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Monday, November 26, 2012

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is Accepting Applications for S. Florida “Good to Great” Awards

Lauren Smith, Charles (Chaz) Scurr, Bobbie Ibarra, Don Slesnick and Hector Vargas

Joe Hovancak, Comcast Business Class (South Florida Good to Great Awards Co-Chair), Phillis Oeters, Baptist Health South Florida (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chair), Danette Gossett, Gossett Marketing (South Florida Good to Great Awards Co-Chair) and Barry Johnson (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce President & CEO)

On Monday, November 12th, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce kicked off their South Florida “Good to Great” Awards application process with a luncheon onboard the Norwegian Sky cruise ship honoring the past 31 winners. BankUnited is the proud sponsor of the awards which celebrates those businesses that have demonstrated success in our community. Applications are now available from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and open to all for-profit business. Nominations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 29, 2012. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be recognized!

SOUTHCOM Change of Command Presided over by Defense Secretary Panetta and Veteran's Day Ceremony at Jungle Island

General Douglas Fraser, U.S. Southern Command, giving the keynote address at the Jungle Island Veteran's Day event. 
 U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey, incoming SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. John Kelly and outgoing SOUTHCOM Commander Gen. Douglas Fraser at Change of Command Ceremony on November 19, 2012.
General Douglas Fraser of the Southern Command is retiring after nearly 40 years of service to the United States Air Force. At a Veteran's Day celebration held at Jungle Island in Miami, the General was recognized along with other veterans for their outstanding dedication to protecting our country.  
Last week, Gen. Fraser was also honored by United States Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, who commended his accomplishments in leading SOUTHCOM. Secretary Panetta described the General's notable efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, among other great acts of compassion. As Gen. Fraser retired, he handed over command to Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly who was promoted to four-star general by the defense secretary prior to the SOUTHCOM change of command ceremony.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Foreign Real Estate Agents are Still Eyeing Miami’s Recovering Housing Market

The Miami Association of Realtors held a conference last week at the Biltmore called the Miami International Real Estate Congress where 250 agents from the United States and ten foreign countries joined together to network and discuss the Miami/Miami Beach residential markets. These remain highly sought-after cities for international buyers and investors. The Association reported that the largest amount of foreign real estate purchases here are from Venezuelans, followed by Argentinians and Brazilians. Generally this is because prices are still better in Miami than in those countries' markets. Latin Americans account for about 70% of the international real estate transactions in Miami and Miami Beach (Western Europeans 18%).

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Real Estate Inventory is Moving Fast

Read the article from Miami Today where Ron Shuffield is quoted as well as Mike Pappas. However, we are seeing an uptick again in the Gables and I think it will continue through February...Click link to see article:

I Am So Proud of this Award, I Wanted to Share it with All of You

2013 Spectrum Award Honorees from left to right:  Marina Bryant, Julie Grimes, Kathryn Q. Mikesell, Janelle Patty, Patricia Robbins, Penny Shaffer, Olga M. Ramudo, Jeannett Slesnick, Sabrina Cohen, Mary Young. 
 Press Release:  American Red Cross Member Jeannett Slesnick to be Honored with the 2013 Spectrum Award in March

(Coral Gables, Fla.) … At a fundraising reception last month at Merrick Park's Jimmy Choo boutique, the Local chapter of the American Red Cross presented 11 outstanding women leaders who will be receiving the 2013 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a luncheon on March 5th at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Among the extraordinary women being honored by the American Red Cross is Jeannett Slesnick, founding partner in the real estate firm Slesnick & Jochem, LLP, an experienced realtor and broker with more than 30 years in the business and a tireless community volunteer. She will be given one of the highest honors, the Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen’s Award, for the broad scope of service and impact she has had on the community of Coral Gables and beyond. Spectrum Award Honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross. 

The 2013 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award for Women honorees are: 

Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen's Award
Jeannett Slesnick

BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Philanthropy Award
Irene Korge

Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award
Penny Shaffer

Bank of America Cultural Award
Kathryn Q. Mikesell

J. N. McArthur Foundation Education Award
Mary Young

Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award
Olga M. Ramudo

Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award
Sabrina Cohen

Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award
Julie Grimes

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award
Patricia Robbins

Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award
Janelle J. Patty

Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award
Marina Bryant

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About Slesnick & Jochem, LLP:
Jeannett Slesnick and Ginger Jochem joined in a partnership in 2011 forming Slesnick & Jochem, LLP after having worked together in the firm Jeannett founded in 2005, Slesnick & Associates. Together they are approaching $1 billion in sales for a total of 50+ years of experience. About Jeannett Slesnick, Realtor, Broker, Owner: “Coral Gables has been my adopted hometown since my husband returned from Vietnam in 1972. For more than 20 years, I have achieved record-setting production as the top agent for the number of homes listed and sold in the Gables. I worked at Kerdyk Realty, EWM, then opened Slesnick & Associates. I am pleased to partner with Ginger to offer personalized service and support.” Slesnick & Jochem, LLP • 2701 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Ste. 200, Coral Gables, FL 33134. • • Telephone: (305) 305.446.2001.

About the American Red Cross:
To purchase seats for the March 5 luncheon, or for more information on the Spectrum Awards, please contact Kenia Tedesco at 305 728-2512 or by e-mail at The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provide emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please or join our blog at