2015 Inductees




Manuel D. Medina

Lifetime Achievement Award

Manuel "Manny" Medina
Founding and Managing Partner, Medina Capital

Mario de Armas

Growth Award

Mario de Armas, BACC '85
Florida Audit Partner and Market Managing Partner, PwC

Francis Hondal

Global Award

Francis Hondal, BBA '87, MBA '94
Executive Vice President, Global Consumer Credit and Loyalty Solutions, MasterCard Worldwide



Jose I. Juncadella

Entrepreneurship Award

Jose I. Juncadella, BBA '81
Principal, Fairchild Partners

Michael Kappitt

Innovation Award

Michael Kappitt, BACC '92
SVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Bloomin’ Brands

Pamela Silva Conde

Young Alumnus Award

Pamela Silva Conde, BS '03, MBA '12
Journalist & Anchor, Univision




2014 Inductees




R. Kirk Landon

Lifetime Achievement Award

R. Kirk Landon
The Kirk Foundation

Randy Robertson

Global Alumnus Award

Randy Robertson BBA '84
Managing Director Blackrock

Eric Maldonado

Innovation Alumnus Award

Eric Maldonado BBA '86
Managing Director Markit



Alina Villasante

Entrepreneurship Alumnus Award

Alina Villasante, Alumna
Designer & Creator Peace Love World

Guillermo G. Castillo

Growth Alumnus Award

Guillermo G. Castillo BBA '81 President, Middle Market Banking JP Morgan Chase

Alexander Mijares

Young Alumnus Award

Alexander Mijares MBA '11
COO, MJM Manufacturing;
Artist, Alexander Mijares Art Co.

 




2013 Inductees



May 23, 2013, marked the fourteen-year anniversary of the college’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.


Jose Manuel Diaz
Jose Manuel Diaz, BBA '86
Founder Award
Compass Office Systems

Thomas Cornish
Thomas Cornish, BBA '85
Builder Award
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Nicholas Alexander
Nicholas Alexander, BBA '07
Family Business Award
Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa and Camorse Wine and Spirits

Louis Toledo
Louis Toledo, BBA '10
Young Alum Award
T&S Roofing Systems

Cesar Alvarez
Cesar Alvarez
South Florida CEO of the Year
Greenberg Traurig LLP




2012 Inductees



May 3, 2012, marked the thirteen-year anniversary of the college’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Jason Squillante (BBA ’00), CEO and Founder of TopSource and Mayi de la Vega (BBA ‘81), owner of ONE Sotheby's International Realty, were inducted as founder and builder respectively, into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. FIU's 2012 Family Business and Young Entrepreneur went to Alfredo Lardizabal (BBA '94), COO & General Manager of MIC Foods, and Justo Luis Pozo III (BBA '07), Partner, Gotham Holdings respectively. Tibor Hollo, Chairman and President, Florida East Coast Realty, was selected by the college as the 2012 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year. Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP was presenting sponsor for the event.

Mayi de la Vega
Mayi de la Vega
2012 Builder Award
ONE Sotheby's
International Realty

Alfredo Lardizabal
Alfredo Lardizabal
2012 Family Business Award
MIC Foods

Jason Squillante
Jason Squillante
2012 Founder Award
TopSource

Justo Luis Pozo
Justo Luis Pozo III
2012 Young Entrepreneur Award
Gotham Holdings

Tibor Hollo
Tibor Hollo
2012 South Florida
Entrepreneur of the Year
Florida East Coast Realty




2011 Inductees



May 20, 2011, marked the twelfth-year anniversary of the college’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Alberto Aghion (BBA ’99), COO and Co-Founder of Zumba Fitness, L.L.C. and Monique Hamaty-Simmonds (BBA ‘96), CEO of Tortuga Rum Cake Company, were inducted as founder and builder respectively, into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Benjamin Leon, Jr. was selected by the college as the 2010 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year. Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP was presenting sponsor for the event.

Monique Hamaty-Simmonds
Monique Hamaty-Simmonds
2011 Builder Award
Tortuga Rum Cake Company

Alberto Aghion
Alberto Aghion
2011 Founder Award
Zumba Fitness, LLC

Benjamin Leon, Jr.
Benjamin Leon, Jr.
2011 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year
Leon Medical Centers, Inc.




2010 Inductees



May 20, 2010, marked the eleven-year anniversary of the college’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Mariano de Soccaraz (BBA ’89), President and CEO of CorePlus, L.L.C. and Carlos Duart (MST ’99, BACC ‘94), President and CEO of Metric Engineering Group, were inducted as founder and builder respectively, into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Baptist Health South Florida was selected by the college as the 2010 South Florida Entrepreneurial Company of the Year, the award was accepted by Brian Keeley, President and CEO. Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP became the 2010-2015 presenting sponsor for the event.

Mariano de Soccarraz
Mariano de Soccarraz
2010 Founder Award
CorePlus, L.L.C.

Carlos Duart
Carlos Duart
2010 Builder Award
Metric Engineering Group

Brian Keeley
Baptist Health South Florida
South Florida Entrepreneurial Company of the Year
Accepted by Brian Keeley
President & CEO




2009 Inductee



May 16, 2009 marked the ten-year anniversary of the Entrepreneurship Hall of fame. The Masquerade Soiree and Auction took place at the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami Beach. All previous year’s inductees were invited to attend the celebration. Executive Dean Emeritus Joyce J. Elam was named 2009 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year for her transformational leadership.

