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

Yinet Lauzan

Program Manager
ylauzan@mdc.edu | 305-237-7827

Yinet Lauzan serves as the Program Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program at Miami Dade College. A seasoned staff member, Yinet began her career with Miami Dade College in December 2013, joining the college’s Department of Continuing Education before transitioning to a full-time employee with the 10SKB program in March 2018. In her role, Yinet is responsible for setting up the overall classroom experience - from program administration to technical details. When asked about what entrepreneurism and leadership mean to her, she says it’s about “being able to make a positive impact in the community and doing the right thing and as well as helping ordinary people to become better employees.”

Yinet received her A.A. degree in Architecture from Miami Dade College, a Bachelors in Art History from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Yinet Lauzen