New Chairman and Board of Directors of Coral Gables Community Foundation sworn in at Installation Reception

January 21, 2016

by Gables Foundation


(Coral Gables, FL | January 21, 2016)  The Coral Gables Community Foundation Board of Directors and City of Coral Gables’ dignitaries gathered at Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill on Wednesday, January 20th to celebrate a new year in the Foundation’s history. John O’Rourke III, President of Montica Jewelry, was sworn in as the 16th Chairman of the Foundation at the 2016 Board Installation & Reception.

O’Rourke has established one of the premier jewelry stores in South Florida with Montica Jewelry and is considered a diamond expert and a leader in the industry. Additionally, he is currently a Board Member as well as past Chairman of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, has served in the capacity of Vice President for the Coral Gables Business Improvement District and has served as Chair of the Foundation’s Community Giving Committee. He is elated to begin his two-year term as Chairman.

“The Coral Gables Community Foundation has seen tremendous growth in the past several years. I am excited to build on this momentum to further increase the footprint of the Foundation in the City Beautiful,” said O’Rourke.

During the ceremony, O’Rourke announced the nomination of the Foundation’s Chair-Elect, Jack Lowell, Executive Vice President of Colliers International. Lowell will begin his term as Chairman in 2018. Also announced were the officers beginning terms in 2016: Carlos F. Garcia, Partner at Goldstein Schechter Koch, as Immediate Past Chairman; David Olazabal, Vice President at Morgan Stanley, as Chair of the Community Giving Committee; and Scott A. Poulin, Regional Director of Calamos Wealth Management, as Treasurer.  Matthew Meehan, Owner of The Highboy and The Times Properties, will remain in his role as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

The 2016 Board of Directors and officers were sworn in by Coral Gables Mayor, Jim Cason. New Board members include Pedro Parra, President and CEO of Mercantil Commercebank Trust Company, and Brian Quintana, a senior tax accountant at Goldstein Schechter Koch and Chair of the Foundation’s young professionals group, the Ponce Society of Young Professionals. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to outgoing Board members Zeke Guilford, Andria Hanley and Marielena Villamil for their valuable contributions to the Foundation over the years.

The City of Coral Gables was represented with Mayor Cason, Commissioner Pat Keon, Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick and former Mayor Don Slesnick in attendance.

Mary Snow, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation, is looking forward to working with O’Rourke and the entire Board.

“I am thrilled to be working alongside such dedicated community leaders. I know that together we can continue to positively impact the lives of Coral Gables citizens,” said Snow.

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