Miami MBDA Business Center Team Members
Marie Brea Hyppolite, MBA
Center DirectorEmail Marie
Marie has government and public administration experience including: economic development programs, community and small business development and business incubators.
Jorge Iglesias, M.Eng
Senior Business Consultant & Construction SpecialistEmail Jorge
Jorge is a professional management consultant with over twenty years experience providing technical and managerial assistance to minority-owned businesses.
Kenasha Paul, J.D.
Business ConsultantEmail Kenasha
Kenasha Paul has government and private-sector experience working with early stage startups, nonprofits and minority-owned businesses.
Office ManagerEmail Stephanie
Stephanie Toribio earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management from Miami Dade College.
Marie Brea Hyppolite is an executive with more than 25 years of management experience. She has helped approximately 900 minority-owned businesses secure in excess of $25 million in funding. During her career, she has developed business relationships with public and private development organizations; collaborated with organizations to develop trade fairs, workshops and seminars; and developed marketing plans and feasibility studies. She has formal credit training and extensive financial analysis and underwriting experience, including commercial loans and real estate development financing. Hyppolite earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Barry University.
Jorge Iglesias is a strategic business development specialist with over 20 years of experience delivering government procurement, business management and engineering consulting services. He has strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to plan, research, execute and follow through on mission-critical projects. He helps companies obtain minority certification with various government organizations. Iglesias graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management. He has completed select studies in construction management, blueprint reading, construction estimating, as well as business law and marketing at Florida International University, the University of Miami and Miami Dade College.
Kenasha Paul has government and private-sector experience working with early stage startups, nonprofits and minority-owned businesses. Her primary focus is to help startup founders develop and fine tune their business models by creating sound infrastructures that balance legal principles and operational sustainability in each company’s industries. In addition, she has experience developing marketing plans and strategies to identify, attract and retain ideal clients while building strong digital brand impressions. She earned a Bachelor of Science in political science at Florida International University and her Juris Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University, where she concentrated on business and nonprofit management.
Stephanie Toribio earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management from Miami Dade College. She volunteers in the community, particularly working on environmental causes. Stephanie is pursuing a corporate MBA, with a focus on international business.
MBDA is passionate about strengthening our global competitiveness and improving the standard of living for all Americans. We strive to ensure that minority-owned firms are fully participating in the free enterprise system to fuel our Nation with new and innovative solutions.