January 2010 SAMA monthly lunch


By Juan G. Robbin

Mondongos, the fabulous Colombian restaurant in Doral, was the site of the January 2010 monthly luncheon hosted by Prestige Auto and the Serrato brothers.

Prestige is celebrating is 25th anniversary this year, a significant milestone in this day and age, and it was fitting that we recognize Marcello, Angelo, Tony, and the guys not only for that achievement but for all their help throughout the years.

Our new vice president, Jaime Florez, presented Marcello with a special drawing he had been holding for more than a year awaiting just the right opportunity to come along.

The framed, hand-colored art work was done by a little girl describing the experience of participating in the ride-and-drive for individuals who are part of the CHC program back in December 2008, an event that Jaime and Marcello coordinated.

Our new SAMA President, Paul Borden, brought the meeting to order with 39 members in attendance. Paul announced new board members as appointed by the officers. They are Giselle “Gigi” Delgado, John Kiskinis, and Dr. Ray Mummery.

In addition, Jose “Pepe” Delfino has accepted a new position of IT/Media Director for the organization. Pepe is looking to upgrade the website to include a Facebook page and possibly a chat room that would be limited to members. Anyone who is interested in collaborating with Pepe regarding the SAMA website additions please contact him at pepedelfino@yahoo.com

Marcello Serrato, who is the new SAMA treasurer, is also heading up the membership committee. Committee members are Johnny Tapanes and Pepe Forte.

A future SAMA member has been introduced to the world! Teresa Bravo has had a bouncing baby boy. His name is Lucas, born December 28, 2009. Congratulations, Teresa!

Among other items on the agenda for our initial meeting:

-- Paul reminded all of us that yearly dues are due! Please make out your check to SAMA and send it to Marcello Serrato. Thanks to all of you who brought your checks to the luncheon. Marcello has invoices available for those who require them. In case you do not know how much you owe, there is information on the dues schedule on the SAMA website.

-- John Kiskinis announced the dates for the Fort Lauderdale Auto Show. This regional show will be held March 18-21, 2010, at the Broward County Convention Center. Please give this event as much support as possible as it benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.

-- Jaime also announced we will be having a series of smaller gatherings with members to get input on what they would like to see for SAMA for 2010 and in years ahead. Any member interested in taking part in one of these meetings may contact Paul Borden at pborden41@yahoo.com  or Jaime at jflorez@premsainc.com . We also will be contacting members ourselves to set up these committees.

-- Juan G. Robbin updated the members on the upcoming “Green Vehicle Event,” which he is heading up. The event is tentative scheduled for late April 2010 to coincide with the monthly SAMA lunch. We are still looking for a convenient and affordable venue.

FIU and University of Miami are being contacted. Any suggestions? Juan's e-mail is juan@skymartsales.com

Our plan is to invite manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. to make presentations on what new technology is in the works and have them bring what they consider to be a “green vehicle” -- including diesels, hybrids, plug-in electrics, even fuel cell vehicles -- for ride-and-drive sessions as well as technical walk-arounds by factory reps. Even if they do not have a vehicle on-site they will be welcome to make a presentation on what their company has planned for the future.

Invitations to all paid-up SAMA members will be sent out soon. Additionally, we plan on inviting key community people as well as some state VIPs and politicians.

Finally, here’s a save-the-date. The next SAMA luncheon will be February 24 at the scenic Rusty Pelican restaurant. Michelin will be the sponsor. More details will be coming in an e-mail, as usual.

We welcome suggestions from members for future luncheon sites.

Until then, keep the shiny side up!




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