2016 Up & Comer Awards Finalists
Peter Nasca, APR
For Immediate Release
South Florida Business & Wealth Announces 2016 Up & Comer Awards Finalists
South Florida’s “Best and Brightest” Young Professionals Will Be Honored on June 16th Event at The Venue in Wilton Manors
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – May 11, 2016 – South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW) and parent company Lifestyle Media Group (LMG), announced the finalists for its 2016 Up & Comer Awards. Eighty-one professionals, 39 years of age or younger, will vie for the top spot in 18 categories including Banking, Construction, Economic Development, Education, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Insurance, Law, Marketing and Media, Real Estate, Retail and Technology.
Winners will be announced June 16 at The Venue in Wilton Manors. This years’ presenting sponsor is Mass Mutual of South Florida, with gold sponsor YTECH and silver sponsors Comcast Business and JM Lexus.
“The 81 finalists, nominated by their peers and colleagues are the rising stars of our community – many of them already are proven leaders in their respective fields.” said Gary Press, LMG Chairman and CEO. “As it was last year, our editorial board will be hard pressed to select a finalist in each category as there are no losers in this field of outstanding young men and women.”
The Up & Comer Awards is a Signature Event of South Florida Business & Wealth. As the industry’s leading awards event, it brings together the community in a positive way to recognize, reward and celebrate outstanding, “Up & Comer” professionals. South Florida Business & Wealth will showcase the awards and promote the event through an extensive print and online promotional campaign.
The following is a list of this year’s Up & Comer Award finalists:
Trey Fogg Fifth Third Bank
GoldenJohansson Legacy Bank of Florida
Erin Knight Stonegate Bank
Marcel Summermatter Regions Bank
Axel Thibon Sabadell United Bank
Bryan Donahue Wantman Group Inc.
Blake Johnson AMC Custom Builders, LLC
Farbod Pourji TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
Chris Welling Pegasus Builders Inc.
Jeremy Katzman Nova Southeastern University
Jonathan Schwartz Broward College
Aly Young The Learning Loft
Amber Jackson Athenian Venture Partners
Shir Keidan Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC.
Cristian LaCapra Northern Trust
Patrick O’Brien Marcum LLP
Philip Reagan J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Scott Evans Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
Elisa Epstein FoodMetrx
Erica Gulrich Northwest Medical Center
Haroula Protopapadakis Memorial Regional Hospital
Dr. Luis Soro Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology, Plastic Surgery & Laser Institute
Erin Branham A2 Events
Jason Cotter Riverside Hotel
Paul Greenberg American Social Bar and Restaurant
Mike Linder Silver Lining Inflight Catering
Hillary Smith Koncept Events
Melissa Aguilar MassMutual Financial Group South Florida
Nicole Brewer Patriot National, Inc.
Jennifer Gunter National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
Zain Hasan National Insurance & HR Consulting Group (NICG)
Jonathan Perrillo Brown & Brown Insurance
LAW – BROWARD
Scott Knapp Broad and Cassel
Cherine Smith Valbrun Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP
Alessandra Stivelman Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A.
George Taylor Brinkley Morgan
Joshua Widlansky Padula Hodkin, PLLC
Michael Wild Wild Felice & Partners, P.A.
LAW – DADE
Howard E. Fox Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Gustavo J. Membiela Hunton & Williams LLP
Uriel A. Mendieta Hunton & Williams LLP
Cristina Papanikos Gunster
John Quick Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
Alyssa Razook Wan Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Jaime Vining Friedland Vining, P.A.
LAW – PALM BEACH
Michael J. Drahos Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Benjamin Hodas The Law Office of Benjamin T. Hodas
Matthew Kissner Broad and Cassel
MARKETING & MEDIA
Andre Brown Mi-6 Global
Thomas Choberka Kelley Kronenberg
Eva Greene BDO USA, LLP
Corey Levin Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group
Michelle Martinez Reyes Greenspoon Marder
Mike Valdes-Fauli Pinta
Sandra Einhorn Rebuilding Together Broward County
Alona Geysman Jewish Federation of Broward County
Jenna Reed Golden Bell Education Foundation
Jessica Vones Children Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Ron Green Greenlight Staffing Group
Lewis Greenberg Daszkal Bolton
Michael Loudis ProFi Facility Maintenance
Troy Sorel Emerald Asset Advisors, LLC
Lauren Fyke JM Family
Evan Nierman Red Banyan Group
Lais Pontes The Pontes Group
Marielle Sologuren Pierson Grant Public Relations
Gabriel Britti Marcus & Millichap
Chad Gray Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
Nicholas Mastroianni Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, LLC
Jose Parrilla InvestQuest Partners, Inc.
Diana Pubchara Blanca Commercial Real Estate
Enrique Teran Avanti Way Realty
Adam Davis GC Pawn
Ofir Farahan OFY
Andrew Koenig City Furniture
Greg Zeigler JM Lexus
Matt Gallo United Data Technologies
Adam Garfield SpeedETab
Stephanie Mitrione FPL
Alex Price ADT
About Lifestyle Media Group
Lifestyle Media Group (LMG) is the largest magazine publisher in South Florida and the fastest-growing. Its readership of 590,000 includes business professionals, community leaders, entrepreneurs, soccer moms and the young, trendy up & comers. Lifestyle magazines serve the most affluent communities in the tri-county region. LMG covers South Florida’s vibrant lifestyle in its 10 must-read monthly magazines that include Las Olas, Weston, Estate, Parkland, Coral Springs, Boca, Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Estero Lifestyle magazines and Parkland/Coral Springs and Coconut Creek Life magazines.
About South Florida Business & Wealth
Reaching over 117,000 top decision-makers and influencers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, South Florida Business & Wealth delivers in-depth business reporting – with a distinct local perspective – on topics that make a difference to South Florida business professionals. Unlike any other local business media, SFBW gives business decision makers the whole story – from what businesses to invest in, to cashing in on the emerging tech hubs in South Florida, to trends and analysis of South Florida’s most important industries.