Board of Directors
Mr. Mas is Chairman of the Board of MasTec, Inc. a $4.3 billion revenue (NYSE:MTZ) traded utility infrastructure contractor employing over 18,000 persons in North America. MasTec is a leader in six distinct business lines. Power Generation, Electric Power Transmission, Natural Gas and Oil Pipeline, Wireless, Wireline Utility Services and DirecTV install to the home. MasTec has been consistently one of the largest Hispanic owned firms in the United States and was the first to reach the 1 billion dollar revenue mark in 1998.
Mr. Mas is also the managing partner of a Private Equity Group which has investments in the field of energy, banking, aviation, health care, commercial real estate and fixed income and bond trading market makers. He has served on over a dozen corporate boards assisting in strategic growth strategies and corporate governance. Mr. Mas was also the founder of Neff Corporation (NYSE:NFF) a multi hundred million dollar revenue provider of rental construction and utility equipment throughout the United States.
Mr. Mas is the Chairman of the Board of the Cuban American National Foundation (CANF) founded in 1981 and dedicated to the promotion of a free and democratic Cuba. He serves as director of the Mas Family Foundation promoting an educated society in the preservation of democratic principles. Currently he serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Miami School of Business.
Mr. Mas has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Latino Leaders Magazine. He is the past recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Center National Community Service Award for his contribution toward freedom, and received the Bravura Award for his defense of free speech.
Mr. Mas has appeared on national television programs, including One on One with John McLaughlin, The McNeil-Lehrer report, Sixty Minutes, Larry King Live, Fox’s Equal Time, Frontline, Dateline NBC and the Early Morning Show with Bryant Gumble, among others. He has testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and lectured at university conferences and has written articles appearing in the Washington Post and the Miami Herald among other national publications.
Mr. Mas graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1984 and a Master in Business Administration in 1985.
José R. Mas
Chief Executive Officer
Jose R. Mas, is Chief Executive Officer of MasTec, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified U.S. infrastructure services providers in the country. With over 18,000 employees in more than 400 locations across the United States, MasTec generated over $4.3 billion in revenue in 2013.
Mr. Mas was appointed CEO of MasTec in 2007 and during his tenure MasTec’s revenues have more than quadrupled and earnings have grown six fold. Since assuming the top executive position at MasTec, Jose has diversified the company into the growing fields of oil and gas pipeline construction, electric transmission line construction, renewable energy, and wireless infrastructure construction while expanding its traditional communications business, which includes both broad-band infrastructure and installation to the home satellite services. Jose Mas has grown up in the business and over 20 years worked his way from the field to the boardroom.
Jose Mas is a graduate of the University of Miami where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. He is a director of the Mas Family Foundation and an active supporter and coach of various youth basketball teams. He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises. Mr. Mas, was awarded the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the year award in 2011 and in 2012, he was featured in the season finale of the CBS hit show Undercover Boss.
Ernest N. Csiszar
Ernest N. Csiszar joined our Board of Directors in October 2005. Mr. Csiszar is currently a private investor and serves as Director of Insurance for Bridge Strategy Group, LLC, a management consulting firm, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Patriot National Insurance Company, a provider of workers’ compensation insurance and services. Mr. Csiszar also serves as a Director of PHTS, Inc. a health care risk management company, and is a visiting professor at the University of South Carolina. From September 2004 until his retirement in September 2006, Mr. Csiszar was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the property and casualty insurance industry's principal trade association. Mr. Csiszar was the Director of Insurance for the State of South Carolina from February 1999 to August 2004 and also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Mr. Csiszar also served as the president and chief executive officer of Seibels Bruce Group, Inc. of Columbia, S.C., a property and casualty insurance company, from 1995 to 1998. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the School of Business at the University of South Carolina and served as managing co-director of the European investment banking firm, Holborn Holdings Corporation, in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Csiszar has critical experience in insurance and risk management.
