“The Friendliest Place to do Business!" 

The Greater Kendall Business Association, or GKBA for short, has been providing opportunities for enterprising and energetic local business owners to meet, network, and build profitable relationships for over 10 years. Founded in 2006, we serve the entire Greater Kendall area. From the beginning, we've always been, and always will be – you guessed it – “The Friendliest Place to do Business!”

 our mission 

The Mission of the Greater Kendall Business Association is to provide an enterprising and energetic meeting place where members and community business leaders can build successful business relationships in a positive, friendly environment.

 Our Vision 

The Vision of the Greater Kendall Business Association is to serve our community and become the premier business, education and Networking destination for all businesses in the Greater Kendall area. We will continuously strive to raise the bar on the benefits, services and opportunities we provide our members and always remain “The Friendliest Place to do Business!”

Board of Directors

The hardest working, most dedicated board anywhere.


Sandra Fernandez




Andrew Schear


5801 Productions LLC


Mike Crosa

Certified Public Accountant



Justo Rey

President & CEO

The Flyer


Joy Schaaffe

Certified Business Coach & Consultant

Top Shelf Business Solutions, Inc.


Michael J. Welch, Sr.

President & CEO

University Credit Union
World Class Member Service


Luis Peters

Insurance Agent

State Farm


David Castrillon

Executive Director



Lourdes Cervera-Horton

Independent Travel Consultant


Gilma Hernandez

Owner and Director of Sales & Marketing

GH Promotions


Stella Kessler

Senior Sales Director

Mary Kay, Inc.


Youdaris Mira

Chairperson, Kendall

Miami-Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development


Cathy Otero

General Manager

Best Western Plus Kendall Hotel & Suites


Carl Palomino

Managing Partner

Law Offices of Carl Palomino, P.A.


Andy Rodriguez


In South Florida, Inc.


Karen Vassell

Special Projects & Community Relations Manager

Baptist Health


Our committees are small, focused groups of professionals that have volunteered their time and expertise to serve GKBA in a specific capacity. There is no cost associated with joining a committee or attending committee meetings, and doing so is the most efficient way to build strong relationships with other members of the association.

Photo courtesy of All Star Event Photography


Andy Rodriguez, Chair

The Marketing Committee is the voice of GKBA. We coordinate the marketing of all GKBA events, manage all of our social media accounts, and maintain this fantastic website.

Meeting Info:
Second Wednesday of the Month
9 AM to 10 AM
GKBA Office


Cathy Otero, Chair

The Membership Committee is responsible for growing and maintaining the GKBA membership base, improving member benefits, and organizing new member orientations.

Meeting Info:
Last Tuesday of the Month
5:30 PM to 7 PM
Best Western Plus Kendall Hotel & Suites


Mike Crosa, Chair

The Finance Committee tracks and manages the budget and spending for GKBA.

Meeting Info:
Second Monday of the Month
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Conference Call


David Castrillon, Chair

The Education Committee is responsible for providing valuable educational opportunities to our members through quarterly educational workshops. It also acts as the liaison between GKBA and the local school system.

Meeting Info:
Second Wednesday of the Month
5 PM to 6 PM
GKBA Office


Lourdes Cervera-Horton, Chair

The Trustee Relations Committee is responsible for making sure all of the GKBA trustees are aware of and are taking full advantage of all of their trustee benefits, and resolving any trustee issues that may arise.

Meeting Info:
Date and Time Varies
Conference Call


Gilma Hernandez, Chair

The Business Expo Committee is tasked with planning and organizing our Annual Business Expo in the Fall.

Meeting Info:
Date and Time Varies
Location Varies


Karen Vassell, Chair

The Health & Wellness Expo Committee is tasks with planning and organizing our annual Health & Wellness Expo each Spring.

Meeting Info:
Date and Time Varies
Location Varies


Cathy Otero, Co-Chair

Lourdes Cervera Horton,

The Special Events Committee is responsible for planning our annual trustee awards reception and our annual holiday gathering.

Meeting Info:
Date and Time Varies
Location Vaires

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