The Council of Hispanic Business Professionals -CHBP-, also known as The Hispanic Council, has named its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. It is made out of professionals and business owners, some relatively new members of the organization, as well as some veterans thereof, as follows:
Carlos Rodriguez – President
Born in New Jersey, Carlos Rodriguez has lived in the Southwest Florida community for the last thirty years. He attended both the University of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration.
Originally in the accounting industry, Carlos switched to banking in 2005 when he joined Bank of America. Since switching to banking, Carlos has worked in several positions within Bank of America, and is currently a Vice President and Financial Center Manager of the Pavilion Financial Center in Olde Naples.
Carlos has been involved with the Council for the last five years and has been on the board for the last four and is currently service as Vice President. Carlos has been involved in the Southwest Florida community through the bank for the last ten years. He has also served as a Governance Chair for the United Way of Collier County for the last three years.
Anna D’Amico – Vice President
Anna D’Amico is the President of Barna Capital Managment in Naples FL. She was born in Barcelona, Spain and graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a Bachelor of Psychology in 1989. There she also completed her Masters in Human Resources Development, and later her PhD in Organizational Development and Processes Consulting.
After concluding her studies, she worked as a Junior consultant for Dextra Consulting; the as a Human Resource Manager for Brokers Invest SL. In 1994 she married and moved to Chicago, IL, where she worked as a teacher at Army Trail Elementary School District 4, State of Illinois. In 2002 she moved to Naples and started working in her husband’s Dental Office.
In 2010, she started, Barna Capital Management, where she currently works.
Albalucia Foley – Treasurer
With a bachelor degree in Economics from a Colombian University, a Master degree in Economics and International Business, and a Mater degree in Accounting Science, she is an International Fraud Examiner with her own office in Naples
Albalucia holds years’ experience in fraud investigation, litigation and law enforcement investigation, reconstructing financial transactions, assessing internal controls, applying accounting principles to factual issues, conducting witness interviews, and evaluating potentially incriminating evidence uncovered through document reviews.
Her experience includes a wide variety of industries such as administrative and financial services and business development, insurance companies, financial institutions, construction companies, retail operations, litigation matters, private country clubs and online marketing.
Her office offers services of auditing for fraud, business valuation, litigation support, international accounting, business crime and ethics, fraud risk management, accounting and book keeping.
Alfonso Olivos – Director
Naples native Alfonso Olivos has joined the Board of Directors of the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals-CHBP after several years of close collaboration and membership of the Council. Olivos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance and Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.
Recently, Olivos became Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of Huntington Wealth and Investment Management, a new step forward on a successful ten-year long career on investment management with emphasis on personal trusts, endowments, foundations, charitable trusts, and institutional accounts.
Olivos is very family-oriented, being the son of Colombian born Dr. and Mrs. Alfonso Olivos, who has practiced in Naples for over 40 years as a Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physician. Alfonso and his wife Ira Olivos, a Licensed Massage Therapist, have together two kids, Sebastian and Christian.
Mercedes Fonte – Secretary
Mercedes joined the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals’ Board of Directors in March of 2019. She has a shared goal of promoting Hispanic businesses and professionals through partnership and uniting our community.
Her professional experience is primarily in wealth management, as well as hospitality and event management. Mercedes is a partner with The Gursoy Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. She assists clients with financial and portfolio planning in order to achieve customized financial, estate, family, charitable, and legacy goals.
Mercedes is of Cuban decent and was born in Miami, Florida. She has been a resident of Naples, Florida, since 2005. Mercedes is a proud graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She also holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ designation. Mercedes pursues her passion of empowering women and young professionals through her involvement with the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals.
Ruth Gonzalez – Board of Director
Ruth is a global finance transformation and strategic business partner with global experience delivering increased shareholder value to Fortune 500 businesses, through process improvement, financial planning and analysis, supply chain management, cash and working capital management and technology implementation. A results-oriented executive with extensive cross-industry experience in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer products and telecommunications industries. Ruth has been a trusted partner to c-suite and senior executives and an inspiring leader focused on developing high performing teams to drive change.
