Paola Pierre - Chairwoman
Ms. Paola Pierre, , MBA /HRM – is chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Haitian American Chamber Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). She is the first female to occupy the Chamber’s premier leadership position since its inception in 2005.
Ms. Pierre was a founding member of HACCOF. She served as the Chamber’s Executive Director from 2011-2014 and subsequently served as the Chamber’s Treasurer.
During her tenure as executive director, she focused on the creation and/or promotion of business opportunities for small and new businesses, as well as, developing partnership with existing businesses through the Chamber. She was also instrumental in supporting the Chamber’s creation of one its most high profile initiatives – The 20 Under 40 Young Professionals (YoPro) Award, honoring Haitian American YoPros in communities within the State of Florida, age 40 and under, for their commitment and contributions both professionally, civically, academically and personally. She serves on several local and national boards for nonprofit organizations in various capacities.
Ms. Pierre is currently employed as the Assistant Personnel Director of the City of North Miami, Florida. She is a human services and relationship specialist, among other responsibilities, she coordinates, develops, organizes and implements personnel programs.
Before joining the City of North Miami, she operated her own business – Pierre Consulting, Inc., an agency that provided consulting and administrative services to various organizations. From 2000 to 2011, Ms. Pierre worked for Catalyst Miami, formerly known as the Human Services Coalition (HSC) as the agency’s general operations, finance and human resources personnel where she rose to the position of Vice President of Administration. She also worked as a Benefits/Human Resources Coordinator for the Goodwill Industries of South Florida and she managed several medical offices for over a decade.
Ms. Pierre has been honored on numerous occasions and she is the recipient of several civic and leadership awards. She obtained her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and Human Resources Management along with a graduate certificate of Accounting from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Trinity International University, and an Associate Degree from Miami Dade College.
Dr. Lumana Joseph, PT, DPT - Vice-Chairwoman
Lumana holds a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida with a Business Certification in the field of Physical Therapy, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She is an experienced Physical Therapist and an APTA member. She has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2008. She works in various Physical Therapy settings including outpatient and acute care, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers and home health agencies. Lumana commenced her Physical Therapy practice in February 2011. Lumana Joseph has also been a Massage Therapist for many years. She worked as a Massage Therapist while pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Lumana is also a Certified Life Coach and her goal is to provide excellent patient care and provide continuous education to patients and their families for optimal health. Lumana speaks Creole and Spanish.
Pierre Saliba - Treasurer
Pierre Saliba is an experienced international tax and forensic accountant with more than 25 years in public and private accounting. He focuses on a broad spectrum of industries including healthcare, manufacturing and not-for profit organizations.
Prior to that, Mr. Saliba worked in the United States and internationally in the garment industry as a cost accountant and production manager in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Salvador, Guatemala and Haiti.
During his College years, he worked as in intern for the Internal Revenue Service in New York City, the Controller’s Office of New York and Seagram & Sons. Mr. Saliba graduated from Baruch College in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He is the former Chairman of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida and currently an Executive Board member. He is the Treasurer of “Our Little Ones” and serves on the Advisory Board of the Haitian American Nursing Association (HANA), the Haitian Lawyers Association (HLA), Man Dodo Foundation, and Sow A Seed.
Mr. Saliba received in June 2017 “The Cultural Advocate Award Community Pillar” from The Miami Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board in recognition of his valuable contributions to his community.
Mr. Saliba is the CEO of Finance and Marketing Solutions Inc. The firm assists clients domestically in the preparation of Federal, State personal, business and not for profit tax returns. The firm also serves a global clientele with U.S. tax compliances and Streamlined Filing Procedures. The firm represent clients in France, Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Congo, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
PATRICK F. MARTIN, ESQ. - Secretary
For over twenty years, he has been representing employers of all sizes before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
Patrick began his employment law practice in Tallahassee after graduating from FSU. He then moved back home to Washington, D.C. until he transferred to Miami in 2000.
