Steven Marin is the president and CEO of Marin and Sons Inc., which he founded over 25 years ago. Under his leadership, Marin & Sons has provided services to a diverse list of corporate clients from various industries, including healthcare, information technology and non-profit organizations, along with real estate developers and building contractors. The firm’s political campaign clients include congressional, state and municipal candidates. Marin and Sons’ focus is passing legislation, winning elections and putting corporate clients in the best possible position to secure government procurements. The firm has a strong reputation for getting results and has an excellent record to prove it.
In recent years, Marin has been named one of South Florida Business Leader Magazine’s Movers & Shakers in the business community and Marin and Sons was recognized as one of the magazine’s Top 100 Small Businesses in South Florida. In 2018, the Latin Builders Association named Marin and Sons as the Government Consulting Firm of the Year in South Florida.
Marin’s philosophy consists of a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to give back to the community. He has served on the executive board of The Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade County, where he was chosen as chairman of the organization’s development committee. As a result of his efforts and commitment, he was honored with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Florida New Board Member of the Year.
Marin was also appointed to the board of directors of Camillus House, which provides humanitarian services to the homeless community of Miami-Dade County. Marin and Sons has also been recognized for its involvement with various other local charities and organizations including Lotus House, Teach for America, Florida Health Choices and Overtown Youth Optomist .He is also past president of the Overtown Community Optimist Club, an entity dedicated to helping inner-city kids through sports.
Marin attended Heidelberg University in Ohio where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science. Before returning to Miami, he spent a year in Washington, D.C. in the White House in the George H.W. Bush administration. He later received his master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. Steve is also a local public school product and a proud graduate of Miami High Senior High School.
He resides in Miami and is the proud father of two sons -- Steven Michael and Tristen.
Cicely Falls serves as office manager for Marin and Sons, where she manages the CEO’s calendar as well as the company’s accounting including payables and receivables, as well as overseeing the management information systems. She also assists in Marin & Sons’ political campaigns by providing Spanish translation services for clients, including documents, political advertisement mailers and social media postings.
Before joining the firm in 2011, Cicely served as a legal secretary/paralegal for nearly ten years, working for the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, where she scheduled client interviews and depositions and was responsible for creating, maintaining and closing case files.
She received her licentiate in law from the University of Havana and practiced maritime law in Cuba, where she assisted international companies. She came to Miami as a political exile at the age of 28 and studied at FIU’s Legal Studies Paralegal Program where she obtained her certification to become a paralegal. Shortly after arriving in Miami, Cicely worked tirelessly to help the rest of her family leave communist Cuba, successfully reuniting them in 2014. Cicely is an avid reader of Latin American literature and enjoys home renovation projects in her Miami Springs home.
Gus Cabrera is the managing director for Marin and Sons, Inc., where he is responsible for day-to-day operations on both the campaign and consulting service offerings.
Prior to working at Marin and Sons, Cabrera worked at MasTec, Inc., a national infrastructure construction company serving the energy, water/sewer, communications and government sectors. He held several positions in his 18 years with the firm, including division vice president, as well as corporate vice president of business development.
In 2019, Gus was elected President-Elect of the Latin Builders Association, one of the largest Hispanic construction associations in the United States, and will assume the Presidency of the LBA in 2021. He is also a committee member of the Miami Dade County Public School Board’s Planning and Construction Committee, and previously served on the board of directors of Hispanic Unity of Florida, a non-profit group dedicated to assisting Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees in Broward County.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, he arrived in Miami in 1979 at the age of 10, and currently resides in Miami with his family.
Oscar Gonzalez is Art director for Marin and Sons, where he oversees all of the graphic design needs for Marin and Sons’ clients.
Before joining Marin and Sons, he was the pre-press Manager for Bellak Color, a position he held for 24 years. Bellak Color is a commercial print shop that has been in business for over 48 years, and it is known for the quality of their work.
