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The CHCC Hispanic Shark Tank is the premier platform for Latino Startups in California to connect with angel and venture investors.
This live event is the platform for Startups to have direct access to potential investors who can take their business ventures to the next level.

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SHARKS

Jesus Arguelles

Arguelles Capital Access

Jesus has been a pioneering entrepreneur for nearly 40 years in Southern California and throughout the Southwest growing entrepreneurial ecosystems and local engines of economic development. Under his visionary leadership and with a world-class execution team of professionals, Arguelles Capital and Afina Consulting, its business strategy and executive coaching unit, have served nearly 500 private, public sector and non-profit clients and raised ½ billion in debt and equity sources leading to thousands of job retention/creation and increased in household median incomes.
As a management consultant and investment banker (public and corporate finance) since 1976, he is unconditionally committed to streamlining, digitizing (apps, platforms and networks) and growing small to mid-size companies to maximize financial, social and environmental enhancement value (triple-bottom) creation. More recently, he pivoted to be a strategy advisor and angel investor in several verticals by merging legacy assets with technology in the fintech, organic foods, urban mobility (shareride), commercial real estate (sustainability & brokerage), health care, entertainment/films and the cannabis industries.

His life-passion is coaching and mentoring entrepreneurial Latino families and owners of closely held companies to formalize and scale their business operations to serve larger markets in a sustainable and profitable basis. Also, as a Board member, Jesus contributes his time, energy, experience/insights to the Latino Advisory Board of City National Bank and advises Avance Charter School and Crete Academy on project development, expansion strategy and financing. Formerly, he was a Board member of the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Business Association Foundation, the State’s Access to Capital Committee and San Diego’s Community Reinvestment Task Force among many others.

Jesus received his formal education/degrees in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara, in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California, in business management from the University of California, Los Angeles and in regional economic development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He enjoys altitude hiking, practicing krav-maga, reading lots, lecturing/coaching on growth strategy and access to capital topics, listening to classical music and trios as well having an occasional salsa dancing experience.

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Jesus Arguelles

Arguelles Capital Access

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Carlos Lopez

The Innovative Funding Foundation

I was born and raised in San Ysidro Calif. My family has been in the mexican grocery business in San Diego County sine the 1970 La bodega grocery stores are in San Diego and Tijuana BC Mexico. Several years ago I created Bakers Bodega who specialize in distributing baking products to the Latino community . Our 1 st store was open in Pico Rivera . Today Bakery's Bodega has sold 3 franchises. Today, I am investing LED light and several other business ventures. The reason I joined the board of The Innovative funding foundation is to share my business knowledge with Latino entrepreneurs and invest in their products and business. We all deserve the opportunity to be successful in business.

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Carlos Lopez

The Innovative Funding Foundation

I was born and raised in San Ysidro Calif. My family has been in the mexican...

Manny Fernandez

DreamFunded

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit.

Fernandez was named by Inc. Magazine as one of 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016.

—In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, Menlo College Named Fernandez Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer.

Fernandez recently became a #1 bestselling author with his new book, How to Make Money Investing in Pre-IPO Stocks, which is available on Amazon. He is also the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter and has the #1 most viewed equity crowdfunding video on YouTube.

He has been featured on mainstream media including CNBC Squawk Box, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox News and more.

Manny’s energetic and inspiring presence has lead to him being a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more.

All of Manny’s experience in the investment landscape has culminated, under his leadership, in the first San Francisco based FINRA and SEC- registered funding portal. In addition, DreamFunded.vc is also the first latino-led FINRA and SEC-registered funding portal.

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Manny Fernandez

DreamFunded

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entr...

Sean D. Salas

Camino Fiancial

Sean Salas is the CEO and Co-Founder of Camino Financial, an online lender offering small businesses loans up to $500,000. Previously, Sean worked at ICV Partners, a private equity firm based in New York City, where he evaluated over 150 middle-market opportunities and oversaw four portfolio companies with combined revenue of $250 million. Prior to ICV, Sean worked as an investment banker at UBS, where he did extensive work in mergers & acquisitions and capital market transactions. Throughout his experience in finance, Sean has structured over $1.2 billion in debt financings. Sean has a BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Sean D. Salas

Camino Fiancial

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AWARDS
HISPANIC MILLENNIALS & INNOVATION AWARDS

MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR

Omar Dario Arcadia

Mr. Omar Arcadia was born in Nayarit, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Marketing Management from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014. Omar currently works in the family-owned business, Artoy Trading LLC, a wholesale import/export toy company.

Omar served as President of the Latino Business Student Association of Cal Poly (LBSA), a student-led business organization. Under his tenure, he and his team lead the organization to a successful year garnering four awards from Cal Poly; and awarding over $2,000 to LBSA members for scholarships and professional training workshops. He continues to give back to LBSA by speaking to the members about his experience, offering job opportunities and by mentoring.

In 2013, Omar was selected to participate in the CAPS Program (Creating A Path to Success) by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation. The CAPS Program develops young professionals into the next generation of professionals and community leaders who are career ready upon graduation.

In 2016, Omar was selected to participate in the Standard Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program, a highly immersive program that provides business owners the education, network, mentorship and access to capital resources to growth their business.

Omar strives to continue learning both from work experience and the classroom as he understands the importance of pursuing a post-secondary degree for himself and the Latino community. He plans to pursue his MBA in the near future. In his free time, you can find him catching an Angel’s baseball game or exploring a new city and/or country. He is the oldest of three and hopes to continue being a positive role model in their lives

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MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR

Omar Dario Arcadia

Mr. Omar Arcadia was born in Nayarit, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles, Calif...

Innovation of the Year

Camino Financial

Camino Financial is a credit marketplace matching small businesses with the most affordable funding option offered by its network of reputable lenders. The Company specializes in originating loans for first-time business borrowers who cannot get a loan from a bank, and provides ongoing credit monitoring and advice to ensure clients improve their business credit in an effort to qualify for a bank loan.

As a trusted loan advisor to our clients, we strive to create long-term relationships that stem well beyond a first loan. In fact, we believe capital in isolation is not the solution. Our long-term intention with every customer engagement is inherent in our MISSION: To Help Small Businesses Learn, Grow and Succeed

A FAMILY STORY
Twin brothers, Sean and Kenny Salas were raised by an entrepreneurial mother, who built and lost her business without the proper resources for sustainable growth.

While completing their MBAs at Harvard Business School, the Twins co-founded Camino Financial under the notion of never letting a small business owner be deprived of cost-effective financial resources.

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Innovation of the Year

Innovation of the Year

Camino Financial

Camino Financial is a credit marketplace matching small businesses with the m...

Shark of the Year

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit.

Fernandez was named by Inc. Magazine as one of 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016.

—In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, Menlo College Named Fernandez Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer.

Fernandez recently became a #1 bestselling author with his new book, How to Make Money Investing in Pre-IPO Stocks, which is available on Amazon. He is also the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter and has the #1 most viewed equity crowdfunding video on YouTube.

He has been featured on mainstream media including CNBC Squawk Box, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox News and more.

Manny’s energetic and inspiring presence has lead to him being a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more.

All of Manny’s experience in the investment landscape has culminated, under his leadership, in the first San Francisco based FINRA and SEC- registered funding portal. In addition, DreamFunded.vc is also the first latino-led FINRA and SEC-registered funding portal.

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Shark of the Year

Shark of the Year

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entr...

LATINA EMPRESARIA AWARDS

Latina BEACON

Rosa Elena Sahagún, Esq.

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elena Sahagún prides herself in her continuous effort to serve the community at large. Her high school years were marked by the birth of her son and despite this challenge, she graduated from Santa Ana High School with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman University from where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, also with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her juris doctorate at Chapman University School of Law and began practicing in 2002.

In 2006, she established The Law Offices of Rosa Elena Sahagún which allowed her to maintain close community ties through her volunteer work with various non-profit organizations while serving a source for referrals from various community-based organizations.

Ms. Sahagun’s areas of practice include criminal defense, immigration, family law and civil litigation. Ms. Sahagún is a member of several local and national bar associations and has served as a speaker at junior high, high school and college campuses in California. Because Ms. Sahagún was a “teen parent”, and given that she overcame, literally, the odds in obtaining her degrees, she is frequently invited to speak to various youth groups. Ms. Sahagún regularly hosts free workshops for the community on numerous topics ranging from citizenship to fraud prevention.

From 2007-2015, Ms. Sahagún hosted a weekly Spanish Language radio show on W Radio 690 AM. Topics on the show included legal issues as well as current events of importance to the community such as education and political issues.

In 2007, Ms. Sahagún was named Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year for her pro bono work, and since then, she has received multiple Wiley W. Manuel Awards for Pro Bono Legal Services from The State Bar for California. Ms. Sahagún’s efforts have been recognized by local Congressmen as well as California State Senators and members of California's Assembly.

Ms. Sahagún is a member of several bar associations including: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court, Central District of California, Supreme Court of the State of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Sahagún is also a member of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Sahagún appears regularly on CNN En Español as a legal analyst in connection with legal issues plaguing Hollywood celebrities. In addition, Ms. Sahagún has been interviewed by several news outlets such as Noticias Univision, La Prensa, The Press Enterprise, Telemundo, Fontana Herald News, Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine, and Inland Empire Hispanic News, among others, in connection with legal topics.

Ms. Sahagún has served at an Adjunct Professor at the University of LaVerne where she taught immigration law. She currently teaches legal courses at the University of California, Riverside and at California Desert Trial Academy of Law.

Ms. Sahagún speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish.

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Latina BEACON

Latina BEACON

Rosa Elena Sahagún, Esq.

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elena Sahagún prides herself in her c...

Latina MINERVA

Teresa Razo

Teresa is a recognized business woman who takes an innovative business model and brings a fresh approach to the restaurant industry in Southern California. Equally important to Ms. Razo’s love of her business is her love for uplifting her community especially other Latina business owners. She is a longstanding member of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the press, regional organizations, and other business leaders for her contributions to the Southern California Community both as a business owner, but also as a philanthropist and community leader.

Villa Roma is a fine dining restaurant that combines Argentine and Italian flavors. Their cuisine combination was inspired by “La Boca”, a neighborhood of the Argentine capital. La Boca is located in the city’s southeast near the old port. In the early 1900’s, Argentina had over 2 million Italian immigrants, most of them settled in this southeastern part of the country because of the similarity to their port town named Genoa, Italy.

Villa Roma continued this rich history and brought the Argentine and Italians flavors to Orange County. Just as La Boca retained its strong Italian flavor, they retained their unique Argentine and Italian cuisine flavor. To diversify and build on the success of her restaurant model, Villa Roma also has an attached gourmet market and deli where customers can purchase some of the restaurant’s favorite items like their famous chimichurri sauce and empanadas. Teresa Razo has helped set her restaurant apart from other Latin inspired restaurants in the region offering a fusion of Italian and Argentine flavors. Villa Roma has a very diverse, but loyal, customer base that appreciates the combination of flavors with a fine dining experience.

Ms. Razo’s business model is a perfect blend of honoring old Argentine and Italian traditions with the integration of new technologies and business practices that make her business more efficient and profitable. A small example is her early adoption of a Point of Service system for inventory and cash balance. It has helped her run a more efficient business because it clearly illustrates on highest selling items, what they sell less, and any other sales trends down to the month, week, and day. In addition, Ms. Razo completed and graduated from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurs Program to learn how to best use innovated mindset, reducing cognitive load, and more personal empowerment. Despite their proven success, Ms. Razo is consistently looking for ways to strategically innovate and grow the business without sacrificing customer experience and the quality of her products as proven by Villa Roma’s four-star rating on Yelp with nearly 350 reviews.

Ms. Razo uses a three-prong approach to her business model. (1) Marketplace Distinction: Ms. Razo has been able to carve out a niche market for Villa Roma in the upscale community of Laguna Hills. She understands her customers are looking to enjoy the fine dining experience with family and friends as much as they are looking forward to the rich flavors of their Argentine and Italian flavors. Customers can feel like they are back in Argentina or Italy when they visit Villa Roma. (2) Business Leadership: Ms. Razo has helped establish Villa Roma as a respected and active member of the greater Orange County region and nationally. For example, she was recently invited to participate in the 2016 Small Business Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, she is a participant in the annual Orange County Restaurant Week, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Orange County Restaurant Association—to name a few of her associations. Ms. Razo is known to be a mentor to other start-up restaurants in the region to help establish themselves as successful businesses from a regulatory environment, building their clientele, and menu development.

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Latina MINERVA

Latina MINERVA

Teresa Razo

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Latina Pioneer

Anette Fraley

Born and Raised in Los Angeles, Ca. and now living in Corona, Ca. since 2002. Annette made her start in Mortgage Servicing from 1998-2004. Making her way thru the corporate ladder until 2005 when she became a Realtor and obtained her Real Estate Broker’s license in 2008. She worked with the prestigious luxury home brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty until 2009, where she gained priceless expertise in luxury home marketing and refined the ability to provide her clients with personal and exceptional service.

She holds a strong work ethic, negotiating skills and her expertise and knowledge give her the opportunity to help many families sell their homes, avoid foreclosure and, buy their dream homes! This has driven her career, reputation and earned her the prestigious Leading Edge Society Award for the last 4 years in a row with Prudential California Realty. Now currently working for an Inc. 500 firm at Intero Real Estate Services, and honored as one of the top 250 real estate agents in 2015 NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

She is married to the love of her life for over 11 years, Sharing 3 beautiful boys and an artistically amazing daughter. Annette recognizes these are some of the strongest driving forces of her life.

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Latina Pioneer

Latina Pioneer

Anette Fraley

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LATINA CORPORATE PILLAR

Gina Orozco-Mejia

Gina Orozco-Mejia is vice president of gas operations for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. She oversees all aspects of gas distribution operations.

Since joining SoCalGas as an engineering intern in 1990, Orozco-Mejia has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles in engineering, field services, gas system operations, environmental, international development and operations staff. She previously served as director of labor relations, responsible for working with the unions that represent approximately 5,000 SoCalGas employees; director of region operations, responsible for gas distribution, resource management, engineering & planning and customer services; and director of system operations, responsible for gas control, gas scheduling and transmission system planning.

Orozco-Mejia has a master’s degree in business administration from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. She is also an alumna of the Southern California Leadership Network and Leadership California.

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LATINA CORPORATE PILLAR

Gina Orozco-Mejia

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Latina hall of fame

Maria Bastian Thompson

Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc. is a Southern California-based enterprise with offices in the San Francisco suburb of Benicia. Agile supports utilities, suppliers and manufacturers in the gas and electric industry by providing sourcing and material supply solutions. Agile was founded in 2006 by a Hispanic woman, Maria Bastian Thompson. Maria has over ten years of experience working in the utility sector and fifteen years in business. She has utilized her graduate studies in supply chain and international business to provide advanced supply chain solutions for her customers and suppliers. Maria’s first-hand knowledge of how utilities operate provides Agile with a unique competitive advantage in the gas and electric utilities space.

Maria Bastian Thompson is a woman with a vision and the will to see these visions through to reality. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara and graduating cum laude from University of San Diego with an International MBA and Supply Chain emphasis, Maria began her career in supply chain. Maria started at a Mexican based maquildora managing inventory, importation, sales and purchasing. Over the years, Maria has held several roles in the area of supply chain working for companies such as Qualcomm in their Supplier Management Program and Sempra Energy utilities in supply chain management where she was the Project Management Coordinator for many strategic sourcing initiatives and helped develop departmental training and key performance indicators for the Supply Chain Management staff. While working in supply chain for various companies, Maria saw an opportunity to create a business focused on customer service and supply chain expertise within the utility industry.

In addition to their work with supporting small business, Agile also looks at their operations from a sustainability perspective to look for improvement opportunities. Agile is committed to helping our planet and minimizing our impact on the environment. With that commitment, they will be ISO 14001 compliant in 2016 and are investing in technology that will reduce our paper consumption 75 percent by 2017. In addition, Agile is leveraging technology to maximize the productivity time of employees and minimize their use of fossil fuels to commute to work. Finally, they are committed to helping their utility customers identify and procure equipment and technology and deliver it in the most efficient manner to minimize their impact on the environment.

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Latina hall of fame

Maria Bastian Thompson

Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc. is a Southern California-based enterprise with ...

Latina Rising Star

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which have placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy. Sarahi is a recent graduate of Cañada College. She was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, received a House of Representatives Award in 2015, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision to help hundreds of thousands of Latino students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.

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Latina Rising Star

Latina Rising Star

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of

CHAMBER AWARDS

John Aguilar Procu- rement

Raul Medrano

Raul J. Medrano, is the President of R.J. Medrano & Associates, Inc., a business consulting company specializing in small, minority and women enterprises. He is Past Chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the Past Chairman of the Orange County Minority Business Council and Past Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Mr. Medrano also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board, Disneyland Resort Hispanic Advisory Council, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, California Board, Rancho Santiago Community College District Community Advisor’s Committee, University of California Community Partnership. Past Member of the Greenlining Coalition, Washington Mutual Community Council and Merrill Lynch Community Partnership Council.

Also, Mr. Medrano was selected as the Minority Business Advocate of the Year for 1993 by the Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District, received the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County Lifetime Achievement Award and delegate from the 46th Congressional District (Representative Loretta Sanchez) to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Medrano’s background also encompasses seven years as the Director of the Orange County Minority Business Development Center funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and over twenty years of experience in the banking and financial fields in which he last served as Chief Financial Officer for an Orange County Independent Bank.

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John Aguilar Procu- rement

Raul Medrano

Raul J. Medrano, is the President of R.J. Medrano & Associates, Inc., a b...

Corporate Advocate

Southern California Edison

For more than 125 years, Southern California Edison (SCE) has helped build stronger communities across Southern California and Central California. Using funds from shareholders of their parent company, Edison International, they contribute to local organizations that help meet the many needs in diverse communities.

At Edison, their giving is focused on important and timely issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.

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Corporate Advocate

Southern California Edison

For more than 125 years, Southern California Edison (SCE) has helped build st...

Affiliate of the Year

National Latina Business Women Association - Los Angeles

NLBWA-LA is dedicated to offering programs of substance to guide women emerging in business, leadership, and executive positions. Our non-partisan, non-profit organization was launched in 2003 to meet the rapid growth of Latina entrepreneurs and corporate professionals from the Greater Los Angeles area and surrounding communities.

Our mission is to encourage all women and men to meet their career goals by developing their business and professional skills and knowledge. Our vision is to encourage them to meet career objectives through education, business referrals and building relationships through networking. Our vision is to create more representation, visibility and business opportunities for Latinos in the world of business and at the executive level nationwide.

Today, NLBWA has local chapters in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego. NLBWA-LA is on the brink of tremendous growth.

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Affiliate of the Year

Affiliate of the Year

National Latina Business Women Association - Los Angeles

NLBWA-LA is dedicated to offering programs of substance to guide women emergi...

Chamber of the Year

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley, originally called the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, began its formation in 1955. The Hispanic Chamber was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1973, and it began offering services to the Latino small business community. The Hispanic Chamber founders sought to maximize Hispanic business and economic development to increase better understanding between Hispanic businesses, corporate America and the community at large.

Over the years, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has provided assistance and support to numerous Latinos and other minority small businesses in the following areas: business education, economic assistance, international business, entrepreneurship, education, community development, loan program development, and procurement assistance, to name a few. The Hispanic Chamber Commerce serviced over 5,000 clients over the past 50 years and has helped businesses procure loans totaling over 3 million dollars. The many business and community related programs and services reflect our never-ending concern for giving the highest quality service to our business community and the community at large.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of programs and services.. It is a recognized and influential player in the development of the social, political and economic landscape of this region. In 1999 the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the best large Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the United States by the United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce via an independent auditing firm. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley is committed to the passionate pursuit of Latino business empowerment.

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Chamber of the Year

Chamber of the Year

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley, originally called the Mex...

Executive of the Year (Male)

Carlos Solorzano-Cuadra

Carlos Solórzano-Cuadra is the CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco; he has strong background as a chamber and business executive with over 30 years of experience. He has served in the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as board member and president, Executive Director of the Nicaraguan-American, the Latin American and Caribbean and the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a director of the California HCC, representing the Northern Region chamber at state level. His business administration, funding, marketing and knowledge of the chambers intricacies, and experience, bring an array of excellent tools to develop the organization.

In addition to his chamber duties, Carlos is the founder of Multi Vision Latina, LLC, (MVL) a leading International Multi Services, Corporate Matching, and Business consulting and Public Relations agency, established in the US in 2007. Although new as Multi Vision Latina, LLC, (MVL), his principal and affiliates have over fifty years’ experience serving small businesses, corporations, and working with affiliates agencies in the US, and Latin America. He is currently the CEO/Publisher of Global Latino Media, a new media digital enterprise serving Latin America.

Under his leadership, the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco (HCCSF), has growth to be heavily involved in advocacy for Latino Small Business and Small Businesses in general, the chamber has become a voice representing small businesses at local, state and nationwide, their participation is constantly requested in support or opposition of initiatives that affects small businesses, and the economy of the business community, he has created partnerships with other business and community organizations like the Golden State Business Association and the LGBT chambers across the nation. He sits on the board and through him, the HCCSF partners with the Center for Economic Independence of Women, a non-profit that teach economic independence to women survivors of Domestic violence and Operation Helping People (OHP), Foundation a non-profit that mentor young people in creating their own business. They also created their own foundation for business education and scholarships and their own PAC for their legislative arm.

He is the recipient of several community and business awards and has been recognized and a recipient of the Hispanic Business Salute Recognition Award from Telemundo, and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Northern Region, 2009, Monja Blanca Innovation Award, 2011, Latino Business Network & Community Leadership Award 2012, and Alma Pinolera Community Leader award 2012.
He is from Nicaragua, grew up in New York and California, is married to Martha Vaughan an international Rock singer and has 3 sons and 2 step sons, 1 step daughter and 3 grandchildren.

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Executive of the Year (Male)

Executive of the Year (Male)

Carlos Solorzano-Cuadra

Carlos Solórzano-Cuadra is the CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of S...

Executive of the Year (Female)

Teresa Martinez

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC). She has served in this capacity since November of 2013. She oversees fundraising, procurement, policy initiatives, advocacy work, corporate sponsor relationships, program infrastructure, managing staff, following the vision of the Board of Directors, as well as implementing final board decisions. Theresa serves on the OneWest Bank- a Division of CIT’s Community Advisory Board, on the Royal Business Bank’s Community Advisory Committee and the SCAQMD-Environmental Justice Community Partnership Advisory Council.

Prior to the chamber position she worked as an independent government/public/community relations and energy consultant to various clients. From 2012 to 2013 she served as an Energy Consultant to Ameresco, Inc. an Energy Services Company (ESCo) overseeing energy efficiency projects for all of California. From 2008 to 2009 she served as the Business Development Manager of the West Coast for Utilities Dynamics, Inc., one of the USA’s leading lighting management and energy solutions companies, having completed projects to a wide variety of clients: retail, banking, multifamily, hotels, financial, computer technology, grocery, government, K-12 schools, higher education and industrial. Theresa’s previous clients as a consultant include: Chevron Energy Solutions, E.P. Development, Vista Inc., Refugio Para Ninos, Parking Company of America, McCormick Construction Company, Chase Partners and Delaware North Companies.

She also worked for two years as the Health Care Director for the Orange County Rescue Mission and oversaw a mobile health clinic that served the homeless in Orange County living in motels and on the streets.

Furthermore, she served as Executive Assistant for the Orange County Board of Supervisors serving under the Honorable Cynthia P. Coad from January 1999 - September 2002 and the Honorable William G. Steiner from January 1997 - December 1998. She was responsible for handling all issues of the Health Care, Probation Department and the Social Services Agency in the unincorporated areas of the district. She also handled all issues relating to the City of La Habra and the redevelopment of the unincorporated areas of that city. Under the direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors she was assigned to research public policy issues and to advise the Supervisor on public policy decisions on a weekly basis. She represented the Supervisor(s) on community boards, committees, and events as needed. Additionally, she got her start in the Third District with Supervisor Donald J. Saltarelli from June 1996-January 1997 where she conducted research and drafted correspondence and materials on behalf of the Supervisor and his staff.

She also worked in the capacity of Family Support Officer for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for seven years enforcing child support orders and locating absent parents.

Theresa is the founder of the National Latina Business Women Association and Past President of the National Board of Directors where she held that position for four years. She was solely responsible for starting seven chapters, six chapters in California; Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Inland Empire, Central California and a chapter in Atlanta, Georgia and for developing the "Emerging Latina’s Program,” a one of a kind business boot camp program as well as the “Latina Financial Program,” which are active programs to this day.

Additionally, Theresa served for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her position as CEO of the LALCC she served on the board for three years as well as Co-Chairing the “Green Committee.” She served on the Board of Directors of "Our Small World" (a foster family agency in Orange County) for nine years and as the Chair of the Latino Advisory Commission for Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen. Moreover, she has also served in the capacity as Advisory Board Member for the Small Business Development Center in Santa Ana, the Hispanic Advisory Board for the O.C. District Attorney's Office and for seven years as the President of the Hispanic Arts Council of Bower's Museum.

