“TOGETHER WE MUST” CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE Hosted “HEART OF GIVING” MARCH
11 AT MARGULIES ART WAREHOUSE TO BENEFIT LEGAL SERVICES OF GREATER
HIGHLIGHTED BY DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKERS, CHIEF
JUSTICE PEGGY A. QUINCE AND MICHAEL PUTNEY, WLPG-TV CHANNEL 10’S SENIOR
Legal Services of Greater Miami, the largest
provider of broad-based civil legal services for the poor in Miami-Dade
and Monroe Counties, celebrated the success of its “Together, We Must”
Campaign for Justice, Thursday, March 11, when the works of
internationally famed artists, sculptors, and photographers were
available for viewing at the Margulies Art Warehouse 591 N.W, 27th
Tagged “The Heart of Giving” to further supplement the
organization’s efforts to ensure that low income individuals and
families will have advocates to speak for them and protect their
rights, the evening provided guests an oppotunity to view such varied
works as the acclaimed Miro & Noguchi: Masters of Surrealist
Sculpture, 100 Years of Photography from 1909-2009, and George Segal:
Depression Bread Line. Further highlighting the event will be a silent
auction of works by internationally famed photographers Joyce Tenneson,
Maggie Steber, Barbara Bordnick, Jill Enfield, Rick Smolan, Charles
Altschul and Enrique Monasterio as well as works from many of the South
Florida community’s fine artists.
After 25 years with Chicago-based Northern Trust Bank,
longtime Miamian Edward J. Joyce was chosen to succeed the bank’s longtime
Miami-Dade Region President Sheldon T. Anderson. Mr. Anderson, meanwhile, will
stay in Miami and assume leadership of the bank’s Personal Financial Services
business in the Southeast US.
As he transitions into his new role, Mr. Joyce
said he’ll be drawing on a wealth of experience in different areas of Northern
Trust’s business to lead its day-to-day operations in Miami. “For the last four
or 4½ years, I’ve been much more exposed to the banking side of our business in
a management role than I had been in the past,” Mr. Joyce said. “And I think
that experience of the multi-discipline approach gave me a really good
background for doing this job.”
The bank continues to see opportunities to
attract high-net-worth clients despite a slowdown in population growth in
Florida, lagging economic factors and increased competition from new and
existing banks targeting the same clients. “There have always been a lot of
competitors in that market both nationally and here in Miami and the ones…
mentioned will continue to be strong competitors. We welcome the competition,”
he said. “We think that our strengths, our safety, our soundness, our
customization, our expertise in trust, investment and banking play very, very
well to what clients are looking for.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Joyce pointed to the
dramatic rebounding of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which recently topped
the 10,000 mark for the first time this year, as a leading indicator for the
recovery, though there’s still a ways to go. And while that recovery is
predicted to move along slowly, Mr. Joyce said the bank will begin to target
smaller businesses for lending as a way to bring in individual clients for its
personalized wealth-management services. “We’ve seen some opportunities in the
foundation and endowment area as well as with some local businesses,” he pointed
out. “We think Miami has a lot of small, as Florida does, a lot of small
businesses, and we see that as an opportunity for us.”
Mr. Joyce was interviewed
in Northern Trust’s Brickell Avenue office by Miami Today Staff Writer Zachary
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Gregg Fortner has over two decades of experience working at various public housing authorities. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director of Miami-Dade's Public Housing Agency in July of 2009, Mr. Fortner served as Deputy Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer for the Oakland Housing Authority and Executive Director for the San Francisco Housing Authority.
As Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency, Mr. Fortner will manage one of the largest housing authorities in the nation. He works closely with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Miami-DadeBoard of County Commissioners, and other County departments and affordable housing entities to provide high quality, affordable housing opportunities to low-and moderate income working families, individuals and elderly in our community.
He takes over an agency that last year, according to Orlando Cabrera, the federal Housing and Urban Development assistant secretary who oversaw the 2007 Federal regulator takeover of the agency ``... might be the public housing authority in the worst financial condition in the country, largely because of the way it was run.''
You can read the entire interview with Gregg Fortner in Miami Today
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Alex Fernandez, a loan modification specialist and counselor from the Neighborhood
Housing Services of South Florida was a guest on the Kaufman and Co.
program on WDNA 88.9 FM. Part of the Facing The Mortgage Crisis
Initiative, Fernandez discussed the services that NHSSF provide for homeowners, many of them for free, as a HUD approved agency. The services include loan modification help and homebuyer education.
In this segment, Alex explains how the process of loan modification might work, why it is important to get help in this process and where to find free and trusted resources to get through the process.
What is the Impact? Learn about the recent local, state and federal programs such as the 11th Circuit Homestead Access to Mediation Program (CHMP) and Making Homes Affordable established to assist homeowners in their efforts to resolve the escalating real estate problems as well as what options and programs are available and their future implications.
Speakers included: Judge Jennifer D. Bailey, Administrative Judge, Civil Division 11th Judicial Circuit Miami-Dade County Courthouse
Ned pope Director, Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program The Collins Center for Public Policy
Arden Shank Executive Director & President Neighborhood Housing Services
Ed Wilburn Managing Director Great Florida Bank
Moderator - Adrian Diaz-Sieckel Managing Director, Broker, LCam Sieckel LLC