Carlos Garcia a civic leader willing to take on challenges

Carlos Garcia a civic leader willing to take on challenges

Carlos Garcia

Currently serving as chair of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Carlos Garcia has earned a reputation as a civic leader who is willing to take on challenges that require a major commitment of time and talent.

Born at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Carlos graduated from Belen Jesuit and the University of Miami before continuing his MBA studies at Florida International University. Carlos began volunteering as a member of Key Club in high school and then as a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at the University of Miami. He continued his outreach early on in his accounting career when employed by Deloitte & Touche.

Now a partner at Goldstein Schechter Koch, Carlos serves on the firm’s management committee and has more than 20 years experience in public accounting and private business. In fact, for 10 years he was an adjunct professor at the University of Miami.

Over the years Carlos has received numerous awards that speak his willingness to volunteer his time and employ his vast leadership skills to countless non-profit, business and service organizations. He is on the executive committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and is a former treasurer; board member and marketing committee chair of the Zoological Society of Florida; member of Leadership Florida, and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee.

For many years, Carlos served on the board and as vice president and treasurer the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and spearheading Carnaval on the Mile for several years. He also is a board member of Rhythm Foundation; a member of Florida International University’s School Accounting Advisory Board, and a member of the BDO Seidman Alliance APAC Board (Alliance Partners’ Advisory Council (nationwide organization), the board of directors of the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Alumni Association, board member and treasurer of Friends of WLRN and member of Mercy Hospital Foundation Ambassadors Board. In addition, he is a radio host on a weekly music show on Wynwood Radio in Miami on Friday nights.

His interests are as varied as the organizations in which he is involved. In fact, he is a part owner of the live music and cultural center known as The Stage in the Miami Design District. A few of the numerous awards he has received reflect his dedication to the community. In 2005, he received the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana’s Kiwanian of the Year Award; in 2008, the March of Dimes Building our Community Award; in 2009, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award; in 2009, South Florida Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award; in 2009, South Florida Business Leaders Movers and Shakers Award; in 2010, Miami New Times Best FM Radio Personality for his work on Sound Theory Live radio show on WDNA; 2006 Florida Business Journal Key Partners Award, and in 2011, Business Leader Magazine’s Movers.

On the home front, Carlos is engaged and has three great children: Nicolas, 21, studying at University of Florida; Dannielle, 19, studying at Loyola University in New Orleans, and Amelia, 12, in seventh grade at St Thomas the Apostle.

When Carlos is not working and giving of his time, talent and treasure to various charitable organizations, he loves attending live music performances, cooking with his children and participating in various sports including organized leagues around the county.

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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

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