City Profile — 01 November 2019
Reigning men: Meet the 2019 Men of Style

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore Magazine

The 12 men who’ll dress up in fashionable clothes and strut a fashion runway Dec. 5 in front of a thousand or so people are prepared to drop their inhibitions to raise money for a good cause. Or, actually, 12 of them.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale recently announced this year’s class of men who’ll participate in the 13th Annual South Florida Ford Men of Style presented by Signature Grand, and sponsored by City & Shore magazine. See their photos on pgs. 25-32 in our digital edition, http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/publication/?i=630364&pre=1#%22issue_id:630364,page:0%22

This year’s influential and philanthropic “Men of Style,” and the charities they represent, are:

  • Joseph Brydon, managing partner, Becher, Nall, Brydon, Spahn and Co. | Florida Children’s Theatre.
  • Bob Denison, president and founder, Denison Yachting | History Fort Lauderdale.
  • Roman Cody Foster, owner/designer, Southern Sands Design | HANDY.
  • Randy Gilbert, chief happiness officer, Florida’s Title Insurance Co. | Art and Culture Center Hollywood.
  • Bill Hawk, Mednax executive and entrepreneur | Jack & Jill Children’s Center.
  • Chad Van Horn, founding partner, Van Horn Law Group PA | Leadership Broward Foundation.
  • Rep. Chip LaMarca, Florida state representative, District 93 | Henderson Behavioral Health.
  • Michael Lessne, partner, Nelson Mullins | Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Tom Lynch, attorney | Take Stock in Children of Broward County.
  • Jordan Schiegner, sales director, Artisans and Estates Chain Team at Southern Glazer Wine and Spirits | Arc Broward.
  • Michael Soch, commercial risk consultant, Bowen, Miclette & Britt of Florida | Covenant House Florida.
  • Carlton Washington, co-founder, 4Ever Young Anti-Aging Solutions | Kids in Distress.

“Every year we try to have a different look and feel to the event, so it will be new and exciting and different,” says Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “By purchasing a ticket and supporting one charity, people who attend will support all the men and bring awareness to 12 really worthwhile charities within our community.”

Last year, the Men of Style event had 1,100 attendees and raised nearly $90,000 for the charities it supports.

In addition to the runway show, in which the men will sport the season’s top trending styles from Macy’s, Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus, the event will include gourmet food selections, an open bar and live entertainment.

“South Florida Ford is a proud partner with The Galleria to support 12 local organizations that positively impact our community,” says Allan Young, chairman of the board of the South Florida Ford Dealers Association. “It is part of our business philosophy as a leading international auto brand to give back and be a part of the community, so we look forward to another spectacular event that will raise funds and awareness for worthy causes.”

Tickets are $85 for general admission, which includes an open bar, culinary delights and valet parking. The $150 VIP tickets sold out within 12 minutes of going on sale.

Event sponsors and contributors include South Florida Ford as the title sponsor, Signature Grand as a presenting sponsor and supporting sponsors Macy’s, Dillard’s, Bowen, Miclette & Britt of Florida, GPR | Goodman Public Relations, Neiman Marcus, Health Gains, City & Shore magazine, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Seminole Coconut Creek Casino, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, Blue Martini and Icelandic Glacial.

“We have the addition of the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino this year,” Milroy says. “They are our VIP sponsor, and we’re happy that some of their restaurants will be doing the VIP event.”

Men of Style begins at 6 p.m. at The Galleria, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets can be purchased at galleriamall-fl.com/men-of-style-2019/, and you can designate which charity you’d like to support. For information, call 954-564-1036 or visit galleriamall-fl.com.    

The Styles that inspire the Men of Style

To get to know each of the 12 Men of Style participants, we asked each about their own sense of style. To see a gallery of each man, please see our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CityAndShoreMagazine/) or Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/cityandshore_magazine/)

JOSEPH BRYDON (Representing Florida Children’s Theatre)

How would you describe your own personal style?

My personal business style is best described as business casual no ties or jackets, no problem.

From where do you take your style cues?

My style cues come primarily from my wife, with help from my daughter and son.

BOB DENISON (Representing History Fort Lauderdale.)

How would you describe your own personal style? 

My personal style was birthed out of humid afternoons in Fort Lauderdale, pretending I know how to sail; and also trying to hide a provocative dad bod.

ROMAN CODY FOSTER (Representing HANDY)

How would you describe your own personal style?

As a designer/model, I have fun creating and evolving my own personal style. I like to be authentic with my choices, choosing clothes that speak to me rather than chasing after a current trend. I would consider my wardrobe to be experimental, yet sleek. I feel most confident in clothes that are slim-fit and form-flattering.

From where do you take your style cues?