Theresa graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Emphasis in Law, in May 1997. She lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband Reuben Martinez, a Project Manager/Engineer for The Boeing Company and with her 12year old son Diego Ynzunza who attends Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena, California.

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Executive of the Year (Female)

Executive of the Year (Female)

Teresa Martinez

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamb...

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (FEMALE)

MINERVA HERNANDEZ

Inmigrante de Mexico llega a los estados Unidos a la edad de 17 Años en su primer domicilio en la calle Nevada en la Ciudad de Ontario, ahi se casa a la edad de 18 años y se muda a la Ciudad de Pomona donde reside hasta el dia de hoy.

Despues tiene a su primer hijo Richard quien nace con autismo y ahi empieza su primer lucha para saber como educar a alguien muy especial en su vida que hoy en dia ya tiene 25 años y ahora es felizmente casado, con un negocio y trabajo por el mismo.

Minerva inicia su primer negocio con tan solo $13.00 a la edad de 21 años haciendo manualidades, tejiendo, bordando y vendiendo de casa en casa, en las calles, parques, ademas de seguir aprendiendo otro idioma y luchando por salir adelante despues de 5 años nace su proximo hijo Cristian quien es un insentivo mas para seguir adelante e inicia vendiendo el Swaptmeet ya con una Van y por primera vez obtiene una licencia de Manejar aunque no tenia documentos legales.

Ya corria un negocio de floreria que le ayudaba a vivir y a pagar su casa, ya que años despues se divorcio y enmedio de tramites por obtener su residencia despues de no volver a ver a su familia en Mexico. murieron su padre,hermanos y abuelos sin poder despedirlos, 13 Años pasaron y al recibir su residencia legal, participa en marchas y ayuda a los necesitados colectando comida y ropa que se regala en Accion de gracias y Navidad porque su lema es "Jamas te olvides de las personas que estan detras de ti cuando llegues a la cima, todos debemos caminar juntos y en union para poder ser exitosos" y asi decide fundar LA CAMARA DE COMERCIO HISPANA DE POMONA en el 2011 y ahi su lucha ha sido incansable y trabajando el triple en su negocio" Minervas' Flowers & Craft: en compañia de sus dos hijos quienes la apoyan incondicionalmente y los cuales tambien trabajan en un negocio de fotografia y Video exitosamente al igual que en el negocios de eventos "MRCMAGICEVENTS" donde se ofrecen todo la planeacion de bodas, Quinceaños y eventos corporativos.
En la actualidad Minerva sigue trabajando arduamente en los negocios y apoyando a todos ofreciendo, seminarios y educando a los negocios sobretodo hispanos y a  los que deseen iniciar uno desde la nada, ademas de llevar la mision de darle la mano al desvalido y a todo el que lo necesite porque
"Dios esta en primer lugar y lo demas se dara por añadidura."

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CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (FEMALE)

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (FEMALE)

MINERVA HERNANDEZ

Inmigrante de Mexico llega a los estados Unidos a la edad de 17 Años en su p...

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (MALE)

Dr. Roy M. Perez

Roy M. Pérez is the President and CEO of RMP Strategies, Inc., a governmental advocacy and public relations firm. His credentials have been generated through a lifetime’s practical involvement and execution of comprehensive legislative and public relations programs. Over the years as a civic leader in his community, an impressive fundraiser, capitol insider, corporate representative and now as the head of his own firm, Roy has developed important personal and working relationships with his broad range of colleagues in the legislative, public relations, corporate and business worlds.
Those who know Roy are aware of his tremendous ability to create working coalitions between elected officials, capitol staff, community leaders, business, trade unions, corporations, media and organizational representatives. He is particularly adept at designing legislative and political strategies and advocacy for emerging issues. His clients are very aware of the increased access he is able to provide them at the decision making table, by obtaining on their behalf a forum to voice their personal, local and statewide concerns at critical legislative committee hearings, panel discussions, town hall meetings, press conferences and citizen meetings.
His volunteer work over the years has enabled him to develop valuable personal relationships with people from all cross-sections of California society, both professional and non-professional. He understands California’s unique demographics and their impact on business and the Latino population. Generous by nature, he is keenly aware of the need to teach others the importance of being involved in the policy making process and continually mentors, sharing his unique knowledge of the legislative process and how to succeed in the State Capitol with youngsters,
colleagues and Latino leaders.
Naturally energetic, in addition to his regular governmental affairs responsibilities, he has been an active board member in various statewide and community-based civic organizations. These organizations have included the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Conference, El Teatro Campesino, the American GI Forum, the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. During his tenure with
the CHCC Roy was its Central Valley Regional Chairman, Annual Conference Co-Chairman, Golf Tournament Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman. He cumulatively raised $1.4 million for state and local chambers and programs.

 

Having distinguished himself on many humane and business levels, among the acknowledgements and awards Roy has received from Hispanic businesses and governmental organizations including the California Latino Legislative Caucus, LULAC, California Association of Small Business, Hispanic Family of the Year Foundation, First Lady Barbara Bush, American GI Forum California, and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.
The CHCC recognized him as Legislative Advocate of 2005, and the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Small Business Person of 2007, he was a finalist for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Small Businessman of the Year 2008. From the San Diego National Latina Business Women’s Association and the American GI Forum he received Lifetime Achievement Awards, and from the California University Board of Trustees an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree. Roy has also been recognized by the American Diabetes Association as “2013 Father of the Year”and by various local Black, Vietnamese, Slavic and Cambodian American Chambers of Commerce for his generosity and leadership to their communities.

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CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (MALE)

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD (MALE)

Dr. Roy M. Perez

Roy M. Pérez is the President and CEO of RMP Strategies, Inc., a governmenta...

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS

Latino Journal

CENTRAL REGION

The Latino Journal Magazine was founded in July 1996 by Jose L. Perez in Sacramento, California. Its primary focus is to provide a non-partisan analysis of government and public policy from a Latino perspective. Eighteen years ago, California was home to 25% Latinos, today, it is the largest minority group and almost a majority of the state's population.

Through the years, Latino Journal provided hard copies of its magazine and its distribution to all but two States in America. The largest disbursement was in California, Washington, DC. and Texas. Both hard and digital copies continue to circulate and provide in-depth and unique perspectives of Hispanic legislators throughout the nation.

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Latino Journal

Latino Journal

CENTRAL REGION

The Latino Journal Magazine was founded in July 1996 by Jose L. Perez in Sacr...

dld lumber

NORTHERN REGION

DLD Lumber is a family oriented company that continues to grow since it’s opening in 2003. The success of the company is determined by operating as a unified team. The DLD Lumber team not only works for you but with you to get your job done.

DLD Lumber strives in providing superior service and genuine quality when supplying various building materials to general contractors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. We are certified by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission as a Minority Owned Enterprise and Local Business Enterprise. We are also certified by Caltrans as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.

DLD Lumber has supplied materials for contractors remodeling single family dwellings to larger regional contractors building multi-unit complexes. We have earned the trust and respect of our customers in order to continue servicing them. DLD Lumber is a leader in the construction industry for knowledge in lumber and building materials. We keep the cost down and schedule current.

At this time, the DLD Lumber family would like to extend our thanks to all who have supported us in the growth of the company through the years. We appreciate your business and we look forward to our continued relationship.

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dld lumber

NORTHERN REGION

DLD Lumber is a family oriented company that continues to grow since it’s o...

The McGuire Group

INLAND EMPIRE REGION

When my three brothers and I started the Bail Hotline bail bonds company nine years ago, no one anticipated the changes and impact we would help to usher into the bail bond industry. At the time, the market was highly fragmented by thousands of mom-and–pop operations. Our goals were simple: “change the image of the bail bonds industry, offer the consumer clear answers during a critical time of need, treat the consumer as you would a member of your own family, and offer payment plans to make bail affordable for all.” That’s how we planned to differentiate our bail company from the competition.

Our first office was in downtown Riverside, CA. We got a great deal because the space was quite small and torn to pieces by the former occupant. We cleaned, painted, and decorated the office to look as nice as possible. As soon as we started, we made our clients feel comfortable and welcomed them with fresh coffee, snacks , and even a play area for the kids; nothing you would ever expect to see in a bail bond office, at that time. Fast forward a few years, and here we are, having spread our blueprint to over 30 offices throughout California.

I am proud to say, that with over 200 employees, we are now California’s second largest bail company. Our goal is not to necessarily be the biggest bail company, but to lead the industry and become the standard by which all other bail companies are measured. I am confident that with a combination of our vision, values, and dedication, our bail company will exceed these goals and rise to the top of our industry.

– Daniel McGuire, Bail Hotline Bail Bonds CEO

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The McGuire Group

The McGuire Group

INLAND EMPIRE REGION

When my three brothers and I started the Bail Hotline bail bonds company nine...

RDI ENGINEERING

SOUTHERN REGION

RDI Engineering offers a variety of services for the telecommunications industry. From highly effective project management to the latest in architecture, engineering and construction, RDI dedicates all resources to achieving maximum gain for their client. Each job is handled by a project manager with the experience, education, and skills needed to develop an individual service strategy to meet clients' specific needs.

One of the corner stones of RDI's success lies in building and maintaining strong lines of communication, both out in the field and in the office.

Project managers interface with clients daily and keep team members abreast on the latest project status. The highest quality of customer satisfaction is based on understanding clients’ needs and delivering the optimal solutions to those needs every time.

RDI Engineering understands the importance of the telecommunications industry in today’s world and the integral role it plays in continuing to modernize people's lives and foster innovation. This is why RDI strives to give clients the best product possible and excellence in every project. They are here to help build, strengthen and diversify consumers' reach in this new and fast-paced era of communication.

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RDI ENGINEERING

RDI ENGINEERING

SOUTHERN REGION

RDI Engineering offers a variety of services for the telecommunications indus...

SMALL BUSINESS HEROES AWARDS

A special recognition for the businesses who responded to the tragic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, true business heroes in our communities.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. San Manuel is one of several clans of Serrano Indians, who are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys mountains and high deserts who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment.

Over time, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has made progress toward becoming a self-sufficient tribal government with an established economic and social outlook. San Manuel is active in supporting projects in neighboring communities. Nearby cities and towns receive support from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in the way of monetary donations for cultural, social, and economic projects to benefit the common good of the communities in which they live and work.

The reservation which was established in 1891 is home to the Yuhaaviatam Clan of the Serrano Indians who are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture with other clans of the Serrano people. The reservation is named after Santos Manuel, a great tribal leader, and is located in southern California, in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountain region, just north of the city of Highland. It consists of just over 900 acres of mostly mountainous land.

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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Ind...

CARDENAS MARKETS

Jesus Cardenas was an ambitious and determined young man from Jalisco, Mexico. In 1957, as part of the “Bracero” work program, he traveled to California. He had one goal in mind, to work hard and provide his family with a brighter future!

For years, he worked hard in fields across the state of California and worked in Riverside, Oxnard and the Coachella Valley. He never imagined, that years later, it was these areas that would become the leading locations for his chain of stores. His determination was to fulfill his dream of launching his family business.

Every aspect of Cardenas Markets is overseen by a member of the family and all day-to-day operations are managed by the second generation. Jesus Jr., Jose, Lupe and George Cardenas carry forth on the tradition and groundwork that has been laid by their parents. They have built on the strong foundation of their family business and turned it into an even more successful and thriving enterprise.
They carry forth on their parents’ vision and in true Cardenas style, work with passion, dedication and never deviate from their work ethic. New locations are now in the pipeline in California as well as in other states. The focus is always on the customer and the Cardenas family makes sure they do not diverge from the path their parents had set.

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CARDENAS MARKETS

CARDENAS MARKETS

Jesus Cardenas was an ambitious and determined young man from Jalisco, Mexico...

HILTON GARDEN INN SAN BERNARDINO

The Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino hotel in California is located in the heart of the San Bernardino Business District. Directly off the 10 Freeway, the Hilton Garden Inn offers guest rooms with Mountain Views and contemporary amenities. Just a short drive to Palm Springs and California Ski resorts, San Bernardino offers a great location when visiting Southern California.

Both business and leisure travelers will enjoy our convenient location and state-of-the-art amenities. Our San Bernardino hotel includes modern guest rooms with spacious work spaces, and complimentary wireless Internet, and the most comfortable beds you'll ever sleep in.

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HILTON GARDEN INN SAN BERNARDINO

The Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino hotel in California is located in the he...

ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Angie Vee

Dj Angie Vee is Hollywood's freshest female Dj. Her musical knowledge & incomparable ability to read a crowd is quickly making her one of this years hottest tickets. Angie's dancer background makes her not only a great Dj but also a great performer while she's in the mix. She is also one of the few Dj's who still mixes occasionally on vinyl. Angie has rocked Hollywood's hottest nights & has a vast celebrity following. She has traveled around the nation as Nike's Go To Dj. She was asked to join the legendary Dj Spinderella's The Backspin Crew, making her the youngest of the 6 member crew.

She has graced the pages of People Magazine & even had her very own playlist published. When you aren't catching her on your Netflix as Anjelah Johnsons "Thats How We Do It" comedy special DJ, you can catch her on the airwaves in LA doing guest sets on 93.5 Kday. Her style is Sky Is The Limit! She plays anything from Hip Hop, Rock, Electro, Top 40, Old School, Soul, Funk, House & the list goes on. She is a rising star & on the verge of breaking new ground, so make sure you catch her while you can.

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DJ Angie Vee

DJ Angie Vee

Dj Angie Vee is Hollywood's freshest female Dj. Her musical knowledge & i...

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LIELA AVILA

At just 24 years old, Liela has not just an amazing voice, but the maturity, instinct, and talent of someone much older. Liela was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Her father and band member, John Avila, (Bassist for Oingo Boingo) introduced Liela to music at the age of 5. She attended the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) where she studied jazz voice. Liela has shared the stage with great artists such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Josh Groban, Patti Austin, and many more.

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LIELA AVILA

LIELA AVILA

At just 24 years old, Liela has not just an amazing voice, but the maturity, ...

SOMBRA QUIETA

Sombra Quieta is a band that fuses traditional Rumba Flamenca with South America sounds, using these influences to create a flavorful, moving and rhythmic style of music. Sombra Quieta performs both originals and cover songs in the musical vein of the Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, and Latin jazz greats.
The band members are from an array of musical backgrounds, such as Flamenco, Salsa, Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, and World Beat. This mixture of musical influences is what makes Sombra Quieta’s music so attractive and appealing to all audiences.
Sombra Quieta’s performances prove to be hypnotic, tugging the audience to its feet, yet it equally transitions into high-energy guitar and percussion solos. The vocals go from dreamingly gentle to unrelentingly demanding your attention.
Sombra Quieta has hit nearly every hottest venue in the Inland Empire, Orange and San Diego County, as well as the Los Angeles.

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SOMBRA QUIETA

Sombra Quieta is a band that fuses traditional Rumba Flamenca with South Amer...

SOTO

SOTO has emerged as one of the hottest Latin-Funk-R&;B-Dance bands of the millennium. Soulful ballads, Latin rhythms, hot dance grooves and high energy choreographed stage shows, has made "SOTO" the most entertaining musical group of today! "SOTO", a Latin American musical powerhouse, is a self-contained group which includes family members "John Soto", "Bruce Soto" & "Ross (Artie) Soto"!

Based out of Norwalk California, the brothers started their own dance band and would perform at school talent shows, school dances, fundraisers, weddings, night clubs and eventually made it to concert tours in which they have worked with groups such as EARTH, WIND & FIRE, PATTI LA BELLE, DIONNE WARWICK, JAMES BROWN, PONCHO SANCHEZ, TITO PUENTE, TEENA MARIE, WHITNEY HOUSTON AND MARC ANTHONY just to name a few and can be seen with Ricky Martin on his "One On One" Asia MTV special as his back up band.
"SOTO" has traveled throughout the world including, HONG KONG, THAILAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, GUAM, SAIPAN, HOLLAND and was the first Latin American band to perform in BEIJING CHINA!

Their debut CD single "STAY" (a beautiful love ballad sung in Spanish and English) opened many doors for SOTO. Their second single "EASY" featured on Tommy Chong's Reggae compilation album went straight to #1 in the Islands of Hawaii, Guam & Saipan. SOTO's latest CD "Another Night At The Gig 1st Set" has songs from their club performances and is selling out everywhere! Now available "SOTO LIVE" 2nd Set. Don't miss the excitement of SOTO's live stage show. "It's non stop energy that will have you singing and dancing all night long"

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SOTO

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HOTEL

MARRIOTT RIVERSIDE
AT THE CONVENTION CENTER
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Discover home on the California trail at the full service Marriott Riverside hotel located in the heart of historic downtown Riverside nestled in the Inland Empire. The hotel is within walking distance to the Fox Performing Arts Center, the historic Mission Inn, the Riverside Pedestrian Main Street Mall, and 2 miles from the University of California Riverside. The hotel is also a mile from the Riverside County Superior Courthouse, major corporations, and 10 miles from March Air Force Reserve Base.

3400 Market Street,
Riverside,  CA  92501

Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM

Parking:
On-site parking, fee: $3.00 hourly, $12.00 daily
Onsite self-parking: $12.00 per night

SOLD OUT ROOM BLOCK

THE MISSION INN
HOTEL & SPA
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From its modest beginnings as a two-story adobe guest house in 1876 to its current position as an icon of breathtaking architecture, timeless beauty and old world charm, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a place where history, grandeur, and inspiration are found around every corner. From iconic domes and towers overlooking the inland California landscape to the serenity of secluded pools and villas, discover the luxurious features that make The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa a truly one-of-a-kind destination.

3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM

Parking:
Self-Parking $15.00/Valet Parking $20.00

 

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PROGRAM
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
CHCC Appreciation Day

Hosted by the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Item available through the Convention registration portal.

Participating Local Restaurants: Mezcal Cantina y Cocina, ProAbition Whiskey Lounge and Kitchen, Mission Martini, and Heroes Restaurant & Brewery.

Item available through Convention registration portal.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
International Trade & Millennials and Innovation Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

International trade representatives will provide valuable information and resources to the Hispanic community to ensure their continued growth or entry into the global marketplace. These federal, state, and local resources offer export assistance services, technical assistance, export consulting services, export resources, and more. The matchmaking meetings following the presentations will focus on the environmental sector (renewable energy, biomass, green tech, etc.). To participate in the matchmaking meetings, California companies must register with the State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP) at www.citd.org/register. This STEP workshop is an activity funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Moderator: Paul Smith, U.S. Small Business Administration

Panelists: Fred Latuperissa, U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration; Sandra Donzella, Export-Import Bank of the U.S. – Western Region; Michael A. Ocasio, Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County; and Jeffrey Williamson, Center for International Trade Development

The perfect pitch is both an art a and science. Selling your idea to an investor requires more than an idea with a fancy and colorful presentation. This workshop will teach you how to pitch your business idea, your product, and yourself by using storytelling, body language, and your own instinct to close the deal.

Instructor:  Jesus Arguelles, Arguelles Capital Access

An effective financial and budgetary structure is integral to the stability and growth of an organization. Executives must learn how to responsibly manage funding and expenditures to keep doors open, make payroll, and continue to offer networking events and services. Line of Credit opportunities are also important to ensure that financial obligations are met and a safety mechanism is integrated into an organization’s financial plan.

Instructor: Tony Wilson, Wells Fargo

Exposition area for local small businesses and corporate and community partners.

The primary energy sources consumed in the United States are nuclear energy, fossil energy (including oil, coal and natural gas), and renewable resources including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower. Electricity, a second energy source, is generated using these primary forms of energy. Understanding the relationships between the different energy sources and their uses provides insight into many important energy and water issues in California. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges California will confront over the next two decades. The business community has the opportunity to help shape energy policies by engaging their local policymakers and regulators in meaningful dialogue about how to meet the future energy needs of each state and region.

Moderator: Luis Alvarado, Familias Unidas de California

Panelist: Tiffany Roberts, Western States Petroleum Association; and Aubrey J. D. Bettencourt, California Water Alliance.

Taller ideal para principiantes para aprender el uso del Email Marketing y Social Media de una manera práctica y sencilla. Los presentadores compartirán técnicas sencillas y prácticas para aplicarlas a su negocio y profesión y así empezar a sacar el máximo de la tecnología para hacer publicidad online.

Instructores: Armando Ehrenzweig, Get in Motion!; and Israel Serna, ConstantContact

The Press Conference is open to all credentialed members of the media with a CHCC Media badge and there is no need to register or RSVP. Passes are available to pick up at the Registration booth. We highly recommend that you arrive early as seats are limited. Point of contact: Angelica Urquijo – angelica@theimagengroup.com

International trade and investment have become a critical component for California’s economic growth and engine for job creation. Our Hispanic Small Businesses support 4.4 million international trade jobs in California. The perfect subject for our Convention’s Opening Luncheon.

 Keynote: Jim MacLellan, Port of Los Angeles

Speakers: Juan P. Garcia, CHCC Deputy Director; Bob Gutierrez, CHCC Board Vice Chair; Assemblymember Jose Medina; Head Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino Salomon Rosas; and Riverside Board Supervisor Chuck Washington.

 

Panel: INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN CALIFORNIA

California’s economic growth is increasingly tied to trade flow. This panel invites you to listen to experts discuss the status of international trade amongst small businesses and discover areas of opportunity and areas of improvement for import and export.

Moderator: Donna Davis, U.S. Small Business Administration

Panelists: Brian Peck, GO-Biz: International Affairs and Business Development; Fred Latuperissa, U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration; Angel Sanchez, Jr., Phenix Technology, Inc.; and Danielle Wheeler, March Joint Powers Authority.

 

MC: Yahaira Trujillo, Que Buena

Identifying opportunities of funding is essential to the growth and stability of our Chambers and Affiliates. Instituting profitable membership and community events that deliver to the organization’s mission and corporate partners’ goals without draining our bank accounts is becoming more difficult.  This panel will serve as a venue to share some of the best practices used among Chamber Executives and Leaders.

Facilitators: Brenna Butler Garcia, WSPA

Hispanic Millennials already make up the majority of all millennials in cities across the United States. This is a group that is growing, moving into the workforce, starting their careers and increasing their significant buying power and impact across industries. Understanding them, effectively communicating with them, and being sensitive to their cultural differences can help you connect with this dynamic group.

Moderator: Sarai Garret, MB2access

Panelists: Nicole Herrera, Google; Lala Castro, #LatinaGeeks; David Damian Figueroa, Frontier Communication; and Juan P. Garcia, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

This panel will focus on the two droughts affecting Southern California: the 15-year drought on the Colorado River and the 5-year drought in California. Panelists will discuss the impacts of one, or both, droughts to small businesses and the Latino communities of California and the state, local, and federal’s expectation and outlook in short and long range. Water insecurity and conservation affects all small businesses and communities across California; this is a panel you do not want to miss.

Moderator: Ralph Cordova, Jr. County of Imperial Administration Center

Panelists: Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, California State Assembly District 56; David Palumbo, U.S. Department of Interior – Bureau of Reclamation; Kevin E. Kelley, Imperial Irrigation District; and Jeffrey Kightlinger, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The CHCC seeks to help our regional chambers strengthen relationships between local funders and strategic partners. By coming together and sharing knowledge, we aim to help Chamber Leaders become more effective in searching and applying for charitable grants, and to help communicate their visions and strategies for having the greatest possible impact with their philanthropic dollars.

Moderator: Veronica Corona, CHCC Board of Directors

Featured Sponsors: Clemente Gonzales, Aetna; David Figueroa, Frontier Communications; and Mayra Vega, Ford/Lincoln.

The CHCC Hispanic Shark Tank is the premier platform for Latino Start-ups in California to connect with angel and venture investors. This live event is the platform for Start-ups to have direct access to potential investors who can take their business ventures to the next level.

Sharks: Manny Fernandez, DreamFunded; Sean D. Salas, Camino Financial; Jesus Arguelles, Arguelles Capital Access; and Carlos Lopez, The Innovation Funds Foundation.

Startups: SmileyGo; Engage Builder; Me Tyme Network; Chisme Inc; and Clip N’ Enjoy.

Speakers: Mayor Rusty Bailey, City of Riverside; Trent Anderson, Frontier Communications; and Clemente González, Aetna.

 

Millennials & Innovation Awards:

HISPANIC MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR: Omar Dario Arcadia, Artoy Trading LLC

HISPANIC INNOVATION OF THE YEAR: Camino Financial

HISPANIC SHARK OF THE YEAR: Manny Fernandez, DreamFunded

 

Talent: DJ Jason Marroquin

 

MC: Albert Clark, CHCC Convention Millennials Initiative Chair

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Latina Empresaria Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

Exposition area for local small businesses and corporate and community partners.

Learn from health experts on how to manage your home and work life, to create a healthy balance in your life.

Moderator: Juanita Ruiz, The Sun Group

Panelists: Dr. Michele S. Colon, DPM, MS, THE Holistic Podiatrist of Southern California; Ruth Lopez Novodor, Beverly Oncology and Imaging; and CeCe Alvarado, Inner Health Care Colonic.

