SFLHCC | President | CEO
333 Arthur Godfrey Road Suite 300
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Liliam M. López is the founder of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce (SFLHCC) and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce Foundation serving as President/CEO of both organizations since
1994. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science
from St. Thomas University and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the
University of Miami.
Through her leadership, the SFLHCC has become one of the most important and influential chambers of the U.S. with over 1,450 members. She is charged with planning and coordinating over 20 chamber events annually for the membership of the organization with the objective of providing opportunities for businesses to connect, build and establish relationships. She works with the leadership of the organization and coordinates, develops and implements chamber committees’ objectives. Currently, there are eight active committees in the organization that provide insight and support to chamber members of different industries.
Lopez implemented a scholarship program part of the Foundation in the year 1995 that has granted over $750,000 in scholarships to Liliam M. Lopez Bio financially disadvantaged high school minority students of Miami Beach Sr, High School pursuing a career in business and hospitality. She also founded the Education Enhancement Fellowship Program that provides students from Miami Beach Sr, High School and Miami Springs Sr. High School with an opportunity to attend a conference in a different state of the U.S. The objective is to empower the students and teach them to become successful business leaders engaged in their communities. This program has served 180 students. Due to the uniqueness and success of this program, the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation was inducted as a Champion of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Academy of Hospitality & Tourism. Lopez was the producer and host of a weekly television show for 10 years “Panorama con Liliam Lopez” that aired on WLRN Cable-Tap. The program highlighted the career of executives, elected officials, and entrepreneurs at the local, state and national levels.
The SFLHCC has also been engaged in international affairs, particularly with Latin America and Spain. The SFLHCC’s leadership hosted the Mayor of Murcia, Spain and his delegation comprised of the Vice Mayor and the President of the Chamber of Commerce, among others, on their visit to the City of Miami Beach in 1996. The former President of Ecuador, the Honorable Lucio Gutierrez, accepted an invitation made by Lopez to come speak to the membership of the organization to establish ties with the chamber’s leadership and provide information on business opportunities in that nation. Both the former ladies of Panama and of Honduras, respectively, were invited to speak on different occasions at chamber luncheons on business opportunities, women’s issues, and social and charitable programs in their nations. His Highness, Prince Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, United Arab Emirates, accepted an invitation from Lopez to visit Miami and present a conference at the chamber’s annual Viva Miami Hispanic Heritage Expo on sustainability and its importance to the world. His Highness is best known as “The Green Sheikh” and was received with great respect and admiration.
Lopez strongly believes in social causes and in giving back to the community. She implemented a program “Help Our Children” where Liliam M. Lopez Bio annually, children of Centro Mater (an after care and early child care for financially disadvantaged families) and the Center for Women and Children of the Miami Rescue Mission receive thousands of dollars in toys, toiletry items and clothes. This program was established over 15 years ago. López currently serves on the Advisory Board of Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami. She is a Governing Board Member of Larkin Charter School for Health Sciences; serves on the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Board Member of the Small/Micro and Minority/Women Business Owned Enterprise of Miami Dade County Public Schools, the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and on the President’s Council for Florida International University (FIU). She served on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) as the only Hispanic woman on that board. She is a past board member of the Alliance for Aging, past board member of WLRN and former Chair of the Hispanic Affairs Committee for the City of Miami Beach.
Liliam M. López has received numerous awards including: the 2018 Golden Age Award presented by the Latino Center on Aging; the 2016 NFL/Hispanic Heritage Foundation Leadership Award; 2016 Women of Wealth award presented by the Women of Wealth Magazine in which she was featured in its cover; the 2014 Women’s Fund “Woman Giving Back Treasure” award; the 2014 Thomas Gibson Award; the 2014 Take a Walk in Her Shoes award presented by Chapman’s Community Partnership for the Homeless; the 2014 Community Business Leadership Award presented by UNIDAD’s New Generation Leadership & Workforce Institute; the 2014 Women of Impact Award presented by the Miami Dade County Women’s History Coalition; the Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ 2013 Miracle Maker Award; the 2012 Broward Women of Distinction Award; the 2010 Women Extraordinaire presented by South Florida Business Leader; The 2010 St. Thomas University Global Entrepreneur Award; the 2008 Induction to Miami Dade College’s Hall of Fame; the 2007 Miguel Cervantes Award presented by Nova Southeastern University; the 2006 March of Dimes Award in the Education and Training Category; “2003 Business Woman of the Year Award” CEO non-profit category presented by the “South Liliam M. Lopez Bio Florida Business Journal;” “In the Company of Women” award presented by the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department on March, 2003; and the Keys to the City of Miami Beach presented by the former Honorable Mayor David Dermer on June 20, 2002.
