The Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2008 by the Parkland College Alumni Association to recognize exceptional alumni. Awarded during the spring commencement ceremonies, this award is given for academic, professional, personal and community contributions and achievements.
Eligibility includes the ability to attend commencement ceremonies in May and a minimum of 31 credit hours at Parkland College.
2022 Distinguished Alumnus: Louis E. Sola
Louis E. Sola is Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, and has distinguished himself in both government service and private enterprise.
Commissioner Sola’s career in public service began at age 18 with the U.S. Army Reserve. While active duty, he served as a linguist and counterintelligence specialist until 1997. He was stationed in Germany and Latin America during the Cold War. Prior to his appointment as Federal Maritime Commissioner in 2019, he served on the Florida Board of Pilot Commissioners.
In private enterprise, Commissioner Sola worked as a consultant with Berkshire Capital and Arden & Price in Panama. As a licensed ship and megayacht broker, he was a sales executive with yachting firms Campers & Nicholsons and Northrop Grumman. Determined to achieve his entrepreneurial aspirations, he founded Evermarine, a Miami-based megayacht brokerage company, which he led as chief executive officer.
Commissioner Sola began his educational career with an associate’s degree in history from Parkland College in 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in management from Nova Southeastern University in 1996, and his master’s degree in international finance from the University of Illinois in 1998.
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