Broadcaster, Ocean Advocate and Philanthropist
Q:What inspired your co-creation of Global Oceans in 2012?
A:My dear friend Sandy Yawn, a yacht captain for 24 years, and I often speak about the joys of being at sea and the importance of giving back. We purchased a 72’ Mangusta to create a business where we could be on the water, assist in the education and preservation of everything ocean and get people on board who would not ordinarily think about chartering a yacht. People host parties at their homes or restaurants, but why not on a sexy, sleek yacht?
Q:Tell us about Global Oceans’ two research missions in January.
A:Along with SeaKeepers and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, we took underprivileged children ages 12-15 from Breakthrough Miami on board M/Y Defiance for several hours. Students from Ransom Everglades S.E.A. Club and Marine Awareness Club joined as counselors. Scientists from the university presented their research initiatives and discussed how they became marine scientists. Our second mission mirrored the first, with children from the YWCA of Miami/Homestead.
Q:Why is giving back important to you?
A:I know I’ve been blessed because I am aware of overwhelming need and I am willing and able to do something about it. Sharing is more rewarding than receiving so I am doubly blessed.
Q:You’ll soon host an event benefiting the International SeaKeepers Society. Why support this cause?
A:With my lifelong fascination with the ocean comes disdain for the degradation of the seas we hear about daily. The SeaKeepers bridge the gap between good science and the business and yachting communities, inspiring leaders to become voices for the oceans. I’ll be working with Kenny Loggins’ new band “Blue Sky Riders” on a benefit concert in March at the time of the Palm Beach Boat Show when Seakeepers members are in town.
Q:What’s been most memorable in your long broadcasting career?
A:I was broadcasting play by play and color commentary for a Miami Hurricanes baseball game in the ’80s that went about 18 innings. If you think baseball moves slowly, try coming up with new things to say during that kind of overtime!
Q:Of all your accomplishments, what are you most proud of?
A:My three amazing children.
Q:Tell us about your involvement with genConnect.
A:GenConnect.com connects visitors with experts in the fields of career, relationships, health, lifestyle and giving back. We have over 2,000 brand-name experts with mass reach and acclaimed credibility. As a partner and brand developer, I identify established and upcoming experts, and I conduct expert interviews broadcast on our site as well.
Q:You’ve been racing cars for more than 20 years and received your professional license in 2008. What’s it like?
A:I like to drive a car the way it was built to be driven, and that can’t happen safely on I-95. The sensation when I am racing beats just about any other. There is a huge amount of adrenaline coursing through my body, but I am in a still, zen state far beyond that of any meditation.
Q:Tell us about your music.
A:I’ve played guitar and sung in several bands. Because of my schedule it is hard to play regularly, so I “sit in” with friends with as often as I can. We’ve played at charity events, parties and clubs. I’ve also played at select Friday night Shabbat services for years.
Q:Is there one thing you would like to be remembered for?
A:Living out loud.
Miami restaurants? Tropical Chinese, The Forge
Shoes? Christian Laboutin, Giuseppe Zannoti, Brian Atwood
Interior designer? Donna Livingston
Fragrance? Boucheron. The original.
In-town getaway? The Standard
Local charity? Children’s Bereavement Center
Local hotel? The Ritz Carlton on Key Biscayne