DBC Forum Gala, Service Events Spark Members

Among those seated at the Doral Business Council Forum Table for its Legacy Gala are Iliana Rodriguez, NellaWatanabe, Gloria Burns, Nubielena Medina, Theresa Gonzalez and Ana Hedman

The dynamic DBC Forum, a networking group under the umbrella of the Doral Business Council actively participates not only in bimonthly meetings but in all DBC events.

The DBC Forum was well represented at the recent DBC Inaugural Legacy Gala with several members buying tables while individual Forum members put together two tables of community-active people.

DBC Forum members also joined forces to help support several charitable events including the 2012 Heart Walk, the American Diabetes Walk and Relay for Life. In addition, the DBC Forum has held several socials during the past year and looks forward to a Dec. 2 holiday BBQ party at the home of Norris Perez, of Halo Branded Solutions.

In January, the very capable highly motivated entrepreneur, Lizz Wiegandt (of Mary Kay) takes over as Chair of this group with lots of new ideas for expanding its membership base as well as that of the DBC.

DBC Forum Steering Committee members for 2012 include: Chair, Gloria Burns; Vice Chair, Max Fleischer; Secretary, Norris Perez; Treasurer, Marti Bueso; Membership, Lizz Wiegandt;Attendance, Theresa Gonzalez; Historian, Armando Fernandez; Registrar, Reza Ray.

Members of Doral Business Council Forum join students Miami Christian School tudents at 2012 Heart Walk.

Attendance at Forum breakfast meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of every month is critical to retaining an exclusive membership category.

Because of the group’s success, there is often a waiting list for specific category memberships, so those who cannot attend on a regular basis risk losing their spot.

(Members may not miss more than four meetings a year),

All applicants for the group must first be a paid member of the Doral Business Council. For information on the Doral Business Council, visit www.doralbusiness.com.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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