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Niurka Castaneda
niurka@amorumbrella.com / 786-445-2364
Niurka Castaneda, the founder of Amor Umbrella is a Mom, a Veteran of the US Army, a writer, a voracious reader, an enthusiastic traveler, a student, and an Entrepreneur.
Niurka graduated with a Bachelor of Applied of Science’s Degree Supply Chain Logistics Management and Supervision Management, and a A.A Business Management from Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida. She also is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
The founder has over 25+ years of logistical experience as a US Army soldier and as a federal civilian in her role as Supply Chain Specialist. During her military and civilian tenure, she was responsible for the coordination, distribution, maintenance, accountability and security of military equipment and supplies of over $8M in equipment across 3 sites and 2 countries. She served another additional 5 years as a Logistic Management Specialist with DOD and later another additional 5 years working as subcontractor for the US Army under Akima LLC as a Logistic Management Analyst Specialist. The combination of Supply chain management knowledge and working experience with technical expertise allows her to easily understand most customer’s logistical requirements.
Amor Umbrella, a registered trademark and DBA of Ventures C & A LLC is a Certified Disable Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) & Woman Owned Small Business (VOSB),  a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) firm located in Miami, FL that is a Social Impact Clothing Apparel and Accessories Fashion Brand that is Veteran Owned and Operated, and that employs Veterans and their Family members. 
In addition to her role as a business owner, Niurka is also heavily involved in her community dedicating portion of her time supporting education and nonprofit organizations like WWP Wounded Warrior Program, The Mission Continues, and the Propeller Club Port of Miami.

VoyageMIA interview

"Today we’d like to introduce you to Niurka Castaneda.
Niurka, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grow up in Cuba and I come from a family of entrepreneurs and artists. My grandfather was a poet, my parent’s Cuban entrepreneurs. They were very resourceful people and why I believe I have been enterprising and artistic. My family moved to Miami because of the political and social situation. Our journey is like many others immigrating to the US, we were looking for the opportunity to succeed on our own and give the family a better quality of life.
Personally, I felt the call to serve my new home and a year after arriving joined the Army, to serve this great country. It was one of the most rewarding and challenging decisions I have ever made. The military offered me many new experiences where I learned skills like resilience, flexibility, self-motivation, determination, self-discipline, goal setting, risk tolerance. At the time the Army motto was “ Be all you can be” I loved it, and I live by it. The skills I learned from the Army serve me well even today." READ MORE