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Arnold Matteson of Give Me a Beat Productions and Williams-Sonoma on Lincoln Road dies at 67

By STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

arnold Arnold Matteson, president of Give Me a Beat Productions, died Wednesday morning at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He was 67.

Matteson died of complications following a cardiac medical procedure last week, according to his business partner, George Maiko Coronado.

Matteson, Coronado and DJ Oren Nizri worked closely with Give Me a Beat Productions, an entertainment and marketing company.

“We were a chosen family for the last seven years,” Coronado said. “He was our dad, our best friend, our mentor. He was our business partner, our companion. He was so many things at the same time. We are terribly sad, but at the same time, we knew the last seven years were the happiest years in Arnold’s life.”

Coronado said Matteson was “very involved in the community and fundraising activities.”

Matteson, a Providence, R.I., native who graduated from Brown University in 1964, also was store manager for Williams-Sonoma on Lincoln Road. Before joining the kitchen company, he sold commercial real estate, Coronado said.

He will be cremated. Friends will get together Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Halo Lounge in Miami Beach to celebrate his life.


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RIP Arnold. All of us will miss you.

Arnold, may the DJ in the sky keep you dancing from now on

Someone so special...
...can never be forgotten.

So saddened by this news. I was lucky to be a part of his family for a short time. Many happy times will be remembered. With Love Photographer JR DAVIS

I knew Arnold since... god, since the mid 90s. He always had a smile on his face, always polite and he always managed to say something nice.
Man, Ill miss not seeing him behind the desk at Williams-Sonoma or carrying his camera around at Living Room.


He will be missed. one of the friendlist people I've ever come across.

Tiffany Fantasia

Arnold gave me my start in real estate, and guided me thru three career changes and a law degree.

As a young kid in college he saw promise in me that I never knew I had, and left me a road map to exceed success beyond which I never dared to dream.

I have lost a dear friend, a trusted mentor, an example to my children and a shining example of a life well lived.

Arnold taught me many business lessons which guide me particularly well in these challenged times. I leave some with you---

1. Spend your money 3 years behind and you will out live any down turn in the cycle
2. Set goals that are realistic and then exceed them
3. Don't worry about the manager, if you can produce you will be here long after he is gone
4. Focus on a few clients and serve them exceptionally well
5. Live within your means
6. There is Wisdom in Teams
7. Keep a secret and people will tell you everything

Thank you Arnold for teaching me so much-

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