“WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE NEW LATIN AMERICAN LUXURY SCENARIO”
2017 APRIL – MIAMI CITY
In the spring of 2017, the summit will take place for the first time in US. This forum is planned for 200 industry leaders, CEOs, high management executives and people interested and involve in the luxury sector for whom we seek, not only to provide the best information, but also to deliver it in a way that creates awareness of the responsibility they bear with their clients and the environment. Speakers will share the importance of the luxury sector in the Latin American market, encompassing topics such as: sustainability, technology, trends, retail, architecture, design, and statistics among others.
April 25 2017 | Four Seasons Hotel Miami
Fflur Roberts manages the research program for the global luxury goods industry at Euromonitor International, which she joined in June 2000. In her current post, Fflur Roberts has direct responsibility for the content and quality of Euromonitor’s Luxury Goods research, which provides strategic analysis of the global market and in-depth coverage of the industry in 32 countries world-wide. Before heading up the Luxury Goods industry in September 2008, Fflur also managed the research program for Consumer Appliances and Financial Cards for 7 years, with regular contributions to leading international industry events and publications.
More about Fflur Roberts can be found here.
He is a well-known entrepreneur in technology, travel, and luxury. He leads the global operations of Brand Karma, a virtual reality (VR) studio for the travel, real estate, and luxury industries. For the past 10 years, Mario has served as a bridge between disruptive technologies and the industries that are often cautious in embracing them. Prior to starting Brand Karma, Mario worked in product management at Microsoft. He created, launched and marketed one of the company's first social networking sites in 15 languages. Mario was a member of several marketing leadership teams at Microsoft, including its Marketing Leadership Recruit program. Before Microsoft, Mario did research in computer science at Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). He currently has patents pending for his research in collaborative software. He´s a well-known industry commentator and consultant. Having lived overseas in Singapore and Taiwan for several years, Mario now calls Chicago home.
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Helen Lambert is the owner and CEO of Lambert+Associates, a European group focused on enhancing the performance of luxury brands across the globe. Born and educated in Ireland, Helen’s international sensibility brought her to Paris, where she held positions in media advertising and marketing, developing a specialty in the Fashion and Luxury industry. Appointed as CEO of AGA Group in 2004, she implemented a strategic restructuring. Due to the success of this endeavor and her intuitive understanding of the unique and fast paced retail market, Helen Lambert acquired the company the following year and renamed it Lambert+Associates. Lambert+Associates increases excellence of luxury brands all over the world. European based and supported by a global network, the groups extensive experience in the industry provides an unparalleled knowledge of the global luxury marketplace. Helen Lambert has built a group which translates her capacity for tracking and reacting to changes in the luxury industry into the ability to accompany and support brands as they define and achieve their conditions for success.
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Founded in 1983, in São Paulo, by the brothers Fernando (1961) and Humberto Campana (1953), Estudio Campana became famous for furniture design, for creations of intriguing pieces - such as the armchairs Vermelha and Favela - and also for have grown in the areas of Interior Design, Architecture, Landscaping, Scenography, Fashion, among others. The work of the Campana incorporates an idea of transformation, reinvention and integration of handicrafts into mass production; changing the day-by-day, poor or common materials, in a precious stuff; which carry not only a creativity in their design, but also very Brazilian characteristics - such as cores, blends, creative chaos and triumph of simple solutions. Companies like A lot of Brazil, Alessi, Alpi, Artecnica, Baccarat, BD Barcelona Design, Bernardaud, Camper, Cosentino, Corsi Design, Edra, Fendi, Ghidini1961, Grendene, H. Stern, Lacoste, Lasvit, Louis Vuitton, Moleskine, Nodus, Skitch, Trousseau and Venini, and others, produce as ideas materialized by the Estudio team, which also signs its own line of limited editions, numbered and unique pieces, often created in partnership with communities and ONGs. These special edition they belong at the show room of International galleries including Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Friedman Benda Gallery, Firma Casa and Galleria O. Roma. The Campana pieces are part of permanent collections of cultural renames such as MoMa in New York; Georges Pompidou Center in Paris; Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein; Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo and, also, Musée Les Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. The authors were honored with the "Designer of the Year" by Design Miami in 2008 and the "Designers of the Year" by Maison & Objet in 2012. In th same year, they were the ones selected for the Colbert Committee Award in Paris; honored by Design Week in Beijing; they received a "Order of Cultural Merit" in Brasilia and were awarded an "Order of Arts and Letters" by the Ministry of Culture of France. In 2013, they were found by Forbes magazine among the 100 most influential Brazilian personalities. In 2014 and 2015, Wallpaper * ranked them among the top 100 and the top 200 design professionals, respectively.
