Doral Business Council Groups Celebrate July 4

(L-r) Ricardo Trillos, Sally Villalba, Vince Flor, Gloria Burns.

With the July 4 holiday conflicting with the date for a Doral Business Council Forum, the group replaced the session with an early start on Independence Day celebrations. Joining them at the new Carolina Ale House July 3 were members of the DBC Forum’s counterpart, Business to Business, as well as prospective DBC members. Joe Marouf, Carolina Ale House and Rotarian, got the affair started with complimentary drinks for a crowd of nearly 35 as several guests won donated door prizes from Mary Kay, Cao Chocolates and Community Newspapers. Among many enjoying the evening: DBC Forum Vice Chair, Max Fleischer, Treasurer Marti Bueso, Liz Wiegandt, Business to Business Chair Sally Villalba, Theresa Gonzalez, Mercy Crespo, Ricardo Trillos, Nathalia Bogani, Ana Hedman, Carlos Benitez, and Carlos Rivero. Also attending were Hector Soler, Atty. Vince Flor, Jacqueline Cueto and Ivan Watanabe of Boston who traveled furthest to the event while visiting his mother, DBC Forum’s Marianella Watanabe.

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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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