The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) will host its 3rd Annual City National Bank Better Beach Awards on Thursday, March 19th, honoring influential, trendsetting leaders and their building or projects in the local real estate industry. Submissions for the City National Bank Better Beach Awards were accepted for realtors, architects, developers, designers, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs for their contributions to the Miami Beach community. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts and 14 winners will be announced at the event. With close to 300 professionals expected, the City National Bank Better Beach Awards ceremony will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The master of ceremonies for the event will be FOX WSVN TV Host “Living in Luxury” Sam Azar.
The City National Bank Better Beach Awards is a sanctioned City of Miami Beach Centennial event. During the program, there will be a special celebration to honor Miami Beach’s historical milestone.
“Now in its third year, the City National Bank Better Beach Awards has become one of the premiere real estate award events in South Florida,” said Chamber Chairman and SVP Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Michael S. Goldberg. “The event recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding professionals and businesses who continue to grow and strengthen our community.”
City National Bank is proud to once again sponsor the 3rd Annual Better Beach Awards. The bank has been involved with this award ceremony since its inaugural event in 2013. Miami Beach embraces a rich diversity of creative thinkers that makes the real estate industry so unique. These awards give the Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to recognize pioneers in real estate who incorporate sustainability, historic preservation, innovative architecture and outstanding citizenship into their work.
“For some 70 years City National Bank has been an integral part of the Miami Beach business community,” Jorge Gonzalez, President and CEO of City National Bank said. “We are honored to partner with the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate excellence in business and real estate with the Better Beach Awards and to help promote a better and even more vibrant Miami Beach. We congratulate the honorees and thank them for their contributions to our community.”
The event is hosted by the Chamber’s Real Estate Council, which acts as a resource to the members of the Chamber who serve the local real estate community. The council supports its members by sharing expertise, offering guidance and knowledge, exploring new educational opportunities and facilitating communication within the industry and community.
“The Real Estate industry is essential to the Miami Beach economy and events like these showcase the strength of this community,” said Chair of the Chamber’s Real Estate Council and Design Principal of Miami based architecture firm Borges + Associates Reinaldo Borges.
“There are so many exciting projects, dynamic individuals and organizations helping to improve Miami Beach and it’s important to recognize them. This is a design oriented and inspired community and with the Better Beach Awards, the Miami Beach Chamber celebrates what is best and excellent in the current Miami Beach scene.”
The nomination categories for the 3rd Annual City National Bank Better Beach Awards are:
THE GREEN AWARDS
This nominee should demonstrate that a residence, building, community or system was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics following the latest “green” standards towards sustainability, i.e. energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED certification, use of renewable materials, new systems of efficiency and any other practice that demonstrates a powerful sustainable determination will be strongly considered. The nominee can be the architect, owner, designer or other affiliate with the project.
Sustainable Residential Property
Sustainable Commercial Property
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS
This nominee should demonstrate what steps were taken to preserve, conserve and protect property, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance to their completed project, while maintaining the same use. The nominee can be the architect or designer. Owner, Developer or other affiliates of the project will be credited.
Preservation of a Historic Residential Property (Single Family/Condo)
Preservation of a Historic Commercial Property
Preservation of a Historic Hotel
HISTORIC PRESERVATION WITH ADAPTIVE RE-USE OF BUILDING AWARDS
This nominee should demonstrate commitment to keeping the distinctive style of Miami Beach Architecture and design while bringing a historical Miami Beach building site to the modern world. By means of adaptive re-use of original building use, the completed project was able to maintain the identity of a Historic site and respect proper adaptive re-use strategies and meet approval of Historic Preservation Board and obtain Certificate of Operation for the new adaptive use. This can be the architect or designer. Owner, Developer or other affiliates of the project will be credited.
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of a Commercial Property
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of a Hotel or Apartment
INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE AWARD
This nominee should demonstrate the unique and unusual twist to the design. The property should show innovative architectural solutions, while creating striking and functional spaces. The building shall be an outstanding example of functionality, innovation and design in the field of Architecture and take advantage of site and context. The project does not need to be completed, but must have approval from all city boards. The nominee can be the architect or designer. Owner, Developer or other affiliates of the project will be credited.
INNOVATIVE DESIGNER AWARD
This nominee should demonstrate exceptional creativity towards a completed project in Miami Beach. The Design should be an exemplar vision of innovation and forward- thinking unique to Miami Beach’s Identity. Nominee shall be Designer(s) in any field. Owner, Developer or other affiliates of the project will be credited.
BETTER BEACH CITIZEN AWARDS
This nominee should demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in terms of giving back to our community, city, and those around them. It can be an individual or group that has devoted time, resources and effort, and has endeavored and succeeded to make the Miami Beach community a better place.
Real Estate Broker or Licensed Professional Developer Citizen at Large
MOST INNOVATIVE METHOD OF MARKETING AWARDS
This nominee has proven to successfully break down barriers to how we think of marketing in the Real Estate field. They have taken a new approach to marketing and are leading the field by example. The more “out of the box” the better. They should have a tangible metric for showing the voting committee that their marketing approach is not only innovative, but it works.
Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Agent
The 3rd Annual City National Bank Better Beach Awards is being held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Avenue) on March 19, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The presenting sponsors for the event are ONE Sotheby’s International Realty; Borges Architects + Associates; Miami New Construction Show/Atlantiqua South Beach; and Cervera Real Estate. The venue sponsor is the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Empire Title Services is a junior sponsor at the event. For more information, visit www.miamibeachchamber.com