Want to start a new business but need a business loan? Already in business and need money to grow and expand? Been told you don’t qualify or don’t meet lenders requirements? This forum is for you. Come hear a panel of traditional and non-traditional lenders, nonprofits and alternative access to capital you may not be aware of. Learn firsthand what lenders look for and what are the most common mistakes that are made when applying for a business loan. This is an interactive forum where you can ask questions to the panelists about your specific situations and get advice how to get a YES next time you apply for a loan!

Moderator: Edwin Carde, SACLead Foundation Inc.

Panelists: Kenneth Salas, Camino Financial; Ana S. Miramontes, Bank of America; Jessica Smith, BBVA Compass; Rachel Baranick, U.S. Small Business Administration; Juan Carlos Hernandez, ACCION; Robert Zapata, Opportunity Fund; and Carla Ulloa, CDC Small Business Finance.

This small business contract-readiness training program is designed for emerging woman-owned and small business enterprises that would like to develop the infrastructure and basic components to elevate their business performance, and build a capacity that can successfully compete and grow in the marketplace.

  • Conducting a physical on your business, does it have what it takes?
  • Exploring how to make your business compliant.
  • Giving your business a tune-up.
  • Exploring the four (4) key areas in which a business owner must demonstrate competency.

Instructor: Gilbert Buchanan, Buchanan & Associates

Learn about a proven system for organizing meetings and discussing ideas. Establishing parliamentary procedures helps everyone’s voice be heard and keeps Chamber meetings organized.

Instructor: Dennis King, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

Supply Diversity Representatives will discuss best practices in procurement in efforts to strengthen the business relationship with minority-owned small businesses. The goal is to engage in a discussion about the contracting needs for buyers and primes and to provide contacts to diverse suppliers.

Moderator: Gilbert Buchanan, Buchanan & Associates

Panelists: Catrina Blair, California Department of General Services; Rose Hatcher, Aetna; Jose R. Padilla, JD., Kaiser Permanente; Joan Kerr, Pacific Gas & Electric; Ileana Winterhalter, AT&T; and Alma McMaster, Southern California Edison.

Learn from successful business women on how they managed to be wealthy in all areas of their life: emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.

Moderator: Carmen Torres, My HR Specialist

Panelists: Bricia Perez, More and More; Sara Rubalcava, White Memorial Medical Center; Vanessa Faggiolly, Amerisal Foods LLC; and Claudia Jimenez, Wells Fargo.

Join us in honoring an inspiring group of Latinas who are paving the way for Latinas in California. A special recognition for the businesses who responded to the tragic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, true business heroes in our communities.

 Keynote: Tina Aldtaz, Savvy Travelers

Speakers: Evelin Martinez, Wells Fargo; and Senator Connie M. Leyva, California Senate District 20; and San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

 

Panel: LATINA WOMEN BREAKING INDUSTRY BOUNDARIES

As Latinas continue to set new limits across industries, new opportunities and role models are emerging to inspire the future generation. Gender and culturally imposed roles are no longer the norm in today’s workplace. These Latinas are succeeding in historically male-dominated industries.

Moderator: Cynthia Ruiz, Cynthia M. Ruiz & Associates

Panelists: Margita Thompson, California Resource Corporation; Hazel G. Ortega, M.Ed PSY., Ortega Counseling Center; Fanny Miller, El Latino Newspaper San Diego; and Evelin Martinez, Wells Fargo.

 

Latina Empresaria Awards:

LATINA PIONEER AWARD: Annette Fraley, Intero Real Estate Services

LATINA MINERVA AWARD: Teresa Razo, Villa Roma Restaurant

LATINA COMMUNITY AWARD: Rosa Elena Sahagún, Esq., The Law Offices of Rosa Elena Sahagún

LATINA RISING STAR: Sarahi Espinosa Salamanca, DREAMer’s Roadmap

LATINA CORPORATE PILLAR: Gina Orozco-Mejia – Sempra Energy

LATINA HALL OF FAME: Maria Bastian Thompson, Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc.

 

Small Business Heroes Awards:

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Cardenas Markets, Inc.

Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino

 

MC: Annabel Sedano, KMEX Univision 34 Los Angeles

Complete with Tina’s Six Essentials of Business and a play-by-play account of the creation of Foot Petals Inc., From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange proves that with faith, hard work, and confidence “The American Dream” is within reach for any person with the desire to make it reality. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Two-Ten Footwear Foundation.

Our most successful Chambers and Affiliates are able to understand trends and opportunity of competitive advantage and leverage resources to grow their operations and expand their service offerings. With the ever changing economy, culture, and demographics, our organizations must adapt new approaches, initiatives, and infrastructure to stay relevant and increase its membership.

Facilitators: Albert Clark, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Tayde Aburto, Hispanic Chamber of e-Commerce

What does your brand say about you on social media, the way you are dressed and in your networking skills?  Learn the importance of your brand on social media outlets, dress for success and business etiquette skills.

Moderator: Seth Sherwood, Lanzamiento de Líderes

Panelists: Jules Martinez Hirst, Etiquette Consulting Inc.; Sarai Garrett, MB2Access; Nicole Herrera, Google; and Jessica Maes-Zepeda, El Aviso Magazine

There is a direct relationship between energy consumption and a country’s wealth. Abundant, reliable energy allows people to achieve greater prosperity, higher standards of living, and longer, healthier lives. When energy costs go up, every aspect of our lives becomes more expensive. Because higher energy costs have such widespread effects, Californians who least can afford it suffer the most. Energy poverty today means high infant mortality, lower life expectancy, illiteracy and many other social ills. This session will provide attendees an understanding of the challenges faced by low-income individuals face and how access to safe and reliable water and energy can be life-changing.

Moderator: Jasmin A. Hall, Inland Empire Utilities Agency

Panelists: Margita Thompson, California Resource Corporation; and Randall Macias Ceniceros, Colton Joint Unified School District

Business Matchmaking Session facilitates dedicated, one-on-one, 15-minute meetings between Buyers from major corporations, government agencies, and Primes with qualified Hispanic-owned small business Suppliers.

 

Buyers and Suppliers will discuss potential procurement opportunities in efforts to strengthen their business relationships between Buyers and Hispanic-owned small businesses. The goal is to fill contracting needs for Buyers and Primes by providing contracts to diverse Hispanic small business Suppliers.

 

This event is FREE to participants.

This session will include the following takeaways:

  • Complete Effective Ethics training consisting with the requirements of the federal guidelines
  • Learn best practices in the management of an effective ethics program
  • Understanding ethical leadership and its role in the day to day organization
  • Evaluate your Organization’s current ethical culture and produce an actionable plan for improvement
  • Learn new strategies for performance management that drive real–time results and support

Instructor: Don Martinez, Domar Companies, LLC.

Esta es una presentación sobre las implicaciones para las empresas de la denominada “Impuesto de Género.” Esta ley tiene por objetivo impedir diferente precios de los servicios basados en género. Sin embargo, una reciente ola de demandas está causando una gran cantidad de complicaciones para las pequeñas empresas que involuntariamente pueden violar la ley. Vamos a discutir la ley y formas para que una empresa cumpla con los reglamentos con el fin de evitar demandas.

Instructor: Richard A. Mac Bride, Esq., Law Offices of Richard A. Mac Bride

When it comes to negotiation, there is an unfortunate double standard. As women, if we make concessions to further a deal, we’re viewed as weak. But if we play hardball, we can be seen as overly aggressive–and the strategy backfires. No wonder most women hate negotiating.

Instructor: Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Psy.D, M.C.C., Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute

In Your Own Terms, negotiation expert Yasmin Davidds helps women strike a balance, merging our natural strengths (collaboration, relationship building, listening) with a firm grasp of established tactics. Guidelines, stories, and exercises illuminate the psychology of negotiation and reveal how women can: Control how they are perceived – Eliminate self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors – Discover their personal negotiation style – Envision the ideal outcome and map backwards – Build leverage – Understand an opponent’s approach and adjust theirs in response – Deploy persuasion and redirection tactics – And much more.

Speakers: California State Treasurer John Chiang; Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, California Assembly District 47; Frank Woodbridge, Pepsico; and The Lincoln Motor Company.

Awards:

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Minerva Hernandez, Camara de Comercio Hispana de Pomona

Talent: Liela Avila; Sombra Quieta; and DJ Angie Vee

MC: Veronica Corona, CHCC Convention Latina Initiative Chair

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Business & Chamber Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

The CAPS Policy Initiative focused on a call-to-action on an issue facing Californians.  We have identified the impact the drought has on small businesses as well as Californians as its call-to-action.  The findings and solutions will be presented at the CHCC’s Annual Convention, in a Town Hall format in September.

Featured Speakers: CAPS Students

A marketing plan is a vital instrument to promote your organization. The objective of this workshop is to disseminate information on how to create and implement a successful marketing plan based on research and well-developed strategies. Participants will learn how to target specific audiences, develop effective one-to-one and one-to-many communications, and assess marketing plans.

Instructor: Eva Melgarejo, New American Funding; and Tayde Aburto, Hispanic Chamber of e-Commerce.

Membership in the local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace. Our local chambers must develop a strong membership value proposition that will increase their membership recruitment, engagement, and retention.

Facilitators: Theresa Martinez, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce; and Karla Gonzalez, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce/IE SBDC

Enrique Castillo is an award- winning actor/writer/director whose work spans theater, television and film. Enrique is most recognized for his roles in Showtime’s Weeds and his film role as Montana in Hollywood’s Blood In Blood Out. He began his career with Luis Valdez’s El Teatro Campesino in 1969, later re-teamed with Valdez for his hit play Zoot Suit. Among his film credits are Deja Vu, Hi-Lo Country, My Familia/My Family, El Norte, and Borderline. He also wrote/produced and directed the award-winning theater production Veteranos: A Legacy of Valor.

Early this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new $15 minimum wage law in California. Under existing law, California’s minimum wage will increase from $9.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016. This measure increases the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2017, and by $1.00 each of the next four years, to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2021. Minimum wage has been a critical concern for our small businesses across the state. This panel with the Department of Industrial Relations and local agencies will untangle the effects and implications of this new law.

Facilitators: Victoria Hassid, Department of Industrial Relations

Join us in recognizing small business that have made significant contributions to our communities across California.

 Keynote: Mike Madrid, Grassroots Lab

Speakers: Assemblymember Marc Steinorth, California Assembly District 40; Jeff McGuire, California Department of General Services; Diane Harkey, California Board of Equalization; Gail Kodama, Charter Communications; Mario Trujillo, Los Angeles County District Attorney Office; Dr. Judy Castro, JFK University; and Albert Clark-Castaneda, Atlas Insurance Services;

 

Panel: ENERGY, WATER AND TECHNOLOGY: THE JOBS OF TODAY & TOMORROW

In California energy and water issues are a mainstay in state and local policy discussions and daily news. These industries are facing pressing workforce challenges ranging from an aging workforce to the need for new training strategies for entry level and vital workers. With these emerging challenges, there is a need to look at innovative ways to recruit workers and establish public private partnerships that will help build the pipeline for future employees. This session will provide participants with a better understanding of California’s current and future energy and needs and how technology is creating new jobs and opportunities for Californians.

 Moderator: Jose Perez, Hispanics in Energy

Panelists: Margita Thompson, California Resource Corporation; Sam Jammal, SolarCity; Adriana Martinez, AT&T; Joe L. Del Bosque, Del Bosque Farms; and Lea Peterson, SoCalGas; and Diane Pitman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

 

Regional Small Business of the Year Awards:

CENTRAL REGION: Latino Journal

INLAND EMPIRE REGION: The McGuire Group

NORTHERN REGION: DLD Lumber

SOUTHERN REGION: RDI Engineering

 

Special Announcements:

Hispanic LGBT Business Initiative

CHCC Foundation Chamber Leadership Certification

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Affinity Program

MC: Rosa Elena Sahagun, CNN En Español

A dynamic review of California’s water challenges, drought or not drought, beginning with governance, equity of service and resources as well as securing new supplies for growth in an era of climate change.

Moderator: Adan Ortega, OSG

Panelists: Ron Gastelum, Water Conservation Partners Inc.; William Funderburk, LADWP; and Celeste Cantu, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority.

Tremendous effort and resources are being focused on Latino GOTV efforts this year but are those efforts being focused only on “specific” Latino voters? And what about the ethics and corruption scandals involving Latino elected officials — how does that play with Latino voters as they decide whether to engage? Our high-profile panel explores these and other questions at the heart of one of this political season’s biggest challenges.

Moderator: Victor Abalos, Southern California Latino Policy Center

Panelists: Mindy Romero, California Civic Engagement Project; Mike Madrid, Grassroot Labs; Maria de La Cruz, City of Long Beach; Rep. Loretta Sanchez, U.S. Senate Candidate

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our regional chambers and chamber leaders.

 Keynote: Gaddi Vasquez, Southern California Edison

Speakers: Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; and Hillary for America National Political Director Amanda Renteria.

 

CHCC Chamber Awards:

JOHN AGUILAR PROCUREMENT AWARD: Raul Medrano, RJ Medrano & Associates

CORPORATE ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Southern California Edison

CHAMBER EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Carlos Solorzano-Cuadra, Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco; and Theresa Martinez, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD: National Latina Business Women Association – Los Angeles

CHAMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Roy Perez, RMP Strategies, Inc.

 

Announcements:

CHCC Board of Directors

CAPS Program

Talent:  SOTO

MC: Adriana Yañez, Estrella TV; and Aaron Sanchez, ABC News Radio

KMET 1490AM

* PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jim MacLellan

Port of Los Angeles

Jim MacLellan serves as the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles.

Mr. MacLellan is responsible for trade promotion programs to encourage increased trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Gateway. This includes Trade Connect programs to assist local businesses enter global export markets. Trade Connect was awarded the Presidential E Star Award on May 20, 2013 for service to the nation’s exports.

He has held this position since January 2007. Previously he was Director of Marketing, coordinating the Port’s ten international offices and working with customers and service providers to help build the Port’s long-term clientele.

Prior to joining the Port in 1992, he worked internationally for more than 20 years in the intermodal shipping business.

As Adjunct Professor, he teaches an annual course on international shipping at the Monterey Institute Graduate School of Business Studies.
He currently serves as Chair of the Pacific Chapter of the US – Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the L.A. Regional Export Council (MEI) and Board Member of California Manufacturing and Technology Consulting (NIST – MEP).

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Jim MacLellan

Jim MacLellan

Port of Los Angeles

Jim MacLellan serves as the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los...

Tina Aldatz

Savvy Travelers

TINA ALDATZ, Entrepreneur and current CEO of Savvy Travelers designer beauty wipes, made her mark on the world as a self-starting entrepreneur and founder of Foot Petals, the revolutionary line of designer insole cushions for women’s high heels. As a child, Tina severely burned her feet after accidently stepping on buried hot coals at the beach. From her foot injury and her passion for fashion, Tina created Foot Petals to help fill a gap in the market for women’s high-heeled foot support. Through her strength and tenacity, Foot Petals became a successful multi-million dollar company that was recognized by Inc. 500 as one of the “500 fastest growing companies in America." Tina is a true pediatric burn survivor who has taken a horrific tragedy and turned it into her destiny. She has been featured in numerous media articles including Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Times, CNN and many more, and Forbes Magazine wrote she is an “entrepreneur to watch." In 2015, Comerica Bank’s Women’s Business Awards, named Tina a “Woman of Entrepreneurship” and she was honored to become the National Latina Business Women Association’s (NLBWA) “Business Woman of the Year" in 2011. Most recently, Aldatz has received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) “2016 Business Woman of the Year” award and has been named “2016 Small Business/ Entrepreneur Women of the Year” for the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA).

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Tina Aldatz

Tina Aldatz

Savvy Travelers

TINA ALDATZ, Entrepreneur and current CEO of Savvy Travelers designer beauty ...

Gaddi Vasquez

Southern California Edison

Gaddi H. Vasquez is senior vice president of Government Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. He is responsible for government relations activities at the Federal and State level, as well as Local Public Affairs.

Prior to his current position, he served as U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome. There he managed a U.S. multi-agency team responsible for oversight of U.N. Organizations.

From 2002-2006, Ambassador Vasquez served as Director of the United States Peace Corps where he led the international volunteer service organization with volunteers and staff serving in 78 countries.

Vasquez has served on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and has been appointed by three California Governors to state boards and commissions.

He currently serves on the boards of the Public Policy Institute of California, the Board of Governors of the California State University Foundation and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.

He has been recognized for leadership and service by the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and in 2016 received the Bill of Rights Award by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Most recently, he received the Eagle Leadership Award from the Latino Leaders Network.

Vasquez received a bachelor’s degree in Public Service Management from the University of Redlands and is the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees.

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Gaddi Vasquez

Gaddi Vasquez

Southern California Edison

Gaddi H. Vasquez is senior vice president of Government Affairs for Southern ...

Mike Madrid

GrassrootsLab

For over fifteen years, Mike Madrid has been changing the outcomes of political campaigns throughout the country. His active involvement in local, state, and federal races has helped him to develop a keen insight into the successful characteristics of winning campaigns.

Madrid is a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting trends. He graduated from the Edmund G. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1997, where he wrote his senior thesis on Latino politics and the perspective that politicization of emerging Latino voter groups in Southwestern states was unique in American history. The work focused largely on a critical assessment of professor Peter Skerry’s work “Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority” and addressed questions surrounding the experience of Mexican American politicization as a choice between the pursuit of an aggrieved racial minority or a more typical assimilative integration into the broader political and social culture of the United States.

The completion of his thesis at Georgetown University in Washington DC on Latino voters became the basis for his pioneering work on Latino communications and outreach strategies in California, Texas, Florida and nationwide. He has served as the press secretary for the California Assembly Republican leader and as the political director for the California Republican Party. In these roles, Madrid played a key role in pioneering Latino outreach and communications strategies.

In 2001 he was named as one of America’s “Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine. He is a regular commentator on Latino political issues in statewide and national media publications.

Since 2000, Madrid has also developed an expertise in local governments in California. He served as the public affairs director to the League of California Cities. In that role, he was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 1A (The Local Taxpayer Protection Act), a historic achievement that constitutionally protected local government revenues from state raids. The measure received 84% of the vote—one of the highest percentages in California history. He was also a key adviser in the defeat of Proposition 90 (The Taxpayer Trap), No on Prop 98, Yes on Prop 99, and Yes on Prop 22.

In 2011, Madrid helped develop the Leadership California Institute, an organization dedicated to educating and training future legislators before they get in office. He is regularly sought out by statewide campaigns seeking key messaging and support.

Madrid is the editor and publisher of California City News, a news site dedicated to “the best politics, policy and practices of local government in California."

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Mike Madrid

GrassrootsLab

For over fifteen years, Mike Madrid has been changing the outcomes of politic...

MASTERS OF CEREMONY

AARON SANCHEZ

ABC News Radio KMET 1490AM

Aaron M. Sanchez currently hosts "The Morning Show" weekdays at 8am with co-hosts Mia Mocha, and Brett Malak on ABC News Radio
KMET 1490AM and is also the creator and co-host of "The Hollywood Social Lounge" heard Saturdays at 10am. He has been described as a
natural, multi-talented, playful and personable host. His multiple years of hosting Red Carpet interviews and producing various projects with
a NBC News Radio KCAA station as an entertainment reporter, led him to a shot at filling in as the co-host of their
morning show. That opportunity led to a weekly one hour talk show, "LIVE with Aaron and Kelly" an entertainment variety show visited by
celebrity guests, and recently re-branded "The Hollywood Social Lounge."

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AARON SANCHEZ

AARON SANCHEZ

ABC News Radio KMET 1490AM

Aaron M. Sanchez currently hosts "The Morning Show" weekdays at 8am with co-h...

ADRIANA YANEZ

Noticiero Estrella TV

Fifteen years into her successful career in the entertainment industry, Adriana Yañez continues to reach new heights in popularity, artistry, and commercial success. Her career started in her native Colombia, South America, where she started modeling in TV commercials for international companies like Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Palmolive & Toyota. After relocating to Los Angeles, California in late 2001, Adriana worked as an entertainment reporter for several American television stations. This work was followed by an extended stint as host of the Channel 22/Telemundo daily magazine show "De Todo Un Poco," and "Bienvenido a Casa" for Azteca America.

Later in 2008 Adriana opened her own production company to make legal and informative TV Shows in Southern California. Shows like "Si Quiere Saber", "Salud y Belleza", & "Soluciones Legales" among others were created for different clients' needs mostly in the Legal & Health sectors. She has also been the spokesperson for companies such as Clinique, Melaleuca, Freeway Insurance, and Goya. Currently and for several years now, Adriana has been the official Spanish voice for Epson and Sei Bella Cosmetics. In 2013 Adriana hosted the daily morning TV show "El Coffee Break" aired on Azteca America and In 2015 she got hired as host of Estrella TV's national newscast "Noticiero Estrella TV" reaching Latino audiences across the US. Adriana's charisma, beauty, intelligence, and high professional standards have led to her continued success as one of the most esteemed and sought-after talents in the Hispanic media market in the United States.

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ADRIANA YANEZ

ADRIANA YANEZ

Noticiero Estrella TV

Fifteen years into her successful career in the entertainment industry, Adria...

ANNABELLE SEDANO

Univision34 KMEX

Annabelle Sedano is an anchor for A Primera Hora and a general assignment reporter at KMEX Univision 34 Los Angeles. She also produces her weekly technology segment "Tu Vida Tec”.

Annabelle was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from California State University Northridge. During her last year, she studied Spanish and literature at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain.

She began her career in 2005 at KRCA Estrella TV in Los Angeles working as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.

During her career, she has covered local, national and international news including the Southern California wildfires and the presidential elections. She has interviewed high profile politicians and was the first to talk to family of Mildred Baena, most famously known for being Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistress. Human interest stories are also close to her heart. She traveled to Mexico to report on an immigrant family that had to return to the country after losing it all by the recent economic crisis.

Since joining Noticias Univision 34 in 2010, Annabelle has become active on behalf of the station at many community events and serves as a mentor for students studying journalism. She enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.

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ANNABELLE SEDANO

ANNABELLE SEDANO

Univision34 KMEX

Annabelle Sedano is an anchor for A Primera Hora and a general assignment rep...

ROSA ELENA SAHAGUN

CNN En Español

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elena Sahagún prides herself in her continuous effort to serve the community at large. Her high school years were marked by the birth of her son and despite this challenge, she graduated from Santa Ana High School with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman University from where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, also with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her juris doctorate at Chapman University School of Law and began practicing in 2002.

In 2006, she established The Law Offices of Rosa Elena Sahagún which allowed her to maintain close community ties through her volunteer work with various non-profit organizations while serving a source for referrals from various community-based organizations.

Ms. Sahagun’s areas of practice include criminal defense, immigration, family law and civil litigation. Ms. Sahagún is a member of several local and national bar associations and has served as a speaker at junior high, high school and college campuses in California. Because Ms. Sahagún was a “teen parent”, and given that she overcame, literally, the odds in obtaining her degrees, she is frequently invited to speak to various youth groups. Ms. Sahagún regularly hosts free workshops for the community on numerous topics ranging from citizenship to fraud prevention.

From 2007-2015, Ms. Sahagún hosted a weekly Spanish Language radio show on W Radio 690 AM. Topics on the show included legal issues as well as current events of importance to the community such as education and political issues.

In 2007, Ms. Sahagún was named Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year for her pro bono work, and since then, she has received multiple Wiley W. Manuel Awards for Pro Bono Legal Services from The State Bar for California. Ms. Sahagún’s efforts have been recognized by local Congressmen as well as California State Senators and members of California's Assembly.

Ms. Sahagún is a member of several bar associations including: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court, Central District of California, Supreme Court of the State of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Sahagún is also a member of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Sahagún appears regularly on CNN En Español as a legal analyst in connection with legal issues plaguing Hollywood celebrities. In addition, Ms. Sahagún has been interviewed by several news outlets such as Noticias Univision, La Prensa, The Press Enterprise, Telemundo, Fontana Herald News, Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine, and Inland Empire Hispanic News, among others, in connection with legal topics.

Ms. Sahagún has served at an Adjunct Professor at the University of LaVerne where she taught immigration law. She currently teaches legal courses at the University of California, Riverside and at California Desert Trial Academy of Law.
Ms. Sahagún speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish.

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ROSA ELENA SAHAGUN

ROSA ELENA SAHAGUN

CNN En Español

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elena Sahagún prides herself in her c...

YAHAIRA TRUJILLO

QUE BUENA

Yahaira, a native border girl from Tijuana, Mexico with deep roots in Sinaloa; brings her natural upbeat personality and energy to the night time airwaves!

Yahaira is warm, kind and enjoys new challenges that help raise the bar! She promises to conquer the hearts of her audience with her charisma, talent and attentive nature. Do not miss out on listening to this young, creative, talented and trendsetting DJ.

