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College Forum Volume 15 - Number 5 : IFC

ALUMNI news MDC YielDs Banking leaDers Executives Credit MDC for Their Success in Business and Life Taking a leadership role in the world of high fi-nance, Miami Dade College has produced more of South Florida’s top banking executives than other institutions in the region. Some of the banking magnates who got their start at MDC include Juan del Busto , regional president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Guillermo Castillo , president of middle market commercial banking for JPMorgan Chase; and also Israel Velasco , Banco Popular N.A.’s South Florida region executive, among many others. The College has been churning out these in-novative thinkers for decades, and alumni say the education they received at MDC prepared them for successful careers at the top of their demanding field. her life and have been vital to her career. Striving for Excellence When Great Florida Bank Chief Executive Offi-cer Mehdi Ghomeshi talks about his alma ma-ter, he uses terms about “honor” and “character.” “MDC prepared me for the foundation of do-ing it right and making sure I am always honor-able and that I maintain my integrity in business dealings,” said Ghomeshi, who served as presi-dent at Barnett Bank and then BankUnited be-fore raising $60 million in initial capital to open Great Florida Bank. He credited MDC for send-ing him on his way to success. “The world is full of dreamers,” he said. “At MDC, I learned how to move ahead and take concrete steps to actualize my vision.” Mehdi Ghomeshi “The world is full of dreamers. At MDC, I learned how to move ahead and take concrete steps to actualize my vision.” Strong Start Gladys Reed , m a r k e t president of BankUnited’s Miami-Dade/South Broward Market, be-gan her studies at – Mehdi Ghomeshi, MDC without know-ing what career she CEO, Great Florida Bank would choose. She took business classes while working for a bank and has been climbing the corporate ladder ever since, now managing 29 branches and more than 200 employees. “Coming to MDC represented attending a great community college,” she said. ”I began building the foundation of what I wanted to do in life.” Miriam López , president and chief lending officer of Marquis Bank, credits her success to the broad-based and diverse education she re-ceived at Miami Dade College. López, a 1970 graduate of the College’s North Campus, said many of the courses she took at MDC, even those outside her major, enriched Continued Commitment Carlos R. Fernández-Guzmán ’s education from Miami Dade College did not end with his graduation in 1976. The president, CEO and di-rector of Pacific National Bank, a $350 million enterprise, said he has continued to learn from his alma mater over the past three-plus decades. “Just watching how well the College has done and how it has developed top professionals has been an inspiration for me to always strive for excellence,” Fernández-Guzmán said. His professional career at Southeast Banking Corp. and later Consolidated Bank in Hialeah, where he rose to the rank of senior vice presi-dent, served as a springboard to high-ranking positions he held subsequently. But he never forgot the school where his success began. Fernández-Guzmán said it has been “impres-sive” to watch what MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been able to accomplish for Miami Dade College. “Dr. Padrón has an absolute commitment to excellence and has continued to challenge the College, the students and the faculty to take it to the next level,” he said. “He never rests on his laurels, and that is a great example to follow.” – AMS, WV Gladys Reed Distinguished Alumni The financial leaders above are just a few of many distinguished leaders of the South Florida banking community who got their start at MDC. Other notable alumni include: • Sheldon Anderson , Southeast regional pres-Juan del Busto ident/CEO, Northern Trust Bank of Florida N.A. Ernie Díaz , South Florida market president, • TD Bank • Victoria Garrigo , Southeast regional manager, HSBC Private Bank Jorge González , president and CEO, City • National Bank of Florida • Octavio Hernández , president and CEO, U.S. Century Bank • Roberto Muñoz , South Florida regional exec-utive for commercial banking, BBVA Compass Obdulio Piedra , market president, Great • Florida Bank Hector Ponte , president of community • banking, Wells Fargo Jorge Triay , president and CEO, First Bank of • Miami MIAMI DADE COLLEGE College Published by Miami Dade College, Office of Communications 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132-2296 Send e-mails to f orum November 2011 • Volume 15 • Number 5 Communications Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Juan C . Mendieta Marketing and Publications Director . . . . . . . . .Irene Giménez Muñoz Editorial Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brenda Krebs Copy Editors/Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . Hector Pino, Monica Roos, Anne-Margaret Swary Graphic Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pasita Andino, Reynaldo Arroyo, Grizelle Paz-Harrison, Shari Robbins Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera, Walter Villa Staff Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alyssa Alvarez, Carlos Llano Production Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Smitherman For more information about MDC programs, call 305-237-8888 or visit 2 College forum

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