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Alfredo Zingg. President and Founder. azureazure.com

Born in Caracas, Venezuela and of German descent, Alfredo H. Zingg is an enthusiastic leader and a creative entrepreneur. He began his career at a very early age by the guidance of his father, Gustavo Zingg, who was at that time the major investor of the sole, private manufacturing automobile licensed plant for Daimler Benz outside of Germany, where the Mercedes Benz automobiles and commercial vehicles were assembled in Venezuela. This experience shaped him and formed the broad business view Alfredo possesses today. He moved up the ranks in his family business, becoming President of the family conglomerate Consorcio Inversionista Fabril S.A. until 2010. He travels between Caracas, Miami and Munich.

Ana B. Remos. Vice President, Editorial Director and Founder. azureazure.com

Emmy nominated journalist, Ana B. Remos has had a distinguished career across two continents with leading names in magazines, television and newspapers. From fashion icons Roberto Cavalli and Carolina Herrera, cultural figures Fernando Botero and entertainment headliners Gwyneth Paltrow and Sharon Stone to Aerin Lauder, Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia, she has been led into their private worlds, sharing their successes, disappointments and personal experiences. Growing up in Europe, of parents who were in the Foreign Service, she gained a passion for the world of global communications, different cultures, and searching for the finest in life. She began her career in Madrid, seeing the world of fashion first hand as a model, then moving on to host Operación Torpedo or El Tragabolas (cultural contests for young people) for Spain’s TVE, and later, as producer. Miami was next on tap. She has been a guide to the luxury lifestyle and chronicler of the lives of leading figures in society, politics, fashion, culture, business and European nobility as editor of the most widely read “people” section in Knight Ridder’s Miami Herald, a “must read” for a who’s who”. At the same time, she became a correspondent for top publishing companies ranging from Vogue and Hola to Ocean Drive among many others. She is equally well known in television as the producer and host of El Círculo, a weekly TV magazine that featured the lifestyle of the international jet set. Her newest passion is azureazure, which she founded, a curated online guide to the global luxury lifestyle and the people behind it.

About azureazure.com

A curated guide, set in a multi-lingual platform, that delivers an engaging selection of news, services, reviews and insider’s information from and on the global elite, combining the beauty of the world’s leading magazines with the timely, informative content of the best newspapers. A meeting place for like-minded individuals, where they can find the latest trends in town or around the world through proprietary connoisseurship created by seasoned professionals.

Editorial Board azureazure.com

Patricia Abaroa was born in Miami, Fl., to Cuban parents, from whom she inherited a passion for reading and writing. She attended Miami Dade College and later FIU, where he studied Journalism and Mass Communications. She previously worked as Recruitment Coordinator, for nine years, for Miami-Dade’s Guardian ad Litem Program, a nonprofit organization that represents children involved in the Foster Care system. Simultaneously, she continued to cultivate her passion by working as a freelance writer with several international publications, including www.azureazure.com. Since 2012, Patty has been collaborating with the online publication, and has interviewed major personalities within the fashion industry (another one of her passions), including Kenneth Cole, Reem Acra, Alexander Vreeland and Edgardo Osorio, of Aquazurra. In October 2015, and after a successful performance in various facets of AzureAzure, Patricia joined the editorial team as its Director. Although Miami is home, she travels often to explore new destinations, learn new cultures and expand her personal experiences and professional work.

Laz More. Director and Chief Content. azureazure.com

Laz More was born in Havana, Cuba. At the age of 12, he moved to Miami, where he attended Miami Dade College and Florida International University. At FIU he edited the Sociology / Anthropology Journal. He would later become a news writer for Fox television. His first enterprise was as cultural advisor, organizing trips to world-renowned events such ad the Sao Paulo Biennial, the Sundance Film Festival, Art Basel Miami and book fairs around the world. He has served as Editor in Chief for several titles under the House King Publishing Group and as Managing Editor for Social Affairs Magazine, a luxury lifestyle regional publication that highlighted philanthropists and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and around the world. His latest endeavor is as Managing Editor for azureazure. He currently lives in Miami, Fl.

Sébastien Laboureau. International Art Consultant, Special Curator and Art Contributor.

