Jeff Lozama, 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.
Donard St. Jean, Vice-Chairman
Donard St. Jean is a graduate of the University of Miami
with a Masters in Business Administration, specializing in
International Business and Finance.His education also includes:
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a minor in business administration from Barry University.
- Certifications in A+ and Network+ MCSE and CISCO from BorderCom International
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from ESIH (Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti)
- Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Faculté des Sciences Appliquées
Paola Pierre, MBA, HRM, Treasurer
Paola Pierre, a human Services and relationship specialist, serves as the Assistant Personnel Director of the City of North Miami. She is responsible for personnel duties in coordinating, developing, organizing, implementing and maintaining personnel programs.
Previously, she was the owner of Pierre Consulting, Inc. Her organization provided administrative services to various organizations such as Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) where she oversaw the human resources and finance departments as well as overseeing the Florida New Americans (FNA) program a pathway to citizenship. She was the compliance consultant for the Biscayne Landing/Local Preference Office …. She served as the Executive Director of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF). She was the business manager and was responsible for the creation/promotion of business opportunities through the Chamber.
Prior to these, she served VP of Administration at Catalyst Miami, formerly known as the Human Services Coalition (HSC) for 11 years. There she gave oversight to the agency’s general operations, finance and Human Resources Management. Prior to her professional career and experience at HSC. Ms. Pierre worked as a Benefits/Human Resources Coordinator for the Goodwill Industries of South Florida. She also worked in the medical office management for over a decade in previous years.
Ms. Pierre currently served/s on local and international organization boards and committees. She was recently appointed to Board of Governors of National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE).
Ms. Pierre received her Master in Business Administration and Human Resources Management and graduate certificate of Accounting from the University of Phoenix, her Bachelor in Human Resources Management from Trinity International University and her Associate Degree from Miami Dade College.
Ms. Pierre is the recipients of several local awards. She received a Leadership Award from HACCOF; a Woman of Valor Award from AEDAP, a Proclamation from the School Board of Miami-Dade County Board Members for her dedicated services to the community She was chosen by the Diaspora Arts Coalition (DAC) to receive its coveted 2013 DAC Arts, Culture and Education Ambassadors Award. The Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award from the Consulate General of Haiti office in Miami, Women of Courage Award from Koze Fanm. Legacy Magazine honored her as one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business for 2012.
Patrick Martin, Secretary
Patrick F. Martin is a Shareholder at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on employment law matters, 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.
In his practice, Patrick regularly litigates cases involving wrongful termination, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, public accommodation, wage and hour matters, and employee disability and leave issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Patrick advises employers on preventive strategies to minimize potential litigation and assists in the development of policies to promote constructive employee relations.
Patrick also assists employers on personnel matters and emphasizes the importance of striking the correct balance between the business and legal issues that arise in human resources decisions.
Joann Milord, Executive Director
Joann Milord is the Executive Director of Northeast Second Avenue Partnership also known as NE2P. Northeast Second Partnership, Inc. (NE2P) is a community initiated and collaborative effort composed of diverse community stakeholders interested in a comprehensive revitalization of the key commercial corridors in the Little Haiti community. NE2P is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant commercial center to increase economic opportunities for the residents of the community. As the Executive Director, Joann has spearheaded the strategic planning of the organization and continues to move NE2P’s mission forward.
In 2005, she joined Accion USA as a loan officer targeting the Haitian microenterprises by providing micro loan products and technical assistance to business owners, who would have been unable to obtain loans from traditional banks especially, in Little Haiti. At Accion USA, Joann managed a 3 million dollar loan portfolio throughout the state of Florida.
In 2006, she became an adjunct professor at Keiser University where she taught associate and bachelors level Criminal Justice courses. She was promoted to Senior Business Development and Loan Officer at Accion USA in 2008. While employed at Accion USA, Joann joined the Board of Directors of Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P). Since joining NE2P joined has tripled the organization’s budget, by seeking various funding opportunities from local government and private foundations raising over $500,000.
