Jan 18

Private Capital Today: Investment Strategies and Opportunities


The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of South Florida


Private Capital Today:

Investment Strategies and Opportunities


Come share insights into the current business and investment environment and identify professional intersections and opportunities for collaboration with fellow CBS alumni and other business leaders from South Florida and beyond!

Topics to be covered include:

  • The convergence of alternative investment asset classes;
  • The state of the market for corporate control;
  • Attractive investment strategies and opportunities for 2015; and
  • The ins and outs of doing deals in Latin America.

Confirmed guest speakers include the following, with more to be announced soon:

  • Mark Sirower
    • Author of the M&A cult classic The Synergy Trap
    • Partner, U.S. Leader M&A Strategy and Diligence, Deloitte Consulting
  • Ricardo Marin
    • Head of Structured Products, Santander Private Bank
  • Carlos Sollami
    • Infrastructure Investment Banker, INTL FCStone Securities, Miami

 Date: January 23, 2015

Time: 9:30 A.M. through 2 P.M.

Location: Greenberg Traurig, 333 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami

RSVP Required:


Jan 18

World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship




World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship
at Trump National Doral



Join over 30 other university alumni clubs for this private event at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship while also helping to give back to the Miami community.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Location: Trump National Doral Miami is 4400 N.W. 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33178.

Event Details:

  • VIP parking / shuttle to Trump National Doral Clubhouse entrance (not available to general admission).
  • Access to the newly renovated Trump National Doral Clubhouse (not available to general admission).
  • General admission to the grounds for Saturday, March 7th at the tournament with the world’s top 50 golfers (gates open at 8:00am)
  • Escalade Lounge access all day. An exclusive, climate controlled, DJed, South Beach experience, while you watch the golf (located at the drivable par 4, 16th hole)
  • Private, university alumni event after the golf (in the Escalade Lounge)

Signature Speaker Schedule of Events:

  • 6:00 pm: Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, hosted by WGC-Cadillac Championship Chairman, Butch Buchholz and Tournament Director, Andres Gaviria.
  • 7:00 pm: Key Note Speaker: David Pillsbury, President, PGA TOUR Championship Management. And you thought this was just golf. A “behind the scenes” perspective on the PGA TOUR and the transformation of the WGC is one of the must attend social events in Miami.

Giving Back to the Community:
Not every knows that the PGA Tour and the WGC is a non-for-profit endeavor generating millions of dollars in proceeds that go back into the Miami-Dade and Broward community each year. The majority of the proceeds from this University Alumni event will be donated to the Young at Art Museum (Broward) and The National Young Arts Foundation (Miami-Dade). Each alumni club represented at this event will be acknowledged as part of this fundraising initiative.

Ticket Prices:

  • $150/person for alumni & guests (valued at $240).
  • Free for children under 18 years old (Must register using link below)
  • Purchase deadline: February 15th ($175 after Feb.  15th) 

Registration: http://www.whartonsouthfla.com/store.html?event_id=690


The WGC-Cadillac Championship has emerged as one of the must attend social events in Miami. Growing to over one hundred thousand in attendance, this has resulted from an intense strategic transformation of the event from a “tournament with great golfers” to a “world-class, premier, sports entertainment experience”. Instead of thinking “golf”, think along the lines of Moet Chandon, Joe’s stone crabs, green side cabanas, fashion shows, and concerts, on top of over $400 million investment into the clubhouse and golf course by Donald Trump and his organizations-all delivered with a service level as if attending a ?perfect wedding?.

More Information:

To date, this invite has been extended to; Kellogg, Harvard, Wharton, Georgetown, All Ivy+, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, HBS, London School of Economics, Penn, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Vanderbilt, South Florida Xavier University, Washington and Lee, and Yale, with more to join.

The WGC-Cadillac Championship website is www.cadillacchampionship.com

More details and updates to come, including directions and expected tournament players, etc.

Other questions: Kindly contact the alumni club administrator for this event at admin@whartonsouthfla.com

Thank you, in advance, to all the schools and university alumni clubs for your valued participation. We look forward to a great event.

Jose Prado

Wharton Undergraduate ‘89

Kellogg ‘95


Jan 06

The Mission of Cornell in 2015: Student-Faculty Interaction

Posting 01-28-2014

Cornell Club of Greater Miami and Florida Keys 

The Mission of Cornell in 2015: Student-Faculty Interaction

Our educational mission is the heart of this great university; that mission revolves around the opportunities for students and faculty to interact, in and out of the classroom.

