeJeune Road. An expo & networking precedes the talk from 6-7. Cost is $35; $30 for members. Details: (305) 444-4437.
BOMA TALK: The Building Owners and Managers Association Miami is sponsoring a discussion, "Shedding Light on the Energy Challenge," from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 11 at The Trane Co., Suite C. Airport Corporate Center, 7415 NW 19th St. Mick Schwedler, applications engineer with the Trane Co., will moderate. Cost is $69; $59 for members. Details: (202) 326-6331.
FLYING HIGH: Miami’s consular community was on Red Alert last week as 15 heads of state flew in separately Thursday en route to the Quebec summit on the Free Trade Area of the Americas pact. All were to fly out together on an 8 a.m. Friday flight to Canada on a Canadian government plane. Coming back Sunday would be a different matter, said Frank Estrada, special agent in charge of the US Secret Service office in Miami. Some, he said, were joined by spouses and planned shopping trips here, probably targeting Bal Harbour Shops, Dadeland Mall and Sawgrass Mills. No free trade there.
NEW FROM PERU: Umberto Umeres of Peru may be Miami’s newest consul general, but he holds a higher rank. He’s been ranked an ambassador since 1997, consular corps dean John Atkins of Jamaica said in introducing Ambassador Umeres at a consular corps lunch last week at the Biltmore Hotel. A diplomat since 1970, Ambassador Umeres has held posts in Germany, the Netherlands, China and Egypt. He’s also a professor of the theory of international relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Peru.
IMMIGRATION CHANGE: John Balger last week became acting district director of the US Immigration & Naturalization Service in Miami. He replaces Robert Wallis, who was promoted to central regional office director.
GOLDMAN TO HEAD BUREAU: Tony Goldman, CEO and chairman of the Goldman Properties Co. and a pioneer hotel renovator on Miami Beach, has been named chairman of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, effective in October. The bureau’s executive committee elected him Friday to replace Adolfo Henriques, president and CEO of Union Planters Bank of Florida. Terms are for one year.
HEALTH HERO NOMINEES: Eliza Perry of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society; Manolo Reyes, administrative director of Mercy Hospital, and David Lawrence Jr., president of the Early Childhood Initiative, are finalists for the Individuals of Merit Award in the Health Care Heroes Awards be given by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Industry Group May 11, the chamber announced Tuesday. Other awards will honor health care professionals, physicians, institutions, programs, volunteers and youths. Details: Laraine Blessing, (305) 577-5462.
TOPS IN SALES: Adiba Ash, who headed the WLRN Miami-Dade County Public Schools team, topped the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce membership sales for its 2001 campaign, generating $48,280 in membership billings.
FASHIONABLE GRADUATION: The International Fine Arts College will present its fall-winter fashion show at noon April 30 in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 400 NE Second Ave., as part of its graduation activities. Details: Elsia Suarez, (305) 995-5000, ext. 5.
NORTH?: Coral Gables Assistant Chief of Police James Harley will retire Friday with more than 40 years service. A native of North, SC, Mr. Harley and the audience laughed when Mayor Don Slesnick said he had to make sure there wasn’t a mistake on Mr. Harley’s biography. "I’ve never heard of a city named North, SC," he said. Mr. Harley was named assistant chief of police in charge of support services in 1993.
OPA-LOCKA WING CLIP: Miami-Dade Commissioners clipped the wings of any possibility of incorporating Opa-locka Airport into a plan dealing with aviation capacity problems projected to begin in 2015. Following a public outcry from residents neighboring the airport. Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday opposing commercial aircraft service there.
EMILIO MILIAN: Commission Jimmy Morales and county commissioners honored the late Spanish-language radio journalist Emilio Milian Tuesday by urging the state legislators to name Southwest 57th Avenue from Eighth Street to Second Avenue Emilio Milian Way. The outspoken journalist, once a victim of a car bombing for his opposition to violence, died March 15.