MBF Honors Founder Helen Jeanne Nicastri at 2016 Holiday Celebration Hosted By Eighty Seven Park

The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), a home-grown network of the area’s elite real estate professionals, recently celebrated another busy and dynamic year at its 2016 Holiday Celebration, hosted by Eighty Seven Park by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Miami Beach. This special affair brought together more than 100 Master Brokers to fete MBF Founder Helen Jeanne Nicastri with the group’s prestigious “Legacy Award”; honoring longtime members who have enjoyed exceptional careers in Miami real estate, and whose leadership and professionalism elevated the standards for the entire industry. Chaired by Iliana Abella, Penni Chasens, and Nancy Iliffe, the celebration was held in the beautiful Eighty Seven Park sales gallery. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and comprising only 70 units, Eighty Seven Park will be one of South Florida’s most exclusive and intimate residences, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, a 35-acre public park to the south, and a two-acre private park to the north. Eloy Carmenate, Eighty Seven Park’s director of sales (and a new Master Broker in 2016), welcomed the guests, congratulated them on another successful year, and outlined the extraordinary project. After thanking Mr. Carmenate and Eighty Seven Park, Miami MBF chair Jeff Morr welcomed his fellow Master Brokers and recapped the many events and highlights that made 2016 so successful. He then introduced longtime MBF member Charlette Seidel, who presented the chapter’s 2016 "Legacy Award" to Ms. Nicastri. (Ms. Seidel has served as Ms. Nicastri’s broker in the Coldwell Banker Coral Gables office for many years.) Ms. Nicastri established the MBF in 1993 as a small network of Miami real estate agents from competing brokerages, in response to the devastation of Hurricane Andrew that previous September. During this challenging time, the group shared information and resources in the spirit of camaraderie and professionalism. Over time, the MBF evolved into an “invitation-only” network of Miami’s top producers, and were eagerly welcomed by the region’s most prominent developers when launching new projects. More than 20 years later, the MBF has nearly 300 members in its Miami chapter, as well as a Gold Coast (Broward and Palm Beach County) chapter of 170 members. While overseeing the MBF’s dramatic growth and achievements, Ms. Nicastri also became one of Coldwell Banker’s most productive and successful Miami agents, earning the “Top Residential Realtor” award in 2010 from the Greater Miami Association of Realtors; “Top Individual Realtor” honors in Southeast Florida from Coldwell Banker in 2012; the “Number One Individual Residential Realtor” honors from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce at its 2013 Real Estate Achievers and Leaders (R.E.A.L.) Awards; and the “Number One Top Producer” honors from Coldwell Banker Coral Gables in 2014 and 2015. In her modest acceptance, Nicastri thanked her fellow members for the distinction, and celebrated the unique collaborative nature of Miami’s real estate community. Morr then introduced the MBF’s 2016 scholarship recipients, Florida International University seniors Vincente Cortesi and Laszlo Varga, who plan to pursue careers in Miami real estate. Cortesi and Varga will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue their studies.

Jeff Morr and Helen Jeanne Nicastri

Jeff Morr and Helen Jeanne Nicastri

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Helen Jeanne Nicastri

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Eloy Carmenate

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Iliana Abella, Claudia Lewis, Penni Chasens and Nancy Illife

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Duff Rubin, Helen Jeanne Nicastri, Charlette Seidel, and Francisco Angulo

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Eloy Carmenate and Karen Matluck

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Jill Eber, Suzanne Oostdyk, and Al Arostegui

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Leslie Cooper, Alexandra Rutten, and Joelle Oiknine

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Ralph De Martino, Nancy Jimenez, Michael Martinez, and Rosa Sklavounos

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Rosy Cancela, Iliana Abella, Mitzi Mitchell Burns, and Donna Bloom

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Related Companies Hosts MBF Panel Discussion on “New York/Miami: The New Global Market” at Gran Paraiso Sales Gallery

The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), a home-grown network of the area’s top-producing real estate professionals, recently held an extraordinary panel discussion on New York and Miami’s unique real estate connections, chaired by board members Donna Bloom and Ralph De Martino. Sponsored by Related Companies, the event took place at the Gran Paraiso sales gallery in Edgewater and brought together more than 100 Master Brokers. During a welcome cocktail reception, members enjoyed refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, while admiring scale models, renderings, and spectacular views of Biscayne Bay on the sales center’s patio. Mr. De Martino opened the program by welcoming the assembled Master Brokers, and introducing Dan August Cordeiro, senior managing director of the Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. Mr. Cordeiro outlined New York City’s dramatic recent cultural shift to the West Side of Manhattan, and provided detailed presentations of:

  • 520 W 28th Street, one of the final projects by recently-deceased architectural superstar Zaha Hadid, with 39 original residences located directly on the High Line in West Chelsea
  • Fifteen Hudson Yards, an ultra-luxury 88-story condominium that is part of America’s largest private real estate development ever, transforming 28 acres of Manhattan with new residences, shopping, dining, and cultural options
  • 70 Vestry in Tribeca, offering once-in-a-generation waterfront homes on Hudson River Park by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, with interiors by Daniel Romualdez
Mr. Cordeiro then joined fellow panelists Robert McCain, co-director of sales at 70 Vestry; Heather McDonough, a broker with CORE NYC and co-director of the sales team at 520 W 28th Street; and Sebastian Steinau, global sales director for Hudson Yards, for the discussion led by Miami MBF chairman Jeff Morr. The panel explored questions surrounding the fluid state of the New York and Miami real estate markets, the unique global markets that are investing in each city (and the reasons for their particular interest), the differences in each city’s deposit structures when purchasing new developments, and opportunities for Miami agents and brokers to expand their businesses in New York. “While the cliché of Miami being New York’s sixth borough may be a bit worn out, it is still accurate when describing the special real estate connection between the two cities,” said Morr. “We really enjoyed learning about these remarkable new projects and appreciate Related Companies’ legacy of supporting Miami’s dynamic broker community.”
Claudia Lewis and Farid Moussallem