Keynote Speaker: Ross Brann, Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow 

Ross Brann:

Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow

Ross Brann studied at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hebrew University-Jerusalem, New York University, and the American University in Cairo. He has taught at Cornell since 1986 and served seventeen years as Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies. Professor Brann is the author of The Compunctious Poet: Cultural Ambiguity and Hebrew Poetry in Muslim Spain (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and Power in the Portrayal: Representations of Muslims and Jews in Islamic Spain (Princeton University Press, 2002). He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania. Brann is also the editor of four volumes and author of essays on the intersection of medieval Jewish and Islamic cultures. He is currently working on Andalusi Moorings: Al-Andalus and Sefarad as Tropes of Muslim and Jewish Culture. In 2007 he was appointed Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow. In June 2010 Brann stepped down as the faculty co-chair of the West Campus House System Council after six years of service as Alice Cook House Professor-Dean.

Date: January 10, 2015

Time: 11:30 AM

Location: Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant, 223 Valencia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Cost: $30.00 per person for hot, light bites and non-alcoholic drinks

Registration: For event registration questions, please contact DonnaCarl at dc37@cornell.edu
For event questions, please contact Belia Pena at bap1@cornell.edu


Dec 31

Happy Holidays!

Cornell Club Holiday Wishes

Nov 09




Location: Midtown Miami/Wynwood, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, Florida 33137

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Registration: http://www.hbssouthflorida.org/article.html?aid=653Harvar artYou are invited to the join us for the opening night VIP Preview of both the Art Miami & Context fairs. Entering its 25th year, Art Miami attracts more than 72,000 motivated collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe. Context is the sister fair to Art Miami dedicated to the development of emerging artists. Both fairs will be held in the spacious Pavilion located in Midtown Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, adjacent to the Miami Design District.

Attendees will enjoy access during the VIP opening of both Art Miami and the Context art fair (in adjacent tent), complimentary beverages and hors d’oeurves. Garage, open-lot, and metered street parking will be available.

HBS Club & Harvard Club of Miami Members (plus 1 guest): Free
Non-Members: $10 (admits 2 people)

Ohad Jehassi
HBS 1999

This is a VIP Preview event. Although attendance is open to everyone, you must register via the link below to gain entrance to the fair. This is the only way to gain entrance to the Preview Night and there is no on-site registration. You must respond by 10am, Monday, December 1 via our website at www.hbssouthflorida.org.

Oct 31

Alumni Spotlight – Garth Rockwood Parker ‘57 and Rosalie (“Lee”) Coe Seely-Brown Parker ‘57

 Posting 01-28-2014

Garth Rockwood Parker ‘57 and Rosalie (“Lee”) Coe Seely-Brown Parker ‘57

Lee  Garth photograph 001

Garth Parker was the President of SOMAY Products, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of paints, waterproofing coatings and maintenance coatings for commercial and residential markets.  Mr. Parker received his BA from Haverford College and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management in 1957 (then called the Graduate School of Business and Public Administration at Cornell University).  Mr. Parker was an active member of many organizations and activities in the Miami area, including the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the Riviera Country Club, the Cornell University Alumni Association, the Orange Bowl Committee, and the Rotary Club of Miami.

Lee Parker was Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of SOMAY Products, Inc. She was born in Providence, R.I., the daughter of U.S. Congressman Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. and Rosalie Hicks Slack Seely-Brown.  A graduate of Cornell University in 1957, Mrs. Parker was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the Riviera Country Club, the Jr. League, the Cornell University Alumni Association, the Executives’ Association of Greater Miami, and a Rotary Partner to her Rotarian Husband.

The Parkers resided in Coral Gables, Florida for the last 40 years. Together they hosted a number of student receptions for the Cornell Club of Miami, and have attended many Club functions over the years.  They are the parents of three sons, Garth Rockwood Parker, Jr., Ph.D., of Lansdale, PA, Richard Lee Parker of San Francisco, CA, and William Seely-Brown Parker of Safety Harbor, FL, and four grandchildren.

The Cornell Club of Miami presents this Alumni Spotlight as a memoriam for Garth and Lee Parker, as they both passed earlier this year.  We celebrate their life and honor their fine achievements. They were friends of the Club and they will be missed dearly.