In his practice, Patrick regularly litigates cases involving wrongful termination, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, wage and hour matters, and employee disability and leave issues.
In addition to his litigation practice, he advises companies on preventive strategies to minimize potential litigation and assists in the development of policies to promote constructive employee relations.
Patrick is on the Board of Directors of HACCOF and is also a member of the Haitian Lawyers Association, and he claims to be able to speak Creole.
Delleperche Joseph, CPA - Immediate Past Chairman
Delle Joseph is Senior Vice President within the Corporate Banking Group for TD Bank in South Florida. Delle has been working in Banking and Accounting in the South Florida community for over 20 years. His entire professional career has been focused on helping businesses grow across all industries. Prior to joining TD Bank, Delle served as First Vice President for Government & Institutional Banking at SunTrust Bank.
Delle has been and remains very involved in the South Florida community as a co-founder of the Town of Cutler Bay and current Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency (CAA) Board of Directors. Delle is a Board Member of the Haiti Development Institute (HDI) which is an initiative of the Boston Foundation; and also served on the South Florida American Diabetes Association Board.
Delle was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the Journal’s 40 Under 40 best and brightest business professionals in South Florida for 2013.
Delle holds a Master’s of Science in Finance degree from Florida International University and received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. Delle is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Jeff Lozama, - Past Chairman
Jeff Lozama is the President and CEO of CMS International Group, Corp a company specialized in the export distribution of High-End Building materials to the Caribbean and Latin America.
Founded in July, 2008, CMS International is now one of the leading Distributors and Contractors serving the Caribbean.
With over 20 years of experience in this industry, Jeff Lozama has worked on notable commercial and residential projects in the Caribbean i.e.
- The Federal Courthouse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Exuma Bell and Indigo Islands , Bahamas, private islands of CEO of LVMH
- Chub Cay Marina Resort, Bahamas
- Sandals Resort, Antigua and Turks and Caicos Islands
- Merricks Resort and H-Hotel, Barbados
- Kinam and Karibe Hotels, Haiti
- Powell Plaza, US State Department Building, Kingston, Jamaica
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Mr. Lozama graduated from Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor in Business Management.
- Mr. Lozama is a founding member and Executive Director of Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation, Inc a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization serving the less fortunate population of the South of Haiti since 1995 by providing Health Care; Food Supply and Toys
- He is the current Chairman of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce of Florida
- Member of the Board of Directors of Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium
- Member of Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the United States Black Chambers.
- Serves on the Advisory Board of the Haitian American Nursing Association (HANA)
- Serves on the Advisory Board of Hand in Hand for Haiti, a Non-Profit Organization with a world-class educational facility providing Top Level Education to the neediest children of the city of St. Marc, Haiti
- Serves on the Elder Board of Florida Bible Church in Miramar, Florida.
My academic education started at College Marie-Anne, a private all-girl Catholic school. After having successfully passed my Baccalaureate part I and II in September 1990, I then went on to my higher education studies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 1991 to 1995, at the ‘Faculté De Droit et Des Sciences Economiques’ (University of Law and School of Economics) where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
My first introduction to the banking industry occurred in my Native Country. At 23 years old, while pursuing my education, I was hired by UniBank, the second largest local bank at the time. I was fortunate enough to land the position of Assistant to the Executive Vice-President. After a year of hard work, the bank Executive Team promoted me to Customer Service at its Main Office in the heart of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
In December of 1996, I moved to the United States. I landed my first job in October of the following year as Customer Service Officer at SunTrust Bank, in Downtown Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas). At SunTrust Bank, I was quickly promoted to Platform Manager. Eight valuable years of great banking experience.
In November of 2005, I was sought by RBC Century Bank aka Royal Bank of Canada in Fort Lauderdale, to join their team as a Relationship Manager. One year after, in October of 2006, I joined Regions Bank in Fort Lauderdale as Assistant Branch Manager. The experience at Regions was short lived due to a leave of absence related to a family matter.