Sébastien Laboureau holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris and a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.  He benefits from an international experience in Management Control (at AXA Group) and Investment Banking (Mergers and Acquisitions at Goldman Sachs). Long-time, art enthusiast and experienced art collector, he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors, an independent art consulting agency located both in Miami and Paris, with partners in Latin-America and Asia, trusted advisor of private collectors, and various institutions all over the world. He was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Arts and business Council in Miami and sits on the Creative and Design committee of the Beacon Council, in Miami. He is regional representative fort Continental Europe of the Art Fund Association and serves on its Best Practices Committee. He is notably the Strategic Art Advisor of Institut Van Gogh, in Auvers-sur-Oise, of Sofitel Group, and of BARNES Luxury Real Estate. He is also the urban art specialist for the leading auction house in Miami, Fine Art Auction Miami, and an art consultant for Markowicz Fine Art, a leading gallery in Miami. As a respected and independent expert on the art market, he is a keynote speaker to various private banks, family offices and public institutions to give lectures and conferences on the art market and on selected art history topics.

Elysze Held. Fashion-Style Director. azureazure.com

A veteran of the fashion industry, Elysze Held was born in Boston, raised in San Francisco, and now maintains dual residences in Key Biscayne, Florida and Manhattan. Elysze began her career in fashion with the two most iconic fashion establishments on the West Coast, I. Magnin and Wilkes-Bashford and is the former fashion director of Florida landmark Lillie Rubin. Elysze has provided the on-air fashion commentary for both the Oscar and Emmy Awards on CBS, and has been behind the scenes at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week as both a stylist and a producer. Elysze has recently been named as Most Stylish in Miami by the renowned Stylecaster Group and is a member of Conrad Hotels International Conrad Connections, a collective group of eclectic opinion leaders renowned for their cultural presence and local influence; they are the true ambassadors of their resident cultures.
Elysze's web and social media: www.StyleOutoftheCity.com / Twitter: @ElyszeHeld / Instagram: ElyszeHeld

Fabio Morisi. azureazure.com Chef.

Born in Cesenatico (Italy), Morisi began his career in the Castrocaro Terme Hotel among a group of renowned chefs in the 1980s, such as Moras Claudio or the famous Amati Salvatore. What truly characterizes Fabio Morisi’s career is its international character. He has worked in Switzerland at the «Rialto» restaurant in Gstaad, where he learned from master chefs Francesco Naredi and Stephan Ungher, and at «Al Santabbondio» (one Michelin star) under the bâton of Martin Dalsass. The Chef later settled in Spain, where, he started became head chef at «La Trovata» in May 1990. Two years later he joined the restaurant «Teatriz» in Madrid, where he continued to develop his career for five years, learning from Spanish masters such as Antonio Machado, Hilario Arbelaiz, Francisco Duran and Mikel Santamaria, who taught him the secrets of classic and modern Spanish cuisine. In 1997 he joined «Don Giovanni», and for three years he developed new Italian cuisine for the most demanding customers of the Plaza Oriente in Madrid, such as Luciano Pavarotti and Alfredo Kraus. Fabio has also presented TV programs such as Pasta Gansa and Italian Cuisine at the Cooking Channel. Currently, he travels constantly through Europe and the United States to advise entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector and collaborates with EscuelaMasterchef.com to offer Italian cooking courses online. Her webpage: www.fabiomorisi.com

Carla M. Rossi. United Kingdom & EuropeRepresentative. azureazure.com

Carla M. Rossi was born in Paris, France, to Argentine parents, but has conducted her professional career in the U.K. within international companies such as Mindshare Worldwide and Halcrow Group Limited, a CH2M Hill Company. Her tenure in these global firms allowed her to widen her already heightened insight for branding and communications, and her knowledge of international affairs to aid in finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems. Daughter of a diplomat, Rossi has had an international upbringing in various countries, exposing her to diverse cultures. She was the first Argentine student accepted into the prestigious university of M.G.I.M.O. (Moscow State Institute for International Relations) in the Russian Federation. Graduated with a BA in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London, she speaks fluent French, Spanish, English and Russian, and is actually finishing a MSc in Globalization and Latin American Development at UCL, University of London. Her passion is to travel and seeing what the world has to offer.

