Miguel “Mike” Perez-Colon, 79, passed away at his home on November 28, 2016 in Freehold, N.J. after a battle with Parkinson’s and Diabetes.
Mike began a longstanding career in International Sales, first with ABC and later with NBC at 30 Rock, in New York City. While at NBC, Mike became a staunch supporter of the Monte-Carlo TV Market and RAI’s Prix Italia. During his tenure as vice president of International Sales for NBC, Mike also pursued both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from Fordham University.
Born in Santi Espiritu, Cuba in 1937, he attended the University of Havana and dreamed of becoming a doctor. However, when Fidel Castro came to power, he left Cuba for the United States in 1959. Upon arriving in the U.S., Mike met and married Silvia Perez. Together they had three children.
After serving in the U.S. Army as a clerk in the early 1960s, Mike and a group of friends opened the Club Havana San Juan, in New York City, which was said to be the birth place of salsa in NYC. Upon closing the Nightclub, in 1970, he moved his family from Spanish Harlem to the new residential development “Colts Brook” in Freehold, N.J.
Mike retired from NBC in 1995.