Team Members

Miami MBDA Business Center Team Members

Marie Brea Hyppolite, MBA
Center Director

Marie Brea Hyppolite has more than 20 years of experience in business diversity, procurement/construction, education and community relations.

Jorge Iglesias, M.Eng
Senior Business Consultant & Construction Specialist

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

Stephanie Toribio
Office Manager

Stephanie Toribio earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management from Miami Dade College.

Stephanie Toribio
Office Manager

Stephanie Toribio earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management from Miami Dade College.

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.

Dawn Watts, MBA

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.

Stephanie Toribio

Office Manager

Stephanie Toribio earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in supervision and management from Miami Dade College. She volunteers in the community, particularly working on environmental causes. Stephanie is pursuing a corporate MBA, with a focus on international business.

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.