Bily Corben, Jessica Goldman & Ralph Pagano Panelists for Champions of Business Event

Bily Corben, Jessica Goldman & Ralph Pagano Ranelists for Champions of Business Event On Friday, August 28, the Emerging Leadership Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of local business leaders from an array of industries, who will educate the audience on successful business development. The 9th annual “Champions of Business” Panel, sponsored by City National Bank, will host distinguished individuals that have made recent leaps of progress in their respective businesses and/or careers, each with their own unique approach.

This traditionally sold-out event, held at the beautiful St. Regis – Bal Harbour, will host over 200 business professionals to witness and interact in a discussion between local success stories. The moderator will be Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations at City National Bank, Eddie Dominguez.

“It’s always interesting to see and hear how business leaders have achieved a high level of success and what their ‘secret sauce’ is,” said Chamber Chairman & SVP of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Michael S. Goldberg. “At this event, we explore what makes certain leaders champions of their industries, how their business practices have evolved and what we can learn from their failures and successes.”

“City National Bank is proud to partner with the Chamber to support this informative program,” said Eddie Dominguez, Managing Senior Vice President of City National Bank. “Successful entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy and our members and business leaders can learn so much from these Champions of Business who have dedicated themselves to innovation within their industry.”

• Billy Corben: Florida native Billy Corben’s feature documentary directorial debut, Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, making him one of the youngest directors in Sundance history. Following that success, Corben and producing partners Alfred Spellman and David Cypkin founded rakontur, a Miami Beach-based content creation company, and took on another Florida true crime story with 2006’s Cocaine Cowboys. His 2015 slate includes a TNT dramatic pilot with executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay called Dawg Fight.

• Ralph Pagano: American chef and television personality, Ralph Pagano appeared on the first season of Hell’s Kitchen and hosted the series Pressure Cook on MOJO HD. He is the Executive Chef at Miami Beach’s Naked Taco at the Dream Hotel. His company YES Hospitality Group specializes in one thing: making guests happy.

• Jessica Goldman: CEO of Goldman Properties, Jessica Goldman was with the company founded by her legendary father, Tony Goldman, for 15 years before taking the reins at his behest in 2012. She also assumed a pivotal role in advancing Tony Goldman’s vision for Wynwood Walls, one of the most acclaimed street art museums in the nation, working side by side with her father to help bring new works by international street artists to the Walls and overseeing its annual grand opening, which has evolved into an unofficial launch event for Art Basel Miami.

Past panelists of the Champions of Business panel include DJ Irie, former Miami Heat player Jamal Mashburn, media personality Ana Quincoces, Shareef Malnik of The Forge, Joshua Wallack of Mango’s Tropical Café, Lisa Pliner of Donald J. Pliner, Alex Havenick of Magic City Casino, and Dr. Arthur Agatson of the South Beach Diet. Additional sponsors of the event are the Criminal Law Office of Michael Grieco and 84 West Studios. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Panel Discussion beginning promptly at 12:00 pm. The program concludes with an open Question + Answer session from the audience, with the event ending at 1:30 pm.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at 305.674.1300.

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