Alumni "In the Biz"
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Alumni Corporate Profiles
The Gulliver Alumni Department recognizes the following Gulliver Alumni for their corporate support of the Gulliver Alumni Association.
Sponsor: Maria A. Noguera De Zubiria '81
Maria A. Noguera De Zubiria ‘81, luxury real estate professional. De Zubiria specializes in selling and marketing to international clients, local developers and general real estate buyers, offering a variety of residential and commercial real estate services. Known to her friends as Marielo, she graduated from Gulliver Preparatory, went to Miami Dade College and University of Miami. She then continued her marketing and print management career at Sir Speedy Printing University, while working at her family business, which has offices in Hialeah and Doral. With 34 years of sales and marketing experience, a business background, personal and family connections and strong knowledge of the Miami real estate market, De Zubiria is a savvy professional, and the best choice for buyers and sellers of luxury properties.
Sponsor: Justin Firestone '95
Justin Firestone ‘95, P ‘29 - Firestone has been a founding partner of Wheels UP since 2013. An expert in assisting high-net-worth individuals with their private aviation needs, he has held several other senior executive roles within the private aviation industry. Firestone is actively involved in local and international philanthropy efforts, including the Ocean Reef Community Foundation, Miami-Dade Police Department Citizen Advisory Committee and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
Wheels Up, which Firestone co-founded, is a membership-based private aviation company that significantly reduces the upfront costs to fly privately, while providing unparalleled flexibility, service and safety. Wheels Up individual, family and corporate members are guaranteed access to its private fleet of new Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft. With the cutting-edge Wheels Up mobile app, members can seamlessly book flights, manage their accounts, participate in ride-share opportunities and select “Hot Flights,” a vast array of one-way “empty leg” flights that are posted daily to the app and updated in real time. Members also have access to Wheels Down, a program featuring exclusive events and experiences, unique partner benefits and a full-service luxury concierge.
Sponsor: Sarah Davidoff ‘88
Sarah Davidoff is the owner of Fare to Remember (FTR). FTR offers full-service, off-premise catering for business and social events, in size from 10 to 2,500 people and is “anchor caterer” at Temple Beth Am. Sarah Beth Davidoff, Owner of FTR, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and FIU’s School of Hospitality Management. Davidoff received Miami Herald's “20 under 40” Award (2010); South Florida Business Journal ranked FTR South Florida’s 10th-largest catering company (2011).
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Sponsor: John King ‘92
Comprising LINQ Financial Group (a member of the MassMutual Financial Group), LINQ Group Benefits and LINQ Risk Management, the LINQ companies are able to provide insurance and financial planning solutions for individuals, as well as for businesses and their employees. The founders have more than 50 years of experience in the insurance industry, which enables us to understand the ever-changing insurance marketplace and our clients’ unique needs.
Alumnus John King is a founding partner of LINQ Group Benefits and focuses on new business development and operations.
For additional details on services provided by our experienced and professional staff, please call 305.648.2445 or visit www.linqcompanies.com.
Sponsor: Monica Pardo '97
Monica Pardo Events is a full-service event design company. We design, style, plan and manage every project from conception to execution. Our team goes beyond the imagination to reinvent any theme and bring it to life. Our clients begin with a vision, and we push the limits to take that single idea to another level; every detail is accounted for, resulting in a “wow” factor.
We also proudly offer full concierge service, adding that special touch to give your guests a lasting experience to talk about! Every event is intricately customized to each client. Our goal is to go above and beyond your dreams and expectations, leaving you with a lifelong memory.
Monica Pardo Events specializes in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate events, quinces, baby/bridal showers, adult/children birthday parties, private dinners and more. If there is a reason for a celebration, we are your team!
Follow us on Instagram: @monicapardoevents
Sponsor: Marshall Seeman ‘84
Marshal Seeman is president and co-founder of National Senior Insurance, DBA Seeman Holtz. After college, Seeman established and built several successful catalog companies, which he eventually sold before co-founding Seeman Holtz. Seeman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in business. There, with his business partner, Eric Holtz, Seeman was co-captain of the football team, as well as the track and field team. A multiple-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, he is regularly consulted as an industry expert. Seeman is married and lives in Boca Raton.
Sponsor: Richard Perdomo ‘04
Our Promise: Import and sell fresh cut flowers at competitive prices, assuring excellent quality, consistency of our products and a superior service to all our clients.
Established in 1980, The Queen's Flowers is one of the leading importers and distributors of fresh cut flowers in North America. We import more than 500 million stems per year, and have a product portfolio of 28 flower types under our exclusive product brand, Benchmark Growers.
