As we continue discovering #Ypreneurs and their ability to stray from the mainstream road to pave their own; we take note that we are simply in the beginning stages of writing Generation Y’s entrepreneurial script. As Y’s further hone their unique intricacies and are able to convince the world of their viability, in that will come our successes.
The future of our politico stance seems to be well looked out for when you meet young people like Marco Leyte-Vidal, whom knew since youth he would follow in cousin, Henry Leyte-Vidal’s footsteps, by taking a deep stance to protect the rights of people in the community. “He took me under his wing… I used to be in his courtroom all of the time and I saw him do some amazing things for people.”
As I sat down to gain some inspiration from this young entrepreneur, who just happens to be seated on more boards of directors and fundraising committees than I could count on one hand; I realized that his truth gleams brightest at the mere notion of helping others. During college Leyte-Vidal even took part in starting a fraternity, whose core was based in community service, “doing this stuff makes me feel good, bettering our community, bringing people together, making Miami better,” he explained.
The inspiration reached a pinnacle when Marco described the scholarship he started to honor his cousin’s memory, “I set up a scholarship at FIU, I was very blessed that I was able to go to law school… the scholarship is for a minority, it’s a need and merit based scholarship. I wanted to help someone that was going to law school… I named it after my cousin, The Henry Leyte-Vidal Scholarship, over at the College of Law… I figured it would let me continue his charitable legacy by naming it after him.
Marco, who just recently took to his own firm, used his garnered knowledge from having been exposed to fighting for his beliefs as he spread his wings to fly. “I always knew I wanted to be my own boss and have my own law firm, I got a lot of experience early on and I said to myself I can do this and I can do it better.” But, that gusto took a lot of inner strength as he explained further, “it takes a lot of faith to be able to do it, because you are going to go from getting a check, to not… but now was the time, if I was going to take a hit, it had to be while I was young, start establishing myself, it just has to do with having the guts to do it.”
Leyte- Vidal & Mazzitelli, now an established boutique general civil practice law firm, which prides itself on being a firm that represents small business from a small business perspective. This perspective is rooted in LV & M’s founding principles, where the ability to build relationships with their clients is a requirement differentiating them from the atypical conglomerate law firm. “We are hungry… we like to help people out, we’ve always represented the little person and so it’s kind of the focus of our firm is to keep it a boutique firm and really give people the attention they deserve.”
Then if this were just the cusp of Leyte-Vidal’s #Ypreneur accomplishments, he mentions how being on the First Executive Young Leadership Board of The First U.S. Cuban Democracy Pact, a bipartisan alliance fighting for the rights of Cubans on the island, is listed as one of his most prized rolls. “It has been an amazing experience, I have met so many decedents and ‘Damas En Blanco’… my family is Cuban and they were robbed of the things they had, so it’s important to help and empower the youth over there and that is the goal of the committee!”
After that I simply retreated and said, ‘Marco, you have our vote! Is politics in your future?’ And Leyte-Vidal with a slight giggle in toe, humbly responded, “If and when the time is right, maybe, I’m thinking about it!”