City National Bank Better Beach Award Winners

City National Bank Better Beach Award Winners

Melissa Rubin, Jay Parker and Michael S. Goldberg at the City National Bank Better Beach Awards

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) hosted its 4th Annual City National Bank Better Beach Awards on Friday, April 1st honoring influential, trendsetting leaders in the local real estate industry. A total of nine awards were presented, recognizing the best in architecture, design, marketing, restoration and preservation. Hundreds of professionals gathered at the Ritz­Carlton South Beach Hotel for the luncheon hosted by WPLG sports anchor, Will Manso.

The complete list of award recipients are:

Global Game Changer Award – Awarded for her commitment to making Miami a sought out destination globally.
Teresa King Kinney, CEO of the Miami Association of Realtors

Innovative Leader Award – Awarded to a CEO that has a proven track record for showing innovation while leading
Jay Parker, CEO of Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage

Forward Thinking Award – the Chamber honored an individual and institution that are innovate in combating issues that will affect the real estate industry.

• Individual – Sea Level Rise Awareness
Wayne Pathman, Pathman Lewis, LLP
• Forward Thinking Award – Institution – Sea Level Rise Awareness
Dr. Juliet Pinto, FIU Department of Journalism & Broadcasting

Rising Stars – Award for “rising stars” or new successful agents
• David Carson from Compass
• Stephan Fortier from ISG
• Cynthia King from Douglas Elliman
• Carlos LaRocca from ISG
• Sari Libbin from Douglas Elliman
• Alyssa Morgan from Coldwell
• Joyce Parra from Cervera Real Estate
• Justin Rubin from Douglas Elliman

Most Innovative Method of Marketing – Real Estate Agent
Silver Winner – Chad Carroll, Douglas Elliman
Gold Winner – Madeleine Romanello, One Sotheby’s International Realty
Platinum Winner – Melissa Rubin, Platinum Properties International

Most Innovative Method of Marketing – Real Estate Team
Silver Winner – The Bill & Bryan Team (Douglass Elliman)
Gold Winner – The Haller Group (Dezer Platinum Realty)
Platinum Winner – The Kurz Team (Douglass Elliman)

Historic Preservation of a Commercial Property
Silver Winner – Thompson Miami Beach
Gold Winner – Faena Hotel
Platinum Winner – Miami Beach Women’s Club

Historic Preservation with Adaptive Re-Use
Gold Winner – Radio Bar – Menin Hospitality
Platinum Winner – Aloft South Beach

Innovative Designer Award (less than 10,000 square feet)
Gold Winner – DIRT
Platinum Winner – 1510 Bay Drive

Innovative Designer Award (more than 10,000 square feet)
Silver Winner – Anatomy at 1220
Gold Winner – 3900 Alton Road
Platinum Winner – Aloft South Beach

Innovative Architecture Award – Commercial
Gold Winner – Dirt
Platinum Winner – South Pointe Park Pier

Innovative Architecture Award – Residential
Silver Winner – K Residence
Gold Winner – Ritz Carlton Residences
Platinum Winner – Glass

Better Beach Citizen
Silver Winner – Matis Cohen (KP Kahunah Properties)
Gold Winner – Linda Grosz (EWM)
Platinum Winner – David Martin (Terra Group)

The title sponsor for the event was City National Bank; the presenting sponsors were Compass and Douglas Elliman; the venue sponsor was the Ritz­Carlton South Beach Hotel. For more information, visit

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