Jorge M. Pérez is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Related Group, the nation’s leading developer of multifamily residences. In 2005, Time magazine named Pérez one of the top 25 most influential Hispanic people in the United States. Under his direction, The Related Group and its affiliates have redefined the South Florida landscape. Since its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, the firm has developed and/or managed more than 80,000 apartments and condominium residences. The Related Group is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States. Its premier portfolio of properties in South Florida includes One Ocean and Marea South of Fifth in South Beach, and SLS Hotel & Residences and Brickell Heights in Brickell.
FORTUNE INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Fortune International Group President and CEO Edgardo Defortuna has set new industry standards ever since founding the company in 1983. Fortune is a recognized leader in the development, sales, and marketing of South Florida luxury real estate. The company’s developments include Jade Residences at Brickell Bay, 1200 Brickell, Artech, Le Meredian Sunny Isles Beach; Jade Beach, and Jade Ocean. In collaboration with The Related Group, Fortune is developing Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood Beach. Fortune is also the exclusive sales firm for some of the most prominent projects in South Florida today. Its international broker network reaches legions of prospective buyers from South Florida to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong to Sao Paulo, Manhattan to Paris.
Andy Mitchell is the President/CEO of The Fairwinds Group, a real estate acquisition, development, and management company formed in 2004 and based in Fort Lauderdale. Mitchell is the visionary behind the project which today is known as the Auberge Beach Residences and Spa. He envisioned that one day the Ireland’s Inn beachfront site in Ft. Lauderdale, along with the numerous adjacent parcels, would be combined and developed into a world-class property. With this vision, he formed The Fairwinds Group along with a number of corporations that handle different business segments pertaining to hospitality and development. The Fairwinds Group management team is made up of individuals who have a strong management background and have spent significant time in the hospitality and consumer products manufacturing areas over the past 43 years.
Carlos J. Mattos is founder and President of Hyundai Colombia Automotriz S.A., the exclusive distributor and importer of Hyundai Motor Company, Korea. Since 2005, Mattos has been actively involved in strategic real estate acquisitions and development throughout South Florida. Mattos holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and is a member of the Babson College board of directors. In addition, he has served as Honorary Consul of San Marino and remains active in numerous civic and charitable organizations.
Mark Harmon is the Managing Partner of Auberge Resorts, a boutique luxury hospitality company with expertise in envisioning, conceptualizing, positioning, and managing prestigious hotels, resorts, residence clubs, and branded residences. The company’s award-winning properties, each of which is created to be uniquely authentic to its location, include Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in California’s Napa Valley; Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado; Element 52 in Telluride, Colorado; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Malliouhana in Anguilla; Nanuku in Fiji; and Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Leading publications, including Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Forbes Travel Guide, regularly recognize Auberge properties with top distinctions.
Founded in 1999 by Will Meyer and Gray Davis, Meyer Davis Studio Inc. is a New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. Playing with space, form, texture, and light, it develops a unique visual experience that seeks to compel and inspire. Meyer Davis believes that great design works on multiple levels, weaving together bold design moves and striking details to ensure that each project makes an immediate and lasting impact.
Enea GmbH has established itself as one of the leading landscape architecture firms in the world. Founded by Enzo Enea, the firm is widely recognized for the design and construction of private gardens and terraces, restaurants, hotel and resort environments, corporate gardens, public parks, and golf courses. A hallmark of Enzo Enea’s projects is the fusion of outdoor and indoor spaces. Enea has received numerous awards at the Giardina show in Basel and Zurich.
Over the past 40 years, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and its consultants have become internationally recognized in the planning and architectural design of mixed-use centers and world-class hotels and resorts, as well as high-end residential, commercial, and retail projects. NBWW’s impressive portfolio of projects done for premiere hospitality brands and development giants is located throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Bahamas, Central America, South America, and Mexico.