The 2009 Inc. 500: The Top Latino and Hispanic-Run Companies

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Jose Villa, CEO, Sensis, No. 368

When Jose Villa started kindergarten in the U.S., he didn’t speak any English. The son of Cuban immigrants who fled Castro’s regime in the 1960s, Villa’s family had nothing when they arrived in the country. Villa went from humble beginnings to becoming a graduate of Harvard University and receiving his MBA from Wharton. Now he runs Sensis, a full-service advertising agency that he started in 1998, and uses his Cuban-American background to bring a fresh perspective to the advertising industry.