Bank Leumi USA
Octavio was born in Cuba and came to Miami at the age of 10 years old. He
attended Miami Dade College and graduated from Florida International
University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
He began his banking career as a teller, while attending Florida International University, subsequently rising to be President/CEO of three local community banks in Miami. He was a founding member and served as Vice Chairman & President / CEO of US Century bank, (USCB) where he served for over ten years.
After leaving USCB he joined Absolut financial Resources as a Director. He recently joined Bank Leumi, USA as their CRE Relationship Manager for South Florida. Over the years he has been very involved with several charitable and non-profit organizations and was active with the SFHCC and other local chambers.
Executive Vice President
Clara Diaz-Leal is the Retail Executive/ EVP for BankUnited’s Miami-Dade
With more than three decades of banking experience to this top position, as
Market President, Ms. Diaz-Leal oversees all of Miami-Dade branch activities
related to deposit and loan growth and leads the implementation of strategic
and annual plans. Clara joined BankUnited in 2016 from SunTrust Bank in
Miami, where she served as Senior Vice President and business banking team
leader for 7 years. Other experience includes working for Wachovia
Bank/Wells Fargo for 25 years in various leadership roles.
Diaz Leal is active in the community, currently serving on the board of the
South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women’s Society.
Diaz-Leal was born in Cuba, but moved to Miami Beach at the age of six. Clara currently lives in Surfside with her husband Steven. She has three daughters and five grandkids. Clara holds the rank of 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. In her free time Clara enjoys the beach, cooking and spending time her family.
President & Founder
Dariel Fernandez is a Cuban American business owner , investor, Talent Host,
Producer, Reporter , author and philanthropist. He founded the Ponemus Inc a
boutique technology Software Development firm with over 15 years of combined
experience in the field of marketing and consulting businesses in
Dariel expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. Some of our innovations includes Adsione (a marketing platform) and Owletu (a platform that connects people around the world with marketing centralization).
Market President for South Florida/Caribbean
Giselle Cushing brings 27 years of experience in group insurance sales,
account management and operations in the Health and Wellbeing industry. She
is recognized as a thought leader who has proudly worked at Humana for 11
years. Giselle’s strategic focus and drive have contributed to her proven
track record with strong market membership growth and financial performance.
Her team ranked as the Top Commercial Office for Humana in 2018 and has
qualified for the company’s President’s Council six consecutive years.
Giselle is passionate about improving the health and well-being of South Floridians and co-chairs the Broward County Bold Goal initiative, which aims to make the community 20% healthier by 2020 and beyond. She enjoys spending time with family and giving back to the community by volunteering and supporting area organizations dedicated to helping underprivileged families from diverse backgrounds in the tri-county area.
A long-time leader in the South Florida community, Giselle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hispanic Unity of Florida, the Urban League of Broward County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Sun City Strategies
Eduardo González was born in Cárdenas, Cuba, and moved to Florida in 1971.
He attended Miami-Dade College, studying business management and
administration. González was elected to the Hialeah City Council in 1999 and
was re-elected in 2001 and 2003.
Representative Gonzalez currently serves as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation, a role he has held since November 2012.
Senior Vice President
Head of International Wealth, SunTrust
Luis Arango is a Senior Vice President and the Head of SunTrust
International Wealth Management. He offers clients more than 15 years of
comprehensive wealth management experience, with a team approach that brings
together specialists in investments, financial planning, credit, and estate
strategies. He is a native of Miami, FL and is a graduate of Florida State
University with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Luis is also a
member of the Florida International Bankers Association.
As part of International Wealth Management, Luis works with a team of experts whose sole focus is to bring comprehensive and highly customized business and personal financial solutions to successful high net-worth International families and businesses. Together they develop a holistic financial plan that meets their clients’ short- and long-term goals.
SunTrust Private Wealth Management is part of SunTrust Bank; with a proud 120-year heritage of commitment to helping our clients manage their wealth and achieve their goals. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients — by building and continually strengthening long-term relationships and by offering you comprehensive wealth management capabilities to meet your sophisticated and often complex needs. As your needs evolve, your team of experts and solutions will too, in order to address new challenges and opportunities.
