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Amigos For Kids Welcomes New Members

Amigos For Kids Welcomes New Members

Amigos For Kids is proud to welcome three new board members to our team. We look forward to working with such esteemed individuals who bring so much to the community.

Francisco Ponce

A multifaceted manager and talent recruiter, Francisco Ponce has over 22 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He’s toured Latin America, Europe and the USA working alongside many Latin artists we love, such as Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Jon Secada, Carlos Ponce and more. After founding his own Talent Agency In2ition Entertainment in 2004, he now leads media giant NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ prominent on-air talent department as their Vice President.

Christie Velasco

Florida native Christie Velasco currently serves as the Assistant Vice President and Assistant to the President & CEO at Interamerican Bank. A University of Miami alumnus, her love of Miami and care for her community motivated her to stay and build a strong career as a CPA after graduating with her master’s degree. Before joining Interamerican Bank, she gained experience in different accounting fields working as a Family Office Services Accountant at Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, LLC and as an Assurance Experienced Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Robert Penafiel

With over 30 years in the tax and pension industry, Robert Penafiel holds an incredible portfolio of companies as well as board memberships on his resume. He is the owner and President of Pension Services, Inc. (“PSI”), and Plan Documents, Inc. (“PDI”).  His company was recently selected by the IRS to train revenue agents throughout the Southeast, and the IRS is using his work in their training manuals.  He provides continued professional education to CPAs and financial advisors throughout the country. Mr. Penafiel has also been admitted in the Federal Tax Court as an expert to provide expert testimony in ERISA-related cases.  He is a long-time member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, a member of the National Institute of Pension Administrators, and a TPA board member of the Retirement Division of Nationwide Financial.