Santiago Martin Pazos & Fitness Expert. azureazure.com

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Certified Instructor.
American Heart Association Health Care Provider.
Santiago has being an athlete for most than three decades. He started swimming at the Argentinian Catholic University, where he earned several championship titles like the coveted Metropolitan Swimming Champion. After a successful career as a swimmer, he transitioned to long distance training and racing, participating in triathlons, marathons, and IRONMAN. He has being working in the fitness field for more than ten years as personal trainer and boot camp instructor. He also devotes time to the weakest members of society, as trainer for seniors and special needs children with Down’s syndrome. The accomplished athlete continues to work as a swimming coach and prepares other athletes for short distance races. Santiago Martin Pazos is the fitness expert for azureazure.com. He believes that the connection of mind body and spirit is the key for success in all aspects of life. Finding balance and control of our health and nutrition habits gives individuals a clear advantage to navigate the complex choices we need to make every day of our lives.”

Raquel Watters. Collaborator and Beauty Expert. azureazure.com

Raquel Watters is president and founder of Rik Rak, a beauty and luxury emporium located in Miami. Growing up in New York City around her stylish mother, who was her mentor, Raquel developed an awareness of beauty, chic and elegance that has come to symbolize her style vocabulary. Shortly after graduating with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she and husband had the idea to create a haven for all things fashionable and stunning. “Fusing my love for fashion and Rik’s talent for beauty, the concept of Rik Rak was born.” Along with her two girls, who have been the faces of the company since its inception, they have created what is now a perfect mixture of a salon and boutique. “For the past 25 years, I have dedicated all my efforts as a buyer to introduce the latest trends in fashion to our clients.”

J.M. Towers. Gastronomy and Travel Correspondent. azureazure.com

As an editor for valuable Anglo-Spanish media, J. M. Towers has devoted his journalistic career to professional fields that include culture, society, cinema and especially gastronomy and wines. After finishing studies in journalism at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), he was chosen, after a rigorous selection process, to become a radio editor for the BBC World Service in the Latin American and Caribbean desk. He was based in London, where he conducted interviews with leading world personalities. Towers currently produces articles and reports for various media such as Paraula, Time Out, Valencia 7 days, Tu Tempo Magazine, Valencia Mes a Mes, Mini Diari, Hello, Showroom, and the gastronomy blog eldisfruton.com, and azureazure.com

Lara Shriftman. Correspondent in Los Angeles (LA). azureazure.com

Luxury, fashion and lifestyle expert Lara Shriftman co-founded Harrison & Shriftman in 1995. The agency specializes in public relations, marketing and events for high-profile luxury brands. In addition to serving as a correspondent for Extra with her own segment, Party Confidential, Lara has authored four books on entertaining, Fete Accompli, Fete Accompli Workbook, Party Confidential and Party Confidential: New Etiquette for Fabulous Entertaining.

Saida Santana. International Correspondent. azureazure.com

Saida Santana is a multidisciplinary artist and journalist who lives between Miami and Madrid. Her journalism experience has been developed in the fields of entertainment and media, both in front of and behind the cameras. She has presented and scripted television shows for Spain’s most prominent channels including TVE, La Sexta and El Terrat and is a fiction writer for Telemundo (USA). She also contributes to Pshycologies Magazine, Aprendelo.com, Investigartes, Frontera D, and INYBN. As press officer, her last campaign was the promotion of Kate MacCann’s book Madeleine. As an actress she has starred in numerous plays, television series and movies, screened in Spain, USA, Italy and France. Santana is also an acting coach with extensive credits in international productions. Saida Santana holds a Ph.D. by Rey Juan Carlos University. Degree in Communication: Journalism, Master in Performing Arts, Master in Life and Executive Coaching and Master in psychodrama techniques. She combines writing, acting and coaching with her professorial activities at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija and in the Master of Broadcasting Journalism Program of Antena 3.

Paloma Clavet. Correspondent in Spain. azureazure.com

Paloma Clavet developed her career in journalism in various communication media. She received her Master's degree in Journalism from the Universidad San Pablo CEU, and began her broadcasting career as a contributor, editor and producer of the main programs of the COPE radio network. Afterwards she worked in various Spanish radio stations until she created her own radio magazine on Onda Cero Radio. Paloma has also been director and news anchor at Onda Seis Television, one of the main channels of the community of Madrid, property of the Vocento Group. Our partner has worked in economic and cultural information, but her true vocation are conducting interviews and informing readers about what lies behind the news. Paloma Clavet currently collaborates with azureazure as European correspondent through reports and interviews with outstanding personalities from the Spanish social landscape.

