NEW YORK–()–Jorge A. Plasencia, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Republica Havas, was recognized by the Hispanic Public Relations Association’s (HPRA) with its 2018 ¡BRAVO! Pioneer of the Year Award. The HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards are one to the most prestigious awards in U.S. Hispanic communications and marketing. The sold-out gala event was held at the Lotte Palace Hotel in New York City.

“I stand on the shoulders of the legendary women and men who came before me and I dedicate this significant award to them for paving the way,” said Jorge A. Plasencia, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Republica Havas.“My thanks to HPRA for selecting me and my gratitude to each and every person who has helped shape me in this incredible industry,” he added.

Plasencia has had a storied trajectory in media, sports, music, entertainment and marketing. He has been recipient of numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including CEO of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Humanitarian of the Year by the March of Dimes.

“HPRA is proud to celebrate individuals whose work revolutionizes the future of our industry,” said Veronica Potes, president of HPRA. “Congratulations to Jorge on his extraordinary achievements and for his continuous efforts that have influenced the next generation of communication leaders,” added Potes.

In addition to Plasencia’s recognition, Republica Havas took home two National ¡BRAVO! Awards, Multicultural Campaign of the Year for “Juntos Somos Imparables” for client Toyota, and Fashion/Beauty Campaign of the Year for client European Wax Center’s “Unapologetic Confidence.”

Ilia Calderon, co-anchor of Univision News, was honored alongside Plasencia with the HPRA ¡BRAVO! Journalist of the Year Award.

About Republica Havas

Republica Havas is one of America’s leading and fastest-growing multicultural advertising and communications agencies. Through its “Rethink Relevant” strategic mantra, Republica Havas provides integrated services including strategy, creative, research, media planning and buying, analytics and consumer science, digital, public relations, social, and experiential to numerous blue-chip clients in the U.S. and markets around the world. Founded in 2006 and based in Miami, Florida, Republica Havas is part of Havas Creative North America. For more information, visit republicahavas.com, and follow @RepublicaHavas and #RethinkRelevant on social media.

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