The 2016 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. Featuring: Dr. Dr. Jessica Eagan, Doctor of Dental Surgery Jessica Eagan D.D.S. & The Roads Dental Specialty Center; Brandon Okpalobi CEO, DIBIA Athletic Development Founder, DIBIA Dream, Inc.; Chad S. Friedman Attorney Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman; Claudia Da Silva Sr. Marketing Strategist Links World Group; Anne Chicheportiche Violinist & Founder Musimelange; Maria Del Pilar Fernandez, Psy.D, Clinical Psychologist Lotus Counseling Center; Brad W. McMorris, Vice President-Investments & Financial Advisor Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Member SIPC; Jane Muir, Attorney & Managing Partner Gersten & Muir, P.A.; Darling Lie-Nielsen, Financial Advisor Northwestern Mutual; Andre Siegel, Sr. Marketing Manager Sabadell United Bank; Dwayne Neeley, Director, Casino Marketing & Loyalty Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings LTD; Kate Baumwell, Program Director Rosemont Academy; AJ Mueller, Partner & VP of Construction, Amicon; Pandwe Gibson, CEO, EcoTech Visions; Dr. Edgar Luis Galiñanes, MD, RPVI Reiss, Kang, Jayanetti & Pereda, MD PA, Karen J. Lapekas, Esq., Principal & Tax Attorney Lapekas Law, P.A., Karen Elmir, CEO, The Elmir Group Top-Producer, Cervera Real Estate; Armando Rosquete, Counsel Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP; Rucht D’Oleo, Fashion Entrepreneur; and Monica Pardo, CEO, Event Designer & Planner Monica Pardo Events.

Enduring Pieces

The season's enticing architectural looks, alongside timeless furniture objects, combine to define a quintessential and striking living aesthetic. Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Styling & Creative Direction: Jhon Jairo Santos Styling Assistant: Gustavo Espinoza Hair & Makeup: Joshua M. Ribadeo @ M.A.C Cosmetics Model: Alexandra Nikolic for Elite Models Photography Assistant: Richard Mestre Production: Angela Bonilla. Featuring: Stella McCartney, Neiman Marcus, Shops At Merrick Park, Liza Echeverry, Capretto Shoes, South Miami, by Dror Benshetrit, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau Group Miami, At Merrick Park. Shoes by Alexandre Birman, Marcel Wanders, Opening Ceremony, Zanini De Zanine, Slamp and Altuzarra.

Maximizing Midtown

Visionary developers Jorge Perez and Gil Dezer, groundbreaking hotelier Sam Nazarin and design genius David Rockwell recently joined forces to create a unique development that has “everything you need, nothing you don’t.” The result is Hyde Midtown. Text by Sandy Lindsey Photos Courtesy of Hyde Midtown. Featuring: Sam Nazarin, David Rockwell and Hyde Midtown.

Networking vs Not Working

Your calendar is packed — from lunch with your BNI group to seminars at the Chamber of Commerce and happy hour at a networker. You are one social butterfly for sure, but is your business flying as high as your social life? Text by Dena Roché. Featuring: Nader Anise, a South Florida-based Attorney & Legal Marketing, Karen Yankovich, CEO of Uplevel Media in Florida and New Jersey, Tali Raphaely, President of Armour Title Company in Miami, Hailey Yatros, a professional speaker on multi-generational workplaces, Michael Wild, Owner of WFP Law and a prominent Miami networker and Suzanne Garber, Miami-based Author of Safety Network: A Tale Of 10 Truths Of Executive Networking.

Hyper-Feminine Connotations

A strong focus on detail evokes maximalism to its chic limit, turning even the most masculine piece into an interesting, dainty desire. Photographer: Nick Garcia for BlindLight Studio Styling & Creative Direction: Jhon Jairo Santos Styling Assistant: Gustavo Espinoza Hair & Makeup: Joshua M. Ribadeo for M.A.C Cosmetics Model: Anna Boyar for Elite Models Photography Assistant: Richard Mestre Production: Angela Bonilla. Featuring: Dries Van Noten, Neiman Marcus, Shops, At Merrick Park, Miu Miu, Miami Design District, H&M, Sankuanz, Jeremy Scott, MUSEØ, Wynwood, Liza Echeverry, Libsa, The Garment Hub, Balenciaga, Capretto Shoes, South Miami, Delpozo, Gianvito Rossi and SKULLS - Raquel Giménez.

