Carlos Gazitua is President and CEO of Sergio’s Restaurants and creator of Sergio’s Cuban in South Florida. Today, Sergio’s has six full-service restaurants and eight fast casual locations, with over 650 employees. In 2018, Mr. Gazitua was included in Florida’s 500 most influential Business and Hospitality Leaders a list compiled by Florida Trend Magazine.
Under his leadership, Sergio’s was awarded “best sit down restaurant” by South Florida Independent Retailer awards. In addition, they were selected as South Florida Tourism Professional Restaurant of the Year Award and honored by Doral Business Council as the Small Business of the Year.
In 2012 he created La Flaca™ brand, which promotes healthy cooking alternatives for Cuban food. La Flaca™ menu has transformed the way people eat Latin and Cuban cuisine in South Florida. Sergio’s earned an award from the Florida Department of Health as the first certified restaurant to take part in the Healthy Happens Here Initiative in Miami-Dade County.
Gazitua is the former President for the Florida Restaurant Lodging Association Miami-Dade County Chapter and currently sits on Visit Florida’s Board of Directors. He was appointed as a spokesman for the Bring Small Business Back program by Job Creators Network. As CEO of Sergio’s, Gazitua has shared his small business insight as a featured guest on FOX Business’ “After the Bell”, NPR, WLRN, and the Mike Gallagher Show. His opinion articles have been featured in the Miami Herald, Miami Today and 305 Magazine.
Gazitua’s passion for Cuban food started early on and he has been featured on Telemundo Noticias and performed multiple food presentation channels. Most recently, Sergio’s was featured on the Cooking Channel’s ‘Cheap Eats’ and Emeril’s Florida, where Gazitua prepared empanadas with host Ali Khan and showcased Sergio’s authentic Cuban Cuisine to famed chef Emeril Lagasse.
Carlos earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his MBA and Law Degree from Stetson College of Law. He resides in Miami with his wife, Liana Gazitua, and their two young boys.