Family Business: Maria Elena Lagomasino, CEO of WE Family Offices, on the four common mistakes that destroy family wealth Between 1959 and 1962, more than 100,000 Cubans fled Castro’s Cuba and sought a new life in the United States. Among this group of industrious immigrants was 11-year-old Maria Elena Lagomasino. Unlike the majority of Cuban immigrants, however, Lagomasino’s parents did not settle in the popular Miami neighborhoods. Instead, they continued up the coast to the much colder Hartford, Conn. Surviving the trip from Havana to Hartford was nothing in comparison to surviving the winters of New England.