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South Florida Board of Advisors
Lois E. Silverman
The Commonwealth Institute
Mrs. Silverman’s professional career has spanned over 30 years in business where she is most well recognized as one of the first women in Massachusetts to take a company public. In 1988, she founded CRA Managed Care (now Concentra Managed Care), a provider of services to reduce the costs of workers’ compensation, automobile, disability and health insurance claims.
Co-Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
Amparo is the former Vice president of Talent Management for Ryder System, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami. Amparo is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s talent management strategy, which includes talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, leadership development and assessment, and employee learning.
Barbara Liberatore Black is a Managing Director of JLL since December 2015. Prior to joining JLL Brokerage, Barbara was one of four Founding Partners of Cresa nationally. Barbara began this career in 1980, specializing in tenant representation and handling the real estate needs of tenants. During her career, Barbara has completed office lease transactions totaling more than 10 million square feet. Barbara is an expert in law firm transactions having represented over 60 law firm transactions; recent transactions include Shutts & Bowen which was the largest downtown office lease in South Florida and Gray Robinson for 35,000 RSF. Recently she handled US Century Bank for 40,000 RSF and is currently representing Modernizing Medicine, CHG, Marsh, Weiss Serota, to name a few. She has also been the exclusive representative for many financial institutions, corporations and Not-For-Profit organizations.
Vice President, Revenue Management and Onboard Revenue Celebrity Cruises Susan Bonner was appointed Vice President of Revenue Management and Onboard Revenue for modern luxury cruise line Celebrity Cruises and its 10-ship fleet in January 2015. Bonner’s dedicated departments are made up of more than 30 employees responsible for the pricing and inventory strategy of the brand’s robust cruise vacation portfolio, and core onboard operations, including retail shops, spa and wellness facilities, internet, casinos and more. Bonner has been with the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. corporation since 2008. Prior to her current role as Vice President with Celebrity, she most recently led the revenue management and onboard revenue performance of sister brand Royal Caribbean International during the line’s major introduction of the widely acclaimed ship Quantum of the Seas. Bonner’s wealth of experience includes numerous leadership roles within the cruise industry, where she oversaw revenue operations, including her previous role with Celebrity, where she was involved in the introduction of the brand’s industry-changing Solstice Class ships. Bonner pursued her higher education as she studied Marketing at the prestigious Tulane University. She is a Mets fan, hot yoga enthusiast and the proud mother of her 16-year-old son.
Overtown Youth Center
Tina Brown is a fifteen year veteran in the field of accounting and business management for both corporate and non profit entities. She has a diverse work history portfolio that includes experience in the field of cost accounting, auditing, general ledger maintenance, taxation, budgeting, systems implementation, and management experience. In 2005 Tina was fortunate to land a position at the Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center as the Finance Director. As the Finance Director, she was responsible for the oversight of a $1.8 million budget and the supervision of the Human Resource, Information Technology and Facilities. After serving in the capacity of Interim Director for approximately one year and three months, Tina was appointed as Executive Director by Alonzo Mourning. Tina earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Savannah State University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix. Born in Miami, she currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and three children, Kaige, Kaiden and Canaan Brown.
Janis K. Cheezem
Janis K. Cheezem specializes in the leasing, acquisition, sale, disposition, and financing of commercial real estate, and in the workouts and restructurings of commercial real estate assets. She has been primarily responsible for the leasing of millions of square feet of office, retail, and industrial properties and relishes solving deal issues in innovative and practical ways. As Chair of Lex Mundi's Global Real Estate Practice Group, Janis benefits from hands-on relationships with seasoned and diverse real estate and finance counsel in many of Lex Mundi's 160 worldwide member firms in developing best practices and joint client services. Janis is a frequent speaker before numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, CoreNet Global, the International Council of
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Diane Davis is a Vice President with Merrill Lynch and one of an elite group of financial advisors with a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, a Certified Investment Manager Analyst (CIMA) designation, and the additional Merrill Lynch certification of Wealth Management Advisor.
Dorothy S. Eisenberg
Gerson, Preston, Robinson
Dorothy S. Eisenberg, a prominent certified public accountant, brings a wealth of taxation experience to Gerson, Preston, Robinson & Company, and is highly regarded by the clients she serves.
Treasurer, South Florida Board of Advisors
Sandra C. Finn is President of Cross Country Home Services (CCHS), the leader in helping consumers simplify home ownership by providing hassle-free, cost effective home services, including home warranty and maintenance programs.
Managing Director/Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust
Laura Kaplan is a Managing Director/ Private Client Advisor with one of nation’s largest wealth advisory firms. She works closely with her clients to develop an in-depth understanding of their personal, institutional and family’s wealth management needs and preferences. Given the needs of her clients, she builds a customized team of professionals around them to provide advice on investment management, wealth transition, trust, credit and tax issues ultimately providing an integrated recommendation to support their overall wealth management strategy. Laura is passionate about the need to support women.
Co-Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
Perry Ellis International
Lisa Kauffman is the Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer at Perry Ellis International. Lisa Kauffman is a Marketing executive with a history of creating and leading brands across a range of industries that stand out in the marketplace and drive profitable sales. A high impact leader, Lisa has inspired teams across a range of industries with a clearly articulated vision, a passion for people, and a drive for results. Lisa is the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, for Perry Ellis International overseeing global branding, consumer insights, digital marketing, loyalty programs, direct marketing, and public relations across a diverse portfolio of iconic men’s and women’s apparel brands including Perry Ellis, Original Penguin and Laundry by Shelli Segal.
