Forced to Flee Venezuela, These Agency Founders Recall Their Path to Success

Miami agency El Autobús was recently acquired by Anchor Worldwide

El Autobús founders Simón De Franca (l.) and Roberto Fonfría. El Autobús

Miami-based creative agency El Autobús was recently acquired by Anchor Worldwide. But that doesn’t come close to telling the agency’s whole story, about two Venezuelan ad creatives who rose to the top of their game, then had to flee an oppressive regime, only to come out better for it a decade later in their adopted home of Florida.

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Kyle O’Brien is a freelance writer based in Jim Thorpe, Pa.