Pamela Fuertes

Executive Director
pfuertes@mdc.edu | 305-237-7814

Leading the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Miami Dade College is Executive Director Pamela Fuertes. With a commitment to entrepreneurship, community and developing initiatives and programs that enhance an organization’s mission, Pamela has a career in economic development that started at The Miami-Dade Beacon Council. As Vice-President of International Economic Development Programs, Pamela assisted foreign-based companies in expanding to Miami-Dade County and served as a Staff Liaison of the Creative Design Initiative. Her professional career includes experience in the public and private sectors has also occupied the position of Economic Development Director for the City of Coral Gables, President of LanguageSpeak, a minority-owned language services company based in Miami and Program Director of the Sister Cities Program for Miami-Dade County.

Pamela serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts & Business Council and the Miami Scientific Italian Community. She is passionate about economic development and helping support entrepreneurship in Miami. She has received awards including the National Order of Merit with the rank of "Chevalier" by the Republic of France and the World Trade Center of Miami’s International Business Woman Award.

She received her Associate in Arts from The Honors College at Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor of Arts and MBA from the University of Miami.

Pamela Fuertes

Maurice Gray

Director of Business Support Services
mgray2@mdc.edu | 305-237-7824

Maurice Gray serves as the Director of Business Support Services for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Miami Dade College. As the program’s primary support overseer, Maurice is responsible for participant recruitment, local partnerships, and connecting participants to local business services. Before his current role within the Goldman Sachs 10KSB program, Maurice served as a Business Advisor, working directly with program participants to create growth strategies. His reason for joining the department stems from his career as a commercial banker, “I was looking forward to helping businesses through education and best-practices versus solely being able to provide them with capital.” He also believes that the program’s success is tied to the unique growth strategies developed by each participant, where there is no "one size fits all.” When asked about entrepreneurism, he says for me, “it’s the act of turning ideas into actionable objectives to create revenue. Leadership, as well, is getting others to see themselves in your vision, so they embrace the daily mission.”

Maurice received his B.A. in Sociology from Davidson and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

Maurice Gray

Carlos Llarena

Lead Business Advisor
cllarena@mdc.edu | 305-237-7816

Carlos Llarena is the Lead Business Advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Miami Dade College. As a lead advisor since the program launched in 2013, his approach to advising is to understand the participant’s business model, industry and market trends. From there, he reviews their challenges or pain points, existing infrastructure, resources and capabilities so he can help them achieve their business objectives and craft a strategy that could best position them for growth.

A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he believes the key to success is by taking “a leap of fate, getting into the mindset of taking calculated risks in venturing to deliver a product or service in a marketplace that you perceive to be underserved. Having the confidence to monetize and take on the world!” Leadership to him as well “is an art that includes: leading by example; being a good mentor; inspiring your team; sharing knowledge; allowing professional development of the group; ensuring every member has a proportional share of responsibilities; communicating clearly; guiding and managing objectively, promoting collaboration; providing the necessary resources for a team to effectively execute their functions; and ensuring a work/life balance in the workplace. Carlos completed his MBA and Master of Science in Management from the University of Miami. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double major in International Business and Marketing, and is certified as a Lean/Design Six Sigma Green Belt professional.

Carlos Llarena

Scott Byrd

Business Advisor and Alumni Manager
gbyrd@mdc.edu | 305-237-7817

Scott Byrd serves as a Business Advisor and Alumni Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Miami Dade College. Before joining the team, Scott spent 20 years in commercial banking in senior roles gaining a breadth of experience including commercial, industrial, securities, SBA and investment real estate lending. Besides his finance career, he also comes with supervisory logistics experience from the United Parcel Service and experience in electronics and nuclear power from his time serving in The United States Navy. Scott was inspired to join the department because of the opportunity to use his skills as a commercial banker to help owners learn the nuts and bolts of business regardless of their industry. In his role, he works diligently to help participants succeed by challenging them and their assumptions, simplifying abstract topics, and translating financial statements into an understandable and useful language.

He believes that “entrepreneurism is transforming a dream into reality through planning, persistence and hard work. And that leadership is serving. You care for and develop those working for you, exemplify the behavior you want to see from others, make tough decisions and set the tone for the organization.”