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YAHAIRA TRUJILLO

QUE BUENA

Yahaira, a native border girl from Tijuana, Mexico with deep roots in Sinaloa...

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Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne Lang specializes in the defense of workers' compensation claims. She is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully litigated complex issues before the WCAB. Yvonne graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1991, and graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree in Political Science (major) and Criminal Justice (minor). She obtained her Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. Yvonne previously worked as a workers' compensation claims specialist, obtaining her self-insurance certificate, WCCP designation and her CPDM. She worked as a fraud investigator and assisted the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Los Angeles and Ventura County District Attorneys' offices with the successful prosecution of doctors in the "What's Up Doc?" sting.

Yvonne was also an active member of the California Workers' Compensation Institute's Utilization Review Committee and worked for the implementation of the California Code of Regulations 9792.6(g), Utilization Management and Review. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys' Association, serving as President of the organization in 2013. Yvonne is the 2015-2016 Chair of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee.

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Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne Lang specializes in the defense of workers' compensation claims. She i...

BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, associate member development and support, as well as the strategic partnerships and coalition-building that promotes the oil and gas industry. In addition to her role with WSPA, Brenna serves on the Board of Directors of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) as the Central Regional Director and as an advisory board member of the Fueling California Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Butler Garcia was the chief executive officer of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, asso...

DON MARTINEZ

Domar Companies
Martinezd@domarcompanies.com

Don Martinez Master Certified Coach, and MNLP/PT, Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer and Speaker is the founder & President of Domar Companies, LLC., a Executive Search firm and Advantage Coaching Network a Los Angeles based organization that provides Executive Search, Leadership development, Executive coaching & Training. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, University of Irvine and many more. He speaks regularly at conferences on various leadership and coaching events. He is the Author of Mastering the Art of Communication second  edition, The Art of Business, Your Universal Mind and Principles of a career search.

Don hold an Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Los Angeles, A Master Certification in Human Resource Management and HR Organizational Effectiveness from Villa Nova University, a Business Certification, from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, with a concentration in Cognitive Psychology, and a 6 Sigma Green in Belt certification. Don is ranked one of the top five Executive Career Coaches by UC Irvine Executive MBA Alumni Association. Don also is a well recognized NLP Practitioner which he holds a certification as a MNLP/MTT/Body Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) from the National Federation of Neuro Linguistic Psychology (USA).
He is on the Board for the Orange county Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is Former Chairman of Procurement for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

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DON MARTINEZ

DON MARTINEZ

Domar Companies

Don Martinez Master Certified Coach, and MNLP/PT, Ziglar Legacy Certified Tra...

ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)
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ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)
gilbert@TheBuchananGroup.net

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buchanan & Associates, a small business planning and diversity program management firm established in 2006 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses become business-ready, contract-ready and bank loan-ready.
A veteran business compliance and management consulting coach with more than 20 years of industry experience, he has successfully worked with DBE/MBE/SBE firms within public works, construction, retail, service, and manufacturing environments.

  • Gilbert was appointed as the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC) Procurement Committee Chairman in 2015.
  • He is the Recipient of the Prestigious Latino Business Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and California Bank & Trust.
  • Gilbert has managed small business programs for the following public works agencies: LAMBOC - Mayor’s Office Los Angeles, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), LA Metro, Los Angeles Unified School District, LACCD, and EXPO.
  • Successfully provided Contract Compliance and Labor Compliance oversight for the LA Metro’s Exposition Phase II $1.6 billion light rail transportation project with 4 major prime contractors [Skanska-Rados, URS Corp., MDG Corp., and BBII] and 150 subcontractors.
  • Served as Assistant Small Business Program Manager for LAUSD’s sustainability new and modernization school construction program, a $21 Billion program.
  • Served as Contract Compliance and Business/Community Outreach Consultant for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a $6 Billion sustainability new college campus construction program for 9 college campuses;
  • Assisted more than a 1,000 small businesses including Latino and Asian-owned businesses in obtaining over $81 million in contract awards while partnering with public works agencies and commercial entities such as LAUSD, LACCD, and LA Metro.
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  • Latin Business Association (LBA) Gilbert has launched a Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Program for the Latin Business Association (LBA), he is the trainer of record for the last seven (7) years resulting in contract awards in over $5 million.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-LA) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 7-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that Latina-owned businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-IE) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 8-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that small businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • Southern California Edison EDGE Program Gilbert is one of the key business coaches and facilitators of the EDGE Supplier Diversity Contract-Readiness training program for Edison and Community-based Organizations in Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, Moreno Valley, etc.
  • He has successfully launched multiple Small Business Boot Camps for LAUSD, LACCD, Pepperdine University, PACE, and American Contractors Services (ACS).
  • He possesses Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Binghamton University.
  • He is owner and founder of Buchanan & Associates since 2006.
  • Greatest accomplishment is being the Creator of SmallBizPro™ Business Management & Procurement System to help businesses become contract-ready, business-ready, and bank loan-ready.

    Gilbert Buchanan is known for helping small businesses develop the tools and systems needed to transition their organization from an informal way of doing business to a formal system. This enables entrepreneurs to operate like a fortune 500 company, thus expanding their market share and exponentially increasing revenues. Gilbert is affectionately known in the industry as “The Small Business Paramedic”.

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buch...

Maria Antonieta Sager

Compensation Certified Specialist who graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999. Ms. Sager has dedicated her practice to representing injured workers in a wide variety of occupations for the past fourteen years, from janitors, housekeepers, gardeners and cooks to construction workers, nurses, and secretaries. With her fluency in Spanish, she maintains an additional focus on Spanish-speaking clients. In addition to her full law practice, Maria is committed to attorneys being an active force for good in giving back to the wider community. To that end, she maintains a number of nonprofit and extra-curricular affiliations. They include: Volunteer Pro Tem Judge, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Oakland; member, State Bar of California Workers' Compensation Executive Committee, and Chair of its Community Outreach Subcommittee, with the goal of educating the California public on workers' compensation laws; participation in the San Francisco Mexican Consulate's Labor Rights Week, where she educates members of the Consulates of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras on workers' compensation law; member of California Applicants' Attorneys Association Latino Caucus, where the goal is to educate Latinos about workers’ compensation rights and to help pass legislation to help assist those injured on the job.

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Maria Antonieta Sager

Maria Antonieta Sager

Compensation Certified Specialist who graduated from Golden Gate University S...

Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING
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Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING

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VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean. In fact, “Keeping It Clean While You Sleep” is the motto of her company, CM Cleaning Solutions, a world-class janitorial services firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As the owner and managing partner of one the area’s leading commercial cleaning businesses, she believes a clean building or office space is a true testament to a company’s branding and level of customer care. Her clients clearly agree.

The CM Cleaning Solutions client list includes some of the top corporations in the country like Warner Bros., Entrepreneur Media, Community Bank, Cedar Sinai Hospital and Vanir Development Company, to name a few.

Prior to starting CM Cleaning Solutions, she managed a janitorial company in Los Angeles, where she achieved over $1 Million in sales for two consecutive years. She later went on to work for another company where a customer encouraged her to start her own business. In 2009, she and her business partner did just that. With a lot of hard work, the two have grown the company to a million-dollar business in less than five years.

A 15-year veteran of the commercial janitorial service industry, Veronica is committed to providing personalized service. She is even known to roll up her sleeves and join a crew to ensure client satisfaction.

She attributes her drive and dedication to her parents whom emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and instilled a strong work ethic in Veronica and her three siblings. That work ethic combined with a passion for fostering relationships has led her to become an award-winning entrepreneur. Veronica has been recognized by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Rising Star, recognized as Mujer Destacada by La Opinion in 2013, honored with the 2014 Latina of Influence award by Hispanic Lifestyles magazine, and she was presented with the 2014 Small Business Award by the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.

With a strong desire to give back and to empower and inspire women, the bilingual Los Angeles native is active in her community and serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Latina Business Women Association (NLWBA) as advisor, Financially Fit Foundation and HBN Bilingual Toastmasters. She is also past president of NLWBA Los Angeles and a Competent Communicator in Toastmasters.

When Veronica is not managing day-to-day operations of CM Cleaning Solutions, volunteering or speaking on panels, you can find her perfecting her swing at a local golf course, reading or spending time with her family and friends.

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VERONICA CORONA

VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean...

JUANITA RUIZ

El Jardin Wellness Center (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)
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JUANITA RUIZ

El Jardin Wellness Center (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)

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Dr. Michele Colon

A physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author, speaker, and overall health and wellness expert, Dr. Michele Summers Colon is known as The Holistic Podiatrist of Southern California and has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications including USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Yahoo! Makers, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to help women create balanced, healthy lives by looking at the whole picture. Dr. Michele combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to create individualized health and wellness plans for her clients and patients. For almost two decades, Dr. Michele has dedicated herself to maintaining a private medical practice and providing exceptional care to her patients while at the same time studying Integrative Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Acupressure. Dr. Michele believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry with specialties in Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as Diabetic Limb Salvage. Dr. Michele is also certified in Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy. Dr. Michele teaches Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurveda extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine. Dr. Michele is passionate about helping Latinas with diabetes and/or weight issues to reverse their disease and live healthy, happy lives.

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Dr. Michele Colon

Dr. Michele Colon

A physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author,...

Ruth Lopez Novodor

Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc.

Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc., a position that she has held since 1980. In this capacity, Ms. Lopez Novodor is responsible for the company’s business planning and execution of strategic goals locally and internationally. Ms. Lopez Novodor also served as CEO for Americade Home Health Agency (AHHA) for approximately 15 years prior to its sale. Americade was formed to fill a gap in service in the L.A. and surrounding communities as identified first by the needs of Dr. Thropay’s patients. With a staff of 50 skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, and occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists America provided much needed care to a broad base of multi-cultural patients confined to the home.

Ms. Lopez Novodor, along with her brother, John P. Thropay, M.D., co-founded VivaHealth Plan. Ms. Lopez Novodor served as CEO and developed the concept from its inception and early days of organizing in 1989 to licensure and operational status of the plan. This first-of-its-kind HMO to provide all-encompassing healthcare services in Spanish was specifically designed for the burgeoning Hispanic population in Southern California and served as a catalyst for the evolution of ethnic and culturally responsive models of healthcare delivery.

Ms. Lopez Novodor has served as a Delegate to the White House on Small Business; a two-term Chairman of the Board of the Latin Business Association (LBA); a four year member of Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Diversity Council and a board member for El Proyecto del Barrio, a health and human services organization. She currently serves as a board member of The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB California, a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, a Healthcare Executive Roundtable, and holds appointments from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti and the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles (WIB) and the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) respectively.

Ms. Lopez Novodor holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program for Managed Care at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City’s National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, and Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration.

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Ruth Lopez Novodor

Ruth Lopez Novodor

Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc.

Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BO...

Cece Alvarado

Internal Environment Institute

Cece is very passionate about her profession, she has personally experienced through her own health the benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy. Her MESS has become her MESSage. She is a very strong advocate that Our Health is OUR RESPONSIBILITY. And does her very best to daily apply it in her own life and shares it with everyone of her family, friends and clients. She loves to pay it forward!

Arcticle recently written on Cece and her daughter RaqC by the National American Heart Association.

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Cece Alvarado

Cece Alvarado

Internal Environment Institute

Cece is very passionate about her profession, she has personally experienced ...

Catrina Blair

Department of General Services

Catrina Blair is Customer Relations Liaison with the State of California Department of General Services Procurement Division, Small Business and DVBE Certification and Outreach Branch.  She also serves as one of the Department’s Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Advocate.

In this capacity Catrina works with her colleagues in the Outreach Branch to make certain that Small and DVBE businesses get access to their share of state awarded contracts.

Catrina received the 2011 State Agency Recognition Award for advocacy and support for providing exemplary service and excelling in promoting the Small Business/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program. This was the first presentation of this award that honors employees for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance California's Small Business programs and DVBE programs.

Catrina holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and her MBA with a concentration in Project Management.  She has been working for the State of California for 17 years.

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Catrina Blair

Catrina Blair

Department of General Services

Catrina Blair is Customer Relations Liaison with the State of California Depa...

Margita Thompson

California Resources Corporation

Margita Thompson has a distinguished background in national and international public policy, media relations and communications in the private and government arenas.

She is currently Vice President of Communications for California Resources Corporation (CRC). As the communications lead for the state’s largest combined oil and natural gas producer, Thompson leads a team charged with unprecedented community and media engagement establishing the upstream company as a trusted and safe operator and a strategic partner in helping relieve California’s energy deficit. Previously Thompson was Vice President, External Communications for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) leading PR teams spanning Disney Publishing, The Disney Stores and DCP Licensing, the world's largest licensor. Thompson led the PR team through the blockbuster success of “Frozen” and the ensuing consumer product frenzy. Before joining Disney, she was Vice President for Corporate Communications and Latino Programs Officer at Health Net, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Thompson led media relations, reputation management, and internal communications for the Fortune 250 company during a tumultuous time of change for the industry. She was also responsible for the company’s Latino Initiative, an enterprisewide effort to become the insurer of choice for the Latino community.

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Margita Thompson

Margita Thompson

California Resources Corporation

Margita Thompson has a distinguished background in national and international...

Tiffany Roberts

Western States Petroleum Association

Tiffany Roberts serves as Director of Fuels and Climate Change Policy for Western States Petroleum Association. Ms. Roberts is responsible for working with association members to provide policy advice and to help craft a strategic approach to legislative and regulatory activities including key issues such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and climate policy regulations such as cap-and-trade.

An economist by training, Ms. Roberts has spent the past eight years advising California policy makers on energy and climate policy. She started her career in energy policy at the local government level conducting economic analysis of local energy and climate policies. She then transitioned to the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office – the non-partisan advisor to the California Legislature – where she served as the LAO’s Senior Energy and Climate Policy Analyst for five years. While at the LAO, she authored numerous reports on traditional and alternative energy policies as well as other high-profile issues such as California’s cap-and-trade program. She later served as a policy consultant to the Senate Republican Caucus where she advised Senators on environmental and climate policy issues.

Ms. Roberts has extensive experience testifying before the California Legislature. Her work has been widely cited and quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Bloomberg's Business Week, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Examiner and others. In 2010, she received an award for significantly influencing California's climate policy debate.

Ms. Roberts holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Southern MS and an M.A. in Economics from CA State University - Hayward.

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Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts

Western States Petroleum Association

Tiffany Roberts serves as Director of Fuels and Climate Change Policy for Wes...

Jeff Kightlinger

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager and chief executive officer for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Metropolitan Water District is the largest municipal water provider in the nation delivering an average of over 2 billion gallons of water a day to 19 million customers across Southern California. Metropolitan serves one out of every two Californians in the six counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Kightlinger was appointed general manager in February 2006. Prior to that, he served as the general counsel for the agency.

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Jeff Kightlinger

Jeff Kightlinger

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager and chief executive officer for The Me...

Jose Perez

Hispanics in Energy

José L. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) in 2003, with Michael R. Peevey, who is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The CUDC set new benchmarks and led to new achievements in diversity by California-regulated companies. In 2008, José co-founded another first council of its kind, the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), and served as its president for three years creating national awareness and synergistic efforts toward reaching diversity goals.

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Jose Perez

Jose Perez

Hispanics in Energy

José L. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Util...

Armando Ehrenzweig

Get in Motion! LLC
armando@gogetinmotion.com

Armando Ehrenzweig es el Fundador / CEO de Get in Motion!, una compañía dedicada a crear eventos que ayudan tanto a individuos como a pequeños negocios y emprendedores a iniciar, mantener y expandir sus negocios. Podemos decir que le gusta apoyar a todas esas personas a llevar acabo sus metas para que hagan realidad sus sueños y de una vez obtengan el estilo de vida que siempre han deseado. Trae a ustedes talleres y seminarios de capacitación y motivación para encontrar las herramientas que su negocio necesita. Armando Ehrenzweig se graduó de la universidad en la carrera de Diseño Industrial, con una especialidad en Sistemas Informáticos. Una de sus últimas certificaciones fue en Life Coach para negocios. Ha sido diseñador en empresas constructoras y despachos de publicidad e impresión. Además de estar a cargo de su empresa de eventos también tiene negocios en el internet para hospedar y diseñar sitios web. Actualmente es consultor de eventos y negocios para Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, donde se ofrece consultoría gratuita a dueños de negocios.

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Armando Ehrenzweig

Get in Motion! LLC

Armando Ehrenzweig es el Fundador / CEO de Get in Motion!, una compañía ded...

Donna J. Davis

U.S. Small Business Administration

Donna Davis was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 to serve as the U.S. SBA Regional Administrator for Region 9, which encompasses Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada. As the senior executive for the most diverse and productive region, Ms. Davis oversees the capital, contracting, and counseling services and leads a team of 130+ employees who work diligently to help small businesses and entrepreneurs start, grow, innovate and export.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Davis was the CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), championing the needs and issues of entrepreneurs and small business owners on the federal and state levels. Under her visionary and dynamic leadership, ASBA grew substantially to be the largest trade association in the state of Arizona with over 11,000 business members.

A successful serial entrepreneur, Ms. Davis was the Founder, President and CEO of a global event management corporation and an international speakers’ bureau. Notable events included the location production for the movie Jerry Maguire, Super Bowl XXX Halftime show and conferences for HP and IBM. Notable speakers include Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Collins and Lisa Ling.

Prior to this, Ms. Davis spent twelve years as an influential senior executive in the high tech microcomputer industry and early in her career worked as a Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.

Ms. Davis has served on the boards of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce-AZ, National Small Business Association, National Association of Women Business Owners, East Valley Community Bank, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and Women Impacting Public Policy.

For her professional success and dedication to the community, Davis has received numerous local and national awards including the 2015 CA Regional Hispanic Chamber Mujere del Ano; 2011 Arizona Society of Association Executives Executive of the Year; 2010 World of Difference Award from The International Alliance of Women; 2006 Arizona Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Community Service award, 2005 NAWBO National Member of the Year, 2005 Microsoft National Entrepreneurial Star Award, and the 2004 ATHENA Leadership Award-Phoenix.

She graduated with high honors from Northern Arizona University and completed a Harvard Business School Executive Program.

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Donna J. Davis

Donna J. Davis

U.S. Small Business Administration

Donna Davis was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 to serve as the U...

Nicole Herrera

Google

Nicole Herrera is a Diversity Outreach Program Manager at Google focused on the US Hispanic market. She works with small and medium minority owned businesses across the United States to increase their access and education of technology. She previously worked in sales and partner management in Latin America with Google starting in 2011. Nicole studied International Relations and Economics at Wellesley College. She is originally from San Francisco, but loves to travel.

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Nicole Herrera

Nicole Herrera

Google

Nicole Herrera is a Diversity Outreach Program Manager at Google focused on t...

LALA CASTRO

#LatinaGeeks

Lala is an entrepreneur and social media influencer with over 10 years of expertise in Digital Marketing in both U.S. & Latin America. LaLa is extremely active in her community, working with and supporting a number of local organizations. Lala was featured in Latina Style Inc. Magazine, as one of the Visionary Entrepreneurs and in Latina Magazine as one of their Inspiring Latinas for launching #LatinaGeeks. She also appeared in "Tu Vida Tech", a tech news segments on Univision 34 and "A Primera Hora". Lala was also recognized by Digital LA – Silicon Beach Fest: Top 50 Digital Women list of 2015 in community leaders who have made outstanding contributions to LA’s startup tech ecosystem and community.

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LALA CASTRO

#LatinaGeeks

Lala is an entrepreneur and social media influencer with over 10 years of exp...

Hon. Adoralida "Dora" Padilla

San Jose Workers' Compensation Appeals Board

Dora Padilla is a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the San Jose Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. She was appointed in September 2001. Prior to being appointed, she was the managing partner at the Padilla Law Firm.

Dora attended W.C. Overfelt High School, graduating in 1981. She received a degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 1986 and her Juris Doctorate from Lincoln Law School in 1994. Dora has been on the faculty of Lincoln Law School since 2002.

Dora is a past Executive Committee member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of California. She just completed a two-year run as President of the Conference of California Workers’ Compensation Judges.

Dora is the author of “Guardian Angel” a short story describing a travel adventure in Turkey, published by McGraw-Hill in 2004, in a compilation entitled Open My Eyes, Open My Soul. She has also had articles published in the State Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Quarterly and is a frequent speaker at Workers’ Compensation seminars throughout California.

On September 21, 2012, Dora was honored by the Hispanic Development Corporation as a recipient of their “Portraits of Success” Award.

A native of San Jose, Judge Padilla resides with her husband John and their son Jonathan.

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Hon. Adoralida "Dora" Padilla

San Jose Workers' Compensation Appeals Board

Dora Padilla is a Workers’ Compensation Judge at the San Jose Workers’ Co...

Israel Serna

ConstantContact

As a Regional Development Director for Constant Contact, Israel Serna is responsible for a team of Authorized Local Experts who provide valuable training and skills to small business in the California, Arizona and Nevada. He manages all partner programs which consist of SCORE, SBDCs and various regional Chambers of Commerce. Israel’s experience in both the public and private sectors includes marketing projects targeting the Specialty Coffee Industry, Small Business Sector, Latino and other underserved communities. He has organized various international conferences and developed strong relationships with local and international community leaders.

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Israel Serna

Israel Serna

ConstantContact

As a Regional Development Director for Constant Contact, Israel Serna is resp...

Kenneth Salas

Camino Financial

Kenneth Salas is the COO and Co-Founder of Camino Financial, an online lender offering small businesses loans up to $500,000. He is passionate about helping small businesses succeed. Early in his life he witnessed firsthand the struggles experienced by small business owners and is fully committed to help them succeed. Prior to co-founding Camino Financial, Kenneth worked at a Palladium Equity Partners, a private equity firm, where he invested in middle-sized businesses and had direct responsibility over five portfolio companies. He served on the Board of Directors of Wise Foods and ANC Sports, and worked closely with his portfolio companies to formulate their strategic plans. Before Palladium, Kenneth worked as a financial analyst at Barclays Capital specializing in commercial bank mergers and acquisitions. He received a MBA from Harvard Business School and received a BA in International Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Kenneth Salas

Kenneth Salas

Camino Financial

Kenneth Salas is the COO and Co-Founder of Camino Financial, an online lender...

Fanny Miller

El Latino Newspaper

Fanny Miller is the CEO & President of El Latino Newspaper in San Diego, the number 1 Hispanic Newspaper in San Diego and the largest Spanish-language newspaper owned by a Latina in California. Ms. Miller founded El Latino in 1988 to serve the news and information needs of the San Diego Hispanic Community with more than 806,0000 monthly readers. In 2011 she created an unforgettable event for Latinas, a day to be informed and empowered at Celebrando, the largest Latina Conference in Spanish nationwide. Recently, in 2015, Ms. Miller received the NFL – Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and the Hispanic Heritage Award in the Business category by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, she was also recognized, in the past, by San Diego Ad Club with the Hispanic Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award. Fanny has three sons: Ruben 18, Gabriel 16 and Diego 12, and three daughters: Fatima 5, Esther 6 and Kassandra 9. In 2012 Celebrando was inspired on the three girl’s mother who died at the age of 30, from pancreatic cancer leaving her 3 angels to Fanny.

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Fanny Miller

Fanny Miller

El Latino Newspaper

Fanny Miller is the CEO & President of El Latino Newspaper in San Diego, ...

Hazel Ortega

Ortega Counseling Center

“After working 17 years as a workers’ compensation legal secretary, I became an injured worker. The desk I was using was set up for someone much smaller than me and over the years I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome along with problems with my neck. The doctors told me I could no longer do same job. After the initial shock and fear, I chose to continue my education in the field of psychology. Today, I am an Educational Psychologist specializing in vocational training for injured workers.. A Job I LOVE!”

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Hazel Ortega

Hazel Ortega

Ortega Counseling Center

“After working 17 years as a workers’ compensation legal secretary, I bec...

Ileana Winterhalter

AT&T

Ms. Winterhalter’s primary responsibilities include building strategic partnerships with statewide organizations that serve women and diverse communities, people with disabilities and seniors in California. She leads the CA Community Impact Council at AT&T which brings together all 12 employee volunteer groups which serve in communities across California. She is an active member of the community and serves on several boards and advisory committees.

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Ileana Winterhalter

Ileana Winterhalter

AT&T

Ms. Winterhalter’s primary responsibilities include building strategic part...

Sarai Garrett

Athena Global Marketing Group

Sarai Garrett, ‘The Marketing Millennial’ is the CFO of Athena Research Group, a full service marketing firm that provides businesses with the ability to reconfigure their current products offerings for a fresh audience. In this role she oversees ROI for internal initiatives and external accounts. A strong negotiator, Sarai procured a multi-billion dollar industry contract for Athena, and has developed an addition to her company’s model that helps entrepreneurs attain growth assistance tools at little or no cost.