Currently as the Executive Director of NE2P, Joann is spearheading multiple projects that have had a significant impact in the Little Haiti community:
-Cultural tours to market and brand Little Haiti
-Cultural events to promote are as a cultural destination
-Technical assistance for small business development
-Citizens on Patrol to increase public safety and quality of life
-Advocacy for public services needed in the community and
-Little Haiti Small Business Association
Under her leadership, NE2P was awarded the City of Miami Certificate of Tribute May 2012, Switchboard Miami All Stars MVP award in 2014, the Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge in 2015 and the National Main Street Refresh program.
Mrs Milord is also an author with articles published in The Miami Herald and Le Floridien.
City of Miami Certificate of Appreciation March 2012
City of Miami Certificate of Appreciation May 2013
Haitian Consulate in Miami Beacon of Hope & Achievement Award March 2015
City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Women in Our Community 2015
Sant La Fellows Advisory Board
Co-Chair of Haitian American Philanthropy Campaign
Haitian American Professional Coalition
City of Miami Haitian Heritage Month Planning Committee
Chairman Monestime’s Haitian Heritage Month Planning Committee
Pierre A. Saliba, Past-Chairman
Pierre A. Saliba provides international and domestic tax, forensic accounting, litigation support and advisory services to clients in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. He assists clients with domestic and international corporate and personal taxation services, due diligence and evidence retrieval. He also works with clients on voluntary disclosure matters.
As firm manager, Mr. Saliba also leads Foodman’s focus on client service. A member of the firm since 2002, he brings prior experience as a cost accountant, controller and production manager in the garment industry, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Fluent in French, Creole and Spanish, he serves as president of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Mr. Saliba is also an active member of other Miami civic and charitable organizations devoting both time and resources to helping those in need.
Carl-Henry Salvant began his career in the IT/IS Industry over 28 years ago as a Junior Assembly Programmer for Cordis Corporation, a biomedical instrumentation company. This was actually a change in career for Carl-Henry which was an Electrical Engineer in the RD Department. His work involved Design and testing of medical electronic equipment.
In 1988, Carl-Henry found his passion and switched totally to Information Technology, he started as a network administrator for a Major Insurance Company in Florida where he implemented a large PC network of 250+ PCs and servers. Soon after, Carl’s talent and skills were acknowledged and he was promoted to IT Manager than IT director for Hallmark Insurance Group where he successfully handled conversion, migration of both applications and data from an IBM mainframe Platform (4381) to the AS/400 midrange platform in early 1990. He managed a state of the art IT operation with seamless integration of midrange computers, terminals and PCs.
Carl-Henry, an entrepreneur at heart, decided to venture on his own, took a leap forward, incorporate The Automated Group (TAG), an IT/IS consulting firm in 1989 and provided consulting services to the Florida Department of Insurance on Insurance companies that were in rehabilitation, liquidation. The Automated Group, Inc. with its 15+ consultants and support staff provided IT supports to many major firms in South Florida in the area of Computer Programming, Systems, Network design and Implementation, and was involved very early in the internet. From there Carl just knew that his career would be that of an executive / business owner.
In 1996, Carl-Henry closed The Automated Group, Inc. and formed Salvant & Associates, Inc. (SNA) which he manages since. Many of the clients of the past company are now being serviced by SNA and its coverage of services extends to Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America. It has been able to stay profitably in business due to its ability to remain competitive and adapt quickly to the trends of the technology and by building a loyal customer base, by adopting business ethics filled with honesty and integrity.
A high energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven technology executive, Carl approaches each new business challenge with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements. Using business and trade savvy Carl has always been able to set the right partnerships and alliances enabling him to offer, the best, newest, innovative solutions that are cost effective to the clients.
Carl-Henry holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering Technology, with specialization in Microcomputer. He also holds a degree in Computer Sciences. Netware & Microsoft Certified. Database Design and various certifications from IBM, Microsoft, Symantec, and Oracle, to name a few.
Carl enjoys spending his spare time with his family, or riding his custom motorcycle, he also recently developed a new hobby in photography.
Experienced senior accountant demonstarting the ability to produce results in various industries, fast paced environments, and challenging scenarios. Strong manager who uses sharp business and communication skills to develop small businesses bridge the technology and financial skills gap.
