Hispanic Institute to host business luncheon

The Hispanic Institute at Hodges University will host its first Promise Award Luncheon on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12 pm. The luncheon, presented by Cadillac Quality Vending, will be held at Pelican Preserve, 10571Veneto Drive, in Fort Myers.
At the luncheon, the Hispanic Institute will share the findings of its “Direct Service from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) to the Caribbean/Latin America” survey project conducted in partnership with the Lee County Port Authority. Featured speakers include Carol Obermeier, Director of Aviation Market Development at RSW and Alberto Escudero Morales, Executive Director of Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“This report highlights the growing need for more flight service in our area,” said Carmen Rey-Gomez, director of the Hispanic Institute. “We live in a desirable destination for family and leisure activities, and with the growth of the Hispanic community here, combined with the expansion at RSW, there is a great business opportunity for an airline or several airlines to offer direct service from Southwest Florida.

“It’s important for our community to realize that non-stop service could increase the potential for economic development for business owners and all of Southwest Florida in the areas of trade, hospitality, travel and tourism.”

During the luncheon, Hodges student Victor Cerna will be presented with the Hispanic Institute’s Promise Award. The Award is awarded to a Hodges University student or community member who exemplifies society’s most valued human characteristics and thus serves as a distinguished example of social responsibility, determination, dedication, honesty, and moral character. 

“The ideal candidate for this Award should personify the University’s stated measurable educational outcomes of critical thinking, effective communication, initiative, leadership ability and research ability,” said Rey-Gomez. “Victor has proven to be an extremely motivated student here at Hodges and is really deserving of this recognition.”

Mr. Cerna came to the United States from Peru in 2003. In 2008, he enrolled at Hodges University in the English as a Second Language program. Later that year Cerna began to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Technology at Hodges University. Currently he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Technology, and will continue for a Master’s Degree in business administration as his next goal. He also assists the Hispanic Institute with its Hablemos program which provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking Spanish with native speakers.

Tickets for the luncheon can be obtained by calling (239) 938-7793. The luncheon is open to the public.  

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