Puerto Rican Summit

"A Vision for the Future"

Summit on Puerto Rican Affairs VIII 2017 Agenda



May 11 & 12, 2017


Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World

10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens


8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m. Opening Remarks


8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Workshop I:  Café con Leche with your Legislators


Moderator: Julio Fuentes, President, CEO Florida State Hispanic Chamber



Invited Panel Members:

Hon. Victor Torres, Florida State Senator District 15

Hon. Bob Cortes, Florida House Rep. District 30

Hon. Robert Asencio, Florida House Rep. District 118 Miami

Hon. John Cortes, Florida House Rep. District 43

Hon. Carlos Guillermo Smith, Florida House Rep. District 49

Hon. David Santiago, Florida House Rep. District 27 Deltona

Hon. Amy Mercado, Florida House Rep. District 48

Hon. Rene Plasencia, Florida House Rep. District 50



9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Workshop 2: Increasing Entrepreneurship in our Community:

SBA Assists Small Businesses / Opening Doors to Federal Government Opportunities. Hear Success Stories.


9:30 – 9:50 a.m.  Opening Remarks: Jose E. Ramos, SBA Sr. Area Manager


9:50 – 10:50 a.m. Moderator: Gilbert Colon, SBA Deputy District Director


Success Stories:

Hernand González, President, Integrated Marketing Group, Inc.

Patricia Bonilla, President/CEO, Lunacom Construction Group

Gabriel Ruiz, President/CEO/ Advanced IT Concepts, Inc.

Jesse Gonzalez, President/CEO COMELCO



11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Workshop 3: Healthcare & Community Development


Moderator: Eduardo Arroyo, President Arroyo & Associates, San

Juan, Puerto Rico


Panel Members:

Brendan Ramirez –Executive Director, Pan American Behavioral Services of Florida

Stephanie Pineiro – Community Health Manager, Proyecto Somos Orlando, Hispanic Federation

Norma Asencio – East Florida Sales Manager, Wellcare Health Plans

Gaby Ortigoni – VP, PROSPERA (Formerly HBIF)


12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m. BUSINESS LUNCHEON

“Florida – Puerto Rico”: Two Markets that Work for You


Master of Ceremonies:  Olga Aymat – Telemundo News Anchor


Welcoming Remarks: Hon. Tony Ortiz, Commissioner, City of Orlando


Welcoming Remarks: Hon. Wanda Rentas, Vice Mayor, City of Kissimmee



Community Advocacy Award:  Carolyn Vega-Melendez, Independent Consultant

Community & Economic Development Award:  Jose Calderon, President, Hispanic Federation 

Community Choice Award:  Wellcare Health Plans Inc.

Special Community Presentation:  200 Health Kits for Proyecto Somos Orlando

by Oscar Gonzalez, Senior Corporate Account Manager & Co-Founder, Clean the World



Special Remarks: Hon. Darren Soto, U.S. Congressman, District 9


Keynote Speaker: Hon. Carmelo Rios-Santiago, Senator, Majority

Speaker Puerto Rico Senate and Vice President, National Hispanic

Caucus of State Legislators

Special Words: Julio Benitez Torres, Deputy Secretary, Puerto Rico Industrial Development,  (PRIDCO)


2:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop 4: Puerto Rico: Financial & Economic Development Initiatives

Florida/Puerto Rico:  Markets for Future Opportunities


Moderator: Arnaldo Soto, VP HUB International, San Juan Puerto Rico


Panel Members:

Carlos Mercader, Esq, Executive Director, PRFAA, Washington D.C.

Hon. Carmelo J. Rios-Santiago, Senator Majority Speaker Puerto Rico Senate

David A. Rodriguez-Ortiz, President, Cámara de Comercio de Puerto Rico, San Juan

Sonia Colon, Esq., Ferraiouli, LLC

Julio Benitez Torres, Deputy Secretary, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO)