Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association welcomes 2015-2017 Board of Directors


A Women’s History Month event celebrating Latina entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals, the Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association & HAPBWA Foundation, together with their membership, business and community leaders celebrated the Installation of the 2015 – 2017 Board of Directors.

The induction ceremony was presided by the Honorable Judge Wilfredo Martínez who administered the oath of office to the following Board of Directors:

President: Samí Haiman-Marrero, URBANDER

Vice-President: Maritza Beltrán, Radio Personality

Secretary: Vilma Quintana, Florida Blue

Treasurer: Deisamar De Soto, MBA/MKT, Accounting & Compliance, Inc.

Professional Development: Zanibel Melo, Higher Dreams Productions

Membership & Recuitment: Nancy Sharifi, e.l.l.a.s. International

During this event we also recognized and honored amazing women that have served as positive role models and have supported our mission to increase the leadership and management capabilities of HAPBWA members and female students in our community through mentorship programs, higher education and professional development.

A business development and marketing expert specializing in the U.S. Hispanic market, the newly inducted President, Samí Haiman-Marrero, also served as today’s keynote speaker, who within her remarks she said, “Today our organization is experiencing a transformation from within.  We are gearing up to take ownership of our position as the matriarchs of the fastest growing segment in our region, and in the USA: The Hispanic market.”

She went on further to say, “Hispanic American professional and business women are fueling the economy, raising a huge portion of the next generation of this country’s workforce, and it’s about time we have a place of influence. I ask you to join us and help us build a promising future for ourselves, and our CHILDREN.”

Associa Making Remarkable Progress with Relief Efforts in Los Cabos

Associa, the nation’s largest community association management firm, is making a dramatic impact with its humanitarian and restoration efforts in the hardest hit regions of Los Cabos, Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile.

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It’s been only two weeks since the Category 3 hurricane came ashore, and thanks in part to Associa’s quick response, the region is already showing signs of resurgence as survival supplies have arrived and reconstruction within communities is underway.  The company’s non-profit agency, Associa Cares, gave more than $100,000 to families in need and so far Associa is one of the only organizations able to bring construction supplies into the country via ground and air.

“We just received our third airfreight shipment of supplies and have been working non-stop for almost a week with our restoration experts on the ground,” says Associa Senior Vice President Chris Harrison, who is personally assisting with the efforts in Mexico.

The majority of all properties in the area suffered moderate to severe damage, including the Associa Mexico office and 15 Associa-managed communities. More than half of those communities have been fully restored throughout the common areas including debris clean-up, pool restoration, landscaping remodeling and safety and security measures taken to board-up broken out windows and doors.

“I’m extremely impressed with how quickly our Associa teams put the crisis plans into action and worked tirelessly to face any and all issues that arose,” says Associa Executive Vice President & COO Joey Carona. “You have plans for things like this, but until it happens you just don’t know how you’ll truly react.  I’ve got to say the Associa family has shown its true spirit and commitment to taking care of its employees and communities, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Building successful communities for 35 years, Associa is North America’s largest community association management firm and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

Associa Gulf Coast Co-Hosts Fundraiser for Rachel Nowak

Associa Gulf Coast (AGC), in conjunction with Rock Solid All-Star Gym, is hosting a lock-in to benefit Rachel Nowak, the Venice High School teenager who lost her hand in a Jet Ski accident.

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“I’ve learned from this accident, not to let anything hold you back to pursue what you want to achieve,” says Rachel. “I’m still me, I want to continue what I love to do; competitive cheer and go to college.”

“We heard about Rachel and her desire to get a prosthetic hand to help her continue competitive cheerleading and wanted to be part of the community support behind this effort,” says Associa Gulf Coast CEO Michael Fleming. “She’s a positive person with endless determination we’re proud to help support her and her family.”

The event is called “Rachel Strong” and takes place this Saturday night, September 27 at Rock Solid All-Star Gym where she trains.  The event is open to the public and the cost is $40 at the door.

Rachel Strong Lock-In
Saturday, September 27
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Rock Solid All-Star Gym
8100 Park Blvd North, Bldg. D.
Pinellas Park, FL

Additional ways to donate include mailing a check to Rachel Nowak Trust, P.O. Box 245, Venice, Florida 34284 or go to any Chase Bank and let them know you would like to donate to the Rachel Nowak Trust or go online to: GoFundMe.com and type in Rachel Nowak.

Associa Gulf Coast provides community association management and developer services to Southwest Florida. Its sole focus has been to deliver services that enrich communities and enhance the lives of the people it serves. To learn more, visit them at www.associagulfcoast.com or find them on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/AssociaGulfCoast.