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Board Member

AADCCH
Hawai'I National Bank Building 1311 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suites 203/207
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
United States

Company Description: The African American Diversity Cultural Center Hawai'i (AADCCH) was founded in 1997 as a museum repository. The function of the AADCCH is to collect...   more
Background

Employment History

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Board of Directors | AADCCH
aadcch.org, 6 May 2014 [cached]
Jesus Puerto, Community Advisory Board
Owner, Soul de Cuba Cafe
Soul de Cuba Franchise | A Shared Dream
franchise.souldecuba.com, 20 May 2014 [cached]
Visions of the Soul de Cuba Cafe concept first came to Jesus Puerto in the mid-1980's while attending college in Ybor City, Florida.
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It was after his 1991 layoff in the wake of Eastern Airlines' collapse that Jesus decided to invest in his vision by enrolling in a two-year restaurant management course.
Jesus Puerto "Let go and let God, Allah, Buddah, Obbatala or whoever is in charge... 'cause it surely ain't me..." - Jesus Puerto, Founder, Soul de Cuba Cafe
On Easter weekend 1993, Jesus was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. Doctors gave him a few hours to live and advised his family that the slight chance of survival would come at a cost -- loss of sight or hearing, or even mental impairment. In what doctors described as "without scientific explanation," "a miracle" and "lucky," Jesus survived and recovered without complications. In the Afro-Cuban tradition of spirituality practitioners believe the duties of miraculous healing are taken on by the Orisha (Angel), Babalu Aye. While in recovery, realizing his tremendous fortune, Jesus made a promise to dedicate his life to service and human enhancement. Though at first it wasn't clear how, his will and perseverance helped to enlighten his journey.
Since, Jesus has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a United Nations Volunteer, and as a Charter Board Member and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Western Samoa. He also worked in the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served as country officer for Peace Corps programs in the Caribbean and Central America. Before opening the first Soul de Cuba Cafe he was recruited to work in New Haven, Connecticut by Paul Newman's Association of Hole in the Wall Camps to develop and support programs and activities in Thailand, Southern Africa and Japan.
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In the summer of 2004, Jesus led the development of the first Soul de Cuba Cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. Two years later, in July of 2006, Jesus opened Soul de Cuba Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii and launched Soul de Cuba Specialty Foods. Soul de Cuba Specialty Foods is the first ever nationally-distributed Cuban food product line. In 2010, Jesus expanded his exciting restaurant concept to include franchising.
Soul de Cuba | About
www.souldecuba.com, 19 April 2014 [cached]
Visions of the Soul de Cuba Cafe restaurant concept first came to Jesus Puerto in the mid 1980's while attending college in Ybor City, Florida.
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It was after his 1991 layoff in the wake of Eastern Airlines' collapse that Jesus decided to invest in his vision by enrolling in a two-year restaurant management course.
Let go and let God, Allah, Buddah, Obbatala or whoever is in charge... 'cause it surely ain't me....
- Jesus Puerto, Founder, Soul de Cuba Cafe
On Easter weekend 1993, Jesus was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. Doctors gave him a few hours to live and advised his family that the slight chance of survival would come at a cost -- loss of sight or hearing, or even mental impairment. In what doctors described as "without scientific explanation," "a miracle" and "lucky," Jesus survived and recovered without complications. In the Afro-Cuban tradition of spirituality practitioners believe the duties of miraculous healing are taken on by the Orisha (Angel), Babalu Aye. While in recovery, realizing his tremendous fortune, Jesus made a promise to dedicate his life to service and human enhancement. Though at first it wasn't clear how, his will and perseverance helped to enlighten his journey.
Since, Jesus has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a United Nations Volunteer, and as a Charter Board Member and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Western Samoa. He also worked in the Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he served as country officer for Peace Corps programs in the Caribbean and Central America. Before opening the first Soul de Cuba Cafe he was recruited to work in New Haven, Connecticut by Paul Newman's Association of Hole in the Wall Camps to develop and support programs and activities in Thailand, Southern Africa and Japan.
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In the summer of 2004 Jesus led the development of the first Soul de Cuba Cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. Two years later, in July of 2006, Jesus opened Soul de Cuba Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii and launched Soul de Cuba Specialty foods.
Specialty Foods
www.celebritysoup.net, 2 Mar 2006 [cached]
The three founders of Soul de Cuba are Jesus Puerto, Robert Puerto and Yoon Kim.
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Jesus served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, was a volunteer at the United Nations and was Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Western Samoa.
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Jesus is proud of the restaurants and the menu, he said "Cuban food is not spicy, but we added it as an option.
DEEP DISH: Cuban Soul :: CTCentral Entertainment :: Sweet!
entertainment.ctcentral.com, 20 Jan 2005 [cached]
Soul de Cuba is the fruit of an alliance between three remarkable men: brothers Jesus and Robert Puerto, who grew up in a Cuban community in Tampa, Fla., and their honorary brother, Yoon Kim, who was born in Korea and reared in Connecticut.
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Let's start with Jesus.He came to the Northeast in the summer of 2003, when he was recruited by Paul Newman's Hole-In-the-Wall organization; before that, Jesus had worked for the Peace Corps, the U.N., and Habitat for Humanity.His most recent project was developing a retreat in Thailand for 100 Thai orphans afflicted with AIDS.
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"We've wanted to do this for 10 years at least," says Jesus.Their future plans started to fall into place when Jesus moved to Connecticut and met Yoon Kim.
Yoon is the son of Sung Kim, who has operated Seoul Restaurant on Crown Street for many years."My mom's an inspiration," says the 23-year-old Yoon.He helped out at his mother's place even while he was earning a degree in hotel and restaurant management at Johnson and Wales College in Providence."I worked at Seoul from Thursday to Sunday, then went back to school on Monday," he recalls.
Jesus Puerto had recently moved from Washington, DC, and missed the Korean restaurants he'd known there.He discovered Seoul, and became a permanent fixture."Jesus was a good customer," recalls Yoon.
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"We're superstitious," says Jesus.
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Jesus says, "I will be happy to go outside and smoke cigars with anyone who asks."
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