Ana Fernandez On The Chris Top Program
Feb 26 2015
Ana Margarita Fernandez , born April 28th, 1971 and raised in Miami, Florida a "Cuga", that is, a Cuban Gringa. I am one of 4 girls, a minute older then my identical twin, Betty. We are considered the babies of the family. Our older sisters are Christina and Lisa. Our father, Dr. Joaquin Mario Fernandez, fled Cuba and came to the United States in the 1950’s. He was a prominent thoracic and vascular surgeon well known for his zest for life and his compassion for the sick. During surgery he met and fell madly in love with my mother they married had 4 children and then he died at the young age of 42. My twin and I were 5 and the oldest sister was 8. Our Mother, Peggy Lucile was born in Abington, VA, a very small town hidden in the Appalachian mountains, located on the Tennessee/Virginia state lines. An Air Force Veteran, race car driver, operating / trauma unit head nurse, and my hero. Growing up, during the school year Miami was our home and Mountain City, TN, was our home for the summer months, for that was where my mother's kin lived and where we spent every summer until I turned 18. It is there, amongst the Appalachian mountains, forests, gardens, barns, trailers, tobacco fields, pig shacks and the public pool where we were taught how to work hard, be disciplined, proud, gracious, humble, and thankful. It is in those pig shacks and fairy woods where we learned to party hearty - grassroots style witnessing moonshine makers and drinkers play their banjos and fiddles. We provided the twist with our Cuban heritage and readiness to party. It was there as well where I realized the soul of the south is incredibly similar to the soul of the Cuban culture. Being the free spirit that I am, I married and moved to Barranquilla, Colombia from the age of 18 to 23. There I was blessed with my son, Christian, born in 1992 and an extended family that to this day neither an ocean can divide nor a divorce sever. I left Colombia handicapped by the need to be with my sister Betty, a quality only a twin can understand, and moved to Nashville to be among my mother and sisters. I dabbled in music, radio, television and theater work, which led me to learn that I am very entrepreneurial, minded. Then, 2002 brought my biggest life changing moment - the birth of my daughter, Gabriella Antonia Fernandez Ginther aka Gigi In 2004, I launched my business in the glass and glazing construction industry, changing city scapes across the country. Today, IWS is certified locally and nationally as a Woman/Minority Business Enterprise and continues to be integral in the building of sustainable architectural projects of huge scale and importance all over the US including, Miami Intermodal, Las Vegas City Hall, Nemours’s Children's Hospital and Hunter Bridge to name a few. I think my biggest accomplishment is the gift of life. My own life, in which I've chosen to live balls to the wall and seize the moment with no regrets! My mistakes have become my badges of honor for the lessons they've taught me making my life perpetually ready to soar. The lives of the children I’ve given this world. Two beautiful human beings, that are so much better than I am that sometimes I have to wonder how they came from me. (But like I always say, one must always make a good breeding decision.) Finally, the gift of saving a life. When faced with the tragic shooting of a loved one, I stepped forward, risking my own life, and was able to save his. That experience of saving the life of a relative, brother, son, husband, father and a friend was one of my greatest accomplishments.Words that best describe me:-The key to my personality is freedom.-I love to dance, hike, hula-hoop, ride my scooter, race and compete-I love travel, adventure, variety and meeting new people.-I’m curious and long to experience all of life.-I love to be involved in...