ADVISORY BOARD

LYNDSEY COOPER

Lyndsey Cooper has a wealth of experience in the lifestyle, entertainment hospitality and real estate arenas. Lyndsey recently relocated to Miami from New York City where she accepted the position as public relations director at Ocean Drive magazine. There she managed all media efforts on a local and national level including event, photo shoot and launch coverage as well as event coordination such as managing guest list and celebrity attendance. Prior to moving to Miami, Lyndsey was a vice president at Rubenstein PR, one of the most successful public relations firms worldwide. At Rubenstein, Lyndsey... specialized in rapid-response publicity for highly visible clients such as Donald Trump’s properties, Halstead Properties, musician and producer Wyclef Jean and Hamptons Retreats. Lyndsey began her career in special events and immediately transitioned into publicity where she became in-house public relations representative for UltraStar, an internet service company that specializes in major entertainment and sports clients such as David Bowie and the Yankees online. Lyndsey decided to try her hand in fashion publicity and accepted a job as in-house public relations coordinator for high-end designer, Catherine Malandrino working with the press and stylists. She is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

DAVID DESHE

David has been a Miami Beach resident since 2009. He is the President and co-founder of the Miami based Vero Water Group, a leading provider of Still & Sparkling water to the hospitality industry in South Florida and nationally. In 2006 he graduated first in his class with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of Vero Water, David also sits on the Board of Directors at Schottenstein Property Group.

ALBERT DI VENUTI

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BRANDON DORSEY

Brian Dorsey is originally from the east end of Long Island, NY, and became a resident of South Florida in 2004 to continue his sales and marketing career in the Yachting Industry. Currently he is partnered with Denison Yacht Sales. Mike is very active in the Miami/Miami Beach community and many associations.

CARRIE JOHNSON

Carrie Johnson is a married mother of five wonderful kids. She is the CEO of Samba Sol, an international flip flop brand and is active in the family construction business, American Construction & Engineering Co. The Johnson's enjoy playing tennis , surfing and big family dinners.

JUSTIN KEENER

Each year, LLF identifies a Shining Light Award recipient, who embodies the spirit of philanthropy while acting out LLF’s mission.   In 2015, Justin Keener generously created the Keener Matching Fund, which has not only helped raise much needed funds for LLF, but it has brought forward new donors and increased the support of existing donors. The matching grant program has been incredibly successful and more importantly instrumental to the continued impact LLF is able to achieve in the community.  Keener continues to go above and beyond in your support of LLF, including generously making LLF the beneficiary of his San Diego Halloween parties, working as an Advisory Board member, and generally being a pillar in the community.

GIDEON KIMBRELL

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ADAM KUPERSTEIN

Adam Kuperstein splits his time between Knoxville and Miami’s South Beach, where he keeps in shape by running on the sand, stand-up jet-skiing, and shredding on a skateboard with his teenage son. Jansheski carried Dentek — a dental company originally specializing in the sale of the Dental Pik – to over $100 million in sales. Now, Dentek has become the top brand for dental picks and tongue cleaners. Jansheski also teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Tennessee, and he sometimes invites a young athletic MBA to join him in a workout.

SHAMSU LALANI

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DREW MANDALA

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MICHAEL MAROCCO

Michael Marocco is a managing director and head of private equity investing for Sandler Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor managing both private equity funds and hedge funds. Prior to joining Sandler Capital in 1989, Mr. Marocco was a vice president at Morgan Stanley & Co. where his responsibilities included corporate finance and merger and acquisition coverage of media and entertainment companies. He has 30 years of experience in the investment banking and investment management industry. Mr. Marocco is currently on the Board of Xplornet Communications, Inc., Canada's leading rural Internet broadband provider and Farelogix, Inc., a travel industry software company whose innovative technology is modernizing the airline commerce and distribution landscape. In addition, Mr. Marocco has been on the Board of Trustees of St. David’s School in New York City since 2005, as well as Treasurer since 2006. Mr. Marocco holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine.

VANESSA MANKES

Seasoned public relations and marketing strategist with proven track record of executing national media campaigns, major media placements, and implementing cutting-edge online and social network programming. Areas of specialty include hospitality and entertainment media, crisis management,sponsorship programs, celebrity procurement and new business.

JUAN MORILLO

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MICHAEL PARRISH

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JUSTIN RUBIN

Justin Rubin is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and after graduating from University there in 2006, Justin moved to Miami. Upon moving to Miami, Justin held the position of VP of Sales and Marketing for ToughSportsLive.com, an online platform that would broadcast sporting events live-online indigenous to specific cultures throughout the world. The events that ToughSportsLive.com broadcasted gained a significant amount of notoriety and often appeared on highly watched media outlets such as The Howard Stern Show. After working with ToughSportsLive.com, Justin Rubin co-founded Tui Lifestyle, a furniture and interior design firm that innovated the way people would design their homes. Tui Lifestyle offered clients the ability to interior design and furnish their entire residence, including linens, electronics, flatware, etc., all delivered within 24-hours from the time the client would place their order. Justin spearheaded all of the sales and marketing throughout the company’s rapid national growth. While growing Tui Lifestyle, Justin established relationships with the majority of the developers and real estate agents in Miami and Miami Beach, and also expanded the brand into New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Las Vegas, and several other cities. After observing a relative lack of effectiveness, professionalism, and innovation that is the standard in amongst many real estate agents, Justin decided to enter into real estate full time in the capacity of brokering luxury real estate transactions. His goal, when doing so, was to change the industry by bringing a new level of effectiveness, efficiency, and transparency to the market. Over the past 4 years, Justin and his team of agents at The Rubin Group, which operates under the Douglas Elliman umbrella, have been top producers within the organization. More importantly, since 2012, Justin has been developing several proprietary methods to increase the effectiveness and transparency when representing both sellers and buyers of luxury residential real estate. These methodologies are in the process of being built-out by software engineers and also going through the patent process.

VINCENT SCORZA

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MARCEL VAN GEMERDEN

Marcel is a graduate from Institute Le Rosey and the American University of Paris. He has been a resident of Miami beach for over 10 years and is a founder/partner at Loan Star Capital.

JAY VARMA

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    CHARLIE VENTURI

    Charlie Venturi is one of the few South Beach natives you will ever meet. He was born at Mount Sinai Hospital and currently resides in Bay Harbor. Charlie attended Emory University with Aaron Resnick and works as the managing director of LIVE IT Productions International. Charlie’s boutique event firm specializes in LIVE musical event production all over the world.