Talent drives business and the Excellence in Human Resource program celebrates the region’s outstanding HR professionals who build and nurture the talent within their organizations. We are excited to recognize these individuals who mold and develop the personnel who help raise their companies to the top of their industries. We honor HR professionals in the following industries:

Accounting | Banking & Finance Services | Education | Health Care | Hospitality | Insurance | Legal | Marketing & Public Relations 


Real Estate & Construction | Technology | Transportation & Logistics | Lifetime Achievement Award


The deadline for nominations is November 8th, 2019.

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Partnering with SFBW on our signature events will position your organization in front of more than 117,000 of South Florida¹s top, C-Level executives through our publications and digital media. In addition, partners are given the opportunity to mingle with the area’s business elite at our exclusive networking events and cocktail receptions.



  • Our high profile award programs and events generate new business opportunities through brand awareness, sales leads, networking and entertaining. These awards bring together the community in a positive way to recognize, reward and celebrate outstanding professionals and community advocates.
  • Sponsors will benefit from visibility in our multimedia marketing campaign including both print and digital promotion.
  • The promotional period will commence six months prior to the awards event. Sponsors will receive advertising and branding through the South Florida Business & Wealth publications, our website, social media, email blasts sent to over 50,000 local professionals, the awards special section and in the awards day program.


If you would like to sponsor South Florida Business & Wealth’s 2019 Excellence in HR Awards, please contact Associate Publisher Clayton Idle at (954) 666-5304 or email [email protected]

2018 Honorees


Debra McCullough, Chief HR Officer of KMC Accounting

Samantha Downie, MBAF

Joy Batteen, Director of HR of Kaufman Rossin



Janene John, Director of Human Resources of Memorial Health Care System

Diana Montenegro, Director of HR of Baptist Health

Brian Altschuler, VP of HR of Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Peter Nyamora, SVP & Chief HR Officer of Broward Health

Jennifer Foreman, Assistant VP of HR of Mount Sinai Medical Center


Banking and Financial Services

Chris Perry, Executive Vice President of Human Resources of BankUnited

Ellen Charleton, Vice President of HR of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.

Claire Berquist, Executive VP, Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer of Power Financial Credit Union

Brenda Victoria, VP of Global Talent of MasterCard


Transportation & Logistics

Laurie David Villa, SVP & Chief HR Officer of Spirit Airlines

Jeanette Delgado, VP of HR of ABB Optical Group


Susan J. Saturday, SVP & Chief HR Officer of BBX Capital & Bluegreen Vacations

Lynn White, SVP of HR of Norwegian Cruises

Anya Varga, Senior HR Director of Starboard Cruises

Ana Hernandez, VP of HR or Miami Marlins



Johanna Bohorquez, Associate Director of HR of Medtronic

Debbie Cortina, Senior Director of HR of Modernizing Medicine

Kathleen Pai, VP of HR of Ultimate Software



Diana Pacheco, Global HR Executive of Baxter International

Raquel Diaz, Director of HR of Altor Bioscience Corp

Patti McEwen, Senior VP Human Resources of Sheridan Healthcorp

Marina DeMaio, Chief Human Resources Officer of MDLIVE, Inc.

David Tipp, VP of HR of Vision Group Holdings

Janelle Garcia, Director of HR of Warren Henry Auto Group

Real Estate & Construction

Julie Palmer, Director of People & Culture at Suffolk Construction

Maria Molina, Regional Director of HR at Plaza Construction

Mark King, Exec. Recruiter at Marquis Association Management

Paula Allen, VP HR at First Service Residential

Kristofer Cooper, Chief HR Officer at Turnberry Associates



Lynn Cohen, VP of HR Operations of Pet Supermarket

Giselle Ramos Recruiting Manager of Quirch Foods


Hotel & Resort

Nadya Velazquez, HR Manager of The Las Olas Company, Riverside Hotel

Al Linares, Director of HR of Trump Doral Miami


Marketing & PR

Joanne Mena, SVP of HR of LATAM-IPG Mediabrands



Joseph Roglieri, Personnel Administration Director of the City of North Miami


Lifetime Achievement Award

Rita Craig, President of Top Tier Leadership

2019 Honorees
Judging Process

Judging Process

Candidates will be judged on both their professional and community achievements, as well as demonstrated success in a leadership role. We’re looking for nominees who have a compelling and inspirational story, so be sure to define their path to success, their unique talents and accomplishments, their contributions to the community, and their overall successes. Judging is based solely on the online nomination form and any supporting documents provided. Nominees will be reviewed and final honorees selected by the SFBW editorial staff.


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