Francisco Arocha

Francisco Arocha is an avid entrepreneur with a prolific and well established career that for the past 12 years has been primarily focused on the creation of new opportunities in the hotel, entertainment and sports industries. Mr. Arocha is currently the managing director of HES Group, headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela with an office in Miami, Florida.

HES stands for Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports, and some of their projects include The Mary Brickell Village hotel under the flag of Aloft (Starwood Hotels), the Hotel Tamanaco Intercontinental Hotel in Caracas, the “Tiburones de la Guaira” professional baseball team in Caracas, several food service businesses, a new yet to be named luxury hotel in Caracas

Before beginning his career in the business world, Francisco Arocha was a successful attorney, in both private and public practice, including running the District Attorney’s Office of the Republic of Venezuela at the age of 25.

Francisco graduated as an Attorney of Law from the Universidad Catolica de Caracas. He received a scholarship from the French Prime Ministers Office to take a course in Public Administration at the University of Paris. He became a Fulbright Scholar, which later allowed him to complete his Master Degree in Public Administration at the renowned John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. More recently, he completed his MBA in a joint program of the University of Columbia and London Business School.

He has been a professor at the Universidad Central de Caracas and La Universidad Catolica Andres Bello. He has been a guest speaker in many national conferences including the International Court of Justice at The Hague and at the UN.

He is fluent in Spanish, English and French and He tennis, golf and enjoys alpine skiing.He currently resides with his wife and two children in Miami and in Caracas where he manages both his offices.

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In His Words

"There is no substitute for Excellence – not even success. Success is tricky, perishable and often outside our control; the pursuit of success makes a poor cornerstone, especially for a whole personality. Excellence is dependable, lasting and largely an issue within our own control; pursuit of excellence, in and for itself, is the best of foundations,” The Heart of the Order, by Thomas Boswell (Doubleday, 1989).