Lopez is married to Architect/Urban Planner, Alfredo Sanchez, and they have a 18 year- old daughter, Lillian Karina Sanchez, currently attending Immaculata La Salle in the 12th grade.
SFLHCC | Chairman
EVP & Head Branch Administration Ocean Bank
780 NW 42 Avenue
Suite 600 Miami, FL 33126
Ralph Gonzalez-Jacobo is Executive Vice-President and Head of Branch Administration at Ocean Bank which is the largest independent state chartered commercial bank headquartered in Florida. He returned to Ocean Bank in 2008 after working three and a half years at U.S. Century Bank. He is a banking veteran who had spent nearly ten years at Ocean Bank and through 2005 managed a portfolio in excess of $400 million in commercial real estate and construction loans. Prior to joining Ocean Bank, Mr. Gonzalez-Jacobo was Vice-President of commercial real estate lending at Republic National Bank of Miami. He also served as Assistant Vice-President for commercial real estate lending at Total Bank and has also worked as a Lender at Chase Federal Savings and Peninsula Federal Savings. Mr. Gonzalez-Jacobo is a Director of the Latin Builders Association and Vice Chairman of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez & Quesada, LLP
2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Suite 302
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. is a partner who focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring/restructuring, board governance, domestic and international commercial transactions, commercial and residential real estate transactions, tax and estate planning, and other general transactional services.
Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Sanchez-Medina was a partner at the national law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, where he was a member of the Corporate Department, and was a senior associate at the national law firm of Holland & Knight.
Financial Insurance Brokers International
5805 Blue Lagon Dr., Suite 400
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 441-9932 ext. 144
Jose Perez de Corcho is Executive Vice President at OSC, an insurance Managing General Agency specializing in providing insurance solutions for banks, credit unions, auto finance companies and mortgage servicers. Jose’s responsibilities include product and business development at OSC. Jose joined OSC in 2009 as a result of a merger between OSC and Financial Insurance Brokers, Inc., a company in which Jose was the Founder and CEO. Jose’s insurance career started in 1990 at AIB Financial Group, a South Florida based insurance group with a financial services division. During these business forming years, Jose spent much of his time conducting field audits, handling customer service concerns, and developing and enhancing the company’s insurance tracking system. In 1994 Jose joined Smartrack Financial Services, a local provider of automobile insurance tracking and lender-placed insurance. As his career progressed, Jose’s focus turned to developing new markets. Those new markets consisted mainly of creating a real estate insurance tracking and placement program and the development of point of sale physical damage program for automobile finance companies. In 1998 Jose founded Financial Insurance Brokers, Inc. with the focus of providing insurance tracking and lender-placed coverage to Florida lenders. As part of the strategic merger with OSC and the subsequent sale of OSC to Breckenridge Insurance Group, Jose formed a new entity, Financial Insurance Brokers International (FIB), an insurance agency focusing on the retail insurance needs of individual and businesses. While Jose maintains majority ownership of FIB, the day responsibilities of the agency are overseen by Michael Reyes who serves as President of FIB. In 2015, along with two business partners, Jose was part of the launch of American Auto Bankers, a Miami based finance company with the focus on truck finance. Jose’s experience in providing insurance to auto finance companies for over 25 years and his involvement in the trade associations servicing the auto finance space have placed him in a unique position to understand the industry.
As an active professional in the lending and insurance industries, Jose is a member of various trade organizations including the American Bankers Insurance Association, Consumer Compliance Insurance Association, and the National Automotive Finance Association. Jose holds a Marketing and International Business degree from Florida International University. Jose served as President of FIU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as served as a member of the FIU Foundation Board.
