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Miami's Men of the Moment

By Luis R. Rigual

Photography by Nick Garcia | Styling by Elysze Held

03.20.17

From an astronomy expert to a real estate maverick, the men shaping Miami’s future couldn’t be more different in their professions and approaches, but they all share one common trait: a no-holds-barred passion for what they do. Here, eight trailblazers sound off—in their own words.

The Newcomer
Former New Yorker Justin Lowe spends his days managing wealth and investments, but his driving force in life is enjoying time with his family and the best Miami has to offer.

“When people ask me what I do as the founder and managing partner of Northern Star Capital Holdings, the simple answer is that I manage a fund that makes a range of investments globally, principally in private equity and hedge funds. The past year has been one filled with both challenges and accomplishments. We purchased Capital Guardian, a wealth management firm with 20 offices in the Southeastern United States that was undergoing many changes. That was hard work, but we successfully turned it around, moved its headquarters to Miami and positioned it for growth. My job is hard, but I’m not enslaved to it. A client once told me: ‘Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.’ I try to follow that advice every day. I think that’s partly the reason my wife and I decided to move to Miami. I love the ocean and my passion is windsurfing, so I’m on the water as much as possible. Something that was very important for us in moving here was to maintain the connection to the arts that we had in Manhattan, where we lived for 15 years, so we’ve made it a point to do our part to help new cultural establishments grow and thrive by supporting them. And we’ve met great people doing that, so that’s a plus. I have lived in eight countries, and I can honestly say that I have never been so warmly welcomed as in Miami.”