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Annual Business Advantage Forum

Register For This Year’s Event!

Fri, November 8, 2019
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Suntrust International Center
1 Southeast 3rd Avenue
10th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Bast Amron is one of the fastest growing companies in America according to the Inc. 5000 rankings for 2019. We invite you to share your business strategy secrets as we share ours at our 2nd Annual Business Advantage Forum on November 8, 2019. We believe that our Business Advantage is the people that influence the culture of our firm. This begins with everyone who is part of the team, assisting our clients, collaborating with our colleagues and giving back to the community.

On November 8th, we will host our Second Annual Business Advantage Forum. This is a day of sharing best practices for building a powerful, engaging, workplace culture that fuels growth, facilitates hiring the best people, and builds a stronger community– essentially, how to gain a Business Advantage over the competition.

What’s Included:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Snack bar and specialty coffee/tea
  • Lunch
  • Free Parking
  • A Predictive Index (PI) Behavioral Assessment and analysis of results (valued at over $150)

Join us and discover:

  • Why more women are succeeding as entrepreneurs and business leaders and how encouraging the promotion of women in leadership roles can attract top talent and improve your company culture
  • What you don’t know about inter-generational team building and why it is not only valuable for recruiting but also a competitive advantage for sourcing creative solutions to complex issues
  • What is the role of social responsibility in the workplace and ways to foster an environment that supports community involvement in your business
  • How understanding your individual behavioral styles and needs can enhance your effectiveness within your organization, as well as your personal relationships

These are just a few of the take-aways from this interactive day of executive networking and knowledge sharing.


8:00- Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast
8:15- Welcome from Brett Amron and Jeff Bast
8:30: Opening Remarks, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber
8:45- Women in Leadership: How to Promote Strong Leaders and Attract Top Talent
10:00- Inter-Generational Team Building- Creating a Competitive Advantage in the Workplace
11:15- Social Responsibility- Should it have a home in your workplace- and how?
12:30- LUNCH and Presentation by Vic Coppola on how to increase engagement by understanding your employees. Start by understanding yourself through the results of your personal Predictive Index (PI) Behavioral Assessment

Confirmed Speakers:

Susan Smith Blakely
After 25 years as a practicing attorney, Ms. Blakely retired as a law firm partner in 2006 to pursue writing, speaking and consulting on topics related to women lawyers. Most recently she has expanded her project to include advice for all young lawyers and those who lead them.

Her books include: Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law (2009); Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (2012); Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers (2015; and What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice (2018), all published by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers.

For more information, please consult her website at

Jose Cil
Since December 2014, José has been the President of Burger King Brand at Restaurant Brands International Inc., the indirect parent company of BKC. He began his career with BKC in 2000, as a Senior Attorney and quickly assumed positions of increasing responsibility within the Global Operations function, eventually rising to President.

Vic Coppola
Vic is the CEO of Veraco (formerly PI Associates) and has a 40+ year career as an advisor focused on helping a variety of enterprises, including public and private companies, maximize the benefits of their most valuable resource, people.

Kristen Corpion
Kristen Corpion is the face of the modern lawyer. She is the founder and owner of two trailblazing companies: CORPlaw, a law firm helping modern entrepreneurs grow and protect their business ventures, and Sidebar, an innovative community group for lawyers. Kristen also devotes her time to training the next generation of lawyers as an Adjunct-Professor at Florida International University.

Jessica Goldman Srebnick
Jessica has been CEO of Goldman Properties, since 2012. She oversees the company’s portfolio of assets in New York, Philadelphia, Miami Beach and Miami’s emerging Wynwood Arts District. The diverse company includes a mix of hotels, restaurants, office buildings, commercial, retail and residential properties and large-scale public art projects including the Wynwood Walls, the highly acclaimed outdoor street art museum.

Christa Gurka
Christa owns, operates, and teaches at Pilates in the Grove, which serves the Coconut Grove and South Miami communities with two premier South Florida locations. Her studios set the benchmark in Pilates instruction and physical therapy interventions, with most of the instructors holding advanced degrees and boasting well-rounded backgrounds in physical therapy, occupational therapy, dance movement therapy and nutrition. The studios also adhere to a low student-teacher ratio, and the services the studios offer put them well ahead of fitness trends including Physical Therapy, Pilates for Rehabilitation, Pilates for Athletes and NeuroMuscular Reprogramming and Re-education.

Outside of the studio, Christa, a wife and mom to two boys, donates her time and talent to a number of non-profit groups, including the Barnyard of Coconut Grove Cares, Breakthrough Miami and the GirlKind Project, which inspires and empowers young women. She also provides Pilates-based strengthening and injury prevention programming to elementary schools, high school sports teams and local athletic events.

Our Founder: Christa Gurka, MSPT, PMA®-CPT

Lauren Marsicano
Lauren Marsicano is a founding partner of female owned and operated, Marsicano + Leyva PLLC with prior experience on both sides of the aisle providing guidance to both individuals and businesses and taking cases from inception through to trial and post-trial appeal.

Lee Mrazek
Lee Mrazek is an SVP at Tracfone Wireless with 30+ years of business experience in Sales, Marketing and Operations at global Consumer Packaged Goods, Consumer Electronics and Telecom companies. She has lived all over the country and also had an overseas assignment in Sydney, Australia.

Lee’s proudest accomplishments include the 100+ people she has personally mentored throughout her career and the volunteer work she does with organizations focused on female empowerment and animal welfare.

Jay Phillip Parker
Real estate industry leader and veteran, Jay Phillip Parker has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Douglas Elliman’s Florida Brokerage since 2013. Responsible for the advancement of a leading provider of luxury real estate services across South Florida, he has successfully grown Douglas Elliman’s presence in markets from Miami to Jupiter to Palm Beach and St. Petersburg with a total of 22 offices and more than 1,100 agents.

Under Jay’s leadership, Douglas Elliman Florida marked a banner year in 2018 with $4.7 Billion in total sales volume, which was up 30% over the prior year. Jay has been a key figure in the growth of the brand, which is now represented in luxury real estate markets in 60 countries and six continents through its partnership with London-based Knight-Frank Residential.

Nicole Prattico
Nicole Shelley Greenidge Prattico has become one of South Florida’s most recognizable business icons. From producing signature events, seminars and workshops to helping fundraise millions of dollars for various causes for both public and private sector officials, institutions and organizations coupled with an unrivaled mélange of professional attributes clearly merit the countless accolades that she and her businesses continuously receive. Project and Business Development through strategic Events Management, Public Relations and Marketing, have made her Caribbean Today’s’ top 10 success stories in South Florida, Brickell Magazine’s best dressed professionals, one of Mercedes Benz’s Driven for Success Professionals and the US Department of Commerce’s best event production professionals. Indeed astute, multilingual, well travelled, cultured, tenacious, and passionate about excellence in customer service standards all convene to make her poised for representing any institution, organization or country internationally.


The Forum is hosted and underwritten by the Bast Amron law firm. In an effort to give back to our community, we are supporting Miami Waterkeeper. Your donation for attendance will support Miami Waterkeeper’s efforts to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all, to preserve our marine ecosystems and to protect our community from the effects of climate change.

To view the 2018 Business Advantage Forum discussions click here or visit our Bast Amron Channel.


For more information on the 2019 Business Advantage Forum, contact Hayley at (305) 379-7904