Florida Memorial University (FMU) professor Robert Labadie and alumnus Barrington Irving were honorees at the recent ICABA Salutes South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans event. The black-tie celebration took place during Caribbean Heritage Month at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

“It’s a great day to be a lion,” said Henry Lewis III, university president. “Dr. Labadie and Mr. Irving represent the high quality of professors and students FMU offers to the local and global communities. Together, they represent the promise and the future that inspired our institution’s founders to educate generations of emerging leaders and scholar. These men are proof their labor was not in vain.”

Labadie teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses as a professor in the FMU School of Business. Born in Haiti, he earned bachelors and master’s degrees from Columbia University and a doctorate from Florida International University. After a career in business, he transitioned to the academy. He has said: “Education is the best route to personal and professional success.”

Labadie served as a member of the Friends of the Board of the South Florida Family Medical Foundation, Inc., the Florida League for Nursing Board of Directors and the African American Heritage Foundation.

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Barrington Irving is a magna cum laude 2009 graduate of FMU. At 23, the Jamaica-native was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the first black and youngest pilot to successfully fly around the world.

Among his many accomplishments, he received a 2007 Congressional Resolution, acknowledging his historic achievement and pioneering work in the field of education and the Florida State Senate’s Medallion of Excellence. He was recently named as one of only 15 Emerging Explorers by National Geographic.

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