Moderator: Melissa Krinzman, founder and managing director, Venture Architects
• Marjorie Weber, chairman, SCORE of Miami-Dade
• Cornell Crews, Jr., program director, Partners for Self Employment
• Darius G. Nevin, co-founder, G3 Capital Partners, a mid-market and early-stage investment company
• Boris Hirmas Said, chairman of the board, Tres Mares S.A. (Santiago, Chile) and entrepreneur in
residence at the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center
1 p.m. Lunch session - Polish your Pitch, Brighten Your Personal Brand
An interactive session featuring audience volunteers who will be invited to make short pitches about their businesses and themselves. Audience volunteers should come prepared with a two-minute presentation.
Coaches: Melissa Krinzman of Venture Architects, Michelle Villalobos of Mivista Consulting and David Suarez of Interactive Training Solutions advise audience volunteers on how to best pitch themselves and their products.
Box lunch provided by Bill Hansen Catering
All speakers confirmed unless otherwise noted. Agenda is subject to change without notice .
Keynote speaker: Alberto Perlman
Alberto Perlman is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Zumba Fitness, the largest branded dance-fitness company in the world. The brand began as a single class in a Miami gym, and has grown to having more than 14 million weekly participants in 140,000 locations across 150 countries.
Under Perlman’s leadership, the company experienced growth of almost 800 percent from 2009 to 2012. He has forged partnerships between Zumba Fitness and brands including Kellogg’s, The American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the NBA and Club Med.
Last month, Perlman was included in Inc. magazine’s "Top 5 CEOs to Watch." In December, Zumba was honored as Inc.’s Company of the Year.
Perlman also serves on the board of the Soccer for Peace Foundation, which builds soccer fields for after-school programs in Latin America. Perlman earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Babson College, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Susan Amat is the founder of Launch Pad Tech, a new technology accelerator in downtown Miami, and co-founder and executive director of The Launch Pad at Toppel, an entrepreneurial career center at the University of Miami. A serial entrepreneur, she started and ran a successful record label and developed a television show and the first CD-Rom magazine. She is a lecturer for UM’s School of Business Administration, chairs Startup Florida, part of the Startup America partnership, and chairs the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Schools.
Jennifer Behar created Jennifer’s Homemade, a purveyor of gourmet biscotti, breadsticks and flatbread, in 2005. The products are sold in gourmet markets, restaurants and hotels nationwide. She began her career as an advertising executive at Lintas: Worldwide in New York City, where she managed products including the Johnson & Johnson hair care line. She has served on the board of Feeding South Florida and the South Florida board of Share our Strength, and has been featured in Food & Wine and Gourmet magazines, The New York Times, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN and The Martha Stewart Show.