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BEACH INTERACTIONS: Bruce Hendersen, director of environment resource management, and Roman Gastesi, distribution manager for South Florida Water Management, are guests today (5/10) at the Up Close & Personal series sponsored by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The session is held monthly at the Ocean Resort, 3025 Collins Ave. Reservations are required. The informal gatherings are limited to 35 participants. Cost is $15. Details: (305) 672-1270.
BREATHING EASY: Miami-based IVAX Corp. announced its UK subsidiary Norton Healthcare Ltd. got approval to distribute an asthma medication called albuterol, also known as salbutamol, in a dispenser called Easi-Breathe. "IVAX continues to roll out its unique portfolio of patented asthma inhalers around the world," said Neil Flanzraich, vice chair and president. He said the IVAX respiratory line should achieve sales of $1 billion globally "within the next five years."
CARACAS STEPS: The Miami City Ballet has been invited to perform in the US embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, from June 7-10. Five performances will be offered. "We're very honored to go to Venezuela as representatives of the arts in the US," said Edward Villella, the ballet's artistic director.
MOCA DRIVES: The Museum of Contemporary Art has organized its first-ever golf tournament June 2 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW Ave. Promoters say proceeds for the "MoCa Golf Classic at Doral" will benefit education and exhibition programs. A shotgun start is planned at 2 p.m. Cost is $150; $125 for members. Details: (305) 893-6211 or mocanomi.org.
PSYCHOLOGY POST: The Dade County Psychological Association elected Wade Silverman president. Dr. Silverman is editor of Psychotherapy, a journal published by the American Psychological Association and has clinical and forensic psychology offices in Coral Gables and Bay Harbor Islands.
ARTS SEMINAR: The Arts & Business Council of Miami
is holding a "Serving the Arts" seminar May 22 in the Loews Hotel, 1601
Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Topics include cultural tourism, Miami's international
image, collaborative efforts, economics and the future. Participants include Bruce
Orosz of ACT Productions and Stephanie Reed of Art Basel Miami Beach. Seminar
tickets are $25. Cost with lunch is $45; $40 in advance. Details: (305) 577-4744.
GLOBAL EDUCATION: An expert panel will examine the
convergence of higher education and Miami's international business community at
8 a.m. May 17 in WLRN Channel 17 studios, 172 NE 15th St. Scheduled panelists
for the breakfast session of the Miami Today International Roundtable are Ambler
Moss, director of the University of Miami North-South Center; Mark Rosenberg,
provost and vice president of Florida International University; Rosa Sugraņes,
head of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce higher education task force, and
Robert Vitale, director of international education at Miami-Dade Community College.
Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
WHOPPER OF A JOB: Miami-based Burger King intends
to become an independent corporation next year by separating from Britain's Diagio,
new Chairman John H. Dasberg told the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board
of Governors last week. He didn't return to Miami after running Northwest Airlines,
he said, to run a division but to head a freestanding company. Meanwhile, he said,
"Burger King is in need of a business turnaround" because "since
1996 traffic at the restaurants has been in a steady decline.... That spells fatality
for any business."
BRAZILIAN FLICKS: The 5th annual Brazilian Film Festival
will be held May 19-26 at the Roney Palace Resort & Spa, 2301 Collins Ave., Miami
Beach. A Brazilian action movie called "Hunters Moon" will be featured
on opening night, shown on a huge outdoor screen on the beach. Admission is free.
All other films will be screened at Regal South Beach Cinema, 1100 Lincoln Road.
Details: (305) 899-8998 or brazilianfilmfestival.com.
INTERNATIONAL PITCH: Maxwell L. Anderson, director
of the Whitney Museum in New York, met with a group of civic leaders last week
in Miami, said Mary Haus, the museum's communication director. Mayoral candidate
Maurice Ferre said he invited Mr. Anderson to comment on what it would take Miami
to become home to an international art museum. Although there are no plans to
expand the New York museum in Miami, Mr. Ferre said he approached Mr. Anderson
"because some day Miami deserves to have an international museum."
E-FOOD: Former Coral Gables- and now Fort Lauderdale-based
Foodtrader.com, a business-to-business food and agricultural e-commerce exchange,
merged with Bonsall, CA-based Networld Exchange in April, officials confirmed
Tuesday. Spokesman Gina Saunders said Foodtrader.com continues to operate with
30 employees under its own name and no immediate cutbacks are planned. Foodtrader.com
got first round venture capital financing of $7.5 million in January 2000 from
New River Capital Partners. Foodtrader CEO Steve Berrard, former president of
Blockbuster and Auto Nation, is also a managing partner for New River. Networld
Exchange provides b2b e-commerce solutions and employs 55.