Carlos A. Saladrigas
Mr. Saladrigas is Co-Chairman of the Cuba Study Group and is chairman of Premier American Bank and a member of the board of directors of Progress Energy and Advance Auto Parts. Mr. Saladrigas was a co-founder and CEO of The Vincam Group, which in 1998 was listed as the largest Hispanic-owned company in the U.S., was acquired by ADP in 2000. He is also a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for PepsiCo. Saladrigas holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BBA, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Mr. Saladrigas was a CPA in Florida. Active in community affairs, Mr. Saladrigas is a Vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, a director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami, and a trustee at Belen Jesuit School. He is a former trustee at the Rhode Island School of Design and Spring Hill College. back to top
Cesar Alvarez
Mr. Alvarez is president and chief executive officer of Greenberg Traurig LLP, one of the nation's fastest growing law firms. Most recently, he served as campaign chair for the United Way of Miami-Dade and currently serves on the board of directors of several publicly-traded corporations and numerous other charitable organizations, including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2001, the Hispanic National Bar Association named him Attorney of the Year. He has also been recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal; "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business; as well as one of the "100 Most Powerful People in Miami" by Miami Business Magazine. back to top
David Hernandez
David Hernandez is Chairman and CEO of Liberty Power—the only minority owned retailer of electricity with a national presence. In 2001, in the midst of a national economic downturn, Mr. Hernandez teamed with other professionals from the energy, telecommunications and financial services sectors and created Liberty Power. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power supplies power to businesses and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Social Security Administration. Some of their business customers include New York Life, JCPenney, Linens ‘n Things, Circuit City, Eckerd Drugs, and Lowe’s. In less than four years, Liberty Power has gone from grossing less than $1 million in their first year to more than $100 million in 2005. A native of Cuba, Mr. Hernandez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and later earned an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He currently serves on their Alumni Council and in 2004 was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, by Hispanic Business Magazine, and was awarded the 2004 Hispanic magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2006, he was also chosen as one of the Top 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology & Business by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. He has also been featured in both print and television articles, such as NBC’s Hispanic Today. back to top
Eduardo G. Mestre
Board Member

Eduardo Mestre is Chairman of Global Advisory at Evercore Partners and one of the firm’s two most senior investment bankers.  Mr. Mestre was Vice Chairman with responsibility for the management of the firm’s U.S. advisory practice from 2004-2011, and prior to joining Evercore in November 2004, was Vice Chairman of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and Chairman of its Investment Banking Division.  Mr. Mestre was head of investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and its predecessor firms from 1995-2001 and co-head of Salomon Brothers’ mergers and acquisitions department from 1989-1995..   

Since joining Evercore, Mr. Mestre has represented, among others, Ally Financial in its pending restructuring of its mortgage business and in the pending sale of its international operations to Royal Bank of Canada and GM Financial; Clearwire in its pending sale to Sprint; International Paper in its acquisition of Temple Inland and the subsequent sale of certain assets; McGraw-Hill in its pending sale of its education division to Apollo; Lubrizol in its sale to Berkshire Hathaway; Century Link in its acquisition of Qwest; Frontier in its acquisition of Verizon’s rural access lines; ACS in its sale to Xerox; MGM Mirage in its financial restructuring; SBC in its acquisition of AT&T; AT&T in its acquisition of BellSouth; CSX in its proxy contest with activist investors; Cendant in its reorganization and in the sale of its Travelport subsidiary to Blackstone; Realogy in its sale to Apollo; Sequa in its sale to Carlyle; Performance Food Group in its sale to Blackstone and Wellspring; and GM in its sale of GMAC to Cerberus.

Over the years Mr. Mestre has represented many clients in communications, media, defense, aerospace and technology, including Amgen in its acquisition of Immunex; AOL in its merger with Time Warner; Citigroup in its acquisition of Banamex; News Corporation in its acquisition of Hughes; SBC in its acquisitions of AT&T and Ameritech; and Northrop in its mergers with Grumman, Litton and TRW.

Mr. Mestre serves as a member of the Board of the International Rescue Committee.  He is past Chairman of the Board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, one of the nation’s leading cancer, genetics and neuroscience research and educational institutions, and past Chairman of WNYC, New York’s public radio stations.  He is also a past trustee of The Taft School.  Mr. Mestre currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Comcast Corporation. Born in Havana, Mr. Mestre is a 1970 summa cum laude graduate of Yale and a 1973 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

