Scott Sime learned early about giving back to community

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Scott Sime learned early about giving back to community
Scott Sime learned early about giving back to community
SCOTT SIME

Scott Sime is a great family man committed to his community and a true product of Coral Gables.

Born at Duke Hospital in North Carolina, his family moved to South Florida when he was just 6 months old. A graduate of Coral Gables High School, he went on to earn a degree at Duke University and then earned postgraduate degrees at the University of Miami.

Before opening his own real estate firm, Sime was a broker for The Codina Group and later the managing director of CB Richard Ellis offices in Miami-Dade County. With more than 28 years of experience in the South Florida market, Sime has represented several major corporations and completed some of the largest transactions in South Florida.

As a child, through his mother’s volunteer work with the Museum of Science and other charities, Sime was first exposed to the idea of giving back to one’s community.



His first encounter with volunteer work and philanthropy as an adult came through the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. There, he helped orchestrate a charity golf tournament to raise funds for the organization. The event was supported in large part by the real estate and development community.

From that time on, Sime was hooked and has continued to make a positive impact on that organization and our community where he donates his time, talent and treasure on numerous boards of directors. Since 2008, Sime has been a board member for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind as well as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

He is a trustee member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason to serve of the city’s Economic Development Council. In 2012, he served on the board of governors of the Miami Board of Realtors and currently is a member of the Beacon Council’s board.

For the past seven-plus years, Sime has invested time with the University of Miami Mentor Program. He also is on the Real Estate Advisory Board of the University of Miami; is a member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and is a Miami Board of Realtors pro bono certified dispute arbitrator. Sime and wife of 22 years, Belinda, are both involved in the Waterway Renaissance Project.

Scott and Belinda live in Coral Gables and love to spend time with their daughter, Amber, and enjoy tennis and boating.


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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.

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