More about Humberto Campana can be found here.
The BCG is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on leader strategy. They partner with clients form the private, public, and not- profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.
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Alexandra (Alex) Villoch is currently the President & Publisher for the Miami Herald Media Company. She is responsible for both the Miami Herald and the Spanish-language el Nuevo Herald newspapers and their affiliated print and digital products, as well as leading HCP Media, a custom magazine & publishing company owned by the Miami Herald. Ms. Villoch had previously served as the Senior Vice President for Advertising and Marketing at the Miami Herald Media Company since 2005. Prior to joining the Miami Herald, she was the General Manager for Miami International Airport & the Caribbean for United Airlines, with responsibility over all passenger and cargo operations, sales functions, as well as government relations. She previously was the Vice President of Strategic & Financial Planning for Southeast Bank, and prior to that spent ten years with Eastern Airlines, in a variety of positions including Director of Financial Planning and Director / Controller of International Operations. Ms. Villoch is a Past-Chair of The Miami Dade Beacon Council, Miami Dade County’s economic development agency. She is Chair Emeritus of the One Community One Goal Initiative – a Targeted Industry Study for Miami Dade County of The Beacon Council, which she co-chaired for two years. She is past-Chair of Big Brothers and Big Sisters Board of Miami Dade; she is on the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and of The Beacon Council, and also serves on the Miami Dade College Foundation. She chaired the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade County. She is the 2016-2018 co-chair of the United Way Campaign. She has previously served as Board Member for the National Welfare to Work Partnership and was the Chair of the Transportation Committee and of the Audit and Finance Committee for WAGES Coalition – Miami Dade County’s Public/Private Welfare to Work Partnership. She was the President of the Airline Management Council as well as a Board Member of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge. Ms. Villoch was awarded the Travel Professional of the Year Award in 2000 for her leadership role in creating the Aviation Industry’s Welfare to Work Coalition for Miami International Airport, helping create over 750 jobs targeted at welfare recipients re-entering the workforce. She was the recipient of the 2006 Angels of Mercy award by the Mercy Foundation, as well as the 2007 Businesswoman of the Year Award by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, she was the American Cancer Society’s Gala Honoree; and in 2011, she was the recipient of the 2011 Red Cross Spectrum Ambassador Award. In 2012, Ms. Villoch was awarded the International Economic Development Council’s Citizen Leadership Award, a national award that recognizes a community and business leader who plays a key leadership role in economic development in their community. In 2015, she was awarded the Thelma Gibson Award of Excellence by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce; the FACE Excellence Award in the Business sector; the Walk in Her Shoes award from the Chapman Partnership for Homeless; and the Beacon Council’s Claude Pepper Award. She is also the recipient of the Boys Scouts of America Hispanic Heritage Award, the Atlantic Institute’s Leadership Award, and the American Cancer Society’s Circle of 12 Award. In 2016, she was recognized with an inaugural South Florida Woman of Vision award. She received the “Community Builder” Award from the Boys & Girls Club of Miami Dade in 2016. As a breast cancer survivor, Ms. Villoch is a supporter of Friends of Sylvester. An internationally recognized media industry and corporate leader, Ms. Villoch is a frequent speaker at business conferences and community events in South Florida, the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Villoch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami. She also attended Miami Dade College. She currently resides in the city of Coral Gables with her husband. Together they have 4 adult children.
