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First Economic Forecast Spotlights 2014 Trends

From left: Luis Miguel, Tom Cunningham, Sonya Canas, Al Peraza, Robet Lopez (Photos by SnapHappy)

From left: Luis Miguel, Tom Cunningham, Sonya Canas, Al Peraza, Robet Lopez (Photos by SnapHappy)

The first annual Economic Forecast Luncheon presented by the DBC’s Financial Services Committee was held Sept. 27 at the Intercontinental Hotel Doral.

A private seating with the esteemed Tom Cunningham, VP, Senior Economist and Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta was pre-scheduled for the DBC Trustees and Sponsor members of the event.

The sold-out crowd was treated to Cunningham’s 2014 trends, topics, issues and predictions for the upcoming year. A distinguished local panel of CEOs representing the local sub-sectors of real estate, tourism, hospitality, small business and international trade followed, providing trends for the South Florida market and differentiating the predictions for local vs. national markets.

Michael Pappas, CEO/President of The Keyes Company; Abe Ng, CEO/President of Sushi Maki and Joseph Hovancak , VP – One Community One Goal/Strategic Planning & Market Development for The Beacon Council rounded out the panel. “Wow” was the resounding comments following this unique presentation.

The DBC’s Financial Services Committee, chaired by Mara Falero of Jet Stream Federal Credit Union stated the Economic Forecast will definitely be an annual event! The Committee is comprised of Vice Chair Marti Bueso (Home Financing Center), Iliana Rodriguez (NovaBancard), Mariangelica Alvarado (Verizon), Marcia Cleary, (Citibank), Maria Martinez (Team Concepts), Maria Mendez (AmTrust Bank) and Mara Falero, Chairperson (Jet Stream Federal Credit Union).

An important element is recognizing those firms that generously contributed sponsorship dollars in order to bring this special event to the community:

Presenting Sponsor: Mercantil CommerceBank, Sonya Canas, Senior VP; Table Sponsors:

Jet Stream Federal Credit Union, Home Financing Center, L o g i s t i c a l O u t s o u r c i n g , NovaBancard, Team Concepts, Sabadell United Bank, DBC’s Forum and The Keyes Company.

Special gratitude is extended to companies donating raffle prizes and in-kind services: Logistical Outsourcing, Nova- Bancard, Team Concepts, Home Financing Center, Jet Stream Federal Credit Union, Halo Branded Solutions, Intercon – tinental Hotel Doral, and Mercantil Commerce Bank. Congratulations to all of the lucky winners!

The Doral Business Council is one of the leading economic development organizations in this region. Its primary goal is to foster business growth and expansion as well as provide a forum to meet and interact with other businesses in the community. The DBC provides year-round series of events designed to promote outstanding business opportunities in South Florida.

The Financial Services Committee provides its members with an outlet for most finance and regulatory related topics. Its participants are derived from the membership’s finance, banking and insurance industries, with most having been affiliated with the DBC for many years.

In addition to providing regular updates on the issues that affect the finance industry as a whole, the committee also provides a series of networking events, private tours and privileged access to those members who may be interested in getting involved. For more information direct your inquiries to Chair, Mara Falero at <mfalero@jetstreamfcu.org>,

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