Robert J. Dwyer
Robert J. Dwyer joined our Board of Directors in October 2004. Mr. Dwyer retired in 1999 and is currently a private investor. Prior to 1999, Mr. Dwyer spent 17 years with Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds in various executive positions. He currently serves as a director of Bimini Capital Management, Inc. and Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC, and formerly served as a director of BNY/Ivy Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund, LLC. Mr. Dwyer has numerous charitable and civic interests and has served on boards of several public and private companies. Mr. Dwyer brings extensive experience with respect to corporate capital structures and capital markets, strategic planning, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Frank E. Jaumot, CPA
Frank E. Jaumot, joined our Board of Directors in September 2004. Mr. Jaumot has been the Director of Accounting and Auditing for the certified public accounting firm of Ahearn, Jasco and Company, P.A. since 1991. From 1979 to 1991, Mr. Jaumot was associated with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Jaumot is a certified public accountant in Florida and Ohio and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of South Florida (a not-for-profit charity), and Bimini Capital Management, Inc. Mr. Jaumot has extensive experience in accounting, financial and internal controls, auditing and SEC reporting and is considered an “audit committee financial expert” under applicable SEC rules.
Julia L. Johnson
Julia L. Johnson has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2002. Since January 2001, Ms. Johnson has been President of NetCommunications, L.L.C., a regulatory analysis and public policy consulting firm specializing in the communications, energy, and information technology public policy arenas. Ms. Johnson served on the Florida Public Service Commission from January 1992 until November 1999, serving as chairwoman from January 1997 to January 1999. Ms. Johnson also chaired Florida's Information Service Technology Development Task Force, which advised then Florida Governor Jeb Bush on information technology policy and related legislative issues, from November 1999 to July 2001. Ms. Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors of each of First Energy Corp., NorthWestern Corporation, and American Water Works Co., Inc. Ms. Johnson's legal background and experience brings extensive knowledge with respect to the regulatory process and policy development in several of our industries, many years of service on the boards of several other public companies and a deep understanding of corporate governance.
Daniel A. Restrepo
Daniel A. Restrepo has been a member of our Board of Directors since December 2013. Mr. Restrepo is the founder and managing director of Restrepo Strategies LLC, which provides strategic advice to U.S. companies conducting business or exploring opportunities in the Americas, as well as to multi-national Latin-based companies conducting business or exploring new opportunities in the United States. Prior to founding Restrepo Strategies, Mr. Restrepo served with the National Security Council, as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, from March 2009 until June 2012. While at the National Security Council, Mr. Restrepo was President Obama’s principal advisor on Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, and he managed the development and implementation of U.S. policy related to the Americas across the full range of national and homeland security issues. In addition to his position as managing director of Restrepo Strategies, Mr. Restrepo currently serves as Senior Fellow of the Center for American Progress, a position he has held since June 2013. Mr. Restrepo previously served the Center for American Progress as director for the Americas Project, from March 2006 until February 2009, director of outreach, from March 2004 until March 2006, and as deputy counsel, from March 2004 until January 2005. Mr. Restrepo brings to our Board of Directors significant experience in governmental and international affairs, particularly in Latin America, which could be a more important market for us in the future.
Jose S. Sorzano
Jose S. Sorzano has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 1995. Mr. Sorzano has been Chairman of The Austin Group, Inc., an international corporate consulting firm, since 1989, a director of Securiport LLC, a privately held biometric company, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Free Cuba Committee since 2000. Mr. Sorzano was Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs from 1987 to 1988; Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University, from 1969 to 1987; Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1983 to 1985; and Chairman of the Board of Visitors, U.S. Army Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Sorzano brings significant experience in governmental and international affairs, international business and a historical perspective on our growth and operations.
John Van Heuvelen
John Van Heuvelen has been a member of our Board of Directors since June 2002. Mr. Van Heuvelen spent 13 years with Morgan Stanley and Dean Witter Reynolds in various executive positions in the mutual fund, unit investment trust and municipal bond divisions before serving as president of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Trust Company from 1993 until 1999. Since 1999, Mr. Van Heuvelen has been a private investor based in Denver, Colorado. His investment activities have included private telecom and technology firms, where he still remains active. In addition, Mr. Van Heuvelen was owner of a construction company for six years. Mr. Van Heuvelen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hallador Energy Company and Orchid Island Capital, Inc. and was a member of the Board of Directors of LifeVantage, Inc. from August 2005 through August 2007. Mr. Van Heuvelen brings extensive executive leadership and management experience, many years of serving on the boards of several other public and private companies, experience in our industries, significant experience with respect to capital markets, strategic planning, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions and is considered an “audit committee financial expert” under applicable SEC rules.