John Sotomayor is the president of Sotomayor Media
Creations LLC, an award-winning media company with
newspaper and magazine clients throughout Florida.
Most recently, he was named the 2010 Journalist of
the Year by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of
Commerce (Chamber) at the Stars Over Ocala
Business Recognition Awards on February 15, 2011.
In 2007, he received the Greater Ocala
Advertising Federation ADDY Mosaic Award for
Cultural Diversity. Also in 2007, the Florida Magazine
Association awarded him Silver and Bronze Charlie for
Best Feature and Silver for Best Public Service
Coverage. In 2008, Sotomayor was named Forty
Under 40 by Ocala Magazine. In 2009, he earned the
Florida Press Club (FPC) Excellence in Journalism
award, First Place in Community News, for a dual-
written Spanish/English feature. In October 2010, he
duplicated his achievement with the FPC with a consecutive First Place in Community
News, as well as second place and Second Place in Minority News. Earlier the same
month, Sotomayor was awarded the Mary Sue Rich Diversity Award bestowed by the City
of Ocala in the business category. Earlier, in January 2010, his business was named
2009 Minority Business of the Year by the Chamber at the Stars Over Ocala Business
Recognition Awards. At the Chamber, he serves as Chair of the Hispanic Business
Council and board of directors member until December 2011; and Business
Development Committee, International Business Council and Public Affairs Committee.
He previously served as Ambassador and board of regents member of the Emerging
Leaders of Ocala at the of the Chamber. He currently serves as Government Relations
Chair and board member of Greater Ocala Advertising Federation (Go Ad Fed) until June
2011. In March 2011, he joins the board of directors of the Marion Cultural Alliance,
supporting the arts. In 2007-2008, Sotomayor served on the Board of Directors of the
Early Learning Coalition of Marion County. Prior to his media career, he worked as a
litigation paralegal for ten years in top tier New York City law firms including Clifford,
Chance, Rogers & Wells; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and Sullivan & Cromwell. He
has a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Rochester; and
completed two years at Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC.
Most recently Sotomayor was named 2010 Journalist of the Year, given at the Stars Over
Ocala Business Recognition Awards by the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of
Commerce, a Five Star chamber.
John Sotomayor is a contributing writer for Ambiente.