Fulfilling children's dreams through travel

About the Jorge Nation Foundation

Jorge Brouwer

Confronted with the tragedy of losing a friend, fiancé and brother, the Jorge Nation Foundation Inc. was established in May of 2011 in honor of Jorge Brouwer.

Jorge was an extraordinary person who had the rare ability to make life more enjoyable for all who knew him. In honor of Jorge, his passion for life, travel, and with the goal of making life a little better for those less fortunate, we started the Jorge Nation Foundation Inc. (JNF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. JNF's purpose is to raise funds to send children stricken with a terminal or serious illness on a once-in-a-lifetime all inclusive "Dream Trip" to a destination of their choice.  JNF is extremely proud to partner with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, one of the regions leading pediatric hospitals, for the purpose of referring qualified children for consideration.

While attending the University of Florida, Jorge was affectionately (and universally) known as "Pi Kapp Jorge" in reference to his fraternity Pi Kappa Phi. Amazingly, almost every student at the University of Florida knew, or heard of, the legend of Pi Kapp Jorge – an unheard of feat for a school of 45,000 students. Everyone clamored for Jorge's attention because he was the ultimate "firecracker" to any party – no one was safe from Jorge's playful humor and foolish antics.

Jorge's passion was traveling to all parts of the world seeking new adventures. The Jorge Nation Foundation was created to extend his legacy and raise funds for those less privileged that also have a passion for life and travel.

Our Mission

Jorge Nation Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to raising funds to send children and their families on a once-in-a-lifetime all inclusive Dream Trip to a destination of their choice.  Unlike other charitable organizations, JNF exists to enhance the lives of children through travel from South Florida who are or have been stricken with a terminal or debilitating health condition or illness.  JNF is extremely proud to partner with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, one of the region's leading pediatric hospitals, for the purpose of referring and selecting JNF Dream Trip recipients.

Fulfilling children's dreams through travel

Leadership

Ruben E. Socarras

President

Ruben is the President and one of the founders of the Jorge Nation Foundation (JNF). Ruben and Jorge were longtime best friends and first met at the University of Florida in 1996. Since then, Ruben was fortunate enough to experience firsthand Jorge’s passion and zeal for travel and life, which ultimately led to the idea and creation of JNF by Ruben and his fellow Board of Directors in 2011. Aside from dedicating his time to JNF, Ruben serves as a managing member of Marshall Socarras Grant, PL, a law firm he helped form that is based in Boca Raton, Florida that focuses in the areas of business and complex litigation, corporate law, bankruptcy law, employment law, real estate law, and general civil litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2000, and received his law degree in 2003 from Stetson University College of Law. Since then, Ruben has established a successful legal career as a trial attorney. During this time, Ruben has earned an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell, was featured in the 2012 Edition of ALM South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers, and been named in Florida Super Lawyers 2010-2015 in the area of Business Litigation. Ruben is a native South Floridian, and is married with two children.

Sumer Ravey

Secretary

Sumer is the Secretary and one of the founders of Jorge Nation Foundation (JNF). Sumer and Jorge have been connected since 2004, and were engaged to be married at the time of Jorge’s passing in 2010. While there are many things Sumer loved about Jorge, she is proud to help honor his memory with JNF, paying homage to his zest for life and passion for travel. Jorge was always incredibly devoted to his business, Xtreme Trips, which brought adolescents and young adults on chaperoned Spring Break trips, exposing them to the world around them. Sumer’s goal for the foundation is to help Jorge’s legacy live on by sending children in need on once-in-a-lifetime Dream Trips. In addition to her dedication to the foundation, Sumer works in account services representing spirits giant Bacardi USA. Sumer continues to live in Miami and looks forward to paying homage to Jorge by helping to make the foundation a success.

Lawrence DeMarco

Treasurer

Proven leader with strong background in various forms of financial management, including high-profile positions responsible for planning and analysis, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, treasury functions, and valuation – most notably for subscriber based service businesses or recurring revenue generating models.

Phil Snyder

Vice President, Communications

Philip M. Snyder is the managing partner of Lyons, Snyder & Collin, P.A. Mr. Snyder’s practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense and family law. Mr. Snyder has been recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer”, “Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer”, “Florida Legal Elite”, “Super Lawyer” and “AV® Preeminent Rated”. Mr. Snyder is frequently featured as a legal analyst for Fox News, CNN and HLN in the field of criminal defense and civil litigation.

