Event Details

"Moving Forward - Improving Infrastructure to Improve Business" - Sponsored by Icon Las Olas


As concerns about transportation, health care, and other “quality of life” issues continue to grow in South Florida, the Broward Master Brokers Forum (MBF) recently held a panel discussion focusing on the region’s evolving infrastructure. ICON Las Olas, The Related Group’s signature project in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, hosted the event for the MBF; an organization comprised of South Florida’s top residential real estate agents.

During the cocktail reception, members of the MBF enjoyed the opportunity to visit the ICON Las Olas sales center, located at 500 E. Las Olas Blvd. Bill Hahne, sales manager for the project and a Broward MBF board member, made a brief presentation and welcomed the members and guests.

The panel discussion, "Moving Forward - Improving Infrastructure to Improve Business" was moderated by Mark Schumacher, former WPLG Ch. 10 news anchor and current director of the Chris Evert Children's Hospital Foundation. The panelists included:
• Allan Siegel - Community Outreach Coordinator, Broward County Aviation Department
• Joe Scott - CEO, Broward General Medical Center
• John Hart - President, John Hart Consulting (former Broward County Commissioner and "People for Progress" Campaign Manager)

“Today’s home buyers are exceptionally savvy, and think beyond just the homes and immediate neighborhoods they’re considering,” said Carolyn Block Ellert, chair of the Broward MBF. “Every day, real estate agents are questioned about schools, traffic, and hospitals, and this discussion provided us with information we need to do our job more effectively.”

About the Master Brokers Forum
Established in 1993, the Master Brokers Forum is a unique organization comprised of South Florida's top residential real estate professionals. The MBF provides its members with the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, stay at the cutting edge of the real estate industry and new products, and spearhead the identity of the best of real estate professionalism. Membership is limited to the region's most successful real estate professionals, and is by invitation only. The Broward MBF is generously sponsored by Wachovia. For more information, visit www.masterbrokersforum.com.

About Icon Las Olas
ICON Las Olas is a 42-story, 272-unit luxury condominium project under development in the heart of downtown Ft. Lauderdale on the only piece of land that abuts both The New River and Las Olas Boulevard. The project features seven floor plans—1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms—ranging in size from 870 square feet to more than 3,300 square feet. Prices are from $500,000’s to more than $2 million. ICON Las Olas is a partnership between The Related Group and Rabina Properties LLC. For sales information call 954-462-5001.

About The Related Group
Established in 1979, The Related Group is the nation’s leading builder of luxury condominiums and one of the country’s premier multi-family real estate development firms. Founded by Chairman and CEO Jorge M. Pérez, The Related Group has built and managed more than 55,000 residential units throughout Florida. The company ranks as Florida’s top multi-family developer and the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States; its current development portfolio includes projects valued in excess of $10 billion, with reported sales of more than $3.2 billion for 2005.

PHOTOGRAPH CAPTIONS (from left to right)

1.Joe Scott, Broward General Medical Center; Allan Siegel, Broward County Aviation Department; Carolyn Block Ellert, Broward MBF; Phil Keagy, Broward MBF; John Hart, John Hart Consulting and former "People for Progress" campaign manager; Mark Schumacher, Chris Evert Children's Hospital Foundation; and Bill Hahne, sales manager for ICON Las Olas and Broward MBF board member

2.Maria Scarola, sales associate for ICON Las Olas, with fellow Broward Master Brokers Bob Messina, JoAnn Hostutler, and Debbie Caro.

3.Broward MBF board members Marilynn Obrig and Jeff Greenberg, with Miami Master Broker Melissa Rubin

4.Broward Master Brokers Nancy Lozito and Mary Forman