Israel Sands was born in Guanajay, Cuba and came to Miami in 1961. He graduated from University of Miami with a major in Psychology in 1974. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1978, and the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Estate Planning in 2011. After receiving his first law degree, Israel lived in Paris for 11 years, where he practiced immigration law and then became involved in various international entrepreneurial endeavors. In 1990 he was a “pioneer" in the renaissance of South Beach with his destination store, Flowers & Flowers on Lincoln Road. His character has earned the trust of many families in South Florida, who are secure in his values and integrity. He lives with J.B.Veltman and 2 daughters.

Israel has been active with many non-profits in South Florida, notably as a founding board member of the South Beach Business Guild, and works closely with Virginia Jacko, CEO of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, and Next @ 19th Street.

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