Mike Fernandez, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author of Humbled by the Journey: Life Lessons for My Family… And Yours, will speak at Loyola University Maryland on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall.
The first 100 Loyola people attending the lecture will receive a free copy of the book. A book signing will follow the lecture.
In his book, Fernandez tells the story of his arrival in the United States at age 12 when he was penniless, and how he managed to build dozens of successful companies and create thousands of jobs.
“At Loyola, we are always looking for ways to introduce our students to people with compelling stories of overcoming significant challenges to achieve personal and professional success,” said Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., acting president of Loyola University Maryland. “Mr. Fernandez’s life journey is both fascinating and inspiring, especially when you consider the numerous ways he chooses to give back to the community.”
Fernandez is currently the chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private investment firm located in Coral Gables, Fla., that focuses on investing in healthcare service companies nationwide. He has founded and been the majority shareholder of 25 healthcare-related companies, including Physicians Healthcare Plans, CAC Medical Centers, CarePlus Health Plans and Simply Healthcare Plans.
Fernandez serves on the board of directors of Mednax. He has served on several additional boards, including the United Way, the University of Miami, and Sylvester Cancer Hospital in Miami. He has been recognized several times with business and community awards including last year’s Beacon Council’s Jay Malina Award.
He was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, by St. Thomas University, a degree that recognizes his outstanding achievements as a humanitarian, business leader, and philanthropist. He also received an Associate in Science, Honoris Causa, from Miami Dade College.
Fernandez has contributed more than $100 million to charitable causes. He completed a 508-mile walk from France to Spain multiple times to raise funds for a variety of children’s causes.
He has traveled the Way of Saint James, more commonly known as El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage across Spain and Europe, on four different occasions. Fernandez and his wife, Constance, have five children.
The lecture is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Visit www.loyola.edu/join-us/mike-fernandez to reserve seats.