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 Guarantee 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 1998 to August 2004 and also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2004. Mr. Csiszar also served as the president and chief executive officer of Seibels Bruce Group, Inc., 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 Holborn Holdings Corporation, a European investment banking firm. Mr. Csiszar brings to our Board of Directors his extensive experience in insurance and risk management, executive leadership and his advisory experience in financial matters.
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 to our Board of Directors his executive leadership and management 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 brings to our Board of Directors his 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, and served 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 brings to our Board of Directors extensive 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.
Mr. Javier Palomarez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ("USHCC"), which promotes the economic growth, development and interests of Hispanic-owned businesses, advocates on behalf of American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for local chambers and business associations nationwide. Mr. Palomarez also serves on the National Advisory Council on Minority Business at the Department of Commerce, the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Board, and the Senate Task Force on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion. Mr. Palomarez is the recipient of the Bnai Zion "Humanitarian of the Year" award, and in 2015 Mr. Palomarez was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Medallion from the National 4-H Council and was recognized by the Government of Mexico with the Ohtli Award. Prior to joining the USHCC, Mr. Palomarez served in various executive capacities with Allstate Insurance Corporation, Sprint, Inc. and Bank of America.
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 to our Board of Directors significant experience in governmental and international affairs, international business and a historical perspective on our growth and operations having served as a director since 1995.
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, an area where he still remains an active investor. 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 to our Board of Directors 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.