The Buzz on the Business EXPO

By Beverly Perkins

What happens when the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) invites four other Chambers of Commerce to partner together along with Hotwire Communications and CooLAM Productions at the Newport Beachside Hotel? The answer… a jumbo Business Expo with astonishing attendance, an abundance of exhibitors, superior networking, great food, top speed internet, raffles, and unbelievable music and entertainment!

AMC coordinated everything, and included the Hollywood Chamber, the North Miami Beach Chamber, the North Miami Chamber and the Sunny Isles Beach Tourism & Marketing Council to participate in the one-on-one networking event. Over 150 business guests came to explore and view the exhibits provided by the five organizations at the Sunny Isles Beach property.

The Newport team, consisting of General Manager Jon Kranock, Director of Catering & Group Sales Barry Rubin, Senior Catering Manager Maria Medina, Director of Travel Industry Sales Giovanna Bello, Sales Manager Stephanie Paz, Conference Services Manager Angie Solis and Food & Beverage Manager Vladimir Michelle, worked closely with the AMC to arrange everything from valet parking to tables and linen deliveries. John Maddalena, Managing Partner of the Beach Bar on the Newport Pier, provided and served delicious hors d’oeuvres that everyone enjoyed.

Each exhibitor had a door prize to raffle, and the hotel provided a grand prize of a weekend at the Newport Beachside Hotel including dinner for two at their acclaimed Kitchen 305, and a spa package for the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon.
Hotwire Communications wired the entire Atlantis Ballroom so everyone at the EXPO could use the internet at top speeds, reaching well over 200 mbps. Music and entertainment was provided by Ran Oz of CooLAM Productions. Halfway through the event, Oz started a karaoke fest, and many guests got onstage to participate. The Business Expo was the perfect example that mixing business with pleasure is sometimes a treat.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce and our local business organizations on this EXPO,” said Jon Kranock, Newport General Manager. “It’s a great way to have them see our venue and meet so many new businesspeople in the community!”

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