Mid-August 2021 Newsletter - ELECTION RESULTS
Vol. 9 No. 11
Members News

In Memoriam Jorge Rodriguez
Words cannot express the sense of loss that we feel from the passing of Jorge Rodriguez. Although he was not a concierge, he was certainly a beloved SFCA and concierge supporter. He was a supervisor to some of our concierge members and a friend to many. Jorge was always willing to talk listen and help in whatever way he could. A devout Chicago Cubs fan, Jorge loved all sports and had a wealth of knowledge on sports stats. He worked at many of our larger SFCA events, not because he needed to, but because he wanted to be with the "cool people", as he would say - The Concierge. 

Jorge recently moved to St. Thomas to follow a dream of managing a small boutique hotel in the islands. Jorge’s wish came true. This past Saturday, the Lord called Jorge home at age 47 to be with his recently deceased father and mother. 

Life is precious. Live every minute like it's your last. You have heard the saying "You Only Live Once". It should be you only die once. No do overs, no second chances. 

Make this one count. 

Jorge, our friend, may you rest in peace and find the solitude of being with your dearly departed loved ones in Heaven. 

We will never forget you. 


  • Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 28th at Nativity Catholic Church on 5220 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021
  • The viewing will immediately follow mass at Landmark Funeral Home on 4200 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33021
Election Results for the Southern Florida Concierge Association
2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors
"CONGRATS to all those that put forth their names to run for the board.

It was a close race with some amazing talent submitting their name to serve our members. Kudos to each one of the candidates. All of the applicants are what I would call career concierge with multiple years of experience. They don’t see the world of concierge as job, rather a lifestyle that they live everyday. Times have been tough, but we are certainly tougher and will rise to any occasion to support our guest and residence, the hotels and residences we work in and most importantly, our fellow colleagues. Because it is what we do." - Miguel Pena, President & CEO


Miguel Pena - President
Claudia Abma - Vice President
Igor Omerhodzic - Treasurer
Charlie Phynes Garcia - Secretary

Maria Miller
Brian Bean
Andres Meneses
Reo Davis
Jossell Velazquez

Welcome, Noor Marina!
Chef Concierge 1 Hotel Miami

Welcome to Miami and to the Southern Florida Concierge Association!

Welcome, Randy Ross!
Chef Concierge Acqualina

Welcome to Miami and to the Southern Florida Concierge Association!
Breeze Helicopters

The SFCA welcomes our new member, Breeze Helicopters.

"We believe in delivering exceptional tour and excursion experiences in the greater Miami area that will be the highlight of your trip. Whether it’s a chance to see the world from a whole new perspective, escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily grind, or share a special moment with loved ones and friends, there is just nothing quite like a flight with Breeze. We hold the strictest FAA certifications in the industry and relentlessly pursue service and safety in all we do, allowing you to savor every view and soak in the exhilaration of flight. So, come soar with us and make memories that will last forever. We’re Breeze, and we’re dedicated to you."
ITAVI - Babysitting Service

The SFCA welcomes our new member, ITAVI - Babysitting Service.

"Quality childcare providers equals quality care. We empower our childcare professionals with the tools and resources needed to deliver amazing experiences, resulting in the highest quality care possible."
Liquor Split - Speedy Alcohol Delivery

The SFCA welcomes our new member, Liquor Split.

  • Liquor, beer, wine & seltzers for an incredible price
  • Choose from 1000’s of Alcohol and Convenience Items
  • Guaranteed! If we are late the Delivery Fee is on us

Congratulations THERAPY IV and Captain Stan Saffan for achieving this distinction!

This award puts THERAPY IV in the
TOP 10% of attractions WORLDWIDE.

Congratulations EVERGLADES HOLIDAY PARK for achieving this distinction!

This award puts EVERGLADES HOLIDAY PARK in the TOP 10% of attractions WORLDWIDE.

New SFCA Podcast and Video series on YouTube and SoundCloud

Our very own Miguel Pena has found his calling as host of the hottest new YouTube and podcast channel in South Florida!

There's a handful of brand new content discussing the future of Miami through the eyes of GMCVB experts, hospitality pros and local vendors.

Subscribe and follow to stay up to date on our world.
by Eater Miami
16 Noteworthy South Beach Restaurants
Miami Eater, Updated 08/17/21
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Dining options on South Beach include way more than just the average Ocean Drive tourist trap where the 3-for-1 drink special still costs a pretty penny. From swanky hotel restaurants, to a family-owned reservation recommended Italian spot, a late night taco joint, and everything in between, there’s always a delicious meal to be found on along the two mile stretch from South Pointe Park to 23rd Street. Here are 16 restaurants on South Beach that are worth the visit.

The Hottest New Restaurants in Miami
Miami, Eater, Updated 08/04/21
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"More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? And while the restaurant industry certainly looks different now, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a bevy of new restaurants have persevered and have managed to open their doors over the past few months to new customers. Here are the best this month."

The Southern Florida Concierge Association warmly welcomes our newest map sponsors:

We thank you for your generous support and look forward to sharing your excellent services with our hotel guests and local community.
Map Sponsors
Index Sponsors
Concierge Birthdays

08/01 Isabella Deupi, Fontainebleau
08/09 Chauncey Sullivan, Auberge Residences
08/10, David Castro, Mandarin Oriental
08/13 Rommel Velez, Holiday Port of Miami

08/19 Art Barraza, SFCA
08/27 Danuta Matus, Setai Hotel
08/30 Charlie Phynes, Mondrian
08/30 Monike Robinson, Ritz C. Bal Harbour
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SFCA President & CEO: Miguel Pena
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