DBC Kicks Off 2012 – Installs Board Members

From left to right: Peter Jude - Kendall Regional Medical Center, Armando Fernandez - HBW Services, Raul Pino - Marriott Vacation Club-Villas at Doral, Nelson Penalver - Logistical Outsourcing, Charles Cheng - Tm Telecom, Kathi Rutter - Clear Channel Outdoor

Doral Business Council (DBC), the business force for Doral has installed new officers for the 2012 year. The new board members and committee chairpersons were sworn in by City of Doral Mayor, Juan Carlos Bermudez at the January Signature breakfast held at the Intercontinental at Doral Miami. Eli Panell, founding and managing member of Panell Law Firm, LLC was installed as the 2012 Chairman.

Eli, is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and he is admitted to practice law before the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court. Eli is also a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

This year, Eli wants to help each one of the members understand that the opportunities at the DBC are endless. His 3 main goals are to:
• Grow the memberships
• Implement top-notch programs and events
• Create a DBC Foundation

This year’s DBC Board of Directors is comprised of veteran members, which include immediate past chairman, Michael Wermuth, Gonzalez and Wermuth; Chairelect, Maria Prado, Simon Properties; Kathi Rutter, Clear Channel Outdoor; James Paul Gueits, Fowler, Rodriguez, Valdes-Fauli; Carlos Jose, Aviation Department; Tony de Rosa, Westvest Associates; And Charles Cheng, tmTelcom. New board members are: Peter Jude, Kendall Regional Medical Center; Armando Fernandez, HBW Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.; Raul Pino, Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Nelson Penalver, Logistical Outsourcing.

The DBC is a non-profit organization comprised of business leaders working to foster economic growth in the community by forming strategic alliances, offering communication forums and keeping abreast on issues of interest to its members. It offers its members a platform to interact with business leaders in the economic development of the South Florida regions.

“I’m looking forward to working with this outstanding group of business leaders, who share in the commitment of being part of shaping our community,” said Eli.

The DBC kicked off its Signature breakfast series with M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and this month, City of Doral Mayor, Juan Carlos Bermudez was the keynote speaker. Great Florida Bank hosted the first After Hours Connections event of the year, while over 60 people attended the January Small Business Spotlight event.

For more information about DBC memberships, events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.doralbusiness. com, email: info@doralbusiness.com or call: 305-470-9597.

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