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Gift Bag Inclusion for Upscale Culinary Gala

Name: Lia Martino

Email: lmartino


Comment: Gift Bag Inclusion for Upscale Culinary Gala

If you have any clients that may be interested in gift bag inclusion for an upscale foodie event at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel please see the info below.

ABOUT THE EVENT: The Second Annual Flavors of Miami is a unique dining experience, dubbed “Miami’s most exclusive restaurant that is only open one night a year” where Soth Florida’s top chefs create and prepare a five-course dinner tableside, paired with wine, for individual tables of 12.

All proceeds from the decadent, sit-down dinner, reception and auction assist the American Liver Foundation in their fight against liver disease.

EVENT DATE: September 8, 2016

BENEFITS: Your brand will receive prominent exposure among affluent Miami residents and business and community leaders. There will be media coverage pre and post event as well as live coverage during the event.


Product Deadline: September 6, 2016

Quantity: 220 Items

Contact: Lia Martino, Director of Special Events

Fee: None

SILENT/LIVE AUCTION: If you have any items you would like to donate for auction, please contact me at lmartino

Second Annual Flavors of Miami Culinary Gala Features Top Local Chefs

Name: Lia Martino

Email: lmartino


Comment: MEDIA ALERT: For Immediate Release

Second Annual Flavors of Miami Culinary Gala

Features Top Local Chefs

WHAT: The American Liver Foundation’s second annual Flavors of Miami is a culinary experience that goes beyond the traditional gala, providing guests with the unique experience of having a top local chef prepare a multi-course dinner tableside. This sold out event showcases the signature dishes of Miami’s culinary experts and takes guests beyond the usual restaurant fare. Unleash your inner “foodie” and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping fund the research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Liver Foundation. The 2016 Flavors of Miami Presenting Sponsor is Miami Transplant Institute, a unique affiliation between Jackson Health System and UHealth – University of Miami Health System. The National Silver Sponsor is Gilead Sciences; the National Bronze Sponsor is AbbVie Pharmaceuticals; among other local sponsors.

Flavors was first stirred together in 1991, by James Beard Award winning chef Christopher Gross in Phoenix. Chef Gross and other area chefs were interested in supporting the mission of the American Liver Foundation. Today the event is hosted by the organization in more than 20 cities across the country and raises millions of dollars annually to support the work of The American Liver Foundation. This will be the second Flavors of Miami event, and the American Liver Foundation hopes by continuing to host this popular event in the lively city of Miami, it will garner great support for an even greater cause.

Thomas Nealon III, American Liver Foundation CEO and National Board Chairman says, “I am extremely excited that ALF will, once again, host Flavors of Miami. Flavors is a concept that certainly is well suited for Miami. More importantly, Miami is definitely a place where the American Liver Foundation needs to establish a greater presence and role – and a place that I call home. We are very optimistic that Flavors of Miami will support ALF’s efforts to establish a permanent presence in Miami, so that the organization can work with the many incredible physicians and medical professionals in the Miami area to serve liver patients and their families in South Florida.”

WHO: Chefs confirmed to date include: *

Honorary Chef Scott Linquist, COYO Taco

Chef Bryan Rojas, Fooq’s

Chef Patrick Kirchner, Café des Arts

Chef Jimmy Carey, Jimmy’s Kitchen

Chef Frederic Delair, Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Chef Alex Paz, JW Marriott Miami

Chef Riccardo Vincis, Riviera Focacceria Italiana

Chef Frederic Joulin, Semilla Eatery & Bar

Chef Sezer Deniz, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

Chef Bryan Gorton, Corsair Kitchen & Bar at Turnberry Isle Resort

Chef Joshua Elliott, The Restaurant at The Raleigh

Chef David Ortiz, The Financial Chef

Chef Nuno Grullon, Café Roval

Chef Gioacchino Sofia, Villa Castelli Ristorante

Chef Dustin Atogiue, Mondrian South Beach

Chef Javier Carballo, Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails

*Additional chefs will be announced soon.

WHEN: Thursday September 8, 2016

5:30pm – 10:00pm

WHERE: Loews Miami Beach Hotel

1601 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL, 33139

BENEFITS: The mission of American Liver Foundation (ALF) is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.

CONTACT: Lia Martino at (203) 234-2022 or lmartino


Name: Robyn Hankerson

Email: robyn.hankerson / robyn.hankerson (AT)



NORTH MIAMI, FL — August 25, 2016 – Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus has named Robyn Hankerson director of communications & media relations. The announcement was made by Campus President Larry Rice, Ed.D.

“We are pleased to welcome Robyn to our dynamic team of professionals,” Rice said. “Her extensive experience in communications is a great asset to the university as we continue to expand program offerings and showcase the many happenings on our campus.”

As director of communications & media relations, Hankerson is responsible for planning and implementing crisis communications for both internal and external audiences, as well as creating media relations strategies and procedures to improve and maintain the university’s image and reputation. She also oversees marketing strategies, social media engagement and community relations efforts for the university.