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Sorya joined Four Seasons in July of 2007 and now holds the position of Senior Director of Marketing Communications, Americas. Over her career at Four Seasons, she has led the Global PR and Social Media Marketing strategy and has been responsible for generating demand and revenue through promotional email campaigns to the Four Seasons database. Prior to Four Seasons, Sorya oversaw brand marketing strategy for leading Canadian and Global brands. She started her career in journalism in Montreal, Canada which has shaped her belief in the importance of storytelling in all communication disciplines. As a seasoned traveller (Sorya has visited more than 50 countries), she has a global outlook that emphasizes the importance of understanding cultural differences and how they impact marketing.
More about Sorya Ingrid Gaulin can be found here.
Eric Carlson, pre-eminent in the world of luxury design is native to the USA and has been living and practicing architecture in Europe for over 25 years. In 2004 he established the architecture studio CARBONDALE Paris in 2004 and CARBONDALE Brazil in 2011. Previously, Eric Carlson was responsible for cofounding and directing the Louis Vuitton Architecture Department and has collaborated with the Architecture offices of Rem Koolhaas, Oscar Tusquets, and Mark Mack. Recently realized works include the BMW “Brandstores” on avenue George V in Paris, Park Lane in London and 57th street in Manhattan, the Iguatemi Plaza along Avenue Faria Lima in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Longchamp Maison on New Bond street in London. Other notable projects include the 360° Time Piece Museum in Switzerland, the Louis Vuitton Champs Elysées building in Paris as well as the LV Roppongi, LV Omotesando stores and the Celux Club in Tokyo. Eric has also designed the office Headquarters for Escada and Tag Heuer along with a numerous of private residences. Exhibitions include “Logique / Visuelle” in Tokyo and “Inclusive” at the Aedes Gallery in Berlin and Milk Gallery in New York. Eric has also participated as lecturer and guest critic at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Tulane University and the Architecture Association in London
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Kim Vernon has almost 30 years of experience working with brands to develop and implement strategies for growth and market leadership. During those years, she rose to be the Executive Vice President/CMO of Calvin Klein Inc., as well as a member of parent company Philips Van- Heusen’s 25-person Executive Management Group. While at Calvin Klein Inc., Vernon was a leader and contributor in all business initiatives that positively impacted the PVH corporate earnings; PVH stock rose from $14 to the mid-$50s. She managed a $250M annual marketing budget at Calvin Klein Inc. and participated in the long-term business and financial planning of the company (6-MO, 1-Y, 5-Y plans). Along with COO Tom Murry, she created the annual fiscal plans and managed significant portions of Calvin Klein Inc. Profit & Loss, beating plans in three consecutive years. Leading a global Marketing team of seventy employees, operating in four countries, Vernon played a strong role in defining the message to the consumer, trade, and even Wall Street. Working with over thirty-five licensees, she led the design and deployment of advertising campaigns, consumer events of every scale, as well as the identity of all products on the market, some regarded as historical to this day. Kim also worked at Prada at a key time during its skyrocketing growth. She had a similar experience while working at Escada, and started her career at the one of retail’s crown jewels, Bergdorf Goodman. Vernon is now the CEO of her namesake company, which opened in October of 2006. Vernon Company provides clients with the strategic thinking and operational experience of a senior-level executive who has had exposure to major global markets in a range of product categories. Kim loves creating great leadership teams, big or small and has helped make instrumental hires at many companies to date. Vernon Company has worked with a roster of high profile brands, executives, and investors including Akkad Jewelry, Allegra Hicks, Angelo Gordon and Co., Anne Semonin, Arctic Water, Ares Capital Management Llc, Bacolet Capital, Bag N Baggage, Bailey44, Bertram Capital, Carolina Herrera, Chaiken, Chip and Pepper, Circle Peak Capital, David David 2 London Ltd., Devereux, Drop Till You Shop, Elise Overland, Elle Decor, Financo Inc., Gryson, Haspel, Heidi Weisel, Hilco Consumer Capital, Icebreaker, International Center Of Photography, Ippolita, J Brand Jeans, Josa Tulum, Jeffrey Rüdes, Kairos Capital, Loulou De La Falaise For HSN, Mac Cosmetics, Marvin Traub and Associates, Norwest Venture Partners, Peter Millar, Peter Som, Sokolin Wines, Superfine Denim, Supra Footwear, Tim Hamilton, Tribeca Design and Consulting Ltd., TSM Capital, and Vera Wang.
