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 the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) for the purpose of referring qualified children and families for consideration. 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.
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 the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) for the purpose of referring qualified children and families for consideration.
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.
Ruben is 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 is a principal and managing partner of Chane Socarras, PLLC, a law firm that focuses in the areas of business law and complex 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. Ruben is a native South Floridian, and is married with two children.
Todd graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 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. 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.
Ken is the Treasurer of JNF and helps implement the foundation’s financial strategy. Ken is also responsible for directing all of the foundation’s day to day financial management, reporting and regulatory compliance, overseeing the investment portfolio and partnering with program staff in development of grants and program related investments. Concurrent with serving on the Board of Directors, Larry is the CFO of All Star Healthcare Solutions in Deerfield Beach, FL. Prior to joining the All Star, Ken spent roughly a decade at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), which enjoyed extreme growth during his tenure and was the first of the exchanges to go public. At CME, he served as budget manager, worked closely with Accounting IT, and had a role in two major acquisitions.
Ken is an avid supporter of Eileen’s Home, a nonprofit organization based on Long Island that was organized to honor a childhood friend’s mother, which helps people meet the basic needs of food, clothing, and other necessities with dignity and hope. He received two baccalaureate degrees, one in Finance and the other in Management Information Systems (MIS), from the University of Central Florida, College of Business Administration. Outside of work, Ken loves doing anything that involves spending time with his wife, Jami; son, Jack; and daughter, Dylan.
Jeff Ostrow is the Managing Partner of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert (KO). 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.
Scott J. Weiselberg is a shareholder of the Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert (KO). Mr. Weiselberg represents clients in commercial and real estate litigation, as well as in the structuring of business transactions. Prior to joining KO, Mr. Weiselberg was Executive Vice President and General Counsel with a national manufacturing and distribution firm handling all aspects of its corporate governance. Mr. Weiselberg’s legal background combined with his extensive business experience and community involvement enable him to provide a unique perspective to help clients navigate a myriad of issues. Mr. Weiselberg previously founded or served on the Board of Directors of several philanthropic organizations benefiting community charities such as Miami Children’s Hospital and The Boys & Girls Club of Miami and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Seth Haimovitch is an attorney at Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert (KO) in Ft. Lauderdale 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.
Keith is the CEO of All Star Recruiting, which is recognized as one of the fastest-growing healthcare staffing companies in the country. He assumed his position when he joined the firm in 2005. Based in Deerfield Beach, the company places physicians and advanced practice providers on locum tenens (i.e., temporary) assignments and in permanent positions at hospitals and other healthcare facilities throughout the United States, bringing quality care to patients nationwide who might otherwise go without it. With Keith at the helm, All Star has notably benefited the Florida economy and healthcare delivered throughout the Sunshine State. The company has gone from 90 to nearly 200 employees over the past year and increased its office space by roughly 35 percent. In addition, All Star has boosted its revenue at least 25 percent annually over the past five years. Keith, his wife, Lori, and their son, Tyler have been champions of the Jorge Nation Foundation (JNF) since 2015. All Star has become an avid supporter of JNF as well. Together, they have sponsored different JNF events and personally donated funds for JNF’s Dream Trips.
Annie Mercedes, a graduate of Keiser University is the Comptroller at Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert (KO) 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.
Melyssa Bernstein is the Director of Marketing for All Star Healthcare Solutions. In her role at All Star, Melyssa has helped develop and manage numerous internal events to raise awareness and donations in service of JNF. She was grateful for the opportunity to join the JNF board of directors and extend additional support for such a meaningful and purposeful cause. Prior to joining All Star, Melyssa spent close to 15 years in the digital marketing and brand development space working with Fortune 500 clients across the globe. Melyssa is a native New Yorker, graduated from the University of Central Florida, and after living overseas for a few years, now calls South Florida home with her husband and two children.