Restaurateur Derek Gonzalez has paid homage to the taquerias he used to visit when he was a kid in Mexico City through his iconic Pilo’s restaurants, named in honor of his beloved late Aunt Pilo, who had down syndrome. While she didn’t live to see the concept come to life, her legacy lives on through the company’s employment of people with intellectual and developmental special abilities, comprised of 20% of its workforce. They aim to empower every employee to achieve their dreams, increase their independence and provide companionship. They also are avid supporters of Best Buddies, Gigi’s Playhouse and Our Pride Academy, among many other causes. In 2017, Gonzalez opened his first location, Pilo’s Street Tacos, an instantly successful quick-service restaurant in the heart of Brickell, followed by Pilo’s Tequila Garden in Wynwood (complete with a retractable roof, VIP suites, epic stadium seating and a state-of-the-art DJ booth!), and most recently a pop-up dubbed Pilo’s Beach Club in Southampton. With an eye always toward the sky, the brand plans to continue expanding beyond South Florida in the near future; PilosTacos.com.
It’s A Dog’s World
Inspired by the healing power of dogs, this editorial communicates the feelings that our beloved pets give us — a sense of calm, comfort, love, peace and joy. The custom-made pearls represent a human-dog connection that transcends space and time.
The Go-Getters 2023
Located in one of the most diverse and dynamic business centers in the world, Miami Herbert Business School offers unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage and grow. The graduates are thought-leaders who transform business, scholarship and lives. To celebrate them, We partnered with the school to present our annual “Go-Getters” feature, honoring current students and recent grads, their successes, hopes and dreams.