2020 Top Florida Latino Lideres Award recipient
Carlos Guzman is a Latino Mover N’ Shaker From Orlando, Florida
Latin Times Media: What part of Florida do you live in – are you from Florida? If not – what brought you to Florida? Where is your family from?
Carlos Guzman: I live in Orlando. We are from Puerto Rico.
Latin Times Media: Tell me about what you do for a living.
Carlos Guzman: I’m an entrepreneur, investor, and real estate developer.
Latin Times Media: Tell me about what organizations you are a part of.
Carlos Guzman: I’m the President/CEO of the National Puerto Rican Leadership Council Education Fund, Inc.
Latin Times Media: Tell us about the biggest highlights of your career.
Carlos Guzman: The biggest highlight of my career is being able to work successfully in the “for-profit” sector and be able to effectively contribute to my community through the “non-profit” sector.
Latin Times Media: What has been your biggest challenge, and how have you been able to overcome it?
Carlos Guzman: My biggest challenge is to conform myself to a 24-hour day knowing the massive amount of work pending out there. I have overcome it by surrounding myself with good people, prioritizing my work, delegating, and supervising the work done.
Latin Times Media: How important is being a Latino/Hispanic to you?
Carlos Guzman: There is nothing more important than being Puerto Rican. All Puerto Ricans are Hispanic/Latinos, but not all Hispanics/Latinos are Puerto Rican. Being Puerto Rican is a privilege.
Latin Times Media: What is your favorite type of musica, and what is your favorite song?
Carlos Guzman: My favorite music or song is like a fine perfume or a rare wine; it depends on the occasion.
Latin Times Media: IF you travel back in time, where/when would you go -and/or what are some of the pivotal decisions that you have made that you would do differently?
Carlos Guzman: I would not travel back in time because that will imply that I have some regrets, and I have none.
Latin Times Media: Being an Inspiration to others, what wisdom can you give young Latino/Hispanics?
Carlos Guzman: Be prepared and always show up on time. 99% of winning is showing up.
Latin Times Media: Tell us about what kind of projects you currently have going on.
Carlos Guzman: I’m working on the Puerto Rico earthquake relief effort and other community-
based projects in the mainland.
Latin Times Media: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Carlos Guzman: You’ll always see a proud Puerto Rican willing to help others.
Latin Times Media: What is your comida favorite?
Carlos Guzman: “Lechón Asado a la varita” Puerto Rican style.
Latin Times Media: What did I miss? Tell me something you want us to know!
Carlos Guzman: You have not missed anything, my dear, and you all know “Que se les quiere de gratis”!!!