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2019 South Florida Independent Retailer Awards Fact Sheet


We have been strong proponents for Independent Retailers all of our careers. As a whole they will always out-number the national chains and they are the ones that make neighborhoods unique, special and authentic. Beth and Hue have spoken to tens of thousands of Independent Retailers over the last decade and are always astonished by the endless creativity and passion that the owners of these businesses possess. While they are an important and integral piece of the commercial real estate industry, our industry has not given enough recognition to these entrepreneurs.
We decided to change that with these Awards.

Today’s retail world is rapidly evolving. Consumers are more demanding than ever. We have seen the consequences of large corporations not adapting fast enough, or at all. Independent Retailers, dialed-in to the specific needs of their target customers, have shown us that they are the key to our future asset value. As evident by our fabulous committed sponsor and early registrations, you all agree!

Thank you to all that have supported us


When: Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 7:30am to 1:30pm

Where: Signature Grand – 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317

Cost: $129 pre-registration (ends 9/10/2019) | $199 onsite registration

Sponsorship opportunities still available

Contact: |

Video of the 2018 Event –

Mission: To celebrate the local retailers who truly define our neighborhoods and bring them together with the shopping center industry for a fun event.

Charity: 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Big Brother Big Sister (South Florida)


  • 7:30am – Registration, coffee, networking
  • 8:30am – Roundtable sessions | Retailers will have a Retail Masterclass with Angel cicerone
  • 9:15am – Meet the Retailers!
  • 10:00am – Keynote speaker:  Sarah Quinlan, former SVP of Mastercard Market Insights
  • 10:45am – Networking | Retailers and Sponsors will have access to the “Greenroom”
  • 11:15am – Retailer “Shark Tank”
  • 11:45am – Retailers and Ambassadors to have priority access to the buffet lunch
  • 12:00pm – Awards program, lunch, voting!
  • 1:30pm – End of program

Categories – Broker Info in Parenthesis

  1. Medical Retail:
    • Cano Health (JLL)
    • Physical Therapy Now (CBRE)
    • Total Health Medical Center
    • Spine and Orthopedic Centers
  2. Fitness:
    • R Zone Fitness
    • Rise Nation (Sabre Real Estate)
    • Fit4Lyfe (Trinity Commercial Group)
    • Belfort Fitness (CTEX Investments & Consulting)
  3. Nail Salon:
    • Toi Spa (Beth Azor)
    • Posh Nail Lounge
    • Studio Spa (Nam H. Luong Real Estate)
  4. Athletic Retail:
    • Canes Wear (Beth Azor)
    • Peter Glenn Ski & Sport
    • Flying Lizard
  5. Asian Restaurant:
    • Sushi Maki (TSCG)
    • Ramen Lab Eatery (Native Realty)
    • Go Bistro / Poke Go (Horizon Properties)
  6. Education:
    • Code Ninjas (Trinity Commercial Group)
    • Preschool Developers, LLC (Colliers)
    • Home Away from Home (Trinity Commercial Group)
  7. Desserts
    • Oh My Gosh Brigaderios (Michelle Gonazalez)
    • The Salty Donut (Liz Powers)
    • Yonutz
  8. Coffee Shop
    • Aromas Coffee (Lauren McGee)
    • Macando Coffee Roasters (Julie O’Dell)
    • He Brew Coffee
  9. Mexican Restaurant
    • Bodega Taqueria (Michelle Gonzalez)
    • Cancun Grill
    • La Bamba (John Cohane)
  10. Sit Down Restaurant
    • Padrino’s Restaurant (Geoffrey Stevens)
    • Old Lisbon Restaurant 
    • SuViche 
    • Novecento 
  11. Apparel/General Retail
    • True Joy Boutique (Michelle Gonzalez)
    • TBD
    • TBD
  12. Fast Casual Restaurant
    • Sanguich de Miami (Michelle Gonzalez)
    • Salsa Fiesta
    • Taco Rico (Eric Eisenberg)

Round table Discussion Topics

  1. Doing it together, real estate joint ventures!  David Resnick, partner at Bilzin Sumberg
  2. A focused tenant mix, Leasing101 on merchandising your property.  Andrei Pinitilie, leasing associate at Edens
  3. How to build a perfect food hall.  Mindy McIlroy, president of Terranova Corporation
  4. Downtown vs Uptown.  Considerations of urban and suburban retail.  Zach Winkler, senior vice president of JLL
  5. Using data to beat out the competition by Ken Lowy, regional director of Co-Star
  6. Think and grow rich … by buying the right properties.  Barry Wolfe, senior managing director of Marcus & Millichap
  7. Groceries are trending big time!  Mark Thompson, founder of
  8. Become an influencer, the power of Branding!  Durée Ross, president of Durée & Co Public Relations 
  9. Keeping construction on time and on budget, easier said than done.  Michael Goldman, president of GenX Construction
  10. Building the world of tomorrow, new development strategies, Terry Salzman, managing principal at Master Development
  11. Geo-fencing, the demographics of tomorrow.  (tentative)
  12. Site selection science.  Finding the perfect home ….for a retailer (tentative)
  13. Leverage… friend or foe?  Financing advice by (tentative)

2019 Sponsors!

  • Comcast Business (WiFi Sponsor)
  • LED are Us (Lunch Sponsor)
  • CoStar Group (Breakfast Sponsor)
  • Durée & Company (PR Sponsor)
  • Terranova Corporation
  • ProWasteUSA
  • PaveCo, Inc.
  • Fraga Properties
  • JLL
  • Genx Construction
  • MMG Equity Partners
  • Konover South
  • Lombardi Development
  • Berkowitz Development Group, Inc.
  • Saglo Development Corporation
  • Bilzin Sumberg
  • Woolbright Development
  • ProFi Construction & Maintenance
  • Nanak’s Landscaping, Inc.
  • CPM Visit Ready
  • Siegfried Rivera
  • Azor Advisory Services, Inc.
  • The Graham Companies
  • RPT Realty
  • Total Serendipity Permit Expediters
  • Master Development Partners
  • Courtelis Company
  • The Real Deal

Committee Members

  • Beth Azor
  • Hue Chen
  • Kara Morabito
  • Josee Crosbie
  • Alyona Tsutskova
  • Jennifer Houston
  • Andrei Pintilie, CCIM
  • Jorge Ventura
  • Michael Mogerman
  • JJ Bujalski


  • Luis Nazario
  • Grace Chance
  • Karen Maerovitz
  • Lauren McGee
  • Gabriel Gonzalez
  • Robin Berman Robins
  • Cammi Goldberg
  • Jonah Twist
  • Jonathan Rosen
  • Chantal Voss
  • Krystal Rodriguez
  • Elizabeth Powers
  • Elizabeth Higgins
  • Daniel Gardner
  • Jessica Fernandez
  • Sandi Rogacki


About Chen Hue

Hue Chen is the Vice President of Acquisitions for Saglo Development Corporation and is responsible for increasing Saglo’s portfolio of properties. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1999, with a major in Finance, Hue started his career in commercial real estate as a retail leasing associate. He quickly became a top producing leasing agent while working with some of the most prominent owner-developers in south Florida. Throughout his career, he has executed over 250 leases and increased the value of over 40 different shopping center, ground-up and mixed use developments in south Florida and Southwest Florida. Hue attributes his success to a thorough understanding of the major retail markets of Florida, strong relationships with brokers and retailers, and his ability to structure leases that best fit the goals of each investment. In 2012, Hue joined Saglo and brought with him strong proficiencies in finance, mathematics, and ARGUS as well as a real world understanding of retail shopping center leasing and value creation.

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