People

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

Radical Rewards

Developing effective leaders is only part of the job for Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO of Radical Partners — the rest has to do with helping build an empowered legacy of community leaders.

Bold Gold

The Key has a hidden gem — oh, yes, pun intended — when it comes to Diamonds On The Key, owned by Jewelry Designer & Entrepreneur Christina Termine. This gal is lauded for having the ability to unearth a rare diamond, design a piece that defines exquisite, and transform an heirloom into a contemporary bauble. This by-appointment jeweler is all about high-quality, unique jewels sans the high retail cost.

Published Polymath

Ronald Goldfarb was studying at Syracuse University while most teens were learning 3-point turns. That set the tone for a 60-year legal and literary career that’s nothing short of brilliant.

Magic MOMS

These Key Biscayne mothers make magic happen each and every day, ensuring their kids lead the happiest lives possible and that all their dreams come true, one smile at a time.

Investing In The Future

Investing more than dollars and cents, Sande Taylor, a Financial Consultant for Charles Schwab, helps girls reach their potential through mentoring, motivation and education.

Queen Of Hearts

EDM Duchess Alison Wonderland was raised on TRL’s pop programming which spawned a generation of musicians that are marrying genres…and this DJ has her hands in all of them.

Aesthetically Savvy

The masters of aesthetic beauty you’re about to meet from some of the city’s top salons & spas are sure to keep you looking good no matter what season you pay them a visit.

Mirror, Mirror

If you’ve been striving to be the fairest of them all, look no further than these professionals of perfection who are dedicated to helping you yield the best version of yourself possible.

Dreams Come True

Cheryl Plotkin De López of Fundacion Armando El Futuro has dedicated most of her life to helping others achieve their dreams. Today, she’s looking forward to expanding the reach of the organization to benefit as many families as possible.

Brazilian Pop

Clara Valente adds funk fused with flair and femininity to her already sexy Brazilian sound for your listening pleasure.

Cocktail Queen

Karen Reina lives a fast-paced life devoted to earning her nursing credentials, shooting zingers at goalies in her soccer league and park-hopping with her French bulldog appropriately named Negroni.

Foreign Flair

From Iceland to Singapore, meet a few international fashion designers who are letting their heritage and culture shine in stylish creations from around the globe. Take this foreign flair affair to the next level by adding a few of these labels to your collection this season and beyond.

Inner Spark

A lifelong lover of the arts and gastronomy, Michèle Fontanière lends her voice and serves victims of crimes through her philanthropic efforts both in the U.S. and around the world.

Chemist Of Craft

Mixologist Carlos Cruz lets creativity, cocktails and chemistry collide in his garden-inspired libation creations at Seaspice.

Changing Skyline

Carlos Rosso comes from a family of architects and has always loved design. Today, as President of the Condominium Division of The Related Group, he’s responsible for overseeing all of the nearly 5,000 condominium units the firm has on its boards.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

SPACE MAKERS

Meet a few professionals who are ready to help you create the home of your dreams with stunning ideas that are sure to turn any space in your home into a functional showpiece that will make you the envy of the entire neighborhood.

Housing Matters

With helping improving the community as one of his top life goals, President & CEO of Pacific National Bank Carlos Fernandez-Guzman leaves a positive mark on Miami while making a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable population: the homeless.

It’s Showbiz

With 20 years in the world of entertainment, actress, businesswoman, entrepreneur and Miami’s own Adriana Cataño has made the pursuit of teaching youth how to break into the biz — her biz.

Fresh Fare

When you live by the motto “think fresh,” it’s no wonder Tutto Pizza & Pasta’s Chef Juca is serving up freshness in every bite of every dish on the menu of his iconic Key Biscayne restaurant.

MUSICAL MUSE

She was just 3 when she first picked up the violin, and the guitar and piano soon followed. By 19, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Miami’s homegrown prodigy, had graduated from UM on an opera scholarship with her sights set on a career in showbiz.

Superior Sounds

While UR Music works with many multinational record companies such as Universal and Sony, they also cater to independent and emerging artists who are beginning their careers and are in need of quality recording productions.

COLLECTOR’S CORNER

If you’re in the market for a few new pieces to add to your art collection, check out the curated list of artists we’ve compiled for you on the ensuing pages. For as long as each can remember, their dream has been to inspire as many people as possible through their work — and they’re doing just that and a whole lot more with every new masterpiece they bring into the world.

Amazing Times

“You should write a book about Korea,” urged Harvey Rosenwasser’s wife, Ruth, and friends, “your stories are better than the M.A.S.H. series.” It took almost 60 years, but Harvey, who has since passed away, finally did it — and it’s definitely worth a read.

Power Houses 2016

Meet the professionals who are ensuring the real estate market remains booming in Key Biscayne and beyond. From unforgettable showings to tips and tricks of the trade, their stories will give you a unique glimpse into their hectic lives and might even inspire you to find a new home or two.

Key Couples 2016

When it comes to love, no two couples are alike. We scoured the island to bring you 3 couples with relationships so interesting, so strong and so beautiful, that their stories will cause you to fall in love all over again. Flip the page to learn how they met, where they’ve been and what the future has in store.

Heaven Sent

When a family experiences a loss due to death, the Children’s Bereavement Center is available to help families cope through group support and services for even the youngest members of the family.

Candid Camera

The creative eye behind some of South Florida’s most beautiful commercial photography belongs to award-winning photographer Mike Butler. A gentle soul with a keen sense of beauty, he captures moments in all their glory.

Pretty Fête

Between boat shows, food fests and special Valentine’s Day plans, there’s always a reason in South Florida to get all dolled up. Earthy Chic Boutique will always have the perfect little number for you, no matter the occasion.

Kerbing Her Enthusiasm

Poised to take it all at this year’s Miami Open on Key Biscayne, Angelique Kerber is on top of her game like never before with her eyes firmly set on a victory in paradise.

Full Swing

Building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf, The First Tee Miami-Dade Amateur Golf Association is making positive impacts on the lives of youth with every swing of the club.

Tea Is Served

If you’ve been binge-watching The Royals on E! or are over the moon about the plans for Beckham’s new stadium in town, and want a proper English celebration, head over to Serendip-A-Tea in Kings Creek for a festive chug…of tea.

Stage Right

Acclaimed Miami-based Actress Vivian Ruiz has shared screen credit with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr., and Mark Walberg — she dishes on a few “musts” for finding success in the biz.

All Inspiring

When families are looking to make a positive difference, create a legacy or teach their children the importance of philanthropy, they turn to Melissa White, Executive Director of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation to connect people who care with causes that matter.

Mosquito Whisperer

Retired U.S. Marine Robert LeBlanc handles the day-to-day operations of SWAT Mosquito Systems and shares how you can protect your family from those pesky buzzers all year round.

Kindness Prevails

Through PARK Project’s #WePARK movement, Marly Q. Casanova is encouraging us to create “A World where Everyone Performs Acts of Random Kindness” to ignite the community like never before.

The Power Of Perricone’s

At Perricone’s, guests feel special from the moment they are escorted to their table — which is why the restaurant has so many regular guests who know exactly what they want to order before they even have a chance to look at the menu.

MOTHER KNOWS BEST

Meet a few Key Biscayne moms who have dedicated their lives to raising a happy, healthy family and get a glimpse at what makes them worthy of the recognition they deserve.

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Good Sports

When it comes to developing well-rounded young men and women, the Key Biscayne Soccer Club is on a mission to make sure the next generation of leaders gets a head start.

Family First

A few of Key Biscayne’s Most Dynamic Mothers share the joys of motherhood and the perks of raising their children in paradise.