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Santiago Corrada!

One on One with Santiago Corrada!


Latin Times: How did you get started in your career and in your current position with Tampa Bay and Company?

Santiago Corrada:  Believe it or not, my career began in education, and then in retrospect one situation/career change led to another.  My final position with the school system was as a Principal of a tough inner-city high school where I caught the attention of the Mayor of the City (Miami).  He was impressed with the work occurring at the high school and asked me to run the Parks & Rec Department.  From that position, I was recruited to come to Tampa and work for the Mayor running a number of different departments, including the Tampa Convention Center.  After a change of Mayors, the new incoming Mayor asked me to be the Chief of Staff.  After 2 years serving in that position, the position with Visit Tampa Bay opened and because of my past experience with the Convention Center and large scale events, I decided to apply and was selected.


Latin Times: What do you enjoy most about you what you do?

Santiago Corrada:  The ability to sell our great home to the world, bringing visitors here and positively impacting the economic growth of the people of Tampa.


Latin Times: Please tell us about your biggest obstacles, and how you have overcome them   Santiago Corrada:  The biggest obstacle had to be growing up in an English deficient home and learning to do things on your own.


Latin Times: Do you have any plans to run for political office?

Santiago Corrada:  No, not currently.


Latin Times: What is your favorite Latin Food Dish?

Santiago Corrada: Puerco asado, arroz blanco, frijoles negro, platanos maduro and yuca con mojo.


Latin Times:  Tell us about your family

Santiago Corrada:  My family is small, parents and one sibling.  Many cousins from my mother’s side.  Hard working, proud, ethical, no-fear.


Latin Times:Who is a hero/role model that you admire (Living or deceased) and why do you admire them?

Santiago Corrada:  Obviously my parents are great role models and I absolutely admire Martin Luther King, Jr.   But I think right now, it’s my daughter.  She is beautiful, intelligent, non-judgmental, talented, the total package.


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