Written by Miami Today on February 25, 2010
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WAL-MART OPENS MIAMI HQ: Mega discount retailer Wal-Mart announced Tuesday opening of a headquarters in Miami for the company’s growing Latin American operations. With stores in nine countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, the company says regional headquarters in Miami, commonly referred to as the Gateway to Latin America, shows its commitment to servicing and supporting Wal-Mart Latinoamerica. A spokesperson couldn’t provide the headquarters’ location or total of employees it is to house. Wal-Mart employs more than 2.1 million worldwide and raked in sales of $401 billion in fiscal 2009. The company appointed Wal-Mart executive Eduardo Solorzano as regional president and chief executive officer. Joining him in Miami, the company says, is a leadership team that includes natives of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.
HEALTH HEARING: To attempt to understand and address Jackson Health System’s ongoing financial crisis, which recently reached a fever pitch after it came to light the public agency faces a loss of more than $200 million this year, Miami-Dade Commission Chair Dennis Moss is planning a day-long hearing "along the lines of the congressional hearings you see every day on TV." He plans to invite a "panel of witnesses" to testify on Jackson’s predicament and future. County Manager George Burgess said the administration has a memo in the works. "You’ll know everything we know as it evolves."
FOUR VIE FOR BEACH POST: Four candidates are on the short list of hopefuls for presidency of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, says Aaron Perry, board chair. A chamber subcommittee met with candidates last week after which the list was whittled to four. "I hope to have this wrapped up within 30 days," he said. The remaining candidates, whom he declined to identify, are to meet with the full board during the first week of March, he said. In the interim, former Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau consultant Nina Cohen is heading the chamber. "Her interim leadership has been good, the chamber is doing well," Mr. Perry says. He declined to say whether Ms. Cohen is one of the finalists. He did say the search is "shaping up" to yield a local leader: "I’m excited about the prospects." Prior president Wendy Kallergis left in November to head the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, replacing Stuart Blumberg.