PRESIDENT | CEO SFLHCC
President | CEO SFLHCC
333 Arthur Godfrey Road Suite 300
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Liliam López is the founder of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce (SFLHCC) and
the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation serving as
President/CEO of both
organizations since their establishment on July 21, 1994, and December 10,
The Chamber was founded with the mission of promoting the continued growth
development of the Hispanic business community and to serve as a resource
center and forum
to advocate for Hispanic and Minority owned businesses. It provides a
platform where leaders
can connect and establish relationships and support. The chamber holds over
20 events annually including monthly
luncheons, lunch/learn conferences, and receptions. The chamber’s monthly
luncheons are attended by 300 to 400 of
Miami’s most influential executives and business owners.
Through Lopez’s leadership, the SFLHCC has become one of the longest running and most robust Hispanic chambers in the U.S. with over 1,650 members. The SFLHCC Foundation has granted over $790,000 in scholarships to financially disadvantaged minority students attending Miami Dade County Public Schools who are seeking to pursue a career in Business or Hospitality. The Education Enhancement Fellowship Program, which is part of the Foundation, has taken students to the headquarters of Microsoft, Facebook, NY Life, Comcast, Coca Cola, and Boeing, among many others as an educational experience and career opportunities for the students. Those efforts led to the SFLHCC Foundation being inducted as a Champion of Miami-Dade County Public School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
Lopez was appointed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado to serve on the County's Economic Recovery Task Force in 2021; she is a Governing Board Member of Larkin Charter School for Health Sciences; serves on the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council; Board Member of the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Board Member of the Small/Micro and Minority/Women Business Owned Enterprise of Miami Dade County Public Schools, the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the City of Miami Beach Commission on Women, the Advisory Board of Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami and serves on the President’s Council for Florida International University (FIU). She served on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) as the only Hispanic woman on that board at that time.
She is a past board member of the Alliance for Aging, past board member of WLRN and former Chair of the Hispanic Affairs Committee for the City of Miami Beach.
For 10 years Lopez was the producer and host of a weekly television show, “Panorama con Liliam Lopez” that aired on WLRN Cable-Tap. The program highlighted the career of executives, elected officials, and entrepreneurs at the local, state, and national levels. The pandemic required Lopez to pivot. She launched a digital show, "A Business Minute with Lily Lopez", which is featured on all social media platforms and on her YouTube Channel reaching over 30,000 businesses.
The SFLHCC has also been engaged in international affairs, with emphasis on Latin America and Spain. The SFLHCC’s leadership hosted the Mayor of Murcia, Spain, and his delegation on their visit to Miami Beach in 1996. The former President of Ecuador, the Honorable Lucio Gutierrez, accepted an invitation made by Lopez to speak to chamber members for the purpose of establishing ties with his country. Both the former First Ladies of Panama and of Honduras, respectively, were invited to speak on different occasions at chamber luncheons on business opportunities, women’s issues, and social and charitable programs in their respective nations. His Highness, Prince Abdulaziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, United Arab Emirates, accepted an invitation from Lopez to visit Miami and present a conference at the chamber’s annual Viva Miami Hispanic Heritage Conference on sustainability and its importance to the world. His Highness is best known as “The Green Sheikh” and was received with great respect and admiration. Lopez strongly believes in social causes and giving back to the community. Twenty years ago, she implemented “Help our Children” for the youth of Centro Mater (an aftercare and early childcare school for financially disadvantaged families). The SFLHCC collects over 1,000 toys annually as part of the Christmas/Holiday Toy Drive for them. Currently there is a program with Cigna “Healthier Kids for our Future” where children and families are also receiving information on improving their health through diet and exercise. There are quarterly one day events held with a chef, a nutritionist and a Zumba instructor for the children and families. They also receive live healthy cooking demonstrations and a bag with the foods and recipes presented.
Liliam M. López has been featured in the cover of many magazines and newspapers. She has received numerous awards and recognitions including
Liliam Lopez has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science
from St. Thomas University and a Certificate
in Paralegal Studies from the University of Miami.
