Speakers & Moderators

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Firoz Lalji
Chairman, Co-Founder, President and CEO

Marlyn Paris-Lawson
President & Founder
CRAMS Consulting
Robert Jordan
President and CEO
RLJ Enterprises/Genesis VII
Chris Pillay
Meridian Technologies
Nick Jean-Baptiste
The HiGro Group
Manny Garcia-Tuñon
President & CEO
Dr. Frederick W. McKinney, Ph.D.
Managing Director of Minority Business Programs
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Susana Robledo
Founder & CEO
Cube Care Company
Brad Singh
V.P. Sourcing & Procurement
Universal Parks & Resort
Gabriela Guzman
Founder & Director
Jupiter Circle
Abdul Basit
Patent Attorney
The Law Firm of A.Q. Basit
Rob Vazquez
Clarium Managed Services
Jack Greene
Director Procurement
Auto Nation
Leonard Spencer
Senior Manager. Supplier Diversity
The Walt Disney Company
Judy Schmelzer
AVP, Business Services & Resource Management
Broward College
Colleen Robbs
Supplier Diversity & Outreach Coordinator
Broward County Public Schools
Beverly Kuykendall
President of Government Business
American Medical Depot
Jason Albu
Albu & Associates
Jean-Robert Baguidy
Access to Capital Team Lead, Sr. Business Development Specialist
Minority Business Development Agency
Joseph Bell
International Trade & Development
Enterprise Florida
Graciela Beltran-Uddin
Chuck Na
Interagency Policy Specialist
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Anthony J. McGoron, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Florida International University
Eric Herbst
National Executive Service Corps of South Florida
Dr. Zhe Cheng
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
Joaquin Fardales
Corporate Director of Construction Management
Baptist Health South Florida
Terry Watson
State DBE Program Coordinator
Florida Department of Transportation
Hap Patterson
Senior Director of Engineering Corporate Fellow
Johnson Control
Gustavo Grande
Program Manager
The Idea Center at Miami Dade College
Julia K. Searles
Business Development Specialist Minority & Women Owned Business Group
Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
Rosa Constanzo
VP or Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain Management and Chief Procurement Officer
Jackson Health System
Juan Segarra
Foresight Construction Group
Ralph Stringer
Neostar Sports & Entertainment
Pablo Pino
South Florida Market President
TD Bank
Joshua R. Stutzman
Assistant District Director, 8(a) Business Development Division
Jerilyn Bailey
Bureau Chief of IT & Special Projects
Florida Department of Management Services, Division of State Purchasing
Roda Ward Carter
President & CEO
Carter-Health Disposables, LLC
Adrianna Clark, M.I.B.A.
SE Region Director
U.S. Department of Transportation
Claudio Diaferia, MS, PE
Deputy Director of Engineering
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX)
Paul Frost
Foreign Commercial Service Officer
U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce
Angela Guzman
Director, Supplier Diversity
Joseph Lebas, Jr.
Principal and Founder
Carswell, LLC
Mark S. Mandula
Principal and Managing Partner
United Capital Funding Corp.
Tamara Maxwell
Director, Minority & Women Owned Business and Multiplier Outreach Division
Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Office of Small Business
Clifford Moore
Vice President
NuJak Construction
Carl Nicoleau
Assistant Superintendent
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
Linda Porter
Diversity Manager
Kathey Porter, MBA, CPSP
Director, Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations
University of Florida (UF)
Corey Smith
Senior Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Strategic Alliance
Major League Baseball
Jaimie Wright
Founder & President
PowerWright Technologies Inc.
Michael D. Young
President & CEO
ACY Contractors
Lloyd Lovell
DBE Program Manager
Herzog Contracting Corp.
Jacquline Wilson
President & CEO
Paramount Solutions & Global Services
Pete Martinez
Game Changer Tec
Isaac Smith
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department
Thomas Huggins
Ariel Business Group
Helen Cordero
Manager of Procurement
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Gustavo Vergara
Business Opportunity Specialist, 8(a) Business Development Division
U.S. Small Business Administration, S. FL District Office
Jeanette Shutz
Minority Business Manager
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Larry Blackburn
Vice President & Construction Executive
Turner Construction
Yash Daftary
Hercules Protein
Marisol Romany
Director, Diversity & Minority Business Development Culture and Language Resources
Orlando Health
Darraugh C. Butler
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Althea Harris
Assistant District Director of Marketing & Outreach
U.S. Small Business Administration
Sheldon Edwards
Manager, Minority and Small Business Enterprise Office
Miami Dade College
Dana Hill
Program Manager
Florida Blue
Aerek N. Stephens
Export Finance Manager
Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Speakers not pictured above:

Nadine Cherry, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Nicholas Mirabal, Assistance Vice President, BB&T


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