(From Left - Right: Manny Garcia, Executive Director, El Nuevo Herald; Luz Weinberg, Vice-Mayor, City of Aventura; and
Luis DeRosa, President of the Chamber joins the award receipiants.)


On Thursday, November 19th, the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida held its quarterly Business Networking Meeting – celebrating “el Día de Descubrimiento de Puerto Rico” – the anniversary of Colombus’ landing on the island to be know as Puerto Rico.  The Chamber used this event as an opportunity to honor three outstanding professionals from our South Florida community.

The first to be honored was Ms. Syndia A. Nazario-Cardona , Director of the South Florida Campus of the Ana G. Mendez University System.  With a  Bachelors from the University of Mayaguez and a Masters from Nova Southwestern University, Syndia worked for many years with ASPIRA of Florida, motivating her students to become productive and successful citizens and leaders in their communities through education.  Currently, she heads the “Ahora” program at Ana G. Mendez University, which allows adults to continue their post-secondary education while strengthening their bilingual skills. 

Our second honoree of the evening was María Emilia Vilá of the Baptist Health International Center of Miami.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, María is a graduate of FIU.  She currently works with International Services / Physician Relations for Baptist Health Center, and serves as liaison between hospitals, physicians and insurance companies on the Island of Puerto Rico and the Health Center.  María has been particularly active in promoting the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness – receiving recognition for her work from the First Lady of El Salvador in 2007 – and through her efforts, Baptist Health Center has undertaken to support several philanthropic organizations in Puerto Rico.  María is a long time member of our Chamber, and works with the Chamber on many community activities.

Our third honoree of the evening was Mr. William A. Ramos, who was named in 2009 by President Obama to the position of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary at the Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.  Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, William is also a graduate from FIU, with a Masters Degree from the City University of New York.  Prior to his present position with the Administration, William Ramos worked with ASPIRA of Florida and served as the Washington DC Director of NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.  In addition to his current position, Williams represents the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, on the White House Urban Policy Interagency Working Group.

The Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida is proud to honor these individuals for their contributions to the community and indeed – to the nation; as well as of the fact that these individuals are long standing friends and members of our Chamber.

For additional information on the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of South Florida and its activities, please visit our website   Our Chamber serves the business community of Miami-Dade County, and promotes the business and community development programs of the County.  For more information on these programs, please visit the Miami Dade County’s official website