Ruth is currently dedicated to helping clients achieve business success by helping them establish practical and sound financial processes and solutions, particularly to small to medium sized business. Experienced in small business software such as QuickBooks, Quicken and NetSuit. Most recently, she was engaged at Avon Products, Inc. leading the restructuring of its Global Financial and Business Services to streamline redundancies through continuous process improvement practices, improving internal controls and accounting practices while completing seamless transition to multiple business process outsourcers. At Unilever, Ruth was responsible for multiple consolidations of operations and rollout of commercial technology platform that significantly improved customer service and senior management decision support. As a leader, Ruth was always focused on developing high performing teams by fostering a culture of accountability and driving change. She also has extensive Project Management experience throughout her career.
Ruth is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Puerto Rico Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Latino Professionals for America. She earned a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in business administration from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
Betsy Silva – Board of Director
Betsy is a global executive with expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion, cultural agility, organizational change, employee engagement, multi-cultural marketing, talent management and community engagement. The breadth of her twenty-five year career encompasses a variety of industry sectors, which include Global Fortune companies focused on hospitality, manufacturing, finance, health care, pharmaceutical, privately owned corporations, and government-sponsored enterprises. Betsy has experience serving as a direct member of a Senior Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to the CEO. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish her third start up, Silva Advisors, a boutique consultant practice. Betsy is also a frequent conference speaker and a published author on a variety of topics.
In addition to leading Silva Advisors, Betsy serves as the Americas Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Engagement for Boehringer Ingelheim. In this role, she leads strategies that serve to create a Culture of Inclusion. Betsy collaborates with cross-functional leaders to augment the alignment and integration between business priorities and Diversity and Inclusion. This includes Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Marketing, Learning, Business Resource Groups, and the implementation of Diversity and Inclusion strategies in South America, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. Betsy also serves as an advisor to several of the organizations Global Centers of Excellence including Talent Acquisition, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, and Diversity and Inclusion.
Her prior leadership experience includes Global Chief Diversity Officer for American Express, Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sara Lee Branded Apparel Group, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Sodexo. As Global Chief Diversity Officer, she collaborated with the C Suite to strategically establish the Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence aligned to business priorities, positioning these organizations to be recipients of several prestigious awards that include the Catalyst Award, Best Companies for African American, Latinas, and LGBT and for Working Mothers and country specific awards. As Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Sodexo, she led the implementation of the Diversity and Inclusion Consulting strategy, the evolution of the organizations Business Resource Groups, expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Learning Strategy to include virtual learning as well to offer the learning in culturally relevant Spanish language. She also led the implementation of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies in South, Central and Latin America.
As an active member of the community, Betsy is a board member of the Council of Hispanic Business Professionals in Naples, Florida. She is a former board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Urban League, Commissioner for the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Human Relations Commission, and the National Disability: IN. She is also co-founder and former Chair of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad (HLPT) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has served on a non-for-profit focused on the advancement of Latinas.
Betsy earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She is a 2005 National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) Fellow, completing the Executive Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Betsy holds a certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and is certified in Emotional Intelligence Assessment, Myers-Briggs, Intercultural Diversity Inventory (IDI), and the multi-rater 360-degree feedback instrument PROFILOR, Unconscious Bias, and several leadership courses.
Gabriel A. Véliz – Board of Director
Gabriel A. Véliz is an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and Michigan.
Mr. Veliz is bilingual and of Ecuadorian descent and takes pride in helping members of the Hispanic community navigate the legal system.
As of today, he has been able to help hundreds of members of the Hispanic community through the legal system.
Mr. Véliz joined the Council for Hispanic Business Professionals in 2019 and through his participation in the council, he hopes to promote and advance the unique needs of the Hispanic community in SWFL.