Claudia Lewis and Farid Moussallem

Dan August Cordeiro, Robert McCain, Sebastian Steinau, Heather McDonough, and Jeff Morr

Dan August Cordeiro, Robert McCain, Sebastian Steinau, Heather McDonough, and Jeff Morr

Pat Klock Parker, Carlos Garcia, Judy Wolf-Siegel, and Jo-Ann Roberts

Pat Klock Parker, Carlos Garcia, Judy Wolf-Siegel, and Jo-Ann Roberts

Bonnie Brooks, Ilene Tessler, Judith Rosen, and Jeff Morr

Bonnie Brooks, Ilene Tessler, Judith Rosen, and Jeff Morr

Heather McDonough and Nelson Gonzalez

Heather McDonough and Nelson Gonzalez

Ivory Cooks, Charlette Seidel, and Hector Vasquez

Ivory Cooks, Charlette Seidel, and Hector Vasquez

Ralph De Martino, Robert McCain, Nelson Gonzalez, Andres Asion, Barbara Haley, Renee Gross, and Daniel August Cordeiro

Ralph De Martino, Robert McCain, Nelson Gonzalez, Andres Asion, Barbara Haley, Renee Gross, and Daniel August Cordeiro

Krystal Marcus, Mathy Garcia, and Doris Suttin

Krystal Marcus, Mathy Garcia, and Doris Suttin

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The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach Hosts MBF Discussion On Medical Tourism

The Miami Master Brokers Forum (MBF), a home-grown network of the area’s top-producing real estate professionals, recently held a blue-ribbon panel discussion on medical tourism, chaired by board members Pat Klock Parker and Christopher Zoller. Hosted by Lionheart Capital, a leading Miami-based global real estate development and capital investment firm, the event took place at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach grand, modernist sales gallery and brought together more than 100 Master Brokers from throughout the region. Upon arrival, members enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while admiring scale models, renderings, and spectacular views of Miami Beach’s Surprise Lake on the sales center’s patio. Mr. Zoller opened the program by welcoming the assembled Master Brokers, and by thanking Lionheart Capital and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach for its generosity and support of the broker community. Carolyn Block Ellert, co-owner of Premier Sales Group and sales director for The Residences (also a longtime Master Broker and chair of the MBF Gold Coast chapter), enlightened guests about the project’s unique aspects, and also introduced her sales team. Mr. Zoller then introduced the esteemed panelists: Dr. Ana M. Viamonte-Ros, director of medical staff development for Baptist Health South Florida; Laura Hunter, senior vice president of business development and planning for Jackson Health System; and Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, CEO of UHealth, University of Miami Health System. Each panelist offered a brief statement about their organization and its respective advances in medical tourism, and then answered a series of questions from Zoller, who served as the moderator. The panel explored issues surrounding the recruitment of top doctors, the importance of staying on the cutting edge of medical specialties and research, the challenges of national and international marketing, and ways in which the competing systems are working together to maximize their collective resources. “The sheer number, variety, and quality of South Florida health care options has always been a useful tool for encouraging relocation to and investment in our community,” said Morr. “We in the real estate community are certainly pleased to see these organizations competing to improve their services, but also collaborating to coordinate their efforts.”

Chris Zoller, Laura Hunter, Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, and Dr. Ana Viamonte-Ros

Chris Zoller, Laura Hunter, Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, and Dr. Ana Viamonte-Ros

Carolyn Block Ellert, Donna Bloom, and Jeff Morr

Carolyn Block Ellert, Donna Bloom, and Jeff Morr

Pat Klock Parker, Dr. Ana Viamonte-Ros, Joao Carvallo, Carolyn Block Ellert, and Penni Chansens

Pat Klock Parker, Dr. Ana Viamonte-Ros, Joao Carvallo, Carolyn Block Ellert, and Penni Chansens

Hazel Goldman, Debbie Velez, Judy Wolf-Seigel

Hazel Goldman, Debbie Velez, Judy Wolf-Seigel

Catalina Martucci, George Mato, and Rosella Madera

Catalina Martucci, George Mato, and Rosella Madera

Francisco Angulo, Judith Rosen, Ralph De Martino, and Gary Hennes

Francisco Angulo, Judith Rosen, Ralph De Martino, and Gary Hennes

Janet Cabada, Aurelia Falero, Jeff Davidson, Graziella Cora, Christine Stiphany

Janet Cabada, Aurelia Falero, Jeff Davidson, Graziella Cora, Christine Stiphany

Wanda Bee and Patricia Delinois

Wanda Bee and Patricia Delinois

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Grave 69 is likely M

Grave 69 is likely M269, and grave 81 is a poitibslisy of some R1b variety if other markers hadn't failed. AFAIK R1b1* has not been found in Central Asia with the exception of a single Mongolian on ysearch. All the R1b has been R1b1b1 or R1b1b2 to date.

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