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.