September 02, 2006

Aida Levitan, Ph.D, APR - is the 2006 Royal Palm Award honoree. The Chapter will also present $2,500 scholarships to four outstanding students in South Florida. The 2006 winners are Jaime Kaseta, University of Miami; Jennefer Melendez, Miami Dade College; David Berry, Florida International University and Desari-Ann Howard-Gibbs, Florida Memorial University.

President and CEO of Levitan & Palencia, LLC, Aida Levitan is a former public administrator with a Doctorate in Spanish Literature from Emory University. Aida Levitan, Ph.D., recently founded Levitan & Palencia, LLC, a marketing communications firm with partner Javier Perez-Palencia. The agency serves clients from Spain and the U.S. in South Florida and the U.S. Hispanic market.

During her tenure as CEO and Co-Chairman at Publicis Sanchez & Levitan and later at Bromley Miami, she served clients such as: Nestle, BellSouth, Coors Brewing Company, BMW, L'Oreal, Pennzoil Quaker State, Chivas Regal and other major brands. She has also worked closely with the leading executives of Univision, Telemundo, Impremedia, HOY and many other major media. Aida has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and CNBC.

A winner of the 1999 Hispanic magazine Adelante National Award, Aida has been nationally recognized for her marketing expertise as well as for her civic and professional activities. An active community and professional leader, she is the former president of AHAA (Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies) and currently serves on the board of directors of: the Miami Art Museum, the Latin Chamber of Commerce (CAMACOL), The Spanish Cultural Center, and the Miami International University of Art and Design. She is also a frequent speaker at national Hispanic and multicultural marketing conferences.

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