Manny Rodriguez plays key role in how public perceives actions taken by investor-owned Florida Power & Light
As the public face of Florida Power & Light Co. in Miami-Dade County, Manny Rodriguez represents one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the US, serving about 9 million people in the state. Mr. Rodriguez arrived in the US in 1961 from Cuba as part of the storied "Pedro Pan" program and served in the US Army.
He joined FPL in 1968 and next year will celebrate his 40th year of service with the company. He has held positions in FPL engineering, customer services and external affairs and is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Business Executive Program and the Brookings Institution. He is a recipient of the Association of Cuban Engineers' "Engineer of the Year" and the Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund's "Man of the Year" awards. He serves on the executive committees of the Miami-Dade County Fair and the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce.
A constant and enduring presence in community service work, Mr. Rodriguez serves on the boards of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami YMCA, the Zoological Society, the Latin Builders Association, the Cuban American National Council and the Coconut Grove Playhouse. On the professional front, Mr. Rodriguez, a registered professional engineer, has conducted quality assessments for Qualtec, an FPL subsidiary, and for Iberdrola, a Spanish electric company.
He and his wife, Irene, live in Miami-Dade County. He spoke about the issues facing the growing region's electricity needs with Miami Today staff writer Wayne Tompkins.
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