December 14, 2018

MBAF's Tony Argiz mentioned in the South Florida Business Journal (print and online) discussing the impact the Cuban community has had across Miami's and South Florida's business and cultural landscape

When 9-year-old Antonio “Tony” Argiz left Cuba for the U.S. in 1962, it was just the latest in his ongoing personal saga.

He was in second grade in 1960 when his parents pulled him out of a private school that the communist regime was closing to shutter religious teachings. His uncle and cousins left for America in 1961, as his uncle feared imprisonment for anti-Castro activity.

Like 14,000 other children, Argiz’s parents put him on a plane to be shepherded by air to the U.S. as part of the Catholic Welfare Bureau’s Operation Pedro Pan.

Orphanages, as well as foster and boarding homes awaited the children. Some were sent to New York, New Jersey, even Oregon, as Argiz recalls. He was sent to Tampa. Though the city had a rich Cuban population dating back to the turn of the century, they were leery of the newcomers, he adds.

When he returned to Miami, Argiz attended Florida International University to study accounting and play baseball. But he never caught a pro scout’s eye, so accounting it was…

Click here to read the full article on South Florida Business Journal.