Global LT Mourns the Death of Hortensia Albertini

TROY, Mich. (Thursday, June 13, 2013) –  Global LT announces the death of Hortensia Albertini, the founder of Global LT, at the age of 65. This news closes a significant chapter in the history of Global LT and the passion Hortensia had for teaching people which endured throughout her life.

Hortensia is succeeded by Lisette Poletes, her daughter and now the owner of Global LT as of Jan. 1, 2013. Hortensia remained president until her death on June 11, 2013.

Global LT was established in the kitchen of Hortensia Albertini’s Michigan home in 1979, with nothing more than a phone and a filing cabinet. A Cuban immigrant, who at the time was divorced and without a formal education, was forced to find a way to raise her daughter, Lisette. She decided to use the only practical skill in which she had confidence, her Spanish language. Hortensia began offering language lessons to executives moving to Mexico for work assignments, which proved very positive for her small home-based business. From there, Hortensia began offering other languages and cultural training programs. Today, Global LT is a full-service training, translation and expatriate destination solution center headquartered in the U.S.A., with entities in China, Hong Kong, Brazil, and the U.K.

“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my mother, Hortensia Albertini, who was a strong figure in business and in the community,” says Lisette Poletes, CEO of Global LT “Like many, I am grieved at her passing, and she will be missed immensely. Hortensia was an amazing mother and business partner to me, and we will all remember her for her kind heart, her passion for teaching and her love of animals.”

Hortensia and her company were recognized for many accomplishments throughout the years. Most recently, Hortensia received two honors for Entrepreneur Of The Year, one by Ernst & Young and the other through Crain’s Detroit (2011). Her organization has been recognized for its work with several awards, such as the State of Michigan: Top 50 Michigan Company To Watch (2010), Forum For Expatriate Management: EMMA: Destination Services Provider of the Year (2011 &2012), U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Blue Ribbon Award (2011), Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in Michigan (2010-2013), along with multiple client partnership awards from SIRVA and others.

The Life of Hortensia Albertini will be celebrated on Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at The Congregational Church of Birmingham, 1000 Cranbrook Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304, with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to For expressing condolences or to share your memories, please visit

“With this news, our company’s commitment to our clients and our partnerships will continue to grow and thrive as we move forward in Hortensia’s legacy,” says Lisette Poletes CEO of Global LT.

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