The Orlando Business Journal’s 2018 CEOs honorees group is represented by 18 individuals that come from the best Central Florida businesses and that distinguished themselves in their respective industries – including technology, professional services and nonprofit – and in their community contributions.
Ana Maria Quintero Lowry was one of the winners of this prestigious award this year representing her Hispanic heritage with a Christian flavor. She is the president and CEO of A&P International Inc., an Orlando-based company whose unique model of coaching and business development for diverse business enterprises prepared its clients to become recipients of multi-million dollar projects from A & P corporate clients striving to increase their Supplier Diversity.
Ana Maria Quintero Lowry is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters recognized worldwide. Her latest book, “Cross-Cultural, A New Thirst for Diversity Engagement” was launched at the International Women’s Conference in Louisville, KY in August 2015, where she shares how the business community of today is a cultural mix. Throughout her book, attorney Lowry teaches the expectations of each cultural group and how business professionals can adapt their own behavior to the idiosyncrasy of their clients, employees or friends.
But, before getting to where she is now, this Colombian immigrant started selling hot dogs at an stand of the harbor of Norfolk, Virginia. Where she was asked if she understood numbers, for which she answered yes, without telling them about her Master in Economic Science. However, after a while, she was already working at the Worldwide Trade Center for an international trade firm where she had to demonstrate all her knowledge, experience and interest to grow within the company.
Actually, she recognizes that her Colombian masters and degrees in law were not enough to start properly working:
“I learned that no matter how high your education and reputation is in your native country, you need to start from the basics and quickly provide value to the organization that gives you the opportunity,” Lowry said.
Today, Ana María Quintero Lowry is a highly prepared and successful woman. She is a great leader in the economic sector and a Colombian businesswoman of high level in the community.
In 2014, she was also awarded by the Orlando Business Journal as Women Who Mean Business. This award recognizes businesswomen in Central Florida whose hard work and innovation have helped shaped their companies and communities. And, in 2017, she was already a Business Owner of the Year honoree. So it is not a big surprise that she surpassed herself this year.
Ana Maria Quintero Lowry is now an Orlando Business Journal’s 2018 CEOs of the Year awarded thanks to all the effort and dedication that she has achieved. Congratulations!