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Tribute to the Trade and Transportation Pioneers

port-of-miami-globe-sculpture-2In 2000, the Florida Foreign Trade Association (F.F.T.A.) made the commitment to undertake a project that would entail recording and showcasing Miami’s historic rise in international trade during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It was during those decades that a dedicated and spirited group of entrepreneurs began transforming our city from its tourist based economy – and an almost insignificant role in foreign trade – to its current prominent leadership position in international commerce.

F.F.T.A. selected 194 Pioneers in International Trade Transportation industry (ocean, air, trucking and rail) for their vital contributions to the development of our thriving international trade community. The persons selected have been honored through various events. The Florida Foreign Trade Association now welcomes and applauds the project that the Port of Miami spearheaded to preserve and salute those individuals whom we recognize as having made a difference in promoting business relations between South Florida and the rest of the world.

The desire of F.F.T.A. to honor those men and women it has selected as Pioneers goes beyond the luncheons, gala dinners and the website that documents some of the individuals and their contributions.

The monument -commissioned by the Pioneers- located at the entrance of the Port of Miami, was designated Historic Landmark in 2014.

The Tribute clearly conveys the positive spirit, the innovation, dedication and optimism of our Pioneers. We believe the project represent the celebration of a wonderful, powerful and dynamic period in our community, which was propelled by the synergism of many factors and individuals. The Pioneers provided the momentum and the foundation upon which the Gateway of the Americas was built, thereby fueling Miami’s spectacular rise to prominence in international trade.

TRIBUTE VIDEOS

LIST OF PIONEERS

ALBERTO DEL CERRO
ALBERTO L. DE ROJAS, SR.
ALBERTO LAHENS
ALBERTO MENACHO
ALBERTO P. HERREROS
ALBERTO SANTALÓ
ALFONSO LOPEZ MAURIN
ALFONSO ROBLES
ALVIN P.CHESTER
ANA MOLINA-DIAZ
ANNE BECKER
ANTONIO D. ESQUIVEL
ANTONIO M. CALLEJA
AUGUST J. PALUZZI
AURELIO ESTRADA
BARBARA REILLY
BUNNY SCHREIBER
CAPT. EDDIE RICKENBACKER*
CARLOS I. ORIZONDO
CARLOS R. MURCIANO
CESAREO LLANO
CHARLES F. MCKAY
DAVID M. SOWERS
EDMUNDO TORNER
EDUARDO BACALLAO
ELSA BLANCO
EMILIO, SR. AND ISILDA RUIZ
ENRIQUE (HENRY) MARTINEZ
ENRIQUE AND AMANDA ROS
FRANK L. ROVIROSA
GENE RODRIGUEZ
GEORGE E. BATCHELOR
GEORGE W.B. WHITING
GERALD LESNICK
GUILLERMO (BILL) A. LARA OLIVA, SR.
GUSTAVO P. CASTANEDA
HARVEY D. SYKES
HECTOR M. PONTE
HENRY L. CALLEJA
JOHN BATISTA
JOHN H. CASSIDY
JOHN L. GAZITUA, SR.
JORGE A. MARTINEZ, JR.
JORGE MARQUET
JORGE PEDRAZA
JORGE R. DE TUYAJOSE C. ESTRADA
JOSÉ M. NARANJO
JOSE PEREZ-JAUME
JOSEPH R. SMITH
JUAN TERRY TRIPPE
JULIO OLIVA
L. FRANK REYES
LEONORE HOFFNER
LIZ REYES
LOU MOBILIA
MAIKY CERVERA
MANUEL A. MENCIA
MANUEL A. SEDANO
MANUEL SOLA, JR.
MARIO RODRIGUEZ
MARY LOZANO-MENDEZ
NELLY E. FRESNEDO
OCTAVIO “TONY” DESCALZO
OLGA N. ZACARIAS
OSCAR C. DE TUYA, JR.
OSVALDO MARRERO
PHILIP J. FERRARI
RAFAEL A. PUGA
RAFAEL M. CERVERA
RALPH DE LA ROSA
RALPH LUIS GAZITUA
RAMÓN S. MORO
RAQUEL GRIST CURBELO
RICARDO C. PUENTE
RICARDO MARTINEZ
ROBERT L. KELLER
ROBERTO BOVO
ROLAND PASQUIS
ROLANDO NAPOLES
ROSEMARY MCHENRY WILLIAMS
SALVADOR NISTAL
SOL BENSON
TERRY GEGA
TONY TORRES-PINO
VERNON M. GRAY
WTDC

The Florida Foreign Trade Association (FFTA) is a non-profit trade organization incorporated in July 1985 that represents the most diverse group of individuals and companies in the foreign trade.