The Reinvention of Me

Oh, life, you crazy, winding (sometimes whining) road. From the moment we take our first breath to the beginning of our sunset years and beyond, one thing is certain: We must evolve every day, and nothing ever stays the same. It’s the essence of our existence and a constant we must embrace. Text by Cecilia Dubon Slesnick

Haute Hobbies

Stop holding off on learning a new skill or delaying a beauty appointment. Instead, treat yourself to some personal enrichment and broaden the lens you use to see the world. Text by Estrellita S. Sibila.

Getting Wild In The West

Venture to the Prairieland of South Dakota and plunge into history and nature like nowhere else on Earth. Text by Francesca Cruz.

The Joy of Living

An open letter to my 18-year old self: What flying in a rickety plane over The Caribbean contemplating success, yielding to the present moment, quoting Kerouac and deathbed wishes taught me about love. Text by Francesca Cruz.

Bar Tab

Eddie Fuentes, one of Cocktail Cartel Co.’s homegrown cocktail kings, serves up sensational sips under the shade of breezy trees at Glass & Vine’s secret garden by the sea. Text by Estrellita S. Sibila. Photos by Ximena Etchart. Featuring: Eddie Fuentes, Cocktail Cartel Co.’s and Glass & Vine.

Success Eco

Nowadays, there’s a blog out there for just about every area of interest — and eco blogs are becoming quite the trend. Here are 4 eco-savvy blogs that will keep you in tune with Mother Nature and tuned out from wasteful living.Text by Cecilia Dubon Slesnick. Featuring: David “Avocado” Wolfe, Frost Science Museum, the Florida Everglades, Everglades Foundation and Mommypotamus.

Success Bon Voyage

Just a few miles off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula is a nature preserve that’s unspoiled and serene, mostly for its lack of tourists’ footprints: Isla Holbox awaits. Text by Francesca Cruz Featuring: Isla Hotbox, Hotel Las Nubes, Casa Sandra and Holbox Island

Success Connoisseur

Tutto Pizza Pasta and Shooters Waterfront are definite must tries for your next night out! Also check out some other great local dining establishments that have stood the test of time. Text by Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn. Featuring: Tutto Pizza Pasta, Chef Juca, Shooters Waterfront, Joe’s Stone Crab, Versailles and The Forge.

Success Salud

The World Health Organization has declared that the global prevalence of zinc deficiency is at 31%. Zinc plays an important role in cell growth, brain function and our immune system. Could you be depriving your body of zinc and not even know it? Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: Zinc

Success Fiesta

Marai de Marai Spumanti starts off with aristocratic blue and red bottles reminiscent of the grandeur of the Murano glass of the Venetian Empire and fills them with the enological development of decades of study and experimentation. These beautiful bottles are a must for your next party, make sure to check out the Pret-A-Party book by Fashion designer Lela Rose for more ideas. We also have some tips on how to take the stress out of party-planning! Text by Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn Featuring: Marai de Marai Spumanti, Foss Marai and Amazon.

Success Esthetique

Youthful skin has the power to yield a face that’s properly makeup-ready. Here’s our beauty editor’s top picks for favorite summer beauty finds that keep our skin and lips moist, glowing and summer-ready. Text by Francesca Cruz. Featuring: 100% Pure products, Caudalíe Beauty Elixir, Beauty For Real and Makeup Artist Leslie Munsell.

Success Giving

City Year is a national organization with several cities of focus, and Miami is leading the way to help students reach for the stars in and out of the classroom. Text by Cecilia Dubon Slesnick. Featuring: City Year, AmeriCorp and Miami-Dade County.