Her marketing research background combined with first-hand experiences as a millennial has provided Sarai the platform to be an ambassador and embodiment of turning what society has perceived as the “Entitled Generation” into the “Can Do Generation”. Sarai seeks to both serve as a global voice for her peers as well as a resource for their empowerment. She produces The Rogue Entrepreneur, a YouTube show that serves as a platform for entrepreneurs to share their successes, struggles, philosophies, lessons, and advice to others who wish to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. She has also provided a bridge between generations of professionals in her book, The Millennials Guide to Networking Etiquette. In addition to creating video and literary content, Sarai uses her expertise and in-house studies to facilitate marketing, advertising, and training solutions for private and public sectors: business owners, brand managers, ad agencies, educational institutions, employers, managers, and anyone else who is trying to understand the new generation coming into power.

Sarai’s entrepreneurial journey, like many of her peers, comes with trial, error, and many experiments that have shaped her into the savvy entrepreneur she is today. As a builder of relationships for people who are passionate about entrepreneurship and small business, she is the main organizer for 1 Million Cups, a nonprofit organization fueled by the Kauffman Foundation that is designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Sarai also cultivates communication and leadership skills as President of the A-Team chapter of the Toastmaster.

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Sarai Garrett

Sarai Garrett

Athena Global Marketing Group

Sarai Garrett, ‘The Marketing Millennial’ is the CFO of Athena Research G...

Rosie Zepeda

Compelling Conversations

Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda is an International Speaker and CEO of Compelling Conversations, a communication/leadership training and diversity marketing consulting company (www.compellingconversations.com). She is also the Founder of Latina Success Network (LSN), the premier member based organization for culturally relevant self and professional development for Latinas (www.latinasuccessnetwork.com). The second cohort of the LSN Communication Academy starts November 2016. In May 2016 Rosie was awarded a Woman of Influence Award by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. This award is only given to 100 women in Silicon Valley each year.
Rosie consults corporations, organizations and professional leaders find success by learning to strategically alter their language in order to effectively deliver the right message to their target audiences, thereby increasing their business leadership success. IBM, Oracle, Intel, Comerica Bank, Safeway, Cisco, PG&E, San Jose State University, LCSV are some of organizations she has worked with.
Some of the topics Rosie has spoken or trained on: “Creating & Managing the Brand of YOU,” “The Art of Negotiation,” “Building A Strategic Social Media Brand,” “Positioning Yourself with Stakeholders,” “Successful Business Communication,” “Conscious Leadership,” “Message, Brand & Marketing.”

Rosie has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences, including:
SXSW on Latinas in Tech, Intel Guadalajara Women In Tech, IEEE International Leadership Conference,
Latina Style Business Series, Latina Leadership Network Summit, Women In Engineering Conference at SJSU, Latina Leadership Network of California, State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce’s Latinas In Tech.
She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she received a BA in Theater Arts/Spanish Literature and Communication. She was a Reader’s Digest Fellow at Herbert Lehman College for her Master’s in Education and a Teach for America/AmeriCorps Alumni. For 11 years she worked as a Business
Development Strategist for two top Fortune 100 tech companies in NYC and the San Francisco.

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Rosie Zepeda

Rosie Zepeda

Compelling Conversations

Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda is an International Speaker and CEO of Compelli...

Jules Martinez Hirst

Etiquette Consulting, Inc.

Jules Hirst is a sought-after business & social etiquette expert, co-author of The Power of Civility and founder of Etiquette Consulting, Inc.
Dedicated to empowering individuals and groups with confidence and essential social grace, she conducts lectures, workshops, seminars and webinars for business professionals, college students, the youth and brides to be.

She works with large corporations such as Northrop Grumman, County of Los Angeles Libraries, Sun America, Ernst & Young and the Girl Scouts of America and numerous schools and universities including UCLA, USC, Cal State Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara & Mount St. Mary’s.

Jules has recently partnered with Honor Courage Commitment, Inc to give Dining and Networking etiquette to the participants of the 22Fellows Program where sixteen veterans will learn and apply principles on how to be successful and thrive in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and community development. Their goal is to create job creators and not job seekers. She has volunteered with L.A.’s Prom Closet’s A Dress To Remember event conducting dining etiquette workshops for underprivileged junior and senior high school students, who are attending the prom for the first time.

Regarded as a foremost authority in business etiquette, Jules has been interviewed by and quoted in a variety of media outlets including NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, Yahoo!, Bravo T.V, MTV, Good Morning America, KCBS the San Diego Tribune, The Smart Show, KNX 1070, Marketplace PR and Tech Goes Strong.

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Jules Martinez Hirst

Jules Martinez Hirst

Etiquette Consulting, Inc.

Jules Hirst is a sought-after business & social etiquette expert, co-auth...

Jeff Mcguire

Department of General Services

Jeff McGuire was appointed Chief Deputy Director of the Department of General Services on December 28, 2015. Previously, Mr. McGuire was the Deputy Director at the Board of Equalization responsible for administration of California’s Sales and Use Tax Program. Mr. McGuire has over 32 years of public service primarily in the area of tax policy and tax program administration. Mr. McGuire holds a bachelor’s degree in professional accounting from California State University, Long Beach. He completed the Leadership for Government Executives program at California State University, Sacramento and holds a certification in Organizational Change Management

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Jeff Mcguire

Jeff Mcguire

Department of General Services

Jeff McGuire was appointed Chief Deputy Director of the Department of General...

Adriana Martinez

AT&T

Adriana Martinez is Director of External Affairs – Statewide Relations at AT&T, where she oversees and develops strategic partnerships and initiatives throughout California. Prior to joining AT&T in 2011, Adriana ran her own consulting practice focused on government and public affairs for various clients, including Capri Capital Partners, Forest City Development, and the County of Los Angeles Community Development Commission, among others.

Adriana’s professional career over the past 23 years spans the small business, non-profit, corporate and government sectors, primarily in strategic planning & management, government, community & public affairs, and business development. Prior to launching her consulting practice in 2007, Adriana served as Associate Director of Economic Development and LA Business Team Director for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa; Field Director and Economic Development Deputy for Councilmember Villaraigosa; and, Policy Director and Economic Development Manager for Mayor James K. Hahn. In these leadership positions, Adriana managed day-to-day oversight of city departments including, but not limited to Planning, Building & Safety, Public Works and Housing.

Adriana earned an MBA from the Anderson School/UCLA (2002) and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University (1993). She is also a graduate of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs/San Francisco (1994). Adriana is from Boyle Heights and graduated Valedictorian from Roosevelt High School, 1989. Adriana and her husband, Luis Ayala, live in Alhambra with their two young children, Citlali, 11, and Diego, 9. She has received numerous awards for her civic work, including Mujeres Destacadas (La Opinion), 2009; Alumna of the Year, UCLA Latino Alumni Association, 2009; and the YMCA Community Leadership Awayd, 2015. Adriana has served on various Boards, including HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality), the Stanford Latino Alumni Association and the Variety Boys & Girls Club, among others.

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Adriana Martinez

Adriana Martinez

AT&T

Adriana Martinez is Director of External Affairs – Statewide Relations at A...

SETH SHERWOOD

Lanzamiento de Líderes

Seth Sherwood is Founder and CEO of Lanzamiento de Líderes LLC, "Launching Leaders" and Sherwood Keynotes. The mission of these bilingual professional leadership development organizations is to ignite the enthusiasm of individuals and teams to help them achieve their vision and goals. The necessary tools and systems are provided to help improve teamwork, productivity and increase the bottom line.

Seth has delivered energizing and empowering keynote speeches, seminars and various programs for Dale Carnegie in the U.S. and overseas. He has motivated and inspired audiences in Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala and Honduras.

He is the author of, "Trains Make U-turns, 5 Simple Steps to Get Your Life on Track"

Seth transitioned from a 16 year career as a public schoolteacher to a business performance consultant with Dale Carnegie in 2005. His expertise is in public speaking and motivating audiences to conquer their fear and achieve greater joy and super success!

He spends his free time with his family and is passionate about golf, guitar, soccer, traveling adventures and the New England Patriots. He climbed Volcán Acatenango in Guatemala last year.

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SETH SHERWOOD

SETH SHERWOOD

Lanzamiento de Líderes

Seth Sherwood is Founder and CEO of Lanzamiento de Líderes LLC, "Launching L...

Joan Kerr

PG&E

Joan Namahana Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Chain Responsibility (Supplier Diversity, Sustainability and Ethics). Under her leadership, in 2013 PG&E doubled its annual spend with diverse business enterprises to over $2 billion, exceeding 40% of total procurement. In 2015 PG&E reached $2.5 billion in spend with diverse businesses.

Joan also led PG&E to become the first utility to include LGBT firms in its supplier diversity program. She currently serves on NGLCC’s Procurement Council and Corporate Member Council. During her tenure, PG&E has garnered many supplier diversity recognitions, including those given by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Since 2012, PG&E’s Supplier Diversity program has received top recognition from specialized publications like Black Enterprise Magazine, Hispanic Business, Vetreprenuer Magazine, DiversityBusiness.com and a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index issued by the Human Rights Campaign.

PG&E has been recognized as an industry leader in supply chain sustainability as well, receiving the inaugural Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015. Prior to joining PG&E Joan served as Executive Director of AT&T’s Supplier Diversity Program where she led the creation of a best-in-class program. Joan has received multiple prestigious awards for her innovative work in Supplier Diversity, including the first ever NMSDC Trailblazer Award and in 2015 the MBDA Director’s Award. In 2013, Joan was inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame for her tireless work advocating on behalf of women business owners. Currently, she is on the board of directors of the National Utilities Diversity Council, the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council, the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council, the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Supply Management’s Supplier Diversity Group. She also co-founded WEConnect International and now serves as its Treasurer.

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Joan Kerr

Joan Kerr

PG&E

Joan Namahana Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Chain Responsibility ...

Victoria Hassid

California Department of Industrial Relations

Victoria Hassid, Deputy Director of Legislation and Policy at the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), joined the department in 2012 as special counsel to the director and was appointed to her current post on June 3, 2015. From 2011 to 2012, Hassid worked with the Office of the Governor of California as deputy appointments secretary. While attending law school Hassid interned at several agencies and organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Yolo County Counsel’s Office, and the Planning Conservation League. Hassid earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. She was a research assistant at the University of California, Davis School of Law from 2008 to 2010. Prior to law school, Hassid worked at Education First from 2003 to 2007. Victoria grew up in California and has Mexican and Egyptian Jewish roots.

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Victoria Hassid

Victoria Hassid

California Department of Industrial Relations

Victoria Hassid, Deputy Director of Legislation and Policy at the California ...

Asm. Jose Medina

California State Assembly (D - 61)

Assemblymember Jose Medina begins his second term in the Assembly with an appointment by Speaker Toni G. Atkins to chair the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. For the 2013-2014 legislative session, Mr. Medina chaired the Assembly Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy Committee, preserving California’s businesses.

Medina was first elected to the California State Assembly in 2012, he represents California's 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Mead Valley.

During his first term in the Assembly, Medina led the effort to ensure the University of California, Riverside Medical School received $15 million of full and continuous funding through the state budget, to train students for crucial jobs in the health-care industry. In turn, those jobs will strengthen the region’s economy, as well as improve health care accessibility in the Inland Empire. Additionally, Medina passed legislation which assisted small businesses, helped protect seniors, and improved goods movement throughout the state.

Medina brings to the legislature a lifetime of experience in education from his many years as a teacher with the Riverside Unified School District, also serving as a member of the Riverside City Teachers Association, and a representative to the state council of the California Teachers Association (CTA).

Medina's eagerness to assist students beyond the classroom motivated him to pursue public office. He served as school board member on the Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education and completed three successful terms on the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees.

During his tenure as a Trustee, he chaired the Teaching and Learning Committee and supported establishing independent colleges in Riverside, Moreno Valley and Norco. Medina recognizes the critical role higher education plays in supporting jobs and opening up the doors for opportunity. He graduated from UC Riverside with a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies, and a master's degree in History.

Assemblymember Medina has two adult children, Jennifer and Matthew and two grandchildren, Elsa and Liam. He currently resides in Riverside with his wife, Linda.

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Asm. Jose Medina

Asm. Jose Medina

California State Assembly (D - 61)

Assemblymember Jose Medina begins his second term in the Assembly with an app...

Asm. Eduardo Garcia

California State Assembly (D - 56)

Eduardo Garcia proudly represents California's 56th Assembly District, which includes cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Elected in 2014 Garcia was appointed to chair the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy where he is still serving. As chair, Garcia is responsible for leading the Assembly's review of policies and legislation related to small business development, international trade, and other state and local economic development related issues. In March of 2015 Garcia was appointed to chair the Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea. As Chair of the select committee, Garcia will examine the opportunities and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of environmental restoration plans of the Salton Sea area.
Garcia also serves on the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Transportation, Government Organization, Utilities and Commerce, and Water, Parks and Wildlife.
In 2016, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) had a combined total of 16 bills and resolutions signed by Governor Brown. This was a historic moment for the 56th Assembly District as he became the first freshman legislator to accomplish this. As a priority are not only measures that would bring environmental and economic relief to the areas of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys, such as the Salton Sea and New River, but also workforce training and financial assistance to small businesses in the district.
A graduate of local public schools, Garcia attended Coachella Valley High School and the University of California, Riverside. He also completed the "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" Public Administration program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and earned a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Garcia was first elected to the Coachella City Council in November 2004. In 2006, at the age of 29, he became Coachella's first elected Mayor. Under his leadership, the City of Coachella transformed into an emerging economic and cultural center of the Coachella Valley.
He is a proud father, husband and life-long resident of the Coachella Valley.

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Asm. Eduardo Garcia

Asm. Eduardo Garcia

California State Assembly (D - 56)

Eduardo Garcia proudly represents California's 56th Assembly District, which ...

Mayor William 'Rusty' Bailey

City of Riverside

It doesn’t get much better than being the Mayor of your hometown. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to proudly serve in this role since 2012. I am happy to share with you a little bit about my family and my experience.

My wife Judy and I are blessed to raise our two daughters in this exceptional city. We love the strong sense of community, the rich culture, and the diverse educational options. I hope that my daughters will continue my family’s 100 plus years of tradition, and raise my grandchildren in Riverside.

My K-12 education in Riverside prepared me well for higher education and my diverse career. Upon graduating from Poly High School, I attended West Point, where I earned a degree in Political Science. I then served as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army, a Platoon leader, and a Company Executive Officer. My active duty service provides me with unique insight into the challenges faced by our veterans and their families. I believe that supporting our military families must be one of our top priorities.
Upon leaving the military, I started the process of pursuing my lifelong dream of having a meaningful career in public service. During my career, I worked for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Executive Office of the President, and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. I returned to school to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy from UCLA and a teaching credential from CSU San Bernardino.

My early career provided me with a broad experience that I draw from to better serve as your Mayor. One of my most meaningful life experiences was teaching your children, our future leaders, at Poly High School. Teaching inspired me to run for elected office. As I reflected upon the future of Riverside, I wanted to ensure that the City was providing safe neighborhoods, quality jobs, and a quality of life where future generations would be proud to raise their children.
In 2007, I was elected to serve as the City Council representative for Ward 3. In 2012, I was elected Mayor. I am grateful for the City’s vote of confidence; I never take the responsibilities of this office lightly.

As you can imagine, the work of the Mayor’s office is dynamic. Staying connected to the community needs requires strong leadership, strong collaboration, and a focus on both short and long term planning. I am proud of the current state of our city, we have accomplished much and we are well positioned for future success.

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Mayor William 'Rusty' Bailey

Mayor William 'Rusty' Bailey

City of Riverside

It doesn’t get much better than being the Mayor of your hometown. Thank you...

Sen. Connie M. Leyva

California State Senate (D - 20)

Elected to represent the 20th State Senate District on November 4, 2014, Senator Connie M. Leyva is serving her first term in the California State Senate. The district includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona, Rialto and San Bernardino.

As our State Senator, Senator Leyva is committed to improving California’s schools, environment and communities, as well as creating quality jobs throughout the 20th State Senate District and California. She firmly believes that California families benefit most when we invest in and help strengthen small businesses and other job drivers that create good paying jobs in our local communities.

A lifelong activist standing up for working people and families, Senator Leyva started working at her local Alpha Beta market as a senior in high school. She served as both Union Representative and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428, helping grocery workers gain a stronger voice for fair wages and benefits. Following in that tradition of community service and action to improve the lives of others, she was elected in 2004 as the first woman President of the California Labor Federation, representing more than 2.1 million workers throughout the state.

Senator Leyva serves as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate, as well as on the following committees:

· Education
· Energy, Utilities and Communications
· Joint Legislative Audit
· Rules
· Transportation and Housing

She also currently serves on the Senate Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation, Manufactured Home Communities, Ports & Goods Movement and Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity.

Raised in Chino, Senator Leyva has lived in the Inland Empire since she was a small child. She attended local schools and graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders.

Senator Leyva and her husband Al live in Chino and are the proud parents of recent college graduate twins, Allie and Jessie.

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Sen. Connie M. Leyva

Sen. Connie M. Leyva

California State Senate (D - 20)

Elected to represent the 20th State Senate District on November 4, 2014, Sena...

Asm. Cheryl R. Brown

California State Assembly (D - 47)

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown was elected to the California State Legislature on November 6, 2012 to represent California's 47th Assembly District. The 47th Assembly District is located in the heart of San Bernardino County and includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Prior to election to the legislature, Assemblymember Brown served on the San Bernardino County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. Her achievements include authoring the first mining ordinance in San Bernardino County and directed Auto Club Speedway through the environmental review process. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Planning Commissioners Association.

As an active community member, Brown has worked with such groups as the Inland Empire Urban League, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Kiwanis, Arrowhead United Way, YWCA, San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council and her church, the San Bernardino St. Paul A.M.E. where she serves as a trustee. Prior to being elected she served as the president of the San Bernardino County NAACP. Assemblymember Brown also spearheads local events including: Take a Cop to Lunch, Bill Pickett Rodeo, and the Underground Railroad Field Study Program.

In addition to decades of public service, Assemblymember Brown has been a small business owner for over thirty years. In 1980, she and her husband, Hardy Brown Sr., founded Brown Publishing Company to circulate a community newspaper called the Black Voice News. The newspaper is published weekly and focuses on local news in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Browns were recognized as the only living publishers to be included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of America.

Assemblymember Brown's experience as a journalist includes serving as a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and appearing as a guest on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams Show and Channel 11 Fox News.

Their successes led them to create California Black Media (CBM) in 2001. CBM is a network of 22 African-American newspapers and media enterprises across the state of California. The organization has served as a statewide initiative to better inform, educate, and advocate for the African American community, as well as help promote minority-owned news organizations.

In and out of elected office, Assemblymember Brown has always been a champion of family owned small businesses. The pride and community benefits of owning a small business was instilled in by her father, Marvin a veteran of WWII, who started a tax preparation business in Southern California over sixty years ago. Today that business is run by her older brother. Following her father’s lead, the Black Voice is now owned by the Brown’s daughter, Dr. Paulette Brown-Hines.

Assemblymember Brown and her husband, Hardy Sr. have been married for 52 years and raised four children in San Bernardino. Lynn, Paulette, Hardy Jr., and Regina have blessed their parents with nine grandchildren.

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Asm. Cheryl R. Brown

Asm. Cheryl R. Brown

California State Assembly (D - 47)

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown was elected to the California State Legislatur...

Asm. Marc Steinorth

California State Assembly (R - 40)

Marc Steinorth was elected to the California State Legislature in 2014 to represent the 40th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, and Redlands. Marc is Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development, and serves on the Health Committee and the Governmental Organization Committee.

Prior to his service in the Assembly, Marc served on the City Council for the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Marc believes as a public servant it is his job to faithfully carry out prudent financial decisions that reflect good stewardship of public monies on behalf of the taxpayers and residents. He recognizes that government must live within its means and that it has a responsibility to justify each tax dollar it spends. Doing so ensures that the necessary and valuable services and functions of government will be readily available for Californians now and in the future.

These guiding leadership and management principles are drawn from Marc’s extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur and businessman. In 1998, Marc founded Atlas Buying Group, Inc. which continues today providing professional advertising services to local businesses and corporations nationwide, helping them grow and create jobs.

Marc was raised in a military family, as his father served as an Officer in the United States Air Force for two decades; he and his family moved around the globe in commitment to the needs of our Nation. After attending elementary and middle school in San Bernardino while his father was stationed at Norton Air Force Base, Marc graduated from Ramstein American High School in West Germany, and was admitted to the University of Maryland at Munich before returning to Southern California, where he completed his studies and graduated with honors from the University of California, Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Marc and his wife Maria have two children, Madison and Mason.

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Asm. Marc Steinorth

Asm. Marc Steinorth

California State Assembly (R - 40)

Marc Steinorth was elected to the California State Legislature in 2014 to rep...

Adán Ortega

Co-Managing Director of WELL

Adán Ortega, Jr. is president of OSG (Ortega Strategies Group) which is a practice specializing in government, media, and public affairs statewide in California. He is also Co-Managing Director of WELL, Water Education for Latino Leaders. Adan is Chairman of the board of Mujeres De La Tierra, and a member of the board of directors of Sustainable Conservation. He is a former board member of the California Water Commission and the State Board of Food and Agriculture. He served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 1999-2005; California Chief Deputy Secretary of State from 1997-1999; and Assistant General Manager of West and Central Basin Municipal Water Districts 1994-1997. He is a graduate of Whittier College and works and lives in Fullerton, California.

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Adán Ortega

Adán Ortega

Co-Managing Director of WELL

Adán Ortega, Jr. is president of OSG (Ortega Strategies Group) which is a pr...

Celeste Cantú

Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Celeste Cantú is general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and a Board Member of Water Education for Latino Leaders. She has been working on an Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called One Water One Watershed which seeks to address all water-related issues and join hundreds of stakeholders to create a new vision of resiliency for the Santa Ana River Watershed. She previously served as the executive director for the California State Water Resources Control Board and as the USDA rural development state director for California. She was born and raised in Calexico, where she served as planning director and later as executive director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority. Ms. Cantú holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in urban planning and policy from Yale.

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Celeste Cantú

Celeste Cantú

Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority

Celeste Cantú is general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authori...

William Funderburk

LADWP

Since 2013 William Funderburk has served as the Vice President of the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and he has been managing partner in the Los Angeles office of a California business litigation and counseling firm, Castellon & Funderburk LLP, which he co founded in 1999. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Funderburk is known for being a visionary when it comes to everything from sustainability to renewables to clean tech to water quality. Mr. Funderburk has been a key force in handling the water crisis in Los Angeles, California playing a lead negotiating role in the historic multiagency settlement of the Owens Lake PM-10 dust control dispute. He also played a key role as LADWP liaison in finalizing agreements to expand the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and most recently successfully envisioned the first ever equity metric to measure LADWP’s performance to its diverse customer base. Mr. Funderburk received his B.A. degree from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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William Funderburk

William Funderburk

LADWP

Since 2013 William Funderburk has served as the Vice President of the Board o...

Ronald Gastelum

Water Conservation Partners Inc.

Ronald R. Gastelum is currently a member of the board of directors of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), and is CEO of Water Conservation Partners Inc. Mr. Gastelum’s early legal career focused on environmental, municipal, and corporate law, with a particular emphasis on water, waste management, and energy. He served as General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 1999-2004. After retirement he became Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and managed recruitment of its new Chief Executive Officer. He continues as Chairman of the LA Chamber’s Natural Resources Committee. Mr. Gastelum is a graduate of Whittier College and UCLA Law School

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Ronald Gastelum

Ronald Gastelum

Water Conservation Partners Inc.

Ronald R. Gastelum is currently a member of the board of directors of Water E...

CLAUDIA JIMENEZ

WELLS FARGO

Claudia Lares-Jimenez is a Private Banker for the California region of Wells Fargo
Private Bank. As part of The Private Bank, Ms. Jimenez works with clients to understand
their needs and then coordinates a team of specialists to provide clients with access to
wealth management services, including banking, credit, investment management and
trust and estate services through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as well as brokerage services
through Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Private Bank, Ms. Jimenez worked throughout the Retail
Branch System of Wells Fargo Bank as a Teller, Service Specialist, Personal Banker,
Banking Center Manager & Assistant Branch Manager for 7 years. She has been in the
financial services industry and with Wells Fargo since 1990.
Ms. Jimenez earned her CTFA designation from The Institute of Certified Bankers in
2008.

Claudia is a native of the Coachella Valley and currently resides in La Quinta, California
with her husband, Albert.
Wells

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CLAUDIA JIMENEZ

CLAUDIA JIMENEZ

WELLS FARGO

Claudia Lares-Jimenez is a Private Banker for the California region of Wells ...

Kevin E. Kelley

Imperial Irrigation District

Kevin Kelley is a native of Brawley, California and a lifelong resident of the Imperial Valley. A 1984 graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in communications arts and sciences, Kelley’s background in media consulting, marketing communications and public affairs is wide-ranging and extensive.
He is the former editor and publisher of Valley Grower magazine, an agricultural trade publication that was acquired by the Imperial Valley Press in 2003. As a freelance writer, his work has appeared in most major metropolitan newspapers in the West. From 2005-2006, he served as editorial page editor of the Imperial Valley Press.
Recruited to the Imperial Irrigation District in June 2006 to lead IID’s public affairs and communications efforts, Kelley was named general manager in May 2011.

