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Belen’s Father Willie

In 1961, Fidel Castro, an alumnus of Belen Jesuit in Havana, marched the Jesuit’s through the streets of Havana to an awaiting boat. They were taken to Miami and Castro closed Belen. The Jesuit’s and their school were known for their progressive thinking, and Castro viewed them as opposition.

Shortly after arriving to Miami, the Jesuits opened Belen in Little Havana. Now the prestigious school is farther west on SW 8th Street on a sprawling campus.

At the head of the school is another alum, Father Guillermo Garcia-Tuñon, affectionately known as Father Willie. Father Willie became president in 2016, and it’s his dream job.

We spent a few hours with the father to learn more about this Miami leader, and understand how he approaches the important task of guiding many of Miami’s future leaders from the Cuban community.

 

Aaron Glickman
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Aaron Glickman is a Miami native. After earning his degree in theatre from Florida State University, Aaron headed west to Los Angeles where he lived and worked for a decade. In 2006, he came home to launch Luxury Condo Living magazine – a print publication that covered the luxury condo lifestyle. As the impending real estate crash loomed, Aaron identified SocialMiami, a society blog with highly targeted following. After creating a business strategy designed to transform the platform into an online glossy magazine, Aaron became publisher, and the platform increased in revenue and site visitors by 10 times. He developed partnerships and marketing strategies with many of Miami’s most powerful brands, and created viral editorial strategies that highlighted the city’s greatest influencers. Additionally, Aaron became more involved with his community, sitting on committees and raising funds for Baptist Health, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Children’s Hospital, YoungArts and many more. Aaron is currently a board member of Miami Theater Center and in 2015 was honored as a Miracle Maker by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. That same year, Aaron returned to the stage playing Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch at Miami Theater Center. His new media venture, Current.Miami, is a video-based digital media platform with an emphasis on storytelling.

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