Growing up in Queens, N.Y., Francisco Lorenzo bought his first shares of stock in Trans World Airlines at age 15. He put himself through Columbia University working at Macy’s and waiting tables. Graduating in 1961, he entered Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA. He went to work for TWA in 1963 and three years later, he and a group of investors purchased Texas International Airlines, Inc. By 1967, Lorenzo had amassed the second-largest airline empire that included Continental Airlines, Eastern Airlines, New York Air, Frontier and People’s Express. Proving “the sky is the limit,” Lorenzo has certainly gone the distance.
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Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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