Oct 14

Miami Dolphins Tailgate


All Ivy+ Sponsored by the University of Chicago Booth Alumni Club of South Florida

Miami Dolphins Tailgate


Date: Sunday, November 2nd 

Time: 10:30am tailgate start; 1:00pm kickoff

 Location: SUN LIFE STADIUM, 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Cost: All Ivy+ guests

  • $85/person for 100 level lower sideline seats: ~10 yard line, ~25 rows up. There are a limited number of these tickets and they are selling fast.
  • $55/person for 400 level upper bowl corner seats.?  It is the cheapest ticket.
  • $30 for just the tailgate if you have season tickets.

 Registration: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1627113


Event Update:

Lot’s of movement on tickets this week as expected   We have 66 people registered as of midnight. We still have ten (10) upper bowl tickets left. I am certain we will sell out, but if you want to remind your clubs of a couple things today, it is up to you.  I want to avoid coming across as a spammer, so I leave it at your discretion.

 1) Game Time temperature is scheduled to be 75 degrees with only a 10% chance for rain. If that’s not perfect for South Florida Football, don’t know what is.

 2) Both teams have winning records and are in the mix for the playoffs.

 3) I will be sending instructions Friday afternoon to registrants regarding exact location of the tailgate in the west parking lot of Sun Life Stadium.?  Game tickets are to be picked up at the tailgate. 

 4) If we run out of tickets before tomorrow at 4pm, there is a good chance I can secure more.


About the event:

The 40 All Ivy+ alumni that attended last year’s tailgate can attest to great conversation, good networking, endless BBQ, and a memorable time with a Dolphins win. Includes game-day ticket (note two different seating options), and unlimited bbq burgers, hotdogs, chicken, vegetarian fare, voluminous sides, ice cold sodas, water, craft beers, and fine wine.

Detailed directions regarding location in parking lot a few days before the event. Same location as last year. Look for the two Maroon University of Chicago flags flying high.

Tailgate will start wrapping up around the beginning of the 2nd Quarter.


  • 10:30 AM-1:45PM: Tailgate BBQ and Cocktails
  • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM: San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins


  • Steven Piekarczyk, ’07
  • President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of South Florida
  • (312) 636-6525

Sep 25

The Business of Theater & Short Performance

HBSHarvard Business School Club of South Florida

The Business of Theater & Short Performance

You are invited to a special event that includes a backstage tour of the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, a business of theater presentation, and a performance excerpt from an upcoming production. First, Barbara Stein and David Arisco will speak about the challenges of running a theater company in South Florida. Second, you will get a backstage tour of the Miracle Theater. Finally, you will enjoy a short performance from the upcoming Murder Ballad. While there, enjoy complimentary wine, hors d’oeurves and of course, excellent conversation. There is plenty of metered and garage parking. I hope to see you there for this program.

 Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Location: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater. 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Cost: $15 for HBS South Florida Members/Harvard Miami Members; $25 for Non-Members

Hosted By: Ohad Jehassi, HBS 1999

 Registration: http://www.hbssouthflorida.org/article.html?aid=644

 Note: Attendance is open to EVERYONE. Please RSVP to secure your registration. Please respond by 7pm, Tuesday, September 30. 


6:30 PM – Wine reception begins

7:00 PM – Backstage tours begin for small groups

8:00 PM – Presentation, including Q&A

8:30 PM – Short Performance from the upcoming Murder Ballad


Barbara Stein, Executive Producing Director

Co-founded Actors’ Playhouse with her husband Dr. Lawrence E. Stein in 1988. Under her stewardship, Actors’ Playhouse has grown into the largest self-producing not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre in Miami-Dade County, a Florida Cultural Presenting Organization, and one of 13 Miami-Dade County major cultural organizations. Barbara Stein was instrumental in creating the role model private public partnership with the City of Coral Gables to renovate and restore the historic Miracle Theatre, on Miracle Mile, into a three-stage performing arts facility in an eight million dollar project. The re-birth of the Miracle Theatre, which was implemented and funded by Actors’ Playhouse, was the catalyst in the revitalization of the downtown district in 1995. Ms. Stein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is an active member and leader in many community organizations including Trustee Member of both the Coral Gables and the Greater Miami Chambers of Commerce. She has written, produced and directed a series of educational plays for children and is proud of initiating the children’s educational programming at Actors? Playhouse with the National Children’s Theatre Festival celebrating its 17th year and the Young Talent Big Dreams county-wide talent contest for youth ages 8-17.


