Paul Diaz is a first generation Cuban-American was honored in 2013 for his outstanding achievements in the Healthcare and the community. He grew up in Miami, where he spent many hours at the hospital where his mother worked to support his family as an office worker. His grandfather was a surgeon in Cuba. He believes he inherited traits from both of them, especially the value of hard work and a commitment to family.
Mr. Diaz was named one of the 100 most influential people in Healthcare. During his time as President and Chief of Operations at Kindred Healthcare Inc., he built it up from a struggling business to a Fortune 500 company. Today, the company is in a much different place. It doubled its revenue in those ten years, expanded employment nationwide and in Louisville, and moved into new business lines that make it the nation’s largest provider of post-acute health care services. Kindred now employs over 76,000 workers in 46 states, compared with about 53,000 when he started. Kindred was also voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for five straight years during his time as President. In both 2008 and 2009 Hispanic magazine named Mr. Diaz one of the 25 Best Latinos in business. In 2011, he was featured in Aetna’s Latino calendar as a role model.
He has also worked tirelessly in a variety of public works ventures. Mr. Diaz has served on many Boards and Committees over the years, including DaVita, the Visitors of Georgetown University Law Center, PharMerica Corporation, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and the Suburban Hospital Healthcare Systems in Maryland. He was also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.
Also, he is involved with the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Apple Players, Family & Children’s Place, American Heart Association, and Yum! Brands Inc. World Hunger Relief campaign. His generous support of Hispanic Scouting made the Hispanic Initiative Program a reality for Louisville and the surrounding region. As a result of his support, 800 Hispanic scouts can participate. He established the Paul J. Diaz Scholarship Fund at Georgetown University to help students with financial needs and promote ethnic diversity.
Today he is Founder and Partner at Guidon Partners GP, LLC as well as an Operating Partner at Cressey & Company, LC. He lives in Louisville with his wife and children. He continues to be an unwavering advocate for the Hispanic Community and Louisville as a whole.
Please join us on May 18th at the Hyatt Regency for the 2017 MOSAIC Awards, a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community. For more information visit: www.jfcslouisville.org/mosaic-awards
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