June 2013, Volume 17, Number 2

Making Their Mark

Hall of Fame inductees
Nineteen outstanding alumni were inducted into the 2013 MDC Alumni Hall of Fame.

Exceptional Alumni Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Miami Dade College has assembled another impressive array of highly regarded alumni for induction into its Hall of Fame during the 11th annual gala at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

These top-notch graduates have excelled in every type of industry, but their common denominator is the many professional accomplishments they have attained since earning degrees from MDC. They have successfully risen to the highest levels in their fields, making notable contributions to their companies and the community along the way. In addition to recognizing their achievements, this event also helps raise substantial scholarship funds for MDC students. Outstanding alumni being inducted this year include:

Architecture: Agustín J. Barrera, Vice President, AECOM

Banking: Jorge J. González, President and CEO, City National Bank

Education: José L. Dotres, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Human Capital Management, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Engineering: Pedro Modía, Director of Transmission Services and Planning, Florida Power & Light

Entrepreneurship: Christopher G. Korge, Chairman, NewsLink Group LLC; Partner, Korge & Korge

Health Care: Albert R. Maury, President and CEO, Leon Medical Centers Health Plans

Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism: José Tomás, Former Chief People Officer and President of Latin America and the Caribbean, Burger King Corp.

Journalism – Broadcast: Sandra Peebles, News Anchor/Reporter, Univision 23

Journalism – Print: Jay Ducassi, Metro Editor, The Miami Herald

Law: Richard Patiño, CEO, The Patiño Law Firm

Marketing: Lourdes M. Cuzán, Managing Director and International Marketing, Fowler Rodriguez

Medicine: Isaac Bassan, M.D., Gastroenterologist/Hepatologist and Weight Loss Specialist, Bassan & Bloom M.D.s P.L.

Nonprofit Sector: Marisel Losa, President and CEO, Health Council of South Florida

Nursing: Linda J. Timmons, R.N., CNOR, Nurse Manager of Surgery, Baptist Hospital of Miami

Public Safety – Police: Manuel Orosa, Chief of Police, Miami Police Department

Public Service: Hiram Ruiz, Statewide Director of Refugee Services, Florida Department of Children and Families

Sports: Michael J. Piazza, Former Major League Baseball Catcher, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics

Urban Development: Guillermo Fernández, President and Co-Owner, Link Construction Group Inc.

Visual Arts: César Santos, Artist

— AMS


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