2015 Entrepreneur Summit to Feature Dozens of Successful Business Owners and Experts

Workshops/panel to be held October 8th at Nova Southeastern University, Complimentary Admission  

 Hollywood, FL Returning for a fourth year, the 2015 Entrepreneur Summit is a day-long learning and networking event, which showcases the diverse array of businesses that contribute to South Florida’s economy. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, October 8th at Nova Southeastern University, in the Carl DeSantis Building, from 12:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Hispanic Unity of Florida and presented by BB&T Bank, the 2015 Entrepreneur Summit will provide emerging entrepreneurs and established business owners with access to seasoned experts and educational resources to help them grow their business. Attendees include a mix of business-owners, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, economic development specialists, representatives from government agencies, small business experts, procurement officers, educational institutions, media and corporate partners and others interested in entrepreneurship. More than 250-400 people are expected to attend.

“The South Florida business landscape is constantly changing and as more South Floridians venture out on their own with dreams of starting a new business, the Entrepreneur Summit becomes even more relevant,” said Jason Aube, BB&T Market President. “BB&T decided to be this year’s presenting sponsor because the event will provide emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners – many of whom are our own clients – with an opportunity to learn best business practices, tips and hear first-hand from successful business owners.”

Valeria Piaggio, Vice President/Head of Polycultural Insights and Consulting
Valeria Piaggio, Vice President/Head of Polycultural Insights and Consulting

The 2015 Entrepreneur Summit’s Plenary Opening Session, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co./Chase Bank, will feature Valeria Piaggio, Vice President/Head of Polycultural Insights and Consulting for The Futures Company, as its main speaker.

The Keynote Panel will be moderated by the renowned Tom Hudson of WLRN. Both the Keynote Panel and the American Dreamer Awards are sponsored by JM Family Enterprises, Inc./Southeast Toyota Distributors.

American Dreamers are individuals who will be recognized for their steadfast success, business acumen and community service. The 2015 honorees include:

  • Susan Amat, Ph.D. – Founder of The Launch Pad and Founder of Venture Hive
  • Victor Mendelson – Co-President of HEICO Aerospace Corporation
  • Manny Ruiz – Chairman/Founder of Hispanicize Wire & Chairman/Founder of Hispanicize
  • Gus Vidaurreta – Co-founder of Top Secret Nutrition & Author
  • Ricardo Villadiego – Founder and CEO of Easy Solutions

To view the 2015 Entrepreneur Summit speaker, moderator and honoree biographies, visit:

“We have a great lineup of speakers and we are excited to inform, connect and inspire our attendees,” said Josie Bacallao, Hispanic Unity of Florida President and CEO. “We are confident they will receive the information and tools they need for success and to tackle the everyday business environment.”



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