By writer to www.broadcastingcable.com
Rafael Eli, accomplice and COO at New York based mostly Schramm Advertising Group, has misplaced his five-week battle with coronavirus pneumonia and died Thursday (April 16). He contracted the virus in mid-March and for the previous 18 days has been beneath the care of the devoted medical workforce at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York Metropolis. He was 68 years previous.
Rafael Eli was recognized in enterprise as a specialist within the areas of Hispanic advertising, sponsorship gross sales and the promotion of worldwide soccer. Eli’s enterprise accomplice and shut pal of 30 years, Joe Schramm, mentioned: “Rafael was pleased with his energetic position in selling sold-out worldwide soccer occasions that includes world-class soccer groups at nice venues like Giants Stadium, MetLife and Citifield.”
Rafael Eli is acquainted to these throughout the Hispanic tv, digital, print and radio communities and has been the behind-the-scenes co-producer of the annual Hispanic Tv Summit for the previous 18 years. The summit is offered yearly by Future’s tv business magazines, Broadcasting+Cable and Multichannel Information. Eli usually influenced the choice of the Summit’s award recipients, notably Hispanic TV expertise and celebrities with whom he had a private relationship, together with talk-show host Cristina Saralegui, sportscaster Andrés Cantor, information anchors Jose Diaz Balart and Jorge Ramos.
Ten years in the past, Eli leveraged his relationships with famous on-air personalities to efficiently conduct a pro-bono Spanish-language, mass media marketing campaign to encourage organ donation on behalf of web site, Matchingdonors.com. Eli benefited personally from this marketing campaign when he himself grew to become the recipient of a kidney from a dwell donor.
Previous to turning into a accomplice at Schramm, Rafael Eli was employed in content material distribution gross sales for ABC Radio, and earlier in Hispanic advertising for AT&T. He made life-long associates with co-workers and plenty of within the Hispanic media and promoting industries. Whereas at AT&T, he performed a job in serving to the corporate provoke its sponsorships of televised boxing championship bouts that includes gold-medalist Oscar De La Hoya, and of Main League Soccer (MLS). Schramm added, “Rafael was particularly excited to characterize AT&T on the soccer league’s launch occasion in New York Metropolis by making a speech in each English and Spanish. It was a chance for him to emphasise that soccer is a sport inclusive of all People.”
Eli was a member of the New York chapter board of administrators of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and was pleased with a particular occasion that he orchestrated on the New-York Historic Society that partnered an exhibit from Mexico with the Mexican consul to New York and had the help of AJC.
Rafael Eli was born in Havana, Cuba, on February 20, 1952. Within the early 1960s, at age 10, he migrated along with his mother and father and sister first to Beverly, Massachusetts, then Brooklyn, New York, and in the end settled in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At age 18, he moved to the New York metro space to attend Rutgers College in New Jersey, and later earned an MBA from Fordham College.
He has remained a loyal New Yorker ever since. He loved summer season days on Fireplace Island; scanning via previous books on the Strand Bookstore; studying international languages; exploring historic websites; sharing info about Jewish tradition and tales of his childhood in Havana; attending motion pictures; writing fiction in Spanish; Broadway; non secular journeys, private growth and images.
Schramm mentioned, “What Rafael loved most, was being with others. He stayed in communication with many individuals he met via enterprise, volunteerism, household, or his private pursuits. Because of this, Rafael Eli is a person with many associates.”
Eli leaves a sister, Myriam Eli; a brother-in-law, Joe Zeytoonian of Margate, Florida, and plenty of relations in his native Cuba, Florida, New York, Israel and Spain. Rafael can also be an “official” member of the Schramm household.
In closing, Joe Schramm mentioned, “Rafael is a loyal and beloved pal. He would deal with others with kindness, conduct enterprise with integrity, mentored our workers, and he believed in me and what we might accomplish collectively. I acknowledge that shut friendships like this are uncommon in life.”
Burial can be in Florida and is proscribed to a small gathering as a result of restrictions of the present pandemic. A memorial service to have a good time his life can be deliberate for a future date in New York Metropolis.
Condolences could also be despatched to his sister Myriam Eli at 3210 Vacation Springs Blvd. #307, Margate FL 33603 or e mail at email@example.com and to Joe Schramm at his residence, 222 Ocean Avenue, Northport, NY 11768 or by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions could also be made in his title to Matchingdonors.com at email@example.com or to the New York Chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.891.1443.