Paul L. Cejas

Paul L. Cejas served as the US Ambassador to Belgium from 1998-2001.

Ambassador Cejas, of Miami, Florida, has been in business and a civic leader in the South Florida community for more than thirty years. He is Chairman and CEO of PLC Investments, Inc., a family owned company that manages investments in real estate, health-care, and various venture capital projects.

Ambassador Cejas was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of CareFlorida Health Systems, Inc., the country's largest Hispanic-owned healthcare company, prior to its sale in 1994. CareFlorida received numerous corporate awards and accolades, including recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of the country's largest and fastest growing privately owned companies. He has served on the Board of Ivax Corp. Pharmaceuticals and Oceania Cruise Lines. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he has maintained an extensive involvement in the area of community and public service.

In 1980, he was elected as a member of the Dade County School Board and served for eight years and five years as its Chairman. The Dade County School system is the country's fourth largest. In 1994, he was appointed by the Governor to the State of Florida University System's Board of Regents, becoming its Finance and Budget Chairman.

Ambassador Cejas has held other positions in the public sector including service as: Chairman of the Post-Summit Committee for the 1994 Hemispheric Summit of the Americas; Chairman of the Florida Partnership of the Americas from 1994-1997; and Representative to the 1996 US Delegation to the General Assembly of the OAS.

He currently serves on the National Board of the Miami Art Museum, the Smithsonian National Institution, the Latin American Advisory Board of the Tate Museum, and the Board of the University of Miami. Additional community service includes work with the United Way and the Community Partnership for the Homeless.

Mr. Cejas graduated from the University of Miami with a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1969, and later obtained his C.P.A. license. He also received a Doctorate honoris causa from Florida International University.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

Belgium, (1998 - 2001)

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