Lopez is married to Architect/Urban Planner, Alfredo Sanchez. They have a daughter, Lillian Karina Sanchez, who currently is a senior at the University of Miami’s School of Engineering and is the recipient of a presidential scholarship.
Partner SMGQ Law
Partner SMGQ Law
Sanchez-Medina, Gonzalez & Quesada, LLP
2333 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Suite 302
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Roland Sanchez-Medina Jr. is a partner who focuses his practice in the areas
of corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions,
corporate structuring/restructuring, board governance, domestic and
international commercial transactions, commercial and residential real
estate transactions, tax and estate planning, and other general
Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Sanchez-Medina was a partner at the national
law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, where he was a member of the Corporate
Department, and was a senior associate at the national law firm of Holland &
12001 SW 128th Court, Suite 105, Miami, FL 33186
Jose Perez de Corcho is Executive Vice President at OSC, an insurance
Managing General Agency specializing in providing insurance solutions for
banks, credit unions, auto finance companies and mortgage servicers. Jose’s
responsibilities include product and business development at OSC. Jose
joined OSC in 2009 as a result of a merger between OSC and Financial
Insurance Brokers, Inc., a company in which Jose was the Founder and CEO.
Jose’s insurance career started in 1990 at AIB Financial Group, a South
Florida based insurance group with a financial services division. During
these business forming years, Jose spent much of his time conducting field
audits, handling customer service concerns, and developing and enhancing the
company’s insurance tracking system. In 1994 Jose joined Smartrack Financial
Services, a local provider of automobile insurance tracking and
lender-placed insurance. As his career progressed, Jose’s focus turned to
developing new markets. Those new markets consisted mainly of creating a
real estate insurance tracking and placement program and the development of
point of sale physical damage program for automobile finance companies. In
1998 Jose founded Financial Insurance Brokers, Inc. with the focus of
providing insurance tracking and lender-placed coverage to Florida lenders.
As part of the strategic merger with OSC and the subsequent sale of OSC to
Breckenridge Insurance Group, Jose formed a new entity, Financial Insurance
Brokers International (FIB), an insurance agency focusing on the retail
insurance needs of individual and businesses. While Jose maintains majority
ownership of FIB, the day responsibilities of the agency are overseen by
Michael Reyes who serves as President of FIB. In 2015, along with two
business partners, Jose was part of the launch of American Auto Bankers, a
Miami based finance company with the focus on truck finance. Jose’s
experience in providing insurance to auto finance companies for over 25
years and his involvement in the trade associations servicing the auto
finance space have placed him in a unique position to understand the
As an active professional in the lending and insurance industries, Jose is a member of various trade organizations including the American Bankers Insurance Association, Consumer Compliance Insurance Association, and the National Automotive Finance Association. Jose holds a Marketing and International Business degree from Florida International University. Jose served as President of FIU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as served as a member of the FIU Foundation Board.
As a committed member of his community, Jose currently serves as Vice-Chair of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve FIU as member of the President’s Council.
SELHCC VICE CHAIRWOMAN
NATIONAL MARKETING GROUP
SELHCC VICE CHAIRWOMAN
NATIONAL MARKETING GROUP
7705 N.W. 48th Street, Suite 100
Doral, FL 33166
Michelle Febres graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in
Business Management and Marketing and began her career as a benefit
consultant for NMGS in 1997. She received her license in health, life and
variable annuities in 1998 where she began her sales career. Seeing the
possibility of a growing family business she decided to move up in rank. In
1998 National Marketing was one of the few General Agencies representing HMO
Medicare plans. With the guidance of her father, Roger Gonzalez, the company
has grown to include most lines of insurance and now represents all major
Insurance Carriers in the industry. She is responsible for the overall
operations of the agency and supervision of the staff and sales team. Her
experience includes providing analysis of benefit plans and claims
utilization, oversight of the evaluation process, and the management of
various funding arrangements. With her years of experience and growth in the
sales arena, Michelle brings a passion for engaging and educating hundreds
of employees in the public and private sector.
Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for the Overtown Youth Center, an organization that raises funds through community efforts in order to provide afterschool education and sports programs to the children in Overtown. She is also on the Board of Directors for the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an organization with over 1200 Hispanic members supporting leaders and the business community in South Florida. In 2013, Michelle was awarded Hispanic Executive of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, Michelle’s favorite role is that of being a proud mom of her 12-year old daughter.
