Make-A-Wish Press Release - Howard Glicken Named Chair of Advisory Board



Business Leader is Founding Benefactor of  

Southern Florida Chapter’s Hotel InterContinental Ball

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Howard M. Glicken, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Coral Gables-based Americas Group, has been elected chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida’s Advisory Board. 

In this role, he will support the foundation’s fundraising endeavors, specifically focusing on securing major gifts. 

Glicken, a former member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, has been instrumental to the success of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, the nonprofit organization’s ( largest annual event.

“We are privileged to have someone the caliber of Howard Glicken accept this important position,” said Norman Wedderburn, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “His influence throughout the region and commitment to our mission will position us to grant more wishes and positively impact more lives.”   

Glicken has more than 35 years business and political experience in Latin America and currently heads The Americas Group (, an advisory and merchant banking firm. He has served as a private sector advisor in the Clinton Administration and been an early promoter of bringing U.S. business and investments to the region. 

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida annually grants more than 500 wishes and has made more than 7,000 dreams come true in its history. The nonprofit organization brings hope, strength, and joy to children and families in Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. The average cost to fulfill a wish is $5,000.    

To learn more, refer a child, volunteer, or make a donation, call 888-773-WISH (9474) or visit

March 16, 2009

Advisor named for upcoming Summit of the Americas

President Barack Obama has named a former ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela as White House advisor for the upcoming Summit of the Americas.
Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow will oversee preparations for Obama's participation in next month's summit and, along with the Department of State, will help manage summit-related diplomacy in the region.
Davidow has taken a leave of absence from his position as president of the Institute of the Americas at the University of California at San Diego in order to serve as advisor. A career Foreign Service Officer for 34 years, Davidow was Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs and ambassador to Mexico, Venezuela and Zambia, in addition to serving in several other posts in Latin America and Africa before retiring in 2003.
The White House said last month that Obama plans to attend the Summit of the Americas to be held in Trinidad and Tobago April 17-19.

''The president is looking forward to discussions with the leaders at the summit and to promoting a partnership based on mutual respect that will be beneficial to the people of the Americas,'' the White House said as it announced Davidow's appointment.

March 14, 2009

Fisher Island Engages The Americas Group

We are proud to announce that we have been engaged by Fisher Island Holdings, the developers of Fisher Island, ( to assist in the sales and marketing activities in Latin America and elsewhere for their current and planned developments at the "world renowned" Fisher Island. Fisher Island is a lush private island residential community of unrivaled luxury and splendor built on the former Vanderbilt winter estate. Nestled in the waters of Biscayne Bay accessible only by air and water with a 24 hour ferry service. It is two miles from South Beach and downtown Miami and is minutes from Miami International Airport for convenient global travel. According to the New York Times "there are very few tropical island resorts these days where one can be cut off from the world and still be close to civilization", "Fisher Island is such a place".
Fisher Island is Home to 600 of the world's leading families from over 40 countries. In the 2000 U.S Census, Fisher Island residence had the highest per person annual income of any postal zip code in the United States. It is one of the world's most exclusive communities and lifestyle sanctuaries favored by the world's most elite travelers. Incorporated into this elegant lifestyle are 24-hour and 365 day concierge and securtiy services.

Residents and Club members enjoy a luxurious resort lifestyle with a host of sumptuous amenities including: 2 deep water marinas for yachts in excess of 220ft. convenient to the islands of the Caribbean and a mile-long white sandy beach with sand imported from the Bahamas, indoor and outdoor island restaurants, a retail center, bank, a fire and rescue station, post office, children's playground, a private school and a staff of more than 600 employees.

There is also the splendid Fisher Island Hotel and Resort for use by members and guests with fully appointed private villas and suites and the world renowned Spa Internazionale, a relaxing spa retreat with the latest in beauty services, fitness, exercise equipment and professionally trained staff. In addition, there is a polo field, magnificient16-tennis court complex including 2 manicured grass courts and a P.B. Dye designed golf course.

In the latest step in the evolution of Fisher Island; Fisher Island Holdings is offering an alluring and limited amount of new residential choices that showcase the spectacular views and unparallel lifestyle. The club facilities will be undergoing a major $25 million extensive remodeling beginning this summer. The developer is entering the final phases of development on the Island and therefore the opportunities are limited. Now is the ideal time to consider and select a Fisher Island residence.

The Americas Group looks forward to assisting you with your real estate requirements and looks forward to inviting you to Fisher Island to see and enjoy the Island. We hope you will consider Fisher Island whether you are re-locating to Miami or looking for a retreat when you visit for business or pleasure. Please give us a call or e-mail us and we will be pleased to put you in contact with our real estate partners who can assist you with your needs.

Thank you for your continued friendship, confidence and support.

April 1, 2007

Hermitage Engages Capital Advisory Partners as Financial Advisors For Its Luxury Destination Club

We are proud to announce that we have engaged Capital Advisory Partners (CAP) a Financial Advisory Firm with offices in New York and Bogota, Colombia as financial advisors for Hermitage, our "luxury destination club". CAP will assist with the capital raising activities in Latin America and offer financial advisory services in the United States.

The members of Capital Advisory Partners have recently advised and participated in transactions of a select group of Latin American and U.S. companies and family groups with an aggregate value of several billion dollars. We believe they are well positioned to assist Hermitage in attracting "synergistic" capital from the region, since Hermitage's principal focus will be on affluent Latin American membership.

CAP has a highly specialized and capable team with deep experience in the region. It's Managing Director, Dr. Rudolf Hommes, is the former Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Central Bank of Colombia (1990-1994). He was until recently a private advisor to the president of Colombia in economic and financial policy. Dr. Hommes is one of the most highly regarded and knowledgeable financial minds in the region.

We are proud that they have accepted this engagement and look forward to announcing the successful launch of Hermitage in the very near future. If you are interested in more information about Capital Advisory Partners we will be pleased to send it to you.

Thank you for your continued friendship, confidence and support.

October 7, 2006

Skyline Equities Realty A Premier Residential Developer Engages The Americas Group

We are proud to announce that we have been retained by Skyline Equities Realty ( a premier residential developer to assist them with their Latin American  financial and marketing strategy on  their current and planned  projects.   

Skyline is currently developing Skyline at Mary Brickell Village, a European village-style development that will provide its residents the opportunity to live in the epicenter of a dynamic mixed-use environment.  The electrifying project will boast a number of well-known restaurants, retail and entertainment options and a state-of-the art fitness complex.  This project is on the cutting edge of the recent national trend to create new urban self contained residential neighborhoods.

Evangeline “Engie” Gouletas, Skyline’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is one of the most successful developers in the country. She continues her commitment to offering top quality lifestyle in her residential developments, such as the recently completed Skyline on Brickell, a 35 story 360 residence community on prestigious Brickell Avenue in Miami.  During her 30 year real estate career Engie has developed over $4 billion in luxury condominium sales and more than 30,000 condominiums in 40 markets throughout the United States.

The Americas Group  looks forward to assisting you with your Real Estate requirements as we deepen our involvement in that sector. Please give us a call or e-mail us if you want to find out more about Skyline at Mary Brickell Village or other Skyline projects. 

September 14, 2006