Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
College/School: College of Business
Gabriel Garcia was a boy when he and his family came to the United States as political refugees from Cuba’s communist regime, having endured persecution based on their political beliefs. Like many Cuban refugees before them, they began at the bottom of the economic ladder when they arrived.
Gabriel said his parents made big sacrifices for him and his siblings. Indeed, those difficult moments motivated him to succeed – first at G. Holmes Braddock High School as a Silver Knight nominee, Future Business Leader of America, and founder of an online Cuban genealogy group; and now at Florida International University as a prestigious Maldonado Global Scholar and executive board member for the International Business Honor Society.
It was through the honors society that Gabriel and eight of his peers founded a project in Bandhwari, India to help oppressed women learn how to become entrepreneurs and begin their climb out of poverty.
Gabriel believes that unique experience in India ultimately earned him a summer internship at Crowe Horwath, one of the top 10 accounting and consulting firms, and he will begin working for them full-time after graduation doing risk consulting work, particularly anti-money laundering and internal audits.
By Ana Acle-Menendez
Writer, College of Business