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Prominent Coral Gables Attorney and MDC Trustee, Armando Bucelo Jr., Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Adrienne Arsht Center Trust

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Miami, December 13, 2011 - Prominent Coral Gables attorney, community leader and longtime Miami Dade College (MDC) Trustee, Armando Bucelo Jr., was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Mr. Bucelo is an attorney in private practice specializing primarily in corporate, banking, real estate and transactional work.  He earned his Associates in Science Degree from Miami Dade College and his Juris Doctor and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Miami.  As the recipient of various community and civic awards throughout the years, Mr. Bucelo is the Governor’s appointee to the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College, where he serves as Vice Chair.

For more than 20 years, he served as Special Counsel to the Code Enforcement Board of the City of Miami, and Special Advisor to the City of Miami.  In 1995, he was named Chairman the Cuban-American National Republican Senatorial Committee.  He was appointed by former President George H. W. Bush as the first Hispanic as well as first Floridian ever selected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).   In 2000, he was appointed, at the recommendation of the White House, as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Community Renaissance, one of the most prestigious affordable housing institutions in the nation.  In 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), one of the highest appointments ever made to a Hispanic by the any administration. 

In the South Florida, he has been involved in a myriad of community activities including being on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, the American Red Cross, serving as the past President of the Downtown Miami Business Association, past President of the Cuban-American Bar Association and other important positions. 

In 2006, Mr. Bucelo became the first Cuban-American ever to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  He has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the country on numerous occasions by many entities over the past 20 years including in the October 2006 issue of Hispanic Business Magazine.  On a personal note, he holds a master rank in chess and is a black belt in Karate.  He and his wife Beatriz are the parents of Alexis Marie (25 years old), an attorney; Armando Joseph (24 years old), a first year law student and Alexander Luis (18 years old), a Miami Dade College student.

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