Regions Security wins top award Small Businesses honored by Doral Business Council

The three finalists and grand award winner of the Doral Business Council’s 2015 “Small Business of the Year Award” sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank were announced May 12 during the monthly DBC Signature Breakfast.

Finalists announced for the prestigious award included Infinite Windows, LLC; OrthoNow Doral, LLC; and Regions Security Services, Inc., before DBC Chair Bruce Siddens declared ed Regions Security as top winner.

Trophies and plaques were presented to the founders and CEOs of each of the Doral-based companies while guests joined in the celebration of their success.

After being presented the award, Regions founder Carlos Rivero remarked: “I am honored to have received this award.

“The Doral Business Council holds a very special place in my heart and, if it weren’t for the DBC, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. The DBC is how I learned to network and build relationships.” When asked why he thought Regions Security was selected as the most outstanding among the finalists, Rivero said; “It’s all about being passionate and consistent. That’s what will take you to the next level.” Representing Infinite Windows were its talented young entrepreneurial founders, Santiago Toral and Esteban Kadamani; OrthoNow Doral, LLC founded by renowned hand and upper extremity surgeon Alejandro Badia, M.D., was represented by CFO Justin Irizarry.

Osvaldo Marchante of Marchante & Associates, Chairman of an independent judging panel, said the qualities of each nominee “made the competition stiff,” noting that each was judged extraordinary in its particular niche market.

Atty. Deborah Mayo of South Florida Corporate Counsel, DBC Small Business Committee Chairwoman, took the stage to announce the finalists, calling each officer forward as the company story was told. Joining the storytelling were Sonya Cañas and Yvonne Boucugnani, officers of the Mercantil Commercebank, and Chairman Siddens of Sam’s Club.

As a leading force for Doral business development, DBC expands relationship- building opportunities and strategic alliances through networking to help participants expand professional and workforce development. Promotional and marketing opportunities as well as business advocacy and useful and relevant information are provided each member.


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Gloria Burns
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 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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