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The son of Cuban immigrants, Carlos was born in Miami, Florida.
He is a family man celebrating 34 years of marriage, and is the proud father of three children and a grandfather to three. His parents story is very similar to that of many immigrants who have come to this country seeking a better life and their piece of the ‘American Dream.’ Carlos attributes his strong work ethic to the example of his parents who–like many immigrants before them and since–had nothing when they arrived. What his parents lacked in physical resources they more than made up the difference in hard work, steadfast persistence, and an attitude of gratitude for the opportunity set before them. The values of work-ethic, persistence, and genuine gratitude in all things have never been beyond arm’s reach of Carlos; throughout his personal and professional life he often looked to these values for guidance and encouragement in hard times. Even today, these same values and others, serve as the lodestar of his legal practice and his family.
Carlos’ gratitude for the opportunities afforded him in his legal practice…
It has always been evident by his consistent involvement in organizations who serve a philanthropic need to South Florida residents and those most at risk in our community. It was through these experiences in our South Florida community that he learned it is truly more blessed to give than it is to receive.
During the 1990’s, Carlos had the pleasure of serving on the boards of Kids Voting (then in its’ infancy in Broward County), the Community Health Purchasing Alliance for Broward County– a position appointed by State House of Representatives, the President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County, Inc., and the Broward County Charter School of Excellence. During the same time frame, he served his peers on the Broward County Bar Association Board, the Florida Bar Citizen’s Forum, and was a co-founder of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association.
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Carlos had the distinct privilege of being appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush to serve as Commissioner to the South Broward Hospital District(otherwise known as the Memorial Healthcare System). His experience as Commissioner is one that continues to resonate with him today due to the the number of lives he was able to impact through his work. Not only did Carlos serve as Commissioner, he was later appointed to serve as Chairman of a $1 Billion Dollar healthcare system–a position that was both daunting and exhilarating all at the same time. Additionally, this experience provided Carlos a unique perspective of all sides of the growing challenges faced by providers, patients, and administrators in the healthcare arena. What’s more, it served to highlight how hard providers work and truly want to deliver compassionate care, while allowing him to see many of the challenges patients and their families have to navigate.
In the 2000’s, Carlos had the pleasure of participating in and serving on the boards of great community groups…
Such as the United Way of Broward County, serving as a member and Chairman of the Community Foundation of Broward County, the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and also being an alumni and Gold Coast Regional Chairman of Leadership Florida. In those years, he also had the privilege of chairing event galas, along with his wife Nancy, for several wonderful organizations like the American Heart Association and the 11th Annual For The Public Good Event–Legal Aid of Broward County–with their friends Arthur and Belinda Keiser, and the Jeb Bush Cystic Fibrosis Gala 2009 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Broward County.
For the last 6 years, Carlos has been the CEO/President of The Light of the World Clinic–
a clinic who through the generosity of contributors and volunteers over the years has had only one mission: to meet the healthcare needs of those without the means to pay. When The Light of the World Clinic founder–and his dear friend, Dr. Erwin Vasquez passed away 6 years ago–his wife, Elaine Vasquez and the board, asked him to step up to the CEO role, if only temporarily. For Carlos, the decision was easy. Six years later, he remains–“temporarily”–because the entire organization, from the board, staff, volunteer doctors to the providers, and supporters make such a meaningful difference in the lives of so many.
Most recently, when the Broward County Charter Review Commission…
Was being formulated by the Broward County Commission, Carlos was encouraged by his friends from the community group “Hispanic Vote” to submit his name for consideration. When in the summer of 2015, Broward County Commissioner Lois Wexler–a Democrat–called and asked about his interest in serving on the Commission, Carlos simply said, “Commissioner, I don’t have an ax to grind, or any perspective to push. Instead, all I can say is my family and I have lived here since 1970 and our goal is always to better the community. I want to see ‘good government’ for the community and for all. If appointed, I would listen, evaluate, and decide as a board member on what changes, if any, would make Broward County government more accessible and responsive to the people. That’s it.”
Commissioner Wexler appointed Carlos to the Board where he continues…
To serve Broward County residents today along with 18 other distinguished board members on the Commission. The Commission’s goal is the review and evaluation of all aspects of the Broward County Charter.
Carlos Reyes is committed to working hard for your vote, asking for your vote, and with God’s favor, receiving your vote in the 2018 election for Florida Congressional District 23 Representative.
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