Issue - May/June 2015

The 2015 Top 20 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.

Hidden Gem

This spectacular estate on Costanera Road in coveted Cocoplum is at once private, cozy and ready to welcome you home.

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.

Brand You

If you’re looking to stand out in a sea of skirts and suits, turn to personal branding and story-teller extraordinaire Jessica Kizorek for insights on how to make your personal brand shine.

Cultured Canines

Hartman & Rose made headlines a few years back with their $725 genuine Mink Pet Coat. Their latest selection includes some great offerings under $150, including a Haute Couture Art Deco collar that’s perfect for a suave stroll around town.

Aging Gracefully

With age comes wisdom, and some undesired consequences to our skin. It loses its luster, may start to sag, and lines and wrinkles will inevitably start to develop. These changes depend on genetics, sun exposure, smoking history, health status and other considerations.

A Cut Above

It was Elizabeth Taylor who quipped: “Big Girls Need Big Diamonds”...and Freddy’s: The Certified Diamond Store would have certainly made the violet-eyed screen goddess jubilant with pride. In a town where businesses become le fad du jour, Freddy’s is a staple for exquisite diamonds and exalted quality.

Yummy Tides

Bringing cruise passengers a superb culinary experience takes plenty of planning and execution behind-the-scenes before the buffets and menu options are laid out for everyone to see (and devour). Hans Hesselberg, Sr. VP of Hotel Operations for MSC Cruises, gives a glimpse on orchestrating epicurean delights on the high seas.

Bye-Bye Bites

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.

Flapjack Fiesta

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.

Perfect Palette

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.

Northward Expansion

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.

Joyride Jams

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.

Bomb Tracks

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.

Trip Tech

When travel and adventure comes calling, turn to these handy apps to keep your trip planning and execution smooth and stress-free.

Guy Time

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.

Love Stops

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.

Creating Community

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.

Credit Genius

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.


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.


Transforming lives for the better, Erika Contreras leads Soccer For Peace to train, elevate and empower youth in Colombia.

Sun, Sand & Beauty

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.

Smart Eyes

A couple of things none of us want to do if we can avoid them are: pay more and wait longer than necessary.

Planes & Trains

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.

Carbon Nirvana

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.

Tapas & Technique

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.


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.

Globally Bejeweled

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.

Strong Team

Let’s face it: Teamwork is tough. But you know what’s worse? Wasting time. Determining the weakest link in your organization is probably one of the easiest things to do, yet one of the most difficult challenges to overcome.

Millennial Walkman

Sony changed the world when the original cassette Sony Walkman went on sale on July 1, 1979.

The 411

Spotlighting news, launches, announcements, happenings, products & places in and around South Florida.

Cider House Rules

Cider is shrouded in mystery — so much so that many would describe it as a two-faced refreshment. Sometimes syrupy, sometimes sour, many of its advocates aren’t even clear on how to differentiate it from its non-alcoholic, yet similarly named chief ingredient: unfiltered, unsweetened apple juice.

Egg-sotic Eats

When it comes to everyone’s favorite breakfast staple, there’s so much to love. But next time you’re ready to whip up an egg-centric meal, you may want to consider all your options outside the coop before you grease up the pan.

Drink Designer

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.

City Slickers

To be Young. To be Urban. To be Professional. To Be Evolved. These are the commandments of the modern Yuppie. Read on to find out how to take your status in the workplace and beyond to the next level as smoothly as possible while maintaining a steady stream of income.


Whether you’re early in your career or climbing toward the top of the corporate ladder, there’s always room to grow your empire while staying on top of your personal and professional game. Here a few tips that will help you rise to the top.

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.”

Accessorized Abode

Accessorizing the haute home goes beyond the expected paintings, vases, throw-pillows and rugs. The following selections combine artistry and purpose while adding a distinctive pizzazz.

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.


Shimmer & Shine

With the social season in full swing, Miami VIPs took their RSVPs to the next level with special occasions galore.

Power Perspective

We scoured The Magic City to bring you Outstanding Latino Visionaries who look toward their heritage as inspiration, honoring their culture through a strong work ethic, deeply rooted family values and career achievements that are sure to inspire generations to come.