Julio A. Fuentes, President, CEO & Founder of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Florida’s first and only statewide business advocacy organization, specifically focused on the Hispanic business community in Floridawas selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Latino American Who’s Who.
Mr. Fuentes, of Cuban descent, received his degree in Business Administration from Iona College, located in New Rochelle, New York. After graduating, he began his career as an Investment Associate with Merrill Lynch from 1990-1992. For the next six years, Mr. Fuentes continued his career on Wall Street as an Investment Banker. Then in 1999, he joined the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as a Membership Specialist focused on the Hispanic market. During this time, Mr. Fuentes recognized the need for an organization exclusively dedicated to the Hispanic business market, and thus, he founded the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Today the organization has grown to 38 chapters and manages a database of over 80,000 minority owned businesses. The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the only statewide Economic Development organization serving the needs of the Hispanic community.
In addition, Julio A. Fuentes is the President & CEO of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO). Hispanic CREO’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic children by empowering families through parental choice in education. Hispanic CREO achieves this by providing parents with free information and resources, which help them to become advocates for their children. He is also on the Board of Directors for Florida Kidcare, was Chairman of Latin CEO and was also appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist as a Commissioner for a Blueprint for Juvenile Justice reform.
Mr. Fuentes is ranked as one of Florida’s 100 Most Influential Leaders by Florida Trend Magazine.
The Latino American Who’s Who is a New York based biographical publication that selects and distinguishes leading Latino professionals throughout the world who have attained a recognizable degree of success in their field of endeavor and thereby contribute to the growth of their industry and culture. The Latino Who’s Who promotes an awareness of the achievements of the Latino professional and executive by creating a networking platform to provide recognition of individual accomplishments. The annual registry of the Latino American “Who’s Who” is formatted as an elegant hard cover edition as well as an online edition that provides information on recognized individuals. It also contains cross references by names, professions and family country of origin.
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