When not behind the computer, Gonzalez spends his time coaching high school basketball. Gonzalez is the current Head Girls Varsity Coach at St. Brendan High School and was a part of the coaching staff for Doral Academy’s 2018 Varsity Boys Basketball State Championship. He is a former director of The Miami Youth Basketball Organization or MYBO, a not-for-profit corporation that is committed to serving the youth of our community through the sport of basketball.
Gonzalez was born in Bogota, Colombia – where his parents emigrated from Cuba. Before the age of one, his family moved to Puerto Rico, where he lived for 18 years. Gonzalez attended Miami Dade Community College and currently lives in Miami. He is married and has five children and four grandchildren.
Alex Dominguez has been part of the Marin & Sons team since 2017, serving as campaign field and media consultant for multiple candidate clients. Alex began his career in Florida politics working for former state representative Jose Felix Diaz, as well former state representative and later US Ambassador to the OAS – Carlos Trujillo. While at Marin & Sons, he has been an integral part of multiple winning campaigns at the state and local level, as well as serving as community outreach coordinator for the firm’s private clients. In 2019, Alex was featured in Influence Magazine as one the rising starts of Florida politics.
Alex is a graduate of Florida International University and is currently seeking his Juris Doctorate from FIU.
STEVEN MICHAEL MARIN
Steven Michael Marin joined Marin & Sons in 2021 and will serve as Director of Business Development, where he will focus on expanding Marin & Sons’ service reach and assist in new client development.
Steven attended Florida International University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration after graduating in 2020. He was recognized by FIU President Mark Rosenberg for his fundraising efforts on behalf of Fostering Panther Pride - an FIU program that addresses the special educational, physical and emotional needs of formerly foster and homeless youth enrolled at FIU. In three years, Steven raised over $130,000 for students in need and received a commendation from the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners for his efforts.
During his time in college, he chose to work simultaneously at Smoothie King in the hopes of opening up his own franchise someday. He worked at Smoothie King for six months, where he learned a lot about the company as a whole and the fundamentals behind making a franchise profitable.
In an attempt to seek a new challenge, Steven later accepted a job with MSP Recovery – a leading Medicaid and Medicare Secondary Payer Act Recovery firm. He served as a data analyst and worked in the SIU Department for two years and in the Sales Department for one year. Throughout this opportunity, he gained valuable experience in the organizational structures of the healthcare industry.
Steven’s goal in life is to someday create his own managed services organization in the Miami area. He has a serious interest in entrepreneurship and private/public equity. He has created and co-created a total of five different businesses throughout his young professional life. When he is not working, Steven loves to read about new companies on the stock market and identify which are good investments.
MAURICIO 'MONTY' MONTIEL
Mauricio ‘Monty’ Montiel joined Marin & Sons in November of 2020 after various legislative support roles at the State Capitol. In his new position with Marin & Sons, Monty will be responsible for client development for the firm’s external affairs engagement services with the Florida Legislature.
Monty brings with him years of experience in Tallahassee, where he worked for various elected leaders in both the Florida House of Representative and State Senate, and where he was recognized as an expert in the legislative process and inner workings of the Legislature. In addition to his knowledge of legislative policy development, Monty brings expertise in constituent communications having assisted lawmakers and staff in conveying legislative initiatives to community groups. His experience in dealing with Tallahassee lawmakers and understanding of the legislative road map for new legislation, make him a valuable member of the Marin & Sons team.
Monty was born and raised in Miami, where he currently resides with his son Matthew. When he is not working on behalf of clients, he enjoys fishing and boating and is an avid reader of all things politics.
Kristen Cortada joined the Marin & Sons’ team in early 2020 after graduating from the University of South Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History. Kristen brings with her a robust working knowledge of digital advertising and enjoys creating eye-catching designs and telling stories through images.
Kristen will be responsible for digital ad creation and placement of ads in digital news outlets and other online vehicles. She will also assist in message development of targeted social media strategy for Marin & Sons’ political clients, as well as manage, implement, and monitor candidate’s website design, retargeting strategies and message deployment.
When she is not working, Kristen enjoys printmaking, baking vegan sweets and traveling to far off places.