Written by Miami Today on May 16, 2002
SEARCH IS ON: The Annapolis, MD-based search firm Joan Jorgenson Inc. has been hired to find a replacement for Patti Allen, former executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, said Alonso Menendez, the authority’s interim executive director. Salary and job description will be worked out between the recruitment firm and the authority’s search committee, chaired by Loretta Cockrum, Mr. Menendez said. The authority’s board of directors, he said, hopes to have a new executive director in place by September.
CHILEAN HONORS: The Chile-US Chamber of Commerce is holding a gala reception and dinner at 7:30 p.m. May 21 in the Grand Ballroom of the Dadeland Marriott Hotel, 9090 S Dadeland Blvd. The agenda calls for celebrating the initiation of activities for 2002-03. Cost is $60; $55 for members. Details: (305) 447-0908.
CUSTOMS AWARD: Attorney Gilbert Lee Sandler was named person of the year by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association "for 25 years of outstanding service to Florida’s international transportation community and achievements as legal counsel to the association." Roger Madan, association chairman and president of Air Marine Forwarding, said his group’s "biggest challenge last year was a decision by the FDA and Bureau of Customs that would have devastated the ability of South Florida to serve as an import-export warehousing and distribution center" for goods to be sold in Latin American. Mr. Madan said Mr. Sandler "was at the center of this fight for over a year." He said the issue is still open "but there is optimism." Mr. Sandler is based in the Miami headquarters of the law firm Sandler Travis & Rosenberg.
GOLD NETWORKER: The Gold Coast Venture Capital Club is holding a networking forum at 5:15 p.m. May 29 in the Muvico Boca Ration, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton. The session is for entrepreneurs seeking funding or assistance, publicists said, with three presentations planned. Cost is $45; $35 for members. Details: (561) 488-4505.
IS SMALLER BETTER?: Gov. Jeb Bush, who told a Miami City Club audience Monday that he wants to change how education gets to students, says breaking up the Miami-Dade County schools into smaller independent districts might help. "If the legislature passed a law to allow the larger districts to be broken up, it would be really worth considering," he said. Gov. Bush said students can be brought up to grade level across the board in a large system but he has thought it would be easier in smaller systems. He praised Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent Merrett Stierheim and the state oversight board for working to improve the county’s school administration.
EARLY TO RISE: Gov. Bush said he finds traffic on US 1 coming north into downtown much heavier than it used to be on weekends but lighter on weekdays. Then again, he says, "maybe it’s because I’m going to work earlier."
NOT MY JOB: Another change the governor is looking for, he said, is in the attitude of business people washing their hands of problems in government. "My impression of the Miami business community attitude is – maybe this is changed; I hope it is changed – why would I want to get involved in local government?"
TOURISM LINKS: The International Roundtable will focus on the visitor industry’s links abroad at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast May 17 in the JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave. Panelists are Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Stuart L. Blumberg, president and CEO of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association; Jose Manuel De Juan, director of the Tourist Office of Spain, and Miguel Southwell, assistant director for business development for the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department. There is no charge. Details: Techy Fernandez, (305) 358-2663.
NATIONAL ADDS FLIGHT: National Airlines says it will add a third daily nonstop roundtrip between Miami and the carrier’s Las Vegas hub beginning Nov. 21. The airline came to Miami on Jan. 27, 2000, with two daily roundtrips. The new flights will leave Miami at 11 a.m. and Las Vegas at 4:15 p.m.
IVAX WINS DRUG OK: Miami-based IVAX Corp. has won federal approval for QVAR to treat asthma in children aged 5-11. The company’s proprietary pharmaceuticals subsidiary IVAX Laboratories currently markets the drug for adults and older children. IVAX markets is developing a variety of asthma drugs. In 2001, sales of its respiratory products grew to $232 million from $174 million in 2000 and $105 million in 1999.
VOLUNTEER SALUTE: The American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys announced it will honor Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida as humanitarian of the year at 6:30 p.m. May 29 in the Mandarin Oriental Miami, Brickell Key. The award, said Millar Wilson, chapter chairman, "recognizes an outstanding leader in the South Florida community who best exemplifies the principles of the American Red Cross — those of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, volunteer service and unity." Proceeds from the event will support Red Cross programs and services. Mr. Keeley is vice chairman of the board of the Miami branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, a governor for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and secretary-treasurer and founding board member of the Coalition for Nonprofit Healthcare. Details: (305) 728-2524.
FILM SERIES: The Spanish Cultural Center is presenting a series of films in Spanish at the Tower Theatre of Little Havana, 1508 SW Eighth St., as part of the center’s cultural line up of art, theater, literature and cinema. The next offering in the series is The Ninth by Hector Olivera on May 22 followed by The Last Supper by Tomas Gutierrez Alea on May 29. Screenings are at 8 p.m. Cost is $6; $3 for members and M-DCC students. Details: (305) 644-3307.
LEASE NOTE: Consolidated Music Export signed a lease to occupy 10,000 square feet for three years in the Vendex International Building, 2260 NW 102nd Place. Consolidated is a distributor of musical equipment and supplies. Ron Berger, managing director with Insignia/ESG, represented the landlord in the transaction while Consolidated went unrepresented.