Signature Event
Knight Foundation


Key South Florida Leaders Driving Entrepreneurial and Business Success

This half day forum will provide insights into key business leaders instrumental in shaping the business and entrepreneurial landscape in South Florida.  The discussions will include commentary from successful women executives from diverse sectors along with an entrepreneurial panel sharing their personal journeys of business building.  Also, key note thoughts from global executives and business networking will round out the program.

February 24, 2017

12:30PM – 6PM

Four Seasons Miami

1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL‎


Members: $125
Non-Members: $175

Tom Hudson

Vice President of News & Special Correspondent WLRN


Albert Santalo

Serial Entrepreneur & Venture Advisor

Albert Santalo is a computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies having raised in excess of $100 million of equity capital from venture and angel investors for companies he has founded. He currently advises various technology ventures and founded Thrillient, a company thats assists traditional and e-commerce businesses with utilizing state-of-the-art payment and front-office technologies. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of CareCloud, a company he founded in 2009 that is working to disrupt the status quo of healthcare IT with a modern, cloud-based platform. CareCloud is backed by Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Tenaya Capital, First Data Corporation, PNC Bank and Adams Street Partners.

Previously, Santalo was Chairman and CEO of Avisena, a venture-backed revenue cycle management company he founded for physicians that was sold in 2015.He is the lead inventor and has a U.S. patent for Avisena’s accounts receivable management methodology. He also worked at the Hackett Group / Answerthink working with Global 2000 companies.


The Characteristics of Success: Perspectives of Accomplished Women

Jane Wooldridge

Business & Visual Arts Editor, The Miami Herald

Alice Bravo

Director, Miami-Dade, Department of Transportation and Public Works

Carla Curiel

Co-Founder, Lanugo

Pamela L. Kohl

Executive Vice President, Chief Products and Marketing Officer, Banco do Brasil Americas

Rachel Loeffler

Global Head of Investment Banking & Private Equity Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Julie Neitzel

Partner, WE Family Offices


Entrepreneurs: Moments and Mentors

Matt Haggman

Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation

Murilo Amaral

Co-Founder, Cargo42

Leslie Baumann, M.D.

Founder & CEO, Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute

Jessica Do Tully

Founder & CEO, Palmpress Coffee

Juliana Fernández

Founder, AEI

Raul Segredo

Co-Founder and President, Avionica


Victor Mendelson

Co-President, HEICO Corporation

Victor H. Mendelson is the Co-President and a Director of New York Stock Exchange-traded HEICO Corporation. He founded HEICO’s Electronic Technologies Group in 1996 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since then.

Most identified as the world’s largest designer and maker of FAA-approved alternative commercial aircraft replacement parts, HEICO is a diversified aerospace, defense and electronics manufacturing and services company with production, engineering or distribution facilities in 20 states and 11 countries. HEICO has been named one of the “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” and as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Growth Companies” by Forbes.

Mendelson received his A.B. degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York and he received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He was a recipient of the American Dreamer Award from Hispanic Unity of Florida, the Twelve Good Men Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and the Impresario Award from the Florida Grand Opera Society.

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