Alumni "In the Biz"
Alumni “In the Biz” is designed to serve as a resource for Gulliver alumni to connect and interact in the business world by providing career networking and promotional business opportunities. For more information on how to get involved, email us or call 786.709.4073.
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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.
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. Ted has completed more than 300 lease and sales transactions in metro Atlanta – totaling more than $100 million in volume.
Ted 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. Ted 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.
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/.
Zahra graduated from Gulliver in 1990. She and her husband, Amin, founded DiscountMugs.com together in 1995. They have operations in India, China and the Philippines and employ more than 1,000 people. Their two sons, Karim and Yannik, are currently students at Gulliver Academy and enjoy assisting with the family business.
DiscountMugs.com is one of the largest suppliers of personalized products in the United States. As the company continues to grow and cut out the middleman, its extensive inventory allows it to offer the valuable, low-cost, factory-direct items that customers will come to love. DiscountMugs.com knows that companies seek to present their clients with customized items that reflect business values, and guarantees that each client will be absolutely satisfied with the outcome of custom-made purchases. DiscountMugs.com not only offers a varied catalog of promotional mugs, but also custom-printed travel mugs, personalized photo mugs, custom sports bottles and acrylic tumblers, imprinted shot glasses and specialty glassware items, wholesale tote bags, inexpensive printed pens and other personalized promotional products that are certain to bring the attention its customers seek.
Visit DiscountMugs.com to find the right product for your business or organization!
Fare to Remember (FTR) offers full-service, off-premise catering for business and social events, in size from 10 to 2500 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, NY 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). See what we can do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T65qPeu6DJg
Comprised of 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 45 years of experience in the insurance industry, which enables them to understand the ever-changing insurance marketplace and their clients’ unique needs.
Alumnus John King is a founding partner of LINQ Group Benefits and focuses on new business development, operations and service delivery.
For additional details on services provided by their experienced and professional staff, please call 305.648.2445 or visit www.linqcompanies.com.
Jeff Weiner ‘81 is the CEO of MDW Insurance Group in Coral Gables. Jeff’s career in the insurance industry spans more than 28 years. MDW is a long-established South Florida insurance agency with national and international risk experience and expertise. It is ranked No. 10 on the South Florida Business Journal list of Top Insurance Brokers in South Florida. The agency currently has more than 60 insurance professionals with numerous specialty practices.
For additional information, call 305.444.2324 or visit www.mdwinsurance.com.
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, Percy 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 Percy at email@example.com, call 305.351.3389
Paola Marulanda ‘07 works as a realtor alongside her mother, Roxana Garcia, a successful realtor with more than 17 years of experience in the Miami and international markets. By generating trust and employing their results-oriented determination and negotiating skills, this team produces buyers from all areas of the world. Paola and Roxana are relocation experts who specialize in the Gulliver community and waterfront homes. They are licensed with the prestigious One Sotheby’s International Realty, giving them access to maximum property exposure and resources in the largest global real estate company worldwide.
Servicing all areas of your life, Paola will not only solve your real estate needs, but also find attorneys, designers, contractors, schools for your children and anything else you may need in and for your new home – especially if you are relocating from out of town.
For more information, email Paola at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.496.0359
Gabriella Torres ‘06 is an art therapist, registered marriage and family therapy intern and yoga instructor RYT-200. She graduated with a Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy, with specialization in clinical art therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Presently, she is working in private practice in Miami Beach, utilizing creative art-making to help clients express themselves and work toward their wellness goals. She believes that therapy is as important as a gym membership and views wellness as holistic: a balance between emotional, mental and physical health.
In her private practice, Gabriella engages in art therapy with children, adolescents and adults. She uses an eclectic approach that sometimes includes yoga, meditation and mindfulness exercises.
For more information, email Gabriella at email@example.com, call 305.469.5083 or visit www.thepositivearttherapist.com.
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.
With dedicated production facilities located in Colombia and Ecuador, our flowers are nurtured under ideal growing conditions. Most importantly, since its inception, The Queen's Flowers has always been focused in importing the best quality product consistently, and its commitment with social and ecological responsibility.
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.
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 2012-13 Coffee Thins won many awards for; Best New Product and Most Innovative product in some of the biggest Trade Shows in the Candy industry. This product has been a large part of the company’s success. 1 bar is equal to a 1/4 cup of Coffee, Coffee to eat or as they like to call it the “Coffee Lovers Treat.” Not even Willy Wonka could do that ;)
For more information, email Pablo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lourdes Leon-Vega ‘92 is visionary and founder of Tutti Bambini, and Monica Pardo ‘97 is the company’s director of design/event planning.
Tutti Bambini Events is the newest addition to the amazing family of brands of Tutti Bambini – South Florida’s “Everything Baby – Total Peace of Mind” store. Following the philosophy that a healthy baby and a healthy mom make for a healthy world, Tutti Bambini brands include Maternity and Newborn, Photography, Kids and Events. The company brings all the products and services moms need under one roof – allowing families to save time, money and unneeded stress. The company’s products and services include: maternity and women’s apparel, the best baby gear in the market, children and teen apparel, concierge services, baby planning, a photography studio and event planning. Tutti Bambini currently enjoys two locations in South Miami, and is preparing for the grand opening of its flagship store in Coral Gables in fall 2015. An Ocala, Florida location also is coming soon, in Summer 2015.