As a committed member of his community, Jose currently serves as Vice-Chair of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve FIU as member of the President’s Council.
Mar Bay Real Estate
161 Westward Drive.
Miami Springs, FL 33166
President, Owner/Broker of Marbay Real Estate Inc. Over 30 years of experience selling, managing residential and commercial restate including partnership and syndication structures. Has serviced on several city boards as well as a founding member of the SFLHCC. Board affiliations including Community economic development, Revitalization, Parking, and transportation as well as Hispanic affairs. Married with 2 daughters.
SFLHCC | Past-Chairman 2013-2017
Market President South Florida Retail Banking
TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank
255 Alhambra Circle 2nd Floor Coral Gables FL 33134
Felipe F. Basulto is the Market President – Retail in South Florida for TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. In this role, he is responsible for the Bank’s retail network sales and operations, including consumer and small business accounts and lending across 77 locations in South Florida, from the Pam Beach to Miami-Dade County and over to the Southwest Gulf Coast.
Felipe joined TD Bank in March of 2010 as the Retail Market Manager in the Greater Miami Region. During his tenure with TD, he has focused his efforts on building out the retail distribution network for the Bank in their ongoing development of the South Florida market. With Felipe’s leadership and support, the Florida Market took home J.D. Power trophies for Retail Banking Satisfaction in 2013 and 2016 and Small Business Banking (in the South Region) in 2017.
Felipe demonstrates a strong commitment to the community through his efforts in various organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as Board Chair. Immediate Past Chair of the South Florida Progress Foundation and is a graduate and Past Chair of Leadership Miami. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber and is currently Chair of their Foundation. He is a board member of City Year Miami and Past Chair of the Banking and Finance Committee for the Beacon Council. In addition, he also serves on the President's Council at Florida International University and as a Trustee with the United Way of Miami Dade, past Chair for the March of Dimes Walk as well as past Chair for the Autism Speaks Walk for Miami Dade & Broward Counties. Prior to joining TD Bank, Felipe held similar positions and in various roles in banking with Regions Bank and Bank of America. He studied Business Management at Loyola University in New Orleans.
Business Banking Director/ Senior Vice President/Retail Sales & Service Manager - Miami Dade Region
City National Bank
800 Brickell Avenue
Suite 106 | Miami, Florida, 33131
Colbert, Boue & Juncadella
3001 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Luis Boué has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979. Mr. Boué began his career as an auditor with a major national accounting firm. For the ten years prior to co-founding the firm that is today Colbert Boué & Associates, LLP in 1993, he was a Senior Audit Principal at Mallah, Furman and Company, P.A. where he was in charge of many of the firm’s large accounts including prominent South Florida businesses.
Mr. Boué has experience in a broad range of industries including real estate and construction, professional services, hospitality, retail and wholesale distribution, import and export and mercantile. Additionally, he has considerable expertise in the organization and implementation of complex tax structures. Mr. Boué is a community leader, serving from 2014-2015 as the President & Chair of the Orange Bowl Committee. He has served as the Chairman of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2007-2010), a member of the Advisory Council of Mission Marti, Past President of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove, a member of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, and a member of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
V.P | Synovus Bank
Regional Retail Sales Manager
9125 NW 25 Street
Doral, Florida 33172
Vice President/Managing Director
Pinnacle Advisors LLC
Been a Financial Advisor for 28 years in Miami Fl. specializing in Financial Planning for Businessowners and Professionals.
Senior Commercial Lender
One of the Founders of the SFLHCC, District Sales Manager Hydra Service/Sulzer/ABS, Lobbyist in Miami Beach & Miami-Dade County as a whole.
Miami Payroll Center
10300 Sunset Drive, Suite 265
Miami, FL 33173(305) 282-3885
Rene Cibran is Managing Director of Miami Payroll Center and works with businesses of all sizes providing Payroll processing, Human Resources, Employee Benefits, Workers Compensation, and Payroll Tax compliance services. With over 25 years of experience, Rene is a licensed Agent and Business Consultant with proficiency in Retirement Planning, Long Term Care, Employee Benefits and Financial Services. Rene has received numerous recognition awards for outstanding performance and strongly believes in giving back to the community. Rene is a current Board member of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and formerly served for the Alliance for Aging. Rene has also been involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Miami Affiliate for Pancreatic Cancer. Mr. Cibran has a Certified in Long Term Care designation and received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University along with a Bachelor’s Degree from FIU. Rene resides in the City of South Miami with his wife Aimee and their two children.
