Tania Maria Lopez had to raise her children on her own with her mother. Despite the difficulties in Cuba, she always knew that Ismael was going to have a bright future. Today she is still the reference point for her son in all his projects.
Franklin Mirabal is one of Ismael’s closest friends. Franklin’s admiration for him has helped him lead his company for two years. Working together, they managed to consolidate their friendship. Today Franklin is a great confidant and advisor to Ismael.
Bruno Torres is Ismael’s manager and the CEO of Cala Enterprises. What emerged as a three-month commitment, in which Bruno had to look for opportunities for Ismael to speak in public, is today a multimedia company that reaches many people.
Eddie Armas is of Cuban origin just like Ismael. They met more than a decade ago when Ismael was just beginning to appear in the Miami Hispanic media. They connected immediately and Ismael’s attitude even changed the way Eddie practices his profession.
Myrna Kahan is a multi-talented artist from Puerto Rico that has been at the heart of Hispanic entertainment in Canada for decades. From the beginning, when she met Ismael she recognized his talent and they ended up presenting together the Caribana show in Toronto. Between the dancing and fun, a friendship without borders was born.
Father during his exile
Ramón Hernández is one of the most traditional Hispanic entrepreneurs in Canada. When Ismael decided to stay in Toronto, Ramón offered him a place to stay and eventually gave him work and moral support. Over time Ramón became a father figure for Ismael.