Success Wardrobe

“Business casual” allows employees to bring their own sense of easy sophistication to the office. The new Summer Collection for men from 120% Lino allows them to do it in a wellgroomed, fashionable way. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: 120% Lino Summer Collection

Success Pets

Any Dachshund owner will tell that the long spines that give us our classic good looks are prone to disc herniation. Many other pedigree pets have similar selective-breeding concerns. This doesn’t mean you need to get a mutt, just be aware…and you may want to consider pet insurance. Text by Morgan "The Dachshund"Lindsey.

Success At Your Best

Please don’t refer to her as the female “Hitch” — she’s more than that. With a background in science, Dawn Maslar, M.S., is an accomplished Author, Speaker and Love Coach — so yes, she’s South Florida’s doctor feel good — for the heart. Featuring: Dawn Maslar, M.S.,

Success Drive

Car-buying should be fun — it shouldn’t be the painful process everyone thinks it is. Brickell Motors promotes that throughout their dealerships and their team, one customer at a time. Text by Bill Lindsey Photos Courtesy of Brickell Motors. Featuring: Alex Andreus, Brickell Honda, Brickell Buick GMC, Brickell Luxury Motors, Brickell Mazda, Ocean Cadillac, Audi Stuart and Infiniti Stuart.

Success Oasis

Whether you want to accommodate the occasional houseguest or make a studio into an instantly larger room, Murphy Beds and Wall Beds are the easiest way to do it without impacting everyday functionality. Also check out Nixie Tubes for some art deco style inspired clocks! Text by Bill Lindsey, Sandy Lindsey and Stacy Wynn. Featuring: California Closets, Nixie Tubes and Nuvitron.

Success Timepieces

Millennials have their own distinct ideas as to what a “luxury” item is. To succeed with this generation, jewelers must embrace these new definitions, for now. Text by Bill Lindsey. Featuring: gold Rolex Submariner and smart watches.

Success Metropolis

Miami has been basking in the limelight since Departures named it “City Of The Future.” Now the spotlight turns to our river, where a renaissance led by One River Point is unfolding.Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: One River Point, Shahab Karmely, Principal of KAR Properties., Rafael Viñoly and 432 Park.

Success Culture

The Micro Theatre at Centro Cultural Español De Miami is a revolving cultural experience that will entertain in small bursts and inspire in a big way. Text by Cecilia Dubon Slesnick. Featuring: The Centro Cultural Espanol De Miami, Micro Theatre and the Downtown Estrella De Galicia Lounge.

Success Dental

When it comes to prosthodontics, if you are seeking cosmetic or reconstructive dental work, you should do research before making a decision in order to ensure proper care. TEXT BY DR. HERNAN E. QUINTERO D.D.S. PHOTOS BY HQ DONTICS DENTAL CENTRE. Featuring: HQ Dontics

Success Savvy

See what, Joan Rodriguez-Malone, has to say about the Montessori Method. Also learn about some fun, educational websites for your kids! Text by Stacy Wynn. Featuring: Joan Rodriguez-Malone, Village Training Center, MontessoriSchoolMiami, Fun Brain, ABCYA and PBS Kids.

Success #Trending

Recently debuted at the 55th edition of Milano’s Salone del Mobile, and conceived by the Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson, Marquetry In Leather introduces the brand’s innovation on traditional craft techniques and technology by creating variations of multiple graphic leather motifs. Interview by Jhon Jairo Santos. Photos Courtesy of Loewe. Featuring: Milano’s Salone del Mobile, Loewe Creative Director Jonathan Anderson and Marquetry In Leather.

Success Real Estate

According to Real Estate Agent Andres Larin, Compass is building a better real estate model. The new Coconut Grove office, facing Biscayne Bay, will be the perfect setting to meet with clients in the neighborhood. Featuring: Compass

Success A La Mode

Diamonds are a symbol of love, success and the good things in life. Freddy’s Certified Diamonds & Fine Jewelry carries a magnificent selection of GIA-certified diamonds in all shapes and sizes. Text by Sandy Lindsey. Featuring: Freddy’s Certified Diamonds & Fine Jewelry