Marcellus Alexander Jr., the executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will visit Naples, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 1, as the keynote speaker for the third annual Face Awards, which recognizes Southwest Florida individuals and businesses that embrace and promote the positive values of diversity and help others.
The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Waldorf Astoria, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Fla.
Alexander has long been dedicated to supporting workplace diversity in the broadcast industry, which is why he recently founded the NAB Education Foundation, of which he is the president. From 1987 to 1999, Alexander was station manager and acting general manager of KYW-TV Philadelphia, and became vice president and general manager until 2002. During that time, he strengthened the station’s ties to the community.Prior to that, as vice president and general manager of WJZ-TV Baltimore, he brought back the Orioles baseball broadcasts, making it the market’s dominant station.
Western Maryland College recognized Alexander’s community service in 1995 by bestowing an honorary doctorate degree on him. A native of Austin, Texas, Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and journalism from Texas State University.
At the 2013 Face Awards, Alexander will co-host the ceremony with Mayela Rosales, Media Vista Group executive vice-president and host of the TV show D’Latinos Al Dia. The event will also include the inaugural “Outstanding Youth of the Year Award” in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southwest Florida. This award recognizes a local high school senior who has positively influenced or helped others; he or she will receive a scholarship.
The 2013 Face Awards will recognize artist Juan Diaz of Juan Diaz Art, Carmen Rey-Gómez of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University, Dr. William Figlesthaler of Specialists in Urology/Premiere Oncology, Abdul’Haq Muhammed of Quality Life Center, Position Logic and Arthrex. Their stories are told in the January issues of Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines.
The event will also feature international entertainment showcasing exciting live performances. Pianist Kary Regragui will play during the cocktail hour. Sony Music Central America’s Latino rock/pop band Alicastro will perform laterthe evening. Other entertainment for the 300-plus guests will include caricaturist Lazo and dancers from Naples Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for the 2013 Face Awards cost $90 per person and $2,000 for a table. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner and awards ceremony start at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at www.faceswfl.com.