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Doris Neyra is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor for the Miami region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Doris is passionate about helping individuals and families with financial issues in this complex environment we live in. Doris orchestrates all of her clients’ financial needs and takes away the burden which creates comfort and simplicity for clients to take action and make the most of their financial opportunities.
Naomi D. Nixon
University of Miami
Naomi Nixon currently serves as Associate Vice President for Central Development at the University of Miami. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy for the University’s Momemtum2 campaign, with a fundraising goal of $1.6 billion. Throughout her career, Ms. Nixon has held leadership positions in numerous organizations. She is Co-Founder and President of Women in International Trade and is a board member of UM Hillel. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council and Save the Children Latin America and Caribbean.
Carlton Fields, PA
Edith G. Osman is a Shareholder at Carlton Fields and practices in the areas of business litigation, matrimonial law, and mediation. She has significant experience representing clients in dissolution of marriage proceedings, post-divorce modifications and enforcement, child custody, property evaluation, equitable distribution of marital assets, pre & post nuptial agreements, and paternity actions.
Founding TCI Board Member
Linda Paresky is an entrepreneur, educator and leader of women’s initiatives. A pioneer in the travel industry, Linda Paresky has profoundly impacted the business of travel. In 1965 she co-founded Crimson Travel in Cambridge, MA and, through internal growth and mergers, became co-chairman and owner of Thomas Cook Travel, USA, the third largest travel agency in the country.
Flora R. Perez
Flora R. Perez focuses her practice on advising public and private companies on corporate and securities matters as well as on private equity and venture transactions, public and private securities offerings, asset-backed financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced counseling boards and senior management on a variety of legal issues including corporate governance, executive compensation, SEC reporting, compliance, strategic business initiatives, commercial matters, and employment. Flora advises both public and private companies on the full range of M&A transactions including mergers, tender offers, going private transactions and strategic investments both nationally and internationally.
Ryder System Inc.
Kendra Phillips is Group Director of Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) for Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions company. She is responsible for three key areas within DTS’s growth: (1) successful value creation from and implementation of a new operating system, (2) significant operating change through the centralization of activities from four hundred locations throughout the U.S. to three locations and (3) strategic sales approach to new business. Kendra’s passion is around strategic development and execution for growth. She began her 9 year career with Ryder in the Corporate Strategy group and worked her way up to lead strategic development for the Supply Chain Solutions division of Ryder. After her time in Strategy, Kendra took over running the Sales Solutions team and during this period Supply Chain Solutions Sales had their two most successful years on record.
Toni Randolph was founder of RANOR, Inc., a private label manufacturer and brand management company. Her customers included major retailers, Wal-Mart, K-Mart JC Penny and Petrie Stores.
Florida Medical Center
Starwood Property Trust Inc.
Lindy Smiley is currently Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources. In this role Lindy’s oversight includes Talent Management, Compensation and Benefits for the US and European operation. Lindy works closely with the executive team on all employment related matters. Prior to joining Starwood, Lindy spent nearly fifteen years working in various capacities of Human Resources both in New York and Miami. Lindy’s career began on the recruitment side with Progressive Insurance and then moved into the Financial Services arena as an HR Generalist for Moody’s, supporting Structured Finance. Lindy also spent five years with Morgan Stanley as a Director of Human Resources where she supported a number of infrastructure areas including Legal and Compliance. Lindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Syracuse University with an emphasis in Human Resources, and a MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Urban League of Broward County
Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Broward County. Founded in 1975, the Urban League of Broward County is an affiliate of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Serving as President and CEO since 2006, Dr. Smith-Baugh was appointed as the only woman and the youngest administrator to lead an Urban League affiliate in Florida. She is credited with several achievements within the community including one of the most significant accomplishments in the agency’s history; the launching of a $9 million dollar Community Empowerment Center. The center expanded the programs and services offered by the Urban League and further advanced its mission of assisting African Americans to achieve social and economic equality. Germaine credits her accomplishments to a strong commitment to her faith and family and the demonstration of hard work and perseverance by her parents serve as a cornerstone in Germaine’s success. Dr. Smith-Baugh is married to Paul Allan Baugh, an administrator for the School Board of Broward County, and is the mother of one son, Allan Nathaniel Baugh and a daughter, Victoria Niara Baugh.
Phyllis S. Swersky
Governance Chair, The Commonwealth Institute South Florida
Phyllis Swersky is President of The MelTech Group, which provides a broad range of business advisory services to the CEOs and executive management teams of growing companies. Phyllis draws on two decades of hands-on executive management and financial experience in computer software and service companies, including a pioneering role in the meteoric growth of Cullinet software.
Vice Chair, South Florida Board of Advisors
Newport Board Group
Experienced international general management executive with a record of success in building world-class organizations in the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central Americas. Extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations, P&L management and distribution across these markets. Recognized as an innovator in development and execution of breakthrough revitalization, growth and profitability strategies. Deep expertise in consumer financial services and ethnic marketing. Global management experience includes responsibilities for operations in Europe and Asia. Strong people management skills; excel at driving organizations from strategy to execution.