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Willy A. Bermello

Chairman of the Board
Bermello, Ajamil and Partners, Inc.

Education and Professional Experience Master of Architecture and Master of Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (1975) Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Florida (1973). Magna cum Laude; AIA Student Silver Medalist. Registered Architect in the State of Florida since 1974. Member of American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Chairman and Founder of Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc. CEO of BAP Development, Inc. Over 35 years of experience in professional practice. Notable Honors and Awards "Architect of the Year" award from the Latin Builders Association (2004) "Excellence in Architecture" award from the AIA South Florida Chapter (2002) "Diamond Award" for Business and Project Excellence, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce (2001) Gold Medal in Architecture, Association of Cuban Architects (1983) "Civil Rights Volunteer Leadership" Award (1992) "Hillard T. Smith Silver Medal and Community Service Award" from the AIA South Florida Chapter (1992). Major Civic Accomplishments "Alumni Hall of Fame Award", Miami-Dade College (2003); "Humanitarian Award", American Jewish Community (2000); "Civil Rights Advocacy Award", Civil Rights Conference, Tampa, Florida (1997); First Hispanic and first Republican to chair the Florida Commission on Human Relations (1992) Founding President of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (1992); First Cuban-American to be elected President of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce (1988); Founder of Miracle Mile Fest, a Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce project (1987); Co-founder of the annual Calle Ocho Festival and served as its Chairman for 2 years (1977) Professional Affiliations Active member of the South Florida Community; Appointed by 3 governors and other elected officials to numerous state commissions, local advisory boards and leadership positions in civic organizations. Served over 9 years as Chairman of the City of Miami's Urban Development Review Board; past President of Latin Builders Association Member of the Orange Bowl Committee Past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana Past-President of Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Founder and Past-President of the Coral Gables Community Foundation; Board Member of Colonial Bank of South Florida (1998 Ð present); Board Member and Director of South Florida Gang Outreach (1999 Ð present)