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Miami MBDA Business Center Team Members


Marie Brea Hyppolite, MBA

Center Director

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Marie has government and public administration experience including: economic development programs, community and small business development and business incubators.
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Jorge Iglesias, M.Eng

Senior Business Consultant & Construction Specialist

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Jorge is a professional management consultant with over twenty years experience providing technical and managerial assistance to minority-owned businesses.
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Julio C. Cassels, MBA

Business Consultant

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Julio is a results-driven business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing professional with comprehensive analytical skills and a dynamic work ethic.
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Angela Burns

Office Manager

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Angela has a Bachelors in Business Management and experience in marketing and administrative support, planning events, projects management and customer service.
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Team Biographies

Marie Brea Hyppolite, MBA

Center Director

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, M.Eng

Senior Business Consultant & Construction Specialist

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.


Julio C. Cassels, MBA

Business Consultant

Julio C. Cassels is a results-driven business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing professional with comprehensive analytical skills and a dynamic work ethic. He is experienced in CRM and data mining to identify marketing/business development opportunities, crafting business cases, producing target messages and managing integrated marketing initiatives (both digital and traditional) to drive client acquisition, improve profitability, increase brand equity and achieve growth targets. He leverages global and cultural perspectives with an emphasis on U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets and is fluent in Spanish. Cassels earned his Bachelor of Science in urban planning and economic development from the University of Arizona and his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia.


Angela Burns

Office Manager

Angela Burns has experience providing marketing and administrative support, planning events, managing projects and providing customer service. She earned her Bachelors in Business Management with a concentration in marketing. Angela is currently pursuing an MBA in general and strategic management, as well as a certificate in international trade finance.

Our Mission

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.