Manuel A. Diaz, Class of 1973
Football, Basketball, Baseball
Athlete of the Year in 1973
Football - Two-year Varsity Letterman (1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons) - scored Belen's first touchdown in football vs. Westminster. Basketball - Two-year Varsity Letterman (1972 and 1973) - All Conference in 1973 Baseball - Four-year Varsity Letterman (1970-1973) - All Conference in 1973
Most Valuable Player - Varsity Basketball (1973) Most Valuable Player - Varsity Baseball (1973)
Student Body President in 1973
Professional and Personal:
Elected as Mayor of the City of Miami in 2001 and reelected in 2005.
Chosen to lead the United States Conference of Mayors as its president beginning in the Summer of 2008.
Has been recognized with the 2006 Government Award by Hispanic Magazine, the 2004 Urban Innovator of the Year by the Manhattan Institute, 2004 Business Leader of the Year Award by SouthFloridaCEO Magazine, and was named an ³Outstanding American by Choice² by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Is a partner in the law firm of Diaz & O¹Naghten, L.L.P.
Married to Robin Smith and has four children; Manny, Natalie, Bobby, and Elisa. He also has three grandsons, Colin, Gavin and Manny.