Philippe R. Armand, MBA, Founder
Mr. Philippe R. Armand was born in Port-au-prince (Haiti) and raised there until the age of 14. He graduated from Lycée Louis le Grand in Paris/France in 1966. Finished his Bachelor of Economics with Honors from Loyola of Montreal in 1970 and 2 years later received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in UWO, London (Canada).
Mr. Armand has owned many businesses:
DYNAMIC ENTERPRISES S.A. (Home/office modeling and remodeling, office furniture business) Since 1976.
DYNAMIC CAR RENTALS INC. (Hertz Rent a Car licensee, with an average fleet of 150-200 vehicles) Since 1986.
COMPAGNIE D’ASSURANCE D’HAITI INC. (property, casualty, life & health insurance company incorporated in Haiti since 1973 by the American Insurance Group (AIG) and which he acquired in 1993 to merge with Armand Insurance Agency started by his father in 1953).
MULTIMED INC. (Health Management Organization (HMO) supporting the medical business of the insurance company of the holding group) Since 1988
DYNAMIC INTERNATIONAL TRADING CORPORATION (DITC) (An AEROPOST INTERNATIONAL licensee since 2004 as an international mailbox and courier service based out of Miami).
Throughout his professional career, Philippe R. Armand was very active with many professional and service organizations.
1980-1982 Président, ASSOCIACION INTERAMERICANA DE HOMBRES DE EMPRESA (AIHE-HAITI)
1998 President of the Pétion-Ville Rotary-Club
2003-2005 President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Haiti (AmCham-Haiti)
2005 Co-founder of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF)
2007-2008 Secretary of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) in Washington
2008-2010 Vice-President of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) in Washington DC
2005-2009 Vice-President, Association American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America in DC
2011 Vice-President, Association American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America in DC
2012-2013 President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Haiti (AmCham-Haiti)
Mr. Philippe R. Armand is married and has 4 children.
Delle Joseph is Senior Vice President in charge of Commercial Middle Market Banking for TD Bank in South Florida. Delle has been with TD for 6 years. Delle has nearly 20 years of experience in banking, lending, accounting and financial services. Prior to joining TD Bank, Delle served as First Vice President for Government & Institutional Banking at SunTrust Bank.
Delle is currently the Treasurer for the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency and Human Services Board of Directors (CAA). Delle is also a member of the South Florida American Diabetes Association Board of Directors. 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 (CPA) in the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Francois Guillaume II
As an economist, his decade long experience in senior finance and accounting positions, led Mr. Guillaume in 2006 to open his own consulting firm GuiLac, that specializes in business/economic development and financial consulting services, where his firm has consulted and managed multi-million dollar organizations in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing and international business.
Since 2002 Mr. Guillaume has been involved in shaping US policy towards Haiti in matters of
governance and economic development, having collaborated with such organizations as the United Nations and the U.S.A.I.D, as well as various members of the US Congress.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Guillaume served as the Executive Director of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), which strives to promote and protect Haitian-American business interests, as well as promote investment in Haiti.
Mr. Guillaume has served as an economic development consultant to the council of Florida Governor Bush’s Haiti Advisory Group in 2005. He served on the Board of Miami-Dade County’s Community Action Agency from 2008 to 2011 (CAA is an agency that provides self-sufficiency services to low-income individuals and families) and in 2009 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to be one of the state’s Census 2010 Complete Count Committee members.
Mr. Guillaume was also nominated in February 2010 to serve on the board of the Florida Black Business Support Corporation (FBBSC) (d/b/a Access Florida Finance Corporation), which is a statewide black business investment corporation and provides several services to Black owned businesses in the State of Florida under the Black Business Loan Program (BBLP).
From December 2011 to April 2014 Mr. Guillaume was appointed by his Excellency President Michel Joseph Martelly and his Excellency Foreign Affairs Minister (at that time) Laurent Lamothe, to serve as the Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami. Major accomplishments include a greater presence and engagement of the Consulate in its communities; mobile consular services to further-located communities; a re-branding strategy that encouraged the Diaspora and foreigners to invest and visit Haiti; as well as a completely renovated consulate office along with improved and diversified services.