MARBAY REAL ESTATE
MARBAY REAL ESTATE161 Westward Drive.
President, Owner/Broker of Marbay Real Estate Inc. Over 30 years of experience selling, managing residential and commercial restate including partnership and syndication structures. Has serviced on several city boards as well as a founding member of the SFLHCC. Board affiliations including Community economic development, Revitalization, Parking, and transportation as well as Hispanic affairs. Married with 2 daughters.
SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
PRESIDENT, COASTAL WEALTH,
A MASSMUTUAL FIRM
SECRETARY OF THE BOARD
PRESIDENT, COASTAL WEALTH
A MASSMUTUAL FIRM
1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 700
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
P: (954) 938-8800
Alejandro Mendieta is the President of the Private Client Group division of Coastal Wealth, a MassMutual firm. Leading one of the largest financial services firms in Florida, Alejandro serves his team of financial professionals and clients through holistic financial planning, custom tailored insurance solutions, disciplined investment strategies and proactive personal service. For years, Alejandro has been asked to share his insights and formulas for growing an exceptional holistic practice with leading financial professionals in the industry. Alejandro’s proven track record has led him to become one of the top-ranked registered representatives in the country by his previous firms, LPL Financial and Metlife Premier Client Group. Currently, he has consistently been recognized year after year as one of the top-ranked financial professionals in the country by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), qualifying for Blue Chip Council and Society 1851 in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He has also received countless other accolades, including the 2017 Coastal Wealth Managing Director of the Year Award and recognized for his achievement in sales as the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Top Overall Financial Advisor and Financial Planner by Coastal Wealth. Alejandro has been published in various media outlets such as MSN Noticias, El Nuevo Herald, Hispanic Network Magazine, Miami Diario, and Negocios en Florida. He is one of the most celebrated and respected financial professionals and executives in his community — and is a sought-after leader, speaker, and financial planner. He also recognizes the importance of serving others. Alejandro is a member of the Executive Board of Directors for Boy Scouts of America South Florida Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the Zoo Miami Foundation and was appointed in 2020 as a commissioner for the inaugural Millennial Debt Commission. In 2017, Alejandro was named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Philanthropist of the Year, 2017 Hispanic Heritage Award by Boy Scouts of America, 2018 MassMutual Gold Community Service Award, 2018 Pacific Life Foundation Recipient, and earned the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. Alejandro earned the key to Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, was named a South Florida Business Journal 40 under 40 Honoree, earned the Ron Magill Zoo Goodwill Ambassador distinction and received a certificate of appreciation from the City of Miami honoring and recognizing Mr. Mendieta as a great community leader. CRN202303-280497
Immediate Past Chairman
FLORIDA, RETAIL BANKING TD BANK
SFLHCC | Immediate Past Chairman
Market President South Florida Retail Banking
TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank
255 Alhambra Circle 2nd Floor Coral Gables FL 33134
Felipe F. Basulto is the Market President – Retail in South Florida for TD
Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank. In this role, he is responsible for
the Bank’s retail network sales and operations, including consumer and small
business accounts and lending across 77 locations in South Florida, from the
Pam Beach to Miami-Dade County and over to the Southwest Gulf Coast.
Felipe joined TD Bank in March of 2010 as the Retail Market Manager in the Greater Miami Region. During his tenure with TD, he has focused his efforts on building out the retail distribution network for the Bank in their ongoing development of the South Florida market. With Felipe’s leadership and support, the Florida Market took home J.D. Power trophies for Retail Banking Satisfaction in 2013 and 2016 and Small Business Banking (in the South Region) in 2017.
Felipe demonstrates a strong commitment to the community through his efforts in various organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as Board Chair. Immediate Past Chair of the South Florida Progress Foundation and is a graduate and Past Chair of Leadership Miami. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber and is currently Chair of their Foundation. He is a board member of City Year Miami and Past Chair of the Banking and Finance Committee for the Beacon Council. In addition, he also serves on the President's Council at Florida International University and as a Trustee with the United Way of Miami Dade, past Chair for the March of Dimes Walk as well as past Chair for the Autism Speaks Walk for Miami Dade & Broward Counties. Prior to joining TD Bank, Felipe held similar positions and in various roles in banking with Regions Bank and Bank of America. He studied Business Management at Loyola University in New Orleans.
