Shareef Malnik: Owner, President and CEO
Shareef Malnik is the owner of The Forge, an iconic restaurant that has been an institution in Miami Beach for more than four decades. Malnik’s personal experience and interests extend far beyond the world of food and wine to include art, interior design, and entertainment – passions which radiate throughout the walls of the restaurant.
Malnik’s entrepreneurial ambition began at the University of Miami, where he graduated from the Business and Law School in 1982. Since, he has owned and operated five restaurant/nightlife establishments, and is the co-managing partner of a financial industries firm.
A passionate and active community member, Malnik is involved in a number of arts and civic organizations. Since 2005, he has served as Gala Chairman of the highly regarded InterContinental Make-A-Wish Ball, where through his efforts, has raised more than $11 million dollars for the organization. He also serves on the board of directors for the Miami Police Athletic League, which strives to prevent juvenile delinquency through the use of academics, athletics and artistic activities.
In addition, Malnik is an advocate of his hometown, Miami Beach. He has been presented the Key to the City six times, and has been presented with a Heroic Action Award for saving a life. Malnik was also selected as “Citizen of the Year,” won the “Innovations in Business” Award by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Make A Wish Board of Directors as well as their Executive Committee.
In his spare time, Malnik is an avid adventurer and has spanned the globe in search of new and exciting experiences. He has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; ice climbed the glaciers of the Cascades; hosted an African Safari in Tanzania; and has conquered ocean depths greater than 500 feet as an expert “tech” diver. He is a licensed helicopter pilot, extreme sports enthusiast, equestrian, musician, practitioner of jiu-jitsu, and an adept racer of cars and powerboats.
He currently resides with his family in Miami Beach, FL.