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


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.


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.


Michael J. Drahos Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Benjamin Hodas The Law Office of Benjamin T. Hodas

Matthew Kissner Broad and Cassel


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

To purchase tickets, please visit http://sfbwmag.com/signature-events/up-comers/ For more information on the publications go to www.lmgfl.com and www.sfbwmag.com

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.


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