President and Founder
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.
Vice President, Editorial Director and Founder
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 (later McClatchy) 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.com, which she founded, a curated online guide to the global luxury lifestyle and the people behind it.
Carlos Caso was born in Havana, Cuba, where he graduated in 1987, from the Institute of Design. After college, he started working in the design department of Casa de las Américas, was part of the design studio team of renowned Cuban artist Umberto Peña and was a graphic designer and art director of EGREM, Cuba’s national record label. At that stage he won two national awards in the “Book Cover” category. At the age of 25 he moved to Madrid, Spain. For ten years he worked as art director for Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana magazine. At the same time, his studio KSO COMUNICACIÓN developed projects for different clients, a highlight being a collaboration of more than nine years with the prestigious Society of Authors and Publishers, where he was in charge of the image, development and management of various institutional projects. Also noteworthy are several projects for the Author Foundation, as well as work for different publishers. After 22 years in Europe, in 2012, Carlos moved to Miami, where he founded KSO DESIGN & COMMUNICATION, his studio for design visual communication and project management.
Federico is a professional editor with extensive experience in the digital media industry and the advertising market. His initial training as a Spanish/English translator and other complementary careers, such as political science, allowed him to find his own style and global perspective with which to develop all his creative potential. Born in Rosario, Argentina, he is passionate about technology, navigation, cars, tourism, art and gastronomy. Since 2008 he has written for international media such as eleconomista.es, about.com and mamaxxi.com, among others. He has been azureazure.com’s official Southern Cone Correspondent since 2013.
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 azureazure.com.
Since 2012, Patricia 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 azure azure.com, Patricia joined the editorial team as its director. Although Miami is home, Patricia travels often to explore new destinations, learn new cultures and expand her personal experiences and professional work.
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.
Correspondent in Spain
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.com as European correspondent through reports and interviews with outstanding personalities from the Spanish social landscape.
Fashion & Style
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.
Bob Koigi is a multiple-award-winning journalist from Kenya who has worked extensively in print, broadcast and online media covering a wide array of subjects, including art, development, culture, travel and business. He is a journalism graduate from the University of Nairobi and holds a Master’s Degree in international studies from the same institution. Bob is a consummate traveler who enjoys the journey home to Nairobi, Kenya, as much as the open road. He is also an avid fan of the English soccer team Arsenal.
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.
Gastronomy and Oenology Specialist
Irene Moore is a Miami-based freelance writer specializing in luxury lifestyle, focusing on wine, culinary, and travel. Irene obtained her Mastery of Wines Advanced Sommelier Certification at Florida International University’s Chapman School of Hospitality. She earned an MBA with a specialization in Marketing at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in New York, and her undergraduate degree at University of Kentucky. She is a co-founder and secretary of the South Florida Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. She has been writing professionally since 1992.
Irene formerly lived in New York, and worked for Fairchild Publications’ W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, where she had a monthly column, “The W Personal Shopper,” for several years, and frequently conducted fashion seminars in luxury retail settings for W. She wrote several restaurant and shopping guides for Women’s Wear Daily and the New York Observer.
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 adviser, organizing trips to world-renowned events such as 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 regional luxury lifestyle publication that highlighted philanthropists and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and around the world. He currently lives in Miami.
Born in Cesenatico (Italy), Fabio 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’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.
Walter is a journalist with a background in communication sciences and a research. His experience touring the Rio de la Plata region of South America has allowed him to develop travel stories for IAC Publishing. Currently focused to the generation of multimedia content, Walter writes for Hombre magazine and El Mercurio de Chile’s “Guioteca”, and magazine Colegios of Argentina. He is the author of the novel Notes from Whales, based on his work on nature and the environment. He has also participated in Viva Fifty!, Voxxi Latino and WSI, as well as in radio production. He is an attentive observer and scholar of the history, geography and customs of the different societies of the world. He currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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. Saida 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.
Correspondent in Los Angeles (LA)
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.
Gastronomy and Travel Correspondent
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. J.M. 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
Collaborator and Beauty Expert
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.”
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 Terry 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, Terry, 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, Terry 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.
Former columnist and azureazure.com mascot
Lulu Flynn was a 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. As a result, when 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 was a small dog with a big personality, and the ultimate hostess.
Her parties were 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 was also a contributor for Hollywood Life, LA Confidential and Mom Logic. An international jetsetter, Lulu Flynn developed an appreciation for the finest amenities and personalized service. Lulu Flynn launched her pet program at One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa, her home away from home in Miami.
Lulu Flynn and One Bal Harbour 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 wrote a book, The Ultimate Dog Party and created a line of greeting cards. Lulu Flynn split her time between Beverly Hills, New York and One Bal Harbour.