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Marshall Times to feature Carlos Portes
October 14, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Carlos Portes will be the cover story in the October edition of Marshall Times.
The former Marshalltonian, now living in New York, is a familiar name to many residents.
In the early 1960s Portes, a recent Cuban immigrant, worked at the RKO Orpheum Theater (his first job) and later shoveled snow and worked in gardens. Eventually he was reunited with his family in New York City.
At the age of 20, he began to work for Allstate Insurance Co. where he started his climb to success as an insurance broker, and soon entered in to economics and politics. He was appointed Special Ambassador for Latin American affairs by former President Carter and took a pivotal role in the Panamanian crisis involving Manuel Noriega. Portes has worked with the Regan, Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations on Latin America and Cuban issues.
Portes was in Marshalltown last month at a special event celebrating Friends of the Orpheum donors and its Theater Guild. He spoke on "Values of Volunteerism."
In a recent interview with this writer, he cited his 2005 effort organizing the first-ever Relay for Life in East Harlem, as a key accomplishment. The event brought together cancer survivors and families in the community and raised $37,000, according to the American Cancer Society.
Read more about Portes and how Marshalltown influenced him in Marshall Times, conveniently inserted in the Oct. 20 edition of the Times-Republican.