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Okan Holding Unveils Plans for $300M Tower in Downtown Miami

By Katherine Kallergis | - The Rel Deal - Billionaire Turkish developer Bekir Okan is launching plans for a $300 million, 70-story hotel and condo tower in downtown Miami. Okan Tower will have a 294-room Hilton-branded hotel, 236 condo-hotel units, 153 condos, 64,000 square feet of Class A office space and a restaurant on the 67th floor. Okan Group unveiled the project at an event at its 3,000-square-foot sales gallery in Istanbul on Wednesday, Daniel de la Vega of One Sotheby’s International Realty said. “We felt it would be most strategic to start there,” he added.

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Starbucks Executive to Lead Godiva as C.E.O.

LONDON — Annie Young-Scrivner has been named chief executive officer of premium chocolate brand Godiva, part of the Pladis family of businesses under Yildiz Holding. Ms. Young-Scrivner joins Godiva from Starbucks Coffee Co., where most recently she was executive vice-president, Global Digital and Loyalty Development. During her eight-year tenure at Starbucks, she also was president of Teavana and executive vice-president, Global Tea, president of Starbucks Canada, and global chief marketing officer and president of Tazo Tea.

Turkish Businessman Murat Güzel Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AA) – A U.S.-based Turkish businessman has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor sponsored by National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Murat Guzel, a U.S.-based Turkish businessman in charge of the Democrat Party's National Ethnic Coordinating Council, was among those rewarded every year over immigrants' contributions to the country.  "I am very happy to be deemed worthy of this reward," the founder and CEO of Natural Food Group, based in Pennsylvania, told Anadolu Agency.

Turkish-American Hotel Professionals Meet for TURKOFAMERICA

Nine senior Turkish-American executives who have worked in the hotel industry in New York were brought together by TURKOFAMERICA Magazine. For the first time, the Turkish executives, who have served at the top of New York's leading venues such as St Regis, Peninsula, Ritz Carlton, The Knickerbocker, Hudson, Roger Smith and Denihan Group, have gotten together.

The Turk That Has Brought Together the Real Estate World of New York

Many of the known representatives of New York’s real estate sector get together every month. With this meeting, over 500 members of the sector, ranging from entrepreanuers owning investments worth of billions of dollars and agencies selling property to bankers providing financial support and property marketers, get a chance to improve their business relations and have new customers. And, the person who has managed to bring together the giants of New York’s real estate sector is a Turkish entrapreneur, Selman Yalçın. Yalçın has a grasp of the sector to an extend where he knows each of over 500 guests joining the meeting in person. People meeting each other at this meeting first ask each other, ‘How do you know Selman?’

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Management in Hotel Industry from Grandfather to Grandson

One of the most persistent names among the Turkish executives in New York’s hotels is Küçük Güngör Bağ. Having been working at Roger Smith Hotel for 11 years, Bağ holds a position as the manager of the hotel. Both his father and grandfather were also hotel managers. Bağ studied hotel management in Turkey’s Bolu İzzet Baysal University. After coming to USA, he started working in Holiday Inn Wall Street in 2004. And, since 2006, he has been working as the manager of Roger Smith Hotel, which is one of Manhattan’s rare family hotels, located on Lexington Avenue between 47th and 48th streets.

IDEA Selects Hande as Its President

The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) announces the election of Board Officers for the 2016-2017 term. Hande Meissner, Vice President of Operations of Nexgen Digital, Inc., was elected President. Meissner has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and is the Vice President of Operations of NexGen Digital, Inc., an IDEA Member since 2003.

Hafize Gaye Erkan Is Named President of First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank (NYSE:FRC), a leading private bank and wealth management company, announced that its Board of Directors ratified the appointment of Hafize Gaye Erkan as President. As President, Erkan will work closely with all members of the executive management team in executing and further improving the Bank’s successful, increasingly technology-enabled, relationship-based business model. Erkan will also retain her existing responsibilities heading the Bank’s deposit franchise and investment portfolio.

Green Card Holders Should Consider Getting the Citizenship As Soon As They Qualify

Just after taking office, President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that called for a huge shift in enforcement priorities and the hiring of thousands of federal immigration officers — striking fear among many immigrants that the administration will amass a deportation force. There are some key differences between the Obama administration's immigration policies and the new plans under Trump. We talked Ayhan Ögmen of Ogmen Law based in New York.

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