Thursday, January 3, 2019

Miami Postmaster to Retire Jan. 31

Miami Postmaster Enrique (Rick) Suarez (left) will retire the end of this month. He will end his 34-year postal career as an executive in the same city where he started as a Letter Carrier. 

Suarez began his career at Miami's Norland Branch, and quickly rose to positions of increased responsibility, which included the Manager, Customer Services, both in Miami and Hialeah. In 1999, he served as Postmaster, Hialeah and later became Manager, Post Office Operations for the South Florida District.

In 2006, Suarez was named Postmaster, Fort Lauderdale. Suarez was Plant Manager, both at the Miami Processing and Distribution Center and the South Florida Processing and Distribution Center. In 2013, he was named Postmaster, Miami.

A proud and dedicated employee, Suarez had a passion for public service, which he demonstrated 26 years ago, heading on-the-ground recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. 

Throughout his career, Suarez was engaged with his employees, motivating and recognizing individuals for their contributions to the organization, as well as with his customers, primarily through the Miami-Dade County Postal Customer Council. Suarez also was very involved in community activities. 

Suarez valued an education and participated in managerial/executive postal programs. He also became a certified Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Executive Green Belt. He had earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration from Barry University. 

The recipient of five Area Vice President (AVP) Awards, Suarez always led by example, treating everyone, at every level of the organization, with dignity and respect. During his career, he worked tirelessly to develop employees to become the best that they could be, recognizing that people were the most important part of the Postal Service.

Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, left) joined National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 1071 President Mark Travers (above, right) in congratulating Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Letter Carrier Horace Davis (above, center) on his 50-year career milestone.

It became an annual tradition for Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above) to dedicate the Lunar New Year stamp at festivities at Miami-Dade College.
In 2014, Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above) officiated the program that dedicated the Norland Post Office building to Father Marquess Barry.  

Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, far left) provided a tour of Miami Processing and Distribution Center operations to an impressed Miami-Dade County Postal Customer Council membership. 
Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, left) often assisted customers with their mailing and shipping needs. 
Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, left) enjoyed promoting the Postal Service through national and local media opportunities. 
Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, center) and his Customer Service Team posed for this photo at a 2014 quarterly meeting.

Miami Postmaster Enrique Suarez (above, center) and his Customer Service Team posed for this #PostalProud photo. 

Photos: Debra Fetterly and Mirtha Uriarte

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