Todd Steinberg

Vice President, Marketing

Todd graduated from the University of Florida in 2,000 and earned BS in Communications and Sports Management. Todd forged a strong bond with Jorge Brouwer throughout his years in Gainesville and subsequently founded Xtreme Trips together. Since its founding in 2002, Xtreme has customized exclusive travel packages for over 100,000 students to Mexico, Bahamas, Punta Cana, and Las Vegas and is now recognized as the nation’s largest ‘Exclusive’ Student Travel Company. Todd, Jorge, and a third partner also engineered separate event management company, Spring Weekend, which produces the nation’s largest collegiate music festival, taking place in Panama City Beach, FL every April and is now entering its eighth year. Driven by the same thread of motivation, Xtreme Trips and Spring Weekend continue to flourish in honor of Jorge of which Todd is proud to exemplify as a major equity holder of each business.

Jeff Ostrow

Vice President, Special Events

Jeffrey M. Ostrow is the Managing Partner of Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A. He established his own law practice immediately upon graduation from law school in 1997, co-founded the current firm in 2001, and has since grown it to nearly 40 attorneys in 3 offices throughout South Florida. In addition to overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations and strategic direction, Mr. Ostrow practices full time in the areas of consumer class actions, commercial litigation, business counseling, and sports agency law. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney in both legal ability and ethics, which is the highest possible rating by the most widely recognized attorney rating organization in the world.

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Abbi Stoloff

Director

Abbi Stoloff is a dedicated fourth grade elementary school gifted teacher. She has been teaching for 29 years in Miami Dade and Broward County schools. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Elementary Education/Reading at Florida International University. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her four children, husband and her loving pets.

Adrian Esquivel

Director

Adrian is CEO of TECKpert, an award winning digital agency and incubator based in Miami, FL.

Adrian started his career developing software solutions for the government after graduating from the University of Florida in 2002 with a degree in computer engineering. He quickly rose to lead engineering teams and R&D for a defense contractor building smart surveillance systems for the US Department of Defense and intelligence agencies.

In 2009, he founded TECKpert to deliver high quality technology solutions with a focus on client relations and customer service. Since starting the company, he’s grown TECKpert into a leading technology services agency in South Florida. In 2014, Adrian and his team expanded operations into Silicon Valley and launched TECKpert’s startup program for entrepreneurs and channel partner program for businesses making TECKpert’s technology services widely available for a diverse set of businesses across the country.

As TECKpert’s chief expert, Adrian Esquivel is responsible for managing the day-to-day-operations, leading the company’s development and growth strategy.

Seth Haimovich

Director

Seth Haimovitch works in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office where he practices in the areas of civil and constitutional rights, family law, and employment litigation. He is licensed to practice in Florida.

Mr. Haimovitch earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, with Honors, from University of Florida in 2004. In 2005, Mr. Haimovitch earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management, with Honors, from the University of Florida. In 2010, Mr. Haimovitch received a Juris Doctor degree, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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Annie Mercedes

Director

Annie Mercedes, a graduate of Keiser University is the Comptroller at Kopelowitz Ostrow P.A. for the past 10 years. Ms. Mercedes is responsible for all accounting, financial and human resources related activities within the firm and assists management with the office administration.
Ms. Mercedes is also the owner of Prestige Dance Company, a Latin dance school that provides technical instructions to all levels of dancers.

Lexi Stoloff

Director

Lexi Stoloff currently attends Cypress Bay High School. She has been involved in the foundation for about two years and is the Founder and President of the Jorge Nation Foundation Club at Cypress Bay. Lexi enjoys writing, shopping, and hanging out with her friends and family. “Woohoo go gata!”

Devon Stoloff

Director

Devon Stoloff is currently a student at Cypress Bay High School. He has been involved with the foundation for about a year and a half. He is the co-founder and Vice President of the Jorge Nation Foundation Club at Cypress Bay. In his spare time, Devon enjoys hanging out with his friends and going to the gym. He is focused in life on academics and changing others peoples lives, along with having fun.