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Class Notes – Fall 2018


Stanley O. Epstein (BBA ’51) retired from the full-time practice of law and is involved in various organizations in Southern California.


Arnold Staloff (BBA ’67) received the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest distinction available from “Who’s Who in America.” The award honors demonstrated leadership, excellence and longevity within the honoree’s industry and profession; Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, was the other 2018 honoree.

Ronald “Ronnie” Schneider (BBA ’65) will produce “The Beautiful People,” a short UM “Freedom Film” starring Alan Frankel that centers on the prejudices between a hippie and a wealthy boy.


Alexandra Villoch (BBA ’78, MBA ’79) President and Publisher of the Miami Harold Media Company. Becoming the first female publisher to fill this role.


Ana Aeco (BBA ’85), has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Marta Alfonso (BBA ’84, JD ’98), has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo (MBA ’84), a vice president of the University of Miami Alumni Association, is a vintner whose 2008 Viña Ardanza was selected as a 2017 editor’s pick by Food and Wine magazine.

Robert Becerra (BBA ’86, JD ’90) elected Secretary of the Florida Bar International Section at the Section’s annual retreat in Bonita Springs.

Trinidad Callava (MS ’84), current lecturer for the Business School and recent author of Silk Through the Ages: The Textile That Conquered Luxury.

David Diamond (AB ’82, MBA ’84), president of the Northern Trust Company of Delaware, was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a Delaware limited-purpose trust company.

Howard Dvorkin (MBA ’87), Chairman of Ft. Lauderdale-based A network of financial experts, business journalists, and solution providers for credit card debt, student loan assistance, credit monitoring, tax debt, identity theft, credit repair, and bankruptcy. Co-Owner of Pine Hollow farm in Parkland, FL, a family-owned business that offers customized training programs and lessons for horse riders.

Eshan Kibria (MBA ’80, MSCE ’80) is a board-certified clinician, author, researcher, and educator in neurology in Naples, he also conducts a free clinic in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Jorge Mas (BBA ’84, MBA ’86), a member of the MBS Board of Overseers, is chairman of MasTec, which entered the Fortune 500 list of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. this year, at No. 428. It is believed to be the first company on the list founded by a Cuban-American.

Mark Richt (BBA ’82), current head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. Recipient of the 2017 Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award.

Sherry L. Ulsh (MBA ’83) named Senior Manager of Indirect Sourcing for The Hershey Company.


Mayte Fernandez (MS ’94, MBA ’94), has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 25 top Influential Business Women in South Florida, 2018.

Dany Garcia (BBA ’92), co-founder of Seven Bucks Productions, joined the board of startup movie app Attom Tickets when she invested in the company.

Alexis Gonzalez (BBA ’95, JD ’99), managing shareholder of AG LAW, was appointed to serve on Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Enterprise Advisory Board.

Darren Haimer (BBA ’99, MBA ’04) was named vice president of advertising and general manager at the Bradenton Herald. Haimer began his career in the media industry during his undergraduate years, selling advertising for the Miami Hurricane newspaper.

Dolly Hernandez (BBA ’98, JD ’01) joined the Coral Gables law firm of Richard Greer, P.A. as counsel with a focus on complex marital and family law cases. She has also been admitted to practice law in Florida state courts and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Marilyn Hett (MBA ’96), president of Capital Asset Partners, received the first Regional Impact Excellence Award from Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay; the award honors dedication to promoting regional economic development and fostering a unified and prosperous Tampa Bay region. The Counselors of Real Estate also honored her with the James Felt Creative Counseling Award, which celebrates outstanding achievement and ingenuity in real estate counseling. And, the Florida Trust For Historic Preservation honored her with an Outstanding Achievement recognition for administering the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program.

Joseph Ingeno (BBA ’95, MS ’99), a software architect in South Florida, published his first book, “Software Architect’s Handbook” – a guide to concepts and best practices in the field.

Afi Johnson-Parris (BBA ’95), an expert in the presentation of child custody, equitable distribution and divorce cases in court, was invited to teach at the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Johnson-Parris was also named by U.S. News & World Report among its 2018 Best Lawyers in America.

Brian Lawlor (MBA ’96), is now president of E.W. Scripps Company, responsible for 33 television stations and 34 radio stations, local digital operations and the four Katz multicast networks.