Nickclaus Children’s Hospital
Ramon "Ray" Coto is the Administrative Director of Finance for Nicklaus Children's Health System. He served as Chief Operating Officer for Molina Healthcare from 2015-2018. He's a graduate of Florida International University, College of Business.
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Suite 700
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Dan comes to the firm with unique insight into local government gained from having been an elected-official. Dan practices in the Firm's Local Government Division, Land Use and Zoning Group and Government Affairs and Procurement Group. Having served on the City Council for the City of Miami Springs, as well as general counsel to a government relations firm, Dan has developed substantial knowledge and experience in issues related to local governments throughout south Florida.
He has handled matters involving public sector procurement, zoning and code changes, interlocal and intergovernmental agreements, municipal annexations, and various stages of affordable housing and other land development projects. He has also participated in such processes as comprehensive master plan amendments, public pension collective bargaining, municipal strategic planning, commercial redevelopment efforts and legislative initiatives.
In addition to his governmental practice, Dan represents a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, assisting his clients to achieve their business objectives through corporate structuring, real estate and trade fixture deals, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs and other complex transactions.
Dan served on the City Council for the City of Miami Springs for two terms, first elected in 2009—becoming the youngest elected official in city history and one of the youngest in Miami-Dade County—and then again in 2011. Prior to that, he served on the city’s Zoning and Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Code Review board. While in office, he was a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Legislative Committee of the Florida League of Cities, chaired the Legislate Committee of the Miami-Dade League of Cities and participated on the host committee of the National Association of Latino Elected Official’s Annual Conference.
In February of 2011, Dan was named one of the “Top Young Leaders of Miami” by Latino Leaders Magazine, and, in November of 2011, he was named the “Elected Official of the Year” by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also has and continues to serve on the Board of the Florida Redevelopment Association.
Dan's community leadership is also deep-rooted. In 2010, he helped co-found “Florida Hispanic Outreach,” also known as “SunPAC,” a non-profit organization focused on fostering the dialogue on issues involving the Hispanic community and developing increased Hispanic involvement in the political process through grassroots efforts. He co-chairs the South Florida region for, and remains on the Board of Directors of, SunPAC. He is also active with the Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee and the Miami Young Republicans.
Dan is heavily involved in the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as an Honorary Member of its Board of Directors, Co-Chair of its Government Affairs Committee and member of its Small Business Committee, as well as in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a member and alumnus of Leadership Miami. He is also a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, having previously served on its Young Lawyers Steering Committee.
Dan has been involved with the American Cancer Society for many years, serving as Honorary Chair of the River Cities Relay for Life from 2011 to 2012 and an active participant before and after that period. He also served on the Board of Directors of his high school alma mater, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, as well as President of its Alumni Association. He is an active parishioner of his life-long church, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.
National Marketing Group Services, Inc.
7705 N.W. 48th Street, Suite 100
Doral, FL 33166
Michelle Febres graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Business Management and Marketing and began her career as a benefit consultant for NMGS in 1997. She received her license in health, life and variable annuities in 1998 where she began her sales career. Seeing the possibility of a growing family business she decided to move up in rank. In 1998 National Marketing was one of the few General Agencies representing HMO Medicare plans. With the guidance of her father, Roger Gonzalez, the company has grown to include most lines of insurance and now represents all major Insurance Carriers in the industry. She is responsible for the overall operations of the agency and supervision of the staff and sales team. Her experience includes providing analysis of benefit plans and claims utilization, oversight of the evaluation process, and the management of various funding arrangements. With her years of experience and growth in the sales arena, Michelle brings a passion for engaging and educating hundreds of employees in the public and private sector.
Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for the Overtown Youth Center, an organization that raises funds through community efforts in order to provide afterschool education and sports programs to the children in Overtown. She is also on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an organization with over 1200 Hispanic members supporting leaders and the business community in South Florida. In 2013, Michelle was awarded Hispanic Executive of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, Michelle’s favorite role is that of being a proud mom of her 12-year old daughter.