In November of 2007, in search of a less aggressive environment, I joined University Credit Union as the Branch Manager in West Kendall – Main Office to the Credit Union. There, I acquired most of my banking experience being exposed to writing policies & procedures, auditing, training and coaching large groups, loan underwriting, just to name a few.
Five years later, in April 2012, I accepted the position of Managing Director at TotalBank, in North Miami. My goal was to join a company that would contribute to my professional and intellectual growth as well as give me the opportunity to serve my community.
Presently, Vice President – Business, Sales & Service Manager, at City National Bank of Florida, North Miami Banking Center (formally TotalBank), I take pleasure in serving my community – working with schools & charities on financial literacy, groups empowering children, women, and low to moderate-income families, guiding and coaching them towards the path that will lead to success.
Jean G. Belizaire
Jean is the Treasury Sales Officer assigned to the Miami Dade Commercial Banking Team. Jean’s role is to partner with our Relationship Managers to provide our clients and prospects strategic advice and insights into all aspects of their Cash flow and Treasury operations. Jean has over twenty-five years of experience in banking and joins SunTrust from TD Bank where he was a Senior Treasury Management Officer for the commercial and large corporate segment in Florida.
Jean has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rutgers University. Jean holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation. Jean is fluent in French, Creole and Spanish. He lives in Hollywood, FL with his family. He recently crossed an item off of his bucket list when he ran with the bulls in Pamplona Spain.
Patricia Elizee, Esq.
Ms. Elizee was formerly a legal fellow at Americans of Immigrant Justice where she handled a diverse case load. She handled cases dealing with immigrant victims of domestic violence and deportation issues. Ms. Elizee is currently very active in the community. She is an active member in different community oriented organizations. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the board of the Haitian Lawyers Association.
Prinston Jean-Glaude is the CEO and co-owner of Primary Medical Care Centers, which are now two community clinics, operating in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Along with his wife, Edwige, they also own and operate two home health agencies located in Miami Lakes and Miramar, Florida.
Born and raised in Le Cayes, Haiti, a young Prinston Jean-Glaude came to the United States to take advantage of the educational and economic opportunities available in this country. He did just that by earning three degrees: an associates from Miami-Dade College, followed by a bachelor’s in health science administration from Florida International University (FIU), and a master’s in information technology from Barry University. Before embarking upon his entrepreneurial pursuits, Prinston worked his way up the corporate ladder and became the Lead IT for Wachovia Bank in the State of Florida in the Capital Market Department for almost ten years.
As a Christian, who is deeply rooted in faith, Prinston Jean-Glaude is driven to give back as much as he can to his community, both here in Florida, as well as back home in Haiti. Through his partnership with several non-profit foundations, thousands of people in underserved communities in Haiti receive medical supplies, toys, and monetary donations annually. Through their free community events throughout the year, here in South Florida, such as their Mother’s Day Celebration, Father’s Day Celebration, Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and the Seniors’ Holiday Giveaway, Prinston leads Primary Medical Care Centers’ spirit of giving joyfully.
With Prinston Jean-Glaude at its helm, Primary Medical Care Centers has been recognized for several honors such as the 2018 Star Honoree for Empowering Women & Families in Healthcare Services by the Global Women’s Initiative and the Outstanding Healthcare Organization Award by the Community Health & Empowerment Network. Prinston Jean-Glaude will also be among Legacy magazine’s honorees for South Florida’s Most Powerful Black Leaders in Business & Industry for 2019.
Prinston Jean-Glaude is happily married to his wife and business partner, Edwige. They have two children and reside in Miami Lakes, Florida.
Hervé Bony is an accountant and the principal of Bon Accounting, which he established in 1997. The firm specializes in assisting growth oriented small and medium sized businesses within the construction, technology and service industries.
Hervé is a member of the National Society of Accountants, and the National Association of Tax Professionals.
