Profile of an American Dream Fulfilled

Anyone looking for an embodiment of the American dream need only shake hands with Rodolfo “Rudy” Chavez, president of the Swiss luxury watch brand Baume & Mercier North America since September 2005. His family's story ranges from the prison cells of Castro's Cuba to the halls of the White House. It began in the years after the Communist takeover of Cuba by Fidel Castro and his cohorts. The Chavezes were a middle-class family with a nice home in the province of Las Villas. But Chavez's father, the head of transport for a well-known Cuban brewery, was outspoken in his criticism of Castro's government and its effects on life and freedoms in Cuba. In 1966 he was arrested and put in prison, where he languished for a month and a half under a sentence of death. Then, the unexpected happened. An acquaintance high in the Cuban military came to his father in jail with two options: Leave
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