Senior Vice President, Development and One Community One Goal
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
Joseph Hovancak is Senior Vice President of Development and One Community One Goal for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. He is responsible for all development activities (fundraising), board engagement and community partnerships. He also leads the One Community One Goal initiative which promotes economic growth and prosperity in Miami-Dade County by driving innovation, leveraging strengths, providing clear thought leadership, and coalescing public and private priorities. One Community One Goal brings together a broad spectrum of Miami-Dade organizations, working to advance the goal of a thriving, inclusive and diverse community. In addition, he leads the Beacon Council Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization created for charitable, educational and economic development purposes.
Joseph is the brand champion of the One Community One Goal strategic plan and has rallied thousands of residents in Miami-Dade County around a common and collaborative vision. He took the plan from concept to implementation with more than 450 companies and non-profits engaged driving 6.6 percent target industry job growth since 2012. His leadership resulted in an unprecedented collaboration of top business, community and government leaders with significant achievements in the areas of education, workforce and industry growth.
Joseph’s broad business experiences reflect successes, ranging from Fortune 100 Corporations to establishing the foundation of start-up companies. His background includes an extensive tenure at AT&T in various engineering, marketing and sales leadership positions including the role of a Sales Vice President responsible for a four-state 150 million-dollar sales territory overseeing approximately 120 employees.
Joseph is an active member of the South Florida community. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Directors for the Greater Miami and Conventions Visitors Bureau and is co-chair of the Financial Stability committee at United Way.
A native of Pennsylvania, Joseph received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA.
Senior Vice President, Development and One Community One Goal
Vice President, Member Investor Relations & Development
Julio Piti rejoins the organization as Vice President of Member Investor Relations & Development. Julio comes with over 20 years of experience with fortune 500 companies, non-profits and start-ups in business development, marketing, training, fundraising, and community relations.
Most recently Julio held the position of Director of Strategic Initiatives for Neighborhood Fuel. Neighborhood Fuel is on demand fuel delivery service providing fuel primarily to major employers throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties as a direct employee benefit. They also provide the service to a growing fleet and residential community as well. His duties included development and expansion of strategic partnerships and initiatives to position Neighborhood Fuel as the most efficient solution to the motor fuel/energy supply chain that will lead to growth in South Florida and beyond.
Julio also served Miami-Dade’s business community as the Business Services Manager for CareerSource South Florida. CareerSource South Florida is the largest workforce board in the South and its territory covers both Miami-Dade and Monroe County. In this capacity, he was responsible for meeting the dedicated needs of the business community and offer specific business incentives that offer viable real-time solutions to their workforce needs. He represented the agency in community associations and forums while maintaining a direct line of communication with the employer’s specialists that cover the over 15 service centers that operate in the region.
For more than a decade, Julio’s work was instrumental in the growth of the Beacon Council’s membership base and revenues. Julio drove the private-sector business goals of the organization by partnering with top local executives. He regularly consulted with organizational members from a diverse business landscape to identify and maximize development opportunities.
He also managed a department that lead new business investment pitches, proposals, and presentations; assists in the development of member client events, strategic communications efforts, sponsorships, and co-branding opportunities. As one of the top economic development organizations in the country, The Miami-Dade Beacon Council focused its efforts on two major goals: First, marketing Miami-Dade County nationally and internationally to attract new businesses to the area, resulting in economic growth. Second, helping local businesses prosper by assisting them in their expansions through a variety of economic development programs, activities, events, initiatives and award-winning marketing and research materials.
Prior to joining Career Source South Florida and Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Julio served as Vice President of Education for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, a national nonprofit that concentrates on economic education for young people (K-12) via work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs.
Julio holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Florida International University in Miami and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade College. Julio is currently serving on Downtown Miami Charter School Board and has been appointed to the Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust Board. He also served on the boards of Hands On Miami, The 100 Black Men of South Florida, Miami Dade County School Board Bond Advisory Committee and was a member of the eMerge America’s Steering Committee.
Melissa is the first point-of-contact for staff, clients and visitors to Miami-Dade Beacon Council. Besides her duties at the front desk, she assists the Budget and Administration Department in numerous areas and responds to other departments requests for help with special projects.
Before joining the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Melissa worked as a data entry specialist with Diamonds International, one of the largest jewelry retailers in the world. Prior to that position, she worked as an administrative assistant at Somay Paints, a manufacturer, distributor and exporter of premium quality paints and waterproofing coatings for the interior and exterior of architectural surfaces.