Real Estate Mogul Donald Soffer to be Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
Real estate developer Donald Soffer will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, by the South Florida Business Journal, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, on April 21.
The honor is given to individuals who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding performance in the business and non-profit community of South Florida. Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award includes H. Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings, Jorge Perez of the Related Group, Brian Keeley of Baptist Health South Florida, and Mike Jackson of Auto Nation.
Donald Soffer began erecting retail shopping centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and throughout the Midwest in 1955. The Greater Pittsburgh Merchandise Mart & Expo Center is one of his more noteworthy achievements. After much success in the Midwest, Soffer headed South to Aventura, Florida in 1967. Soffer was able to transform what was primarily wetlands and swamps into a bustling community, prospering with high-rise condominiums, shopping centers and offices. The demographic makeup of Aventura, Florida is very appealing for economic development and those looking to reside in one of Florida’s prime municipalities.
Instrumental in developing Aventura, Florida to what it is today, the Soffer family has invested heavily in the community over the years, donating $25 million to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute of the University of Miami, Florida. As well, Donald Soffer bestowed $15 million to his Alma mater, Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 2008.
Donald Soffer’s two children Jackie Soffer and Jeffrey Soffer have followed in their Father’s footsteps and have forged successful careers in real estate as owners of Turnberry Associates, which in headquartered in Aventura, Florida. Turnberry Associates specializes in retail, commercial, hospitality and residential real estate properties in South Florida.
Turnberry Associates has entered into a joint venture with the LeFrak family to develop the North Miami SoLē Mia community project. They are also involved with the renovation and expansion of the Aventura Mall, a mecca for South Florida shoppers. In addition Turnberry Associates are the owners of the world famous Fountainbleu Miami Beach, a premiere resort in Miami Beach, Florida.
Donald Soffer was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania in 1933 and is a renowned, philanthropist and investor.