Ronald C. Flores-Gunkle
In his long and varied career in Puerto Rico, Ronald C. Flores-Gunkle has been a photographer, writer, editor, high school teacher, college professor, university administrator, stage and television actor, artist, movie producer and scriptwriter.
He came to the island from Pennsylvania to study at the University of Puerto Rico (BA Humanities, 1964), where he was one of the founding editors of Surco, the UPR's literature and arts magazine.
At Pennsylvania State University (MA 1967, Ph. D. 1974) he founded AEGE, a quarterly language and arts journal. He was director of the Language and Communications Department at Turabo University, Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, and Dean of Learning Resources at the International Institute of the Americas at World University.
As a stage actor, he appeared in more than 50 performances of the René Marqués' classic La Carreta, acted in the Bellas Artes presentation of Bienvenido Don Goyito and produced, directed and starred in the Puerto Rico production of Bill C. Davis' play Mass Appeal. As a member of the Phoenix Players, he appeared in more than 30 presentations of Ibsen's Ghosts and other English language plays.
In 1984 he joined Caribbean Business, Casiano Communications' flagship publication. During his various tours of duty with Casiano he was associate editor, managing editor and executive editor of Caribbean Business and Vice President and General Manager of Casiano Movie Magazine, for which he wrote and/or produced more than 300 short films.
In 2003, he was named founding editor of Puerto Rico Travel & Tourism (PRT&T) magazine. He retired from Casiano Communications in December of 2005 but continued to edit PRT&T from his home office. In September of 2007 PRT&T merged with ¡Qué Pasa!, the official publication of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, and he was named editorial director, a position he held until May 2015.
Between projects for Casiano Communications, he worked as a copywriter for major advertising agencies on the island. He was editorial director at Badillo Saatchi & Saatchi's Comstat Rowland division for three years. From 1995 to 1998 he was Deputy Executive Vice President of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association.
Today he observes or ignores the world from his home in the shadow of El Yunque Rainforest where he writes, paints and photographs beautiful things.