News: Miami Beach Chamber Honors Business Professionals


The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will once again host the Champions of Business Awards Luncheon, and continue its long standing tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding Miami Beach business professionals.

“The Chamber is privileged to have strong members contribute to the organization and the community every year,” said Chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Michael S. Goldberg. “This event honors our tradition and legacy.”

 Managing Principal for Crescent Heights and speaker at the luncheon is Russell Galbut, who will be given the Aaron B. Perry Innovation in Business Award.  Having been active in the urban mixed-use real estate sector for over 30 years, Galbut and Crescent Heights is a developer with a successful track record in new construction and renovations.  The company has been active in over 15 major metropolitan markets from coast to coast and has developed over 50,000 residential units and/or hotel rooms pioneering the condo hotel concept including the largest condo hotel in the world, the Ala Moana.

Galbut has shown innovation by being the first to bring a robotic garage to Miami Beach.  Featured in Architectural Digest, the robotic garage is a high-speed automated parking structure with the ability to park a number of cars in half the space of a conventional parking garage.

The Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award goes to owner and curator of Gallery Art Ken Hendel.  In business for over 20 years, Gallery Art buys and sells all type of art. The gallery has housed noted artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Peter Max, Salvador Dali and Leroy Neiman. Additionally, Hendel has grown his business by innovatively installing webcams in the gallery, which showcases its current pieces online realtime. Additionally, Hendel is an active member of the Executive Board of Governors of the Chamber.

 Media Executive Stephanie Ruiz will receive the annual James McDonnell Outstanding Board of Governor Award for her years of dedication to the progress and expansion of the Chamber.  Owner of Media Department II, Ruiz specializes in media planning, buying and promotions in all areas of media.  She has served as the Vice Chair on the executive board with the Chamber, as Chair of the INcard Committee and as the Co-chair for the Gala.

In 2012, as Chair of the INcard Committee, Ruiz was instrumental in the launch of the INcard mobile app, which includes a downloadable INcard, an INmap, where users can see vendors in their area and a full listing of participating businesses.

 This year’s Past Chair Award recipient is Alan Randolph, the Senior Vice President and Miami-Dade market manager for C1 Bank.  A Miami banker with over 22 years’ experience, Randolph leads a team of bankers focused on commercial real estate, business, residential and SBA lending.  He was recently appointed as the Chair of the Chamber’s Arts and Culture Council and has been crucial in elevating the importance and success of arts and culture in Miami Beach.

With a strong interest in contemporary art, Randolph became a minority partner, with Jeff Lawson, in conceptualizing and creating the critically acclaimed art fair UNTITLED, which recently was presented during Art Basel.  UNTITLED introduced art lovers to a new international fair that would offer collectors an alternative viewing experience on the sands of Miami Beach.

This year’s Champions of Business Award Luncheon will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12pm. It is open to the public. Tickets start at $60 for pillar members, $65 for members and $70 for guests. Sponsorship opportunities available starting at $650. Ritz-Carlton, 1 Lincoln Rd; South Beach. For info or tickets:

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