Prior to joining the JWU team, Hankerson held the position of development & donor relations manager at the Urban League of Broward County. She also served as an account supervisor with Bitner Goodman / Goodman Public Relations for nearly ten years, where she developed and managed marketing communications campaigns for a number of organizations, including Simon Property Group, Tri-Rail, Winn-Dixie and Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off.

Hankerson holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. With strong ties to the community, Hankerson serves as a board member for the Broward Education Foundation, president of UF’s Association of Black Alumni –South Florida, member of Leadership Broward XXXIV, New Leaders Council – Broward and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

JWU’s North Miami Campus, which opened in 1992 with 82 culinary arts students, has grown to more than 1,700 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees through its School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences and School of Hospitality, and associate degrees through the College of Culinary Arts. The campus has graduated more than 9,000 students since opening in 1992. Nearly 10, 200 graduates from all JWU campuses currently live in Florida.

About Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design, education, engineering, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 123 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit


International Marketing Strategy – Miami 09.27.16

International Marketing Strategy – Miami 09.27.16

AMA South Florida -


International Marketing Strategy:
From Entry to Exit


7:30am – 8:30am | Breakfast & networking

8:30am – 10:00am | Panel Discussion

Advance pricing: $35 members | $45 non-members


Registration includes breakfast and self-parking.

Register in advance to save.

Join AMA South Florida on September 27, 2016 for a panel discussion around international marketing strategy as our panel of experts look at a full life cycle of market presence. The discussion will highlight considerations when assessing and entering new markets as well as how to grow or even maintain market presence, whether in prosperous or challenging economies, and ultimately when a decision around exiting a foreign market might be wise.

Together, our panelists possess extensive globally diverse expertise. From Latin America to Asia and throughout Europe as well as North America, these experts will offer insight into practical business considerations in an ever increasingly global marketplace.

Meet the Panelists

Antonio Acunzo, CEO of MTW Group-Marketing That Works!

Acunzo is an international business professional with more than 15 years of experience managing multiple overseas offices and developing market-entry strategies. Currently, he leads MTW Group – Marketing That Works!, an organization focused on assisting businesses explore and grow opportunities throughout Southeast Asia and Greater China markets. Acunzo has been published by the Harvard Business Review and the Singapore Business Review. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Bergamo in Italy and the Asia-Pacific campus of the ESSEC Business School in Singapore.

John Price, Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence

Price has more than 22 years of experience studying Latin American markets for global exporters and investors. He has led more than 1,200 consulting engagements across 18 Latin American markets and 16 industries. Price launched and edited a leading Latin American online business journals, Tendencias, which reached 20,000 subscribers prior to being sold. He has written more than 150 articles on the LatAm business environment that have been published in more than 15 leading Latin American newspapers and magazines. Price serves as the Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence where he helps businesses enter and compete in Latin America.

Ernesto Ortiz, Managing Partner of Americas Connection

Ortiz has extensive experience developing marketing and corporate communications programs aimed at building the reputation, establishing business presence and driving the brand of Fortune 500 companies in the US and throughout Latin America with a special focus on Brazil. He has worked such recognizable names as Nortel, HP, InterContinental Group, DLJ Financial, Secretariat of Communications of Brazil (SECOM), CFA Institute, BlackBerry, Tata Consultancy Services, and Philips. Previously, Ortiz worked with two of the world’s leading PR firms, Fleishman Hillard and Porter Novelli. Additionally, he writes a blog on internationalization of companies for Brazil’s leading business publication, Exame.

Matthew Waldron, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate General

Waldron is product and brand development professional. He has worked as a product manager and retail manager with companies such as Wal-Mart, GameStop Inc., Colgate-Palmolive, Pelican, and Logitech. Matt has lived and worked internationally in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Waldron served for more than six years as a Vice Consul for United Kingdom Trade & Investment, a government organization helping UK-based companies overseas and bringing foreign direct investment to the UK. Waldron currently works with the Trade Commissioner Service at the Consulate General of Canada in Miami covering Technology, Advanced Engineering and Creative sectors.

Register today.

2016 Ev Clay / PRSA Miami Endowment Luncheon – One Month Away! Register Today!

Join the Public Relations Society of America, Miami Chapter on Friday, September 23 at the Rusty Pelican as we celebrate community leaders and legends of our industry while at the same time, acknowledging incredibly promising public relations students, who have earned scholarships in support of their education through their exceptional leadership and academic accomplishments.

The 2016 Bill Adams PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Christine Barney, APR, rbb Communications

The 2016 Royal Palm Award recipient: Steve Rothaus, The Miami Herald

The luncheon raises funds to support the Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Endowment Fund, PRSA’s largest chapter-operated scholarship fund, which provides financial resources to South Florida students with a public relations interest. Since its establishment in 1985, the fund has awarded more than $177,000 to 123 deserving students.

For event registration and additional information, please click here.

Any questions or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities or offer silent auction item donations, email Jennifer Valdes at jennifer.valdes. / jennifer.valdes (at )

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