President

Jeanette Alston-Watkins, MBA

Jeanette Alston-Watkins received her M.B.A. from NSU.  Jeanette has been in the Construction Industry for 26 years from Distribution to Manufacturing, she started out as a Sales rep for Export sales in Latin America, and she eventually went to work in Operations for the company.  She became the Customer Service manager, which included all aspects of Customer service related positions until she was promoted to Sales Manager. She then moved on to a Sales Support Specialist position which included Sales Force training for the company. She now has the pleasure of working for Soprema as their Customer Relations Specialist which includes events, tradeshows and networking throughout South Florida.

 

Jeanette also spends time as a Facilitator and Advocate for the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter and Ambassador for PatientsLikeMe.  She is also currently on the Future Leadership council for BOMA Ft. Lauderdale. Also, AIA Miami Titanium member,  CASF Women's Council, Ambassador for Chamber of Commerce - Pompano Beach, 

SOPREMA

2900 Center Port Circle

Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Phone: (786) 427-3948

JAlstonwatkins@soprema.us

Vice-President

Mariana Russell

Mariana has over 20 years of experience in the Utility Construction Industry. She has experience with Electrical Power Distribution Design for both overhead and underground facilities.  Mariana also has held the position of OSP Engineer (Outside Plant Engineer) and Site Acquisition Project Manager in the telecommunications industry.  She has designed, managed, and coordinated projects as well as supervised the construction, design review, permitting and easement phases of major Overhead and Underground projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL) and FiberNet Direct (formerly FPL FiberNet).  Mariana holds a degree from Florida International University, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology.  In addition, she has Florida International University, Labor Relations & Safety Certificates, and former Certified Maintenance of Traffic Technician.

 

Mariana is currently the owner of Utilities Pros whose team accelerates the design and permit process and expedites the relocation and installation of utilities on new construction projects for owners, developers, and general contractors. Utilities Pros maintains constant contact with the right people to meet our customer schedules and budgets.

 

Mariana is a native South Floridian and is an active endurance athlete, primarily a cyclist and certified “spin” instructor. Mariana has been involved in the community over the years and most recently with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge during the past 3 years. 

Utilities Pros

Phone: (954)579-7534

mariana.russell@utilities-pros.com

Secretary

Mili Orsini Peluso, MBA

Over the past 30 years, Mili has held strategic positions at the global level leading teams and projects in the Technology, Academia, and Insurance industries. Mili is an expert in the areas of operations, business strategy, project management, leadership, and training.

Mili has developed and directed tactical strategies to successfully deliver technology projects at local, national, and international levels. Her expertise in the development of business process improvements has positively impacted organizational efficiencies and their bottom line. Mili has a strong passion for cultivating customer relations and leading multi-cultural teams.

In addition to holding the Secretary position on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Mili is also an Associate Member of the Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale, a mentor with Women Across Technology, and a former member of Toastmasters International and the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Club. She is also an alumni of the Women Leading Broward Leadership Program (Class VI).

Centuric

4111 SW 47th Ave Suite 319

Davie, FL 33314

954-691-1650

www.centuric.com

Director

Lorin Schiff Montgomery, CPCU

Lorin Schiff Montgomery is the Vice President of Corporate Insurance Advisors, a commercial insurance agency located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has earned her CPCU designation, the highest and most prestigious designation available in the insurance industry. 

Lorin has worked with business owners for more than 30 years to protect their assets and their income by assisting them in cost effectively managing their risk through different insurance vehicles.  She provides a full range of insurance services individually customized to the specific needs of mid to large size businesses.  Lorin has managed the insurance programs for many large South Florida businesses including: Bergeron, Carl’s Furniture, Eldorado Furniture, Farmer and Irwin Corporation, and US Foundry.

Professionalism and knowledge have helped Lorin establish close ties with the insurance carriers and underwriting teams with whom she works on a daily basis. “Commercial insurance is negotiable”, as Lorin will tell you, “provided you have an expert in your corner who can manage the process”. Having the ability to ensure that specialized and general businesses alike,get exactly the coverage they need, at a fair market price, is the hallmark of Lorin’s practice whether it is in the US or overseas.

Lorin is an expert networker and currently serves on the Board of Directors of NAWIC Chapter 78 and The Construction Underground.

Corporate Insurance Advisors, LLC 
1401 East Broward Blvd Suite 103
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 
Phone: 954-315-5000 ext. 123

Fax: 954-315-5050

lmontgomery@ciafl.net

Director

Regina Durand

Regina Durand is the Vice President of Builders Notice Corp with over 30 years of construction lien and Notice to Owner experience, a valuable tool for protecting their collections in the construction industry.  I am member of several construction related associations, including the BCBA, ABC, AGC and I serve on the Board of Directors for the NAWIC. I am also bilingual which is a valuable tool in the Notice to Owner Industry.

Builders Notice Corp.

708 South Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone (954) 764-1322 Ext 301

Reginad@buildersnotice.com

Director of Social Media

Jennifer Gallegos-Perez

Jennifer Gallegos-Perez has been in the Construction Industry for 15 years. In 2005 she started her career with Sunbelt Rentals as the first female mechanic in South Florida. Since then her career and position have evolved including several service related positions such as Service manager. Her promotion lead her to other positions such as International Rental Specialist and  Director of Communications during Hurricane seasons to help mobilize equipment as needed to assist FPL during blackouts and clean up. Jennifer is now the Southeast District Sales Manager for JEKKO USA; the leading mini crane in the market. She is devoted to product knowledge and growing the population of empowered women in construction. In 2018 Jennifer received her MBA from Broward College. Shortly after she opened her Life Coaching and Motivational speaking practice. 

Jennifer is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she is involved with several philanthropic missions. She is also a speaker for Women of Tomorrow organization using her life journey to speak to at risk high school girls about the many possibilities in the construction industry.

Fascan International

Southeast District Sales Manager Jekko USA

Baltimore, MD

www.jekkousa.com

Cell (954) 551-8284

jenniferg@fascan.com

lionlegacycoaching@gmail.com

Treasurer

Valerie Edwards

Director

Nanci Landy

Nanci Landy is the owner of MST Dumpsters, a certified woman owned business.  MST Dumpsters provides dumpster rentals for small, medium and large construction projects.  MST distinguishes itself from the competition with its excellent customer service and competitive pricing.  Nanci is a serial entrepreneur and a Florida-licensed attorney.

MST Dumpsters

3310 SE 6th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

Phone: (954) 368-3841

www.mstdumpsters.com

Director

Lisa Stokes

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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786-427-3948

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