22nd Annual Twelve Good Men Luncheon
Ronald McDonald House Pays Tribute
Meet The 12 Good Men who will be honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities on Thursday, March 12, at 11:30 a.m. The annual luncheon, chaired by Linda Goldberg Levy and Sonia Gibson, is RMHC’s premier fundraising event of the year, and proceeds go to benefit the children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald Houses of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The luncheon is being held at Jungle Island, and tickets are $150 per person.
Native Miamian, Aleksander is a true pioneer. He has served the South Florida community locally but also on a global level. He has extensively traveled educating on sovereignty of the self and living a life based on virtues and values, adding great tools to empower humanity.
Aleksander is affiliated with multiple organizations and charities serving in various capacities. He is very fond of education, music, arts, architecture and design historical preservation of buildings and monuments, as well as the ecological preservation of nature. He is active in the United Nations UNESCO Academy for a better world; Peace Alliance National Historic Preservations; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens; Orchestra Miami; Adopt -A-Bear; Coral Gables Fire Department Benevolent Association; Sabrina Cohen Foundation; Make A Wish; Chopin Foundation; Brahma Kumaris Images and Voices of Hope; Four Arts Society; and March of Dimes.
His mission is to make this world a better place by creating a worthwhile world and a life worth living. “I think life is about harmonizing relations,” Aleksander says. “Respect , cooperation and service – together we will make this a greater world .”
Marty Davis has been involved with his community and non-profit organizations since College at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, whose motto is “Dare to be Significant!” His belief that education is a pathway to real change in the world, Marty worked with Stetson after graduation and became a Member of its Board of Trustees and its National Alumni President.
Marty’s legal practice opened doors to many opportunities to continue giving back to his community. He was one of the founding members of Toes, a young professional support group of the Miami City Ballet and was a past Board member of its Community Board. Excited about America’s Orchestral Academy, he served as the Former Chairman of Business Partners and a member of the International Society of the New World Symphony.
He helped create and became President of the Rosalind R. Ludwig Children’s Foundation which supported women and at risk youth causes. That organization helped support Hands2Help, Inc., a non-profit that provides an after-school girls mentoring program for Liberty City and Overtown youth. Continuing to pursue the goal of college access to all who sought it, Marty was asked to become the Miami Board Chair of uAspire, Inc., a college affordability education group.
Marty was the first male Member of the Board of the Women’s Fund of Miami Dade County, chaired its Power of the Purse Luncheon and now serves as the Chair of the Development Committee. Continuing to foster a goal of better understanding of the importance of education, diversity and equality, Marty is working on collaboration among social entrepreneurs and non-profits, daring all to be significant.
Robert J. Gordon, CFP, CRPS, CPPT, AIFA
Robert J. Gordon is a Senior Financial Advisor at Investor Solutions, Inc. for the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. His specialties are in 401(k) and Defined Benefit Plan establishment, as well as investment, life insurance, retirement, estate and charitable planning. He has been with Investor Solutions since 2007.
Gordon’s involvement in the community is varied and wide-reaching. He is President and Chairman of Robotics for All, Inc. , a 501(C)(3) that promotes and supports K-12 robotics and technology discovery and education; a Trustee of the Miami Springs Police and Firefighters’ Retirement System; a Trustee of The SEED School of Miami; Advisory Board Member for Teach for America – Miami-Dade; Board of Governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Miami Springs.
A graduate of the University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Gordon attended Dartmouth College and Aviation High School.
In 2006 Robert Gordon was named Mentor of the Year by Alonzo Mourning Charities.
As the founder of The Inda-Romero Law Firm in Miami, his practice focuses on immigration, family and criminal law.
Inda-Robero has always made community service a priority. He has a special connection with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Miami and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2008 for completing over 500 hours at the Ronald McDonald House of Miami. He continues to serve the Ronald McDonald House of Miami by providing annual dinners for the holiday season. Miguel is also currently the President of The Missing Children Global Network, a non-profit organization that helps find missing children and assists their families.
He attended Christopher Columbus High School, obtained his undergraduate degree at Florida International University and his Juris Doctorate from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law.
Terra Group, founded in 2001 by Pedro Martin and David Martin, has become known for its founders’ passion for South Florida and the quality of the projects that speak to their imagination and visions of a new South Florida. The award winning, Miami-based real estate development company carefully chooses projects that will have a positive impact on their surroundings and, by extension, on the people who live there. Terra Group, over the past 15 plus years has built over 4 million square feet of high end residential, commercial, land and mixed use projects, carefully assembling multi-disciplinary teams of accomplished leaders in their respective fields including architects, designers, engineers and builders.
Among its well-known projects are GLASS in Miami Beach, Grove at Grand Bay & Park Grove in Coconut Grove, Modern Doral, Terra Ranches, Atlantic 15 in Sunny Isles, 900 Biscayne Bay , Quantum on the Bay & Metropolis at Dadeland. Terra Group continues to lead the way in which people are able to live and work; creating new and innovative ways for the urban & suburban landscape to evolve.
David’s strong commitment to South Florida is underscored by Terra Group’s active role in charitable, civic, arts and cultural organizations. David and his wife, Christy, are active in the American Cancer Society and served as the 2015 American Cancer Society Gala Chairs and are Board Members of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. They support a wealth of local non-profits, including Perez Art Museum, Miami and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, among others. David and Terra Group have hosted many events at Park Grove, including a photo shoot for SocialMiami’s Gala Leadership for 2014-2015.
Alfredo begins his second season as Vice President of the Miami Marlins and the fifth full year as Executive Director of the Marlins Foundation. The Foundation supports the Charity Partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service and is committed to improving the lives of South Florida youth. The Foundation’s community partnerships and outreach efforts are a values-driven commitment to corporate social responsibility and civic engagement.
