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The Puerto Rican Chamber held the first Quarterly Luncheon meeting of 2017 to honor several Florida State Legislators as well provide business related information to the membership and guest. The Following Legislators were recognized: Hon. Daphne Campbell, Florida State Senator, Dist. 38; Hon Daisy Baez, FL House Representative, Dist. 114; and Hon. Robert Asencio, FL House Rep., Dist. 118. And receiving the award on behalf of FL State House of Representatives Hon. Jose Felix Diaz, Dist. 116, Current Chairman of the Miami Dade Delegation was Erica Chanti, Delegation Director. The concept was to allow the membership and guest to meet their local legislators, hopefully develop an understanding how legislation can affect their daily lives and business activities. Also, in attendance also were: Eleazar David Melendez, Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner, Ken Russell, City of Miami; Hon. Migna-Sanchez – Llores, Circuit Judge. Miami Dade County; Representing the private sectors were; Dylan Fingers, Manager Director, and Andrew Suarez, Government Affairs, Mana Wynwood ; Juan Martinez, Dir., Events/Promotions and Jeffery Gutierrez Miami Marlins; Etiony Aldarondo, PHD Provost, Albizu University; Robert Linder, President/CEO, and Eva Perez, chair, BOD, Borinquen Medical Center of Miami Dade; John Rivera, President, Miami Dade County Police Benevolent Association; Nilsa Velazquez, President/CEO Kidco Child Care; Also representing the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce were Board Members Rosie Hernandez, Owner, Real Estate Broker, Gold Rose Realty Inc. and Victor T. Gutierrez, Esq. Attorney at law.
The Following sponsors help provide support for the event. Lillian Garzon, Sales Director USA & Latin America AZUL Esj. Collection, Hotel Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico who awarded 2 nights in Puerto Rico to Blanca Torrents Greenwood, Esq. PBA and David Santiago, Proprietor, Coquito by things nibble, who provided a coquito arrangement to new Chamber Victor Torres, Financial Services at National Life Group. Mark Soto, Representing Rivera Imports who provided free gifts to the attendees. A special thank you to Janitza T. Kaplan, Executive Director, The New World Center Foundation for her support throughout the years.
On behalf of the Chamber’s Board and membership I am pleased to express our congratulations to Emma Chaves – wife of our Chamber’s founding Chairperson Melvin “Skip” Chaves whose book Tales from Alturas: The Puerto Rican Mystique has been selected by thelatinoauthor.com as one of the Top Ten best Fiction books by Latino authors for 2016.
Luis De Rosa
The Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce held its 2016 4th quarter business luncheon meeting to recognize Frank Unanue, President, Goya Foods of Florida. Frank Unanue was being recognized for its many contributions to the residents and business of Florida. Mr. John Morales, chief meteorologist at NBC Channel 6, Miami made the introduction.
Puerto Rican Chamber honors local
The South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce held its Quarterly Luncheon Meeting during Hispanic Heritage Month on October 12th, 2016, at which time we recognized local Puerto Rican achievers who, through their business and community work, continue to make a positive contribution. The Luncheon opened with “La Borinqueña” performed by singer Vanessa Cruz. We were privileged to host Ms. Alyn Fernandez, Regional Director, Office of US Senator Marco Rubio, who read a letter from the Senator acknowledging the contributions Hispanics have made to the State of Florida and as well as to the country, in general. Plaques were presented to Ms. Nilsa Velazquez, CEO/President, Kidco Child Care as the “Hispanic Achiever of the Year”. Jimmy Carey, founder and proprietor of Jimmy’z Kitchen was recognized as the “Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year”. Finally, the Professional Achiever of the Year award was presented to Greg Batista, President of Batista & Associates, a South Florida engineering company.
A special acknowledgement was made recognizing Borinquen Medical Centers of Miami Dade, which was represented at the Luncheon by Eva Perez, Chairperson and Paul Velez, the organization’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Picture 1 L-R: Eva Perez, Chairwoman of the Board, Borinquen Medical Center of Miami Dade; Maria Vigo, Franchise Specialist, Regions Bank; Ramon Rodriguez, Regions Bank
Picture 2 L-R: Alyn Fernandez, Regional Director, US Senator Rubio’s Office; LDR
Picture 3 L-R: Rosie Hernandez; Greg Batista; Jimmy Carey; Nilsa Velazquez; & LDR
The Miami Marlins will be hosting a South Florida Puerto Rican Heritage Night Event where a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to support the Dorothy Quintana Senior Arts Program held at Roberto Clemente Park in the Wynwood District.
We take this opportunity to thank all of those who came to the "Puerto Rican Heritage Night" Marlin's Event held on July 22nd. It was an amazing day for family and friends to come together in celebration of the event. We also would like to thank the Miami Marlins for their sponsorship and support of the Dorothy Quintana Senior Arts program
Members of the Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida congratulate Conrado Lopez of Goya Foods for their donation to the victim of the Orlando tragedy at a community fundraiser.
We stand in support with the families of the victims that lost their lives during the Pulse Tragedy in Orlando, FL.
If you want to donate to support the families affected please feel free to contact our office for information.
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PR Chamber MEETS Israel's Consul General
On Wednesday, May 18th, the South Florida Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly Business Luncheon meeting, co-sponsored by Dynamic CDC and the Puerto Rican Summit Inc. At this event, we honored the Deputy Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico, Ms. Revital Malca. Ms. Malca spoke about the growing relationship between Israel and Puerto Rico, especially in the fields of business development, technology and eco-tourism. Ms. Malca stated that the potential for partnerships and business exchange opportunities are increasing, in spite of Puerto Rico’s current economic challenges. Her speech was followed by a presentation by Mr. Roni Kaplan, who discussed new business startups in Puerto Rico. Mr. Luis De Rosa, Chamber President, presented Ms. Malca with an Achievement Awards for her promotion of the three markets: Israel, Puerto Rico and Florida.
Also receiving an award was Ms. Katherine San-Pedro, Regional Director, AT&T Florida External & Legislative Affairs. AT&T has long been a generous supporter of the work of our Chamber of Commerce, as well as the annual Puerto Rican Summit.
We were pleased to introduce Ms. Emma Chaves – author of “Tales from Alturas" The Puerto Rican Mystique, who spoke about her book and about the current challenges facing Puerto Rico. Emma is the wife of Mr. Melvin “Skip” Chaves, the founding Chairperson of our Chamber of Commerce.
Closing the meeting was a presentation by Milton A. Vescovacci, Esq., of the firm Gray Robinson, Attorneys at Law, who moderated a panel at the recent Puerto Rican Summit on Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis. He read the Resolution adopted at the Summit – addressed to the President and Congressional leaders – encouraging them to allow Puerto Rico to restructure its debt in a manner which will protect the demographics and social structure of the Island.
L-R: Eli Levi; Revital Malca, Deputy Consul General of Israel; Lior Haiat, Consul General of Isreal to Florida and Puerto Rico; Maribel Camacho-DeRosa and Luis DeRosa, President, S.F. Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce
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