Scott attended both Miami Dade College and Florida International University, graduating with a dual Bachelor’s of Finance and International Business. He has also completed numerous courses in Design Thinking from MIT and Web Development, Digital Marketing and Google Analytics at MDC's Idea Center. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Accounting and Finance.

Scott Byrd

Marcy Rosenbaum

Business Advisor
mroenb1@mdc.edu | 305-237-7815

Marcy serves as a Business Advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Miami Dade College. In her role, she is responsible for helping Cohort participants gain the confidence they need to grow along with a world-class skill set and the mindset of unlimited opportunity. With a background in business management and organizational development and expertise in international business and social entrepreneurship, her experience and guidance prove valuable to program participants from start to finish. When asked about what entrepreneurism and leadership mean to her, she says it’s about “building a company around a product or service that people want or need, with employees who bring their best selves to the organization. And she describes leadership as “emotional and social intelligence, plus a sense of humor and cross-cultural fluency.”

You can also find her on the airwaves with her award-winning podcast series, LivelihoodShow, where she speaks to business owners and professionals who have pivoted successfully to discover unexpected opportunities.

Marcy holds a Multi-Disciplinary M.A. in Business, International Development and Government Administration from American University. She is also certified in Training Theory and Facilitation by the NTL Institute and as a Certified Knowledge Management Professional (CKMP).

Marcy Rosenbaum

Joy Schaaffe

Lead Faculty
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Joy Schaaffe is a highly motivated Business Educator, Coach and Curriculum Designer, committed to working with small business owners to achieve business growth and success as they define it. With over twenty-five years of senior corporate experience, mainly in the airline and travel industry, Joy specializes in small business education, curriculum evaluation and effectiveness, strategic assessment of business issues, and marketing strategy and tactics.

Joy is the Lead Faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Miami Dade College and Babson College; Lead Instructor for the Scale Up Miami program at the Idea Center at MDC; 2019 Curriculum Designer and Instructor at Babson WINLab Miami; 2016 Chair and continuing Member of the Greater Kendall Business Association; and Board Member and Marketing Committee Chair of The Business District.

Joy has a B.Sc. in Management Studies (Hons.) from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and graduated Class Valedictorian in the Executive MBA program at the University of Miami in Florida.

Marcy Rosenbaum

Rahnuma Ahsan, Ph.D.

Faculty
rahsan@mdc.edu

Dr. Rahnuma (Rah) Ahsan is a faculty member at Miami Dade College. She is the recipient of several awards including Faculty of the Year Award by Greater Kendall Business Association, Impact Award for Excellence in Teaching Entrepreneurship from National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and MDC President’s Innovation Award. Dr. Ahsan is passionate about social entrepreneurship. Many of her students have participated in and won awards in local, state and national business pitch competitions. She is also a funding partner of Social Venture Miami, a venture philanthropy network. Dr. Ahsan was the founding Lead Faculty for the 10KSB Miami program.

Rahuma Ahsan

Stanley Jay Mandel

Faculty
smandel@mdc.edu

Stanley Jay Mandel has been involved in public accounting for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team as an expert faculty member, Mr. Mandel served as the President of Miami-based Stanley Jay Mandel CPA., PA for the past 20 years. The firm recently joined the New York based PPMT Strategic Group LLC, a company that provides professional services and business solutions to small, medium and large business enterprises. The accounting firm served clients across a wide range of industries including, aviation, advertising, professional services, insurance, real estate and specialty subcontracting.

Mr. Mandel has also provided estate and trust planning, tax advice and investment services for individuals, retirement plans, and businesses. Before he established his own accounting firm, Mr. Mandel served as a senior manager and partner in several small to medium-sized CPA firms in both New York and Florida. Mr. Mandel holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Hofstra University, and a Masters in Taxation (MST) from Florida International University. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New York and he holds a Series 6 Securities License and a Florida Life and Health Insurance License. Mr. Mandel is a member of the Board of Directors of several religious and not-for-profit organizations in the Miami area. He is also a long-time Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Miami Dade College.

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Stanley Jay Mandel

Monique Catoggio

Faculty
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Monique Catoggio is committed to bringing the fullness of life back to leaders. Founder and creator of the The Fire and Flow Circle™ for Women Leaders, Entrepreneurs & Creators, and the R.I.S.E. SystemTM, Monique strives to raise the vibration of leaders in their work and daily life. As a Coach & Consultant with ProAdvisorCoach, she aspires to bring relief and eliminate suffering in the workplace.

