Jose Fernandez, President
Mr. Fernandez is a founding partner of Florida Compass Group. He
is recognized as one of Florida's leading government regulatory experts.
Mr. Fernandez leads the Infrastructure, Public Private Partnerships, and
Energy Division where he has been a key advisor in securing $1 billion
worth of infrastructure projects in the past 5 years.
Prior to establishing Florida Compass Group, Mr. Fernandez had a
distinguished public service career. He was named City Clerk by Orlando
Mayor Buddy Dyer; the very first appointment of Mayor Dyer's
administration. Soon after, Mr. Fernandez was also given the additional
responsibility of Director of General Administration. He was later
selected to serve as the Mayor's Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the
Mayor for Public Policy and Business Development. In that role, Mr.
Fernandez provided senior level guidance to the Mayor on a variety of
public policy matters and served as the voice for commerce on the Mayor's
Mr. Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American and
Caribbean Affairs from Rollins College, a Masters
Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida,
and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government's Program for
Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.
Mr. Fernandez has served on the board of directors of a number of public
and private entities including Blue Beetle Energy, Orlando Regional
Chamber of Commerce, Rollins College Alumni Association, Fifth Third
Bank, and the UCF Foundation. In addition, he has served as an Adjunct
Professor at the University of Central Florida teaching Economic Development.
He was recognized in 1998 by the Orlando Business Journal as one of the
40 top Central Florida business executives under
40 years of age and in 1999 Orlando Magazine named him one of Central
Florida's 20 leaders for the 21st century. The Orlando Business Journal
has also listed Mr. Fernandez as one of the most influential persons in
Iris Coronado, Vice President
Ms. Coronado is a founding
partner of Florida Compass Group. She leads our Education Division where
she uses her in depth knowledge of educational strategies and school
management to assist our clients. Ms. Coronado also oversees the day to
day operations of the firm including the management of our team members
in the United States and the Caribbean. She holds a Master's Degree in
Education from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor's of Arts
degree in International Management from St. Mary's University in Texas.
Ms. Coronado has served on several of community boards including the
Osceola Center for the Arts as well as a number of advisory groups for
Orange County Public Schools.
Ronald Ambar, General
Manager- South America
Mr. Ambar has 35 years
of experience in developing complex business transactions between Florida
and Brazil. He is the founder of the Brazilian American Chamber of
Commerce and has served as its President and Chairman. Mr. Ambar has worked with the Florida Compass Group team
since 2008 assisting clients in the following industries: tourism,
energy, and medicine.
In addition to the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ambar
also serves on the Board of Directors for Confederacao
Naciona do Turismo
(Brazilian National Tourism Commission) as well as a Director on BRTV, a
television network targeting the growing Brazilian market in the United
States. Mr. Ambar is a graduate of the Universidade Gama Filho
where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
Raul Gaya, P.E., Advisor-
Mr. Gaya is an
established authority in infrastructure project management in the island
of Puerto Rico and abroad. His firm JR Technical and Development has been
a part of the engineering community since its founding as Raul Gaya Benejam Engineering in the 1930's.
The group's achievements include key public works such as bridges,
highways, the Mercedita Airport in Ponce,
Puerto Rico, and building facilities. In the 1980's, Mr. Gaya managed the
islands' $300M aqueduct and sewer system rehabilitation initiative. More
recently, he has performed feasibility studies and design for several
ongoing light rail transportation projects in San Juan.
Mr. Gaya earned his graduate degree in Chemical Engineering from
Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 1999, he was elected to
the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. In 2004, he was awarded
the French Senate Medal for his efforts to establish commercial ties
between France and Puerto Rico. Mr. Gaya has served on the board of
directors of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, the leading business group
on the island, where he was Chairman of the Board from 2010-2011.