November 2016 Update

Eric Montes de Oca holds the position of Vice President and is also an Equity Partner of Grycon LLC, a leading South Florida General Contractor and Construction Management firm. He has worked in the construction industry for the past 23 years, and 18 of those years have been with the Grycon team. Eric is a graduate of Florida International University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management. At Grycon, he is responsible for business development, field operations, and also serves as Project Executive on large scale projects. In addition to his roles at Grycon, Eric is President-elect of the Latin Builders Association which is the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States.

In the City of Miami Beach where he resides, Eric is a member of the Transportation, Parking and Bicycle-Pedestrian Facilities Committee. Due to the dedication and commitment Eric has displayed to the City, he has been recognized as an exceptional citizen by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners. In addition to his volunteer work with the City of Miami Beach, Eric also contributes much of his personal time to charitable causes throughout South Florida. As President-elect of the LBA, he works exceptionally close with their charity group – The LBA Children and Families Foundation. Eric was instrumental in the process of realizing the vision of establishing the LBA Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.

The South Florida landscape is lined with multiple high profile projects that Eric has been directly responsible for bringing to fruition. For Example, Lincoln Place and Bentley Bay in Miami Beach are striking buildings that are excellent representations of some of his earlier works. Most recently he has been serving as the Project Executive for one of the largest projects Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach has ever undertaken.

Congratulations Go Out To…
Executive PASS Superintendent in Pinellas County, Dr. Michael Grego has received the USF College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Grego was also presented the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award.
Former Commissioner’s Leadership Academy graduate, Todd Widergren, has been named Assistant Superintendent-Secondary Ed and Operations in Columbia County. Todd was formerly the Principal of Columbia High School.
Carver Middle School in Palm Beach County will be adding the International Baccalaureate program to its curriculum offerings for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The school is a part of the PASS program with Jeffry Rubin, the CEO of IT’SUGAR as its business partner to Kiwana Alexander-Prophete, Principal. The partnership allowed students to design and market the gummy bear pop which is currently on sale in the candy stores with profits going to the school.

PASS© and Executive PASS© Statewide Sponsors: Raymond James Financial and Publix Super Markets Charities The semi-annual Executive PASS networking session in Miami-Dade was held on November 2nd at Miami Jackson Senior High, hosted by Principal Carlos Rios. A packed house, including business partnerships with all seven campuses of Miami-Dade College, discussed best practices and how to expand the program. Information was also shared about the newly relaunched Lawyers’ Alliance. Special thanks to Board Members Karen Fryd, Joseph Mahoney, and Steve Wasserman for making time to attend the event. Exciting things are happening at Lakewood Elementary in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County Urban League's board of directors has given unanimous support to team up with the school through the Executive PASS Program. The principal, Johnnie Crawford III, met with Watson Haynes, President and CEO and staff employees, LaDonna Butler and Michael Boykin, to map out in-school support programs for the school's Pre-K to age five students and their families. They will also provide programs to teach leadership skills to students in upper grade levels. Services for families, including career counseling, job placement, and parenting training, will also be provided. In addition, the Urban League is excited about providing incentives for students, parents and teachers. New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade include: Ronald Reagan Senior High – Principal Juan Carlos Boue and Business Partner Dr. Roger Ramsammy, Miami Dade College, West Campus; Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary – Principal Maritza Correa and Business Partner Eduardo Martinez, Munilla Construction Mgt. (MCM); Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center – Principal Fabrice Laguerre and Business Partner Victor Brenes, Mass Mutual Financial Group; John A. Ferguson Senior High, Principal Rafael Villalobos, and Business Partner Dr. Stephen Joyner, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus; Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School – Principal Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg and Business Partner Eugenio Jaramillo, Construction Mgt. (MCM). High Point Elementary in Pinellas County had a great turn out for their Trunk or Treat evening on October 27. Their Executive PASS partner, Tech Data, got in on the fun and helped to distribute treats, pencils and school materials to the students as they paraded through the parking lot lined with decorated trunks. The students also went to areas to listen to spooky stories and were given free books to take home. It was a great opportunity for the school to focus on literacy and family engagement, as well as providing a safe environment for a fun Halloween experience.

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