The 2015 Top Twenty Professionals Under Forty

We scoured The Magic City to bring you what we deem to be the next generation of business leaders at the tip of The Sunshine State. These young professionals represent a variety of industries and excel at their respective crafts with superior sophistication and their own unique blend of style and savvy. All have managed to seamlessly balance their careers with their personal lives while continuously giving back to the community that has helped mold them into who they are. Without further ado, flip this page to meet this year’s Top 20 Under Forty. Text by Jorge Arauz, photography by Nick Garcia for Blindlight Studios, Hair & Makeup by Allyson Pastora for Rocco Doona, Production Assistan Ricardo Mestre. Featuring: Christopher R. Suarez from CMC Real Estate, Ximena Córdoba from Despierta América, Reginald Dunlap the Founder & Design Principal Luxe IDF, Tara Ulanoff the Sr. Manager Consumer Insights at Bacardi USA, Anastasia Protopapadakis the Sr. Associate at GrayRobinson, P.A, Jason R. Domark the Sr. Associate at White & Case LLP, Jose-Antonio Valencia the CEO of Star Life Coach, Shobha Nagaprasanna, Attorney At Law at Shobha Nagaprasanna, P.A., Katelyn O’Connor, Business Development Assoc. at Oliver Gal and Art Consultant at Avant Gallery,Chad Bernstein the CEO & Co-Founder of Guitars Over Guns, Pablo Gonzalez the Director Of Sustainability at OHL-Arellano Construction, Aarrin Golson the Sr. Trial Attorney at EEOC, Vanessa Acosta the Sr. Assistant To The City Manager at City Of Miami, Brian Brackeen the CEO of Kairos, Joanie Stringer the Sr. Vice President at Northern Trust, Jon Paul Pérez, Vice President of Related Group, Suen Capó-Ortega a Merchandise Buyer at El Dorado Furniture, Jaime Rich Vining, a Partner at Friedland Vining, P.A., Alejandro Duque, a Strategic Partner Manager for YouTube, and J.J. Diaz of Top Dog Animal Crackers.

Eclecticism At Different Heights

Elevate your look this season with colorful, intricate dresses and separates that are far from your normal everyday dress code. Featuring: Versace, Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, Eddie Borgo, Malene Birger, Intermix, Bal Harbour Shops, Jimmy Choo, Capretto Shoes, South Miami, Cushnie Et Ochs, Gucci, Marco De Vicenzo, ICB by Prabal Gurung, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Christopher Kane, and Aperlai.

Lifestyle Rising

When it comes to the evolution of The Magic City, The Related Group is at the forefront of what’s new, what’s next and what’s going to propel Miami to new heights. Text by Yoshi Sanz and Photos Courtesy of The Related Group. Featuring: The Related Group, CEO Jorge Pérez, Carlos Rosso, President of The Related Group’s condominium division, SLS LUX Brickell, Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences, the Paraiso Community in East Edgewater on Biscayne Bay, The Allen Morris Company, sbe, Brickell City Centre, George Yabu, Glenn Pushelberg, Katzuya, Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences, Miami’s Design District, Wynwood and Midtown, Hyde Beach Club, Enea Studios, Paraiso Bay, Keith Hobbs, One Paraiso by Piero Lissoni, Paraiso Bayviews by Karim Rashid, Gran Paraiso, Meyer Davis, James Beard, Michael Schwartz, David Guetta, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Manu Ginobili, Related Realty and Fortune Development.

Artisanal Touch

Behold: The season’s most enticing collections, defined by detailed craftsmanship. Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Styling & Creative Direction: Jhon Jairo Santos Styling Assistant: Angeles Almuna Weil Hair: Cassy @ Blo Blow Dry Bar, Midtown Miami Makeup: Joshua M. Ribadeo Model: Caroline Debruhl for Next Models Photography Assistant: Alvaro Peralta for BlindLight Studio Production: Angela Bonilla for BlindLight Studio Special thanks to: Palmetto Carpet Co. Featuring: Delpozo @ Miami Design District, Marco De Vincenzo, Intermix, Bal Harbour Shops, Prabal Gurung, Neiman Marcus, Bal Harbour Shops, Costume National, and Capretto Shoes, South Miami.

