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Speakers declare that South Florida is a tremendous resource for knowledge and talent

Friday, January 25, 2013

By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Speakers at the Opalesque Florida Roundtable, sponsored by Eurex and Wells Fargo Insurance Services, discussed the pros and cons of working from the sunshine state.

Julie Neitzel, President of the GenSpring Family Office explained that she could focus specifically on South Florida as Florida generally is a very diverse state, with a significant difference from the West Coast to North Florida. "North Floridians feel Miami is like a different country. From the outside you wouldn't think so, but Florida is very diverse. Miami is almost a world on its own, it is a very global market."

Neitzel explained that with Miami’s position as a gateway city, it had a big Latin American influence. "There is a lot of inflow and outflow from Latin America, whether it be funds or fund managers" she said. "A couple of months back I was on a panel at a Latin American real estate conference, and it was amazing how many fund managers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico attended and how much interplay there is between Miami and really the rest of Latin America. But Miami is also a gateway to Europe, there are many Europeans here as well as Canadians, particularly up in Broward County. Also, when you look at everybody sitting around the table he......................

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