Armando Vizcaino Alvarez
Armando left Cuba on April 8, 1961 via Jamaica through KLM. He stayed at Kingston’s YMCA since the Dieses in Kingston had no facilities to house the unaccompanied children at that time. By April 15th the US Embassy in Kingston had given him a visa to enter the United States and he arrived at Camp Kendall on the evening of April 15, 1961. He was at Kendall until June when he was sent to Casa Carrion on Brickell Avenue and 15th. Road, which was closed in the fall of 1961, and the boys were then sent to St. Raphael’s, a new facility on Biscayne Blvd. and 21st. Street. Armando stayed at St. Raphael’s until the summer of 1963 and his signature appears on Msg. Walsh’s paleta as evidence of his stayed at that facility. The summer of 1963 coincided with Armando’s graduation from High school and the arrival of his parents from Cuba at which time he left the Cuban Children Program of the then Catholic Service Bureau.
Armando weathered the difficult years that followed his two good years with Msg. Walsh at St. Raphael’s, served in the armed forces for two years, graduated from the University of Miami, passed the CPA exam, married and had three daughters.
Armando became a certified public accountant and worked with multi-national firms until he decided to join a local firm in 1980. Armando has worked as a partner in a local CPA firm ever since. Armando is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, has been an accounting professor at Miami Dade Community College and chaired the Quality Control Committee of ACPA International, the United Way of Miami Audit Committee, and is a past-president of the Cuban American CPA Association and past member of the FICPA Peer Review Acceptance Committee.