Eddie Cora, president and CEO, Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition
- June 17, 2019
-- The board of directors at Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition has hired Eduardo "Eddie" Cora as its new president and CEO.
"We are pleased to announce that Eddie Cora will be leading the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition. While searching for candidates to lead our organization, Eddie stood out for his ability to bring years of valuable Youth Fair experience to the table. As a longtime board member and former chairman of the board, he understands our business and has the ideas needed to carry it well into the future," said Nelson C. Bellido, chairman of the board of directors.
A resident of Miami since 1979, Cora was elected to The Youth Fair board of directors in 2000 and served two terms as chairman. Before taking the helm at The Youth Fair, Cora was involved with the landscaping and agricultural industries since 1998. He promoted best management practices in landscaping to ensure environmental sustainability throughout all communities in Florida. He is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, and worked with partners in the community to preserve and increase the canopy coverage in Miami-Dade County.The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition (The Youth Fair)
is the largest charity event in South Florida. The not-for-profit association is dedicated to promoting education and agriculture while showcasing and rewarding youth achievement and providing quality family entertainment, all without taxpayer dollars. The annual Youth Fair exhibits 63,477 studentprojects to nearly half a million Youth Fair guests and, in 2018, awarded $520,926 in college scholarships, cash premiums and awards to students. To date, The Youth Fair has presented well over $11 million to the Miami-Dade community. The Youth Fair was a finalist for Community Outreach in the 2018 Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Top Entrepreneurial Awards. It received the 2016 Trustee of the Year award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2016 Diamond Award for Large Non-Profit. It was recognized in 2015 as the Leisure & Entertainment Services Firm of the Year by the Latin Builder's Association, the Non-Profit Organization of the Year by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Diamond Award Winner for Outstanding Hospitality Entity by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Exposition Center, which is the second largest convention center in Miami-Dade County, hosts an additional 70 community events each year. Visit https://www.thefair.me/
or call 305-223-7060.