República Chairman & CEO Jorge A. Plasencia named winner of Florida’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 in the Emerging Business category. Learn more. 

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the Emerging Business category

MIAMI, June 15, 2012 –República today announced that chairman and CEO Jorge A. Plasencia is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award® 2012 in the Emerging Business category in the Florida regional program as announced at the black-tie gala and banquet held at the Hilton Orlando hotel on June 14.

The esteemed award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

As a Florida award recipient, Plasencia is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Recepients in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2012. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Now in its 26th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award®, aims to recognize entrepreneurs’ creating and leading successful, expanding and dynamic companies, through a regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries.

“It’s truly an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award and I commend the very impressive finalists in the category,” said Plasencia. “I dedicate this recognition to my business partner Luis Casamayor, our amazing team, and our loyal clients.”

República has received numerous awards for its creative and strategic acumen in its diverse fields. Most recently, it was recognized with a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, four Telly Awards and 15 ADDYs. The agency has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by the INC 5000, has been ranked by Advertising Age magazine as one of the “Top U.S. Agencies from All Disciplines.”

In addition to leading República, Plasencia is also very committed to the community and is a strong advocate for Hispanic causes. He is also the newly appointed chair of the National Council of La Raza, chair of the Cuban-American National Council and is a board member of the Miami Dade College Foundation and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, among others. In 1991, he cofounded Amigos For Kids, one of South Florida’s most respected nonprofit organizations for underprivileged children.

In 2011, he combined enterprise and philanthropy to launch, “Repúblicares,” República’s new annual initiative created to award one year of pro-bono expertise to a deserving organization within the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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