Q:What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A:My life, to date, has been completely blessed. I am most proud of my family. One of my greatest professional accomplishments is that I have enjoyed a rewarding career where I have tried to build meaningful projects in the communities where I’ve worked and tried to establish credibility while maintaining a pristine reputation for integrity; and I hope earned the respect of at least some of my colleagues for my ability to think outside of the box and to execute.
Q:Who inspires you?
A:My wife, Yolanda, who is tireless in her passionate support of many charitable endeavors; my sons, Andrew and Michael, who work with me and are married to remarkable women; and my grandchildren, Dylan, Jagger and Kaia.
Q:What inspired you to develop SkyRise Miami?
A:I have always thrived on a challenge and have specialized in projects requiring severe brain damage. SkyRise represents the opportunity to develop a legacy project, one which brings something special to the city I love, and which will be enjoyed by millions of visitors long after I have departed. My varied 40-year career practicing law and developing difficult commercial properties in Miami has allowed me to develop the skills required to successfully complete a project of this magnitude and complexity and has endowed me with the wisdom, relationships, resources and credibility to enable me to make SkyRise a reality.
Q:What are your expectations for SkyRise Miami and its impact on the city?
A:SkyRise will be a game changer for Miami. Not only will it become Miami’s “Eiffel Tower,” elevating Miami to new heights and cementing its position as a 21st Century global city, but it will have an enormous positive economic impact on the community. We will help create over 10,000 jobs and the project will create more than $1 billion in annual economic impact. It will be the tallest building in Florida, the 5th largest tourist attraction in Florida and a top-20 private employer in Miami-Dade County.
Q:How does SkyRise Miami compare to other projects you’ve worked on?
A:It is the largest, the most costly, the most challenging, the most difficult project in my career. It is also clearly the most exciting and rewarding project in so many respects. I wake up exhilarated every morning to confront a new array of challenges and opportunities. It will be a career capper.
Q:What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A:I am an avid sailor and fly-fisherman. I have fished all over the world in such far-flung and varied places as Mongolia, Slovenia, Bolivia, the Amazon, Alaska, the Lower Zambezi River, Patagonia, the Tiwi Islands, Australia, New Zealand and the Northwest Territories among many others.
Q:Anything else you want to share?
Q:Is there one thing you’d like to be remembered for?
A:My contributions to this great community.
Shopping Destination? Dadeland Station
Miami Restaurants:Prime 112, Joe’s, Il Gabbiano, Michy’s, Cipriani
Dream car: Aston Martin
Local car dealer? The Collection
Item you never leave home without? My “deal” pen.
Saying: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
Men’s Fashion designer? Brioni
Clothing Store – Damiani’s
Cocktail: Grey Goose on the rocks, no fruit, no vegetables
Miami art gallery/museum? Miami Children’s Museum, of course! PAMM is a close 2nd.
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Event info: Miami Children’s Museum Gala – March 1, 2014, at the Museum. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. United Way Mayor’s Ball – June 8, 2014, at the Hotel Intercontinental. For more information please contact www.unitedwayofmiami.org