OUR TEAM

MEET OUR STAFF MEMBERS

Suazo Business Center has Silvia Castro, President and CEO, who is supported by a great team of advisors who focus on providing the best strategic help to grow your business and obtain the best possible success in the industry.

Silvia Castro
Silvia Castro

President and CEO

Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett

Director of Business Development

Flor Lopez
Flor Lopez

Ogden Office Coordinator

Rose Siete
Rose Siete

Front Desk Specialist

Claudia Ponce
Claudia Ponce

Chief of Staff

Andrea Benitez
Andrea Benitez

Special Projects Coordinator

Gabriela Villalobos
Gabriela Villalobos

Outreach Coordinator

Yeto Corniel
Yeto Corniel

Front Desk Specialist

Jenni Ciapara
Jenni Ciapara

Front Desk Specialist

Tim Savage
Tim Savage

Director of Programming

Michelle Saucedo
Michelle Saucedo

Marketing Manager

Lupita Medina
Lupita Medina

Marketing Specialist

Gabrielle Pereira
Gabrielle Pereira

Front Desk Specialist

OUR ADVISORS

Committed to giving the best advice and solving any questions, thus looking for the best options in the state for your business to grow.

Lucy Filizola
Lucy Filizola

Business Advisor

Cristina Zavala
Cristina Zavala

Business Advisor

Angel Aguilar
Angel Aguilar

Business Advisor

Andrea Shockley
Andrea Shockley

Business Specialist

Enrique Garcia
Enrique Garcia

Business Advisor

Maria Lopez
Maria Lopez

Business Advisor

Angel Sanchez
Angel Sanchez

Business Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Suazo Center is dedicated to providing the best business services for the hispanic and underrepresented communities. For this reason, we are proud to have the amazing community leaders that we have on our board of directors. 

MR. ANTHONY F. MIRABILE, CHAIRMAN

MANAGING DIRECTOR
GOLDMAN SACHS ASSET MANAGEMENT

MR. BLAINE D. BAGLEY, VICE-CHAIRMAN

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CALL CENTER OPERATIONS
ENERBANK USA

MS. GINA RASMUSON, SECRETARY

SR.MANAGER, PROGRAM OFFICE
AMERICAN EXPRESS NATIONAL BANK

MR. HOWARD M. HEADLEE, TREASURER

PRESIDENT AND CEO
UTAH BANKERS ASSOCIATION

MR. BRUCE BOWMAN

CHIEF CREDIT OFFICER
COMENITY CAPITAL BANK

MR. DIEGO ALVARADO KARSTE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR; MARKETING
UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

MR. TED PETERSON

MANAGER; THERMWISE PROGRAM
DOMINION ENERGY

MS. YRENE LUQUE

MANAGER; BUSINESS RESOURCE CENTER
ZIONS BANK

MR. TIM SHEEHAN

VICE PRESIDENT; GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS 
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MR. RYAN STARKS

MANAGING DIRECTOR
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

MS. JENNIFER TARAZON

SR. MANAGER AENB PROGRAM OFFICE
AARP UTAH

MR. GREG SUMMERHAYS

REALTOR
CHAPMAN RICHARDS

MS. LORENA RIFFO-JENSON

DIRECTOR 
SALT LAKE CITY’S DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

MR. BENJAMIN KOLENDAR

EX-OFFICIO; DIRECTOR; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
SALT LAKE CITY CORPORATION

MRS. GLADYS M. GONZALEZ

EMERITUS
FOUNDER OF THE SUAZO BUSINESS CENTER

MRS. ALICIA L. SUAZO

EMERITUS