Observed from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
For sales consultant Ruben Fernandez of Ohio, there are countless influential Hispanic and Latino people who have made significant contributions in American history. However, his father Francisco Fernandez will always be the most influential to him.
Francisco came to the United States in his twenties and did not speak English. Although he battled with learning a new country, language, and culture, that never stopped him from working hard.
Coincidently he started as a contractor in home building and delivered pizzas on the side. Once he learned English, he worked security for armored trucks, and transitioned into becoming a police officer.
Throughout his rewarding 30-year career as a police officer, Francisco helped so many people in his community. However, his dedication to succeed and provide the best life for his family didn’t stop there.
Francisco went back to school in his forties and received his degree. He became the chief of police for Capital University which provided Ruben and his sisters a free education. He also assisted in the protection of President Barack Obama during an election campaign at Capital University.
Francisco recently retired and moved back to his home in the Dominican Republic.
“These accomplishments did not come easy, and many times my dad was presented with obstacles from language barriers, racism, educational experience differences, and everyday common struggles,” said Fernandez.
“The lessons I learned from my dad growing up were to work hard and stay driven. We all are hit with obstacles. When faced with difficult times, take a breath and remember what motivates you. Use that motivation to push you in the opportunity we are given here to make that extra call, send one more message to a lead or push yourself to be more creative. All those little things add up to get you to your goal.”
To hear more inspiring stories like Francisco’s, join us on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. (ET) for an engaging conversation with Manny Molera and Gary Acosta to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. To register for the webinar, click here.