Jose Isasi

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Jose Isasi
Born (1944-08-14) August 14, 1944 (age 74)
Cuba Havana, Cuba,
OccupationChief executive officer
Spouse(s)Flora Maria Isasi
ChildrenJose A. Isasi II, Domingo Isasi, Frederick Isasi, William Isasi
WebsiteQue Pasa Media Network

José Antonio Isasi (born in Havana, August 14, 1944) is a Cuban-American businessman.

He is the owner of the Que Pasa Media Network,[1] the largest Hispanic Media company in North Carolina, which comprises three (3) newspapers in Charlotte Metro, Raleigh Metro, and Greensboro/Winston-Salem, seven (7) AM radio stations reaching across North Carolina, Makin’ It Work–Pronto!, a Hispanic marketing and communications company serving clients internationally, nationally and regionally, and other related Hispanic businesses located in North Carolina.

Overview and business[edit]

Jose Isasi was born in 1944 in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the US in 1960. Isasi became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1971. In 1965 he married Flora Maria Appel and they had four sons: Jose II, Domingo, Fredrick, and William. Isasi has lived and worked in the US, Cuba, Venezuela, England, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland and has been a resident of North Carolina since 1976. Isasi's company consists of the following components:

Que Pasa radio stations
1000 AM Raleigh
1530 AM Durham–Chapel Hill
1220 AM Reidsville, Greensboro
1590 AM High Point, Winston-Salem
1470 AM Greensboro/Burlington
1380 AM Winston-Salem
1040 AM Winston-Salem/Lexington

Que Pasa newspapers
Winston-Salem / Greensboro Edition
Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill Edition
Charlotte Metro Edition

Community involvement[edit]

. Member of the Board of Directors of the Forsyth County United Way
. Member of the Board of Directors of the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Arts Council
. Member of Board of Directors, BB&T Triad Region
. Member of the CRA Advisory Group for BB&T Bank–Forsyth County
. Founding Member of the Board of Forsyth Health, Inc.
. Member of Regional Board of the Maya Angelou Institute for Minority Health, Inc.
. Member of Board of Directors–Accion Hispana, Forsyth County


. The Quality College–Crosby & Associates 1988–1989
. Carnegie-Mellon Univ.–Pittsburgh, PA - Executive Pgm–Westinghouse 1981–1982
. University of Birmingham–Birmingham, England–Post Graduate work 1975–1976
. University of Illinois–Urbana, Illinois–Master of Science in Engineering 1966–1968
. University of Illinois–Urbana, Illinois–Bachelor of Science in Engineering 1962–1966

Patents and publications[edit]

. Granted 2 US patents for manufacturing technology with turbine components
. Authored / co-authored two technical books
. Authored / co-authored 26 technology papers in science and engineering literature
. Numerous national and regional keynote presentations
. Author / co-author of 11 papers in strategic product and marketing planning

Community and other awards[edit]

. Salvation Army Excellence in Leadership Award
. The Winston-Salem Chronicle Community Service Leadership Award
. Hispanic Business Person of the Year for North Carolina Award
. North Carolina Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
. Piedmont Triad Technology Gold Award
. Japan’s MITI Leadership Award
. Benjamin B. Lanme Fellowship Award (The highest award in The Westinghouse Company for outstanding employee achievement)

In the media[edit]

. Selected as one of fifty national Hispanic media executives who has made significant contributions to the Hispanic community by San Antonio based On The Edge Promotions organization– 5/07
. Featured on Bill Friday’s North Carolina People–UNC-TV, 2005
. Featured on Chris Matthews’ Business Carolina Show–UNC-TV, 2005 and 2006
. Named as one of the ‘50 Most Influential People’ in the Triad by Triad Business Journal, 12/04
. Named, along with his Que Pasa Media Network, as a ‘Fast 50’ company by Triad Business Journal in 2004
. Featured on the cover and in the main story in the premier edition of the national Marketing y Medios Magazine, a product of AdWeek Magazine, a VNU company, in September 2004
. Featured, along with his Que Pasa Newspapers and Radio Stations, in the December 2003 edition of Southern Living Magazine
. Named by the Triad Business Journal as one of the Ten People To Watch in 2003, 2006
. Featured, along with his Hispanic marketing and communications company, Makin' It Work - Pronto!, on the cover and as the feature story in the June 2003 issue of BizLife


  1. ^ Jeanne Sturiale (25 February 2006). "STATION PROGRAMMING HAS A NEW FOCUS ; QUE PASA GOES BEYOND USUAL MEXICAN-MUSIC BROADCASTS". Winston-Salem Journal. p. D1. Retrieved 5 February 2011.