Victoria Amory. Gastronomy Correspondent. azureazure.com

Victoria Amory is the author of the cookbooks Delicious and award winning Delicious Flavors. She writes about food, style and home for national magazines, newspapers and her blog victoriaamory.com. She is the host of the TV shows "Celebraciones con Victoria Amory" and "Mansiones de los Hamptons" for Spain's Canal Cocina and Canal Decasa. Born in Spain, Victoria honed her skills as a hostess and passionate cook while organizing corporate events and chairing charity galas in New York and Florida. Entertaining everyone from royals to bullfighters in her casual elegant style, Victoria has successfully intertwined the European style of her youth, adolescence, and lineage, with her sense of American spirit and practicality, to develop a philosophy of life and entertaining that she has magically captured in her books, magazine, journal, news and blog articles and in her television shows. She is more than just an international citizen; she has been able to blend real life responsibilities, children, husband, and households with a sparkling career. She lives between Connecticut and South Florida with her husband and their three boys.

Terry Zarikian. Culinary Content Director. azureazure.com

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences after a short four year stint in the Textile Industry in Venezuela, Terry moved to Miami to pursue a career in the restaurant business. Together with his business partner, Ed Steiner, he opened L’Alouette Restaurant, in Bal Harbor in 1983, a trendsetter of its time. In 1986 Zarikian moved on to the Luxurious Grand Bay Hotel becoming Director of Public Relations for the legendary Regine’s, the International Disco/Private Club atop the Grand Bay Hotel. In 1987 the Continental Companies, owners and operators of the Grand Bay Hotel and Regine’s promoted Terry to Director of Product Development where he was responsible for consulting on food and beverage outlets for 60 hotels and for the creation of new food concepts in their new hotels. In addition, in 1988, he was appointed Executive Director of Regine’s a position he continued to have until Regine’s closed in 1992.

In 1997, Zarikian, while president of his company with partner Sheila Shapiro ( Shapiro & Zarikian, Inc.), joined forces with Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management (“CGM”) as restaurant consultant and public relations director for his four South Florida restaurants (China Grill, Blue Door at Delano, Tuscan Steak and Red Square). This relationship continued to grow, leading to his appointment as Director of Product Development for CGM properties worldwide in May 2006, and continues to be an important player in Chodorow’s enterprises.

Since its beginnings in 2001, Terry had a strong hand in the development of South Beach Wine & Food Festival as Culinary Director under Festival Director and Founder, Lee Brian Schrager, and currently acts as the festival’s Culinary Advisor. In addition to CGM and the NYC and Sobe Wine & Food Festivals, Zarikian joined Rockaway PR as Director of Business Development. He has been Culinary Advisor in the USA for the Basque Country’s Province of Bizkaia and continues to be the Food Editor of Selecta Magazine (since 1988). The focus of his writing is travel, restaurants, food and wine. In addition to Selecta Magazine. In 1995, he co-edited the first South Florida Edition of the Zagat Survey with restaurant writer, Bob Hosmon.

Lulu Flynn. Columnist and Special Pet.  azureazure.com

Lulu Flynn is a four-year-old, seven-pound, miniature Shih Tzu and daughter of author and entertaining expert, Lara Shriftman. She was a gift to Lara from Kelly Rowland and Serena Williams. Lara had never had a dog before but one of her best friends Lara Flynn Boyle had a Shih Tzu named Greta Garbo that she adored so of course, Lulu Flynn was a magical fit. When Lulu Flynn was a puppy, Lara was increasingly busy doing work for television. So, as Lulu Flynn was growing up, instead of being trained to sit, she was being trained to pose for the camera. Being on the set, it became clear that Lulu Flynn was a natural. She is a small dog with a big personality. Lulu Flynn is the ultimate hostess. Her parties have been featured on The Today Show, Extra, and The CW, and in magazines including Star, W, LA Confidential, Quest, Hamptons, The Daily, and Forbes.com. Lulu Flynn is a contributor for Hollywood Life, LA Confidential, Mom Logic and azureazure.com An international jetsetter, Lulu Flynn has developed an appreciation for the finest amenities and personalized service. Lulu Flynn launched her new pet program at One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, her home away from home in Miami. Lulu Flynn and ONE Bal Harbour have partnered with Share-A-Pet, an organization that provides certified and insured pet-assisted therapy to those confined to hospitals, nursing homes and children’s centers. Lulu Flynn also launched her new book, The Ultimate Dog Party and a line of greeting cards. Lulu Flynn resides between Beverly Hills, New York and One Bal Harbour. She works from her office at the Harrison & Shriftman Los Angeles headquarters.

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