José F. Avila

José F. Avila native from Colombia came to New York in June 2000. Since then, he has committed his time and efforts as a community leader and activist in Long Island. He actually lives in Nesconset with his wife, Carolina and their two daughters Maria Camila 15, and Sari Andrea 12.

Mr. Avila has held managerial positions in production and operations, quality control, and human resources with multinational corporations in Colombia with Goodyear and ADP Automatic Data Processing on Long Island, NY. At the present, works for Synchronoss as Project Manager for Latin America and Technical Support Specialist for a backup software.

Founded his own company in 2004, Fusion Marketing & Events, Inc., a company providing services in the areas of marketing, advertising, public relations, graphics design, printing and conference services. He was responsible for coordinating the highly successful Colombian Independence Day festival in Brentwood, NY, during 2002-2003. He also serves in many occasions as liaison to the Colombian Consulate coordinating many events to bring the Consulate services to the Colombian community on Long Island.

Mr. Avila’s community commitments and volunteerism include: Elected 1st Vicepresident for 2015 and former Corresponding Secretary of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce since 2012; Recently elected as President for the board of directors of Crossroads Counseling Center in Holbrook; member of the board of director of Latino Health Initiative; founding member of the Colombian-American Chamber of Commerce of Long Island; Co-founder and former President and Executive Director of the Long Island Hispanic Business Roundtable; Alumnae from the Parent Leadership Initiative in 2013 in the Town of Islip and participates every year in the Clean Street Project in Brentwood and Central Islip, and other activities in the same area.

Mr. Avila was an active volunteer of Pronto of Long Island, where he created the Personal Development Center of Long Island, training more than 600 people in computers and preparing almost 200 people to take the Citizenship Test. He helped the organization in its community outreach efforts between 2006 and 2013. He has a special talent with his hobby of photography, he is the volunteer photographer for many community events and activities.

For these and other activities, Mr. Avila was awarded public recognition by the Town of Islip in 2006 and from New York Senator Owen Johnson in 2008 during the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. In 2011 recognition was received from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, and also from the National Association of Hispanic Social Workers as Advocate of the Year. In 2014 received the Visionary Leadership award from Crossroads Counseling Center. In 2015 he was recognized with the Legacy Award from the Town of Islip NAACP.