Haitian fastest-growing language in Jacksonville

A study by Language Line Services shows Spanish required the most interpreters in 20 of the largest markets nationwide, but the fastest-growing language, at least in Jacksonville, Fla., is Haitian, reports the Jacksonville Business Journal.

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Language Line Services, the nation’s largest over-the-phone interpretation company, released its quarterly Interpreter Demand Index for the fourth quarter of 2011 this week. The number of requests for Haitian interpreters increased 149 percent in Jacksonville vs. the fourth quarter a year ago. The report tracks phone calls nationwide in the healthcare and government sectors in more than 170 languages.

“Communities across the country are experiencing historic demographic and cultural shifts,” said Louis F. Provenzano, Jr., president & CEO of Language Line Services.

'Language is a social activity,' CEO of Language Line Services tells Chief Executive magazine

Chief Executive magazine reporter Dale Buss spoke with numerous CEOs recently about whether they should engage in social media. Louis F. Provenzano, Jr., president and CEO of Language Line Services, thinks they should.

“Language is a social activity, so to us it’s very obvious that we need to be active in the growth of social media,” Provenzano said in the interview with Chief Executive.

Language Line Services, which is based in Monterey, Calif., is the global leader in telephone interpreting and language solutions. They service government, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, utilities, insurance and many other industries.

Boston College Magazine highlights CEO appointment

The Spring issue of Boston College Magazine highlights the appointment of BC alumnus Louis Provenzano to chief executive officer of Language Line Services in February.

The company is the world’s leading provider of language-based services and offers support for more than 170 languages to its industry-leading portfolio of clients in healthcare, emergency services, finance, government, telecom, manufacturing and more.