Bernie Navarro (BBA ’95), founder and president of private equity and mortgage lender Benworth Capital, was elected chairman of the Miami Dade College Board of Trustees.

Joseph Sendra (BSIE ’93, MBA ’97), is worldwide vice president for manufacturing and engineering technology at Johnson & Johnson and helped bring the new College of Engineering – Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory to fruition.

Zach Shelomith (BBA ’94, JD ’97), attorney at Leiderman Shelomith Alexander & Somodevilla, PLLC has been named the President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association, for a one year term beginning July, 1st 2018. 

Paige Stephens-Bressler (BBA ’91, MBA ’93), earned her PhD in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and joined the College of Charleston in South Carolina as an assistant professor of accounting.

James Taintor (BS ’96, MBA ’99), published his first book, “Building Authentic Confidence in Children,” which sheds light on the U.S. educational system’s deficiency in instilling self-belief, fearlessness, perseverance and drive.

José R. Mas (BBA ’92, MBA ’94), is CEO of MasTec, which entered the Fortune 500 list of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. this year, at No. 428. It is believed to be the first company on the list founded by a Cuban-American.


Tamara Beliard Rodriguez (BBA ’01), a Haitian-born author, mother, and breast cancer survivor, recently wrote a children’s book on cancer, “Hair to the Queen,” which encourages adults to discuss cancer with children in a simple, tender way through the story of a 7-year-old child whose mother has cancer.

Thomas “Tom” Harker (MBA ’00) was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller Office) on January 2, 2018.

Elise (Rosen) Martos (BBA ’07) formed New York-based structural engineering firm MARTOS Engineering with her husband Christian Martos (MS ’04, BS ’04).

Lauren McLean Campos (BBA ’05) was promoted to market manager for the learning and development department at electric vehicle and power company Tesla, after six years with the company.

Laura Nolasco (BBA ’04) co-founded advertising and design agency Beach Lion Studios with Michael Nolasco (BFA ’04). Nolasco is managing director of the agency.

Maria Ramos-Person (MBA ’08), physician liaison manager at Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, was named to Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list as an emerging leader and innovator. The Suncoast Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society also named her its 2017 Woman of the Year.

Daniel Stein (BBA ’02) became a senior partner at Lippincott, a New York City-based brand strategy, design and innovation firm where he has worked for 11 years.

Ramon Vega-Dorticos (BBA ’02, LLM ’10) was nominated by the governor of Puerto Rico and confirmed to the board of directors of the Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico.


Karen Barroeta (MBA ’10) was named Telemundo Networks’ senior vice president for marketing and creative; she had been general manager of Telemundo International. Based in Miami, Barroeta is part of the network’s core content team, leading strategic development and execution of all consumer marketing initiatives.

Carolina Braunschweig (MBA’15) was named National Sales Director of Schuman Cheese Miami.

Robert Chiste (BBA ’14, MACC ’14) was promoted to audit senior at Kaufman Rossin, in the firm’s Miami office.

Felix Mesa (BBA ’10, MBA ’12) is the new chief operating officer at Boston law firm Bernkopf Goodman LLP. She had been COO of Kirwan Spellacy & Danner.

Alexander Nabhan (BBA ’11), a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch in Boston, was named to the first-ever Forbes list of “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors.”

Severin Romanov (BBA ’10) is CEO of Pose Method, an international sports education company that teaches the Pose Method technique of efficient movement to prevent injuries in sports; Romanov’s father developed the technique.

Angie C. Villanueva (AB ’12, MBA ’18), production manager at UM, was inducted as treasurer and sponsorship chair of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County.

In Memoriam

John Brunetti Sr. (MBA ’52) died in March at his home in Boca Raton, at the age of 87. Brunetti owned Hialeah Park, a horseracing and casino venue, for more than 40 years, and bred and raced horses of his own around the country. He was also chairman of The Brunetti Organization, a real estate and property development company. He also founded The Brunetti Foundation. He is survived by his wife Tracee, sons John Jr. and Stephen Patrick, their wives Adina and Kimberly, his sister JoAnn and her husband Sal DeGuido, as well as stepsons Mario and Giovanni Ghio and several grandchildren.

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