Joyce J. Elam
Joyce J. Elam
2009 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year Award
College of Business Administration, FIU




2008 Inductees



May 8, 2008, Malcolm Butters (MBA ’83), President and Founder of Butters Construction and Ignacio Urbieta (MBA ‘85), co- owner and CEO of Urbieta Oil Company, were inducted as founder and builder respectively, into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Sergio Pino, President and CEO of Century Home Builders, LLC was selected by the college as the 2008 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year.

Malcolm Butters
Malcolm Butters
2008 Founder Award
Butters Construction & Development

Ignacio Urbieta
Ignacio Urbieta
2008 Builder Award
Urbieta Oil Co.

Sergio Pino
Sergio Pino
2008 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Century Home Builders




2007 Inductees



May 16, 2007, the first female was inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The “Founder” award was presented to Margarita M. Gonzalez (BBA 06), president and CFO, of AccuBANKER, Antonio “Tony” Argiz (BBA 74), Managing Partner, Morrison, Brown Argiz and Farra, LLP received the “Builder” award. The 2007 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award, given to a non-alumnus/ae, was presented to Miriam Lopez, chairman and CEO of TransAtlantic Bank. She is an outstanding entrepreneur and contributing member to South Florida’s entrepreneurial community. She serves on Florida International University’s Board of Trustees.

Margarita M. Gonzalez
Margarita M. Gonzalez
2007 Founder Award
AccuBANKER

Antonio L. Argiz
Antonio L. Argiz
2007 Builder Award
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLP

Miriam Lopez
Miriam Lopez
2007 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year
TransAtlantic Bank




2006 Inductees



May 17, 2006, Albert Santalo (EMBA '97), President of Avisena and Glenn J. Rufrano (MSM '74), CEO of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc., were inducted as founder and builder respectively, into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Manuel Medina, Chairman and CEO of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., was selected by the College of Business as the 2006 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year.

Glenn J. Rufrano
Glenn J. Rufrano, 2006
New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc.

Manuel Medina
Manuel Medina, 2006
Terremark Worldwide, Inc.

Albert Santalo
Albert Santalo, 2006
Avisena




2005 Inductees



On May 12, 2005, Agustin "Tino" Herran (BBA '91), President and CEO of General Real Estate Corporation, Sedano's Supermarket, and Tire Group International, and Larry Harris (BS '81), Proprietor of Mosaico and Salero Restaurants, and Co-Founder of Pollo Tropical Restaurants, were inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, Founder of Sunglass Hut of America and a major donor of the University was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Agustin Herran
Agustin Herran, 2005
Sedanos Supermarkets
General Real Estate Corporation
Tire Group International

Larry Harris
Larry Harris, 2005
Pollo Tropical
Mosaico and Salero Restaurants

Dr. Sanford L. Ziff
Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, 2005
Sunglass Hut
Lifetime Achievement Award




2004 Inductees



On May 13, 2004, Joseph Caruncho (BBA ’81) and Justo Pozo (BBA ’80), Founder and President of Preferred Care Partners, were inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. The 2004 South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Keith St. Clair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TraveLeaders. Additionally, two alumni were recognized as vital builders of their respective family’s businesses: Robert Capó (B.S.), Chief Marketing Officer, El Dorado Furniture, and Andrew Yap (BBA ’91, MBA ’97), Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LEASA.

Joseph Caruncho
Joseph Caruncho, 2004
th Preferred Care Partners

Justo Pozo
Justo Pozo, 2004
Preferred Care Partners

Keith St. Clair
Keith St. Clair, 2004
TraveLeaders
South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year

Roberto Capo
Roberto Capo, 2004
El Dorado Furniture
Family Business Alumni Award

Andrew Yap
Andrew Yap, 2004
Family Business Alumni Award




2003 Inductees



On Friday, May 30, 2003, Anthony E. Ronconi (BBA '88), Founder, Principal, CTO and Chief Strategy Officer for then StrataSys Group, LLC, was inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. A new award was established--the South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year--and presented to Howard J. Leonhardt, Chairman and CEO of Bioheart, Inc.

Howard J. Leonhardt
Howard J. Leonhardt, 2003
Bioheart, Inc.
South Florida Entrepreneur of the Year

Anthony Ronconi
Anthony Ronconi, 2003
Stratasys Corporations




2002 Inductee



On April 12, 2002, Richard Dobrow was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Dobrow, CEO of Guarded Networks, Inc., received his BBA in 1995 and his MAcc in 1997, both from the College of Business.

Richard Dobrow
Richard Dobrow, 2002
Guarded Networks




2001 Inductees



Our 2001 Inductees were Augusto L. Vidaurreta, co-founder of The Systems Consulting Group and RAM Strategies, Inc. and Joe Merino, founder of Unipower Corporation. Vidaurreta received his B.S. in Business from the College of Business in 1980 and Merino earned his BBA in 1974 and his MBA in 1976, both from the College of Business.

Augusto L. Vidaurreta
Augusto L. Vidaurreta, 2001
Systems Consulting Group,
Cambridge Technologies &
Adjoined Technologies

Joe Merino
Joe Merino, 2001
Unipower Corporation




2000 Inductee



The first 2000 Inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame was Bob Bell, the founder of Banana Boat Suncare and the Chairman and CEO of Sea & Ski Corporation. Bell graduated from the College of Business in 1981 with a BBA degree.

Bob Bell
Bob Bell, 2000
Sea and Ski Suncare


*All company names and titles are at the time the award was given to the recipient.