We are proud to announce Ceci Velasco as the first judge for the inaugural S[w]WAG (Swim[wear] Week Awards Gala), a highlight of the 2024 Miami Swim Week. Ceci Velasco has a distinguished background in public administration, urban planning, and community development. She brings a wealth of experience and insight to our Judges’ Panel.

A Leader in Community Development and the Hospitality Industry

Indeed Ceci’s journey in public service is marked by her instrumental role in the establishment of the City of Doral and the Town of Cutler Bay. Her tenure at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce as EVP, COO, and Acting President and CEO further solidified her leadership in the community. Notably, she established and chaired the Tourism and Hospitality Council for nearly a decade, showcasing her deep commitment to the industry.

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Ceci Velasco, Executive Director of the Ocean Drive Association is a confirmed S[w]WAG Judge. Nominations open until May 24, 2024.

Pillar in Economic Recovery and Disability Awareness

Ceci’s involvement in Miami-Dade’s Economic Recovery Taskforce for COVID markedly demonstrates her dedication to navigating challenges and fostering resilience. As the Vice Chairman of Power Access, she is crucial in promoting disability awareness through the South Beach Jazz Festival.

Emphatically A Champion for Diversity and Inclusion

Ceci’s advocacy extends to her work as a Civil Rights Officer. In Illinois, through her leadership in National IMAGE, Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering Hispanics through employment, education, and civil rights. Her founding role in the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees highlights her commitment to celebrating diversity and advocating for equal rights.

A Decorated Leader and Award Recipient

Ceci’s contributions are not unnoticed. She is a Woman Worth Knowing recognized by the Miami Beach Commission for Women. She counts the Better Beach Citizen Award among her many accolades. Her active participation on various boards, including the Miami Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios Leadership Advisory Board, underscores her influence and dedication to the community.

We are thrilled as Ceci Velasco joins us as a judge for S[w]WAG. Her expertise, passion, and understanding of community and economic development including hospitality, will undoubtedly enrich the awards process and contribute to the gala’s success.

Finally, interested in learning more about S[w]WAG and how it’s revolutionizing the 2024 Miami Swim Season? Click here to dive deeper into this prestigious awards gala. Ready to nominate your colleagues and friends making waves in swimwear fashion? Submit your nominations here before the deadline on May 24th and help us honor the exceptional talent and creativity that define Miami Swim Week.

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