AMC’s Young Professionals Give Some Homegrown Love to NMB Senior High

By Beverly Perkins

This past summer, Aventura Marketing Council’s (AMC) Aventura Young Professionals (AYP) Committee visited North Miami Beach Sr. High School. Much to their dismay, they were surprised to see the unkept area which revealed a small plot of land containing a single tree and plenty of scattered weeds. The Chargers’ school yard was in much need of some long overdue ‘TLC’.

The ambitious group contacted Luke, owner and founder of Luke’s Landscaping, who is responsible for beautifying much of Aventura. Without hesitation, Luke agreed to oversee the landscape design and staff.

“We were delighted to be part of this community effort,” said Luke, “We want the students to look forward to eating their lunch outdoors while enjoying their new garden!”

For almost three decades The Aventura Marketing Council / World-Class Chamber of Commerce has made continuous improvements in the community and great strides for charitable organizations. They are recognized as one of the most successful and progressive organizations in South Florida, and have accumulated many accolades and awards for their outstanding business networking events, and community outreach to area school and charities.

The AMC has eleven committees that members can be involved with. The Aventura Young Professionals committee is one that creates a networking environment in which young professionals, ages 40 and under, can increase their opportunities for promotion amongst their peers and develop their leadership skills. “Giving back” is one of the favorite activities of this professional group, and North Miami Beach Sr. High School was the most recent recipient of their generosity.
AYP Chairman Brandon Stein, STEINLAW, and his ace team of ‘landscapers’: Helena Farber, FarberLaw; Jessica Gibby, Adena Grill & Frankey’s Sports Bar; and John Hershman, Northern Trust, worked closely with Laura Groth, Account Manager from Luke’s Landscaping, to plan this special day.  

On a sweltering August morning, Laura Groth, Jr. Account Manager Holsombach and four other experienced landscapers met the AYP team at the site and put their green thumbs to work. Everyone worked together to make the sad little plot of land into a green oasis, featuring decorative rocks, beautiful bushes and plush perennial peanut grass.

“On behalf of our entire school staff and students, I want to thank Luke’s Landscaping and the Aventura Young Professionals for their time, energy and resources that will bring a whole new energy to that side of our school,” said NMB Principal Randy Milliken. “I can’t believe how great it came out”

For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council / World-Class Chamber of Commerce, please visit or call 305-932-5334.