Joseph A. Unanue
March 14, 1925 - June 12, 2013 |
Joseph Unanue the former Chairman and CEO of Goya Foods, Inc., which is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the country. Goya Foods, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes approximately 1,000 different food products. Goya Foods, Inc. is an international operation stretching from Secaucus, NJ, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Seville, Spain, to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Goya has ten U.S. facilities in: Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Texas and California.
Mr. Unanue graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Mr. Unanue was a brilliant leader and administrator; loved and respected by all for his leadership, tenacity and dedication to not only his vision of expanding Goya but to keeping within the traditions of his family and culture. He joined the family firm after his service in the US army where he was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1972 he became acting president until the death of his father in 1976 upon which he became Chairman, President and CEO. Under his leadership, the company grew from a small regional food company with approximately $8 million in total sales to a global brand with over $800 million in sales and 15 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide.
Mr. Unanue was honored extensively due to his community service, repeatedly by community groups. The National Conference of Christians and Jews has twice hailed Mr. Unanue as “Man of the Year.” The National Minority Suppliers Association awarded Mr. Unanue its Leadership Award. In addition, he was presented the Key to the City of Boston, and in 1991 Hispanic Magazine honored Mr. Unanue with the National Hispanic Achievement Award. During both the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Hispanic Heritage Parade, Mr. Unanue served as the Grand Marshall. He received an honorary PhD from Seton Hall University and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America.
Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue
Faithful, lifelong service to her family, her church and her community
are hallmarks of the life of Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue. Her deep
commitment to others distinguishes her as a woman of great compassion
Born in Puerto Rico, Mrs. Unanue spent her
elementary school years at the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro in San
Juan. She attended high school at the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent
in Tuxedo Park, New York. Upon completion of high school, she returned
to Puerto Rico to attend the University of Puerto Rico. After
receiving her degree, she married Joseph A. Unanue. Mr. Unanue is the
retired president of Goya Foods, Inc., the largest Hispanic-owned food
company in the United States.
For many years, Mrs. Unanue has
been involved in numerous religious and community activities. She has
taught Spanish and Religious Education at both St. Joseph School in
Bogota, New Jersey and St. Therese in Cresskill, New Jersey. Carmen is
well known throughout the Archdiocese of Newark and the local Latino
Community for her many volunteer works.
Her commitment to the
community is evident through her involvement in various charitable
organizations. She is an active executive board member of el Museo del
Barrio, New York City's only Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican,
Caribbean and Latin American art, serving as the current president. In
2006, she was named to the board of directors of The Resource
Foundation, an organization committed to increasing the self reliance
and living standards of the disadvantaged throughout Latin America.
Mrs. Unanue spent many years on the Board of Trustees of public
television, WNET, channel 13 in New York City. She was a board member
of the Don Bosco Executive Development Council of Patterson, New
Jersey. Previously, she served on the Overseers Seminary Committee at
Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, New Jersey.
her family, she frequently travels to Honduras to work with residents
in remote villages. Her desire is to share her time, talent and
treasure with others in evident in her dedication to this undertaking.
Through these trips she has partnered with the Agua para del Pueblo
project, providing vital infrastructure to bring potable water to
villagers without means to do so themselves. In addition, she has been
instrumental in the building of schools in villages where there is a
need. Mrs. Unanue sees the call to stewardship as a way of life.
2005, Mrs. Unanue was honored by the American Bible Society for her
contribution and leadership to the Hispanic community. At the request
of Pope John Paul II, she served on a ten woman steering committee that
was responsible for organizing the first Catholic Pro Familia in Puerto
Rico in September 1993. In this capacity, she was able to work with
Papal Emissary and close family friend, noted author, Monsignor Lorenzo
Albacete. Mrs. Unanue was honored by President Ronald Reagan for her
community service. In 1984, Seton Hall University awarded Ms. Unanue
an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service.
Mr. and Mrs. Unanue are active and committed
philanthropists. Both personally and through the C&J Unanue
foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Unanue have supported a number of
organizations including Ballet Hispanico, Museo Del Barrio and the
Archdiocese of Newark. The Foundation is funding the Joseph A. Unanue
Institute for Latin American Studies at Seton Hall University.
resides in Northern New Jersey. They are the
proud parents of six children and sixteen grandchildren.