FIU has appointed seven new community leaders to serve on its Foundation Board.
“We are very fortunate to have this group of talented professionals as part of our board,” said Howard Lipman, President & CEO of the FIU Foundation, Inc. and senior vice president for University Advancement. “It is through their dedication and commitment to excellence that we will advance the Foundation’s efforts.”
- Albert Lorenzo ‘74 began his professional career in banking, finance and real estate in 1987. He later partnered with former Miami City Mayor David Kennedy to form Florida Consulting, Inc., a government/campaign consulting firm, where he represented numerous political and governmental clients. He is the founding principal of Quantum Results, Inc., a public relations, governmental and consulting firm. Lorenzo has continued his political campaign practice and has expanded to include statewide and federal campaigns with great success.
- Steven M. Berwick ‘74 has been a member of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. since 1974 and serves as a principal in the firm’s audit and litigation practice. He also leads the firm’s technology department. He has extensive experience in lost profit calculations, commercial damage models, professional malpractice matters, and expert witness testimony. Berwick is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA).
- Maria Del Busto is the Global Chief Resource Officer at Royal Caribbean Cruises. She provides leadership and direction for all aspects of human resource management on a worldwide basis, and oversees more than 40,000 employees. From 2000 to 2006, Del Busto served as Royal Caribbean’s vice president of corporate human resources. Prior to Royal Caribbean she was with Fortis Health, a health-insurance provider, where she served as acting senior vice president of Corporate and Field Human Resource Services.
- Frank Gonzalez ‘90 is a principal in the Audit Department at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra,LLC (MBAF), where he leads the Financial Institutions and SEC practices. Gonzalez provides audit, business consulting, litigation support and SEC compliance services to South Florida organizations in a wide range of industries including real estate, finance, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications. In addition, he is currently the partner-in-charge of the audit department.
- Jill Granat ‘87 is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of holding at Burger King Corporation (BKC). Granat was appointed to her current positions at Burger King in February 2011. Prior to her appointment, she was vice president and assistant general counsel of holdings from July 2009 until March 2011. Granat joined BKC in 1998 as a member of the legal department and served in positions of increasing responsibility with the company. She is also President of the Burger King McLamore Foundation.
- Thomas Hall ‘78 is the Senior Vice President at Newedge USA, LLC. Hall has more than 20 years experience in investment banking. Newedge Group is a global multi-asset brokerage firm formed in 2008 from the merger of Fimat and Calyon Financial, the brokerage arms of French financial companies Société Générale and Credit Agricole. Newedge offers execution, clearing, and prime brokerage services. It is one of the world’s largest futures commission merchants and has locations in fifteen countries.
- Jorge Villacampa is the Area President for Miami and Monroe County Wells Fargo where he leads 48 banking stores and 700 team members. Villacampa was born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, and arrived to the United States in 1961. Villacampa graduated from Pennsylvania’s Waynesburg University where he majored in accounting and economics. His first job was as a management trainee with Southeast Banking Corporation. He has remained with the same banking organization through mergers with First Union, Wachovia and Wells Fargo.