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Teresa Martinez

Distinguished Alumni December 2006

Teresa Martinez is president and CEO of the Institute of Spanish Communication, Inc. She is a 1975 graduate of Polk State College, known then as Polk Community College.

Her company provides businesses and individuals with accurate and professional language and cultural instruction, document translation and oral interpretation, thus insuring success in dealing with the growing Hispanic market and the global economy. Teresa’s clients include Avon, Marriott, Florida Machinery Corporation, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, and the Miss Universe pageant.

In addition, Teresa is the producer and host of Communidad Viva, a daily Spanish talk show on PGTV. She also hosts and produces a Spanish radio talk show and is a columnist for Vision Latina.

Teresa is on the board of directors of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce and Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and recently received the Woman of Distinction Award from the organization. She was featured as one of “6 Who Make Things Happen” in the first issue of Lakeland Magazine, and was selected as the International Individual of the Year in 1997 by the Central Florida Development Council. She received the Governor’s Point of Light Award this year, and June 7, 2006 was proclaimed Teresa Martinez Day by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.