April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2


Hall of Fame Welcomes Exceptional Alumni

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Miami Dade College's Hall of Fame gala takes place May 10.

Miami Dade College will induct another stellar group of accomplished alumni into its Hall of Fame during the 10th annual celebration on May 10 at the Hilton Miami Downtown.

Each year, new members who have attained great success and made significant contributions in their fields are selected to join the Hall of Fame’s prestigious ranks. The impressive inductees represent all spectrums of the community, from health care and public service to communications and engineering. This event also helps raise scholarship funds for students at Miami Dade College.

“Our Hall of Fame honorees span a wide range of professions and possibilities,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “Their success inspires us with optimism for what future generations of Miami Dade College students will achieve and reminds us of education’s ability to alter individual lives, families and communities.”

Some of the outstanding alumni who will be inducted this year include:

  • Accounting: Hector Tundidor Jr., CPA, Miami Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Advertising & Marketing: Robert J. Rodríguez, CEO, NPN Media
  • Architecture: Angel C. Saqui II, Partner, Angel C. Saqui, FAIA Architects, Planners Interiors Ltd.
  • Banking: Hector J. Ponte, Community Bank President Dade/Broward Countyline Market, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Business: Mike Tomas, President and CEO, Bioheart, Inc.
  • Communications: George Torres, Vice President, Miami Dolphins
  • Corporate Leadership: Roberto Rodríguez, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Denny’s Corporation
  • Education: Dr. Alexis L. Martínez, Regional Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Engineering: Jorge R. Duyos, President, JRD & Associates
  • Entrepreneurship: Juan R. Borges, President, Biomedical International Corporation
  • Hospitality & Tourism: María R. Del Busto, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Journalism – Broadcast: Gloria Ordaz, Weekend News Anchor, Noticias 23, Univision
  • Journalism – Print: Antonio Fins, Editorial Page Editor, Sun Sentinel
  • Law: Rebecca Ingram, Private Attorney, Law Offices of Rebecca Ingram
  • Literary Arts: Liz Balmaseda, Food and Dining Editor, The Palm Beach Post
  • Medicine: Dr. Jack J. Michel, President & Chairman of the Board, Larkin Community Hospital
  • Nonprofit Sector: Carlos F. Orta, President   and CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
  • Public Safety – Fire: Marcos De La Rosa, Fire Chief, City of Hialeah Fire Department
  • Public Safety – Police: Addy M. Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Public Service: Esther Jacobo, Regional Managing Director, Department of Children and Families (Southern Region) Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties
  • Sports: Bruce Fleisher, Professional Golfer, PGA Champions Tour/BLF Inc.
  • Technology: Oscar R. Compain, President, Quest International, Inc.
  • Transportation: Fernando Santa Cruz, President, Freight Solutions
  • Urban Development and Construction: Jorge R. Munilla, President, MCM
  • Visual Arts: Adler Guerrier, Visual Artist

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