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Leona Kohen is a Creative Director at R/GA, a digital design agency for the connected age. She has spent her career tackling a myriad of business challenges, focusing first and foremost on people’s needs and behaviors. Through human-centered research and design, Leona defines products, services, websites, apps and omni-channel experiences that grow companies and delight customers. Leona is particularly interested in connecting physical space with the digital world for entirely new retail experiences. She was responsible for designing the physical and digital concepts for two new Nike stores in Soho and Miami. Both stores focus on helping customers unlock their potential to run and train harder through services and guided product discovery. She has worked across industries such as fashion, luxury, beauty, technology and media, helping clients like Nike, Estee Lauder, Tiffany, Google, Verizon, USPS, and Walmart, among others. Prior to R/GA Leona worked at ?Whatif! Innovation Partners as an Inventor, as a journalist at the New Yorker, and began her career in social change, creating advertising and communications for non-profits and government. She studied psychology and economics at McGill University and graduated with a Master’s in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from NYU. Leona lives in Brooklyn New York with her beautiful mutt, Belle.
More about Leona Kohen can be found here.
By focusing on applying a creative and commercial lens, Antonio has helped reinvent the future of the most inspiring brands today. Over the past ten years, Antonio has worked with the leaders of global lifestyle brands to develop new products and services, create campaigns, establish collaborations, and take brands into new innovative directions. His work focuses on positioning brands within Millennial-minded people and developing experiences that capture this demographic, including Four Seasons, Absolut, Cîroc, HP, Tumblr, and the Parisian fashion brand Lucien Pellat-Finet, among many others. Most recently Antonio wrapped up a project with André Balazs, co-leading the creation of a new retail/hospitality brand, and forging a path into a new market. On the agency side, he was worked for the most successful creative agencies in NYC, including Havas Luxe, ?What if! Innovation, Chandelier Creative and at Two Hustlers, where he was VP of Strategy working on collaboration projects with global brands and fashion companies. With a career in finance and a Masters in Innovation from Central Saint Martins in London, Antonio has managed to integrate both creativity and commerce into everything he does. He has been called a “connector” with the ability to uncover opportunities for brands – and fulfill people’s lifestyle dreams (and brands' bottom lines) globally. Antonio splits his time between NYC, London and Paris. Currently, he is working on the repositioning of an iconic Parisian fashion brand and launching global design/art/architecture collaborations.
More about Antonio de la Rocha can be found here.
I was born in Coatzacoalcos Mexico, to parents with Lebanese and Spanish backgrounds and have been exposed to numerous countries and cultures. As a result, I have gathered a broad library of resources from which to draw design solutions tailored to each task. I like mixing styles, textures and materials to achieve a unique expression for each project. I am more interested in creating an experience than a look. Sami Hayek’s clients range from Target Corporation for whom he designed a comprehensive line of home furnishings, to Bentley Motors for whom he designed a private aircraft. He does wok for individuals and for governments alike. In addition to his numerous publications, Sami’s lectures include; Penn State University, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, New York University, Arizona State University and SCI-Arc. He has also spoken at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Terra Matters, Puma headquarters, International Design Symposiums and at the Technological Institute of Monterrey. He was recently invited by the first Lady to be a part of the national Design awards at the White House. Hayek believes that the space people inhabits, has a direct effect on one’s health and behavior. As a response to this philosophy, for the past 20 years he has been designing and building, products, spaces and residential projects with the intention to create a more joyful and healthier way of living. As a continuation to this thought, he has engaged the artisans of remote communities in Mexico to teach them how to use their skills and traditional materials to make High-end design rather than folk art. Hayek is a member of The Design Review Committee for the Redevelopment of Hollywood CA, where his volunteered work has contributed to numerous commercial, residential and mixed-use projects. He also teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA Hayek Studio is a flexible and multidisciplinary team with experience in environments, residential and commercial design, furniture, product and graphic design. The scale of projects range from multifamily development to small objects where the same design principles of detail and quality are applied.
