The investment in earning a college degree takes many forms - money, time, effort, sacrifice.
For Luis Yépez
, family and community are just as important when investing in higher education.
Luis' mother and father came to the United States from Ecuador.
father worked as an envelope machine mechanic, and his
mother opened up a small business.
Growing up in Worcester, MA, Luis
benefitted from their parents' belief in higher education.
As for Luis
made sure to take full advantage of the education he
In high school, he
passion in academics and excelled in athletics.
received an appointment to the U.S.
and gave back through service to his
country, where he
participated in several deployments to the far East, South America and the Caribbean where he
was involved in counter-narcotics operations.
In 2003 he
was deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
service in the Navy, Luis
turned to business.
He earned a degree in management, then joined Juan in starting Mainstream Global, Inc.
They decided to operate their business in Lawrence.
As a city with some of the highest unemployment in Massachusetts, Luis
has felt that by establishing the business in Lawrence, he
would also be investing in the people who live here also.
Luis' efforts have been recognized which include an invitation to the White House and a personal invitation by the First Lady to attend the State of the Union Address in 2010.
believes that an education is a key to unlock unlimited doors of opportunities.
has been active in organizations such as Groundwork Lawrence
for Humanity and Lawrence General Hospital
, sharing his
philosophy of empowering the community through education.