Prior to joining the Marlins, Alfredo served as Vice President and helped manage the Miami office of Dutko Worldwide, a public policy management firm with headquarters in Washington, D.C. His practice focused on assisting clients with their policy development, advocacy, communications strategy and business development objectives.
Prior to joining Dutko, Alfredo served as Executive Director of the Cuban American National Foundation. Alfredo also served as Director of Public Affairs for former Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas. During his twelve years of County service, Alfredo was an advisor to the Mayor on administrative matters, policy development, constituent services, media strategy and community relations. In this role, he helped lead community efforts to bring major events to South Florida such as the Latin GRAMMYS and MTV Video Music Awards.
Alfredo earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University. In addition to supporting human rights causes that benefit the Cuban people, he is active on the boards of the American Red Cross South Florida Region; Camillus House, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to poor and homeless men, women and children; and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami.
James Murphy is one of the founders of the 12 Good Men, an annual benefit for Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. He has been a true and loyal friend to the charity, as well as many, many others here in South Florida.
Murphy has also served two terms as President of The Vizcayans very proudly and continues to support the arts.
An active interior decorator for many years, Jim Murphy creates beautiful decor in buildings and homes around South Florida.
His cheery and upbeat attitude wins over friends from all over, resulting in even more friends! Murphy’s mission in life is to help and serve his community even more. James Murphy is a humble man and his many accomplishments and attributes are too numerous to count.
Jay Pelham, CFP
Jay Pelham joined Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust following a distinguished 20-year career in commercial and private banking. He began with SunBank in their management training program and quickly moved up the management ranks. During his tenure at SunTrust, he participated in extensive sales and leadership training. In 2003 Pelham moved to BankUnited where he successfully established a private banking division with five locations. He became part of the Gibraltar Private team in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of private banking.
In addition to his impact on banking, Pelham is committed to giving back to the community. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for HistoryMiami, is a Trustee of United Way of Miami-Dade and serves on the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Past roles have been Board positions with the Financial Planning Association of Miami-Dade, Zoological Society of Florida, American Heart Association of Miami, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Pelham earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Tennessee, Magna Cum Laude.
Fernando Perez-Hickman currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Sabadell United Bank. He is also the Deputy General Manager and serves on the Management Committee for Banco Sabadell S.A. As part of his professional career, he has worked for institutions such as McKinsey & Company, Banco Central Hispano (BCH), BCH USA, and Banco Santander.
Born in Valladolid, Spain in 1967, Perez-Hickman graduated from the University of Alicante in 1990 with a degree in Business, and later received his Master of Science in Management from the “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” (MIT) in 1994.
As a dedicated philanthropist for charitable organizations in South Florida, Mr. Perez-Hickman is committed to the wellbeing and happiness of children everywhere and is a great supporter of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Hospital. As part of his support to the only free-standing pediatric hospital in South Florida, Perez-Hickman serves as a member of its Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Perez-Hickman is also the Chairman of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Directors for the Spain- Florida Foundation.
Roy Ripak is the Market Vice President for the Walgreen Company. He currently is supervising 295 stores, 19 Take Care Clinics, 7 on-site pharmacies and a Home Infusion Center in Southeast Florida. Ripak has been with the Walgreen Company for 39 years. He joined Walgreens in 1974 as a stock boy in New York. The past 8 years Roy has had similar roles in the West Coast of Florida and Denver Colorado.
Born and raised in Long Island, New York, he attended Nassau Community College and Adelphi University in New York. In 2000 he received his MBA in Management from the University of Miami.
His charitable contributions range from serving as a Board Member for the American Diabetes Association, Ronald McDonald House, and a past Board Member for Florida International University Business School. He is actively involved with such charities as Diabetes Research Institute, Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association, among many others. Roy has partnered with Diabetes Research Institute to organize and sponsor a Diabetes Walk for the State of Florida in 14 locations throughout the state. The Walk has raised $4 million dollars over the last 3 years.
Roy Ripak currently resides in Davie with his daughter Samantha. They enjoy horseback riding and sporting events.
Eugenio (Gene) Sevilla-Sacasa is the Vice President of International Supply Chain Solutions at Ryder, a Fortune 500 transportation and supply chain management solutions company headquartered in Miami. In his position, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s SCS business in Mexico, Canada, and Asia. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sevilla-Sacasa was the Vice President and Managing Director of Ryder Mexico in 1983 and a staff financial analyst, holding increasingly more important positions through the years.
Sevilla-Sacasa and his wife, Frances, are active with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and have served as Chairs of Gala in the Garden, and Chairs of the American Red Cross Ball.
Holding a M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Technologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, he a Latin American Board Member of the Wharton School and is the Chairman of the Board of the Ryder Federal Credit Union.
Gene and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa reside in Coral Gables, Florida.
Jorge R. Villacampa
Jorge Villacampa is the Community Bank President for Wells Fargo for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties overseeing 49 branches. Through his 30+ years in the banking business, he has held several different positions within Wells Fargo and its predecessors, including Asset Based Lending, Commercial Banks and Branch Administration.
An active member of the South Florida community, Villacampa currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Goodwill Industries, The Executive Committee for Chapman Partnership and a member of Florida International University Dean’s Council, as well as a Director of the Florida International University Foundation. He has held numerous past leadership positions with local non-profits, including Goodwill Industries, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the City of Coral Gables’ Budget and Audit Advisory Board.
He is a graduate of Waynesburg University and The American Bankers Association Commercial Graduate Lending School at the University of Oklahoma. Villacampa and his family reside in Coral Gables.