About Us

Learn more about the Latin Builders Association.

Established in 1971, the Latin Builders Association® (LBA) is by far the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States. A nonprofit organization, which includes a vast array of individuals and companies related to the South Florida construction industry.

The LBA has over 750 member companies representing every aspect of South Florida’s vibrant construction industry. With much success, the LBA has expanded opportunities to other industries, not just in the field of construction. The LBA embodies the interests of builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, lawyers, real estate agents, and many more professionals throughout the community.

Each member is welcomed into the organization and is encouraged to become active participants in LBA programs, such as: Seminars, Committees, Events, and proactive community service agenda.
Our community agenda includes: A scholarship fund, an annual Christmas toy drive and many community events that assist our fellow South Floridians.
The LBA’s goal is to strive and provide a vital forum for discussion, networking, training development, and represent at a local and state level.

Latin Builders Association Executive Board Committees and Staff Engagements:  

  • Final Passage of Florida’s New Building Code
    This provides more consistent guidelines and stricter standards, similar to those enacted in Miami-Dade County after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, to counties throughout the State of Florida.
  • Miami-Dade’s Urban Development Boundary Line (UDB)
    The LBA is a strong organization that believes a sound strategy must be developed to balance the existing building boom that increases land values and construction costs within our area’s great demand for affordable housing.
  • Participating in Vital Legislative Issues
    Worker compensation reform that will not only affect the construction industry, but most of the state’s field endeavor.
    Providing state and local officials a different perspective in regards to school currency and other important South Florida community issues.
  • Enhancing LBA’S Member Services
    The LBA creates more personalized networking opportunities, such as our member cocktails and 12-on-12 meetings.
    Also, the LBA implements new business development programs by establishing partnerships with companies that provide exclusive preferred benefit packages to LBA members.
  • Latin Builders Association Communicates
    LBA members communicate by establishing monthly e-newsletters, press releases, and using social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and our website, LBAORG.COM.
Since its establishment in 1971 by a group of local subcontractors, Latin Builders Association has embodied the interests of builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and tradesmen associated with the business of construction, striving to provide a vital forum for discussion, networking, training/development, and representation at the local and state level. Today, it is the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States, with over 650 member companies representing every aspect of South Florida’s vibrant construction industry and most of the area’s related business concerns.


It’s a sunny Tuesday afternoon at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, where the Board of the Latin Builders Association® has come together. This group embodies some of Miami’s finest in the industry. Their knowledge, experience, and dedication have brought them great success individually. The Executive Board, comprised of Alex Lastra, Guillermo Fernandez, Bernie Navarro, Carolina Herrera, Gus Cabrera, Jorge Gonzalez, Alexis Gonzalez, Eric Montes de Oca, Melissa Tapanes Llahues, and Juan Carlos Vila, is ushering in a brand new era of the LBA.


Each member represents one particular facet of the association. As heads of the committee, their responsibility includes moving the association forward while honoring those whom have served in those positions previously. This year particularly, this ambitious board has set the bar for themselves very high. A new website, larger events, and fighting legislation – this is only a taste of the initiatives for this year alone.