Visit our page at www.queensflowers.com to learn more about our business, how our suppliers strive to make a difference in the life of their employees, and the approach they take to minimize the impact on Mother Nature.
Sponsor: Pablo Reyes ‘99
Pablo Reyes ‘99 is the director of marketing and VP of institutional sales for Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa. In 2009, TIERRA NUEVA was founded, carrying 130 years of chocolate experience from the Cruz family. They are creators of Coffee Thins, Cruz Chocolate, Cruz Classic and Origins Supreme.
In 2012-2013, Coffee Thins won many awards, including Best New Product and Most Innovative Product at some of the biggest trade shows in the candy industry. This product has been a large part of the company’s success. One bar is equal to a 1/3 cup of coffee.
Recently Tierra Nueva has created Coffee Thins for the Krispy Kreme and Eight O’ Clock Coffee brands.
For more information, email Reyes at email@example.com.
Sponsor: Libby Witherspoon ‘87
BNY Mellon Wealth Management is among the nation’s leading wealth managers with more than two centuries of experience in providing investment management, wealth and estate planning and private banking services to financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, charitable gift programs and endowments and foundations. It is among the top 10 U.S. wealth managers with $1.7 trillion assets under management, $28.5 trillion assets under custody and/or administration, ranked the safest U.S. bank in the world for the fourth straight year by Global Finance Magazine, top private bank serving family offices by Family Wealth Report in 2014 and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally.
Libby Witherspoon joined BNY Mellon in 2007. With over 25 years of experience in the Wealth Management industry, she is currently the team leader for the investment led team in Miami (regional headquarters).
For additional details on services provided by BNY Mellon, please call 305-810-2924 or visit http://www.bnymellon.com/.
Gulliver Travels - San Francisco
Sponsor: Doug Mandell ‘87
Doug Mandell has extensive experience advising start-ups, founders and executive teams. Mandell has served as general counsel of three companies, including LinkedIn, where he was the company’s lawyer when it was founded in 2003 and served as GC in 2007 and 2008. As founder of Mandell Law Group, Mandell regularly counsels companies, founders and senior executives as outside general counsel and in the areas of employment law.
Mandell also advises and invests in start-ups in the areas of big data, clean-tech and consumer Internet and is a founding partner of Originate (a software company that builds software for companies and invests in them). Mandell's full bio is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougmandell.
Gulliver Travel - San Francisco
Sponsor: Scott Rodrick ‘83
Traveling the planet with taste buds in tow, Scott Rodrick has built a career out of spotting restaurant trends and seeking emerging chefs. A seasoned restaurant entrepreneur, he has helped to fund, create and manage more than 30 concepts from coast to coast. One of his most acclaimed projects recently launched is Napa Farms Market in the Virgin America terminal at San Francisco International Airport. The bustling food emporium showcases the tastes of Northern California to thousands of passengers each day, aspiring to bring “great food from the earth to travelers in the sky.” In 2016, Las Vegas will be added to his U.S.-project list, joining Rodrick's family of food and beverage projects in San Francisco, New York, Boston and Denver.
Gulliver Travels - Atlanta
Sponsor: Ted Schwartz ‘85
Ted Schwartz specializes in corporate office tenant representation. He brings more than 20 years of commercial office brokerage experience to bear for his clients, predominately office tenants or owner-users of commercial office property. He is a recognized office tenant representation expert with a formidable office brokerage practice covering all major submarkets of metro Atlanta, he has particular expertise in the GA 400 office market corridor. Schwartz has completed more than 300 lease and sales transactions in metro Atlanta – totaling more than $100 million in volume.
Schwartz is a member of the Metro Atlanta, North Fulton and Alpharetta chambers of commerce. He is an active member of the Alpharetta Rotary Club since 1997 and was its president during 2003-2004. Schwartz currently serves on the executive board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. He has lived in metro Atlanta since 1990, and currently resides in Sandy Springs with his wife, Cheryl, and two children, Ilana and Blake.
Raider's Edge Business Networking Lunch
Sponsor: Percy Avetrani ‘00
Percy Avetrani is a leading field director at Northwestern Mutual – The Coral Gables Group. He is the group’s top producer as well as recruiting and mentoring director. With more than 10 years of experience, Avetrani provides integrated financial planning for closely held business and professional clients in the areas of estate planning, retirement, risk management, investment strategies, executive benefits and business continuation/succession.
For more information, email Avetrani at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.351.3389