Florida’s Hispanic Heritage: Five Centuries of History, Culture and Prosperity

Florida Hispanic Leaders
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  • Cesar L. Alvarez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Fernando Bujones, Ballet Dancer
  • Fernando Caldeiro, Astronaut
  • Al Cardenas, Attorney and former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida
  • Armando Codina, President of the Codina Group and first Hispanic to serve on the Board of GM Motors
  • Xavier Cortada, Artist
  • Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Nils Diaz, Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Emilio Estefan, Musician and record executive
  • Gloria Estefan, Singer, performer and composer
  • Andy Garcia, Actor
  • Dr. Pedro José Greer, Jr., Author, physician and professor
  • Alberto Ibarguen, Publisher, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald
  • Julio Iglesias, Singer
  • Marcos Jiménez, United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida
  • Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, President, Florida International University
  • Bob Martinez, former Mayor of Tampa and Governor of Florida
  • Mel Martinez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Roberto Martinez, former U.S. Attorney Southern District of Florida
  • Ambassador Otto Reich, Special Envoy to the Americas, National Security Council and former Ambassador to Venezuela
  • Ambassador Peter Romero, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs/former Ambassador to Ecuador and to Colombia
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member of U.S. House of Representatives
  • Arturo Sandoval, Trumpet Player
  • Nestor Torres, Musician 

Hispanic Government Officials

Florida-specific Hispanic women highlighted in the June 2003 edition of Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Top Latinas

  • Josefina G. Carbonell, assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Remedios Diaz-Oliver, CEO, All American Containers
  • Margarita Dominguez, vice president of information technology telecommunications services, Tampa Electric Company
  • Gloria Estefan, entertainer and entrepreneur
  • Ana Maria Fernandez-Haar, president, IAC Group
  • Lita Haeger, president, Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce
  • Aida Levitán, CEO, Publicis Sánchez & Levitan
  • Claudia Puig, senior vice-president and general manager, Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. congresswoman
  • Cristina Saralegui, talk show hostess and entrepreneur
  • Frances A. Sevilla-Sacasa, head of Citigroup Private Bank, Latin America and Europe
  • Rosa Sugrañes, CEO, Iberia Tiles Corporation
  • Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice-president of student affairs and human relations, and vice-provost of academic affairs, Florida International University
  • Mercy Viana, White House deputy press secretary
  • Antoinette Zel, president, MTV Networks Latin America
  • Tere Zubizarreta, president and CEO, Zubi Advertising

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