Pete De La Torre was born in New York City from Cuban immigrant parents yet raised in Miami. Attended Miami-Dade College and Florida International University where he majored in Business Administration. He is a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Academy at The University of Chicago Booth Business School and recently received his Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification.
Professionally, Mr. De La Torre spent 16 years in the Flowers Importing business as one of the pioneers in the industry. In 1995 he moved on to work in the financial services industry as a very successful agent and district manager for AXA Advisors. In 2001, Mr. De La Torre was hired as a partner with New York Life where he was ranked nationally in the top 50 among his partners within the company.
Mr. De La Torre served as Executive Director of The Doral Business Council from early
2005 to September 2011. He was instrumental in over 500% growth of the organization in membership and dollars, ranging from a 45 member group to a membership base exceeding 700 members.
Mr. De La Torre is currently President/CEO of Pete De La Torre Enterprise, an organization that specializes in re-inventing businesses through communication, training and professional speaking services. He is also an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, the largest in the U.S.
Pete is The Host of “The Pete De La Torre Business Hour” A live daily radio show focusing on economic development and business opportunities for South Florida. His program is on the air each morning from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on “880 AM The Biz”; A top 5 finalist for The Miami New Times Readers Choice for Best AM Radio Personality. He is a regular monthly columnist and blogger for Community Newspapers in Miami, FL.
Mr. De La Torre has been involved and held key positions with several non-profit and business organizations in South Florida which include the following groups; Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, American Heart Association, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Chamber South. Highlighting his accomplishments was his tenure as a Board of Director with The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce from 2000-2004.
Mr. De La Torre currently sits on several boards including The International MBA
Advisory board of Florida International University; “The Back on Track Network”; The
US Brazil Chamber of Commerce and The Women’s Marketing Council. Mr. De La
Torre is an active member of The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Trustee Council.
Among his recent awards and recognitions, his radio show is proud to be the recipient
of “The 2015 SBA Small Business Media Advocate of The year” for South Florida and
The State of Florida. This award is given by The Small Business Administration, a
nationwide government entity geared to promote and support small business all over
the United States.
"Have a vision
but keep an eye
- Pete De La Torre
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