Celebrating 20 Years of Successful Local Entrepreneurship
On October 20, 2022, AmePower celebrated the Grand Opening of its world class, state-of-the-art facility, which was accompanied by an official Inauguration and Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Granted the ‘Key to Miami-Dade County’ by Mayor Carlos Gimenez in 2020, AmePower has been on the radar as an economic powerhouse driving the technology and innovation industry in Miami, providing solutions in Energy Conversion for the Rail Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Solar, Wind and Energy sectors.
Founded by two Hispanic immigrants, Karina Doracio (President) from Argentina, and Luis Contreras (CEO) from Venezuela, AmePower is an example that the ‘American Dream’ is alive and well in Miami-Dade - not only reaching and surpassing their growth targets but supporting the local economy with their global operation that plays a key role in sustainable resource development. As a certified woman-owned business under the leadership of Ms. Doracio, AmePower has become a globally recognized firm in the delivery of customized solutions to improve the efficiency and reliability of High-Power Electronics Systems.
The inauguration ceremony and celebratory activities were led by 3x Emmy Award Winning Journalist and TV Host Natalia Cruz, International Award-Winning Presenter and Producer of Mujeres Exitosas de Alto Nivel, Alberto Maucó, and supported by several key members of government and institutional organizations including: Michaeljohn Green (Deputy Director of Economic Development, Miami-Dade County,); Dr. Galen Treuer, Ph.D (Economic Development - Climate Tech & Economic Innovation, Miami-Dade County); Claudia Mariaca (Councilwoman, City of Doral) Manuel Pila (Economic Developer, City of Doral); Bryan Calvo (Councilman, City of Hialeah); Dr. Osama Mohammad (Director, School of Electrical, Computer and Enterprise Engineering); Stanley Rigaud (Vice President, International Economic Development, Miami-Dade County Beacon Council); Christi Fraga (Miami Dade School Board Member) and Roberto Plazola (President, South Florida Manufacturers Association).
With the recent announcement of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will prioritize a shift to the electrification of transportation and energy resources, AmePower is fully equipped to accommodate an influx of projects to support the federal initiative, while simultaneously developing unique, innovative solutions that will help the country to reach its emissions reduction targets.
Speaking to the future vision of AmePower and its potential for global impact, CEO Luis Contreras stated:
“Energy conversion is the fundamental link for all areas of electrification and is key to reaching our goals of reducing 50% of emissions by 2030, and net zero by 2050. Whether it is for Rail applications, Electric Vehicle, Solar or Wind Turbines, we are at an inflection point in history. AmePower has been developing a unique expertise for the last 20 years, creating a foundation of innovation and technology that we will now use to construct a more sustainable future.”
Some of these technologies not only include new, innovative solutions to complex issues, but also modernization of existing energy conversion systems to improve the reliability and extend the life cycle on obsolete equipment.
As a recognition to their operation located in Miami, and to congratulate them on their grand opening of their high-tech facility, a Congratulatory Certificate was issued to AmePower on behalf of Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz, which was presented by Deputy Director of Economic Development Michaeljohn Green who presented the certificate on the Mayor’s behalf. A second recognition was also presented to Karina Doracio and Luis Contreras, residents of Doral, by Councilwoman Claudia Mariaca on behalf of Mayor of Doral Juan Carlos Bermudez. In the certificate he stated:
“I take great pleasure in congratulating you for your hard work and dedication that has led to a successful business, contributing to the employment and economic development in the community. As a woman-owned, minority-owned small business, you inspire and help pave the way for others.”
Councilman Bryan Calvo from the City of Hialeah also presented AmePower with a certificate of recognition, highlighting that “you would expect to see a company like AmePower located in Silicon Valley, but we are proud to have them right here in Miami.”
Apart from their daily operations in the design, development, and manufacturing of electrical systems, AmePower has been dedicated to the development of engineering talent and has been working closely with the Florida International University Engineering department to provide internship opportunities for students, where they receive mentorship and hands-on practical application of their learnings as well as opportunities to participate in the development of new technologies. Many of the students that have been interns at AmePower have been offered permanent, full-time positions.
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