Alumni Notes

  • Ramon Ferran (BBA ’79), senior vice president of corporate lending at TotalBank, has been elected to Florida international University’s Alumni Association’s board of directors.
  • The Related Group has appointed Matthew J. Allen (MBA ’91) executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previously he was the executive vice president and chief financial officer.
  • American Express announced that Francis Hondal (MBA ’94, BBA ’87) has been named regional vice president and head of insurance services for Latin América, the Caribbean, and Canada. In this role, she will be responsible for managing the company’s insurance distribution businesses, which consist primarily of accident, life, hospitalization, credit protection, and travel coverage marketed to American Express Card members. Hondal is a member of the college’s Alumni Circle and of the International MBA’s advisory board.
  • Robert Perez (BBA ’96) opened his own legal practice focusing on criminal defense at both the state and federal levels.
  • Catherine Minnis (MBA ’97, BBA ’93) has been honored with the 2006 American Cancer Society’s Volunteer of the Year award. Minnis is vice president of the National Black MBA Association and chair of public relations for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • The Carlos Albizu University Foundation has named Jorge Vazquez (MBA ’99) to its board of directors. Vazquez is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Freedom Fresh.
  • Albert Santalo (MBA ’99), Avisena president and CEO, addressed a group of physicians during a recent seminar in Norcross, GA. The seminar aimed at improving performance in the most critical areas of medical practice: reimbursement trends, managed care contracting, and technology/billing and collections.
  • Logistics infrastructure company WTDC has promoted Sean P. Gazitua (BBA ’04) to director of logistics.
  • Gabriel Zdircu (MSMIS ’04) has been named director of the Miami-Dade County/ Florida Keys office for Passport Health. Passport Health is a nationwide network of travel medicine/vaccine clinics.

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