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Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and art collector based in Miami, Florida. As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Robins focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and enrich urban life. Dacra has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history, including South Beach, the Lincoln Road area, Allison Island and currently, the Miami Design District. The latter is an 18-square block neighborhood dedicated to fashion, design and art that incorporates the work of emerging and established architects, site-specific public art and the stores by the world’s most significant luxury brands. In the late 80’s through the early 1990s, Robins played an integral role in the repositioning and revitalization of Miami’s South Beach through Dacra’s restoration of Art Deco landmarks, and the creation of new commercial and cultural opportunities. He realized that creative public programming would rapidly foster a sense of community, and his projects were defined in part by performances, public art and dynamic events that were inclusive of residents and visitors to the area. In parallel, Dacra also developed mixed-use projects throughout South Beach including Lincoln Road and Espanola Way, and later acquired an 8.5 acre parcel of land on Allison Island where they created a New Urbanist residential community, AQUA featuring contemporary art and modern architecture. The rapid appreciation of the asset value of the Miami Beach properties was attributable in part to Robins’ strategy of defining Dacra’s projects as destinations in the national and international conversation, a strategy he continues to employ today. Robins began acquiring property in the once-abandoned Miami Design District almost twenty years ago, and in 2000 set about transforming the neighborhood into one of the most important global centers for cutting-edge design, fashion, food and art – a position it occupies today. In 2010, Dacra entered into a partnership with L Real Estate to further develop the Miami Design District by forming Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), a partnership between Dacra and L Real Estate, a private equity fund focused on luxury retail globally sponsored by LVMH. In 2014, a minority percentage of MDDA was sold to a joint venture between real estate companies GGP and AAC, who are adding their additional acumen and resources to the project. In 2005, the neighborhood’s rapid renewal inspired the creation of Design Miami/ and subsequently Design Miami/ Basel, design fairs that have evolved into the world’s premier global forum for collectible design. Robins is the Chairman of the show, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel. Both Design Miami/ events occur concurrently with Art Basel and are cross promoted. An avid collector and supporter of the arts and architecture, Mr. Robins is also the Founder and Chairman of the Anaphiel Foundation, a, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Perez Art Museum Miami; an active supporter of ICA Miami; and a member of the University of Miami School of Architecture Master in Real Estate Development and Urbanism Advisory Board. Robins’ long-term commitment to design earned him the 2006 Design Patron award presented at the White House by the First Lady, which recognizes an individual’s patronage of design within the business and civic sectors from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Robins was born in Miami Beach in 1963. He attended the University of Barcelona in 1982, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984, and graduated from the University of Miami law school in 1987. Fluent in Spanish, he and his wife Jackie Soffer are the parents of six children.
More about Craig Robins can be found here.
Often called “Magic City,” Miami is the world’s gateway to Latin America. Explore from Four Seasons Hotel Miami an eclectic paradise alive with art deco architecture and an exciting fusion of South and Central American, Caribbean and American influences.
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A special rate starting at $299 is available at Four Seasons Hotel Miami from April 22 to 28, 2017. Reservations must be made prior to March 24, 2017. Reservation inquiries after March 24, 2017 are subject to availability and the special rate may no longer be available. A deposit of one night is required at time of booking to guarantee. Reservations must be cancelled 14 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty equal to the full length of the room stay.
A special offering of 25% off published room rates is available at the new Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club from April 22 to 28, 2017. Located on the pristine beach of Surfside, in the north area of the Miami Beaches, reservations must be made prior to March 24, 2017, are based on availability, and cannot be combined with other offers. A deposit of one night is required at time of booking to guarantee. Reservations must be cancelled 14 days prior to arrival to avoid penalty equal to the full length of the room stay.
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