With a degree in English literature, I tend to draw inspiration from the classics – gravitating towards dapper things like a sharp pair of trousers or vintage-inspired patterns. In part due to the ‘Miami Style’ influence in South Florida, my clothes have become more playful, sexy and urban. I love to throw in an element of surprise, from a western bolo to a unique bracelet or over-the-top shoes. 

RANDY GILBERT (Representing Art and Culture Center Hollywood)

How would you describe your own personal style? 

My personal style consists of Ted Baker suits, pocket kerchiefs, Gucci belts, ties and shoes.

From where do you take your style cues?

Style cues come from color. You don’t have to look like a pallbearer.

BILL HAWK (Representing Jack & Jill Children’s Center.)

How would you describe your own personal style? 

Predictable, casual, neat and possibly boring. Not very adventurous, but classic.

From where do you take your style cues? 

I don’t think I take ‘cues’ very well, but my three sons seem to always have an opinion, as does my niece Julia. I should pay more attention to George Clooney. I think he gets it. 

CHIP LaMARCA (Representing Henderson Behavioral Health)

How would you describe your own personal style?

Classic Rat Pack mixed with traditional Ralph Lauren and some Psycho Bunny mischief to keep them guessing!

From where do you take your style cues?

Local style and GQ – not the average conservative politician on TV!

MICHAEL LESSNE (Representing Broward Center for the Performing Arts)

How would you describe your own personal style? 

Mad Men meets Fort Lauderdale. Classic. Clean. Funky. Colorful patterns.

From where do you take your style cues?

My beautiful and trendy wife, Ashley Boxer. And I also credit my stylish friend, Tom Loffredo.

TOM LYNCH (Representing Take Stock in Children of Broward County

How would you describe your own personal style?

Although I don’t really have style cues, since I have surfed almost my entire life, surfing plays a great part in my ‘style.’ Hawaiian shirts, shorts, baggies, flip flops and surf-related lapel pins are all in my quiver. 

JORDAN SCHIEGNER (Representing Arc Broward

How would you describe your own personal style?

My style is an elevated business casual when I’m at work, and I’m more of a J. Crew fan in my downtime. I’ve always thought that clothes make the man when it comes to the workplace, so it’s important to look your best. Just because you’re wearing a suit and tie doesn’t mean that you’ve dressed your best. Most guys don’t know the real value of a perfectly tailored suit or how great you feel when wearing one. It’s all about fit, style and confidence. Aside from that, I always try to add a conversation piece into my outfits, whether it’s a bright sport coat, cool pocket square or layered bracelets. You’ve always got to have that something extra to take your outfit to the next level and make an impression. Invest in staple pieces, and always keep it polished.

MICHAEL SOCH (Representing Covenant House Florida)

How would you describe your own personal style?

I would describe my personal style as slightly retro/classic, with a touch of modern accessorizing. When I’m in front of clients in my 9 to 5, it’s all about a tailored suit and polished dress shoes (never skimp on the shoes!). For evening events, I try to incorporate small accessories, like a pocket square and lapel pin, to stand out a bit from the crowd.

From where do you take your style cues?

I’ve been fortunate to have friends with an astute eye for style, and I take a lot of my cues from them and blend it to my taste. Living in South Florida, we get the luxury of seeing so many different styles in play, and I’ve incorporated what I’ve seen while out and about into my personal style as well.

CHAD VAN HORN (Representing Leadership Broward Foundation.)

How would you describe your own personal style?

I go for a buttoned-up suit and tie look for events, but I’m mostly a business-casual kind of guy. On a given workday, you’ll likely see me in a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans, a light blue Nike polo and a pair of Ferragamo loafers. I prefer T-shirts and polos when I’m off, probably sporting a logo from a Pittsburgh team (pick one – I’m a fan of them all), jeans or shorts, with a pair of Jordan’s or sandals.

CARLTON WASHINGTON (Representing Kids in Distress

How would you describe your own personal style? 

On a daily basis, anyone who knows me will tell you my style is my brand. I typically will not wear anything that is not branded with my company logos because, to me, by dressing well in your logo you are killing two birds with one stone. My brand represents a lifestyle, so therefore my style is 4Ever Young! Casual, but usually with some upscale accessories like a nice watch and shoes.

 From where do you take your style cues?

My style cues are taken from the weather, first and foremost. I like to feel cool and clean at all times, so I usually wear clothing that won’t restrict my movement and breathes easy. I absolutely hate suits, but will wear if I must. If it were up to me, I’d wear flip-flops and tank tops every day, so I take most of my style tips from my business partner Deniz or his wife, Slade, because they are well-versed in these areas and I’m clueless.

 PHOTO: Runway scene from last year’s Men of Style at the Galleria Fort Lauderdale. (Photo by Mark Gauert)

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