Joaquin F. Blaya
Board of GovernorsJoaquin F. Blaya is recognized as one of the most influential Hispanic businessmen in the country and a legend in the media industry. Blaya is a visionary, a builder, and a creator. In 2002, Blaya was appointed by President Bush to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the bipartisan, nine-member board, which supervises all non-military U.S. international broadcasting. He was the creator and developer of Radio Unica, the nation’s first 24-hour Spanish-language radio network; chief executive officer of Telemundo Group, Inc.; and president of the Univision Network, the world’s largest Spanish-language television network. Mr. Blaya chairs the Sylvester Marketing Committee.
Blaya has long been active in national and local civic affairs. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In 2002, he received the American Institute for Public Service’s Lifetime Achievement Jefferson Award, the Robert C. Maynard Legend Award, and the U.S. Hispanic Hero Award. Additionally, he is the recipient of the prestigious Theodor Herzl Award for Hope and Tolerance, given by the country of Israel. “I cannot conduct the breakthrough research, I cannot perform innovative surgery, or treat and care for the patients; however, as a board member, I can—and I must—join my community in the fight against cancer.”