V.P | Synovus Bank
Regional Retail Sales Manager
9125 NW 25 Street
Doral, Florida 33172
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
University of Miami
Don Soffer Clinical Research Center
1120 NW 14 Street, Suite 360K (R699)
Miami, Florida 33136
Tel: (305) 243-7087
Fax: (305) 243-8535
Ramon "Ray" Coto is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UHealth, University of Miami Don Soffer Clinical Research Center Previously he was the Administrative Director of Finance for Nicklaus Children's Health System. He served as Chief Operating Officer for Molina Healthcare from 2015-2018. He's a graduate of Florida International University, College of Business.
Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin + Tapanes
200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300, Miami, FL 33131
O: (305) 377-6233
Before joining the firm, Dan spent a decade representing municipalities as
City Attorney. Dan served as the City Attorney for the City of North Miami
Beach, City of Miami Springs, and North Bay Village. He also served as the
City Attorney for the City of Doral for nearly five years. He has also
represented the Towns of Medley, Southwest Ranches, and Cutler Bay, the
Villages of Virginia Gardens and Pinecrest, and the Homestead Housing
Authority. In his roles as City Attorney, Dan has handled and advised on
intergovernmental agreements, public-private partnership contracts, and
nearly all types and scales of land development projects, from variances and
basic site plans to complex planned unit developments and special area
plans. He has considerable experience in drafting text amendments to
comprehensive development plans and zoning codes. His extensive involvement
with public meetings and hearings and public records compliance, give him an
invaluable insight to the inner-workings of municipalities across Miami-Dade
Dan served on the City Council for the City of Miami Springs for two terms, first elected in 2009, becoming the youngest elected official in the city’s history and one of the youngest in Miami-Dade County. While in office, he was a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Legislative Committee of the Florida League of Cities, and chaired the Legislative Committee of the Miami-Dade League of Cities. Prior to that he served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Board/Board of Adjustment for five years. His community involvement continues as a Member of the Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Government Committee, of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In 2011, Dan was named one of the “Top Young Leaders of Miami” by Latino Leaders Magazine, and was named the “Elected Official of the Year” by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, he was named a Miami Fellow by the Miami Foundation and in 2016 was accepted into Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida program. He has recently been named a Rising Star by the Daily Business Review, a Top 40 under 40 Lawyer by the South Florida Business Journal, and a Top Legal Up and Comer by South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine. In 2018, the Chamber awarded Dan the annual Sunshine Lawyer of the Year Award.
Located in in Downtown Miami, Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes has been at the forefront of Miami-Dade County’s phenomenal growth for over two decades, serving as the go-to law firm for real estate developers, property owners, business owners, and government entities seeking legal advice.
Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes, located at 200 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, was established in 1996. Now with a team of 15 attorneys, the growing law firm moved locations into a larger office space in Suite 300 of the Southeast Financial Tower at the beginning of this year.
For more information, contact (305) 374-5300 or visit http://www.brzoninglaw.com.
PRESIDENT & GENERAL
REGIONAL PRESIDENT FOR
SOUTH STATE BANK
Chief Economic Development & Strategy for DDA
Chief Economic Development & Strategy for DDA
3401 NW 110 Street
Miami, FL 33167
Waste Management Inc. of Florida
Government Relations Director
2015 – Current
Miami-Dade County Government
1990 – 2015
Previous work experience includes 25 years of experience in management and supervision, project management and contract negotiations with Miami-Dade County Government. Held positions as Assistant Director, Public Works Department; Director, Community Information & Outreach Department; and Special Assistant to the County Manager overseeing various County Departments.
Florida International University (FIU)
• Bachelors of Arts / Political Science & International Relations / 1988
• Masters Degree / Public Administration / 1990
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER
MANAGER, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
ADHOC FOR RAY COTO
PAST CHAIRMAN 2017-2019
PAST CHAIRMAN 2001-2004