Panther Alumni Week (PAW) connects students with former Panthers through class presentations, industry panels, and networking events. Each year, alumni are invited to visit FIU and engage with students on campus and virtually by offering real-world insight and valuable career advice.
This year, the Honors College is proud to welcome our alumni panelists who will share their insights on how to navigate success in today’s dynamic world. Students will hear stories from our alumni about how the FIU Honors College prepared them for their careers, and what their professional life looks like and give advice to students.
Meet our panelists:
Erik C. Alexander got his BBA and MBA from FIU, finishing his degrees in 2007. He studied business and finance and has taken this knowledge into the working field where he now holds the position of Vice President for Truist Wealth, a legal specialty group. His position requires that he engage with clients to find goal-based strategies to meet their wanted financial outcomes.
Joe Carvelli is an alumnus of the graduating class of 1975. He graduated with a BA in Psychology and is currently the President of Your Staffing Source Inc, a company that assists businesses with onboarding new employees and acts as a liaison for the early hiring process. He has a long background and solid skill set in the staffing and recruiting industry.
Maria Claro is an FIU alum who graduated with a BS in Communication Broadcast Journalism and Television Production. She currently works at Univision as the Senior Director of promotional strategy and has had a long career in the media industry. Claro is an award-winning creative executive for her work in multi-platform brand and marketing strategy.
Juan D’Arce, M.S.Ed., P.I., C.P.S. graduated in 2005 with a BA in Political Science and Government from FIU. He has garnered over 25 years of experience working with the legal community, locally and nationally. Today he holds the position of Managing Member of Litigation Process Servers, LLC, and Executive Director of the Spanish Amerian League Against Discrimination.
Eduardo “Eddie” Hondal is an alumnus from the class of 2000. Hondal has over 20 years of experience in medical executive sales. He has won multiple awards for providing physicians and their patients with medical office needs. He previously held the position of President of the FIU Alumni Association and is now the Executive Territory Manager for Eli Lilly and Company.
Students interested in attending this event can RSVP via Panther Connect.