Mr. Garcia is a seasoned executive who has been working in technology, digital media, and education for over twenty years. He was appointed Vice President of Emerging Technologies at Full Sail University in 2018 after years of leading and implementing various strategic initiatives, including the university’s online education efforts from inception to over 12,000 students. Mr. Garcia joined Full Sail University in 2003 as the Director of Curriculum Development.
Mr. Garcia is also the General Manager of Full Sail Labs, an Apple Distinguished School, designed by Full Sail University offering STEAM based programs for kids and teens in the areas of Technology, Entertainment, Media, and Art. Full Sail Labs was created with the goal of providing an engaging and open learning environment that allows kids and teens the opportunity to transform from content consumers into content creators.
Prior to joining Full Sail University, Mr. Garcia was Vice President of Product Development at quepasa.com, the leading online community for US Hispanics. At quepasa.com, Mr. Garcia was an integral part of the executive team that led the company through a successful initial public offering. Mr. Garcia later served as Principal of Manduca Ventures, a corporate venture group based in Miami, Florida, that specialized in the investment of early-stage digital-media companies. He was also previously Vice President of Operations at Cybertoons Corporation, a Wisconsin-based company that developed software for e-commerce applications and online communities for clients such as Northwestern Mutual Life, Strong Funds, and M&I Bank.
Mr. Garcia is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana. He also earned an Associate’s degree in Digital Media from Full Sail University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, which is ranked among the top ten business schools in the United States. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.