BOARD MEMBERS

BERNIE NAVARRO

Bernie Navarro founded Benworth Capital Partners in 2008 as a privately held asset-based real estate finance firm with a business model designed to mitigate the risks that caused the mortgage crisis. He and his team have built one of the most successful alternative and traditional private lending entities in Florida, which now includes lines of business in the areas of real estate services. Prior to forming Benworth, he established HomeMortgage, which became the South Florida leader in new construction residential mortgages, and ultimately sold that company to the nation’s number-one home lender at the time.

Bernie has nearly twenty years of mortgage lending, real estate development and construction experience, including operations, management, sales and regulatory compliance. He has received numerous honors throughout his career, including earning the Mortgage Lender of the Year award and other top honors from organizations such as the Builders Association of Florida, the Latin Builders Association, and Platinum Florida’s BEST Awards. He earned a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

GUILLERMO FERNANDEZ

Guillermo Fernandez brings more than 20 years of construction experience to his present role as President. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Florida International University and, since its inception in 2001, he has been responsible for the daily management of all Link Construction Group business activities and management systems, as well as all business development. This amounts to $200 million in gross revenue since 2001. Aside from the day-to-day operations, Mr. Fernandez also brings great expertise in the areas of estimating and marketing, which he is heavily involved in to ensure the company’s growth.
In addition, Guillermo is actively involved in the South Florida community in many construction industry related organizations, including the Florida East Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction Association of South Florida (CASF), NAIOP, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and is the President of the Latin Builders Association Board (LBA).

MICHELLE PRADERE-NORIEGA

ALEXIS GONZALEZ

ERICK VALDERRAMA

ERIC MONTES DE OCA

Eric Montes de Oca is Vice President and partner at Grycon, LLC., a South Florida General Contractor and Construction Management firm. Eric has worked in the construction industry for the past 23-years and worked with the Grycon team for eighteen of those years.

Eric is a graduate of Florida International University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management. At Grycon, he is responsible for business development, field operations and acts as project executive on large scale projects. Eric resides on Miami Beach, and has two beautiful children, Gabriella and Lucas.

HECTOR E. AGUILILLA

BOARD MEMBERS

BERNIE NAVARRO

Bernie Navarro founded Benworth Capital Partners in 2008 as a privately held asset-based real estate finance firm with a business model designed to mitigate the risks that caused the mortgage crisis. He and his team have built one of the most successful alternative and traditional private lending entities in Florida, which now includes lines of business in the areas of real estate services. Prior to forming Benworth, he established HomeMortgage, which became the South Florida leader in new construction residential mortgages, and ultimately sold that company to the nation’s number-one home lender at the time.

Bernie has nearly twenty years of mortgage lending, real estate development and construction experience, including operations, management, sales and regulatory compliance. He has received numerous honors throughout his career, including earning the Mortgage Lender of the Year award and other top honors from organizations such as the Builders Association of Florida, the Latin Builders Association, and Platinum Florida’s BEST Awards. He earned a Master’s degree in Government from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

GUILLERMO FERNANDEZ

Guillermo Fernandez brings more than 20 years of construction experience to his present role as President. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Florida International University and, since its inception in 2001, he has been responsible for the daily management of all Link Construction Group business activities and management systems, as well as all business development. This amounts to $200 million in gross revenue since 2001. Aside from the day-to-day operations, Mr. Fernandez also brings great expertise in the areas of estimating and marketing, which he is heavily involved in to ensure the company’s growth.
In addition, Guillermo is actively involved in the South Florida community in many construction industry related organizations, including the Florida East Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction Association of South Florida (CASF), NAIOP, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and is the President of the Latin Builders Association Board (LBA).

