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Bueno Vista Deli

Amid the fast-paced hustle and bustle of Miami’s Design District sector, Buena Vista Deli is a welcome reminder to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life.

Co-owners Claude Postel and Corentin Finot express this philosophy in their appreciation for quality and detail.

Taste options range from the classic, such as turkey and Swiss cheese, to the bold, including homemade rilletes or duck pate.

For true foodies, Buena Vista Delis variety of gourmet cheeses is sure to delight.



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Athina & Eduardo Marturet | Miami

Born in Berlin by Greek origin, Athina Klioumi de Marturet had strong bonds with classical music since very young while living in Germany where she studied Microbiology. She found her real passion in modeling and acting, working as a top model for international brands. She has performed in several video clips, short films and feature films. A martial arts Kendo champion in Japan, Athina speaks German, Spanish, English, Greek, French and Arabic.

Eduardo Marturet is the Music Director & Conductor of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. (cf. bio)

According to the Key Biscayne magazine: “To keep together in harmony and love, music is really the soundtrack to the duo’s life.”

Jean-Laurent Vilon | Hong Kong

Best known as JLV, Mr. Vilon is a French and American designer. His designs range from graphic and art design, user interface design, eMarketing, online and mobile UI design. After living 12 years in the USA, today JLV is responsible for the Asia pacific strategy for an international design firm VELOOR.

JLV believes the future is moving toward mobile brands which provide people with something of value. Increasingly, this value will come in the form of new ideas, multimedia involvement and mobile experiences, instead of ads, and daily interruptions.

JLV is part of the following organizations: Board Member of Sarcoma Cancer Alliance based in California. Web site Committee Member of US Executive Club – Young leaders Committee Cenac Fondation: Board Member and President of Marketing Committee CNCCEF: Appointed by the French Prime Minister in 2005 as Deputy Trade Advisor for the Trade Department. Elected in 2009 board member of the Small Business Council attached to the French Minister of International Trade.



Elizabeth Bates-Bowers | Browards & Palm Beach County

Elizabeth Bates brings the benefit of 25 years of experience in the technology industry. In 2001 she founded Consultrex, Inc., a consulting and development firm specializing in research and technology-based solutions to enhance Internet privacy for businesses and organizations. In 1989 she founded IMMIX Telecom, Inc., which she grew to become a multimillion-dollar global corporation.

Ms. Bates has taught Computer Science at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where she served as Assistant Professor and Computer Science Program Chair, and has completed doctoral coursework and earned EdS and MS degrees in Computer Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and IBM Data Governance Council, has held positions as treasurer and president of the South Florida Chapter of ISSA, and served on South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) and American Electronics Association (AeA) Boards.


Antoine Lamarche | Miami


Jessica Valenzuela | NYC & SF


Robert H. Smith, Jr. | Miami & NYC

Robert H. Smith, Jr., a native of Tallahassee, Florida, is currently the Artistic Administrator of Orchestras at the Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland) where he has worked with a host of internationally renowned conductors, including Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniel Harding, and Gábor Takács-Nagy, to name a few.

Prior to joining the Verbier Festival he served for 12 years as the Director , and later Assistant Dean, of the Manhattan School of Music’s seminal Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance.  While at the Manhattan School Mr. Smith also served as Director of the school’s Community Outreach program, administrative director of the Summer Professional Musical Theater Workshop, and artistic coordinator of MSM”s acclaimed contemporary chamber music ensemble, The Claremont Ensemble.

Mr. Smith has performed extensively as collaborative pianist with singers, dancers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles in the U.S. and abroad.  His numerous concerts with vocalists were highlighted by collaborations with renowned tenor George Shirley and the late baritone-bass William Warfield as well as performances with members of the New York Philharmonic.


Annie Kleinschmidt | NYC

Born in North Africa, raised in Antibes (France), and living in NYC, Annie Kleinschmidt has been a real estate broker for 20 years. She is the founder of La Provencale USA, aka AKNY Real Estate.

She also owned a few stores of French food and cheeses in Manhattan, called “La Fromagerie”. Her interest in the arts range from having owned an art gallery/espresso bar “L’Accroche-coeur” on the Upper West Side, to enjoying museums, theaters, and concert halls.

Mrs. Kleinschmidt is a passionate reader and believes in the power of literature; she belongs to two book clubs. She loves writing short stories as a hobby and volunteers at the Shearith Israel League.



Elizabeth Bennan Ellis | Chicago

Elizabeth Bennan Ellis studied classical piano for 12 years, which has given her a special appreciation for classical music and over the years she has developed a keen interest in chamber music in particular. She has been a supporter of Music in the Loft for the past 7 years as a habitual audience member.  Elizabeth has had a successful career as a real estate broker with Koenig and Strey Home Services for the past 9 years.  She has spent a number of years living overseas in Japan, France and England and has traveled extensively though out the world. She is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  She volunteers at Common Threads, which is an organization that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Elizabeth is also involved with Matanya’s Hope which is an organization based in Kenya focused on empowering communities with its primary focus based on education.

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