Broward International Trade Leaders, Wasserman-Rubin and Buqueras, to be Honored

Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, a strong proponent of international trade to South Florida, and Port Everglades Business Development Director Carlos Buqueras will be honored as exemplary Hispanic business achievers during the 3rd Annual Diamantes of South Florida Gala on September 14, 2007.  Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In addition, Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin will also be presented with the George Jimenez Award for Public Service.

"This is a terrific achievement and honor for both Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin and Carlos Buqueras, whose marketing expertise has been instrumental in Port Everglades' success as a national leader in containerized cargo and the cruise industry," says Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen.

In his role at Port Everglades, Buqueras is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to attract containerized cargo, cruise line, bulk and break bulk cargo, and Foreign-Trade Zone business.  A 17-year veteran of Port Everglades, Buqueras' responsibilities also include developing international markets and designing specific intermodal programs for shippers and worldwide logistics programs to benefit both the seaport and its customers. In addition, Buqueras oversees the Port Department's Corporate & Community Relations section, which is responsible for the seaport's public relations and publicity activities.  

The Business Development Division is accountable for generating more than $62 million in revenue for Port Everglades during Fiscal Year 2006 (October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006), which accounts for 58 percent of the Department's total revenue of $107.6 million.

Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin was the first Hispanic-American to serve as Broward County Mayor in 2002.  She was also the first Hispanic-American elected to the Broward County board of County Commissioners in 2000.  In 1988, she was the first Hispanic female elected countywide to the Broward County School Board. She was also the first Hispanic-American to serve on the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners and the first female to serve as Chair of the Board. In addition, she is the first Hispanic-American to be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame.

The Diamantes of South Florida Gala will take place on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66, 2301 SE 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information, call 954-739-5006 or e-mail vshahady@cff.org.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic respiratory and digestive disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Currently, there is no cure, but through aggressive research efforts, the median age of survival has risen to 36.8 years.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has consistently been recognized for its efficiency and for its innovative approach to curing a genetic disease.

As one of South Florida's leading economic engines, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations.  Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports worldwide.  It is among the fastest growing container ports in the United States, according to the PIERS import/export database.  And, Port Everglades is South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel.  The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $107.6 million annually.  It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The Port provides more than 15,000 direct jobs and generates $2.8 billion in business activity and $865 million in personal income annually in Broward County.  

More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port, e-mailing PortEverglades@broward.org, or by calling 954-523-3404.