Juan was born and raised on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. After High School he attended the University of Puerto Rico and received a B.B.A. in Marketing. After college Juan used his marketing skills both in Puerto Rico and the Dominica Republic. He has worked in several aspects of the media industry including, advertising agency, newspapers, radio and television.
After working in the media industry Juan became involved with projects concerning tourism for the governments of Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. He headed a project that opened a path for only the third place in the world where you can take your own vehicle from a U.S. Territory (Puerto Rico) to a foreign country (the Dominican Republic), moving 2,500 passengers, 750 vehicles and 45 cargo containers, per day, between both countries. In 2002 Juan's hard work earned him honors from the Department of Tourism in Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, by President Leonel Fernandez, and Governor of Puerto Rico, Dr. Pedro Rosello.
Later that year Mr. Bonilla moved to Luverne, Minnesota and began working in Sioux Falls, SD. Here he found the Latino Community without a media source to inform, educate and help integrate Latinos in the Sioux Falls community. So, in 2007 Juan started the first bilingual magazine in three states, La Voz Hispana Magazine. A magazine written in Spanish & English to inform the Latino and the diverse Community about topics such as finance, education, health care and current events. In 2010 Juan formed La Voz Hispana Newspaper, the first bi-lingual newspaper in the region, which covers three states. And later that year formed La Voz Hispana TV, the first bi-lingual television show in the Midwest, with over 2,000 plus households per week seeing it; they have just reached Episode 101. 2012, Juan start the first and only Radio Show for Latino on the Midwest, La Voz Radio Show, on 94.5 FM.
Juan has also been involved in the banking industry while in South Dakota. He was a Customer Service Representative for Household Bank, a Fraud Investigator for Wells Fargo Financial Bank, Personal Banker, in charge of the Latino Market, at Home Federal Bank, and one more time, with Wells Fargo on the Financial Crime Division, as a Financial Crime Specialist.
Juan's hard work and dedication has also been recognized while in South Dakota. In 2009, Juan was nominated for the first time to the Sioux Falls Humanitarian of the Year Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Diversity Champion of Sioux Falls and the Diversity Champion by Wells Fargo, in Sioux Falls; the state of South Dakota, and Diversity Champion for Wells Fargo's throughout the Unites States. He was also awarded with the Silver Beaver Award, by Boy Scouts of America, in 2012. He is currently President of the Spanish Speaking Association of Sioux Falls, Chairman of the Soccer and Scouting, of the Boy Scouts of America, President Sioux Falls Diversity Council, former Vice President of the Diversity Kiwanis, board member of the American Cancer Society -Midwest Division, Board Member of Ground Works, and Honorary Member of the Black Hills Minority Chamber of Commerce. Juan is also the first Latino to serve on the Board of Directors of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, in 105 years.
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