Board Chair for the March of Dimes Miami Market
Chair for the SunTrust Hispanic Teammate Network
United Way Young Leader
Member of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Named 2018 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
He holds the FINRA Series 7, 66, 24 licenses
State of Florida Life, Heath and Variable Products
President & CEO
Center for Financial Training
Connie Laguna is the President & CEO of the Center for Financial Training, Southeastern also known as CFT. CFT is the educational arm of the American Bankers Association. CFT, Southeastern is housed at Miami Dade College. CFT is a non-profit 501©3 organization that is dedicated to providing training and education to financial services professionals, pre-career students and the community at large. CFT is dedicated to promoting financial services education, financial management and financial literacy. CFT is very focused on assisting minority students that are from low to moderate income areas explore the world of banking and financialservices. Connie joined CFT in March of 1982. She is a member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Academy of Finance Executive Board. She sits on The Beacon Council, One Community One Goal, Banking and Finance Committee, and is an Executive Committee member for the CFT national board. She is also a member of the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce, Banking & Finance and Workforce Committees. She regularly speaks on financial awareness and the role of financial management in our schools and communities. Connie has lived in Miami for the past 54 years and has been activein numerous community development and professional groups in South Florida and nationally. Connie has undertaken extensive outreach and research initiatives within our community relative to financial education, literacy, management and micro-finance.
Senior Vice President/Head of Preferred Business Banking, Credit Cards, and Branches Ocean Bank
Senior Vice President/Head of Preferred Business
Banking, Credit Cards, and Branches
Pedro Max has been with Ocean Bank since 2007. He oversees the Preferred
Business Banking, Credit Cards, and Branches divisions and reports directly
Before joining Ocean Bank, Max was senior vice president and remedial manager in credit-risk management for Citibank’s Commercial Business Group, where he received an award for excellence in sales. He also held senior level positions at Union Planters Bank and Barnett Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management from the William Paterson College at American Intercontinental University.
Triangle Partners, Inc.
Triangle Partners, Inc.
501 Brickell Key Drive, Suite 602
Miami, Florida 33131, USA
Office: +1 305 371-6756
Fax: +1 (305) 374-2919
Mr. Torrego has over twenty five-year experience in international Mergers &
Acquisitions, Merchant Banking and Private Equity transactions in the US,
Latin America and Europe. During this time, Luis has advised leading family
businesses and large corporations on a variety of industries including food
and beverage, outdoor advertising, manufacturing, mining and financial
institutions among others.
Prior to joining Triangle Partners, Luis served as a Managing Director in the Latin America M&A Group of Standard Bank. As part of his duties, he originated and executed a number of M&A assignments in Central America and the Caribbean. Previously, Luis worked for Royal Bank of Canada in the Corporate Finance Americas Group where he co-leaded RBC’s investment banking group for the Bank’s high-net-worth clients in Latin-America. In addition, Luis participated in RBC’s restructuring of its private banking branch-network in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, Luis worked in the Latin America M&A and Merchant Banking Group of Banc of America Securities where he was involved in numerous merchant banking investments, privatizations and M&A transactions.
Luis serves as a director of various international and domestic companies. Some of his past and present corporate involvements include: Director of Promodif, S.A. Spain; Director of Mare Brokers, Spain; Director and Member of Executive Committee of Medline, Brazil. Luis holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Saint Louis University. Luis is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator
MIAMI DADE SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
481 Edward H. Ross Drive Elmwood Park, NJ, 07407
T 800.229.5227 x3305 | M 786.918.4331
Chairman & CEO
Colbert Boue and Associates
Business Consultant & Development Officer
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
PACIFIC NATION BANK
1390 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
Hotel Manager at Colwen Hotels
DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean Point Resort & Spa
17375 Collins Avenue
Sunny Isle Beach, FL 33160
Ramon Antelo has 25 years of experience combined within Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton and Radisson Hotels in South Florida working as General Manager and Director of Sales and Director of Worldwide Accounts. Ramon has also worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises for 9 years as Account Executive, Business Development Director, and International Sales & Marketing. He was responsible for obtaining a 4 Diamond AAA rating at the Hilton Bentley Hotel. Ramon's sales & marketing expertise had him operating and marketing the largest Latin night club at a hotel and was corporate spokesperson at media events. He also developed and managed a network of GSA ‘s in 24 countries around the world, therefore maintaining a national and international network of press and media contacts.