Opening General Session: What We Do Matters!
Thursday, July 20
2:30 PM – 3:50 PM
John Sotomayor is the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of EMBRACE Magazine, the first-ever and only LGBTQ+ publication in North Central Florida, based out of Ocala, and winner of the Florida Magazine Association 2021 Magazine of the Year. EMBRACE is his second magazine brand, having previously published ELEVATE. Sotomayor has an extensive career in media, honed as president of Sotomayor Media Creations, LLC, the parent company of EMBRACE and ELEVATE. Clients included several Florida publications, such as: Florida Trend, Florida Travel & Life, Ocala Star Banner, El Reportero Latino, Voz Latina, and North Central Florida Business Report. Sotomayor was a staff writer for five publications of Akers Media Group based in Leesburg and served as executive editor for Ocala Magazine. Sotomayor recently signed a contract to publish his first book with Thane & Prose, based in his native New York City.