Mike Talleda – President
Mike Talleda is a first-generation Cuban who immigrated to Miami in 1962 at the age of nine, with his parents and four siblings. He has been fortunate to have lived the American dream since. Shortly after arriving in the States, Mike and his family moved to Southern California, where he grew up and attended El Camino College. He became interested in real estate and started his own Hawthorne-Lawndale company, which, when the market was booming, employed 40 full-time agents and offered escrow and mortgage services.
It was precisely Mike’s experience as a refugee from Cuba that made him want to give back to the nation that had offered him and his family a safe haven as well as so many other opportunities. The attacks of 9/11 hurt him deeply, and he immediately decided to do something to help his adopted country. He founded 9-11Help America to assist victims’ families, which started with one family that was decimated by the horrific event. Over the years, he began to help some of the wounded heroes and surviving spouses of fallen warriors that served in the long conflicts after the attacks on 9/11.