Michael Fagien, M.D.
Founder and CEO, JAZZIZ Entertainment
With the financial help of his partner Dr. Robert Cade (the inventor of Gatorade), Michael Fagien founded JAZZIZ Magazine in 1983, while he was in Medical School at the University of Florida. The business grew out Fagien’s passion to listen to, write and educate friends about jazz. JAZZIZ was the first magazine in the world to package a CD inside and his model became the gold standard used in computer, gaming and other music magazines and bundled software. Subsequently, the magazine grew into the largest jazz magazine in the world and the JAZZIZ imprimatur became a formidable jazz brand; licensed for fashion, food and beverage, travel, financial service products, spirits, music accessories, books, CDs, festivals and other music-products. Fagien forged relationships for the magazine and jazz as a key for advertising, media sponsorships, music festivals, fashion shows and in-flight entertainment while overseeing all creative, design and packaging efforts for JAZZIZ.
Through the years, Fagien has consulted for numerous entertainment companies, from Universal to Time Warner, and has formed successful ventures with each. In 1995, Fagien launched i.e., music (a record label created by Fagien, along with renowned jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and label operator Mark Wexler in a joint venture with PolyGram,) which generated a best-selling album (A Twist of Jobim), earning “Album of the Year” status and sold the label to Universal.
Fagien was also the visionary force behind Great Taste (a partnership with American Express Publishing/Food & Wine Magazine), where he produced a line of cookbooks bundled with music CDs. Fagien’s close relationship with artists and industry veterans—especially in the jazz world—is unparalleled. In 2005, Fagien shaped and helped launch the first JAZZIZ-themed restaurant live venue concept, called JAZZIZ Bistro which was hailed the “Best Place for Live Music in South Florida”.
Fagien remains one of the publishers of JAZZIZ Magazine and on the Advisory Board of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Chairman is Herbie Hancock). Outside of music, Fagien is a Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician, receiving his M.D. and board certification while at the University of Florida College of Medicine where he served as professor and Chief of Nuclear Medicine until 2000. He continues to serve as a Visiting Professor at the University of Florida and on the medical advisory board for General Electric.
Fagien brings thirty years of expertise in the music/entertainment and media industries and relationships with colleague industry icons and some of the most celebrated artists and musicians to JAZZIZ Entertainment.
Steven Fagien, M.D.
President, JAZZIZ Entertainment
Sharing the passion of music and jazz, Steven Fagien has joined his twin brother Michael and the team of JAZZIZ Entertainment. Fagien has enjoyed the reputation of one of the premiere plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic eyelid surgery with an international reputation for excellence. He is currently in private surgical practice in Boca Raton, Florida. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency in ophthalmology from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and completed a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago, Illinois. Fagien has lived and raised his family in Boca Raton, Florida since 1988 and has held prestigious positions at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital as chief of surgery and on the hospital’s foundation board and has continued to be actively involved in dozens of charitable organizations in the Boca Raton community.
In addition to his extensive organizational and volunteer involvement, Dr Fagien is a member of numerous professional organizations that span the specialties, including the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Dermatological Surgeons. He is one of the world’s only surgeons who is a honorary member of all of the societies across multiple specialties. His areas of expertise are in aesthetic eyelid plastic surgery, advanced applications of BOTOX® for facial aesthetic enhancement, and various forms of injectable soft tissue augmentation agents.
Fagien is a pioneer in the use of injectable soft tissue augmentation agents that have now become common practice in plastic surgery and dermatology. He was the founder of Collagenesis, Inc, and co-developer of injectable autologous and allogeneic human tissue collagen matrices (Autologen® and Dermalogen®) and an allogeneic surgically implantable human collagen matrix (Dermaplant®). He also serves as a consultant and is a member of the medical advisory board to many of the world’s largest industry producers and distributors of injectable agents and plastic surgery products/devices as well as many multi-specialty advisory/consensus groups.
