Board of Directors
Mariana has over 20 years of experience in the Utility Construction Industry. She has experience with Electrical Power Distribution Design for both overhead and underground facilities. Mariana also has held the position of OSP Engineer (Outside Plant Engineer) and Site Acquisition Project Manager in the telecommunications industry. She has designed, managed, and coordinated projects as well as supervised the construction, design review, permitting and easement phases of major Overhead and Underground projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL) and FiberNet Direct (formerly FPL FiberNet). Mariana holds a degree from Florida International University, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology. In addition, she has Florida International University, Labor Relations & Safety Certificates, and former Certified Maintenance of Traffic Technician.
Mariana is currently the owner of Utilities Pros whose team provides consulting services to developers and general contractors on new construction projects. Utilities Pros is the only point of contact that the client needs to communicate with FPL, Comcast, ATT, Verizon, and other telecommunication providers. Our team provides utility design, permit drawings, easements, and coordinates the relocation, temporary services, and permanent utility services for the project. We cut through the “red tape” and expedite the process and save our clients time and money.
Mariana is a native South Floridian and is an active endurance athlete, primarily a cyclist and certified “spin” instructor. Mariana has been involved in the community over the years and most recently with the Dolphins Cancer Challenge during the past 7 years. Mariana is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, which raises money for various charities throughout Broward County.
Jeanette Alston-Watkins, Customer Relations Specialist, Pompano Beach, FL SOPREMA
Jeanette Alston-Watkins, Customer Relations Specialist for SOPREMA, in Pompano Beach, FL she has 26 years in the construction industry. She has been with SOPREMA since 2017 and currently handles events, tradeshows, and networking throughout South Florida area.
Jeanette has held many positions from Customer Service to National Sales Manager, Operations to Corporate Trainer. She loves the variety manufacturing and distribution has taught her in her career.
She was the 2018 – 2020 President for National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chapter #78, Future Leadership Council for Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) Ft Lauderdale/Palm Beaches, Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce Pompano Beach, Director of Events for National Sales Network (NSN) South Florida, Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) Women’s Council, Active member of National Women in Roofing (NWIR), Roofing Construction Association of South Florida (RCASF), Florida Design & Construction Professional (FLDCP), International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC), AIA Miami, AIA Ft. Lauderdale, and BOMA Miami.
She also volunteers for the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter as a State Ambassador and Support Group Facilitator, also past Miami Walk Chair. She was also an Ambassador for PatientsLikeMe in 2018.
Jeanette received her MBA with a minor in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University.
SOPREMA SOPREMA BES
2900 Center Port Circle 2013 NW 84th Ave
Pompano Beach, FL 33064 Doral, FL 33122
Over the past 30 years, Mili has held strategic positions at the global level leading teams and projects in the Technology, Academia, and Insurance industries. Mili is an expert in the areas of operations, business strategy, project management, leadership, and training.
Mili has developed and directed tactical strategies to successfully deliver technology projects at local, national, and international levels. Her expertise in the development of business process improvements has positively impacted organizational efficiencies and their bottom line. Mili has a strong passion for cultivating customer relations and leading multi-cultural teams.
In addition to holding the Secretary position on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Mili is also an Associate Member of the Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale, a mentor with Women Across Technology, and a former member of Toastmasters International and the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Club. She is also an alumni of the Women Leading Broward Leadership Program (Class VI).
Mili Orsini Peluso, MBA
4111 SW 47th Ave Suite 319
Davie, FL 33314
Valerie R. Edwards, Esq.
Valerie Edwards is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Luks Santaniello Petrillo & Cohen (www.insurancedefense.net). The firm has offices throughout the state of Florida and provides legal representation in multiple areas.
Ms. Edwards focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, construction and real estate matters, including contract review and negotiation, contract litigation, and matters involving construction defect claims and accident claims, including product liability and premises liability claims.
She also represents businesses in employment claims, and she defends attorneys, insurance brokers and agents, real estate brokers and agents, and financial services professionals in errors and omissions claims. As a litigator with over 23 years of experience, Valerie is adept at litigation management and risk transfer and in developing client-specific strategies for cost-effective and efficient resolution of matters.
Director of Social Media
Fascan International - Jekko USA
Jennifer Gallegos-Perez has been in the Construction Industry for 15 years. In 2005 she started her career with Sunbelt Rentals as the first female mechanic in South Florida. Since then her career and position have evolved including several service related positions such as Service manager. Her promotion lead her to other positions such as International Rental Specialist and Director of Communications during Hurricane seasons to help mobilize equipment as needed to assist FPL during blackouts and clean up. Jennifer is now the Southeast District Sales Manager for JEKKO USA; the leading mini crane in the market. She is devoted to product knowledge and growing the population of empowered women in construction. In 2018 Jennifer received her MBA from Broward College. Shortly after she opened her Life Coaching and Motivational speaking practice.
Jennifer is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she is involved with several philanthropic missions. She is also a speaker for Women of Tomorrow organization using her life journey to speak to at risk high school girls about the many possibilities in the construction industry.
Southeast District Sales Manager Jekko USA
Nanci Landy is the owner of MST Dumpsters, a certified woman owned business. MST Dumpsters provides dumpster rentals for small, medium and large construction projects. MST distinguishes itself from the competition with its excellent customer service and competitive pricing. Nanci is a serial entrepreneur and a Florida-licensed attorney.
3310 SE 6th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 368-3841
Corporate Ins. Advisors
Lorin Schiff Montgomery is the Vice President of Corporate Insurance Advisors, a commercial insurance agency located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has earned her CPCU designation, the highest and most prestigious designation available in the insurance industry.
Lorin has worked with business owners for more than 30 years to protect their assets and their income by assisting them in cost effectively managing their risk through different insurance vehicles. She provides a full range of insurance services individually customized to the specific needs of mid to large size businesses. Lorin has managed the insurance programs for many large South Florida businesses including: Bergeron, Carl’s Furniture, Eldorado Furniture, Farmer and Irwin Corporation, and US Foundry.
Professionalism and knowledge have helped Lorin establish close ties with the insurance carriers and underwriting teams with whom she works on a daily basis. “Commercial insurance is negotiable”, as Lorin will tell you, “provided you have an expert in your corner who can manage the process”. Having the ability to ensure that specialized and general businesses alike,get exactly the coverage they need, at a fair market price, is the hallmark of Lorin’s practice whether it is in the US or overseas.
Lorin is an expert networker and currently serves on the Board of Directors of NAWIC Chapter 78 and The Construction Underground.
Corporate Insurance Advisors, LLC
1401 East Broward Blvd Suite 103
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-315-5000 ext. 123
Nanak's Landscaping, Inc.
Lisa Stokes serves as Lead Estimator/Inside Sales Rep for the Landscape Construction Division at Nanak’s Landscaping. Lisa is the heart and soul of the department who keeps the business development arm functioning and organized. She is the mother of four amazing children and hopes to someday be a lion tamer or chainsaw juggler as these careers are in alignment with her current role.