The Beacon Council Key Ceremony Celebrates Miami-Dade Companies for Creating Jobs & Investment

The Beacon Council Key Ceremony Celebrates Miami-Dade Companies for Creating Jobs & Investment 

First Prevention and Dialysis Center was one of the companies honored during the Key Ceremony.



The Beacon Council honored companies establishing or expanding operations in Miami-Dade County at the annual 2016 Key Ceremony on March 9 at the Conrad Hotel, presented by TD Bank.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented the companies, representing a variety of industries including aviation, information technology, trade & logistics, entertainment, manufacturing and healthcare, a Key to the County. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, County Commissioners, City Officials and other dignitaries also participated in the ceremony.

Mayor Gimenez congratulated The Beacon Council for its success bringing such a large, diverse group of companies to Miami-Dade County, and lauded the companies for their commitment to our community. Beacon Council Chair Ernie Diaz, Regional President for TD Bank in Florida,  thanked Mayor Gimenez for his partnership and dedication to The Beacon Council’s mission of increasing jobs and investment in Miami-Dade. 

The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams thanked the public and private partners and saluted Barry E. Johnson, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, who is planning to retire at the end of the year. The audience gave Johnson a standing ovation.  Vanessa Borge, CBS4 reporter, served as emcee for the program and helped officially welcome the companies to Miami-Dade.


Thank you to our Key Ceremony sponsors: Axxis, Baptist Health South Florida, Becker & Poliakoff, Dosal Tobacco, Conrad Miami, EWM, Florida International University, Invest Miami, Ocean Bank, Pete De La Torre Business Hour, rbb Communications, South Florida Business Journal, TD Bank, and The Miami Herald.  


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Grelite, a construction management company, received a Key to the County from Mayor Gimenez during The Beacon Council Key Ceremony.


City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado also participated in honoring TOAC Digital, a Spanish television, production company on March 9.



Beacon Council’s Pamela Fuertes-Berti Among Those Honored at 2016 International Women’s Day Luncheon 


Past Chair Donna Abood, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young,

Beacon Council Secretary Patricia Thompson, Carlton Fields, Pamela  Fuertes-Berti, Larry K. Williams, President & CEO,  The Beacon Council, and Past Chair Jack Lowell, Colliers International South Florida  



Pamela Fuertes-Berti, Vice President, International Economic Development Programs at The Beacon Council was among the five women leaders honored at the 13th Annual International Women’s Day Awards Program on March 8 at The Biltmore Hotel. They were honored by the World Trade Center Miami for their significant contributions to advancing international trade, investment and business in Florida.

The other honorees were:

Marilyn DeVoe, Vice President – Miami Hub, American Airlines;
 Debra Owens, Director, Government Affairs and International
Relations, PortMiami; Hilda Rodriguez, President, Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association; Sally Yearwood, Executive Director, Caribbean-Central American Action.

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New Leaders Taskforce Revisits its History and Mission




On March 8, The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce (NLT) was hosted by Past Chair Alan Becker of Becker & Poliakoff for its monthly meeting. The NLT was born out of Becker’s vision to provide a platform for up and coming community leaders to play a role in our community’s development at the onset of One Community One Goal nearly five years ago. Although he could not be present, a pre-recorded video was viewed by the group where he shared his thoughts on the positive impact being made by the NLT and the important role it is playing in providing new leaders an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

The group partners with the public and private sector to develop strategies that cultivate a vibrant and growing community of talented young professionals who are vested in Miami-Dade County’s future growth and in leadership roles at The Beacon Council.


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The Beacon Council Creative Design Commitee Aims to Strengthen Industry

Jonathan Bruckner, Incoming Chair, Creative Design Committee and Vice-President, Southeast Market, Tiffany & Co., Mathieu Massa, CEO, Mr|Hospitality and Joe Roisman, Chair, Creative Design Committee and Executive Vice-President, Perry Ellis International.



On March 10, The Beacon Council’s Creative Design Committee was welcomed by Mathieu Massa, CEO, Mr|Hospitality and Rosanna Cintron, Director of Events, Mr|Hospitality at Marion Restaurant ( The Creative Design Committee is comprised of companies in the fashion, retail, luxury brands, architecture, digital media, advertising, marketing, professional services, hospitality as well as arts and cultural groups, and academic institutions. Its mission is to promote and strengthen the creative design industry of our community. Through the Creative Design Committee, The Beacon Council supports numerous Creative Design efforts throughout the year in our community. 