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Kevin E. Kelley

Kevin E. Kelley

Imperial Irrigation District

Kevin Kelley is a native of Brawley, California and a lifelong resident of t...

DAVID PALUMBO

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

David Palumbo joined the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 2005 and is the Deputy Commissioner for Operations. He oversees Reclamation's five regions, the Native American and International Affairs Office, and Technical Resources, which includes the Technical Service Center, Hydropower Office, Science Advisor, and Dam Safety Officer/Design, Estimating, Construction.
Prior to joining Reclamation, Palumbo worked in the private sector for Kerr-McGee Corporation for ten years. Four of those years were with a Hydro-Quebec joint venture managing engineering and operations projects.
He has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University; a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Notre Dame. He is a licensed civil engineer in California and a certified project manager.
Palumbo is also a recipient of the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award (2011); Meritorious Service Award (2014); and was named Reclamation’s Engineer of the Year (2008).

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DAVID PALUMBO

DAVID PALUMBO

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

David Palumbo joined the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 2005 and is the Deputy...

PAUL SMITH

U.S. Small Business Administration

Paul Smith is an accomplished professional with twenty-five years experience in business development. His career encompasses both the private and public sectors. His experience includes sales management, direct marketing, export promotion, and matchmaking, for markets worldwide. As Business Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration Mr. Smith is responsible for outreach to the business community for the Santa Ana District office. His expertise focuses on International Relations, High Tech industries & Native American outreach. Formerly as the Business Development Specialist for the Minority Business Development Agency, Mr. Smith was responsible for the selection, monitoring and advising of grant projects. As the Manager / Senior Trade Specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center in Manhattan, New York, and the Executive Secretary of the District Export Council, he managed a staff of International Trade Specialists and industry professionals focused on the promotion of both products and services

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PAUL SMITH

PAUL SMITH

U.S. Small Business Administration

Paul Smith is an accomplished professional with twenty-five years experience ...

FRED LATUPERISSA

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

Mr. Latuperissa currently serves as the International Trade Administration, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service - Director of the United States Department of Commerce in Ontario, California, the agency that promotes international trade for expansion and economic growth. He serves as a founding member - executive secretary for the California Inland Empire District Export Council, an Inland regional advisory group of business leaders that are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, he held the position as Head of Corporate Export-Import Operations for Hughes Aircraft Electronics, General Motors.

His temporary assignments overseas includes acting Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, acting Commercial Attaché for Belgium and Luxembourg, acting deputy Principal Commercial Officer, Toronto, Canada, advance team member for the Secretary of Commerce, during the 1994 Presidential Trade Mission to China and the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Jakarta, Indonesia. His previous assignments in finance were with the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.

He’s U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran, a member of the White House Initiative for Asian Americans- Pacific Islanders, U.S. Civilian Response Corps, Reconstruction & Stabilization, Boys Scout of America, and Rotary International. He’s fluent in Dutch, Flemish, South African, Malaysian and Indonesian, and holds a Master’s in International Business Administration.

Mr. Latuperissa received the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration Memorial Award for supporting underserved group and the Bronze Medal for foreign direct investment from the Secretary of Commerce, and the 2016 Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce - Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Award for his contribution in international trade to the business community.

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FRED LATUPERISSA

FRED LATUPERISSA

U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration

Mr. Latuperissa currently serves as the International Trade Administration, U...

SANDRA DONZELLA

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Sandra is the Deputy Managing Director for the West Region of the U.S., and is also responsible for managing the Bank’s business development and outreach efforts in the counties of Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, as well as in Montana and Wyoming.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Ex-Im Bank's mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets.

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SANDRA DONZELLA

SANDRA DONZELLA

Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Sandra is the Deputy Managing Director for the West Region of the U.S., and i...

MICHAEL A OCASIO

Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County

Michael is President & CEO of Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County. An economic developer for more than sixteen years and former senior commercial banking executive, Mike also serves as president of The Association of Financial Development Corporations the state-wide industry trade association which represents the FDC organizations. Mike’s civic involvement includes service as Board Chairman of Family Services Association, the largest non-profit social services agency in the Inland Empire and Vice Chairman of its subsidiary, Aspire Community Housing Development Organization. Mr. Ocasio is also chapter president of Inland Empire Risk Management Association and director of the statewide, California Small Business Association (CSBA) and past Commissioner with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Commission on Recruitment, Retention and Diversity. A graduate of the University of Illinois-Carbondale, Mike has achieved certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council.

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MICHAEL A OCASIO

MICHAEL A OCASIO

Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County

Michael is President & CEO of Small Business Development Corporation of O...

Jeff Williamson

Centers for International Trade Development & Director, California State Trade and Export Promotion

Jeffrey A. Williamson has 20 years global marketing experience in the public and private sectors, having conducted business in more than 50 countries (China, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East) in consumer electronics, consumer package goods, defense and medical products. In the private sector he sold U.S. branded consumer products to leading mass merchants around the world. He currently provides the strategic leadership for the Centers for International Trade Development (www.citd.org), and the California State Trade and Export Promotion Program, which led over 400 California businesses in 40 overseas trade missions/exhibitions in the past three years, helping small exporters capture over $150 million in new business. In 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Williamson to help lead international trade efforts for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the predecessor to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBIZ).

Mr. Williamson also is a part-time Professor of Global Marketing at California State University, Fullerton, Mihaylo School of Business, where he teaches global marketing.

He has appeared in over 100 news publications worldwide, and several live TV and Radio interviews on CNBC Asia, Nightly Business Report, Channel News Asia, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and others.

Mr. Williamson has been a panel expert for the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, metropolitan export program; worked with UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business on the first study of the impact of Services Exports trade for California (2006); and received the President’s “E-Award” for export service excellence (2013). He is a member of the California Inland Empire District Export Council, and the Los Angeles Regional Export Council. Mr. Williamson received a B.A. Economics from Arizona State University and an MBA from California State University, Fullerton.

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Jeff Williamson

Jeff Williamson

Centers for International Trade Development & Director, California State Trade and Export Promotion

Jeffrey A. Williamson has 20 years global marketing experience in the public ...

Brian Peck

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Brian Peck serves as deputy director in charge of international affairs and business development for the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). GO-Biz is the lead state entity for economic strategy and marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, economic growth and international trade and investment.

Appointed in August 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Brian is responsible for promoting California as a destination for international investment as well as California exports of goods and services in the global marketplace.

Prior to joining GO-Biz, Brian was an international trade and intellectual property attorney, advising multi-national clients on international trade, regulatory and compliance matters, international government and policy affairs, global IP asset management and trade-related IP matters. He is an adjunct professor for international trade policy and also international intellectual property at USC Gould School of Law.

Brian served as Senior Director for Intellectual Property at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2003-2005, and Director of Japanese Affairs at USTR from 2001-2003. He was the lead negotiator for the IP chapters in several Free Trade Agreements, including the U.S.-Colombia, U.S.-Peru and U.S.-Panama FTAs. Brian led bilateral talks with several Asian countries under the WTO negotiations to liberalize international markets for services and investment; and led the U.S. delegation at the WTO TRIPS Council meetings.

Brian received his law degree, cum laude, from the University Of San Diego School of Law; and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Brian Peck

Brian Peck

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Brian Peck serves as deputy director in charge of international affairs and b...

Danielle M. Wheeler, DPA

March Joint Powers Authority

Dr. Danielle Wheeler was recently appointed as the Executive Director for the March Joint Powers Authority. In her previous role as Assistant Director, she spear headed economic development efforts to achieve the organization’s mission of “Bringing Good Jobs to Riverside County.” With natural  relationship management and communication skills, Danielle assisted in negotiating a $3.3B Disposition and Development Agreement for a 160-acre medical campus. She currently oversees all aspects of the day to day operations of the March Joint Powers Authority.

Danielle is experienced with Foreign Trade Zones, grant funding application preparation, management, and report administration. She is currently managing annual budgets totaling $7.6M for various entities, including March Joint Powers Authority, the Successor Agency, Green Acres Enterprise Fund, March Inland Port Airport Authority, and March Joint Powers Utility Authority.

Danielle’s outstanding ability to negotiate contracts, manage multi-million dollar budgets, and lead large grant projects makes her an asset to the organization. Her capacity to collaborate with the Transportation Security Administration on crafting the March Inland Port Airport Security Plan is one example of her success in directing major projects.

Danielle is originally from Northern Virginia and has lived in California for the past 16 years. Prior to the March JPA, Danielle worked in the telecommunications industry and served five years in the United States Marine Corps.

Danielle holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, Master of Arts in Management and Doctor of Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Her dissertation topic was “Back in BRAC: A Predictive Model of Military Base Realignments.”

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Danielle M. Wheeler, DPA

Danielle M. Wheeler, DPA

March Joint Powers Authority

Dr. Danielle Wheeler was recently appointed as the Executive Director for the...

Angel Sanchez, Jr.

Phenix Technology, Inc.

COO and Director of Global Operations of Phenix Technology, Inc. He was a 2014 US SBA Exporter of the Year Finalist and the 2015 MCIE Innovation in Marketing Award Winner. He serves as an industry champion for the State Workforce Investment Board’s Slingshot Initiative and is a frequent contributor for regional and statewide business development initiatives. He is also the founder and chairman of JVAAF, a 23-year-old local non-profit that supports opportunity development for thousands in Jurupa Valley and the region.

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Angel Sanchez, Jr.

Angel Sanchez, Jr.

Phenix Technology, Inc.

COO and Director of Global Operations of Phenix Technology, Inc. He was a 201...

David Damian Figueroa

Frontier Communications

Figueroa is the AVP of Government & External Affairs for Frontier Communications.

He is the former Vice President of Strategic Development and Communications for MALDEF where he was charged in developing strategic partnerships with donors and in developing the organization’s public profile.

Prior to full-time service in the non-profit sector, Figueroa worked in entertainment industry public relations where he utilized relationships garnered through that work to connect entertainment and media partners to MALDEF.

Experienced in the development and implementation of strategic communications plans on policy issues relating to education, voting rights, immigration, resource equity and employment to maximize news coverage and increase visibility of the organization. Issue areas include legislative and regulatory matters, as well as, policy and procedures in education budgets and immigration legislation.

UCLA established "The David Damian Figueroa Papers" and cited Figueroa as influential in shaping Latina and Latino popular arts through his work in film, television, music production, and publicity. He has specialized in the Latino market, entertainment marketing campaigns, and has negotiated celebrity endorsements and appearances for former clients. He also specializes in connecting celebrities to non-profit organizations. Figueroa has further cultivated a relationship with the Latino population and other diverse populations, community leaders, non-profits, and corporations. Using his experience with these different groups, he helped launch AARP's Segunda Juventud bilingual magazine as special editor and secured celebrities and influencers for features and covers.

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David Damian Figueroa

David Damian Figueroa

Frontier Communications

Figueroa is the AVP of Government & External Affairs for Frontier Communi...

Clemente González

Aetna

Clemente joined Aetna in December 2007 as the Regional Director of Community Relations and Urban Marketing. Clemente builds relationships with non-profits and for-profit organizations in the marketplace that aide Aetna in achieving its national, regional and local strategic goals and aligns these relationships with Aetna’s initiatives in order to establish marketplace leadership.

Prior to this, Clemente worked at Blue Cross of California in the Emerging Markets Department as a Business Development Director. Clemente also spent 6 months as a Business Development Consultant at Evercare under Secure Horizons in Southern California acquiring experience in the Medicare (Senior) Market.

Before the health insurance industry, Clemente spent several years as an Advertising Sales Manager at El Clasificado LLC in Los Angeles and The James G. Elliott Co., an advertising sales rep firm, focusing his efforts on National and Regional account management. He also spent three years as the Promotions Manager at Casanova Pendrill Advertising, a top-notch, national Hispanic advertising agency in Los Angeles with a noted client roster. Clemente worked on the Home Depot, DirecTV and Coors Light accounts, among others; and worked on pitching new business.

Prior to joining Casanova Pendrill, Clemente spent three and a half years as the Promotions Executive at La Opinión, the Spanish-language Newspaper in Los Angeles. He managed and coordinated event marketing with cooperative advertisers and participation at trade shows, conventions, fairs and other events. Clemente also managed and implemented promotional programs for Display Advertising and Editorial departments to increase sales and/or obtain sales leads.

Clemente began his marketing career as the Promotions Representative for Adidas America in the Soccer Department for the West Region, which included eleven states. Clemente serviced and managed promotional accounts which included elite college programs, state youth associations and the U.S. National Team prior to and during World Cup 1994.

Clemente is a graduate from CSU Dominguez Hills in California, with a double Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Management, while he was a member of the Dominguez Hills Men's Soccer Team. Clemente still finds time to dedicate to the community by serving as Head Soccer Coach at Inglewood High School since 1987.

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Clemente González

Clemente González

Aetna

Clemente joined Aetna in December 2007 as the Regional Director of Community ...

Mayra Vega

FSB

Mayra Vega, Special Projects Manager and Latino Outreach Specialist

Mayra is an Account Executive with FSB, creating strategic outreach plans for both the general population and Latino communities in order to build long-lasting relationships between clients and their publics.

Experience:

Two years with FSB
Four years’ public relations/public affairs experience
Coordinating and executing events, maintaining media books, regional media outreach, drafting press releases, and generating earned media
One year with Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art- PR and Latino Outreach Intern
One years with Blogger of Health/ Turning Leaves Foundation- PR and Social Media Coordinator
Community Involvement:

Vice President/Mentorship Program Co-Chair, OC Public Relations Society of America Young Professionals Committee 2015, member of daughter organization since 2011
Member, Hispanic Public Relations Association- Los Angeles, 2015
Member, Latina Business Women Association- Los Angeles, 2014-present
Member, Inland Empire Coyote PR, 2014- present
Education:

Bachelor of Arts, Communications/Public Relations, CSUSB

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Mayra Vega

Mayra Vega

FSB

Mayra Vega, Special Projects Manager and Latino Outreach Specialist

Ma...

Edwin Carde

SACLead Foundation
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Edwin Carde

Edwin Carde

SACLead Foundation

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Jessica Smith

BBVA Compass

I am a Business Banking Officer who's helped many business owners in the West Coast reach their financial goals. During my 15 years in business banking, I have provided many clients with a customized solution for their company, by listening to their individual needs. It is important to have a dedicated specialist who understands your unique business needs and can recommend products and services to help you save time managing your finances. So you can focus on running your business. Contact me today so we can begin a conversation about your company's aspirations and identify how BBVA Compass can help you meet your strategic goals.

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Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

BBVA Compass

I am a Business Banking Officer who's helped many business owners in the West...

Rachel Baranick

Small Business Administration

Rachel Baranick is the Deputy District Director of the Santa Ana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration with service responsibility for the counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino in Southern California. In fiscal year 2010, the Santa Ana District Office approved 1,341 loans generating $606 million in financial assistance to small businesses. In addition, the Santa Ana District Office awarded 140 8(a) contracts for a total of $119 million.

As Deputy District Director, Ms. Baranick is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to approximately 6 million people in the tri-county area, which covers over 28,000 square miles. Small businesses in the geographic area comprise in excess of 600,000, representing 16% of the total California business population. Ms. Baranick is also responsible for the management and oversight of SBA Resource Partners including three Women’s Business Centers, three SCORE chapters and a Regional Lead Center with a network of three Small Business Development Centers and three satellite locations. The district office and its resource partners provided counseling and training assistance to approximately 25,000 clients in fiscal year 2010.

Rachel joined the SBA in 1988 as a Business Development Specialist for the Inland Empire. She moved to the loan servicing department in 1992 as a Loan Specialist and became Chief of Liquidation in 1995. She has served as the Deputy District Director since 1997 for the Santa Ana District and most recently as the Acting District Director for the New York City District Office.

Prior to coming to SBA, Rachel worked for the Internal Revenue Service in a professional position where she also coached trainees. She has worked in both the private and public sectors.

Rachel grew up in the Los Angeles area, where her father owned a small business. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and has subsequently completed graduate courses at California State University, Fullerton.

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Rachel Baranick

Rachel Baranick

Small Business Administration

Rachel Baranick is the Deputy District Director of the Santa Ana District Off...

Juan Carlos Hernandez

ACCION San Diego

Mr. Hernandez joined ACCION San Diego in September of 2014 and is responsible for lending staff supervision and training, program development, underwriting, loan portfolio quality and management, loss mitigation and recovery; and participates in the development of bank and community partner relations. Hernandez received a B.A. in Sociology, with an emphasis in Work Force Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. He is originally from Mexico City; moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1977 and then to San Diego in July of 2012. Hernandez has over 25 years of experience in banking, including consumer and business lending. Prior employment includes working with US Bank in San Diego California. In Chicago, he worked for Metropolitan Bank Group, La Salle Bank & Trust and The First National Bank of Chicago. Mr. Hernandez also worked as a business analyst for the Small Business Development Center (SBCD) in Chicago. He has been featured in various newspaper articles in Chicago and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Hernandez current serves on the Board of Directors for San Diego Youth Services and is beginning his term as President/Chairman of the Board for The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Juan Carlos Hernandez

Juan Carlos Hernandez

ACCION San Diego

Mr. Hernandez joined ACCION San Diego in September of 2014 and is responsible...

Robert Zapata

Opportunity Fund
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Robert Zapata

Robert Zapata

Opportunity Fund

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Carla Ulloa

CDC Small Business Finance

Carla Ulloa is part of the CDC Small Business Finance Community Development team. At CDC Carla assist business owners in determining the best options for their technical assistance and financial needs. Through a variety of different sources, Carla helps small business in California acquire finance between $10,000 up to $250,000 or other SBA financing sources.

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Carla Ulloa

Carla Ulloa

CDC Small Business Finance

Carla Ulloa is part of the CDC Small Business Finance Community Development t...

Evelin Martinez

Wells Fargo & Company

Evelin Martinez is area president for the Inland Empire region of Wells Fargo’s community bank, overseeing 900 team members and banking operations at 49 retail banking stores in the communities of Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Indio, Rialto, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley.

Martinez assumed her current role in 2014 and began her banking career with Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in San Francisco. Since then, she has held numerous retail banking positions, including personal banker, assistant manager, store manager, sales development consultant and district manager. She also has extensive wealth management experience and holds Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.

Martinez graduated from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management.

Martinez is actively involved with nonprofit organizations and community events and has served as co-chair for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality’s annual Latina History Day Conference. She currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with her family.

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Evelin Martinez

Evelin Martinez

Wells Fargo & Company

Evelin Martinez is area president for the Inland Empire region of Wells Fargo...

Dennis King

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

Dennis King was a member and volunteer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce before he joined the staff in 1998. Among other staff duties, King managed BRIDGE Business and Technology Expo, MarketPlace, three wedding fairs, and co-founded the Chamber's ambassador program and the business leads groups. Since becoming the chamber’s executive director in 2003, King has successfully managed more than ten performance contracts with the City of San Jose.

For the past five years, King has managed Silicon Valley’s largest small business gatherings and expos, comprised of the active members of nearly every ethnic and city chamber of commerce and business association in the valley and beyond.
Dennis King has worked in sales, marketing and communications for a number of startup companies in Silicon Valley. He has been a business consultant on behalf of the City of San Jose in aiding small and startup firms develop marketing plans, address various management issues, and seek appropriate financing. King was a general contractor and president of an energy conservation services company for more than six years.

King is a former publisher of a local regional magazine, a former marketing director and high tech editor of another local magazine, and contributing writer to other publications.

Long active in local affairs, King had served as the Chair, International Committee of the San Jose Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for four years where he Co-Chaired Silicon Valley's NAFTA committee, organized and/or presided over the GATT committee, Festiv’All, Pacific Rim Dinner, and a variety of seminars, workshops and conferences. King hosted incoming delegations from more than twenty-five nations and sent trade missions abroad.

King has served as President, Pacific Neighbors, Inc. (Sister Cites San Jose) for more than ten years. He is a member of the Advisory Committee, International House, San Jose State University, Advisory Committee of the San Jose Jobs Corps, the Industry Advisory Committee of the Center for Education and Training (CET). He is a member of many other associations, including founding board member of San Jose’s BusinessOwnerSpace.

King has been an officer of several marketing, advertising and professional associations over the years, including past president of the Peninsula Marketing Association and the Peninsula Advertising Club. He had been active in U.S. politics on local, state and national levels. He is a former administrative aide to then Santa Clara County Supervisor Dan McCorquodale.
Dennis King was educated at San Jose State University and Foothill College where he was student body president at both campuses.

Currently, Dennis King is the state parliamentarian and board member of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

Dennis is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley, the chair of the Chambers of Commerce Coalition of Santa Clara County, board member of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of numerous other association boards and advisory committees.

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Dennis King

Dennis King

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

Dennis King was a member and volunteer of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce be...

Amanda Renteria

Hillary for America

Amanda serves as the National Political Director for the Hillary for America campaign.

Amanda Renteria was born and raised in Woodlake, California, a small town located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. She is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant farmworker who worked his way up, eventually building a family as well as a small business here in the Central Valley.

Amanda is the mother of two young boys, a former high school teacher, and the first Latina in history to serve as Chief of Staff in the United States Senate. She is a pro-growth Democrat with private sector work experience, a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School, and a proven track record spearheading effective economic and agriculture policy.

Most importantly, Amanda is a dedicated and effective public servant who is sincerely motivated to help others. Her desire to serve the community and make a positive impact has guided every major decision she has made. She believes the Central Valley deserves a strong voice in Congress who has the right values and can work effectively to solve problems, address challenges, and get things done.

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Amanda Renteria

Amanda Renteria

Hillary for America

Amanda serves as the National Political Director for the Hillary for America ...

Cynthia M. Ruiz

Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System

Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership expert. Receiving over 50 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to Los Angeles. She currently serves as a LA City Commissioner overseeing the multibillion-dollar pension portfolio for City employees.

She has received the prestigious Hollywood Chamber “Women of Distinction Award, the HOPE “Ray of Hope” award and the Weingart, “Women Building LA Award. Twice the California Apparel News has listed her on their renowned List of Influential People and LA Weekly showcased her in their people addition.

Cynthia has over twenty years of experience teaching and public speaking. She is the author of two books , “Cherokee Wisdom- 12 Lessons for Becoming a Powerful Leader” and “Finding Sane Relationships in a Crazy World”. She appeared in Discover the Gift (movie/book) with such notables, as is Holiness the Dala Lama, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Jack Canfield and many more.

Her career has placed her in many leadership roles including President of the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles where she had oversight of 5,000 employees and a billion dollar per year budget. She has worked as an Executive at the number one container Port in the US and has successfully run her own business.

Coming from blended cultures (Latina and Native American), she enjoys a passion for life and an appreciation of the gifts of Mother Nature.

Cynthia knows the importance of giving back and always strives to stay humble. As a Latina she has a passion for women empowerment. Her Cherokee values have inspired her to teach others the lessons she has learned through her books and workshops.

She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the diversity of a metropolitan city.

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Cynthia M. Ruiz

Cynthia M. Ruiz

Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System

Cynthia M. Ruiz is an Author, Professor, Inspirational Speaker and Leadership...

Consul Salomon Rosas

Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino

On March of this year, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed several new Head Consuls to the U.S. including the Inland Empire, so as of May 2nd, Salomón Rosas Ramírez, is the new Head Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino, serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Salomón Rosas is career politician with 35 years of public service, since his graduation from Law School at Universidad Iberoamericana, he has served in multiple appointed and elected offices on the local, state and federal level.

His prior position was in the corporate management office of PEMEX, Mexico’s Oil company, where he was senior advisor for the energetic reform process, which resulted in the break up of its energy monopolies, opening the possibility of foreign and private investment.

He led the anti-poverty program Solidaridad in Mexico City, a program designed to channel all actions of the federal government to improve the quality of life of the population in vulnerable conditions, specifically targeting under privileged families in regards to health, education, nutrition and social infrastructure.

He served as chief of staff to the undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, and later on was appointed deputy delegate of government and legal affairs for the towns of Coyoacan and Milpa Alta in Mexico City.

Elected Congressman in the LXI Legislature (2009-2012), he served as coordinator of the state of San Luis Potosi’s caucus, chair of the Food Scarcity Commission, and member of the Finance Commission.

In the State level, he served as Advisor to the Governor of San Luis Potosi, Head of the Strategy and Planning Office of the Governor of Tamaulipas, Liaison in Mexico City of the state of San Luis Potosi and Chief of staff to the Representative of the Government of Puebla in Mexico City.

During Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign, he was in charge of political alliances and liaison with labor unions and higher education institutions.

Salomon Rosas is married with Rossana Salazar and has 4 sons.

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Consul Salomon Rosas

Consul Salomon Rosas

Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino

On March of this year, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto appointed sev...

Aubrey Bettencourt

California Water Alliance

Born and raised on the family farm in Hanford, California, Aubrey Bettencourt is a third-generation California farmer, water policy and food security expert, who since 2010 has served as the Executive Director of the California Water Alliance (CalWA), a leading educational voice and authority on water issues throughout the Golden State.

