Born and raised in Naples, Florida and currently lives in Fort Myers with his wife of 18 years, Jina Hernandez and their two children, Lilliana & Xavier. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2002 before graduating from Naples High School in June 2003. Immediately following graduation, Armando departed for Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. During his enlistment he served from 2003-2007 as an Engineer Equipment Operator, which included a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq with 2nd Combat Logistics Battalion in 2005.
After his enlistment, Armando was honorably discharged and returned home to Southwest Florida to begin my pursuit of higher education. While enrolled at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) he majored in Exercise Science was selected for a highly competitive internship with the Boston Red Sox Strength and Conditioning Staff for the spring of 2014.
While conducting the internship with the Boston Red Sox, Armando was introduced to Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members, and Families. Armando accepted a position in 2014 to pilot Home Base’s health and wellness efforts and expand into the Florida region. Since then, the Florida program has grown exponentially serving thousands of Veterans & Families throughout the state. Armando, currently serves as the Senior Director of Florida, leads a team of combat Veterans overseeing the day-to-day operations.
Most recently, to best serve in his current role at Home Base, Armando pursued and obtained an MBA from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida.