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School’s Alumni Stand Out on Miami Herald’s 2011 “20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders” List

May 09, 2011
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 Alumna and honoree Michelle Villalobos (left) with  Interim Dean
 Sevilla-Sacasa and the two other School of Business alumni that
 were honored Susan Wills Amat and Josh Yelen.

The School of Business is well represented on The Miami Herald’s 2011 “20 Under 40 Emerging Leaders” list, which was announced May 9. This list of top South Florida emerging leaders, which was determined after an evaluation of more than 300 nominations submitted to the Herald, includes five alumni of the School of Business and three alumni from other UM schools.

The School of Business alumni include Susan Wills Amat (BLA ’01, MBA ’04, PhD ’08), a management lecturer at the School and executive director of The Launch Pad; Nelson Fonseca (MBA ’03), chief operating officer at Terremark; José Mas (BBA ’92, MBA ’94), CEO of MasTec; Michelle Villalobos (MBA ’04), founder of Mivista Consulting; and Josh Yelen (MBA ’06), vice chairman for administration in the Department of Pathology at UM’s Miller School of Medicine.

The winners were announced and profiled in the Herald’s Business Monday section. They will be honored with a reception this evening at the School of Business, which sponsored the 20 Under 40 project for the second year in a row. The Business Monday feature also included quotes about leadership from Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, the School’s interim dean who noted “I see a future leader when I see a person who exhibits passion about achieving a vision and moving a cause forward and is intent on doing it ethically and responsibly.”

In its search for the top South Florida emerging leaders, the Herald looked for those “working in any field — technology, law, nonprofit, medicine, education, entrepreneurship, tourism, real estate or any other field — whose innovative approaches, business acumen or community focus mark them as leaders.” The nominees had to have high ethical standards and be influential in their own spheres, be it in their companies, their industries or communities, according to the search criteria published by the Herald.

In addition to the School of Business alumni who made this year’s list, Tony Coley (BHS'97), city executive at BB&T, Stewart Davis (BS ’00 and MD ’00), CEO of DermaSensor, and Matthew McManus (AB ’95, JD ’98), founder of Veritas Wealth Management, were named among the top 20.

Read the full report in The Miami Herald.

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