Founded in 2009, CalWA is a non-profit, non-partisan 501c4 that advocates for the water needs of California families, cities, businesses, farmers and the environment.

Under her leadership, Bettencourt has elevated the stature and visibility of CalWA among lawmakers on Capitol Hill and in Sacramento; the national press corps; nationally renowned think tanks and myriad stakeholder groups. She directs and oversees all of the Alliance’s activities, including grassroots outreach, state and federal lobbying efforts, communications, fundraising and cultivation of strategic alliances.

Her effectiveness has largely resulted from her diverse professional background working in Washington, D.C. and in California agriculture. In addition to her role with CalWA, Bettencourt is an independent policy consultant and political strategist serving clients state and nationwide.

Prior to taking the helm at CalWA, she served as a research analyst at the Center for Security Policy in Washington DC where she specialized in anti-terrorism and international money laundering issues.

She is a member of the national leadership honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa; serves on the Board of Directors for the American Food Security Foundation and is a former executive officer of the Kings County Farm Bureau; is a Rotary Group Study Exchange Alum studying water management in Australia; volunteers for her hometown’s Children’s Storybook Garden & Museum as well as the local Valley Children's Hospital Guild and also donates her time as a coach, tutor and disabilities counselor at area schools; occasional co-host on various programs with News Talk 580KMJ.

A graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Bettencourt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in Economics and Business.

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Aubrey Bettencourt

Aubrey Bettencourt

California Water Alliance

Born and raised on the family farm in Hanford, California, Aubrey Bettencourt...

Luis Alvarado

Luis Alvarado Public Affairs LLC.

For Luis Alvarado consulting as a Public Affairs, Political and Media Strategist is and continues to be a culmination of a full circle professional life and personal passion that launched when first appointed to represent the diverse City of Los Angeles, representing the 10th City Council District, and the Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in the Cities Youth Advisory Council and working with Reagan/Bush re-election campaigns in the 80’s.

Serving in the Army reserves, working nearly 20 years in the hospitality industry, leading up to representing fellow safety & security directors as President of the Southern CA Security Directors Association.

Transitioning to the Risk Control/Management leadership positions in the Liquor distribution, clothing manufacturing and high-risk construction. Protecting thousands of employees, billions in property assets and ensuring compliance to many governmental agencies. Eventually becoming an entrepreneur as an insurance agency owner with expertise as a Property/Casualty for commercial insurance, this lead to a seat in the Board of Directors to the Latin American Agents Association.

Then due to our nations unfortunate near depression and with his enlightening work as volunteer Regional Chair to the McCain for President campaign, Luis closed his agency and began working as political consultant with nationally recognized firm. This lead to Luis working as deputy press secretary for the California Republican Party, advisor to Meg Whitman for Governor campaign, advisor to Mike Villines for Insurance Commissioner, and several State Senate and Congressional races.

Luis has also worked on several public affairs campaign that aimed to moderate the sentiment of legislation, issues and organizations. With a higher degree of specialty when it comes to communicating with the Latino community on issues relevant to them. Our campaigns have been aimed to promote or dissuade public opinion utilizing traditional and new media technology.

Recently Luis has worked in consulting and constructing radio, TV and digital ads in Local, State, Federal Races and issue advocacy campaigns. Luis is also a co-founder of GROW Elect Political Action Committee that helps Latino Republicans get elected to municipal offices. Luis currently serves as president of Familias Unidas de California Political Action Committee and partner at Lanza Strategies.

As a Latino political expert and community Leader, Luis is frequently seen on CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Estrella and other national and Spanish-language media, as well as often quoted on Spanish and general market news media agencies as the Los Angeles Times, Politico, HuffPo, Buzzfeed and U.S. News and World Report to name a few.

A native of Los Angeles, he is the eldest of five children of immigrant parents. A product of the public education, he attended West Los Angeles College before transferring to California State University, Los Angeles to study political science. Luis has a lifelong commitment to help as he serves as a volunteer to many causes and community projects.

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Luis Alvarado

Luis Alvarado

Luis Alvarado Public Affairs LLC.

For Luis Alvarado consulting as a Public Affairs, Political and Media Strateg...

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman and U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez is proud to have represented California in the United States Congress for the past 19 years. Since her first election in 1996, when she defeated long-term incumbent “B-1 Bob” Dornan, she has been defying expectations and racking up electoral successes. Her district in Orange County includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove. She knows how to win tough elections.

Congresswoman Sanchez holds senior positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and serves as the Co-Chair of the Immigration Task Force. As the second highest-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Sanchez is a recognized leader on military and security issues. She currently serves as the ranking member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, where she works to prepare our Armed Forces for a new generation of security challenges. She is also a member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, making sure our nation is appropriately prepared for any missile or nuclear attacks. As the founder and Co-Chair of the Women in the Military Caucus,  ongresswoman Sanchez advocates for female service members to serve in combat roles and fights to stamp out sexual assault in the armed forces. She successfully passed a long-shot bill that updated the sexual assault provisions in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, as well as a bill to create a sexual assault database.

Congresswoman Sanchez has also served on the House Homeland Security Committee since its inception after the 9/11 attacks and is now the committee’s second ranking Democrat. She serves on the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, focusing on keeping our land and sea borders safe and secure, as well as the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure and Security Technologies. On the Homeland Security Committee, Congresswoman Sanchez addresses issues ranging from immigration
reform to human trafficking to oversight of surveillance programs.

Congresswoman Sanchez courageously voted against the Iraq War and the bailout for the big banks. These votes look better every day. In addition to her committee work, Congresswoman Sanchez is a strong voice for California in Congress.

She is often referred to as the People’s Representative, since she stays well-connected by travelling back to California nearly every weekend, visiting schools and businesses and meeting with residents. She is committed to facilitating job creation, rebuilding our crumbling educational and transportation infrastructures, reducing crime, supporting quality educational opportunities and increasing affordable health care for
everyone.

A product of public schools and Head Start, Sanchez is a graduate of Chapman  University and American University’s MBA program. Prior to serving in Congress,  Sanchez worked in the financial markets with firms including Booz Allen Hamilton and Fieldman Rolapp.

Loretta Sanchez was born in Lynwood, California and graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim in 1978. Her father was a unionized machinist and her mother worked as a secretary. Loretta joined the United Food and Commercial Workers when she worked as an ice cream server in high school, and received union scholarships to college and a Rotary scholarship to MBA school

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Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman and U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez is proud to have repr...

Sen. Mike Morrell

California State Senate

A small business owner for over 25 years, Senator Morrell understands the issues faced by residents and businesses in the Inland Empire. Senator Morrell’s view of government is simple: government exists to serve the public, not to be served by it. The right to private property, the gift of free enterprise, and government by consent are central tenets to our nation and its continued prosperity. Mike is committed to restoring fiscal responsibility and an approach to government that limits government’s power and ranks the citizen above the state.

In the State Assembly, Mike served as a member of five standing committees: Labor and Employment (Vice Chair); Budget; Banking and Finance; Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials; and Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy.

In the Senate, Mike currently serves on three standing committees: Public Employment and Retirement (Vice Chair); Energy, Utilities, and Communications (Vice Chair); and Banking and Financial Institutions.

Mike has consistently lent his time and talents to the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association and the Board of the Rancho Cucamonga YMCA and the Advisory Board for the Gary Anderson School of Business at UC Riverside. He was also a key member of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Legislative Committee for the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors. Mike was a co-founder of the Inland Empire Prayer Breakfast, contributed to Inland Empire leadership for the City of Hope, and acts on the Advisory Board to the Pacific Justice Institute. He is proud to support Hillsdale College through the Parents Board, as well as the Claremont Institute President’s Club.

Prior to his time in public office, Mike was an active member of the California Republican Assembly. He served on the Business Advisory Boards of former State Senator Bill Leonard and former Assemblyman Fred Aguiar, in addition to the Small Business Council of former Assemblyman Bill Emmerson.

Mike graduated from Damien High School in La Verne and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business at the University of La Verne.

Mike began his professional career in the title industry. After breaking company records twice, he began his own business in Upland, serving as president of both Provident Home Loans and Provident Real Estate. He incorporated his business in 1989.

Mike and his family are committed to preserving freedom for the next generation. They place a high priority on ensuring public awareness and understanding of the principles of limited, Constitutional government.

Mike and his wife Joanie have been married for over 38 years and have three adult children. Kristen is an alumna of the Claremont Graduate School; David is a Yale Law School graduate; and Matthew is a graduate of Hillsdale College.

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Sen. Mike Morrell

Sen. Mike Morrell

California State Senate

A small business owner for over 25 years, Senator Morrell understands the iss...

Joe L. Del Bosque

Del Bosque Farms, Inc.

Joe L Del Bosque is a farmer from Firebaugh, California. He has been involved in farming all his life on the irrigated Westside of the San Joaquin Valley where his family settled after years of migrant farm work. He graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1975, and began his own farm in 1985. Today his farm produces melons, both organic and conventional, almonds, asparagus, processing tomatoes, and cherries.

Del Bosque was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Water Commission in 2010, and he was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 to an additional four-year term. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Valley Community Foundation and the Agricultural Foundation of CSU Fresno. He is Past Chair of AgSafe, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing safe working conditions for workers in agriculture. He formerly served as a director of the Pacheco Water District and the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Authority. Del Bosque is a member of the California Latino Water Coalition, Western Growers Association, California Melon Research Board, and California Farm Bureau.

In 2015, Del Bosque was recognized with the Agriculturalist of the Year Award by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce.

Del Bosque is an advocate for California agriculture, and has been featured in national and international news, including NPR, CBS, NBC, BBC, Univision, LA Times, and many others. In February of 2014, President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown visited Del Bosque Farms to focus on, and better understand, California’s drought.
Del Bosque is married to his partner, Maria Gloria, and together they have six daughters.

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Joe L. Del Bosque

Joe L. Del Bosque

Del Bosque Farms, Inc.

Joe L Del Bosque is a farmer from Firebaugh, California. He has been involved...

Mario Trujillo

os Angeles County District Attorney Office

Mario Trujillo is a native Californian, raised in a rural town in Jalisco, Mexico and then the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. He is a graduate of Lowell High School (Class of ’86), and UC Berkeley (’90) B.A.s in Sociology and Chicano Studies. After undergrad, he moved to Los Angeles to work as an elementary school teacher. He taught in South Los Angeles for six years, while attending Law School at night. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. He was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program. He was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney on August 1, 1996.

Mr. Trujillo is a dedicated public servant with over nineteen years of experience as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. He has tried over 115 jury trials, including 22 homicide cases, with an overall 92% conviction rate. His last trial assignment was with the Hardcore Gang Division, which prosecutes the most serious gang-related murders. He also served as a felony prosecutor in the Victim Impact Program, handling emotionally charged and sensitive cases involving the physical and sexual abuse of children as well as Domestic Violence Cases. He is currently assigned to the Early Disposition Program (EDP) at the South East Norwalk courthouse. Apart from his trial experience with the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Trujillo has also served as a Special Assistant in the administration of the office and in management as a Deputy in Charge of the Bellflower office with jurisdiction over 8 southeast cities.

Mr. Trujillo has a passion for community/civic involvement and service. He was President of the Los Angeles County Mexican American Bar Association (MABA) (2009), and President of the California La Raza Lawyers Association (2010). He rose to the rank of Lt. Governor with Kiwanis International, and has served on the boards of the Downey YMCA, MABA PAC, Latino Prosecutors Foundation, Community Lawyers, Inc. and the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the HONOR PAC.

Mr. Trujillo was an Associate Instructor of Law at Southwestern Law School, working with the Trial Advocacy Program from 2004-2007. He was recognized by the South East District Bar Association as the 2011 Attorney of the Year. Mr. Trujillo is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.

In his proudest role, Mr. Trujillo is the father of three children, with his eldest son currently attending UC Berkeley.

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Mario Trujillo

Mario Trujillo

os Angeles County District Attorney Office

Mario Trujillo is a native Californian, raised in a rural town in Jalisco, Me...

Gail Kodama

Charter Communications
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Gail Kodama

Gail Kodama

Charter Communications

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Vice Chair Diane Harkey

State Board of Equalization

Vice Chair Diane Harkey was elected in November 2014 to represent the State Board of Equalization's Fourth District. Harkey recently served three terms in the California State Assembly representing the 73rd District encompassing south Orange County. Harkey advocates for policies that support job creation in the private sector, improve California's state budget outlook, and reduce the burden of complying with government audits and various tax regulations.

Harkey graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and enjoyed a successful 30-year career in corporate finance and banking. Working in good and bad economic climates with individuals, small business owners, and leaders of publicly-traded companies helped form the pragmatic business perspective that she brings to the Board of Equalization.

Harkey won her election to the Board of Equalization with over 61% of the vote and is proud to represent 9.5 million constituents in the counties of Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial, and the southernmost portion of San Bernardino County.

District Facts:
Total Seller’s Permits issued for 4th District = 227,147
• Irvine = 88,917
• Riverside = 57,827
• San Diego = 80,403

District Outreach:
• Is responsible for holding first Spanish tax seminar for Spanish speaking business owners in Riverside, Orange, and Imperial Counties.
• Between 2015/2016 The 4th District team has conducted over 220 small business workshops and seminars in both Spanish and English.
• 78,772 State Wide Compliance and Outreach Program (Just the Irvine Program) education & outreach field visits between 2008 and 2016.
• 2,778 unpermitted businesses found and 2,577 seller’s permits issued.
• Holds the annual Connecting Women to Power event that draws in over 2,000 women business owners from all over Southern California.

Diane makes it a priority to partner with organizations such as: Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council, National Latina Business Women’s Association, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professional’s, and many other Latino business advocacy groups.

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Vice Chair Diane Harkey

Vice Chair Diane Harkey

State Board of Equalization

Vice Chair Diane Harkey was elected in November 2014 to represent the State B...

Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez joined the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center as a Business Consultant in April 2011. She provides counseling and training services to businesses throughout the Inland Empire.

Karla has worked a business consultant for over eight years. She consults business owners on their managerial and technical aspects of expanding their business, as well as the importance of sound financial management. Karla’s specialty is contracting and procurement as it relates to business certifications, such as DBE/MBE/WBE/SBE/DVBE/8(a)/WOSB, for the government, private, and public utilities. She has a successfully assisted over 300 businesses get certifications that were essential to their growth.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Management along with a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Redlands, School of Business. Karla also holds Associate’s Degrees in Business Administration and Real Estate, along with an “Implementing a System for High Quality Service” certificate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Karla is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez joined the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center as ...

Theresa Martinez

Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC). She has served in this capacity since November of 2013. She oversees fundraising, procurement, policy initiatives, advocacy work, corporate sponsor relationships, program infrastructure, managing staff, following the vision of the Board of Directors, as well as implementing final board decisions. Theresa serves on the OneWest Bank- a Division of CIT’s Community Advisory Board, on the Royal Business Bank’s Community Advisory Committee and the SCAQMD-Environmental Justice Community Partnership Advisory Council.

Prior to the chamber position she worked as an independent government/public/community relations and energy consultant to various clients. From 2012 to 2013 she served as an Energy Consultant to Ameresco, Inc. an Energy Services Company (ESCo) overseeing energy efficiency projects for all of California. From 2008 to 2009 she served as the Business Development Manager of the West Coast for Utilities Dynamics, Inc., one of the USA’s leading lighting management and energy solutions companies, having completed projects to a wide variety of clients: retail, banking, multifamily, hotels, financial, computer technology, grocery, government, K-12 schools, higher education and industrial. Theresa’s previous clients as a consultant include: Chevron Energy Solutions, E.P. Development, Vista Inc., Refugio Para Ninos, Parking Company of America, McCormick Construction Company, Chase Partners and Delaware North Companies.

She also worked for two years as the Health Care Director for the Orange County Rescue Mission and oversaw a mobile health clinic that served the homeless in Orange County living in motels and on the streets.

Furthermore, she served as Executive Assistant for the Orange County Board of Supervisors serving under the Honorable Cynthia P. Coad from January 1999 - September 2002 and the Honorable William G. Steiner from January 1997 - December 1998. She was responsible for handling all issues of the Health Care, Probation Department and the Social Services Agency in the unincorporated areas of the district.

She also handled all issues relating to the City of La Habra and the redevelopment of the unincorporated areas of that city. Under the direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors she was assigned to research public policy issues and to advise the Supervisor on public policy decisions on a weekly basis. She represented the Supervisor(s) on community boards, committees, and events as needed. Additionally, she got her start in the Third District with Supervisor Donald J. Saltarelli from June 1996-January 1997 where she conducted research and drafted correspondence and materials on behalf of the Supervisor and his staff.

She also worked in the capacity of Family Support Officer for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for seven years enforcing child support orders and locating absent parents.

Theresa is the founder of the National Latina Business Women Association and Past President of the National Board of Directors where she held that position for four years. She was solely responsible for starting seven chapters, six chapters in California; Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Inland Empire, Central California and a chapter in Atlanta, Georgia and for developing the "Emerging Latina’s Program,” a one of a kind business boot camp program as well as the “Latina Financial Program,” which are active programs to this day.

Additionally, Theresa served for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her position as CEO of the LALCC she served on the board for three years as well as Co-Chairing the “Green Committee.” She served on the Board of Directors of "Our Small World" (a foster family agency in Orange County) for nine years and as the Chair of the Latino Advisory Commission for Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen. Moreover, she has also served in the capacity as Advisory Board Member for the Small Business Development Center in Santa Ana, the Hispanic Advisory Board for the O.C. District Attorney's Office and for seven years as the President of the Hispanic Arts Council of Bower's Museum.

Theresa graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Emphasis in Law, in May 1997. She lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband Reuben Martinez, a Project Manager/Engineer for The Boeing Company and with her 12year old son Diego Ynzunza who attends Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena, California.

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Theresa Martinez

Theresa Martinez

Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamb...

Ramon Alvarez

Alvarez Lincoln Mercury Jaguar

Ramon Alvarez is the President and Owner of Alvarez Lincoln Mercury Jaguar of Riverside.

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Ramon Alvarez

Ramon Alvarez

Alvarez Lincoln Mercury Jaguar

Ramon Alvarez is the President and Owner of Alvarez Lincoln Mercury Jaguar of...

VANESSA FAGGIOLLY

Amerisal Foods LLC

Vanessa Faggiolly is the CFO of Amerisal Foods LLC. In 2007 Vanessa decided to join her mother and work in making Amerisal a successful company. Vanessa has been responsible for the company's innovation process, including identifying strategies, new technologies, and business opportunities, as well as developing new capabilities with partners, new business models, and new industry structures to serve those opportunities. Vanessa has become and expert on all aspects of retail operations (R & D, merchandising, sales, customer service, inventory, personnel and payroll management).

In 2007 Vanessa earned her Bachelors degree in Business with emphasis in Finance & Economy from Cal State LA. In 2014 she graduated from the 10,000 Goldman Sachs (Cohort 8. In 2015 she graduated from the Business Management Academy (NLBWA). In 2015 she graduated from the SBA Emerging Leaders program (2015). In 2016 she graduated from the Business Management Academy (NLBWA), she is currently attending USCs Leadership Academy.
Vanessa loves volunteering at a pet shelter in Van Nuys “Pet Orphans of So Cal” where she cares and helps orphan dogs find forever home. She enjoys mentoring and empowering young women to thrive and to be successful to pursue their dreams and to educate themselves.

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VANESSA FAGGIOLLY

VANESSA FAGGIOLLY

Amerisal Foods LLC

Vanessa Faggiolly is the CFO of Amerisal Foods LLC. In 2007 Vanessa decided t...

Treasurer John Chiang

California State Treasurer

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the State’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in transactions every year. One of his top priorities is to conduct the State’s business in the most transparent manner possible.

Video: Meet Your Treasurer

Chiang sells California’s bonds, invests the State’s money and manages its cash. In addition, he manages financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds – the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Chiang has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a website that offers the public easy access to three decades of data related to debt issued by State and local governments.

Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller, during which time he:

  • Took steps during the Great Recession to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions – which included delaying payments and issuing IOUs -- were cited as instrumental in keeping the State’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, which saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • Worked to ensure the fiscal solvency of the State’s pension plans, and was a leader in pension and corporate governance reform. He proposed a plan to address the unfunded liability of providing health and dental benefits for State retirees, and successfully sponsored legislation requiring all State pension systems to adopt disclosure policies regarding board members and placement agents. He also has sponsored bills to curb pension-spiking, require placement agents to register as lobbyists, and require CalPERS and CalSTRS board members to file more campaign contribution disclosure reports
  • Aggressively used his auditing authority to identify more than $9 billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in revenues, savings and cost avoidance.
  • Ensured that $3.1 billion in unclaimed property was returned to the rightful owners. He also led the effort to reform the State’s Unclaimed Property Program, which currently holds about $7.1 billion in bank accounts, utility deposits and other property that businesses have deemed abandoned by their owners.

Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.

The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Treasurer John Chiang

Treasurer John Chiang

California State Treasurer

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasur...

Dr. Yasmin Davidds, PSY.D, M.C.C.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE OF NEGOTIATION

Dr. Yasmin Davidds is an Organizational Psychologist, CEO of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation and author of the best-selling book “Your Own Terms: A Women’s Guide to Taking Charge of Any Negotiation.” As one of the top leading female negotiation experts in the U.S. and Latin America, Dr. Davidds has trained and consulted thousands of corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries in the art and skill of negotiation. Her clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to accountants, and from railroad officials to diplomatic trainees. Her practical experience includes a wide range of public and private sector efforts in Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, England, France, Spain, South Africa and the U.S. She has helped lead intervention and assistance programs to disputing parties and has advised corporate, non-profit and governmental teams on how to prepare for important negotiations.

As a leading negotiation public speaker, Dr. Davidds has presented to companies such as Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, Wal-Mart, Coca Cola, American Express, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft and Apple among many others.

As a women empowerment specialist, she has conducted hundreds of presentations to organizations in some of the nation’s most prestigious universities including Stanford, Harvard and the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Davidds’ commitment to the empowerment of women has brought her recognition and acclaims from the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly.
A graduate of USC with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Women Studies and her doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology. For more information about Dr. Yasmin Davidds’ work, please visit <a href="http://www.yasmindavidds.com/">www.yasmindavidds.com</a>.

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Dr. Yasmin Davidds, PSY.D, M.C.C.

Dr. Yasmin Davidds, PSY.D, M.C.C.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE OF NEGOTIATION

Dr. Yasmin Davidds is an Organizational Psychologist, CEO of the Women’s In...

SARA RUBALCAVA

White Memorial Medical Center

Proven ability to develop, manage and execute award-winning marketing, public relations and outreach campaigns. Workshop development and execution. Solid interpersonal and written communications skills.

Demonstrated experience interfacing and collaborating with clients, peers, project personnel, all levels of management and vendors to develop action plans, develop solutions, present results/recommendations and ensure stakeholder buy-in. Effective decision making, results delivery and team building.

Bilingual (English/Spanish).

Specialties: Project Management, Visionary, Campaign creation management and execution. Develop collaboration amongst various groups including industry, small-businesses and ethnic organizations. Developing, managing and implementing multiple projects concurrently and within budget.

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SARA RUBALCAVA

SARA RUBALCAVA

White Memorial Medical Center

Proven ability to develop, manage and execute award-winning marketing, public...

BRICIA PEREZ

MOLE AND MORE

Having been born and raised in Mitla, Oaxaca, rich in culinary tradition and indigenous food culture, Bricia comes from a long lineage of Oaxacan Mezcal craftsman. She grew up in her grandmothers kitchen where alongside her mother and sisters, lived the traditions of mole and true artisanal cooking. Her father founded Guelaguetza in 1994, a Oaxacan restaurant that has become a temple to Oaxacan food and tradition in Los Angeles and the US. She began working alongside her family in the restaurant business at a very young age. Bricia is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College, majoring in Business Administration. She is currently a partner at Guelaguetza and today, spearheads all operations alongside her three siblings.

Bricia has become a staunch proponent of Oaxacan culture and an integral figure in the gastronomic culture of Los Angeles. In past years “Bricia” cocktails began popping up in LA’s bar scene with a couple more in Chicago. The “Sweet Bricia” made Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jonathan Gold’s 2011 55 Essential Cocktails list. She has participated as a judge and a panelist in several food and spirits events discussing authenticity in Mexican cuisine and mezcal’s influence in mixology and in today’s spirits market. In 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti named her LA's official Mezcalera. Bricia was chosen one of LA Weekly's "Best of LA" in their annual People Issue. She is currently working with GOT MILK for the second year on a campaign targeting the Hispanic market, where she serves as a spokesperson mixing Oaxacan influenced ingredients with Milk. On October 2013, Zagat named her one of 16 Power Players in LA’s dining and drinking scene. In 2014 she was named one of LA's 30 under 30 by Zagat.

