Miami Lakes, FL (www.orangebowl.org) – The Orange Bowl Committee officially welcomed 14 new Active Members for the 2015-16 year at the April Membership Meeting on April 13, 2015. With the additions, the Orange Bowl Committee has grown to 363 members.
The new class will play an integral role as the Orange Bowl will host the College Football Playoff Semifinal for the first time on New Year’s Eve, the 22nd annual MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic as well as numerous other sporting events and community activities throughout South Florida.
New Active Members
Sergio O. Alvarez-Mena is a director in the legal department at Credit Suisse Securities USA , LLC, a global securities broker-dealer. Prior to that, he served in both business and legal capacities for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Alvarez-Mena began his law career at Swift, Currie in Atlanta then moved to Miami in 1985 with the firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in which he was an equity partner. He has held several positions within the Florida International Bankers Association including serving on the board of directors. Born in Cuba, Alvarez-Mena and his family were exiled to Miami and shortly thereafter moved to Georgia. He received his B.A. degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 1978 and his J.D. degree from the University of Georgia Law School in 1981.
Glenn A. Blackwood is the president of Compensation Strategies, Inc., a bank consulting firm primarily focused in the Southeast US. In addition, Blackwood is the managing partner at the financial consulting firm, Equias Alliance, LLC. Prior to his career as a banking executive, Blackwood played ten seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1979 – 1988). As part of the Dolphins “Killer Bs” defense and one half of the “Bruise Brothers” along with his older brother Lyle, Blackwood helped lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowl appearances. Miami’s former team captain ranks fourth in all-time in interceptions. He currently serves on the board for the National Christian Foundation of South Florida. Blackwood completed Pre-med, Pre-dental studies at the University of Texas and also attended Barry University.
Ernie Diaz is the Florida Regional President for TD Bank, N.A. Diaz has worked in an executive position with TD Bank since 2010 but his career in the South Florida banking industry spans more than 30 years at various institutions. Diaz is a veteran to the Orange Bowl. For the past four years he has been a corporate member for TD Bank. Diaz’s has other community involvement activities include serving as a board member for the Beacon Council, Enterprise Florida, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and an executive board member of Florida Bankers. He is also the immediate past chair of FIU’s Dean’s Council. Originally from Cuba, he lived with his family in California before moving to South Florida. He is a graduate of Miami Dade College (’85 A.A.), Florida International University (’89 B.B.A.) and Nova Southeastern University (’94 M.S. in Accounting). He has been a CPA since 1996.
Rudy Fernandez is the Chief of Staff to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the University of Miami. He first joined the university in 2007. Prior to working at UM, he served in a number of governmental positions, most notably as a Special Assistant to the President in the George W. Bush Administration. Fernandez currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way of Miami-Dade, Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The son of Cuban exiles, Fernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but has called Miami home since arriving in 1983 at the age of 10. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Harvard University and his M.B.A. degree in International Business from the University of Miami.
Maria A. Harrison is the President and Co-founder of Bullseye Strategy, LLC, a full service digital marketing agency located in Fort Lauderdale. She comes to the Orange Bowl Committee with nearly two decades of digital marketing experience in the South Florida area. She is one of the founding members of the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association and has served in various roles throughout the organization. Recognized as one of the “Outstanding Women of Broward County” in 2014, Harrison supports multiple organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, and serves as a volunteer basketball coach at the Greater Hollywood YMCA. The Rhode Island native received a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Writing from Rhode Island College in 1997.
Alan C. Hooper is the President and CEO of Hooper Construction, Hooper Realty, Hooper Management, the Co-founder of Urban Street Development and Co-founder of the Restaurant People. For more than 25 years, he has specialized in redeveloping and revitalizing urban neighborhoods within downtown areas. Hooper, Fort Lauderdale’s Citizen of the Year in 2006, has been involved with several organizations including: chairman for the Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, board of directors for Broward Center of Performing Arts, past board trustee for the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, past chairman for the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority, past board member for the Downtown Steering Committee and Leadership Florida. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Hooper received a B.S. degree in International Affairs from Florida State University in 1985.
