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Gloria Leal. Editorial Consultant and Editor. azureazure.com

A legendary newspaper woman, whose articles have been published in Miami, Puerto Rico, and Panama, known for her demanding style and meticulous editing. Leal has created magazines and feature sections for El Nuevo Herald in Miami, El Nuevo Día and La Perla del Sur in Puerto Rico, and La Prensa de Panama. For over forty years her high standards have been recognized and respected in journalistic circles. She has managed large staffs of reporters, writers, photographers and freelancers around the world. She is the consummate cosmopolitan, traveling extensively, possessing an international point of view about the world and its people which is reflected in her good taste and vanguard view of the arts, fashion, design, entertainment and human interest issues. The author of a volume of prose/poetry, Texto para un amante, published in 2010, her Cuaderno, a selection of vignettes, drawings, intimate reveries and poetic insights will be presented in April 2013, the first in a series. Her dedication to Miami cultural life has been recognized by ArtesMiami with the Lydia Cabrera Memorial Award in 2009, by the Amigos de Corpus Christi in 2010 and with the Sancho Panza Award in 2011.

Dr. Juan Remos. Expert in Anti-Aging Medicine. azureazure.com

As founder and Medical Director of the Wellness Institute of the Americas—a state of the art medical facility devoted to scientific advancements in anti-aging, regeneration, wellness and prevention—Dr. Remos provides an array of wellness treatments and programs catering to the individual needs and goals of each patient. Dr. Remos believes that most diseases can be prevented through a natural balance of the three dimensions of the human being: physical, emotional, and spiritual. He focuses on re-establishing or, in some cases, in maintaining quality of life by improving your vitality, enhancing your immune system, protecting your genes and attending to the areas of sexual function/dysfunction, age related hormone decline, lifestyle, mood balancing, as well as, nutritional and exercise optimization. While a pioneer in his field of rejuvenation in the Miami area, he has developed different protocols that have gained him popularity among celebrities nationally and abroad, including singers, actresses, elite athletes, politicians, and influential businessmen. His compassionate, highly individualized, scientific approach to his patients’ health maintenance is second to none. Juan Remos, M.D., M.B.A., is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is affiliated with the Florida Medical Association, the Institute of Functional Medicine, the American College of the Advancement of Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Remos graduated from medical school and earned his M.B.A. at the University of Madrid, Spain/University of Miami. He continued with his internship and residency at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. Enrolled in a fellowship of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and as an M.S. candidate in Nutrition and Metabolism, Dr. Remos is furthering his education to better serve the needs of his patients. Dr. Remos was medical director of Kendall Regional Medical center from 1995 to 2006 while supervising two other emergency room operations as Regional Director for Team Health in the South Florida Region. During that time, he served as Medical Advisor for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, participated with the Florida International Volunteer Corps in helping develop an emergency care network in Central America, directed a Podiatric Residency Program, Emergency Room Care division, was Assistant Medical Director with US Aetna Healthcare, and worked as an Assistant Medical Director at Doctors’ Hospital in Coral Gables in the Obesity Treatment Program with NMR.

Olga Ramudo. Tourism Director. azureazure.com

Olga Ramudo is President and CEO of Express Travel, a travel-consulting firm comprised of corporate, leisure, groups and meetings, cruise and study abroad departments since 1989. Specializing in the Hispanic market and with a strong commitment to community involvement and customer service, Express Travel has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the years, including one of the largest and fastest growing Hispanic companies in the nation, and one of the largest women owned business in the State of Florida. Olga Ramudo has conspicuously pioneered and led the charge to not only promote and grow the tourism industry, but also has provided an outstanding public role model as a successful businesswoman who has always found the time to serve the South Florida community and her industry through leadership appointments on numerous local, state and international organizations. OWIT of Florida bestowed her with the 2008 International Business Woman of the Year award and most recently the American Society of Travel Agents paid tribute to Olga at their annual gala dinner by bestowing her with the national advocacy award in recognition of her significant contribution on behalf of the travel agency community before federal state and local governments as well as recognizing her as travel agent of the year for 2011. The World Trade Center Miami awarded Olga with the 2012 International Woman’s Day Award for her contribution in promoting international trade in the Americas. On January 2012, the Secretary of Commerce appointed Olga Ramudo to the U. S. Travel and Tourism Board. This board advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the United States.

Karen Weiner Escalera. Collaborator and Luxury Expert. azureazure.com

Luxury lifestyle authority, journalist, trend watcher, and founder of KWE Partners, Karen Weiner Escalera has reported on many of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and travel experiences. Her passion for discovery, quality, and one of a kind experiences finds her spending an entire morning searching for the best baguette in Paris, the Grand Prix award winner; taking a trip to Shanghai’s leading art galleries and artist studios topped off with having a portrait made at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts; meeting with a member of the Jordanian Parliament, part of a trip to understand the politics and economy of this pivotal Middle Eastern country; or dancing as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve at Vienna’s Imperial Ball. Most recently she launched a blog, Miami Curated about quality food, fashion and culture in Miami. She will be sharing her insider tips with azureazure readers as well as reporting on travel with insights from her many years marketing a “who’s who” of luxury travel products and destinations worldwide.




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