Business and Civic Leader Jorge A. Plasencia Receives the 2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award
MIAMI, Sept. 22, 2014 – República, a leading independent cross-cultural advertising, digital and communications agency, is honored to announce that the National Football League (NFL), the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Miami Dolphins awarded its co-founder, chairman and CEO, Jorge A. Plasencia, with the prestigious 2014 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Plasencia was selected for his lifelong dedication to community, especially having co-founded Amigos For Kids in 1991. The award was presented during a pre-game ceremony at the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Dolphins game on Sunday, September 21 at Sun Life Stadium.
“I am humbled to receive this recognition from the NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Miami Dolphins which I dedicate to each and every child we have had the privilege to serve at Amigos For Kids these past 23 years,” said República’s Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO Jorge A. Plasencia.
The NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders. Former recipients of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award are renowned chef Michelle Bernstein, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist Gloria Estefan and her husband and producer Emilio Estefan, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. Pedro José Greer.
A recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the March of Dimes Humanitarian of the Year Award, Plasencia who has been named one of PODER magazine’s 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S., currently serves as chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.
At age 17, Plasencia co-founded Amigos For Kids, a non-profit organization providing services to abused and underprivileged children that he has since nurtured into an institution of national prominence. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents’ Organization, he is currently vice chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation, and serves as a board member of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.