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Ernesto de la Fe
Ernesto A. de la Fé is the Managing Director and Head of Latin America for Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management Division covering ultra high net worth families and institutions throughout Latin America and South Florida. Prior to that, Mr. de la Fe was managing director of Lehman Brothers in the Private Client Services Division responsible for Florida and Latin America. back to top
Enrique Sosa
Board Member
Mr. Sosa was named executive vice president of Amoco Corporation in 1995 and headed Amoco’s chemicals sector, overseeing worldwide chemical and marketing operations. In 1999, he was named president of BP Amoco Chemicals when the two companies merged. Prior to joining Amoco, he was senior vice president of The Dow Chemical Company and president of Dow North America and a member of Dow board of directors and executive committee. He is a member of the board of directors of Mednax and Northern Trust, and was previously a board member of Dow Chemical,EDS, Royal DSM,FMC Corporation, and Amtrak back to top
Frank Rodriguez
Frank Rodriguez is Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Corporate Creations International Inc., a leading company in the registered agent and corporate services industry. Prior to founding Corporate Creations in 1993, he worked as a corporate attorney at Steel Hector & Davis LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a contributing author and editor of the first edition of Florida Law of Corporations and Business Organizations (published by Prentice Hall Law & Business). He obtained his J.D. degree in 1989 from Harvard Law School, and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained his B.A. degree in Economics. He is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children. Frank and his family reside in Jupiter, Florida. back to top
George Plinio Montalván
Montalván & Associates, LLC
2804 36th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007 back to top
John Ryan
John J. Ryan Jr. has been based in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1993, and is the President of CISA Trust Company (Switzerland) S.A., a private trust company providing trust services to international private clients. Mr. Ryan advises the firm's global clientele on international tax and estate planning matters. He is a graduate of Indiana University, BA 1981, Pepperdine University, JD 1984, Georgetown University LLM 1989, and is admitted to the Bar in NY and in Florida. back to top
Jose M. de la Lasa
Mr. de Lasa is a partner in the law firm of Baker&McKenzie. He recently retired from Abbott Laboratories wher he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of several organizations, including The Resource Foundation and the American Arbitration Association. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale Law School. back to top
Juan T. O'Naghten
Board Member
Mr. O’Naghten is an attorney in South Florida with the firm of Diaz & O'Naghten. He was a founding shareholder and member of the board of directors and executive committee of and is general counsel to Miami Air International, Inc., DSL Internet Corporation and American Realty Capital, LLC. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors and is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. He is also Vice President of the Cuban Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and has participated in many humanitarian drives to help the underprivileged in Miami, Cuba and Central America. back to top
Luis Perez
Luis J. Perez is a partner in the Miami office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. Mr. Perez has a strong corporate and mergers and acquisitions domestic and international practice. He has practiced in Florida for 21 years and in Miami for the past nine years. His client base is a blend of Florida-based and international companies doing business in Florida, elsewhere in the United States, and Latin America. He is listed in the 2005 edition of Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for corporate/mergers & acquisitions. He is also listed in the 2004 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite as a top international attorney. He received his B.A. in 1978 from Rollins College and his J.D. in 1983 from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. back to top
Michael B. Fernandez
Board Member
Miguel (Mike) Fernandez currently serves as Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private equity firm with committed capital in excess of $500 million located in Coral Gables, Florida. The firm focuses on investing in healthcare service companies nationwide. Mr. Fernandez's career has centered on acquiring, growing and divesting of healthcare services companies.

Mr. Fernandez was Founder, President and CEO of Group Tech Systems, Inc., the first national database of group health insurance information. Founder and CEO of Comprehensive Benefit Administrators, Inc. (CBAI) which was sold to RHMO (a public company) in 1990. He served as Executive Vice President of Ramsay-HMO, Inc. from 1990 to 1992. Founder and CEO of Physicians Healthcare Plans, Inc., which was sold to Amerigroup Corporation (a public Company) in 2002. Founder and controlling shareholder of Prescribit Rx, which was sold to Humana (a public company) in 2005. Founder and CEO of CarePlus Health Plans, Inc., which was sold to Humana (a public company) in 2005. Founder and controlling shareholder of Atlantic Dental, Inc., a dental HMO, which was sold to Doral Dental in 2008. Founder and controlling shareholder of Hospitalists of America which was sold to IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. (a public company) in 2008. Controlling interest in Navarro Discount Pharmacies, the largest retail pharmacy chain in the U.S. focused on the Hispanic market. Controlling shareholder in NutriForce, a vitamin manufacturing and distribution company. Founder and controlling shareholder in Simply Healthcare Plans, a health maintenance organization (HMO). Controlling shareholder in Better Health, a provider services network (PSN). Acquired controlling interest in MSD, a Massachusetts based distribution company sold in 2010.

Mr. Fernandez currently serves on the board of directors of MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD). His community service endeavors include serving on the boards of the United Way of Miami-Dade County and the University of Miami. He is also Vice Chairman of the University of Miami Medical Affairs Committee. He formerly served on the board of the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and Sylvester Cancer Hospital. Mr. Fernandez has been honored frequently with recognition for his business acumen. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995.

He attended the University of New Mexico and Northern Virginia Community College. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1975.
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Paul L. Cejas
Ambassador Cejas served the United States as its ambassador to Belgium. Mr. Cejas of Miami, Florida, has been a business and civic leader in the South Florida community for more than 30 years. He is chairman and chief executive officer of PLC Investments, Inc., a wholly owned company that manages portfolio investments as well as investments in real estate and venture capital projects. back to top
Rolando Castañeda
Rolando H. Castañeda is an international economic consultant, specializing in project formulation, execution and ex-post evaluation. He worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) as an economist for 27 years until his retirement in 2002. Throughout that period he worked in macroeconomics studies and project evaluation, and in a number of senior positions preparing and supervising macroeconomics studies, country program coordination, as well as in project formulation, execution, and ex-post evaluation in several Latin American countries. He had a 5 five year experience in monitoring several microfinance projects in Santiago, Chile. back to top