Fagien has edited, authored, or contributed to more than 350 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and texts (including his latest text; the fourth edition of Putterman’s Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery. Elsevier Publishers 2008) and has made more than 500 presentations nationally and internationally. He has been profiled in numerous publications, including Allure, W, Vogue,OK, Tattler, and More, as well as Best Doctors in America. Recently, Dr Fagien was named one of W magazine’s world’s best plastic surgeons specializing in eyelids and as one of the nation’s best eyelid plastic surgeons by More magazineand The New York Times.
Steven Fagien’s aptitude and flair for the arts both in music and plastic surgery and noble stature in the community make him a welcome addition to the JAZZIZ Entertainment team.
Zakiya Fagien, M.D.
Operations, Analytics, Business Development, JAZZIZ Entertainment
After training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, Zakiya Fagien took a sabbatical from the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital – where she was training in OB-GYN – to join her husband Michael in the expansion of JAZZIZ initiatives which included beyond the live venues; reinventing JAZZIZ Magazine after 25 years, the creation of strategic partnerships with other music and media businesses and a direct-to-consumer operations reaching a goal to build the largest jazz customer database in the world. Clients have included such industry giants as Sony and Universal.
Zakiya has launched several real estate ventures including Boca Life Properties, HMI Medical Leasing Partners, a Florida-based medical leasing business and is a principal in one of the largest food distribution companies in the Caribbean.
Beyond her direct duties to operate JAZZIZ Studios, Zakiya Fagien brings her penchant for business analytics and media and persuasive style to work directly with the JAZZIZ management team to maximize efficiencies, profitability with aim to create synergies within the JAZZIZ companies and other music and media businesses.
General Counsel, JAZZIZ Entertainment
Marc Wigder is a principal and acts as General Counsel to JAZZIZ. As a real estate attorney licensed in NY, NJ and FL with 15 years of experience in commercial real estate transactions with a focus on national and international project development, his clients have included real estate investors, developers, and private individuals.
Prior to 2009, Wigder was Corporate Counsel to a large South Florida developer for several years, where he participated on all legal and compliance aspects of the company’s real estate investment and development projects, which included conducting negotiations, drafting and/or reviewing all documentation concerning the Divisions’ national and international real estate Projects; advising senior management as to real estate, development and construction issues, multi-state registration of local, national, and international projects including the corporate organization and the negotiation and drafting of all project documentation related to a Cruise Ship “Condominium” to be flagged by a five-star luxury hotel brand, bulk purchase agreements, marketing agreements, construction contracts and related issues, maintenance/repair contracts, landlord/tenant issues, and shopping center and office building leases.
In addition to Wigder’s extensive legal experience, his family has been involved in New York real estate investment for over 50 years. In the late 1990’s, Wigder completed an assemblage with over 62,000 square feet of buildable air rights on Manhattan’s valuable Upper West Side. In the 2000’s he purchased and sold several buildings in NY, culminating with an office building in Scarsdale, NY, which required total redevelopment, re-positioning and lease-up. Upon redevelopment, and leasing up of this property, Wigder was able to sell the building and obtain a substantial return on equity. This transaction was structured as a 1031 tax-deferred exchange and Wigder’s company purchased Florida property in the exchange. In 2010, he acquired a distressed West Palm Beach medical office building which required extensive expansion, renovations, and tenant build-out. Upon completion of construction the building was then sold one-year later with a substantial return on equity.
Marc Wigder remains an active real estate investor with interests in several commercial and residential properties in New York and Florida.
Director of Construction, JAZZIZ Entertainment
Michael Kaufman brings more than 30 years of construction experience to JAZZIZ. As president of Kaufman Lynn Construction, his firm has completed more than $750 million in projects over its 23-year history including, new construction and renovation of educational facilities, healthcare projects, restaurants, multifamily residential buildings, museums/cultural centers, office buildings, and faith-based facilities throughout Florida with a focus in South Florida and the Treasure Coast regions.
Recent notable projects include the $25 million Academic Support Center at Miami Dade College and the historic restoration of the Freedom Tower in Miami. High profile projects in our community include construction of the four corners of Mizner Park including the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater, the Cartoon Museum and the former Robb & Stuckey’s as well as numerous projects for Florida Atlantic University, the City of Boca Raton, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the School District of Palm Beach County, Pine Crest School, and St. Andrews School.
