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The Beacon Council celebrated its 25th Anniversary onboard EPIC, the new NCL cruise ship
based out of the Port of Miami. NCL received a Key to the County during the celebrations.
1. Kevin Sheehan, CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line with Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess. 2. Ralph
Gazitua (Miami World Center) and Maria Alonso (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chair and Bank of America
Merrill Lynch) 3. Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson with Jose Vicente, President of the Miami-Dade College,
North Campus 4. Left to right: Adolfo Henriques, Mario del Valle, Merrett R. Stierheim, Frank R. Nero (President &
CEO), Alexandra Villoch (Board Chair), Sidney Levin, Burton Landy, Carol Wylie, George Foyo, Neisen Kasdin. 5. Dr.
Bern Levine, president and owner, Parrot Jungle Island with his senior staff 6. Ian McCluskey (Thought Leadership
International) and Alan Becker (Becker & Poliakoff) 7. Mark Trowbridge (Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
President), Mario Sacasa (VP of International Programs, Beacon Council), the Honorable Yoshiharu Namiki (Consul
Generlal of Japan), William Talbert III (GMCVB President) 8. Representatives from the Miami-Dade Board of County
Commissioners gave a proclamation to The Beacon Council declaring July 8, 2010 “Beacon Council Day”. 9.
Beacon Council Founders Merrett R. Stierheim and Sidney Levin with Frank R. Nero (President & CEO)