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MIAMI, FL – February 21, 2008 -- The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the finalists for its second annual Technology Leaders of the Year Awards.


The finalists are (by category):


·                         Best Use of Technology: David Crouch, Public Interest Computer & Technology Cooperative; and Jackie Fernandez, South Florida Technology Alliance

·                         CIO/CTO: Steven Berwick, Kaufman, Rossin & Co.; and Andres Aquirre, Netopex

·                         Technology Administrator in Education: Ivis I. Guerra, Baptist Health International Center of Miami Telemedicine Program; and Linda Lecht, The Education Fund

·                         Technology Infrastructure & Resource Management: Hugo G. Perez, DataCorp; and Mark Westman, MARSYS

·                         Technology Innovator: Demian Bellumio, Hoodiny Entertainment Group; and George LaBelle, Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Inc.


The Technology Leaders of the Year Awards are presented to individuals who have shown extraordinary technological hands-on experience and whose management of technology resources and/or technological innovations has made an outstanding contribution to their organization and community. Award recipients will be announced during a luncheon on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel (formerly Radisson Hotel Miami).


The luncheon also features a keynote presentation by Rui da Costa, HP’s managing director for the Latin America and Caribbean Region and vice president for Technology Solutions Group Latin America.


The 2008 Technology Leaders of the Year Awards are made possible through a generous contribution of: presenting sponsor - Telefonica USA, Inc. and silver sponsor - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. For information, contact Nitza Escalera at 305-577-5441 or at


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The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and professions organized to create economic progress in Miami-Dade County. To carry out its mission, the Chamber serves as the voice of business enterprise and involves the private sector in community leadership. Since its inception in 1907 as the Miami Board of Trade, the organization – known today as the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce – has been widely recognized and respected for its record of economic development and community improvement throughout the years. With its rich legacy of leadership, the Chamber is positioned to build on its record as it continues to help build a greater Miami.