Inspired Living

El Dorado is a pioneer in South Florida home furnishings, believing that one size does not fit all and creativity should thrive inside each and every home. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Photos by Ximena Etchart. Featuring: El Dorado, Manuel Capó, Luis & Carlos Capó, Cuba, Casa Capó, Aida, Julio, Pedro, Jesus & Roberto Capó, “LIV” collection, Amigos For Kids, Miami-Dade College, FIU and St. Thomas University, Board of the North American Home Furnishings Association,American Furniture Hall Of Fame, and the Furniture Industry Hall Of Fame.

Peeved Off

We dive into the hidden meaning behind what drives us nuts and how we can try to overcome all the subtle little annoyances that can make or break a day. Text by Dena Roche. Featuring: South Florida-based Therapist and Nakya Reeves, Counselor Karen Carnabucci, Thomas Boyce, President of the Center For Behavioral Safety in San Francisco.

The Sky's The Limit

As a child, Ruedi Sieber decided that he’d “never be mediocre.” That idea is seen every day in the exceptional service provided at Sieber International Realty, where the firm aims to “earn clients for life.” Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: Sieber International Realty, Ruedi Sieber, University of St. Gallen, Trump Organization, Fortune, Prodigy Network, Oliver Ruiz, Wimbish Riteway Realtors, Fortune International Realty, Douglas Elliman, and Engel & Völkers Miami.

Hidden Gem

This spectacular estate on Costanera Road in coveted Cocoplum is at once private, cozy and ready to welcome you home. Text By Yoshi Sanz and Photos Courtesy of Great Properties Int'l. Featuring: Daniel Gaviria, and Daniel Gaviria Real Estate.

Bar Tab

Only a few years after leaving her native Cuba, Laura Rubio has mastered English, was admitted to FIU’s Mechanical Engineering Program and amassed a mental database of hundreds of cocktails. Text by Rony Mo and Photos by Ximena Etchart. Featuring: Laura Rubio, FIU’s Mechanical Engineering Program, Cîroc Eau De Vie Vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Hazelnut-Herb Liqueur, Segafredo Zanetti Espresso and Segafredo Brickell.

The Treasure Inside

We are all on a quest. The hardest part is taking the first step...but once we’ve braved that, the treasures that await reconnect us to our inner wealth — once you find your heart, you’ll find your way. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Percy Cerutty.

Success Creative

In 2010, while Liliana Aguilera was enrolled in UM’s Executive MBA Program, she conceived Varelli, a fashion-focused company that took her from extra-credit to couture. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: The Design District, Varelli, La Casa De Mujer, The Capim Dorado, Latin Pop Star Belinda, and Real Housewives Of Miami.

Success Balance

Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or just want to eat healthier and feel your best, these suggestions will help you get that much closer to your goal. Also check out what Antonella Palazio, Visionary Entrepreneur & Change-Maker & Nutritionist, has to say about healthy eating! Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Ready-To-Grow Gardens, Illegal Bakery, Karelèn.

Success Fiesta

There are many pieces to a Craft Night puzzle including finding a venue, planning a menu, making refreshments and deciding on entertainment. Luckily, Toro Toro has taken the guesswork out of it all. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: Toro Toro, InterContinental Miami, Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Cana Brava Rum, Ford’s Gin, Tequila Cabeza, Wynwood’s Phil Fung Studios, and Downtown Miami.

Success Drive

Carbon trim has become all too common as a substitute for real performance, but on the DB9 Carbon Black, it’s not only appropriate, it’s actually part of the name. Text by Bill Lindsey and Photos Courtesy of Aston Martin. Featuring: Aston Martin, DB10, DB9, and DB9 Carbon Black Edition.

Success Around Town

The Metrorail’s Orange Line service to MIA offers a reliable and seamless Metrorail connection to and from the airport’s MIA Mover, which takes riders directly into the airport. We rode the route to see how easy and smooth it is to Metro-move out of town. And it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Text By Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Metrorail, Brickell Metrorail Station, Orange Line Airport Station, MIA Station North, MIA Mover, Christopher Janney’s Harmonic Convergence, Americans For The Arts Public Art Year In Review, and MDT Tracker App.

Success Savvy

International Opticians provides fast and affordable service that makes customers happy! Struggle to find parking in such a busy city like Miami? You definitely need an Inu Electric Scoote which folds up in five seconds! Also check out some unique health benefits. Text By: Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn. Featuring: International Opticians, Inu Electric Scooter.

Success Esthetique

We’ve kissed the winter blues goodbye, now it’s time to ready your bikini and beach attire, take trips to exotic destinations and make sure you’re stocked up on essential beauty products that will have you glowing more radiantly than the sun. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Bobbi Brown, Sandy Nudes Collection, and Bobbi Brown Beach Eau De Perfume.

