Juan J. Botifoll was a prominent figure both in the Cuban-American community. He was born in 1908 in Havana, Cuba and arrived in Miami in 1960.
Throughout the 1960s, Botifoll became a cherished community leader in South Florida. In 1970, he was named director of Republic National Bank, and in 1978, he was elected chairman of the bank’s board of directors. After retiring from Republic National Bank in 1993, he was named Chairman Emeritus.
He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1963 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1964 from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.
Botifoll is one of the co-founders of the Spanish-American League Against Discrimination (SALAD), Facts About Cuban Exiles (FACE), and the Cuban- American National Foundation (CANF). He received numerous awards, honorary degrees, and other forms of recognition for his services to the Cuban American community in Miami and the greater community of Florida.