Members were introduced to Jonathan Bruckner, Incoming Chair of the Creative Design Committee, from Tiffany & Co.  Presentations were made  by Rita MacDonald-Korth, Founder, SourceCulture, a new fashion – creative design concept store from the U.K. and Jansen Pennock, Director, Partnerships for eMerge Americas. The Committee members stay up to date on current industry trends and share news about different sectors and niches of the Creative Design community. The next meeting will be held in June 2016. For more information, please contact Pamela Fuertes, committee staff liaison at


Pete De La Torre Business Radio Show Tapes First Show from Key Ceremony


Popular award winning radio personality and business talk pioneer, Pete De La Torre “The Voice of Business,” in Miami, is moving on from AM Radio to “WORLD BUSINESS RADIO Network,” a global internet station. This will be a ground breaking, global business network poised to “Make Business Happen” around the world.

Past Chairs Donna Abood, Alex Villoch, Alan Becker and Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of The Beacon Council were interviewed at the Key Ceremony held at the Conrad hotel.

Simon Fridmann, CEO of Terra’s Garden, a Key Ceremony honoree, was also interviewed about doing business in Miami.

De La Torre, along with Co-founder Sally Villalba, launches “World Business Radio Network,” aka WBRN today as a new internet all business radio station. The studio will be located at Pipeline Workspace in Doral. 


The Beacon Council taping is running during the first official segment of this global network. The show can be heard live from 8 to 10 a.m. weekdays at


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Miami Lighthouse Celebrates 85th Anniversary With Launch Of Lighthouse Learning Center For Children

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired previewed its 85th Diamond Anniversary Celebration on March 8, with a special “thank you” to the family foundations, charitable trusts and major donors who have made it possible to reach $10 million in capital funding for the launch of the non-profit organization’s innovative Lighthouse Learning Center for Children. The event was  hosted by Northern Trust.

The Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ will be located on the grounds of the existing Miami Lighthouse complex and will include classrooms for a pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year-old visually impaired children. The pre-kindergarten will be piloted in existing instructional space in fall 2016 in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition. Construction of the Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is scheduled to begin this spring, with the official opening projected for fall of 2017. 


Miami Herald Launches South Florida Visionaries Awards


The Miami Herald has launched an important new initiative to annually recognize those who by design or DNA are working to make South Florida a better place to work and live. The Visionaries awards span a baker’s dozen of genres important to our local economy, including culture, business, development, philanthropy and healthcare. Among the categories is one for Visionaries who are under 40. 


Please nominate those you feel are worthy of consideration. Details about the nomination process can be found here. Deadline is March 30.


eMerge Americas Coming Soon 

April 18 & 19

Embark on a discovery-driven journey where ideas flow freely and innovation rules. Set in the growing tech hub of Miami, eMerge Americas brings together industry leaders, investors, government officials and entrepreneurs from North America, Latin America and Europe. It’s two days of summits, keynotes, startup competitions, networking events in Miami’s most iconic venues, and more. Like every great journey, it will leave you changed. Beacon Council Members receive a 25% discount off any eMERGE pass. Our discount code is: CP-EA-054


GIS Website Features Available Properties


The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information. 

It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter. 



 Featured listing of the week:


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Publication Date: 
Monday, March 14, 2016
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March 14-20, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

The 53 companies honored at the Key Ceremony will create more than 2,350 direct jobs, and generate more than $424 million in new capital investment.  



The Beacon Council in the News

Consul Braynen attends Women’s Day Event

The Bahamas

Miami joins White House TechHire initiative

Miami Herald

White House taps Miami-Dade for program to create tech jobs

South Florida Business Journal





Fashion Designers Panel Discussion 

March 16 @ new 255 Studio in Wynwood


Please join Fashion Group International for the second edition of panel discussions with internationally renown fashion designers from Miami. Panelists will share premier insight into Miami as a Fashion Capital and what it takes to thrive in this environment:

* How to effectively design and produce in Miami – understanding the process and sharing success stories
* How to leverage Miami as the backdrop for all things fashion, inspiration, and artistic expression
* How to build a sustainable business platform and network in our very own Magic City

Panelists include:
* Alessandra Gold – Creative Director – Kruzin Footware
* Simonett Pereira – Founder & Designer – Style Mafia
* Michael Saiger – Founder & Designer – Miansai
* Fabrice Tardieu – Founder & Designer – Fabrice Tardieu

Moderated by: Pamela Fuertes, Vice-President, International Economic Development Programs,The Beacon Council. 

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The Business of Health Care: Going Global

Monday, March 21

@ University of Miami

Exchange ideas on the globalization of health care with 700 professionals.

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The Beacon Council President & CEO to discuss economic development at North Miami Mayor’s Luncheon

Thursday, March 24


Join Dr. Smith Joseph,
Mayor of North Miami,
and The Beacon Council
to discuss economic development

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Small Business Growth Workshop

Friday, March 25

@The Beacon Council


The third workshop in our Small Business Growth Series focuses on Human Resources.

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14th Annual Beacon Awards

Wednesday, May 4 @ Hilton Miami Downtown



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Our Mission:
As Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, The Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council is an accredited economic development organization. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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