June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3

Making Their Mark

MDC recently inducted outstanding alumni into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its 14th annual awards celebration.
MDC recently inducted outstanding alumni into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its 14th annual awards celebration.

A Celebration of Success

This spring, Miami Dade College inducted another stellar group of alumni into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its 14th annual gala celebration. Hailing from a multitude of industries, this year’s honorees shine in a wide range of fields, with their work throughout the community serving as a true testament to the excellent education they attained at MDC. The annual Hall of Fame, held this year at the Hilton Miami Downtown, benefits the Alumni Scholarship Fund, a prime source of scholarship funding and support for MDC students.

  • ACCOUNTING
    Nestor Caballero Managing Partner Alberni, Caballero & Fierman LLP
  • ARCHITECTURE
    Ricardo J. Fernandez President Indigo Service Corporation
  • BANKING
    Roberto R. Muñoz President, South Florida Market BBVA Compass
  • BUSINESS
    Evelyn Macia Chief Operating Officer Archive America Group, Seaboard Warehouse Group, Precision Delivery Systems, WareITis Technologies, National Brands
  • DENTISTRY
    Reinaldo Sanchez, DMD Dentist Miami Center for Dentistry/Dentist at Market Square
  • EDUCATION
    William Aristide Principal Booker T. Washington Senior High School
  • ENGINEERING
    Jesus A. Martinez, P.E. Principal Engineer Southwest Research Institute
  • FUNERAL SCIENCE
    Donald Van Orsde President Van Orsdel Family Funeral Chapels and Crematory
  • HEALTH CARE
    Paul A. Rothman Founding President
Prestige Health Choice
  • HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
    Rolando Aedo Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • INTERIOR DESIGN
    Beatrice Pila-Gonzalez Interior Designer B. Pila Design Studio
  • JOURNALISM – BROADCAST
    Lori Montenegro National Correspondent Telemundo Network
  • JOURNALISM – PRINT
    Steve Rothaus LGBT Issues Reporter Miami Herald
  • LAW
    Rosa M. de la Camara Shareholder & Attorney Becker & Poliakoff P.A.
  • MEDICINE
    Orlando A. Puente, M.D., FACS
Vascular Surgeon
Baptist Health South Florida
  • NONPROFIT
    The Rev. Ronald Brummitt President Miami Rescue Mission
  • NURSING
    Jorge A. Valdes, DNP, CRNA, ARNP Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Barry University
  • PHARMACY
    Lorneka Joseph, RPH Pharmacist Walgreens
  • PUBLIC SAFETY - FIRE
    Edward Pidermann Retired Deputy Fire Chief City of Miami, Department of Fire-Rescue
  • PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE
    Juan J. Perez Police Director Miami-Dade Police Department
  • PUBLIC SERVICE
    Amos Rojas Jr. U.S. Marshal Southern District of Florida
  • TECHNOLOGY
    Dennis E. McGuire CEO Ecosphere Technologies Inc.
  • VISUAL ARTS
    José Parlá Artist José Parlá Studio

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