Prior to establishing Bon Accounting, Hervé was the Controller for a high technology company that was at the forefront of developing video-on-demand in the 1990’s. He was part of the management team that led the company from 20 employees to over 100 employees, within 3.5 years. Hervé is Treasurer and a member of the board of directors for People Acting for Community Together (PACT). He has been an active volunteer since 2000, working on social justice issues and education reform in Miami-Dade County.
Hervé has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in the Miami-Dade juvenile court system since 1997.
Hervé was recognized in the second edition book printing of “Who’s Who in Black South Florida.”
Hervé earned a Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, with studies in accounting,
Michelle Austin Pamies, Esq.
Michelle Austin Pamies is a member of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC. Her practice primarily involves providing legal counsel to business clients and representing them in their corporate, real estate, litigation and commercial matters. She also focuses on assisting US individuals and entities with litigation and/or transactions in Haiti.
Michelle worked for 8 years as Senior Corporate Counsel – Commercial Law in Union Pacific Railroad Company’s Law Department. Her responsibilities included being the lead attorney for the procurement of goods and services, procurement and management of intellectual property and development of new business ventures. Michelle’s past experience also includes being General Counsel of Planet Automotive Group, Inc. (a/k/a Potamkin Automotive) a holding company for more than 40 automobile dealerships in 7 states; General Counsel of the Agency for Workforce Innovation, an agency of the State of Florida, Corporate Counsel for AutoNation, Inc.; and Corporate attorney in private practice at Holland & Knight LLP’s Miami office.
Michelle is a former member of the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County Ad Hoc Committee for the Creation of an Airport Authority. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including, Girls Inc. and SantLa (Haitian Neighborhood Center). She is a founding member and former Vice President of the Haitian Lawyers Association, Inc. and is Co-Chair of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc.
Michelle is a 1996 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where she served on the University of Miami Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Carl Momplaisir is a respected team leader, hands-on senior executive and Telecom professional with over 26 years of experience in commercial and operational success. He’s worked with several Senior Telecom Management team across the US and the Caribbean . He also worked directly with business owners in the region helping them reshape their organization, built strong alliances with the media outlets across the region and corporate communications departments. This has led to an excellent track-record in growing revenue and market share in mature and developing markets. By Conceptualizing and orchestrating efficient sales and marketing campaigns, he has proven to reinforce and build brand images and development strategies.
Through wireless products distribution and small business dealer positions for strong international companies like AT&T, Sprint and Nextel, he’s established relationships with large and small companies across the telecommunications industry. Carl Momplaisir has proven to be able to handle overall emergency corporation restructuring and sales development strategies. He has worked in both CMO and GM capacities while charged with crisis management responsibilities.
Carl has a proven track record in helping clients make well-informed pre-entry risk decisions by sharing his knowledge of how threats can manifest themselves and impact investment plans. His knowledge of revenue management through effective distribution network optimization is also in high demand. Resourcefulness, awareness and recognition of local motivations and abilities are skills Carl has applied to many international appointments. As a result-oriented person, he has brought success in New England to some of the most troubled operations throughout the Hispanic market. His ability to write and speak English, Spanish, French and Haitian Creole has helped build and maintain relationships with business owners of different backgrounds. Carl went to UMass Lowell where he studied Business Management. Carl is currently the General Manager of Southern Bahamas at Aliv where he is responsible of Managing all sales, Distribution network set up, marketing and operations in these territories. Previously Carl served as the General Manager of Digicel Business in Port au Prince Haiti. While in Haiti, Carl was elected as chairman of the Diaspora Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce where he serves as board Member for four Consecutive years. During his tenure Carl was instrumental in bridging the gap between Amcham and the various Diaspora Chambers of Commerce. Before Haiti, Carl worked with Nextel, Sprint, AT&T over the span of 15 years where he was known as one of the most respected senior executives in the region. Carl currently serves as Vice Chair of the HACCOF Foundation .