37th Annual LBA Awards Celebration

06 Oct 37th Annual LBA Awards Celebration

The Latin Builders Association, the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, welcomed hundreds to the 37th Annual LBA Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Downtown in Miami.

The awards was hosted by Univision 23 News Anchor and Reporter, Sandra Peebles. The ceremony started with a prayer to those affected by natural disasters in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

President Alex Lastra took the stage and gave a special welcome to The Latin Builders Association Construction & Business Management Academy Charter High School students.

“Our school has been highly rated since its inception and was at one point Ranked #1 in Math Among all 728 schools.” said Lastra.

Afterwards, Lastra introduced LBA’s special speaker, U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio to the stage.

“Marco has been a supporter of the LBA for many years and even served on our LBA Board of Directors. Senator Rubio has been a great friend to the LBA, the LBA Academy and to our Industry and to all job creators from the moment he was elected to office.” Lastra said.

Rubio gave a speech on stage recognizing the organization for its outstanding work in the community. He also spoke about the relief efforts in Florida following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Rubio also mentioned the efforts made in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Late Cuban-American Developer, Jose Milton, was honored at the ceremony as well.

The list of winners is provided below:

LBA Academy Lifetime Chairman Emeritus Award

Bernie Navarro, Benworth Capital 

LBA Political Leadership Award

Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, City of Doral 

LBA Leadership Award

Mr. Juan Carlos Vila, Visualscape

LBA Appreciation Award

Mr. Guillermo Alvarez: Coastal Wine and Spirits

LBA Member of the year

Mr. Ricky Lopez, Rock and Dirt

LBA Elected Official of the year

Francis Suarez, City of Miami

LBA Public Administrator of the year

Arnie Alonso, City of Hialeah

LBA CEO/ Entrepreneur of the year

Guillermo Fernandez, Link Construction

Residential Contractor of the year

Newport Property Construction

Pest Control Firm of the year

Tower Pest Control

Governmental Relations Firm of the year

Marin and Sons

General Contractor of the year

Plaza Construction

Engineering Contractor of the year


Affordable Housing Developer of the year

Housing Trust Group

Residential Developer of the year


Landscape Contractor of the year

Arazoza Brothers

Bank of the year

TD Bank

Real Estate Development of the year

Century Homebuilders: Midtown Doral

Law Firm of the year

Greenberg Traurig

Accounting Firm of the year

Cherry Bekaert, LLP

Furniture/ Home Theatre/ Office Supplier Firm of the year


HR/ Healthcare Provider of the year

Linq Financial Group/ Mass Mutual

Mortgage Broker of the year

CFN Mortgage

Mortgage Lender of the year

Caliber Homes Loans

LBA Director of the year

Michelle Pradere- Noriega, Pradere Office Products

LBA Junior Director of the year

Ilanit Fischer, Fisher Philips

Rookie Director of the year

Ed Portas, GRYCON Construction

Governmental Agency of the year

Miami Parking Authority

Philanthropist of the year

Council for Educational Change, Dr. Eliane Liftin

Engineering Design/ Consultant of the year

CAP Engineering

Award for Architectural Design Firm of the year

Zyscovich Architects

Real Estate Sales Team of the year

Residence Realty

Award for Shell/ Concrete Supply Company of the year


Building Materials Supplier of the year

Home Depot

Award for Debris Removal/ Hauling Firm of the year


Award for Painting Contractor of the year

A1 All Florida Painting

Award for Equipment Rental Firm of the year


Award for Commercial Developer of the year

Codina Partners

LBA Real Estate Development of the year

The Related Group

Award for Insurance/ Surety Firm of the year

Collinsworth, Alter, Folwer, French

Award for Public Relations/ Marketing firm of the year


Award for Financial Services firm of the year

American Global

Award for Printing Services Firm of the year

Barlop Business Systems

Award for Automotive Firm of the year

Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay

Award for Leisure and Entertainment Services of the year

Prime Group/ Playa Largo

Award for Utility Provider of the year

Hotwire Communications

Award for LBA Corporate Partner of the year

BB&T Bank

Award for LBA Property Management Firm of the year

Allied Property Group

Award for LBA Marine/ Nautical Related Firm of the year

Yachting Experts

Award for LBA Specialty Trade Supplier or Contractor of the year

SEES Electric