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.
Words by Sandy Lindsey | Photos by Edward Leal | February 23, 2023 | People

Zach Picon

After studying Economics & Entrepreneurship at Miami Herbert, Zach Picon co-founded Crewfare, a travel technology company that empowers large-scale events to monetize attendee travel and manage internal staff travel, while also bringing people together for their favorite live events by offering a seamless travel booking experience as part of the event-goer journey. “We have over 75 global live events slated this year, including Rolling Loud, Ultra Music Festival, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Governors Ball and many more,” he says. “We’re currently expanding our suite of products to connect people with their favorite experiences.” He credits his network of professors and fellow students at Miami Herbert with much of his success. “I still keep in touch with many of them,” he says. “We always try to help each other in every way possible.”

Milena Robison

As an internationally acclaimed recording artist, Milena Robison is on a mission to make the world a better place — from her efforts promoting oral cancer awareness to leading the worship team of her church and developing a patent-pending invention that will revolutionize public safety. “In addition to philanthropy, my greatest passion is singing and performing,” she says. “Off-stage, I love doing anything adventurous — skydiving in Las Vegas by myself on a whim, scuba diving for the first time in a literal “Sharknado” at the Galápagos Islands, and cage-free shark-diving in Jupiter…with a chum bath!” When it comes to success, the current MBA candidate at Miami Herbert says the key is to believe in yourself and make your efforts matter. “To be a great leader, it is critical to understand the needs and thinking process of those around you in order to work together toward well-established goals that will yield success for all.”

Jean Pierre Vilcherrez

Currently finishing up his Master of Science Finance at Miami Herbert after earning his BBA in Marketing with minors in Finance & Public Administration (’22), Jean Pierre Vilcherrez is the first person in his family to go to college and achieve a degree in higher education. “Miami Herbert gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills and develop as a leader, scholar and professional,” he says. As a current student, the degree he is pursuing is an accelerated 10-month program. “I’m looking forward to my Valuations Associate role at KPMG later this year where I will work with the firm’s clients through valuation of private assets as well as alternative investments,” he says. “In addition to my career aspirations, I look forward to leaving a long-lasting, positive impact on the community.” 

David Hoffmann

For as long as he can remember, David Hoffmann’s entrepreneurial spirit has been strong. “When I was a kid, I sold mangoes from our trees on street corners and candy and muffins at school — anything to make my own money,” he says. “By the time I graduated high school, I was already a practicing real estate agent.” Today, as the Founder & CEO of the award-winning David’s Been Here YouTube channel, he creates travel videos and written travel guides to inspire his 1 million+ subscribers to venture beyond their backyard and leave their mark on the world. “My time at Miami Herbert in the Entrepreneurship program (‘08) was the first time I got to experience what it’s like to put together and implement a business plan and raise funds,” he says. “It gave me all the tools I needed to be successful in the business world.”

Beth Markowitz

As the Manager of Foundation Relations at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Beth Markowitz is part of a team that secures public and private funding for programming, particularly free arts education and community engagement initiatives. “I love building relationships and connecting people to the performing arts,” she says. “Every day I get to see how the arts unify communities, improve mental health and well-being, spark creativity and innovation, and contribute to the local economy.” Her experience during her MS in Leadership (’22) from Miami Herbert allowed her to acquire the skills needed to effectively lead in today’s ever-changing world. “I encourage everyone to dream big and to always remember that sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact!”