• South Florida Digital Alliance Named GMCC’s ‘Technology Organization Of The Year’

R-L: SFDA's Jackie Zelman and James Osteen, Jr. receive the award from Ricardo Panez and Ralph MacNamara, GMCC's Technology & Bioscience Committee

R-L: SFDA’s Jackie Zelman and James Osteen, Jr. receive the award from Ricardo Panez and Ralph MacNamara, GMCC’s Technology & Bioscience Committee

Arquímedes Trujillo | Publisher

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) recently recognized the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) as its “2013 Technology Organization of the Year” for its continued efforts in promoting digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband among all area residents.

The Technology Leaders of the Year Awards were established by GMCC to recognize individuals who guide the effective use of information technology to improve his/her company’s business performance and have had a positive impact in the community. Eligible nominees include CIOs, Chief Technology Officers, Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, IT

Jackie Zelman and James Osteen, Jr.

Jackie Zelman and James Osteen, Jr.

Directors and Managers from a cross section of user and vendor companies and their IT divisions, including but not limited to professionals in network management, database management, contract management or procurement.

The South Florida Digital Alliance, formerly known as the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, a  tax-exempt, charitable organization under section 501(c)(3), was established in 2009 to bring diverse South Florida governmental, health care, education, and non-profit organizations together with the private sector in order to implement programs to increase economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide,” especially in the underserved areas of the community.

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SFDA members represent a cross-section of the area ‘s institutions, municipalities and businesses working together to bring robust, next generation broadband network and services to homes, community organizations and small businesses in South Florida. The Coalition’s mission is to create technology infrastructure and services that will advance education, economic development and individual empowerment to raise the community’s technology quotient (TQ). The SFDA initiative is designed to connect anchor institutions with members of our community to create efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare, education, government and goods that will positively impact the area’s economy, improve public safety, attract and retain businesses that create jobs.

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Jackie Zelman addresses the gathering at the GMCC's Technology Awards ceremony

Jackie Zelman addresses the gathering at the GMCC’s Technology Awards ceremony

On hand to accept the award from GMCC were the organization’s Immediate Past Chairperson, Jackie Zelman, and Executive Director, James Osteen, Jr.

Days earlier, the South Florida Digital Alliance announced its 2013 board:

  • Chairman | Hugo Alvarez, Nova Southeastern University
  • Vice Chairman | Hernán Londoño, Barry University
  • Secretary & Governance Group Chair | Linda Quick , South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association
  • Treasurer & Finance Group Chair | Brian George, Calas Group
    • Board Members
      • Immediate Past Chairperson | Jackie Zelman, University of Miami
      • Past Chairman | Peter Korinis, bioSeer
      • Technology Group Chair | Derrick Arias, City of Sunny Isles Beach
      • Resource Development Chair | José Cabrera, EmpowerIT
      • Marketing Group Chair | Arquimedes Trujillo, Conceptual Advertising
      • Bill Dickhaus, Miami Dade College
      • Gerardo Garza, FPL
      • Gladys González, City of Miami Beach
      • Luis González, Inktel
      • Ely Greenspan, City of Miami
      • Wayne Hollo, Florida East Coast Realty
      • Pat Johnson, Waste Management
      • Debbie Karcher, Miami Dade County Schools
      • Ramón Millán, Carnival
      • Andrew Phillips, Kaufman, Rossin & Co.
      • Don Slesnick III, DecoNetworks
      • Greg Taffet, US Gas & Electric
      • Brooks Weisblatt, Miami Science Museum

For more information on the South Florida Digital Alliance, visit http://www.sfdigitalalliance.org 

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