Bricia is a founding member of The Taste of Mexico Association and currently serves as the sitting president of the organization, producing their annual Taste Of Mexico Food Festival . Council President Herb Wesson awarded her a special recognition in October 2013 for her contributions and achievements within her community and inspiring other women as leaders. Most recently, Bricia was also invited to the White house to participate in a roudtable discussion with President Obama and eight other of the country’s business leaders on immigration and economic issues. She has also spoken of young immigrant issues in front of Mexicos president, Enrique Peña Nieto.

Referred to as a “Oaxacan Princess” by Jonathan Gold, Bricia has been quoted on her expertise by several publications, including Conde Nast Traveler and The New Yorker. Bricia’s and her family’s story has been featured on local television, numerous blogs and several publications including two cover story for Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Brand X, Sunset Magazine, a featured story on KPCC, GQ and Travel and Leisure. Most recently, Guelaguetza was chosen as the best top 10 Mexican restaurants in the country by Travel and Leisure. This coming May 4th, 2015, Bricia and her family will be awarded with the highly coveted ‘American Classics’ James Beard award for their restaurant's Guelaguetza local character and lasting appeal.

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BRICIA PEREZ

BRICIA PEREZ

MOLE AND MORE

Having been born and raised in Mitla, Oaxaca, rich in culinary tradition and ...

MARIA GARCIA

City of Long Beach

Appointed to public office in 2015, Maria de la Luz Garcia currently serves as the City Clerk for the City of Long Beach where she administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. She has been working in the field of elections both as a voter engagement advocate and as an elections administrator for the past 16 years. Prior to being City Clerk, Maria was a Senior Project Coordinator in the Office of the Los Angeles City Clerk. In that capacity, she supervised several election operations, co-chaired the Department’s Los Angeles Votes committee, which seeks to incorporate community voices in the electoral process, and created and launched the Department’s first voter outreach and education campaign known as, “L.A. City Votes!” in partnership with community organizations.

She was also the recipient of a 2008 Local Area Emmy Award for her work co-producing a public service announcement encouraging Angelenos to get out and vote. Prior to working for the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office Maria oversaw the NALEO Educational Fund’s Voces del Pueblo voter engagement program where she focused on mobilizing low propensity Latino voters. She has obtained leadership certificates from CORO Southern California and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Leadership Academy. Maria is a graduate of Vassar College where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology and is currently a Dean’s Merit Scholar at the USC Price School of Public Policy where she is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Administration. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Marcelo and two four-legged children, Inti and Xotchil.

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MARIA GARCIA

MARIA GARCIA

City of Long Beach

Appointed to public office in 2015, Maria de la Luz Garcia currently serves a...

Mindy Romero

California Civic Engagement Project

Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Romero is a political sociologist and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis. Her research focuses on political behavior and race/ethnicity, and seeks to explain patterns of political underrepresentation.

Romero has been invited to speak about civic engagement and political rights in numerous venues, testifying before the National Commission on Voting Rights and the California Legislature, among others. Her research has been cited in major news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and the Huffington Post. She has also been a frequent guest on KFBK, Capital Public Radio, and several other NPR-affiliated stations in California. She is a regular op-ed contributor to the Sacramento Bee.

Romero works with a wide array of policymakers, elected officials, voter education groups and community advocates to strengthen political participation and representation. To this end, she has served on a number of boards and commissions in the Sacramento region. She is currently a member of the Public Policy Institute Statewide Survey Advisory Committee, President of the Board of the non-profit organization, Mutual Housing California, and Vice-Chair of the Social Services Commission for the City of Davis.

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Mindy Romero

Mindy Romero

California Civic Engagement Project

Mindy Romero is the founder and director of the California Civic Engagement P...

VICTOR ABALOS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATINO POLICY CENTER

Victor is Executive Director and Founder of the Southern California Latino Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that provides policy support and professional development opportunities for local Latino elected officials in the LA region.

He is also founder of the JVA Group, a strategic communications and public affairs consulting agency where he helps public and private sector clients find better ways to connect with and influence their most important audiences.

Victor spent his entire professional life helping people tell their stories.
He spent more than twenty years as a print and broadcast journalist working in Central America in the late 80’s covering the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua then here in this country working as a producer for CBS News, ABC News, Fox News and the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. Prior to that he worked as a reporter and producer for news organizations in Los Angeles, Denver and Tucson, Arizona. His last news job was in 2000 when he served as News Director for KVEA-TV, Telemundo.

His clients at the JVA Group have included LAUSD, NALEO, California Forward, First 5 LA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, ACLU of CA, CA League of Women Voters, MAOF, GoJo Industries, Boston Scientific, Unite HERE Local 11, Symantec Corp., several California school districts and a host of state and local elected officials.
He is currently a Fellow at the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute for Politics.

Victor was born and raised on la frontera – the borderlands between Mexico and the U.S. and now makes his home in that other border town, Los Angeles.

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VICTOR ABALOS

VICTOR ABALOS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LATINO POLICY CENTER

Victor is Executive Director and Founder of the Southern California Latino Po...

TAYDE ABURTO

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF E-COMMERCE

Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Michoacán, San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico in 2000. Tayde is a graduate of Tec de Monterrey's Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) where he received his Master's in Marketing. Tayde has over 15 years of extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors. Tayde is committed to empowering Family-owned businesses through education, technology and the use of the Internet as a business tool to help build more prosperous communities.

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TAYDE ABURTO

TAYDE ABURTO

HISPANIC CHAMBER OF E-COMMERCE

Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Michoacán, San Nicolas...

ALMA MCMASTER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Alma McMaster is a Supplier Diversity & Development Program Manager for Southern California Edison and is responsible for Latino Business outreach programs. Before coming to Edison in 2009, Alma spent 18 years in the automotive industry, serving 15 of those years as a Purchasing Manager for two of the largest Asian-owned automotive companies in the U.S.

Throughout her tenure as a Purchasing Manager, a portion of Alma’s responsibility was developing and sustaining Supplier Diversity Programs. It was through this experience Alma realized that supplier diversity was her calling as it was a way to utilize her business background while fulfilling her desire to help the diverse business community succeed. Alma has been able to leverage her extensive knowledge of corporate procurement to develop, advocate and promote the advancement of diverse business enterprises throughout SCE and beyond.

Alma, a true advocate for Latino Businesses, works with and serves as a corporate advisor to many Latino Business organizations such as the Latin Business Association, and has been recognized for her efforts. Alma is especially proud that in the last 3 years SCE achieved spend of over $1.1 Billion with Latino businesses. In 2013 alone, SCE reported spend with Latino Businesses of over $511 Million, which represented 14.6% of SCE’s spend, the largest percentage of spend with any ethnic business group.

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ALMA MCMASTER

ALMA MCMASTER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Alma McMaster is a Supplier Diversity & Development Program Manager f...

Rose Hatcher

Aetna
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Rose Hatcher

Rose Hatcher

Aetna

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FRANK WOODDRIDGE

PEPSICO

MY WORK WITH PEPSICO:
I have been with PepsiCo for over 14 years working both in Snacks & Beverages in many geographies across Latin America, now in North America leading the California Region. My cross-functional assignments, multi-cultural background and critical experiences across the corporation have been key building blocks in my career. Whether as an operator or as a franchise leader, I have always focused on building collaborative teams, partnerships with our customers and articulating clear-cut strategies to turn them into flawless executional plans. Over the years, I have built and developed people talent and systems capabilities.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME:
I am a native of Costa Rica, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration as well as an MBA. I have more than 25 years of cumulative experience in consumer goods across diverse categories and companies, and I have lived in six different countries. I enjoy spending time with my family and international travel.

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FRANK WOODDRIDGE

FRANK WOODDRIDGE

PEPSICO

MY WORK WITH PEPSICO:
I have been with PepsiCo for over 14 years workin...

MAYOR RICHARD A DELAROSA

CITY OF COLTON

Richard A. DeLaRosa was first elected in 1998 as Council Member representing District 2.  In 2002, his Council colleagues appointed him to serve a one year term as Mayor Pro Tempore.  After serving three 4-year terms of office, he opted to retire in December 2010.   In 2014, he came out of retirement and this time sought to be seated as Mayor.  Based on the will of the people, he was successfully elected to serve as Mayor for the City of Colton.

Upon assuming office, Mayor DeLaRosa made it his charge to be responsive to all residents and businesses of Colton and quoted, “Our accountability is to the citizens and businesses of Colton and we are constantly working to improve the way we do business."   Under his leadership, Mayor DeLaRosa brings a sense of urgency to revitalizing the core of the city’s downtown area; expanding services and programs to underserved areas of Colton; advancing projects such as the Medical University in the city’s west end; development of the Roquet Ranch area in south Colton; the Metrolink expansion project in north Colton; and to the east of town, development of high-end distinguished housing in the Reche Canyon area.

In his professional career, Mayor DeLaRosa was employed with the State of California Department of Corrections as a Correctional Peace Officer for nearly 28 years.  He also served six years as an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor and five years as an Honor Guard member with the Department of Corrections.  Now retired, in 2015, California State Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., appointed Mayor DeLaRosa to serve as a board member on the P.O.S.T. Commission.
Mayor DeLaRosa represents Colton by serving on various intergovernmental agency boards and his involvement in large scale projects expands throughout the Inland Empire region, state and federal levels including, but not limited to, the following agencies:

  • Colton Public Financing Authority, Board Member
  • Colton Mayor Pro Tempore in 2002
  • Colton Successor Agency, Board Member
  • Colton Planning Commission, Chairman
  • Colton/Colton Joint Unified School District Bridge Committee, Alternate Member
  • O.S.T. Commission Member, appointed by CA State Governor Brown, Jr., in 2015
  • Inland Valley Development Authority, Board Member
  • League of California Cities, Member
  • Legislative Task Force, League of CA Cities Inland Empire Division, Alternate Board Member
  • Omnitrans, Board Member
  • San Bernardino Associated Governments, Alternate Board Member
  • Southern California Association of Governments, Alternate Board Member
  • San Bernardino International Airport Authority, Board Member

Mayor DeLaRosa has been married to his wife, Teresa, for 29 years.  They have been blessed with one daughter, three sons and young grandchildren.  He spends much of his quality time enjoying family and friends, and his leisure time as an avid musician.

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MAYOR RICHARD A DELAROSA

MAYOR RICHARD A DELAROSA

CITY OF COLTON

Richard A. DeLaRosa was first elected in 1998 as Council Member representing ...

Jessica Meas-Zepeda

El Aviso Magazine

Born on 4th of July, in Los Angeles, California; Jessica was raised in the Southeast Los Angeles Area. She studied in local parochial schools, attended Rio Hondo College where she decided to pursue a career in Real Estate. In 1978 she joined the Southeast Board of Realtors, where as a real estate broker she served as Vice President. Jessica went on to serve as President for the Women's Council of Realtors and became a director of the California Association of Realtors. Political Jessica became community minded; in 1994 she was elected as council member for the city of Huntington Park. In June of 1997, due to her accomplishments on the council, she made history as the first Woman to hold the position of Mayor for the city, since the city's incorporation in 1906. She remained on the council until retiring from politics in 2003. In 2004 the City of Huntington Park set a place of honor where they display her portrait, recognizing her for her many accomplishments.

Jessica has a reputation for getting things done; her unique combination of Real Estate, Health Education, Director of Physician Relations, Political and Business Owner, gave her the ability and experience to serve as the voice for her community and an effective leader. Current Profession Currently she is the Public Relations and Community Affairs Director/Owner for the family owned business El Aviso Magazine. In this capacity, Jessica develops and implements marketing, public relations and promotional programs and events. Her responsibilities include involvement with many chambers of commerce, community based organizations, media relations, education awareness, community outreach and charitable and business partnerships programs.

About El Aviso Magazine
El Aviso Magazine is a Spanish language publication founded in 1988 with a distribution of 325k per week. It produces 14 magazines that serve over 145 cities in Southern California Today, it’s rated one of the top Spanish Language Publications in Southern California, covering Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Inland empire and Orange County. El Aviso Magazine is also considered one of the most effective print media, serving as the liaison between the business and Spanish speaking communities. El Aviso Magazine employs over 160 persons, which includes office personnel, sales professional and distribution teams. Community Involvement Jessica, along with her husband Jose, believes in helping the less fortunate and most especially the children.

Their philosophy is reflected in their business who is involved helping community and faith based organizations. They include: Southeast Rio Vista YMCA, Huntington Park Kiwanis Club, current board member and past president, member of the Southeast Rio Vista Community Corp, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, active with fundraising for organizations such as the Southeast Relay for Life. Jessica is most proud of the fact that she and her husband co-produced and published an annual magazine “El Aviso Relay for Life” which informs the public on issues regarding cancer awareness. The magazine at the same time generates revenue, which 100% of the proceeds are donated to the America Cancer Society. Most Current Events in her Life Jessica was recently named as Chairman of the Friends of the Kids YMCA Fundraising Campaign for 2014. She was selected as Member Vice President of the Vernon Community Grant Fund Committee 2014-2016. She is a former board member for the Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club of America, where she served as vice president. She is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and Former Board member of the Public Health Foundation Board in the City of Industry.

Awards and Recognition
Jessica has been recognized and has received numerous accolades for her many years of community service. They include recognition from the California Governor's Office, Congress House Representative's, State Senators, Assembly Members, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Local City Council members, HSA Human Services Association, The American Cancer Society and The Huntington Park City Council, just to name a few. Current Awards "Women of the Year" from Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Clubs of America 2011, "Woman of the Year" in 2012 from the Human Services Association, "Mujer Comunitaria” from the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, " Woman of the Year” in 2012 from the Industrial Council Chamber of Commerce, “Women in Business” Annual Event from City of Commerce in 2013, "2014 Latina of Influence" from Hispanic Lifestyle’s, “Women of Excellence 2014” Legacy Award, from The National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter, “Woman of the Year” in 2015 from Plaza Alameda for her leadership and role model for the community, “Gran Jaguar Award” in 2016 from Feria Chapina, Gran Pabellon Centro Americano. One of her favorites was being named "Neighborhood Hero of the Year" in 2013 from the Gage Middle School 6th grade class. Most Proud of the Fact Jessica and her husband have five Children between them and 11 grandchildren. They love to spend time working diligently towards making El Aviso Magazine the success story that it is today.

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Jessica Meas-Zepeda

Jessica Meas-Zepeda

El Aviso Magazine

Born on 4th of July, in Los Angeles, California; Jessica was raised in the So...

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ABOUT

CONVENTION

The 2016 CHCC Annual Convention will be September 21-23, 2016 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside. This year’s convention theme, Innovation Starts Here! will focus on new innovations sparking the creativity of entrepreneurs throughout California, technologies that are transforming industry and Hispanic millennials who are forging their own paths in business. Each year, the CHCC Annual Convention attracts over 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates, corporate representatives, community leaders and government officials. Attendees will participate in workshops focused on tools for business owners, California energy and water issues, procurement opportunities for small business, and strengthening the state’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce network and business community. Past speakers and business honorees have included former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, branding pioneer and actress Daisy Fuentes, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos creator Richard Montanez, actor and Latino community activist Edward J. Olmos and media dynamo Nely Galán.

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) represents the business interests of over 800,000 Hispanic owned businesses throughout the State of California. Through a network of regional Hispanic Chambers and business associations, the CHCC promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s emerging businesses.

MEMBERS & AFFILIATES
RIVERSIDE

The City of Riverside was founded in 1870 by a group of utopian-minded easterners searching for the perfect spot to establish a colony dedicated to education, culture and beauty. Today, with a population of more than 300,000, the City of Riverside is the 12th largest city in California, the 6th largest city in Southern California, and the capital of booming Inland Southern California. Riverside is home to a number of historic landmarks and special attractions, ranging from eclectic art galleries, historic landmarks, and fascinating museums to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, spas and a lively downtown. Check out some of the most popular attractions and landmarks

EXPO APPLICATION

The 2015 CHCC Annual Convention is the premier exhibiting venue for businesses looking to promote their products and services to the Latino business community.

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COMMITTEE

EMILIO RAMIREZ

CITY OF RIVERSIDE (CHAIR: CONVENTION COMMITTEE)
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EMILIO RAMIREZ

CITY OF RIVERSIDE (CHAIR: CONVENTION COMMITTEE)

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FRANK MONTES

INLAND BODY AND PAINT CENTER (CHAIRMAN: CHCC)
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FRANK MONTES

INLAND BODY AND PAINT CENTER (CHAIRMAN: CHCC)

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BOB GUTIERREZ

PAQ INC. (VICE CHAIRMAN: CHCC)
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BOB GUTIERREZ

BOB GUTIERREZ

PAQ INC. (VICE CHAIRMAN: CHCC)

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JUAN P. GARCIA

CHCC (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)
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JUAN P. GARCIA

JUAN P. GARCIA

CHCC (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)

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JUANITA RUIZ

El Jardin Wellness Center (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)
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JUANITA RUIZ

JUANITA RUIZ

El Jardin Wellness Center (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)

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RAUL HERNANDEZ

HOOD & STRONG LLP (CHAIR: NORTHERN REGION)
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RAUL HERNANDEZ

HOOD & STRONG LLP (CHAIR: NORTHERN REGION)

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ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)
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ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, associate member development and support, as well as the strategic partnerships and coalition-building that promotes the oil and gas industry. In addition to her role with WSPA, Brenna serves on the Board of Directors of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) as the Central Regional Director and as an advisory board member of the Fueling California Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Butler Garcia was the chief executive officer of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, asso...

VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean. In fact, “Keeping It Clean While You Sleep” is the motto of her company, CM Cleaning Solutions, a world-class janitorial services firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As the owner and managing partner of one the area’s leading commercial cleaning businesses, she believes a clean building or office space is a true testament to a company’s branding and level of customer care. Her clients clearly agree.

The CM Cleaning Solutions client list includes some of the top corporations in the country like Warner Bros., Entrepreneur Media, Community Bank, Cedar Sinai Hospital and Vanir Development Company, to name a few.

Prior to starting CM Cleaning Solutions, she managed a janitorial company in Los Angeles, where she achieved over $1 Million in sales for two consecutive years. She later went on to work for another company where a customer encouraged her to start her own business. In 2009, she and her business partner did just that. With a lot of hard work, the two have grown the company to a million-dollar business in less than five years.

A 15-year veteran of the commercial janitorial service industry, Veronica is committed to providing personalized service. She is even known to roll up her sleeves and join a crew to ensure client satisfaction.

She attributes her drive and dedication to her parents whom emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and instilled a strong work ethic in Veronica and her three siblings. That work ethic combined with a passion for fostering relationships has led her to become an award-winning entrepreneur. Veronica has been recognized by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Rising Star, recognized as Mujer Destacada by La Opinion in 2013, honored with the 2014 Latina of Influence award by Hispanic Lifestyles magazine, and she was presented with the 2014 Small Business Award by the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.

With a strong desire to give back and to empower and inspire women, the bilingual Los Angeles native is active in her community and serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Latina Business Women Association (NLWBA) as advisor, Financially Fit Foundation and HBN Bilingual Toastmasters. She is also past president of NLWBA Los Angeles and a Competent Communicator in Toastmasters.

When Veronica is not managing day-to-day operations of CM Cleaning Solutions, volunteering or speaking on panels, you can find her perfecting her swing at a local golf course, reading or spending time with her family and friends.

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VERONICA CORONA

VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean...

MARIA URENA

IHI (DIRECTOR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)
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MARIA URENA

MARIA URENA

IHI (DIRECTOR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)

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BERNEDETTE MEDRANO

RETIRED (CHAIR: CAPS)
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BERNEDETTE MEDRANO

BERNEDETTE MEDRANO

RETIRED (CHAIR: CAPS)

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DINA ESQUIVEL

PHP (CHAIR: GRHCC)
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DINA ESQUIVEL

DINA ESQUIVEL

PHP (CHAIR: GRHCC)

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)
gilbert@TheBuchananGroup.net

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buchanan & Associates, a small business planning and diversity program management firm established in 2006 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses become business-ready, contract-ready and bank loan-ready.
A veteran business compliance and management consulting coach with more than 20 years of industry experience, he has successfully worked with DBE/MBE/SBE firms within public works, construction, retail, service, and manufacturing environments.

  • Gilbert was appointed as the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC) Procurement Committee Chairman in 2015.
  • He is the Recipient of the Prestigious Latino Business Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and California Bank & Trust.
  • Gilbert has managed small business programs for the following public works agencies: LAMBOC - Mayor’s Office Los Angeles, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), LA Metro, Los Angeles Unified School District, LACCD, and EXPO.
  • Successfully provided Contract Compliance and Labor Compliance oversight for the LA Metro’s Exposition Phase II $1.6 billion light rail transportation project with 4 major prime contractors [Skanska-Rados, URS Corp., MDG Corp., and BBII] and 150 subcontractors.
  • Served as Assistant Small Business Program Manager for LAUSD’s sustainability new and modernization school construction program, a $21 Billion program.
  • Served as Contract Compliance and Business/Community Outreach Consultant for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a $6 Billion sustainability new college campus construction program for 9 college campuses;
  • Assisted more than a 1,000 small businesses including Latino and Asian-owned businesses in obtaining over $81 million in contract awards while partnering with public works agencies and commercial entities such as LAUSD, LACCD, and LA Metro.
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  • Latin Business Association (LBA) Gilbert has launched a Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Program for the Latin Business Association (LBA), he is the trainer of record for the last seven (7) years resulting in contract awards in over $5 million.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-LA) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 7-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that Latina-owned businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-IE) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 8-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that small businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • Southern California Edison EDGE Program Gilbert is one of the key business coaches and facilitators of the EDGE Supplier Diversity Contract-Readiness training program for Edison and Community-based Organizations in Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, Moreno Valley, etc.
  • He has successfully launched multiple Small Business Boot Camps for LAUSD, LACCD, Pepperdine University, PACE, and American Contractors Services (ACS).
  • He possesses Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Binghamton University.
  • He is owner and founder of Buchanan & Associates since 2006.
  • Greatest accomplishment is being the Creator of SmallBizPro™ Business Management & Procurement System to help businesses become contract-ready, business-ready, and bank loan-ready.

    Gilbert Buchanan is known for helping small businesses develop the tools and systems needed to transition their organization from an informal way of doing business to a formal system. This enables entrepreneurs to operate like a fortune 500 company, thus expanding their market share and exponentially increasing revenues. Gilbert is affectionately known in the industry as “The Small Business Paramedic”.

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buch...

MOHAMMED ISLAM

DIVERSITY BIZ FORUM (CHAIR: INTERNATIONAL TRADE)
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MOHAMMED ISLAM

DIVERSITY BIZ FORUM (CHAIR: INTERNATIONAL TRADE)

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JULIE VERDUZCO

RIVERSIDE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
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JULIE VERDUZCO

RIVERSIDE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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CORPORATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Rose Hatcher

Aetna
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Rose Hatcher

Rose Hatcher

Aetna

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Gabriela Mello

WELLS FARGO (CHAIR: CORPORATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE)
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Gabriela Mello

Gabriela Mello

WELLS FARGO (CHAIR: CORPORATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE)

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Deane Leavenworth

Charter Communications
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Deane Leavenworth

Deane Leavenworth

Charter Communications

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Jaymee Lomax

SDG&E
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Jaymee Lomax

Jaymee Lomax

SDG&E

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Eric fisher

Southern California Edison
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Eric fisher

Eric fisher

Southern California Edison

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Ileana Winterhalter

AT&T
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Ileana Winterhalter

Ileana Winterhalter

AT&T

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ALMA MCMASTER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Alma McMaster is a Supplier Diversity & Development Program Manager for Southern California Edison and is responsible for Latino Business outreach programs. Before coming to Edison in 2009, Alma spent 18 years in the automotive industry, serving 15 of those years as a Purchasing Manager for two of the largest Asian-owned automotive companies in the U.S.

Throughout her tenure as a Purchasing Manager, a portion of Alma’s responsibility was developing and sustaining Supplier Diversity Programs. It was through this experience Alma realized that supplier diversity was her calling as it was a way to utilize her business background while fulfilling her desire to help the diverse business community succeed. Alma has been able to leverage her extensive knowledge of corporate procurement to develop, advocate and promote the advancement of diverse business enterprises throughout SCE and beyond.

Alma, a true advocate for Latino Businesses, works with and serves as a corporate advisor to many Latino Business organizations such as the Latin Business Association, and has been recognized for her efforts. Alma is especially proud that in the last 3 years SCE achieved spend of over $1.1 Billion with Latino businesses. In 2013 alone, SCE reported spend with Latino Businesses of over $511 Million, which represented 14.6% of SCE’s spend, the largest percentage of spend with any ethnic business group.

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ALMA MCMASTER

ALMA MCMASTER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Alma McMaster is a Supplier Diversity & Development Program Manager f...

NANCY WONG

WELLS FARGO
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NANCY WONG

WELLS FARGO

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Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING
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Eva Melgarejo

Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING

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RICHARD MONTANEZ

PEPSICO
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RICHARD MONTANEZ

RICHARD MONTANEZ

PEPSICO

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