Government Community Relations. Baptist Health
Baptist Health South Florida
6855 Red Road Suite 600
Coral Gables, FL 33143
As Corporate Director of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida, Maria Luisa Gonzalez oversees external relations in the public, private, municipal and non-profit sectors in Monroe and Miami-Dade County.
Maria Luisa is a Graduate of the University of Miami and holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. She has worked at Baptist Health South Florida for 16 years and is involved with numerous organizations throughout Monroe and Miami-Dade County. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, PATCHES and the Alliance for Aging. She also has close ties with over 20 local agencies and 6 chambers of commerce.
After hurricane Irma, Maria Luisa partnered with volunteers from Baptist Health South Florida and for the last 6 months has been supporting, Marathon, Big Pine and Cudjo Key with their recovery efforts. Her work in the Keys continues collaborating with local government, churches and community partners to help rebuild the community and reconstruction efforts of the recently acquired Fishermen’s Community Hospital. Here you can add whatever compliment you feel I deserve.
Vice President/Community Development Manager
South Florida Market and the Florida Keys
121 Alhambra Plaza, Penthouse One
Coral Gables, FL 33134
P: 786-536-1588 // F: 305-774-1511 // C: 305-794-5974
Since coming to Florida as a child, Nery Gonzalez has had a front row seat to changes in the banking industry. With a career spanning over 35 years, Ms. Gonzalez’s market niche has been in community development. She brings her vast experience to her role as Community Development Manager of the South Florida market and the Florida Keys at Capital Bank, a $40 billion division of First Horizon National Corporation based in Memphis,TN Prior to joining Capital Bank, Ms. Gonzalez held community development positions with Citibank (VP, Community Mortgage Lending Officer); Ocean Bank (VP/Community Development Lender); Mercantil-Commercebank (VP/CRA Lender); and, Gibraltar Bank (VP/CRA Director) where she was responsible for oversight of all CRA related issues taking the bank from a “Needs to Improve” CRA rating to an “Outstanding” rating from the federal regulatory agency. Gonzalez was born in Cuba and raised in the United States. She earned an associate degree in Miami-Dade College and a bachelor degree in Languages, mastering fluently four languages (Spanish, French, Italian and English). Earning numerous diplomas and certificates in the banking industry, Gonzalez is a frequent presenter at various conferences workshops and college classes that focus on the financial industry. Focusing on community development is not only Gonzalez’ professional focus but also her personal focus. Gonzalez currently serves as executive board member of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as vice-chair of the Housing Finance Authority of Miami-Dade, a position she was appointed to by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa. In addition, she is a member of the AAA Scholarship Foundation Bank Advisory Board, the chairperson of the Hispanic Women Society Network and a member of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, serving on the ‘Hard Hats and High Heels’ committee. As a dedicated community leader and activist, Gonzalez has been the recipient of numerous awards including: a Proclamation from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and the Office of the Mayor; Banker of the Year Award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; featured on the Cambridge Who’s Who VIP Honors Edition; CRA Director of the Year Award from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta; and Executive of the Year from the Manchester’s Who’s Who 2006-2007 edition. In her personal life, Gonzalez is a certified Scuba Diver, enjoys sharing time with her large family of 12 nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and nephews. She is an avid reader and traveler having visited more than 20 countries around the world.
Exec. Dir. Infection Control/Occupational Health /workers Comp
1400 NW 12 Ave
Miami, FL 33136
1390 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
3401 NW 110 Street
Miami, FL 33167
Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Government Relations Director
2015 – Current
Miami-Dade County Government
1990 – 2015
Previous work experience includes 25 years of experience in management and supervision, project management and contract negotiations with Miami-Dade County Government. Held positions as Assistant Director, Public Works Department; Director, Community Information & Outreach Department; and Special Assistant to the County Manager overseeing various County Departments.
Florida International University (FIU)
• Bachelors of Arts / Political Science & International Relations / 1988
• Masters Degree / Public Administration / 1990
Z Ocean Hotel South Beach
1450 Ocean Dr,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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.