Nelson Mandela’s Election

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela


Miami entrepreneur Antonio Junior is a businessman who has used his leadership skills to bring organizations success and recognition. When he is not engaged in professional activities in Miami, Antonio Junior enjoys traveling around the world. He had the privilege of traveling to South Africa at the time Nelson Mandela became the nation’s first black president.

After nearly three centuries of apartheid in South Africa, legendary leader Nelson Mandela was sworn into office on May 10, 1994 in Pretoria, South Africa. The inauguration marked a historic shift from minority rule in the nation and was attended by politicians and dignitaries from 140 countries.

Leading up to the momentous shift in South Africa’s culture, Mandela worked closely with President F.W. de Klerk to move toward the country’s first nonracial democratic elections. As a result of their collaboration and efforts, the two men received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. After becoming president, Mandela named de Klerk deputy to the president.

The Mandela administration addressed numerous problems that existed in South Africa, including socioeconomic discrepancies, poverty, and a lack of social services. In 1996, a new constitution that sought to establish equal rights to all minorities was signed into law.


Hope for Change in Airline Management Gender Inequality

Airport Minority Advisory Council pic
Airport Minority Advisory Council

Antonio Junior of Miami, past Southeast Region Director of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, has received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. Antonio Junior was recognized as the volunteer who demonstrated a dedication to the mission of the AMAC during the previous year. The Airport Minority Advisory Council promotes diversification within the airport industry, especially women, minority, and disadvantaged business owners.

There have been very few opportunities for women to be chief executives in the airline industry. Despite the change in the top management focus from pilots and engineers to customer service professionals, there have only been three promotions to the top tier of airline management in the last five years. This made the number of CEOs and Managing Directors increase from 15 to 18, a dismal showing. The overall male chief executive representation is at 94 percent.

There is hope that the industry is changing. Newer airlines that are customer-oriented are more likely to move women into the executive suite. The more modern-thinking airlines are promoting women to the second tier of management, the director level, which can be one step away from the C-suite.