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A native New Yorker, Nick Lugo is a graduate of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in San German where he majored in Business Administration with a minor in Political Science.

He entered the travel and publishing businesses at a young age as an apprentice to his father, the founder of Cophresi Travel Agencies and Temas Magazine, where Nick served as Associate Publisher.

In 1970 he was appointed by then Governor of Puerto Rico, the Honorable Luis A. Ferre, to serve as the National Executive Director for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico offices in the United States. At the same time he headed the Commonwealth’s Migration Division offices for the Puerto Rico Government’s Department of Labor.

He founded Casa Publications, Corporation, parent company of the Spanish-language weekly newspaper, La Voz Hispana, in 1980. Nick Lugo also took over the family travel business and in memory of his father and mentor, changed the name from Cophresi to Nick Lugo Travel, a name that has become synonymous with air travel in New York’s Hispanic communities. The same year, Nick founded the Hispanic Marketing & Advertising Group where he serves as CEO.

A key player in the economic revitalization and development of East Harlem where his businesses are based, Nick Lugo has also contracted with the New York State Empowerment Zone to publish A Taste Of East Harlem Magazine, a quarterly publication including feature stories on the significant issues of consequence to Hispanic New Yorkers as well as local restaurant reviews and calendars of events aimed at promoting tourism and shopping in El Barrio.

After serving as President of the New Bronx Chamber of Commerce for three and a half years, Nick took leave of that organization in April, 2006 to announce the establishment of the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, thus connecting the network of Hispanic Businesses and local Chambers, into a City-wide organization with much broader resources at its disposal.