Edward J. Joyce is the East Region Chief Fiduciary Officer at Northern Trust. An employee with the company for more than 30 years, he is now responsible for the oversight and development of the trust’s business for markets including Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Florida. Joyce’s civic commitment is evident by his leadership roles. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors for the following organizations: American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, Camillus House, Chapman Partnership, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Blind, United Way of Miami-Dade County and the Jackson Hospital Foundation. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received his B.B.A. degree from Miami University.
Tiffani G. Lee is a partner with the law firm Holland & Knight, LLP. She has worked with the law firm since 1997. Lee has received recognitions from various Florida trade publications as an accomplished litigator and business woman including Florida Trend Legal Elite, South Florida Legal Guide, Legacy Magazine and the South Florida Business Journal. She currently sits on the board of governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors for Street Law, Inc., Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., and Southern Legal Counsel. Lee was born in Alabama but raised in Baker, Florida (in the Florida Panhandle). She received her bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Eric Todd Levin is the Managing Director of SeamLev Investments, LLLP. For nearly 20 years, Levin and his family ran Gold Coast Beverage Distributors Inc., a beer distributing company which became one of the top 10 distributors in the country. Levin served as the president from February 2009 until January 2015 when he sold the business. During his time as president, he served as the corporate member of the Orange Bowl Committee. In this role, he sat on a numerous subcommittees including Community Outreach, Government Relations, Tennis, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing and Ticket Sales. In addition, he sits on the SunTrust Bank South Florida Advisory board of directors. Levin was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He received two B.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Economics and History) in 1992 and his M.B.A. degree from Emory University in 1995.
Rodrigo Melendez is the Managing Partner at KPMG LLP, the U.S. member of one of the four largest audit, tax and advisory firms in the world. Currently, Melendez is a member of the board of directors for Voices for Children Foundation, an organization that raises funds to ensure that every abused, abandoned and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs. In addition, he is the treasurer and executive committee member for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, an advisory board member for the National Association of Corporate Directors and a campaign cabinet member for the United Way of Miami-Dade County. Melendez was raised in Miami and received his B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Florida in 1994.
Michael E. Moran is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc., a private equity firm. He has more than 25 years of experience in the area of private equity investing and financial advisory roles for middle-market businesses. His family and his business have been major supporters of Autism Speaks and the broader Autism community since in the late 1990s. Moran was born and raised in Bloomington, Illinois. He received his B.S. in Finance from Drake University in 1985 and his M.B.A. from DePaul University the following year.
Michele L. Stocker is a shareholder with the law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. She is a commercial litigator and serves as the national chair for the firm’s financial services litigation practice group. She has been recognized and listed as an accomplished attorney by numerous publications and organizations. Stocker sits on the board of governors for the Nova Southeastern Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, she is a board member for the Children’s Home Society of Florida Intercostal Division and Vice-Chair of the Crockett Foundation. Stocker was born in Mandeville, Jamaica but grew up in South Florida. She received her A.B. degree in Politics from Princeton in 1987 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1990.
Kimberly D. Stone is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the American Airlines Arena and the Miami HEAT Group. She has been part of the Miami HEAT organization since 1996, serving in various roles and becoming an integral part of the group’s success for nearly 20 years. Stone is a board member for the University of Miami’s President Council, Miami Downtown Authority and Florida’s Facility Managers Association. The University of Carolina journalism and public relations graduate was inducted into the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications Hall of Fame in 2014. She also received her master’s degree from the University of Miami in International Business in 2003.
Henry Viera is an Account Manager for Frito Lay Inc., a division of PepsiCo. A corporate member of the Orange Bowl since 2009, he participated in several subcommittees including Sponsorship Chair and Assistant Logistics, Transportation Chair, Team Outings Chair and Hospitality Chair. In addition, he is actively involved in the American Cancer Society. Viera is a South Florida native.
About the Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl is a 363-member, primarily volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the 2015-16 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2015. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2015-16 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org.