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The Ethics in Business & Government Group at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
headed by attorney Don Slesnick and St. Thomas University President Franklyn
M. Casale was given an Arete award by the Miami-Dade County Commission
on Ethics & Public Trust. Event organizers say the award is to recognize individuals,
programs and groups that "show the spirit of arĒte, a Greek word for virtue
and excellence." The chamber group was cited for drafting a code of ethics
for area businesses, starting Ethics Week in public schools, holding a youth summit
and ethics forum, celebrating "Ethics Sabbath" and producing "Ethics
Soup" in conjunction with WLRN Channel 17.
HSBC Bank USA received approval from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and
the New York State Banking Department to open a branch in the lobby of 2199 Ponce
de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. The bank is to open early next year. Bertha M. Rozier
will be vice president and branch manager. HSBC has two branches in Aventura and
one in Miami Beach. Details: us.hsbc.com.
LAUNCH OF CONVERGE: The
Miami Art Museum has published Converge to "give voice and vision" to
artists who display in the museum's New Work series, says MAM Director Suzanne
Delehanty. The series will document New Work projects through 2002, she said,
and will include texts by internationally known poets, critics, curators and art
historians from Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. Cost is $19.95
at the museum's shop, 101 W Flagler St. Details: (305) 375-3000.
DEGREE PROGRAM: St.
Thomas University announced its Church Business Administration graduate school
is offering a master's degree in management starting with five one-day workshops
Jan. 8-12. Topics will include specific tax issues, personnel requirements, liability
coverage, pitfalls and effective public relations. Cost is $100 a day. Details:
UNSHAKEN: Consumer confidence in Florida remains strong
despite volatility in the stock market and a contested presidential election,
say researchers at the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic & Business Research.
The bureau's confidence index in November was 104, says Chris McCarty, survey
director, unchanged from October and one point higher than a year ago.
LUNCHEON TALK: The
Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater Miami-Dade are holding a luncheon
talk, "Identity Theft: Information for the Individual & the Organization,"
at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. Thomas C.
Walton, regional vice president for Allied Security, is featured speaker. Cost
is $30; $25 with reservations. Details: (305) 530-0083.
FOCUS ON MEXICO: Miami Today's International Roundtable
will focus on Miami's growing ties with Mexico at a breakfast session today (12/7).
Panelists are Sandra Orihuela, associate in the international practice group of
the law firm Baker & McKenzie; Oscar Elizundia, consul general of Mexico in Miami;
Jerry Haar, senior research associate at the North-South Center of the University
of Miami, and M. Carricarte, president of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce here.
The 7:30 a.m. session will be at co-sponsor Union Planters Bank, 2800 Ponce de
Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Reservations requested. Details: Jody Bray, (305) 358-2663.
COMMERCEBANK POSTS: Commercebank appointed Oswaldo
Sandoval vice president and manager of its international personal banking division
and named Maria Areces manager of its newly opened branch at 2278 Weston Road,
Weston. Mr. Sandoval in the past has been personal banking manager for Banco Mercantil's
New York agency and before that held several posts with Banco Mercantil in Venezuela.
Ms. Areces in the past has been a branch manager for SunTrust Bank in Davie, South
Weston and Bal Harbour.
COLLABORATION: Nova Southeastern University announced
Tuesday it has undertaken a project to create "a permanent oral history record
of the Miami Dolphins franchise" in a "first-of-its-kind collaboration"
between a university and the NFL. Interviews for the project with players, coaches,
support staffers and administrators will begin in the spring, Nova Southeastern
Japengo, serving Pacific Rim cuisine, opened this week at the Hyatt Regency Miami
hotel, 400 SE Second Ave. Lunch hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; dinner
hours, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Details: (305)
OVERTOWN PARTY: An
event at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at Jackson Soul Food Restaurant, 950 NW Third Ave., sponsored
by Metro-Miami Action Plan Trust and US Rep. Carrie P. Meek, celebrates the revitalization
of Overtown. Details: (305) 579-3618.
CORRECTION: Our Nov. 30 report on the launch of Todo
1 Personas in Venezuela should have said Banco del Pichincha is based in Ecuador,
where Internet services will be launched late in 2001.
CROSSING OVER: Diane Sanchez, formerly with Global
Crossing, has accepted the post of president for Terremark's subsidiary TerreNAPsm
Data Centers where she will oversee deployment of projects such as the company's
involvement with the network access point in Technology Center of the Americas,
now under construction at 50 NE Ninth St. "As we execute our business strategy
in developing Terremark-branded data centers, we are excited to add such a highly
qualified executive to our senior management team," said Manuel Median, chairman
& CEO of Terremark. Ms. Sanchez in the past served in several key positions for
AT&T and spent many years with Network Systems, now Lucent Technologies.
Miami-Dade Perry Ellis International on Tuesday named Glenn Shapanka vice president
of logistics systems. He was with Oxford Shirt Group in Lyons, GA, and will move
to Doral Isles with his family. Perry Ellis designs, imports, licenses and markets
clothing in the US and 26 other nations.