Chairperson of the MPA Board of Directors – Jami Reyes
Jami Reyes is an accomplished and integrity-driven professional with more than 20 years corporate business experience and strong South Florida connections. She currently serves as strategic partnerships director for one of South Florida’s leading general contractors. Prior to her current role, she worked as development manager for an international developer. Her career in South Florida began in public affairs and corporate communications specializing in real estate and development. Jami’s expertise lies in her ability to effectively interact with clients and business partners and assist in identifying and resolving complex issues to reach mutual goals.
Jami is a staunch believer in giving back to her community and has served on the boards of the Latin American Business Association, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Builders Association, the Builders Association of South Florida, and the City of Miami Bond Oversight. Throughout her career, Jami has provided pro-bono public relations/community outreach services to various local organizations, such as Kristi House, Voices for Children, the Lotus House, and the South Florida chapter of March of Dimes. Currently, Jami spends her volunteer hours as vice-chair of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and as chair of the Leadership Institute Alumni Committee for Urban Land Institute (ULI) South Florida/Caribbean.
Jami is Honduran-born, Washington DC-raised, and Miami-adopted.
Elected in 2003.
Mr. Jelke is President and CEO of t.jelke solutions, a consulting firm offering assessment, curriculum development, research, strategic planning and leadership training services for universities, non-profits, and fraternal organizations. Dr. Jelke was born and raised in the city of Miami and he has taught at Florida State University, Indiana University, and Florida International University. Dr. Jelke has also served in various staff positions on Semester at Sea, including Executive Dean. He is the Grand Chapter President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation, sits on the National Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Board of Directors for the Association for Fraternal Leadership and Values, and is the current Chairman for the Thomas B. Jelke Foundation. He also serves on an advisory board for the Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Elected in 2005.
Marlon A. Hill
Marlon A. Hill is of counsel with the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. and serves as outside general corporate counsel to corporations, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations, especially in the industries of media, tourism, arts & entertainment and technology. Mr. Hill is a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association, an inaugural member of The Miami Foundation Miami Fellows Initiative, past Vice Chair of The Miami Foundation, and a past board member of the Orange Bowl Committee and Miami Book Fair International. He is the host of a weekly radio commentary, “The Peoples Politics”, on WNMA 1210AM, every Saturday at 4pm and a recurring Roundtable guest contributor on WPLG Local 10, “This Week in South Florida” and Oped contributor to The Miami Herald and Sun Sentinel South Florida 100. Elected in 2003.
Mr. Larry Spring, Jr. is a Miami native and has been an active member of the Miami-Dade County community for over 40 years. Reared in the Coconut Grove and Richmond Heights neighborhoods, Spring has always embodied a strong sense of community. As the newly appointed City Manager for the City of North Miami, Spring brings a wealth of knowledge. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Spring was Corporate Director of Budget and Productivity for Jackson Health Systems for three years and prior to that was an Assistant City Manager with the City of Miami for nine years, serving in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer and Director of Budget and Strategy. In that role he focused his attention on identifying opportunities to better leverage value out of City owned assets and ensuring that the City was positioned to remain fiscally sound. During his tenure he established the first multi-year strategic plan utilizing the Balanced Scorecard methodology, led the issuance of over $500 million in municipal bonds, negotiated the City’s obligations under the new Florida Marlins Stadium agreement, and managed the process to expand the Omni and Overtown Community Redevelopment Agencies boundaries, setting for the framework for funding several transformational projects like the Miami Port Tunnel and Museum Park in downtown Miami.
Before transitioning to government, Mr. Spring had a successful career in the commercial banking industry, serving in many capacities including internal audit, financial reporting, budget and accounting, treasury and investment portfolio management, credit and deposit product pricing.
Mr. Spring is actively involved in the community and has served on the board of the Miami Foundation, the Universal Truth Community Development Corporation, the City of Miami Bond Oversight Board, City of Miami Housing and Commercial Loan Committee.
Mr. Spring received his Bachelor of Science in Management with a major in Accounting from the Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business and is a licensed CPA.
James Cassel, chairman and co-founder of Cassel Salpeter & Co., is an investment banker who uses his unique experience as a dealmaker and attorney to guide clients and help them achieve their goals.
Focused on representing middle-market companies, Jim has successfully negotiated, structured, and executed a broad spectrum of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, corporate and transactional financings, and public offerings for clients nationwide and worldwide. Having developed a keen understanding of the issues faced and alternatives available for distressed companies, he has particular experience in developing financial restructuring plans, negotiating with creditors, and guiding debtors through bankruptcy proceedings.
Nationally recognized for his investment banking expertise, Jim frequently lectures on timely issues related to middle-market investment banking.
Before founding Cassel Salpeter & Co., Jim was co-founder and chairman of Capitalink, an investment banking firm that was acquired by Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a New York Stock Exchange member firm where Jim continued and served as vice chairman, senior managing director, and head of investment banking. He also was chairman of a significant company that owned hospitals.
Jim is a former board member and president of the South Florida Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. He is also a former advisory board member of the University of Miami’s “The Launch Pad” business incubator program for entrepreneurs. He has served on the executive committee of Broad and Cassel, one of Florida’s largest law firms, and also served on the board of Equity One (NYSE:EQY). He has been a member of the American Association of Arbitrators, National Investment Banking Association and the NASD Board of Arbitrators. He also writes a column for The Miami Herald about emerging trends and strategies and tactics for middle-market business owners.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree in 1976 from American University, in Washington, D.C., and a law degree in 1979 from the University of Miami School of Law, in Miami. He is a member of the New York and Florida Bar Associations.