Nomad Management founder Damon Rutland followed his “nomadic” instincts and headed south to Miami for business and pleasure.
Miami is synonymous with models. And no one knows that better than Nomad Management founder Damon Rutland. The international model-turned-businessman launched Nomad (the name was inspired by Rutland’s world travels and is also “Damon” spelled backwards) in 2001 out of New York City. But after more than a decade in the Big Apple, Rutland wanted to bring his talents to South Beach. “When I realized that I could really be anywhere in the world and do my job, I knew I had to come to Miami,” he says. “I love the community aspect, especially in South Beach. I don’t have a car here; I just ride my bike.”
Now, Rutland runs his global business out of his South of Fifth office, while managing the careers of supermodels like Coco Rocha, who is also his business partner. But Rutland is set on making sure that Nomad isn’t just any management company; it’s an environment that promotes health and happiness. “The modeling industry can be tough sometimes,” he says. “But we’re all human beings and should be treated with respect, and I never want to lose sight of that.” Adding to his keen business sense is a quality-of-life factor only Miami can provide—his new home is a couple of blocks from the beach and his office in either direction. Miami for the win! 941 Fourth St., Miami Beach, 212-600-0577; nomadmgmt.com