We offer a support network for all MDC students and community members to make creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial ideas come true.

WE’RE AWESOME

We offer a support network for all MDC students and community members to make creative, innovative and entrepreneurial ideas come true.

The Idea Center supports entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to life through courses, special events and training programs. Come to our one-of-a-kind conferences and meet people just like you who are eager to learn through experience. The Idea Center serves all students of MDC, its alumni and the greater Miami community. Get inspired, think big, innovate and change the world.

THE STUDENTS

We serve all MDC students, alumni and the greater Miami community. Get inspired, think big, innovate and change the world.

THE TEAM

Damian Thorman, Active Executive Director.
Damian Thorman

Active Executive Director

dthorman@mdc.edu

Karyne Bury, Program Manager.
Karyne Bury

Program Manager

kbury1@mdc.edu

Gustavo Grande, Programs Manager
Gustavo Grande

Programs Manager

ggrande@mdc.edu

Miriam Kohel, Academic and Event Coordinator
Miriam Kohel

Academic and Event Coordinator

mkohelze@mdc.edu

Debora Gomez, Office Specialist.
Debora Gomez

Office Specialist

dgomez5@mdc.edu

Sara Escalante, Marketing Coordinator
Sara Escalante

Marketing Coordinator

saraescalante25@gmail.com

Rachel Lynn Jenkins, Job Development Specialist
Rachel Lynn Jenkins

Job Development Specialist

rjenkin3@mdc.edu

Jorge Mendez, Entrepreneurship Programs
Jorge Mendez

Entrepreneurship Programs

jmendez1@mdc.edu

BOARD OF ADVISORS

South Florida’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs offer support and strategic direction for The Idea Center. We are thankful for their guidance.

Ricky Arriola CEO, Inktel Holdings
Ricky Arriola
CEO
Inktel Holdings
Jorge Benítez Former President, Accenture
Jorge Benítez
Retired CEO
Accenture North America
Jeb Bush Jr. Managing Partner, Jeb Bush & Associates
Jeb Bush Jr.
Managing Partner
Bush Ventures
Nabyl Charania Managing Director, Rokk3r Labs
Nabyl Charania
Managing Director
Rokk3r Labs
Alberto Daire President, Liberty Power Company
Alberto Daire
President
Liberty Power
José Estabil Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, MIT Skoltech Initiative
José Estabil
Managing Director and Advisor
inTeahouse Inc
Charles P. Garcia CEO, ALPFA

Charles Garcia

CEO
ALPFA
Manny García-Tuñón President, Lemartec Engineering & Construction Corp.
Manny García-Tuñón
President
Lemartec Engineering & Construction Corp.
Eloise González President, Commercial Interior Contractors
Eloise González
President
Commercial Interior Contractors, Corp.
René Hagen
René Hagen
Interim Senior Executive
Quattuor Group
José A. Hernández-Solaun President, The Easton Group

José Hernández-Solaun

President
The Easton Group
Alice Horn Executive Director, NFTE South Florida
Alice Horn
Director of New Business Development
Resort Homes of Florida
Laura Maydón Managing Director, Endeavor Miami
Laura Maydón
Managing Director
Endeavor Miami
Manny Medina Chairman & CEO, Medina Capital

Manny Medina

Chairman & CEO
Medina Capital
Rudolph Moise President of Comprehensive Medical Center
Rudolph Moise
President
Comprehensive Health Center
Bernie Navarro President, Benworth Capital Partners LLC
Bernie Navarro
President
Benworth Capital Partners LLC
Camilo Padrón Sr. Marketing Strategist for TPG Group
Camilo Padrón
Chief Experience & Digital Strategist
The TPG Group
Rudy Pittaluga Principal, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Rudy Pittaluga
Principal
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
René Hagen

Beatriz M. Sanchez

Managing Director
Private Wealth Management Latin America, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Isaias Sudit CEO, Trove
Isaias Sudit
CEO
Trove
Mike Tomás President & CEO, Bioheart Inc.
Mike Tomás
President & CEO
U.S. Stem Cell, Inc.