Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct John DeAngelis and David Diamond of DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. and Mayela and Orlando Rosales of Media Vista Group into the 2013 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County, at a dinner and awards ceremony on October 29 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples.
The prestigious award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who serve as role models for youth through their professional accomplishments and commitment to the community. For the first time since its inception, two pairs of laureates will be inducted on the same evening. DeAngelis, Diamond and the Rosales’ will join a distinguished group of individuals who have been inducted into the Business Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1987. For more information including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit www.jaswfl.org.
After both earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Building Construction, DeAngelis and Diamond co-founded DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. in 1996. The company has since negotiated and managed more than one billion dollars in construction services throughout Florida and beyond while maintaining a corporate culture devoted to Christian values and a deep commitment to local, national and international philanthropy. DeAngelis, vice president and co-founder, serves on the board of the Pregnancy Resource Center of SWFL and the advisory boards of Liberty Youth Ranch, Grace Works, Refuge, Inc. and Leadership Foundations of America. Diamond, president and co-founder, serves on boards for the Naples International Film Festival and the Gulf Coast Venture Development Organization, and is an honorary professor at the Nalchik Business Institute of Russia.
Known for their entrepreneurial spirit and success, both DeAngelis and Diamond speak regularly to college business students. DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. was ranked “No. 4 of the Top 50 Contractors in Florida’s Gulf Coast” by the Business Observer. The company has earned numerous Sand Dollar, Summit and Pinnacle awards, in addition to being selected four times as the Commercial Builder of the Year by the American Specialty Contractors of Florida. According to McGraw Hill, DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. is among the “Top 100 Contractors in the Southeastern United States,” and was named “No. 15 of the Top 48 Com¬panies overall in Southwest Florida” in 2012 by Gulfshore Business.
In 1996, Orlando and Mayela Rosales moved from Maracaibo, Venezuela, to Naples to pursue new job opportunities. With Mayela’s background in television journalism and Orlando’s experience in business operations and computer programming, the couple realized the opportunity to start the first Hispanic media company in Southwest Florida in 2001. In 2002, they created D’Latinos al Dia, the first Hispanic television news program in Southwest Florida. In 2003, they launched D’Latinos Magazine, a free Southwest Florida Hispanic lifestyle publication, followed by dlatinos.tv website in 2004. In 2006, the company expanded to 24 hours of programming as the affiliate of Azteca America (WANA) for Southwest Florida, and has since acquired three Univision Network television stations in Fort Myers, Minneapolis and Kansas City.
Mayela, co-founder and executive vice president of Media Vista Group, LLC., and Orlando, president and CEO of Media Vista Group, are both active in many community organizations. Mayela has served on the board of directors of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, the American Cancer Society of Collier County, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Fifth Third Bank. She has also been on the board of The Children’s Museum of Naples, and non-profits like the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Literacy Volunteers, American Heart Association, Cancer Alliance of Naples, among many others. In 2009, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart honored Mayela as one of the “100 most influential Latinas in the USA,” and April 1 has been proclaimed by the Mayor of Cape Coral as “Mayela Rosales Day”, in honor of her civic and charitable contributions to the Hispanic community.
Orlando is also actively involved in the community, as member of the President’s Council of Hodges University in Southwest Florida, Children’s Trust Advisory Board, and is on the board of BB&T in Southwest Florida. Both Orlando and Mayela graduated from the National Association of Broadcasters, in Washington D.C.
About Junior Achievement:
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for over 12,000 students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, JA reaches 4.3 million students per year in 119 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida visit www.JASWFL.org or contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.