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Gabe
	Rodriguez
What has been the most valuable about your NEWH involvement, both personally and
professionally?
The direct impact-we take great pride in giving back to our Miami community. Our chapter is intentional
about education, community service, and networking. We fundraise and award $20,000 in student
scholarships annually, which have a profound impact on the students in lightening their financial burden.
I spearheaded the creation of a platform called One Design Community that partners with the South
Florida chapters of NEWH, IIDA, AIA, and ASID to support the local community through philanthropic and
community service initiatives. We typically collect more than 300 toys during the holiday season and have
provided more than 25,000 meals for our local food banks. Additionally, we have worked to clean up local
shores and collect building materials for local organizations that build affordable homes. The relationships
cultivated through networking as part of NEWH have been invaluable-they have led to opportunities for
mentorship, panel discussions, career opportunities, and friendships to last a lifetime.

Why do you recommend people get involved with NEWH?

President, NEWH South
Florida chapter and interior
designer, Gensler

NEWH truly lives and breathes its mission. It's an organization that really cares about people. It's a real
network of professionals that connects the dots. You are given the opportunities for leadership, business
development, networking, and education to further your career. Your involvement impacts not only your
career but also the lives of many in your community.

What is your proudest recent NEWH accomplishment?
An initiative to fundraise for food insecurity in our community during this global pandemic. The NEWH
community has been greatly impacted, and many in the hospitality industry are facing food insecurity
for the first time. Through our fundraising campaign, we provided more than 25,000 meals to local food
banks, and it has been an honor to offer this support to a great number of people in Miami.

Where do you find inspiration, both inside and outside the industry?
I find inspiration in travel. Exploring new grounds while being disconnected from technology takes my
mind on an endless journey. New ideas come from the simplest of things in culture, food, and experiences.
I also find inspiration in the latest design magazines, blogs, social media posts, and local designers. I
love to explore and decipher design thinking when touring spaces. Inspiration is all around us. It is about
inquiry, observation, and analysis.

When you aren't working or at an NEWH event, where can we find you?
I really like spending time with my friends seeking out the latest in culinary experiences. When I am
encouraged to cook, I go out of my way to research and make a meal memorable. My alone time is spent
watching the latest science fiction movies or series. Lastly, my most precious time is spent with my family.
I am fortunate to have been raised by an adoring, hardworking, united family that loves to sit around the
table over a meal and enjoy each other's company. What more can I ask for? ❙❘❚

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Contents
Letter from the President
News
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Guest Perspective
Who's Who
New NEWH Corporate Partners
Conference Roundup
Have You Seen
Scholarships
Scholarship Heroes
Interview: Arash Azarbarzin
Sustainability Point of View
Q&A: Tara Chung
Q&A: Courtney Elfand
Q&A: Gabe Rodriguez
Cover Story
Project: Canopy Cancun
Project: Pressed Roots
Project: Giannino Mayfair
Project: Portola Hotel & Spa
Chapter Highlights
Save the Date
New Members
Partner Profiles
Ad Index
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