MEET THE TRUE LEADERS WHO MAKE UP UNITED WAY’S GIVING COMMUNITIES

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MEET THE TRUE LEADERS WHO MAKE UP UNITED WAY’S GIVING COMMUNITIES

As the 2021-22 campaign begins, United Way’s dynamic giving communities prepare to build a stronger Miami, together.

Spearheading the efforts among the giving communities – each comprised of volunteers with common interests, age and/or contribution levels – are:

  • Brian Y. Goldmeier and Cristian LaCapra as co-chairs of Tocqueville Society
  • Jennifer A. Marques and Karyl Argamasilla as co-chairs of Women United
  • Ann Keil Dux and Marcel G. Laniado as co-chairs of Young Leaders
  • Nicole Acosta and Valentín Arenas as co-chairs of LINC
  • Daniel A. Gonzalez and Suzanne Perez-Bernal as co-chairs of Small Business United

Learn a bit more about each of our giving communities and their chairs:

Tocqueville Society

The Tocqueville Society is an influential group of dynamic leaders who are devoted to building a stronger Miami. This group connects through philanthropic leadership to improve lives.

Co-chair Brian Y. Goldmeier is founder and president of BYG Strategies, Inc., serving as principal advisor and strategist to numerous South Florida government, education and business leaders. He also serves as a United Way board member. Goldmeier holds a master’s in business administration and bachelor’s in sports management from Endicott College.

“Being part of the stewardship of one of the most impactful organizations in our community means a lot to me. The large and diverse group of community leaders that are involved with United Way is both inspiring and humbling, and without a doubt, these same great people are as dedicated and determined today as they were when I joined six years ago. This inspires me, as does the staff that leads the way in providing engaging opportunities for connection, growth and an altogether stronger community.”

Co-chair Cristian LaCapra is senior vice president, wealth strategist at Northern Trust, where he actively represents the bank within the South Florida community, working closely with community partners on boards and maintaining consistent involvement in community events. He earned his bachelor’s in finance with a minor in economics from the University of Florida.

“There is nothing more fierce than the love our United Way of Miami-Dade has for our Miami community. The staff and volunteers bring an immeasurable amount of resolve, endurance and sacrifice on a daily basis with the goal of building a stronger Miami for everyone. This leadership and passion are what inspire our family to support our United Way of Miami-Dade.”

Women United

Women United is a circle of purpose-driven women, passionate about making a difference in Miami through philanthropy and service. This group comes together to celebrate women who continue to break glass ceilings, change the rules of the game and make history.

Co-Chair Jennifer A. Marques is an estate planning attorney at her firm, Jennifer A. Marques, P.A., where she works with high net worth foreign individuals, establishing complex corporate structures for their US investments. She earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy from Florida International University and her law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law.

“Busy people get things done!”

Co-chair Karyl Argamasilla is a real estate attorney and director for CMBS Capital Markets Group at Bilzin Sumberg. She focuses her practice on structuring and executing large commercial real estate transactions, and represents some of the largest special servicers of CMBS loans in the country. As a director for CMBS Capital Markets Group, she focuses in the hospitality sector. Argamasilla holds a law degree from St. Thomas University College of Law.

“A group of strong women can accomplish anything.

Young Leaders

Young Leaders is an engaged group of young professionals, 40 and younger, who share their time, talent and resources to help make Miami’s future brighter for all.

Co-chair Ann Keil Dux serves as the Director of Communications and Media Relations for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of the Miami Health System. She is an Emmy award-winning journalist and founder of Miami-based professional development firm Dux Communications. She holds a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism from Boston University, a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University, and a Global Executive MBA from the University of Miami.

“I found a second family in United Way of Miami-Dade when I was simply looking for an opportunity to give back to my hometown, a community I cherish deeply. I can hardly put into the words the true impact the organization has had on my life both personally and professionally. What I can say is I cherish every moment I spend with its dedicated staff, fellow volunteers and members of our community who believe deeply in the shared responsibility of building a stronger Miami.”

Co-Chair Marcel G. Laniado is an Executive Director, Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank Miami office. He serves as a senior advisor, and works closely with individuals in the South Florida community to understand their unique objectives and risk profiles. Laniado holds a bachelor’s degree in science and economics from Syracuse University.

“In today’s fast paced world, many can fall behind.  And so, it’s as important as ever, for those of us who can, to lend a helping hand.   Our impact will make the difference in our community.  And as Young Leaders, we work together to amplify that impact, along with the support of our community leaders. Serving with my fellow young professionals to make a stronger Miami inspires me and brings me a sense of pride for our city and its potential.”

LINC

LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is a group of dynamic individuals of millennial members who bring knowledge and skills to elevate our community, connections and social calendar through volunteer engagement and personal development.

Co-chair Nicole Acosta is a Senior Bid Specialist in the Marketing and Communications Department of BDO USA, LLP. Nicole manages multiple pursuit projects for proposals and other high value strategic pursuits. She assists in the development of marketing materials and ensures an accurate reflection of BDO’s brand in all produced materials. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and international business from Florida International University.

“United Way has empowered me to be the change I want to see in our Miami community. From granting wishes to older adults in need to restoring facilities for at‐risk youth, our team of fun and like‐minded young professionals is transforming our community, one good deed at a time!”

Co-chair Valentín Arenas is an associate attorney at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm founded in Miami, where he represents international clients in cross-border merges and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, and other corporate matters. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology, political science, and religious studies from the University of Miami and his law degree from University of Florida – Levin College of Law.

“Since joining, United Way has catapulted my personal and professional growth. It has opened countless doors and given me the opportunity to meet other young, ambitious, and well-meaning professionals—many of whom have become my closest friends—while being a vehicle for change on behalf of the ALICE population in Miami. I find myself constantly inspired by United Way’s initiatives and impressed by its impact on the community.”

Small Business United

Small Business United is a diverse group of entrepreneurs cultivating change in Miami through networking and innovation. Members of Small Business United are empowered by culture, experience and the perseverance of our neighbors and friends. They adapt, grow and work tirelessly to change the future of our city.

Co-chair Daniel A. Gonzalez is the Director of Business Development for Accounting to Scale, where he focuses on Business-to-Business sales and strategy. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing management from Florida International University.

“The United way of Miami-Dade is a cornerstone of philanthropy in the community and the Small Business United is a great way as a business owner to get involved and give back. The Small Business United has given me opportunities to volunteer my time and directly impact the lives of children in our community, while building relationships with like-minded businesses owners.”

Co-chair Suzanne Perez-Bernal is co-founder and principal of ANDER & Co, a Miami-based public relations and digital strategy firm. Suzanne is regularly sought for her media mastery, trustworthy consultation and reputation of solid judgement. She holds a bachelor’s of science in journalism and English from the University of Miami and an MBA from Florida International University.

“The backbone of our local economy – small businesses – is me, you…all of us together.”

For more information on the United Way Giving Communities or how to join and volunteer, visit unitedwaymiami.org/join.

September 14, 2021