As testament to his business acumen, Mike was awarded the Palm Beach County Small Business Leader of the Year Excalibur Award by the Sun Sentinel and a Lifetime Achievement Award and 2008 Ultimate CEO for Palm Beach County from the South Florida Business Journal. Under his leadership, Kaufman Lynn received the local Associated Buildersand Contractors (ABC) 2008 Excellence in Construction Award for its work on the $10.0 million Mizner Park Cartoon Museum Redevelopment Mixed-Use Project, a National Safety Award from the national ABC (one of seven in the nation) and the Business of the Year by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce as well as multiple General Contractor of the Year awards from the American Institute of Architects – Palm Beach and Miami chapters.
Kaufman serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation (a board member since 2005), the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Board. He also donates his time and support to several industry, community and numerous nonprofit organizations.
Kaufman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida, College of Building Construction. Born in Bethpage, New York, Kaufman has called South Florida home for the past 39 years. For JAZZIZ Entertainment, Kaufman will remodel the restaurant, kitchen and bars and build-out the offices and recording studio spaces.
Executive Chef, JAZZIZ Nightlife Food Services (Kitchen)
Rising star chef of the Miami culinary scene, Justin Flit began his restaurant industry journey at the age of thirteen. While attending college full-time at FAU, Justin worked at the Gold Coast Grill in Coral Springs, Florida as a line cook and was running the kitchen after his third year there. Though he credits chefs Thomas Keller, Michel Bras and Paul Bocuse as his main influences, early on, Justin’s learned from Kevin Toomy, who now serves as a Joint Venture Partner for the Roy’s and Outback Steakhouse brands. From there, Justin went to work for Chef Oliver Saucy at Cafe Maxx in Pompano Beach where he realized that he wanted to advance his career and he made the decision to attend culinary school at The French Culinary Institute in New York City (the famed institute that graduated Bobby Flay and others). There, in addition to learning the classic French culinary techniques from world renowned French master chefs, he worked after hours for Daniel Boulud where he began to appreciate the importance of only using the best possible.
Upon graduation, Justin accepted a position with Michael Mina’s restaurant group and helped Mina open a restaurant in San Francisco before moving back to Florida, accepting an Executive Sous Chef position at Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle in Aventura. JAZZIZ is proud to recruit Flit who will offer an unprecedented culinary experience and to leverage its media infrastructure to make him the next celebrity chef.
Manager, JAZZIZ Studios, Recording Studio
Joe Salamida has always wanted to make a difference in the music world. After high school, Salamida, a musician, attended a business college, then enrolled in SAE Miami’s audio engineering program. Having worked for JAZZIZ in the past, on a variety of music projects, Salamida ventured out on his own to form Vanquish Studio; one of the finest recording studios in the South. Vanquish has already attracted artists of the caliber of John Mayer and Sara Bareilles largely due to Salamida’s attention to details; acquiring the finest equipment and providing the highest level of service. The Vanquish Studio walls are already filled with accolades from industry leaders and Grammys Awards making Salamida the obvious choice to run JAZZIZ Studios’ recording studio. On top of Salamida’s skills JAZZIZ benefits from state-of-the-art equipment that will be used in the post-recording process, whereby recordings from JAZZIZ will be downloaded to Vanquish for final mastering, obviating the need for JAZZIZ Studios to duplicate Vanquish’s luxurious technology.
Manager, JAZZIZ Studios, Networks (Broadcasting)
Tony Morales has worked in live sound production for more than 20 years. For the past ten years, Morales was head engineer for Clear Channel at 24 radio stations, concert and celebrity broadcasts and managed their productions from Orlando to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas; working with a wide variety of top name artists from Justin Bieber to Britney Spears, Enrique Inglesias, Maroon 5 and others. Morales will champion the broadcast initiatives for JAZZIZ ranging from live music broadcasts to creative music and food programming (shows) for major TV and radio network distribution.