Philly Happening has been hard at work naming the top 10 Movers and Shakers of 2016 and the much anticipated list is out!

We’re taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight on each one of the amazing people who made this years list.

Javier Suarez, Advisory Board Member at PHLDiversity, the Multicultural Division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, has dedicated himself to ensuring diversity throughout Philadlphia.  He also took some time out of his schedule to answer a few of our questions.

javier-suarez-5PH: What town do you live in?

JS: Philadelphia

PH: Where did you attend school?

JS: La Salle University

PH: What motivates you every morning?

JS: The sense that all that is possible is possible.

PH: What would you say is your idea of a perfect day?

JS: 75 degrees, sunny, great food and wine with friends

PH: Who inspires you?

JS: Ben Franklin

javier-suarez-6PH: How did you decide to go into your business/profession/service? 

JS: My father was a big influence in how he married his career with his understanding of the importance of community thus advocating for others especially Latino professionals

PH: Which achievement are you most proud of?

JS:Production of the Hispanic Choice Awards since 2004. It became one of Philadelphia’s shining examples of the power and strength of Latino professionals in our region.

PH: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

JS: Graduating college while working two jobs was tough.

PH: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?

JS: Helping the city via the Hispanic Chamber significantly increase the number of Latino startups in our region.

PH: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?

JS: Passionate and loyal

PH: Where’s your favorite place to go in Philadelphia?

JS: Independence Hall

PH: If you could take a time machine back to visit yourself 10 years ago. What advice would you give yourself ?

JS: Less is more.

PH: Same question 10 years in the future.

JS: Less is more

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