From April 2014 to January 2015, Mr. Guillaume was then appointed to serve as the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad of the Republic of Haiti. During that short time-frame he restructured the ministry to be a better catalyst to its Diaspora’s engagement process. Major accomplishments include an array of interactive tools such as social media, website, media tours for the purpose of sharing and gathering relative Diaspora information; a customer service bureau and hotline; a 50% increase year over year of diaspora economic and social investment activities; and for the first time the initiation of a program that would identify and document Haitians living abroad. That program contributed to the identification and documentation process of over 30,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic during his short tenure.
Mr. Guillaume’s private and public sector experience has prompted him to continue his private investment and capital leveraging ventures through his consulting firm GuiLac, along with joining LSL World Initiative, a global consultancy firm launched by former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe which advises governments in the area of Innovative Financing for Development.
Mr. Guillaume has received numerous recognitions and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both International Relations and Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in economic policy from Florida International University.
Kara Vaval Ferrier ESQ
KARA VAVAL FERRIER, ESQ.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING PARTNER
Kara Vaval Ferrier is the President and founder of the Vaval Ferrier Law Group, formerly the Law Offices of Kara Vaval Ferrier, P.A. Ms. Ferrier practices mainly in the areas of immigration law and personal injury law.
Ms. Ferrier is a dedicated attorney and counselor of law. Understanding that the attorney-client relationship is based on trust, respect and confidentiality, Ms. Ferrier is committed to providing her clients with quality legal representation and counseling combined with unparalleled client service.
Ms. Ferrier received her B.A. in Political Science and Business Management from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York where she graduated Cum Laude in 2004. Ms. Ferrier spent her last semester in college interning on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., with Congressmen Engel of the 16th District of New York. Ms. Ferrier received her Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in 2008. While attending Law School, Ms. Ferrier served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Citator Law Journal, as Public Relations Officer of the Black Law Student Association and as Co-Chair of the Association of Business Law Students.
Ms. Ferrier participated in the Shepard Broad Law Center Pro Bono Honors Program and interned at the Legal Aid Services of Broward County where she worked as an immigration law clerk, dealing with cases ranging from Violence Against Women Application (VAWA) to T and U visas. Ms. Ferrier also worked as a Bankruptcy Law Clerk at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she conducted extensive legal research on complex business reorganization cases, drafted pleadings and memorandums of law and attended client meetings and teleconferences.
Prior to establishing her law firm, Ms. Ferrier worked as an Associate at the Law Offices of Allan M. Lerner, P.A. where she practiced general commercial litigation, securities litigation and corporate law.
Ms. Ferrier’s currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Haitian Lawyers’ Association and was recently awarded the Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award by the Consulate of the Republic of Haiti in Miami.
Linda Julien was born in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Procurement from Florida Atlantic University.
Linda spends most of her time volunteering in the community and mentoring school aged children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching jeopardy.
As a leader with a background in Community Development, Linda has repeatedly displayed an impeccable awareness of current social needs, commitment to humanitarian causes and a deep understanding of complex social issues in the community.
In 2007 she was appointed as a board member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board for the Office of Community & Economic Development for Miami Dade County. Subsequently, in 2008 she was appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the City of North Miami, where she later was voted in as Vice-Chair. Linda currently serves as the Assistant Procurement Director for the City of North Miami.
Favorite quote: “There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and helping someone up.”- By Chairman Jean Monestime
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.
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.
Martine Charles is co-owner of CEEPCO Contracting, an Engineering and Construction firm
established in 2003. Based in the Washington, DC area, CEEPCO recently expanded its
operations to Miami, FL. Ms. Charles is CEEPCO’s business development officer, and has been
instrumental in winning several awards in the South Florida area. Ms. Charles is the Director for
Planning and Population Health for the Alliance for Aging, which is the area agency on aging
serving Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. She is also the former Director of Health Equity for
Inova Health System in Fairfax, Virginia. In her role, Ms. Charles led the vital work of strengthening organizational capability to deliver culturally appropriate medical care and reduce health disparities. She has worked tirelessly to develop comprehensive system-wide programs and services delivering efficient and cost effective Language Services, Cultural Competency, Diversity/Inclusion, and Disability Services, in support of quality care and effective communications. Ms. Charles holds
a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education with a specialization in Urban Studies from Hunter College, and a Masters of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (International Health focus).
Michelle Austin Pamies
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.