April 2016, Volume 20, Number 2

Making Their Mark

Moving Up the Chain of Command

Ramiro Villamor
MDC alumnus Ramiro Villamor won the Rising Star award at the 2015 WTG Supply Chain and Logistics Summit.

Ramiro Villamor, who graduated from MDC’s Kendall Campus in 2003 with an associate degree, has been successful in the business world for more than a decade.

But he felt he needed more academic training – specifically a bachelor’s degree – to reach his fullest potential.

So, with more than a little trepidation, he went back to MDC in the summer of 2015, where he met with Lynne Argüelles, baccalaureate program manager for the School of Business.

Villamor, who works full time as a senior trade compliance specialist at KLX Aerospace Solutions, also takes a full load of five classes at MDC. The hard part, though, was just getting started.

Argüelles encouraged him to take on the challenge. “She said, ‘If you are good at your job, you have to believe you will be good at school, too,’” said Villamor, 35, who at that point had been out of college for 12 years. “That helped.”

Villamor, a native of Venezuela who grew up in the Jackson Heights section of New York City, did the rest.

He got A’s on his first two classes – Business Statistics and Principles of Management – and is on course to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management by December.

Along the way, Villamor won the Rising Star award at the 2015 WTG Supply Chain and Logistics Summit, where he met Michael Lutz, director of Global Trade Compliance at Google.

With Google receiving more than two million job applications annually, Villamor felt that the connection with Lutz could pay dividends in the future.

As for Miami Dade College, Villamor is grateful for all the help he received.

“I’ve always had the dream,” he said. “But now MDC is allowing me to believe that my dream is real.”

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