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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

'The Cuban Guy' Visits SU September 27

SALISBURY, MD---Andres Lara escaped from Cuba at the age of 16, arriving homeless and penniless in the United States.  Ten years later he is a millionaire CEO and successful author.

Lara, also known as “The Cuban Guy,” shares his story at Salisbury University 7 p.m. Thursday, September 27.  Held in the Wicomico Room of Guerrieri University Center, his talk is part of SU’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Lara left his repressive homeland to find a better life, but upon arriving in the U.S., he knew no English and had no money.  In high school he managed to exchange labor for food at restaurants.  Eventually, Lara was accepted into Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Frequently teased about his strong accent, Lara faced such criticism head-on by seeking opportunities to speak in public. He now shares his secrets of self-improvement with audiences nationwide.

Author of Inspire the Sleeping Giant Within and How to Stay Motivated during Difficult Times, Lara frequently addresses topics such as how to find joy in a tiresome job and, for students, how to turn obstacles into possibilities for self-improvement and success.

Lara is known for engaging audiences with his strong sense of humor.  The New Jersey-based Urban Times News has called him “an outstanding speaker” whose messages are “life transforming.”

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the talk is free and the public is invited.  For more information call 410-548-4503.


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