Monique helps leaders wake up fully to their lives through holistic, ancient and innovative modalities. She believes that it is only through understanding one’s own nature that true potential can be met and whole life success achieved. Through Monique’s programs leaders come into knowing themselves more deeply while raising productivity, profitability and overall happiness and well-being. In short, Monique is a visionary that helps others see. She believes that when leaders are in alignment with their own unique nature, they become masterful leaders both in the workplace and at home. Her work is tailored for the individual leaders that want to go deeper, getting a life and leadership transformation that creates highly- conscious teams that thrive. Monique’s mission is to create conscious leaders, workplaces and families.

Her work has appeared in various media outlets over her career. In 2019 FORD and PopSugar featured Monique’s work in an exclusive commercial. She also has been highlighted in Brickell Magazine as a Featured Entrepreneur, as well as in Mujer Ejecutiva Magazine as a Ford Mujer Legendaria. She is a professional speaker and can be found regularly at corporate and professional events and conferences. Many of the companies that have trusted her work include Microsoft, MasterCard, Marriott International, ConAgra Foods, 

Monique Catoggio

Dr. Richard Sarabia

Faculty
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Our Global Supply Chain is amazing, products and services move virtually non-stop from one side of the planet to the other. Purchasing, transport, warehousing, manufacturing, delivery, etc. are all choreographed in a harmonized system to serve customers just when they need it. My interest in the Supply Chain Management discipline exists because the system is less than perfect. Analyzing and solving problems for complex global supply systems fascinates me. My unique outlook is to create solutions using a practical sustainable business approach. It is also important for me to pursue my other passion which is to share and exchange information. I have been doing this through my teaching opportunities. My goal is two parts; impart enough information to my students so that they have valuable unique skills and insight that employers see as vital for solving their supply chain problems. The second is to help students see the discipline as I do, a complex symphony with many movements occurring at once and the beauty that surrounds it.

Summary of Academic and Professional Qualifications:
I have been working at Miami Dade College as Assistant Professor since August 2015. I am lead faculty for the Bachelor of Supply Chain Management Program. I also have been working continuously as an Adjunct Instructor with American Public University System, teaching Reverse Logistics, since 2013. My professional experience exceeds 16 years in automotive and food retail, distribution/logistics and training. This includes twelve years’ experience managing reverse logistics centers. In three of these twelve years, I supervised 40 team members in a warehouse environment. Additionally, I held the positions of corporate operations manager for regional special-order distribution centers, and training content designer developing and facilitating store training programs.

Richard Sarabia

Chris Collie

Faculty
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Managing Partner Engaged Talent Solutions. An industry leader in training and leadership development Former Assistant Vice President of Leadership, Education, and Development at Marriott Vacations Worldwide. The company includes more than 100 resorts and nearly 650,000 Owners and Members in a diverse portfolio that includes seven vacation ownership brands. It also includes exchange networks and membership programs comprised of nearly 3,200 resorts in over 80 nations and approximately two million members, as well as management of more than 200 other resorts and lodging properties. Chris's wealth of experience in the fields of management, training and development, including design and development of eLearning programs. Prior to joining Interval International, Collie conducted training and consulting services in the United States and the Caribbean for companies such as Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Verizon, VistaPrint and AT&T.

Chris Collie

Luly Carreras

Faculty
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After looking high and low for the illusive “work/life balance” everyone kept telling her about, Luly declared war on the term and made it her mission to share the hard truth…it doesn’t exist! She is a family-first speaker, consultant and author of Amazon best-seller “Balance is Bull$h!t” who helps women determine their own definition of success. A believer that everyone was born with a responsibility to share their gifts with this world, she empowers women and business owners to unwrap their gifts so they experience joy. By sharing her own expertise, challenges and experiences, Luly empowers women to create the lives they want through inspirational events, personalized coaching, workshops and mastermind groups. She is a faculty member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College and Miami Dade College. Her message of leadership, empowerment, purpose and confidence has reached thousands of women and clients including Macy’s, GE, Marriott, Procter & Gamble and Dell.

Luly Carreras