Carlos is a native of Panama and a graduate of the University of Florida. A consummate entrepreneur with a passion for technology and business solutions, he founded Echo, a tech strategy and mobile app development firm, at the beginning of the mobile device revolution. His goal-driven approach leads a fearless and intelligent team to deliver solutions on-time and on-budget.
A leader in the local tech, business, Latino and LGBT communities he is part of several boards serving those groups including StarterStudio, Orlando Economic Partnership, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Orlando City Soccer Foundation. He also founded the Orlando Tech Association.
After the Pulse tragedy, Carlos was appointed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to the One Orlando Fund which distributed over $30 million to Pulse victims' families and survivors. He also went on to co-convene the One Orlando Alliance, a collaboration of over 30 LGBT+ nonprofits and resource organizations.
Carlos is also the recipient of the prestigious Don Quijote Award for Hispanic Business of the Year given by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, a finalist for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Community Champion award, was named one of Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40, one of Orlando Sentinel’s local “Power Brokers" and one of Watermark Magazine’s Most Remarkable People of 2016.
Carlos has been honored by the Governor’s office with the Business Excellence award and entered into the Congressional Record in 2014 for outstanding contributions to the LGBT, business and Latino communities in Central Florida. as a Carlos is also an avid triathlete who has completed over 60 races including arduous Ironman competitions.
Most recently, Carlos was named one of Orlando Magazine's 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando.
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