00:00:00 Mercado was born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico and raised in Guayama. Mercado states that his personality and community involvement were inherited from his father, who thought that Puerto Rico should be a state. 00:09:42 Mercado decided to move to Tampa, FL in 1994 and started working as a salesperson. 00:14:00 He discusses how he met the manager of Tampa radio station 680 AM and started his career as a radio personality. 00:22:30 In 2000, Mercado moved to Orlando and was hired by Univision as a writer, reporter and news anchor. 00:31:00 Mercado was offered the position of marketing and administrator director of Sistema Universitario Ana G Mendez in Orlando and he accepted. 00:39:00 Mercado returned to Univision as a producer and anchor. 00:41:00 Mercado concludes that Tampa and Orlando communities are very different, as Orlando reacts to political issues, and it is a very active and involved community. 00:43:00 Mercado, in his role as Univision news anchor, is an active participant in the Hispanic community. His strengths are focused on developing marketing strategies that reflects the interaction of this community.
Altamonte Springs, FL
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