Chris Payne

Christopher PayneChristopher Payne grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, but left home to attend college in New York. He then moved to Florida for his first employer. Today, Payne is co-founder and Director of Accounts for Fury Advertising.

Their creative team has worked with some of the world’s largest brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, JetBlue, AT&T, and Dunkin Donuts. He’s worked in marketing and advertising for 3 years. Pain loves developing creative campaigns for clients that lead to positive brand exposure and quantifiable results.

Outside of work he is passionate about helping his alumni association. He also supports causes related to childhood education via Take Stock in Children. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and learning Spanish.

He wants to be remembered as “one of the greatest of all time” – at least in his industry.

Alexander Soto

Alexander Soto picAlexander Soto grew up in Miami and is currently a Senior Relationship Banker at JGB Bank. He has eight years of experience in his field, having previously held the Business Banker position at Great Florida Bank.

Soto takes pride in offering his clients a true form of personalized banking by being available when they need him the most. His job is to understand his client’s business, anticipate their needs, and help them make the best financial decisions both personally and professionally.

Outside of work, he is passionate about his community, politics and his family. He enjoys being part of the Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables, which helps less fortunate children. He is also a Board Member of the Code Enforcement of the City of West Miami, Board Member of Partners for Self-Employment, County Board Member for Noise Abatement Advisory Board and Member of The Beacon Council International Advisory Committee.

Soto was a finalist for the Sembrando Semillas award at the PhilantroGuia 2012 and was honorably mentioned in the 25 Club Leaders of the Future for 2011 by Latino Leaders Magazine. Soto wants to be remembered as a great father and husband.

Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers copyRobert Rogers is an international business and immigration attorney. Over the past seven years, Rogers has worked at various law firms in the fields of corporate law, litigation and criminal prosecution. Rogers lived in Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, California, Mexico City, Spain and Virginia before eventually settling in Miami.

Outside of work, he loves helping business owners attain success that allows them to improve their lives. He has served extensively in his Church congregation and he loves training and speaking to business owners.

Rogers is also a devote sports fan who enjoys spending time with his wife. He hopes to be remembered as someone who cared.

Nadine Olmann

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Nadine Olmann is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). When she began her career in 1984 in New York, she worked as an accountant at the world’s largest professional services firm, Price Waterhouse. She moved to Haiti in 1986, where she used her professional training to work with female micro-business owners and give them basic tools that empowered them to become self-sufficient.

Olmann relocated to South Florida in 1993, where she furthered her career working for the Archdioceses of Miami as a staff accountant. She was later promoted and became a Controller, overseeing the Education Foundation.

Years later, Olmann pursed her Masters degree in Taxation at Florida International University. Shortly after, she went into business for herself and begun her own CPA firm in 2007. Since then, she’s expanded her practice from a single location to three, serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Today, she continues to support micro-lending efforts with emerging Entrepreneurs while serving on the Board of Partners for Self Employment. Olmann is the current Chapter Chair of the North-Dade South-Broward Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), which has a membership of over 700 CPAs. She is a proud mother of two with approximately 30 years of experience in her field.

Her passions surround financial literacy. Olmann takes pride in cultural awareness, traveling and food tasting. Over the years, she has inherited a collection of tea glasses from all the different countries and areas she’s visited. Olmann hopes to be remembered as a citizen of the world and as someone who lived a life with purpose, making a difference in the lives of others.

Ellen Kempler

Ellen KemplerEllen Kempler grew up in Miami, Florida. She is a teacher with more than 35 years of experience. Having taught high school English, philosophy, ethics and leadership. Along with a middle school gifted program. Kempler has even taught at a religious, Jewish high school and at a prison.

She began her career at age twenty-one teaching English. She was thrilled to make a living by talking about Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Harper Lee and J.D. Salinger. As much as she loves the stories and language, her heart is with the kids.

Kempler earned her masters from Harvard, obtaining a joint degree from the schools of Arts and Sciences and Education. She returned to Miami more committed than ever to continue teaching.

Through the Glazer/Lorton Writing Institute, the Dade Academy for the Teaching Arts (DATA), and her presidency of the Miami-Dade County Council of Teachers of English, she has been able to teach and learn from many other teachers.

She was named “Teacher of the Year” in several instances at various schools. In 2001, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In 2003, Kempler was inducted into the Florida Women of Achievement.

Outside of work, she is passionate about her family and friends. She and her husband, Ken Rosen, have seven children and five grandchildren. As well as four god-children. RESULTS, a grass roots lobby to end the worst aspects of poverty, is a big part of her life. The organization works to influence media and legislation in the areas of health, education, and economic development for the purpose of ending poverty.

Through RESULTS, she traveled to Bangladesh and met Muhammad Yunus, 2006 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Grameen Bank, which lends money to the poor women for business projects so that they can become self-sufficient. As a result, Kathleen Close and Kempler founded Partners for Self-Employment.

Kempler enjoys reading fiction, history, science and biographies, as well as, riding her bike, water aerobics, yoga, and pilates. She has also practiced meditation since 1972. She believes the greatest gift is life itself. Kempler intends to “cultivate radical amazement at the tiniest stimulation.”

Christopher Correa

Christopher Correa copyChristopher Correa is a banker at a Professional Bank, a local community bank. Correa grew up in Broward and has had six years of experience in his field. Having previously served as a Credit Analyst for Professional Bank as well as a Loan Portfolio Manager at Gibraltar Private Bank.

Correa takes pride in making a difference in the local community by providing credit to local businesses and professionals.

Outside of work, Correa is passionate about volunteering, mentoring, exercising and spending quality time with friends and family. His faith is unwavering. Correa even mentors high school students at his church, Christ Journey Church.

He also enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, running and photography. Correa wants to be remembered as an honest and respectful man of sound judgment and character.

Alexander Soto

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Position: Director
Alexander Soto grew up in Miami and is currently a Senior Relationship Banker at JGB Bank. He has eight years of experience in his field, having previously held the Business Banker position at Great Florida Bank.
Soto takes pride in offering his clients a true form of personalized banking by being available when they need him the most. His job is to understand his client’s business, anticipate their needs, and help them make the best financial decisions both personally and professionally.
Outside of work, he is passionate about his community, politics and his family. He enjoys being part of the Kiwanis Club of Coral Gables, which helps less fortunate children. He is also a Board Member of the Code Enforcement of the City of West Miami, Board Member of Partners for Self-Employment, County Board Member for Noise Abatement Advisory Board and Member of The Beacon Council International Advisory Committee.

Soto was a finalist for the Sembrando Semillas award at the PhilantroGuia 2012 and was honorably mentioned in the 25 Club Leaders of the Future for 2011 by Latino Leaders Magazine. Soto wants to be remembered as a great father and husband.