ALUMNI news MDC ALUMNUS LEADS AT TD BANK TD Bank has more than $268 billion in as-sets, and the person running the institution’s entire consumer distribution department is Ernie Diaz, a Miami Dade College graduate and Hall of Fame inductee. Diaz was recently named National Head, Con-sumer Distribution for TD Bank and put in charge of online banking, ATM transactions, stores and contact centers, reporting directly to Greg Braca, the CEO of TD Bank. Diaz has been in banking for more than 30 years, landing his first industry job toward the end of his freshman year at MDC, working as a debt collector for Barnett Bank. He said the College played a significant role in training him to be a success. “MDC laid the groundwork for everything to come,” he said. “It helped get me centered, and I will be forever grateful.” Before his latest promotion, Diaz was the president of TD Bank’s Metro Florida region, overseeing the institution’s retail, small business, commercial and specialty banking operations. He was also responsible for the bank’s lending services through a network of more than 150 locations. For Diaz, much of his success traces back to MDC and his professors, which he said were first-rate. “They cared,” he said. “They understood their mission and knew that some of their students were immigrants and some were struggling. But Ernie Diaz MDC Alumni Leading in the Banking Industry: (Partial list) Sheldon Anderson, Former Chairman & CEO (retired) Northern Trust Corporation Guillermo Castillo, Market President JPMorgan Chase & Co. (see pg. 13 for more) Fernando Crespo, Senior Vice President SunTrust Bank Inc. Juan Del Busto, Chairman & CEO Del Busto Capital Partners (and former CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta -Miami Branch) Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, President & CEO Pacic National Bank Jorge Gonzalez, President & CEO City National Bank of Florida Margarita Gonzalez, President & CEO AccuBANKER Octavio Hernandez, President & CEO Bridgeport Financial Solutions Inc. (formerly of U.S. Century Bank) José Infante, Senior Vice President & Senior Lender Independent Bank’s West Michigan Region Miriam Lopez, President & Chief Lending Ofcer Marquis Bank Angel Medina Jr., President & CEO Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust they were never in a hurry with their students. They taught me that I could be whatever I wanted if I applied myself.” – WV Julian Mesa, Executive Vice President Business Banking Manager IberiaBank Roberto Muñoz, President, South Florida Market BBVA Compass Alberto Peraza, President & COO Mercantil Commercebank Trust Company, N.A. Héctor Ponte, South Florida Area President Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Gladys Reed, Executive Vice President, Private Client Managing Director BankUnited, N.A. Jorge Triay, Chairman of the Board Intercredit Bank Israel Velasco, Florida Region Executive Popular Community Bank Christie Prades Hit Broadway Musical Has MDC Ties From MDC to The Great White Way Christie Prades and Emilio Estefan aren’t the only former MDC Sharks to make it to Broadway. MDC Hall of Fame alumnus and award-winning playwright Nilo Cruz frequently returns to MDC to inspire the next generation of great artists, while playwright and New World School of the Arts alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney celebrated a 2016 Oscar win for Moonlight , the film adaptation of his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. – AVG This fall, crowds flocked to the Adri-enne Arsht Center for the Miami pre-miere of the smash Broadway hit On Your Feet! The musical, which chron-icles the rise of multiplatinum music moguls Gloria and Emilio Estefan from their humble beginnings in Mi-ami, particularly hit home among the MDC community. Christie Prades, the talented young actress who plays Gloria Estefan on stage, is not only a Miami native but also an MDC Honors College alumna. “I feel a sense of pride and honor to be playing someone [like Gloria],” Prades told Ocean Drive maga-Emilio and Gloria Estefan zine. “She succeeded in the dream that she felt was a possibility for her.” Prades shares even more in common with the Estefans besides tal-ent and a fierce sense of determination. Before be-coming a 19-time Gram-my award winner, Emilio Estefan, too, got his start at Miami Dade College. “Everyone here has given their blood, sweat and tears,” Emilio Estefan told NBC. “This show is not just about Latinos; it is about dreams.” MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum December 2017 • Volume 21 • Number 4 Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tarell Alvin McCraney (left) and Nilo Cruz (below) Communications Director..................... Juan C. Mendieta Marketing Communications Director....... . Irene Giménez Muñoz Interim Managing Editor....................... Lisa Ann Mikolai Writers..... Brenna Cuba, Ashley Portero, Adria Valdes Greenhauff Contributors....................... Oscar Musibay, Ciro Salcedo Rachel Sierz, Daniela Uslan, Walter Villa Graphic Designers............... Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Carmen Bosch, Catalina Figueras, Shari Robbins, Vivian S. Villalba Photographers............... Cristian Lazzari, Deborah Rodríguez For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu.