South Florida Business & Wealth Announces 2016 Up & Comer Awards Finalists

South Florida's "Best and Brightest" Young Professionals Will Be Honored on June 16th Event at The Venue in Wilton Manors
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WILTON MANORS, Fla. - May 11, 2016 - PRLog -- South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW) and parent company Lifestyle Media Group (LMG), announced the finalists for its 2016 Up & Comer Awards. Eighty-one professionals, 39 years of age or younger, will vie for the top spot in 18 categories including Banking, Construction, Economic Development, Education, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Insurance, Law, Marketing and Media, Real Estate, Retail and Technology.

Winners will be announced June 16 at The Venue in Wilton Manors. This years' presenting sponsor is Mass Mutual of South Florida, with gold sponsor YTECH and silver sponsors Comcast Business and JM Lexus.

"The 81 finalists, nominated by their peers and colleagues are the rising stars of our community - many of them already are proven leaders in their respective fields." said Gary Press, LMG Chairman and CEO.  "As it was last year, our editorial board will be hard pressed to select a finalist in each category as there are no losers in this field of outstanding young men and women."

The Up & Comer Awards is a Signature Event of South Florida Business & Wealth. As the industry's leading awards event, it brings together the community in a positive way to recognize, reward and celebrate outstanding, "Up & Comer" professionals. South Florida Business & Wealth will showcase the awards and promote the event through an extensive print and online promotional campaign.

The following is a list of this year's Up & Comer Award finalists:


Trey Fogg          Fifth Third Bank

GoldenJohansson          Legacy Bank of Florida

Erin Knight          Stonegate Bank

Marcel Summermatter      Regions Bank

Axel Thibon          Sabadell United Bank


Bryan Donahue          Wantman Group Inc.

Blake Johnson          AMC Custom Builders, LLC

Farbod Pourji          TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.

Chris Welling          Pegasus Builders Inc.


Jeremy Katzman          Nova Southeastern University

Jonathan Schwartz          Broward College

Aly Young          The Learning Loft


Amber Jackson          Athenian Venture Partners

Shir Keidan          Bienenfeld, Lasek & Starr, LLC.

Cristian LaCapra          Northern Trust

Patrick O'Brien          Marcum LLP

Philip Reagan          J.P. Morgan Private Bank


Scott Evans          Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency


Elisa Epstein          FoodMetrx

Erica Gulrich          Northwest Medical Center

Haroula Protopapadakis       Memorial Regional Hospital

Dr. Luis Soro          Shino Bay Cosmetic Dermatology, Plastic Surgery          & Laser Institute


Erin Branham          A2 Events

Jason Cotter          Riverside Hotel

Paul Greenberg          American Social Bar and Restaurant

Mike Linder          Silver Lining Inflight Catering

Hillary Smith          Koncept Events


Melissa Aguilar          MassMutual Financial Group South Florida

Nicole Brewer          Patriot National, Inc.

Jennifer Gunter          National Council on Compensation Insurance          (NCCI)

Zain Hasan          National Insurance & HR Consulting Group (NICG)

Jonathan Perrillo          Brown & Brown Insurance


Scott Knapp          Broad and Cassel

Cherine Smith Valbrun        Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP

Alessandra Stivelman         Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A.

George Taylor          Brinkley Morgan

Joshua Widlansky          Padula Hodkin, PLLC

Michael Wild          Wild Felice & Partners, P.A.


Howard E. Fox          Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Gustavo J. Membiela         Hunton & Williams LLP

Uriel A. Mendieta          Hunton & Williams LLP

Cristina Papanikos          Gunster

John Quick          Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.

Alyssa Razook Wan          Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Jaime Vining          Friedland Vining, P.A.


Michael J. Drahos          Fowler White Burnett, P.A.

Benjamin Hodas          The Law Office of Benjamin T. Hodas

Matthew Kissner          Broad and Cassel


Andre Brown          Mi-6 Global

Thomas Choberka          Kelley Kronenberg

Eva Greene          BDO USA, LLP

Corey Levin          Pinnacle Advertising and Marketing Group

Michelle Martinez Reyes    Greenspoon Marder

Mike Valdes-Fauli          Pinta


Sandra Einhorn          Rebuilding Together Broward County

Alona Geysman          Jewish Federation of Broward County

Jenna Reed          Golden Bell Education Foundation

Jessica Vones          Children Diagnostic & Treatment Center


Ron Green          Greenlight Staffing Group

Lewis Greenberg          Daszkal Bolton

Michael Loudis          ProFi Facility Maintenance

Troy Sorel          Emerald Asset Advisors, LLC


Lauren Fyke          JM Family

Evan Nierman          Red Banyan Group

Lais Pontes          The Pontes Group

Marielle Sologuren          Pierson Grant Public Relations


Gabriel Britti          Marcus & Millichap

Chad Gray          Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale

Nicholas Mastroianni         Allied Capital & Development of South Florida, LLC

Jose Parrilla          InvestQuest Partners, Inc.

Diana Pubchara          Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Enrique Teran          Avanti Way Realty


Adam Davis          GC Pawn

Ofir Farahan          OFY

Andrew Koenig          City Furniture

Greg Zeigler          JM Lexus


Matt Gallo          United Data Technologies

Adam Garfield          SpeedETab

Stephanie Mitrione          FPL

Alex Price          ADT

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About Lifestyle Media Group

Lifestyle Media Group (LMG) is the largest magazine publisher in South Florida and the fastest-growing. Its readership of 590,000 includes business professionals, community leaders, entrepreneurs, soccer moms and the young, trendy up & comers. Lifestyle magazines serve the most affluent communities in the tri-county region. LMG covers South Florida's vibrant lifestyle in its 10 must-read monthly magazines that include Las Olas, Weston, Estate, Parkland, Coral Springs, Boca, Pinecrest, Coral Gables and Estero Lifestyle magazines and Parkland/Coral Springs and Coconut Creek Life magazines.

About South Florida Business & WealthReaching over 117,000 top decision-makers and influencers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, South Florida Business & Wealth delivers in-depth business reporting - with a distinct local perspective - on topics that make a difference to South Florida business professionals. Unlike any other local business media, SFBW gives business decision makers the whole story - from what businesses to invest in, to cashing in on the emerging tech hubs in South Florida, to trends and analysis of South Florida's most important industries.

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