Laurent Salvador Lamothe One of the Sunshine State's 2016 Inductees

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The Sunshine State Conference has announced the 2016 SSC Hall of Fame class. Distinguished Barry University Alumnus, Laurent Lamothe, is one of the 2016 inductees.

The Sunshine State Conference has announced the 2016 SSC Hall of Fame class. Nine new members were inducted into the SSC Hall of Fame at a celebratory brunch in Daytona Beach on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The nine inductees are:
Barry, Laurent Lamothe—tennis
Eckerd, Steve Balboni—baseball
Florida Southern, Sarah Kohlbrenner—softball
Rollins, Declan Link—soccer
Tampa, Eric Beattie—baseball
Nova Southeastern, Bryan Cook—baseball
Lynn, Shaun Pendleton—soccer
Florida Tech, Fitzgerald “Fidgi” Haig—soccer
Saint Leo, Dave Garcia—baseball
Fidgi Haig and Shaun Pendleton were inducted posthumously.

This year’s class brings the total number of SSC Hall of Fame inductees to 197 individuals from 22 classes.

Founded in 1991 to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the Sunshine State Conference, the purpose of the Conference is to perpetuate the memory of those who brought distinction, honour and excellence to the SSC.

Distinguished Barry University Alumnus, (1991-1995) Laurent Lamothe, is one of the 2016 inductees. Lamothe is a co-founder of Global Voice Group (GVG)— a company specialising in services and technologies for the regulation of telecommunications. He later founded LSL World Initiative (LSL)— a global organisation dedicated to the socio-economic empowerment of emerging countries, with a proven track record of results that benefit the most vulnerable populations. LSL helps governments attain their sustainable development goals in line with national needs and priorities.

Accepting his award, Lamothe said; “Barry University changed my life. When I came to the University, I was only looking for an education—I left with much more.” Highlights of his distinguished career testify to his words and strongly developed social conscience.

Laurent S. Lamothe successfully served as Prime Minister of Haiti between May 2012 and December 2014, the longest tenure of any Haitian Prime Minister in the last three decades. During his time in office, using innovative financing, Lamothe presided over the design and implementation of an important social policy agenda that targeted the most vulnerable sectors of the Haitian population. Lamothe also presided over the largest infrastructure development in recent memory that included schools, bridges, roads, and which are now clearly visible throughout Haiti.

Lamothe brought to the office of Prime Minister an entrepreneurial spirit and dynamism that earned him the title of 2008 Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Lamothe obtained a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Barry University in Miami and in 1996 earned his MBA with honours from University of St. Thomas. He served as CEO of Global Voice Group until he stepped down to assume his public sector duties with the government of Haiti.

Other important highlights in his career are:

  •     Special Advisor to Haitian President Michel Martelly
  •     Member of the Interim Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti
  •     Co-chair (2011), with former US President Bill Clinton, of the Presidential Advisory Council for the Economic Development and Investment in Haiti, launched by President Martelly to help redevelop Haiti by making it more business-friendly for overseas companies and investors
  •     First tennis player from Barry University to be named an All American – 1993
  •     Led the Buccaneers in 1994 and 1995 to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the programme’s history
  •     Represented Haiti at the Davis Cup in 1994 and 1995
  •     All time singles record 49-26 (all at #1 flight)
  •     Added to the Barry Buccaneers “Athletics Wall of Honour” in 2000

Laurent Lamothe is one of the most successful Haitian entrepreneurs of his generation.

Speaking of his service to his country, Lamothe said: "When I was younger," he recalls, "I competed for my country on the Davis Cup tennis courts, and I can't tell you how proud I was at the time. But having such a great opportunity to make a difference and help my country makes me even prouder."

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