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After four years as trade commissioner of Spain in Miami, during
which time he helped bring Spain's giant telecommunications company
Telefonica here with a major presence, Joaquin de la Herran is leaving
his Coconut Grove home for Madrid but not to continue his
20-year career in government service. As of Sept. 1, he will be
developing business activities from Madrid for Atento, Telefonica's
call center company.
The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee yesterday (8/30)
was to hear a presentation by Danny Alvarez, director of the Miami-Dade
Transit Agency, about the steps South Florida would need to take
in order to create a regional transportation organization. The advisory
committee is a sub-group of Miami-Dade County's Metropolitan Planning
Organization, which addresses key transportation issues.
Fellowship House Foundation is presenting a fund-raising concert
by Arturo Sandoval and the FIU Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the
Wertheim Performing Arts Center on Florida International University's
University Park Campus, 1700 SW 107th Ave. Funds will support ongoing
residential, social, vocational, case management, psychiatric and
employment placement services at Fellowship House, 5711 S Dixie
Hwy. Cost is $35; $100 for VIP tickets. Details: (305) 667-1036.
The Bass Museum of Art announced a $5,000 award from the National
Endowment for the Humanities to fund a preservation assessment of
its works on paper, including photos, block prints, architects'
renderings and School of Paris prints. A spokesperson said the museum
will contract for the job with experts from the Northeast Document
Ocean Bank gave $50,000 to the Camillus Life Center to maintain
its drug treatment recovery program. "We consider it our responsibility
as a good corporate citizen to help those who are most in need,"
said Ocean Bank Executive Vice President Rolando Bichara when presenting
Visa International named Cristina Mendoza regional general counsel
and executive group leader for its Latin America & Caribbean region
division in Miami, with responsibility for all legal aspects of
the division. She will serve as secretary to the board of directors,
executive committee and regional administrative committee. Ms. Mendoza
had been senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for
HBO Latin America Media Services Inc. and before that was for eight
years vice president and general counsel for Knight Ridder Inc.
Among deals she oversaw in her career was the $3 billion buyout
by Knight Ridder of four Disney-owned newspapers, including the
Kansas City Star, in the early '90s.
The Public Relations Society of America gave M. Anthony Burns, chairman
and CEO of Ryder System Inc., its Royal Palm award for civic contributions
and communications effectiveness.
BEING A WOMAN:
The National Association of Women Business Owners of Miami will
hear talks, "Capitalize on Being a Woman Business Owner: New
Horizons for the Emerging Minority & Women's Marketplace,"
at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Ana Cruz-Taura,
director of community affairs for the Federal Reserve Bank, and
Enrique Carrillo, project director for the Transportation Equity
Act Model with the US Department of Transportation, are scheduled
speakers. Cost is $35; $30 for members. RSVP. Details: (305) 444-4437.
The March of Dimes is presenting a nursing conference, "Genetics:
A Holistic Approach," from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Marina
Marriott Hotel, 1881 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale. The session targets
health professionals and will include the presentation of recent
findings on birth defects and the needs of afflicted infants. Cost
is $55; $45 before Oct. 6. Details: (800) 627-2410.
In Miami-Dade, the March of Dimes plans opening ceremonies from
2-4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Office of New Directions for Social Change
in the East Green Hills Apartment Complex, 17802 SW 107th Ave.,
Perrine, to mark the arrival of a new prenatal program, Stork's
Nest. "Too many babies are born too small and too soon,"
says Margaret S. Staples, program director. The program, she said,
will provide "incentives and encouragement for women to keep
prenatal care appointments." Funding for it comes from the
March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Tigertail Productions is holding a FLA/BRA festival fund-raiser
featuring a "Not-so-silent Auction" at 6 p.m. and "Feeding
Frenzy" a performance by New York City composer Fast
Forward for "four musicians, four waiters, four chefs and the
audience" at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Miami Beach Woman's
Club, 2401 Pine Tree Drive. FLA/BRA is a tribute to artistic initiatives
linking South Florida and Brazil. Cost for the auction is $10; $5
for members. Cost for "Feeding Frenzy" is $25; $20 for
members. Details: (305) 324-4337.
COMES THE BRIDES: A
fashion show and wedding gift showcase, "Fall 2000 Bride's
magazine On Location Tour," visits South Florida Sept. 17 in
the Radisson Coral Springs, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Details: (800)
Florida Atlantic University Small Business Development Center and
the Inventors Educational Foundation are holding a two-day session
on taking inventions to market Sept. 15-16 in the Marriott Harbor
Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale. The 5th annual "Innovators &
Entrepreneurs Expo & Conference: Making Inventions Pay" will
include sessions on bio-tech, the Internet and early-stage funding.
Details: (561) 362-5635.
The Miami chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding the
2nd annual Kayak Challenge race at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Miami
Rowing & Watersports Center, 3832 Shipping Ave., Key Biscayne. Cost
is $40; $35 before Sept. 20. Details: (305) 755-9555.