Written by Miami Today on September 5, 2002
MARRIOTT POST: Sara Tucker, former director of operations at the JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador, was recently named general manager of the high-end hotel chain’s Miami location at 1109 Brickell Ave. Before serving in Quito, Ms. Tucker was vice president of sales Latin America & Caribbean from 1989-2001 and director of marketing and sales at the Marriott Caesar Park Hotel in Panama City, Panama, from 1981-89. She said she would apply her long experience in marketing and sales to boosting business at the two-year-old Brickell location. Her motto, Ms. Tucker said, is "live by example."
BEACON BOARD: The Beacon Council has sent out ballots listing 10 nominees for four private-sector seats on its board. Candidates are Robert H. Dickinson, president of Carnival cruise Lines; Herman Echevarria, chairman & CEO of BVK/Meka; county Aviation Director Angela Gittens; Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realtors Chairman Allen C. Harper; Tito Gomez, vice president with BellSouth; AT&T Vice President Barry E. Johnson; Port Director Charles A. Towsley; Bacardi USA Vice President Frederick Wilson; J. Antonio Villamil, CEO of the Washington Economics Group, and Alexandra Villoch, director of retail advertising for the Miami Herald. Ballots are due Sept. 9. Details: (305) 579-1300.
ENCORE FOR THE ARTS: The Miami Arts & Entertainment Council is holding a public hearing and reception from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Encore Room at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. On the agenda are a brief review of the council’s preliminary plans and presentations by representatives for invited arts & entertainment organizations. Persons seeking time to speak are asked to make reservations. Details: (305) 381-8831.
HAVEL AT FIU: Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel is delivering an address on human rights at Florida International University on Sept. 23 as part of his last presidential visit to the US. He and his wife Dagmar will be honored at a reception and a $1,000-per-person dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables that evening. Proceeds benefit Vision 97, Mr. Havel’s humanitarian foundation aimed at promoting human rights and democracy. South Florida attorney Alan Becker, honorary consul for the Czech Republic, is coordinating the black- tie affair. Details: (954) 985-4127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARKING ON 9/11: The Miami Parking Authority is offering free parking in lots, parking garages and meters as a Sept. 11 observance. The offer includes use of Coconut Grove’s surface lot at 3500 Main Hwy., the Oak Avenue parking garage and all street meters. Free parking downtown spots are available in garages at 40 NW Third St., 90 SW First Ave., 190 NW Third St. and 100 SE Second St. as well as all municipal surface lots and street meters. Instead of enforcement notices, Miami Parking Authority field personnel will distribute American flags. Details: (305) 373-6789, ext. 289.
FDA OK AT IVAX: IVAX Corp. has received tentative approval from the US Federal Drug Administration for an abbreviated new drug application for tamoxifen citrate tablets in two strengths. Upon final approval, the product would be sold through the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, IVAX Pharmaceuticals Inc. Tamoxifen citrate is used for the treatment of breast cancer and is the generic equivalent of Nolvadex tablets marketed by Astra Zeneca. IVAX reports it now has 34 abbreviated new drug applications approved and two pending.
NATIONAL ROLE: County Hall insider Herman Echevarria has been appointed to the National Advisory Council of the US Small Business Administration for two years. By profession chairman & CEO of BVK Meka marketing and communications, Mr. Echevarria chairs both the Mayor’s International Trade Council of Miami-Dade County and the board of directors of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce and is vice chairman of the public-private Beacon Council.
MARKETING THE BEACON: The Beacon Council, which had been without a vice president for marketing and communications for several months, named Doris MacPherson to the post, replacing Elizabeth Cross DeTullio. Ms. MacPherson most recently worked in marketing and business development for Greenberg Traurig law firm. She has worked for the Miami-Dade County film office, the Miami-Dade Public Library System and the Training & Employment Council of South Florida.
BEACON SPEAKER: Members of the Beacon Council will hear a talk from Thomas F. McLarty, vice chair of advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates in Washington, DC, at their annual meeting at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 in the Hotel Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza. Tom Cornish, executive vice president of SunTrust Bank Miami, is due to for honors as outgoing chairman while Robin Reiter, president of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, steps up as incoming chair. Cost is $60; $50 for members. Details: (305) 579-1336.
TOURISM PITCH: Representatives for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Florida are holding a networker on what the two organizations can do for a business in the tourism and convention industry from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Don Quixote Restaurant, 3148 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. Reservations are required. Details: (305) 539-2929.
BAR MEET: Among features of the Florida Bar’s Sept. 27 program in the Miami Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave., will be the distribution of a six-volume set, "Business & Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts," which a panel will review. The 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. meeting, "Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts," targets newly admitted Bar members seeking an overview of business and commercial litigation in federal courts. Conference cost is $280. Details: (800) 342-8060.
MORE SPICE: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Express and participating restaurants are extending for another two weeks a "Miami Spice Restaurant Month" promotion held in August. William Talbert, bureau president & CEO, said the effort resulted in "dozens of phone calls from restaurants who said our pilot program was a tremendous home run for them last month." In all, Mr. Talbert said, 46 restaurants and celebrity chefs are extending the program, packaging enticing savings with chances to win a three-night Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Majesty. Packages vary by venue but discounts range from 25% to 50%. Details: miami-spice.com or (800) 933-8448.