The investment in earning a college degree takes many forms – money, time, effort, sacrifice. For Luis Yépez, family and community are just as important when investing in higher education.
Luis’ mother and father came to the United States from Ecuador. His father worked as an envelope machine mechanic, and his mother opened up a small business. Growing up in Worcester, MA, Luis and his brother Juan benefitted from their parents’ belief in higher education.
But despite this commitment, Luis’ parents worked hard. They struggled to make it in the United States. Nothing was a given. They were fully unselfish in making sure that they could provide for Luis and Juan.
As for Luis, he made sure to take full advantage of the education he earned. In high school, he found his passion in academics and excelled in athletics. Luis received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and gave back through service to his country, where he participated in several deployments to the far East, South America and the Caribbean where he was involved in counter-narcotics operations. In 2003 he was deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After his service in the Navy, Luis turned to business. He earned a degree in management, then joined Juan in starting Mainstream Global, Inc. They decided to operate their business in Lawrence. As a city with some of the highest unemployment in Massachusetts, Luis has felt that by establishing the business in Lawrence, he would also be investing in the people who live here also. Luis’ efforts have been recognized which include an invitation to the White House and a personal invitation by the First Lady to attend the State of the Union Address in 2010.
Luis believes that an education is a key to unlock unlimited doors of opportunities. He has been active in organizations such as Groundwork Lawrence, Habitat for Humanity and Lawrence General Hospital, sharing his philosophy of empowering the community through education.
BS, Systems Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy (1993)
MA, Management, University of Redlands (1999)