MICHELLE PRADERE-NORIEGA

 

Michelle Pradere-Noriega is the COO of Pradere Office Products. She plays a vital role in the everyday Marketing and operations. Her responsibilities include strategic development, planning and client and manufacturer relationship management. Pradere Office is a 2nd generation, family owned and operated business, providing contract furniture solutions to all of Florida for over 43 years. Michelle has played an integral role and made a significant contribution towards Pradere’s growth. Her focus and drive towards exceptional customer service over the past 15 years has resulted in robust, long term relationships with her clients.

Michelle is also very committed to giving back to her hometown community and that commitment is reflected through her Board status at the Latin Builders Association, volunteer work with Miami Dade Public Schools and her annual corporate giving and support of various non-profit organizations throughout the year.

Michelle graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Finance. She is also a graduate of Leadership Miami.

 

Mr. Gonzalez began his legal career as a labor and employment litigator for the management defense firm of Muller, Mintz, et al., and Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. After serving two years in the labor and employment sector, Mr. Gonzalez moved to Ferrell Schultz, et al., seeking to diversify his expertise into the areas of Real Estate and Commercial Law. When Mr. Gonzalez became independent, the knowledge he developed while at the Ferrell Schultz firm facilitated his ability to obtain a title license with Attorneys Title Insurance Fund. As a title agent, Mr. Gonzalez closed hundreds of real estate transactions, many of which were multi-million dollar deals.


Over the last six years, Mr. Gonzalez has further honed his skills and expertise in the firm’s practice areas, representing banking institutions, private lenders, condominium associations, and private investors, among others. He graduated summa cum laude from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. He then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, graduating cum laude from the University of Miami. Thereafter, Mr. Gonzalez attended and graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law.

ALEXIS GONZALEZ

ERICK VALDERRAMA

Erick is President of CDC Group Inc., a construction management and development consulting firm.  His firm provides pre construction management and fee development services to clients throughout South Florida.  Erick has been involved in the South Florida construction industry for the last 25 years. He has successfully managed construction operations and risk management throughout the industry’s market sector spectrum in both construction and development related capacities.

 

Erick is a Civil Engineering graduate of Florida International University, a Certified General Contractor and LEED Green Associate. He is also actively involved in the local community. He currently sits on the Miami-Dade County Community Affordable Housing Strategies Alliance Board, as well as the FIU Presidents Council Executive Board. Erick is a member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and is the President Elect of the Latin Builders Association.

ERIC MONTES DE OCA

Eric Montes de Oca is Vice President and partner at Grycon, LLC., a South Florida General Contractor and Construction Management firm. Eric has worked in the construction industry for the past 23-years and worked with the Grycon team for eighteen of those years.

Eric is a graduate of Florida International University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Construction Management. At Grycon, he is responsible for business development, field operations and acts as project executive on large scale projects. Eric resides on Miami Beach, and has two beautiful children, Gabriella and Lucas.

Hector E. Aguililla, CPA provides auditing and accounting services, litigation support and business consulting services to mid-size to large privately held companies. With over 15 years in the industry, he consistently helps clients achieve their business goals.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from Florida International University (FIU). Mr.Aguililla has four children and lives in Miami, Florida.

 

Mr. Aguililla’s areas of focus are Construction, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Distribution, Healthcare, Professional Services, Retail, and Employee Benefit Plans.  He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).

 

Mr. Aguililla is a Past-President of the Miami-Downtown Chapter of the FICPA and a Past-President of the Cuban American CPA Association.  He is also a member of Florida International University’s President’s Council and a Lifetime Member of FIU’s Alumni Association. Berkowitz Pollack Brant is one of the largest public accounting firms in South Florida. The main areas of focus include domestic and international tax, audit and assurance services, business advisory services, estate and corporate planning, forensic accounting, litigation support and business valuations.  We have been recognized by both Accounting Today and Inside Public Accounting as one of the top 100 firms in the U.S. and Inside Public Accounting named us one of the “Best of the Best” CPA firms in America 14 times.

HECTOR  E. AGUILILLA

11093 NW 138th Street- Suite 207 Hialeah Gardens FL United States 33018

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