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Landmark Merrill-Stevens shipyard charts a new course in Miami
John Spencer still remembers that day just before Christmas in 2009, in the depths of the economic downturn, when Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock Co. suspended operations. He raided his retirement nest egg and leased the facility from the owner, reopening for business six weeks later. Fast forward to November 2013: Turkish billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Rahmi M. Koç acquired the boatyard in cooperation with Spencer, who became the CEO and a minority partner at the business, reflagged RMK Merrill-Stevens.
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Fabrice Chouraqui, regional director for Novartis
Fabrice Chouraqui arrived in Miami to take over as head of Novartis' medications businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Born in France and in his fifth year with the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, Chouraqui says the region -- which is called LACan by the company -- shows strong growth for pharmaceuticals because tens of millions have entered the middle class in Latin America in recent years and have better access to healthcare.
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Developer Alan Faena incorporates art in plans
Across South Florida, real estate developers are increasingly attaching extraordinary -- and valuable -- art to their designs, creating liveable, virtual museums as a way to market high-end condos to wealthy buyers. Art is a vital part of Argentine Alan Faena's plans for his Faena District in Miami Beach, which will include an art exhibition center, Faena Arts Center, designed by Rem Koolhaas, along with a condo tower, hotel, bazaar and artists-in-residence center, park, marina and gardens.
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Planning for trouble: It's not just hurricanes
Companies well-prepared for a hometown hurricane aren't necessarily diaster-proof: As natural-disaster threats worldwide increase, so do the risks for companies' customers and suppliers. FIU disaster expert Richard S. Olson is professor and director of the Extreme Events Institute at he the International Hurricane Research Center at FIU.
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Luis Vera, the man who brought the Cuban sandwich to Miami
Luis Vera claims to be the first one to bring the Cuban sandwich to Miami from Cuba. He did it at his La Cubanita Cafe in downtown Miami, near Flagler.
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All Aboard Florida unveils Miami station plans
All Aboard Florida revealed plans May 28, 2014 for a four-block-long train station that will include restaurants, shops and offices perched on a floating platform in downtown Miami.
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Silver Airways taking off in 2014
Three years after its founding and a year after establishing itself as an independent carrier, Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways is focusing its efforts on Florida and the Bahamas.
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Jorge Pérez and Related Group
"We’re changing Miami,” Jorge Pérez said at the groundbreaking for the SLS Brickell, a project with about 450 condo units and 133 hotel rooms. The next week, Pérez celebrated the opening of MyBrickell, a smaller building that represents the first new condo tower in downtown Miami since the real estate crash that nearly decimated Related Group of Florida, where he is chairman and CEO. With lessons learned, Pérez and his company have entered a new cycle.
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Teen Tech Center, programming the future
As South Florida's tech community looks for an army of coders to fill jobs in the years ahead, innovative new classes are popping up, picking up where many school programs leave off.
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Marcelo Claure, Brightstar's super star
Marcelo Claure, a native of Bolivia who's helping lead the charge to bring Major League Soccer to Miami, has transformed Miami-Dade's Brightstar into one of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S. Now he's preparing for another round of strong growth.