Just in time for the holidays, we asked the South Florida CEO Roundtable: What is the best material gift you’ve ever received for the holidays? We’re looking for a tangible object, not an experience or event. Here are some of their responses:
We live in a beautiful state and I try to take advantage of the water as much as I can. The best material gifts I’ve received have been a windsurfer and quiver of sails one holiday and a kayak for another holiday.
Ramon Abadin, president, The Florida Bar, and partner, Sedgewick Law Firm
Shown: A wind surfer on South Beach. (Herald file photo.)
It was a pair of kayaks, which fit into our family’s live-work-play Miami lifestyle.
Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)
Shown: A 12-foot ‘The Bay’ model from Oru Kayak — launched on Kickstarter, presented on “Shark Tank” and now in retailers around the world. It unfolds from a box into a boat. www.orukayak.com/oru-bay-kayak ($1,275)
Those that know me know that while I may not wear much jewelry, I do love watches. I wear a different one every day, and my favorite is by far is a Japanese Project watch (Michael Graves design) that I received from my nieces and nephews one Christmas. It has a sentimental value, while being — simply — a good-looking watch. The truth is that any gift given with love is going to be one that is appreciated.
Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University
Shown: The Michael Graves watch that Casale owns. See more of the designer’s watches at http://projectswatches.com/shop/product-category/collections/michael-graves/ ($49.95-$229)
The best gift I’ve ever received was a Nishiki Adult Manitoba Hybrid Bike, an off-road bicycle with large tires. I’m able to ride to the beach or along bike paths, get outside, exercise and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Nabil El Sanadi, CEO/president, Broward Health
Shown: A Nishiki Adult Manitoba Hybrid Bike. www.dicksportinggoods.com ($349.99)
My boss gave me a blue Mont Blanc Pen 20 years ago and I still carry it in my pocket today. It’s a reminder of one of my early career mentors and the importance of mentoring. I’ve lost the pen twice, including once when it was left behind in a rented tuxedo jacket while I was in Scotland. Luckily, a hotel concierge tracked it down and returned it.
Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami
Shown: A Meisterstück Solitaire Blue Hour LeGrand Fountain Pen. http://www.montblanc.com ($1,500)
An umbrella. Seriously — especially for South Florida. I find simple yet functional gifts to be the most impactful.
Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express U.S.
Shown: Bella Umbrella Aqua Pagoda. www.bellaumbrella.com. ($129)
Thoughtfulness and timeliness is key to material gifts. Recently a prospective vendor had couriered over a set of Tiffany Champagne glasses for two. As a female CEO, I appreciated the gesture. It symbolized “celebration.”
Ania Rodriguez, CEO of Key Lime Interactive
Shown: Champagne flute set lilke the one Rodriguez received. www.tiffany.com ($135)
I received a lovely gift from the Education Fund. It was a pair of funky shoes that were designed by one of the children participating in the For the Love of Art Charity auction. I have the shoes in my office and look at them regularly. They keep me in a happy place because they make me think of the Wizard of Oz and remind me of my childhood.
Rachel Sapoznik, CEO & president, Sapoznik Insurance
Shown: Child-designed shoes that Sapoznik received (one of a kind). www.educationfund.org (Consider a donation)
The best material gift I’ve ever been given was a puppy. He is our amazing dog Pippen, and he came from Jamie’s Rescue, a no-kill group dedicated to saving the lives of dogs who would otherwise be living on the street or put to death at the city shelter. There’s no gift greater than knowing you saved a life, and rescue dogs are the most incredible companions and beautiful souls.
Ginny Simon, founder, CEO, ginnybakes
Shown: Simon’s dog Pippen. jamiesrescue.com/ (Jamie’s Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Consider a donation.)