Early on the morning of June 26, 2010, Honduras lost a son with great potential: Ian Henry Merriam Rubiano, 38 years old.
Known to family, friends and business associates as Ian Merriam, Ian was an entrepreneur in communications who also took great interest in the leadership of his country, following in the footsteps of his father, Henry Merriam, the Honduran architect, and Tegucigalpa mayor from 1976 to 1980, who in 2001 spearheaded real estate reform in Honduras, writing law and winning grassroots support.
Ian helped build E-Consulting S.A. as its co-president. E-Consulting provides communications services to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, linking rural regions unserved by broadband communications to the Internet. E-Consulting in Honduras provides financial institutions throughout country, ranging from large banks to savings & loan coops, with wireless access between ATMs and the home office. It also services the region’s NGOs and the public sector, including public education and municipal county offices.
A graduate in business administration at Babson College in Massachusetts, majoring in entrepreneurial studies and marketing, Ian served on the boards of directors of the electronics retail chain Frontera Digital; Torre Vita, a real estate developer; and Macris School, the largest bilingual school in Honduras. Ian was honored as a CALI IV Fellow at the Central America Leadership Initiative, a non-profit foundation that seeks to motivate effective and responsible leaders across Central America.
Ian made friends wherever he went, and the team at Skycasters, his satellite service supplier in Akron, Ohio, USA, mourns his loss. Ian was an honorable and trustworthy business partner, a man for whom a handshake was as good as a signature, and one who gave his word as his bond. His upbeat, positive attitude was a blessing, and he will be missed.
-The Skycasters Family
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