David Arisco, Director

Artistic Director of Actors’ Playhouse for 26 years. His diverse career spans 40 years as director, actor, musical director, stage manager, symphonic conductor and instrumentalist. Mr. Arisco has directed over 135 shows here at Actors’ Playhouse, including the Carbonell awarded productions of In the Heights (2013), Les Miserables (2009), AIDA (2005), Floyd Collins (2003), Violet (2001), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor? Dreamcoat (2000), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (1998), West Side Story (1997) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1991), all of which won for Best Production of a Musical. In 2009, Mr. Arisco was the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. In 2010 he was awarded the Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Florida Professional Theatre Association. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Sep 25

LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS: Challenging High-Potential Managers to Become Great Leaders

The Wharton Club of South Florida

Posting 11-25-2013and Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association


Are pleased to invite you to an evening of networking and an enlightening presentation:

 LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS: Challenging High-Potential  Managers to Become Great Leaders

 Featured speaker and author:  Alan S. Berson – CEO, Leadership Conversation LLC and a Learning Director, Wharton Executive Education

 In this informative presentation, Mr. Berson will share conversation techniques and tools, drawn from his experience coaching and working with leaders at a wide range of organizations, to help strong managers become great leaders, and leaders to develop leadership skills in others. While managers’ conversations are generally transactional and centered on the task at hand, leaders must focus on people, asking great questions and aligning them with the vision for the future. Leadership mindsets and skills can be developed, and Mr. Berson will provide practical guidance for connecting with others in ways that transform each interaction into an opportunity for organizational and personal growth. He will identify the four types of conversation every leader must master: building relationships, developing others, making decisions, and taking action, as well as provide an action plan for boosting your personal leadership potential, and for developing leadership skills in others.  

 Location: Florida Atlantic University, Marleen & Harold Forkas Alumni Center, The Great Hall, Room 109

777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

 Date: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

 6:30 – 7.30 PM: Registration and Networking

7:30 PM: Presentation


Wharton Club Members (may register one additional guest at price): $20 per person

FAU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff (may register one additional guest at price): $20 per person

Other Individuals/Guests: $35 per person

Admission includes a copy of the book

 Registration: http://www.whartonsouthfla.com/article.html?aid=687

 If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties registering, please contact Alexi Upchurch, Club Administrator at admin@whartonsouthfla.com

Aug 23

Harvard Business School Club of South Florida – The Everglades- our drinking water, an ecological treasure, a tourist attraction -


Harvard Business School Club of South Florida

Cordially invites you and your guests to:

The Everglades

- our drinking water, an ecological treasure, a tourist attraction -

Is critical to South Florida’s economy


Since 1993, the Everglades Foundation has been dedicated to protecting and restoring one of the world’s unique natural ecosystems – America’s Everglades

Through the advancement of scientifically sound and achievable solutions, the Foundation seeks to reverse the damage inflicted on the ecosystem and provide policymakers and the public with an honest and credible resource to help guide decision-making on complex restoration issues.

The Foundation serves as a leader in building consensus for action in support of our mission and we continue to believe that we can always do better, seek out alternative solutions, and rebuild what was destroyed and direct efforts in the best apparent direction.  

Location: Right Space 2 Meet, 100 Miracle Mile Suite #200, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

 Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014     

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm : Registration and Networking
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00pm : Presentation and Q&As
  • 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm : Networking

Cost for this event:
HBS Club of South Florida members (plus one guest): $15 per person
Harvard Club of Miami members (plus one guest): $15 per person
Non-members/Other guests: $25 per person

Click here to register:http://www.hbssouthflorida.org/e.html?u=http://www.hbssouthflorida.org/store.html?event_id=641&t=188739-1411056

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties registering,

please contact Alexi Upchurch, Club Administrator at admin@hbssouthflorida.org

Eric Eikenberg, Chief Executive Officer: Eric Eikenberg has extensive policy and political experience in Tallahassee and Washington. He served as chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist and former U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw. Prior to joining the Everglades Foundation, Eric served as senior policy advisor for Holland & Knight, co-chairing the firm’s Florida Government Advocacy Team with former Gov. Bob Martinez. As the CEO of the Everglades Foundation, he leads the Foundation’s science, advocacy, communications and legal teams, which are nationally recognized for their expertise in Everglades restoration. A graduate of American University, Eric and his family live in Miami.

Stephen E. Davis III, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist: Davis, a native of Ohio, graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., with a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental science. He attended Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky., and received a master’s degree in biological and environmental science and attained his doctorate of philosophy from Florida International University. In his role as wetland ecologist with the Foundation, Davis continues his extensive body of wetland research that dates back more than a decade — most recently at Texas A&M University — where he served as a tenured professor. Davis leads Everglades research projects on mangrove wetland biogeochemistry and carbon dynamics and lives in Coconut Grove.

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