Success Giving

Transforming lives for the better, Erika Contreras leads Soccer For Peace to train, elevate and empower youth in Colombia. Text By Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: Erika Contreras and Soccer for Peace.

Success Salud

When it comes to taking care of your physique, there’s plenty you can do to make sure your wellness is at its best, no matter what your goals. The secret lies in making a plan and sticking to it. Text by Erika Boo. Featuring: Erika Boom, American Council On Exercise (ACE)-Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pre- & Post-Natal Physical Conditioning Instructor. Belly-N-Kicks.

Success Finance

Put your pants on a diet without having to give up dessert. COIN turns that fat wallet full of credit cards distorting your pantline into a single-digital unit. Plus, it warns you if you’ve left it behind. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: COIN

Success Metropolis

In addition to conceptualizing, designing and overseeing the execution of quality buildings that people enjoy living in, Ugo Colombo sees his role as a “lifestyle and community developer” like none other. Text by Sandy Lindsey and Photos Courtesy of CMC Group. Featuring: Ugo Colombo, CMC Group Founder, Imperial on Brickell Ave, Brickell Flatiron and Zuma.

Success Connoisseur

For socially active couples, it may seem like there’s no stone left unturned in Miami, but these date-night destinations will help you detach from reality while creating intimacy. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: Latterias, Sophia Loren, Lagniappe, Midtown Miami, Ilona & Jonathon Carrel, and Downtown Bistro Miami.

Success Timepieces

Baselworld 2015, the world’s largest watch fair held in the Swiss town of Basel, introduced some incredible watches for the young professional looking for a blend of style and performance. Text by Bill Lindsey. Featuring: The Breitling Superocean II, and The Bentley GMT Light.

Success Tech

When travel and adventure comes calling, turn to these handy apps to keep your trip planning and execution smooth and stress-free. Tezt by Estrellita S. Sibila. Featuring: PackPoint app, XE Currency App for iPhone, and TripIt Pro.

Success Sounds

Zona De Bomba sources explosive material from the Afro-Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba, which runs on the power of only a duo of hard-hitting instruments: Percussion & Voice. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: Zone De Bomba, Latin-Grammy Award Winner José Javier Freire, Bacilos, Suénalo, Keinny Merchan, David Bisbal, Shakira, Johnny Frías, CUNY’s Ethnomusicology Program, Cintia Lovo, Lanzallamas, Deanette Rivas, Luis Fonsi, Chayanne, Charley Rivas, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, and Blackbird Ordinary.

Success Music

The 6-man team behind indie-rock project War On Drugs play over a dozen instruments between them, creating a multilayered sound that will stop at nothing to get your feet moving and your heart racing. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: War On Drugs, The Tonight Show, Coachella 2015 and The Fillmore Miami Beach.

Success Real Estate

The Miami real estate market is so hot it’s almost overheated. This has caused some developers to migrate north and make waves in classic beach towns like Hollywood. Text by Bill Lindsey. Featuring: Hollywood Beach, Oceanbleau, Meliá Costa Hollywood Beach Resort, Margaritaville Resort, H3 Hollywood, Liz Lopez, Giulietta Ulloa and Ana Somarriba.

Success Wardrobe

A blast. A punch. A pop. Noooooo…we’re not referring to Onomatopoeia in a Lichtenstein painting, but to COLOR for the season — where amethyst rules and smoky gray hues reign. This gem color combination looks good on any skin tone and both sexes, so get ready to look regal and royal in South Florida. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Kenneth Cole Reaction, BAR III and Macy's.

Success Culture

Cinco De Mayo was Miami’s cultural highlight of the month of May before the Bakehouse Art Complex arranged an interactive event designed to feed your appetite for fine art, philanthropy and… pancakes. Text by Rony Mo. Featuring: Wynwood, Bakehouse Art Complex, and Wynwood Green & Art Market.

Success Oasis

Forget citronella candles and tiki torches, a custom-designed automated mosquito misting system from SWAT Mosquito Systems is the way to truly end the annoyance of mosquitos and no-see-ums. It also works on flies, spiders, gnats and other outdoor insects. Plus, it’s backed by an unmatched mosquito-control guarantee. So don’t let flying bugs ruin your next outdoor party or kid’s playdate. Commercial systems are available for restaurant patios and more. Text by Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn. Featuring: SWAT Mosquito Systems, and Cocoon Fireplaces.