Miami Dade Urban Banker Association – NAUB

As the founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs, Florida, Antonio Junior is responsible for overseeing the management retention and financial success of the company. Antonio Junior has also been associated with a number of charitable organizations, including previously being a president of the Miami Dade Urban Banker Association, a branch of the National Association of Urban Bankers (NAUB).

The Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC), formerly known as the National Association of Urban Bankers, is a nonprofit organization created to provide equitable treatment and participation for minorities in the financial services industry. The coalition provides advisory assistance and educational programs to help minority professionals take advantage of the financial programs available to them.

The organization that would become the UFSC was created in 1974 and has nearly 50 chapters throughout Canada and the United States with more than 3,000 members. The organization was started by several minority bankers from some of the nation’s larger cities including New York, Chicago, and Boston.

A Primer on Internal Audits

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Internal Audits
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A graduate of the MBA program at Florida International University, Antonio Junior is the founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs, Florida. Antonio Junior manages all corporate statements and budgeting concerns at the Miami-area firm.

In businesses of all sizes, internal auditing plays an essential role in ensuring the financial well-being of the company. While external audits are designed to give stakeholders an idea of how the company is running, internal audits are typically initiated by the business itself. Using the results of the internal audit, businesses can adjust their operations to maximize efficiency and work toward organizational goals.

During an internal audit, auditors typically begin by analyzing documents containing the company’s purpose, goals, and objectives. Auditors then assess performance by looking at financial records, observing the workplace, and interviewing employees. Internal auditors provide a neutral, third-party perspective on the business, providing an invaluable data point for executives. Indeed, many businesses organize internal audits on a regular basis.

Hope for Change in Airline Management Gender Inequality

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Airport Minority Advisory Council
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Antonio Junior of Miami, past Southeast Region Director of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, has received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. Antonio Junior was recognized as the volunteer who demonstrated a dedication to the mission of the AMAC during the previous year. The Airport Minority Advisory Council promotes diversification within the airport industry, especially women, minority, and disadvantaged business owners.

There have been very few opportunities for women to be chief executives in the airline industry. Despite the change in the top management focus from pilots and engineers to customer service professionals, there have only been three promotions to the top tier of airline management in the last five years. This made the number of CEOs and Managing Directors increase from 15 to 18, a dismal showing. The overall male chief executive representation is at 94 percent.

There is hope that the industry is changing. Newer airlines that are customer-oriented are more likely to move women into the executive suite. The more modern-thinking airlines are promoting women to the second tier of management, the director level, which can be one step away from the C-suite.

Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace

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Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace
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Antonio Junior of Miami is an experienced entrepreneur who has applied his business and leadership skills to grow several organizations. In 2003, he founded Florida Conservation Inc., a fuel reclaiming service based in Miami that works with the rental car industry to manage their fuel reclamation efforts. As a business leader, Antonio Junior must pair effective management strategies with the ability to encourage innovation within his organizations.

Creating an environment in which employees can freely innovate and express their creativity can dramatically improve the success of a company. In a world where change takes place at lightning speeds, innovation can be critical to a company’s survival.

In 2005, Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt presented an approach to encouraging innovation in a corporate environment. According to Schmidt, a company can encourage innovation when it not only invests in current projects and products, but also allocates time and resources to creative and experimental thinking.

At Google, Schmidt encouraged employees to divide their time according to the 70-20-10 rule. In this approach, 70 percent of an employee’s time and resources is dedicated to the company’s core business, 20 percent to development of adjacent products and 10 percent to experimental projects.

Though there is merit to traditional methods of learning and development within a corporation, setting aside time that is dedicated to innovative thinking can drastically change the future of the company. Large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Home Depot, and Dell have all implemented the 70-20-10 rule in some form.