South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO awards honored Mayi de la Vega (BBA ’81), founder, president & CEO of One Southby’s International Realty and Jorge J. Gonzalez (BBA ’88), president and CEO of City National Bank of Florida for their achievements, vision and dedication to excellence as business leaders of Miami-Dade County. In addition, the business publication’s “40 under 40” awards recognized seven FIU Business graduates for their professional and philanthropic achievements: Joseph L. Saka (BAcc ’96, MS ’97), director, Berkowitz, Pollack Brant; Richard Montes de Oca (EMBA ’00), managing partner, MDO Partners; Delleperche Joseph (MSF ’00), SF middle market banking group team, TD Bank; Jessica Samo (BBA ’00, MBA ’11), group manager, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas; Cristina di Mauro (BBA ’01), executive VP, BankUnited; J.C. de Ona (BBA ’03), senior VP, Stonegate Bank; and Andres del Corral (MBA ’06), vice president, Blanca Commercial Real Estate.
United HomeCare honored Linda Quick (MS ’74), president, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association, at its 19th annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards dinner.
Alberto Peraza (BAcc ’87), president and chief operating officer, Mercantil Commercebank, was featured in Miami Today’s profile, “The Achiever” in the issue of July 4, 2013.
Albert Lorenzo (BBA ’74), president, QBA Consulting; Steven Berwick (BBA ’74), principal, Kaufman, Rossin & Co.; and Frank Gonzalez (BAcc ’90), principal, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra have been appointed to the FIU Foundation board.
Yvonne Debesa (BAcc’82) received a Sapoznik Insurance Alumni Achievement Award at the Education Fund’s For the Love of Art Annual Charity Auction. She is currently the Sunstate Bank senior vice president and chief operating officer.
Mercantil Commercebank promoted Alberto Peraza (BAcc ’87) to president and chief operating officer.